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Middle East Tours
Oman, Bahrain & Qatar 16 Days
Price 16 Days
From   USD 3749 Per Person

 

Flight 1Nts, Muscat 3Nts, Nizwa 1Nts, Wahiba 1Nts, Sur 1Nts, Manama 5Nts, Amwaj Islands 1Nts, Doha 2Nts
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  • Experiencethe rich heritage and culture of the Middle East.

     

    Day 01
    Muscat
    Flight to Muscat, Oman’s Capital.
    [x]Breakfast [x] Indian Lunch [Y] Dinner on flight

    Day 02
    Muscat
    Depending on the arrival time at Muscat International Airport, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Check in the hotel will be from 14:00hrs. The rest of the time will be free to relax at your hotel. Overnight in Muscat.
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    Day 03
    Muscat City Tour - Sunset Cruise
    Leaving this morning we head to the Grand Mosque, a beautiful example of Arabian Islamic architecture (dress restrictions apply for men and women). Continue our tour by driving along the waterfront Corniche heading to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos for a photo stop, then onto the 16th century Portuguese Mirani and Jalali forts (photo stop). We’ll visit the colourful Muttrah Souq for a chance to browse an oriental bazaar. In the early evening, we have a 2-hour sunset cruise along the magnificent coastline of Muscat. Overnight in hotel.
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    Day 04
    Muscat - Jabrin - Nizwa
    Today we depart for Nizwa. The Oasis city of Nizwa, which was once the capital of Julanda Dynasty in the 6th & 7th Century AD is today the most popular tourist attractions with its historical buildings & imposing Nizwa fort. The fort with its enormous round tower built in the 17th century by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'aruba to defend the route to the interior, dominates the entire area, the town has grown around the edifice. The top is possible only accessible by an arrow, twisting staircase barred by heavy wooden doors, studded with metal. From the top one can get a bird's eye view of the city. Continue the exploration by visiting the Nizwa Souq, renowned for its intricately hand-carved "Khanjar" and ornately designed silver Jewellery. On a Friday a unique goat and cattle auction is held. Continue to Jabrin Fort, en-route, stopping at BAHLA for a photograph of the Bahla Fort, now a World Heritage Site.On arrival  at Jabrin visit the castle, built in the late 17th Century, it became a seat of Omani learning. It has been well planned layouts with room for the “Wali” - the ladies room, the kitchen, the MAJLIS” etc. Most of the ceilings are decorated with beautiful paintings with Islamic motifs,visit the ruins of TANUF and see the Falaj System(water irrigation system) which is still in operation. Overnight in Nizwa.
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    Day 05
    Nizwa - Sinaw – Ibra - Wahiba Sands
    We start by visiting the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz and walk (30 Minutes) through its oasis and the lush green date plantations. Continue on the Sinaw Souq. On arrival at the desert entry point your 4WD will embark on the drive to the desert camp site through the desert terrain, the great desert of Oman known as “RUMLAT ALWAHIBA” experience the thrill of driving over the undulating dunes, with dunes as high as 200 meters, proceed to the Al Raha Camp. Enjoy your evening under the star-studded sky sipping Kahawa (local Omani Coffee).
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    Day 06
    Wahiba Sands - Wadi Bani Khalid - Sur
    After breakfast at the camp and having experienced the relaxing desert life, wdrive towards the Wadi Bani Khalid, a beautiful oasis in the middle of the barren and dry mountains and where we can enjoy turquoise-blue pools of fresh water. We spend some time at the wadi to enjoy the ambience. We continue our journey to Sur town, a port city on Oman’s eastern tip. Its shipyards, which still produce traditional wooden vessels, played a pivotal role in Oman’s maritime past. Overnight in Sur.
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    Day 07
    Sur - Qalhat – Wadi Shaab – Bhima sinkhole – Quiryat - Muscat
    We depart for a tour along the beautiful coast line from Sur to Quiryat offering a breath-taking glimpse of the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman that offsets pristine white beaches. On the main highway, we see the ruins of Qalhat Bibi Mariam’s shrine (Bibi means free), who is said to be an elderly woman who built a mosque.  Others say that she was the governor of Qalhat during the reign of King Hormuz (Kotob Eddine Yamtuhin). Later visit the Wadi Shaab, a natural pool with spectacular views of the mountains in the background. We continue and pass Quiryat, a very large fishing village and the port which is still guarded by a watch tower. Overnight stay at hotel.
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    Day 08
    Muscat - Manama (Bahrain)
    Flight to Bahrain. Depending on the arrival time at Bahrain International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in hotel will be from 14:00 hrs. The rest of the time will be free to relax at your hotel. Overnight in Bahrain.
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    Day 09
    Manama City Tour
    Start the day with a visit to the Grand Mosque, a beautiful example of Arabian Islamic architecture (Dress restrictions apply for men and women). Continue onto the Bahrain national museum, situated on the intersection of the Sheikh Hamad Manama-Muharraq causeway and King Faisal Highway, Bahrain National Museum built in 1988, offers a comprehensive view of Bahrain through the ages. Arguably the most interesting of the exhibits in nine halls is a reconstructed ancient burial mound dating to around 2800 BC. The mound was plucked from the desert and reassembled in the museum. Other fascinating exhibits depict life in the Dilmun era, 19-20th century pearl-diving scenes as well as community life. The museum is a virtual treasure hose of history. Proceed to the Museum pier for a short relaxing boat journey to the Bu Maher Fort, where you will get a sneak peek at the new UNESCO world heritage site that is slowly unfolding. This new pearling pathway is a tribute to the famous jeweller Jacques Cartier. His journey to Bahrain in the 1920’s to get the best pearls in the world for his exceptional jewellery is part of this pearling pathway. “El Bahrain” means two seas. The fresh water springs in the salt-water sea surrounding Bahrain gives the pearls of Bahrain a very special lustre and roundness. This two-sea feature, which is unique to Bahrain, was instrumental in ensuring that the Bahraini pearls were the best in the world. They were much sought after by the House of Cartier and other famous jewellers around the world. The entire pearling pathway when finished will be a 3.5 km long, It will consist of 17 buildings, 3 oyster beds located in the nearby sea and the seafront Bu Maher fort. This is a wonderful testimony to Bahrain’s rich pearling history, which dates to 2000 BC. Later visit the old houses of Muharraq, painstakingly renovated by culture lover Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa. It has all the visual delights of old Arabia with the narrow lanes and close cluster of houses. You visit the newly renovated Ebrahim Bin Mohd Al Khalifa house. A Kurar house, Iqra Children Library and a real treat for people who love culture.
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    Day 10
    Mountain of Smoke - Desert – Oil Museum - Bahrain Formula 1
    Visit the Jabil Ad Dukhan, dubbed the Mountain of Smoke, the highest point of the island. The name comes from the misty haze, which frequently surrounds it on a hot and humid day. Continue into the desert where stands abroad shady, mature mesquite tree in solitary splendour also referred to as tree of Life. To this day the tree source of water remains a mystery. Some believe it gets its nourishment from an underground spring but that does not explain the complete lack of vegetation in the vicinity. Local folklore dates the tree in millennium botanist say it may be several hundred years old. Continue to visit a museum dedicated to Oil. Bahrain was the first country in the gulf where Oil was struck, in 1932, and the museum allows you to trace the discovery of what’s become the region’s best – known export. Near by the Oil museum is the Oil Well No.1. Now almost a museum piece itself. Oil first spurted from this well on 16th October 1931, and the well finally began to blow heads of Oil on the morning of 2nd June 1932. The Bahrain International Circuit is one of the best formula one track in the world. This 180-million-dollar facility is a perfect example of tradition design and the most modern track. It offers a unique range of facilities that are unparalleled not in the middle east but in the world. Sheikh Salmanbin Ahmed Al-Fateh Fort, commonly known as Riffa Fort due to its location in Riffa, is an historic landmark and stands witness to one of the most important junctures in Bahrain’s history. Within its beautiful architecture lives the memory of the ruling family of Bahrain, the Al Khalifas. A series of programs organized by the Ministry of Culture have brought life back to the fort and not only present a chronological history of the Al Khalifa family but showcase the interior space designed by the French firm, La Meduse and the local engineering firm, PAD, which took its inspiration from the fort’s history and people. Later in the evening we can enjoy the show of the famous Bahraini band Bin Faris Cultural Program.
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    Day 11
    Hindu Temple - Manama Souq - World trade Centre
    The day starts with a visit of a Hindu Temple of Lord Shrinath ji (200yrs old) also known as Shri Krishna Temple, Manama. The temple is estimated to have been established in around 1817 and was established by Thathai Bhatia Hindu Community and is managed by them to date. Proceed to the Handicrafts Centre, where many craftsmen from various villages in Bahrain demonstrate their trade and you'll enjoy some free time for shopping. Visit the Manama Souq – the old bazaar of Bahrain’s capital,Manama. The most breath-taking view in Manama is the popular souq in the old simple structure. The souq is in the heart of the capital, which are a vast area and the great advantage of most of the stores with some of the old design dating back to 19th Century. The souk with its labyrinthine lanes and alleys is best explored on foot. You can find everything from clothes to spices,antiques, and traditional medicines with reasonable prices that suit all the classes. Bahrain’s World Trade Centre is the world’s first commercial building to incorporate large-scale wind turbines into its initial design. The Bahrain world Trade Centre is 50 storeys sail shaped twin offices towers, which reaches to a height 4,240 m (787ft). Bahrain World Trade Centre has been voted the best building in the Middle East and North Africa in 2008. (Photo Stop outside only).
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    Day 12
    Bahrain Fort - Camel Farm - King Fahad Bridge
    We visit the Bahrain Fort. Historically, very important site, built in the 14th century by the Portuguese, the excavations at the site reveal six other distinct eras of the place dating back to the Dilmun era, or around 3000 BC during which time it may have been the island’s capital. Proceed to the Handicrafts Centre, where many craftsmen from various villages in Bahrain demonstrate their trade and where you'll enjoy some free time for shopping. A visit to the privately-owned camel farm at Janabiya, is a must. Keep your cameras ready as a hundred or so Camels race in for the evening feed after grazing all day. (subject to race events). Visit the modern structure in Bahrain, the 25-kilometer-long King Fahad causeway built at a cost of $1 billion,links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and is one of the world’s longest bridges between two countries completed in 1986 it ended the 25,000 years separation of the two nations. Enjoy the glorious view across both countries on a sunny day.
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    Day 13
    Beach Relax - Artificial Island
    Spend your day by relaxing at the beach hotel. Guests have a measure of privacy and can enjoy the services of a Private Lifestyle. It is impossible not to relax with such attention and in such a tranquil haven, this luxury hotel and resort in Bahrain beckons you to discover all this beautiful Arab nation has to offer. All your stress will fade away in this serene and relaxing atmosphere. In the afternoon we visit Durat Al Bahrain, the third largest artificial island in Bahrain after Northern City and Diyar Al Muharraq Islands.
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    Day 14
    Bahrain - Doha
    Depending on your flight time, transfer to airport for your flight to Doha. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Leisure time. Overnight in Doha.
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    Day 15
    Doha city tour
    City tour today see Museum of Islamic art park built on the end of a seven-kilometre Corniche. Influenced by ancient Islamic architecture renders it the first of its kind to feature over 14 centuries of Islamic art in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf. Next stop the Souq Waqif, Doha Corniche a waterfront promenade extending for seven kilometres along Doha Bay is a popular attraction, Katara Cultural Village allows you to experience the amphitheatre, museum in the waterfront area. Overnight.    
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    Day 16
    Doha - Depart Home
    Transfer to the airport in time for your flight.
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    Oman, Bahrain & Qatar 16 Days
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