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Cruise & Stay Package – Skyscrapers & Souks Silver Spirit departing 12 Nov 2023

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Dubai is one of the world’s most beguiling cities, bringing the modern and traditional together in a way that’s hard to find elsewhere on earth. Marble-cladded malls and soaring skyscrapers come as standard, while the surrounding desert offers quite different adventures. Experience all the city has to offer in ultimate luxury with these incredible itineraries.



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Skyscrapers & Souks

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Cruise and Stay Details

  • Return flights
  • Private transfers
  • 3-night stay at the 5* Taj Dubai
  • 9-night luxury UAE cruise on Silver Spirit
Ship
Embark
12 Nov 2023
Duration
13 Nights
From / To
UK / Dubai
Ports of call
UK - Dubai - Dubai - Doha - Doha
Rating

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Itinerary

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Date Date
Location Location
 
In In
Out Out
Date 12/11/2023
Location

UK

In
Out

Fly overnight from the UK to Dubai.

Date 13/11/2023
Location

Dubai

In
Out

On arrival, take your private transfer to the 5* Taj hotel for a three-night stay

Date 16/11/2023
Location

Dubai

In
Out 19:00

Take your private transfer to the port and embark Silver Spirit for your nine-night cruise. Depart Dubai.

Date 17/11/2023
Location

Doha

In 09:00
Out

Extravagant shopping malls, gleaming skyscrapers and mosques studded with intricate carvings all contribute to the Pearl of Qatar’s flourishing skyline. A futuristic vision kept grounded by its heritage, this sprawling metropolis’s ambitious structures echo the ancient Arabic art that long preceded its rise. Explore the luxurious and fascinating tapestry of interwoven extravagance and tradition that is Doha’s trademark, as you soak up the sun, sea and skyline of this ever-sparkling city. Founded in the 1820s, Doha has grown apace from its pearl-farming village origins.

A well of oil riches helped to propel the city on its upward trajectory, fuelling a cityscape of twisted metal and glass that shimmers amid the peninsula’s desert blaze. Despite the vertical ambitions, you can quickly lose yourself in Doha’s tight web of alleyways, as you delve into the oldest souk in Qatar – which swallows visitors up in a cacophony of bartering and bantering. Goods have traded hands here for over a hundred years, and it’s still, the place to pick out handfuls of fresh dates and nuts, or perch at restaurants serving up saloona – a heavily spiced and perfumed broth of lamb and soft aubergine. Wander the Corniche’s four-mile parade, which unspools at the feet of skyscrapers that glow, jewel-like with multicoloured allure as night descends. You’ll walk with the vibrant colours of the Persian Bay stretching out next to you. The palm-tree-lined boulevard culminates in the spectacular Museum of Islamic Art, which stands proudly like a giant, glinting sandcastle. Doha may have blossomed rapidly, but it’s clear that the ambition doesn’t stop here – and the city’s boom continues as its time in the sun of the 2022 FIFA World Cup draws ever closer.

Date 18/11/2023
Location

Doha

In
Out 18:00

Extravagant shopping malls, gleaming skyscrapers and mosques studded with intricate carvings all contribute to the Pearl of Qatar’s flourishing skyline. A futuristic vision kept grounded by its heritage, this sprawling metropolis’s ambitious structures echo the ancient Arabic art that long preceded its rise. Explore the luxurious and fascinating tapestry of interwoven extravagance and tradition that is Doha’s trademark, as you soak up the sun, sea and skyline of this ever-sparkling city. Founded in the 1820s, Doha has grown apace from its pearl-farming village origins.

A well of oil riches helped to propel the city on its upward trajectory, fuelling a cityscape of twisted metal and glass that shimmers amid the peninsula’s desert blaze. Despite the vertical ambitions, you can quickly lose yourself in Doha’s tight web of alleyways, as you delve into the oldest souk in Qatar – which swallows visitors up in a cacophony of bartering and bantering. Goods have traded hands here for over a hundred years, and it’s still, the place to pick out handfuls of fresh dates and nuts, or perch at restaurants serving up saloona – a heavily spiced and perfumed broth of lamb and soft aubergine. Wander the Corniche’s four-mile parade, which unspools at the feet of skyscrapers that glow, jewel-like with multicoloured allure as night descends. You’ll walk with the vibrant colours of the Persian Bay stretching out next to you. The palm-tree-lined boulevard culminates in the spectacular Museum of Islamic Art, which stands proudly like a giant, glinting sandcastle. Doha may have blossomed rapidly, but it’s clear that the ambition doesn’t stop here – and the city’s boom continues as its time in the sun of the 2022 FIFA World Cup draws ever closer.

Date 19/11/2023
Location

Manama

In 08:00
Out 18:00

Think dreamy Arabian landscapes juxtaposed with uber-modern buildings reaching up to the sky and you have probably pictured Al Manama. The capital of Bahrain, Al Manama, is as old as it is new – vestiges of the 16th-century trade route port remain, while the steel and glass skyscrapers line the streets of the busy financial district. The most notable of these is undoubtedly the 2008 World Trade Centre, a 240-metre, 50-floor twin tower complex housing a five-star hotel and a luxury shopping mall, amongst others.

Al Manama was first mentioned in Islamic chronicles in 1345, so expect aeons of culture here. The city is still relatively unknown on the tourist trail, which is good news for us. Locals are warm and welcoming and above all, completely genuine. Expect invitations to taste homemade delicacies, bowls laden with Muslim hospitality and tradition. This is most apparent in the enormous Bab el-Bahrain Souq, which aside from restoration delivers everything from jewellery to carpets. Culture vultures will not be disappointed. The famous Al Fateh Mosque gives weary travellers a welcome respite. Al Fateh is also known as the Great Mosque, due to its immense size, 6,500 m2 and able to accommodate 7,000 worshipers at a time. The Mosque itself is beautiful with marble floors and glass chandeliers, but visitors should note that it is a Muslim place of worship and traditions must be respected; shoes should be removed, and ladies must cover their heads at all times. The Bahrain National Museum is just a stone’s throw from the Mosque and houses an impressive collection of culture, customs and history.

Date 20/11/2023
Location

Dammam

In 08:00
Out 17:00
Date 21/11/2023
Location

Abu Dhabi

In 14:00
Out

Emerging from the desert’s sands like a mirage, Abu Dhabi’s bold, brash and brilliant skyline continues to reach new heights. The extravagance on show can be dizzying at times, but it’s counterpointed by authentic history and culture, and majestic religious statements. You’ll shrink before the scale of the 50 exquisite, pearl-white domes of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is the UAE’s largest and most revered religious space.

A healthy pearl trade, and strategic location, brought prosperity in the 19th century, before the discovery of rich oil reserves propelled the city giddily skywards in the latter half of the 20th century. Nowadays, palatial hotels tower above dazzling ocean and white sands, while ever-reliable weather and remarkable extravagances, make Abu Dhabi a location of unbridled opulence and intrigue. The city’s cultural scene is also burgeoning, with a stunning Louvre outpost recently opening for business. Find your bearings by ascending 300 metres to the heights of the Etihad Towers’ viewing platform – where you can butter scones while enjoying a ‘high tea’ in every sense. The relentlessly glorious weather makes the coral-blue sea’s sparkle ever-tempting, and at Saadiyat Public Beach you’ll find clear blue waves lapping soft, sugar-white sand. Wade out to enjoy bath-like temperatures of 30 degrees. The Corniche, meanwhile, is a sweeping coastal walkway, stretching for eight kilometres and offering rich views of the coral-blue ocean back-dropped by jagged skyscrapers.

Date 22/11/2023
Location

Abu Dhabi

In
Out 19:00

Emerging from the desert’s sands like a mirage, Abu Dhabi’s bold, brash and brilliant skyline continues to reach new heights. The extravagance on show can be dizzying at times, but it’s counterpointed by authentic history and culture, and majestic religious statements. You’ll shrink before the scale of the 50 exquisite, pearl-white domes of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is the UAE’s largest and most revered religious space.

A healthy pearl trade, and strategic location, brought prosperity in the 19th century, before the discovery of rich oil reserves propelled the city giddily skywards in the latter half of the 20th century. Nowadays, palatial hotels tower above dazzling ocean and white sands, while ever-reliable weather and remarkable extravagances, make Abu Dhabi a location of unbridled opulence and intrigue. The city’s cultural scene is also burgeoning, with a stunning Louvre outpost recently opening for business. Find your bearings by ascending 300 metres to the heights of the Etihad Towers’ viewing platform – where you can butter scones while enjoying a ‘high tea’ in every sense. The relentlessly glorious weather makes the coral-blue sea’s sparkle ever-tempting, and at Saadiyat Public Beach you’ll find clear blue waves lapping soft, sugar-white sand. Wade out to enjoy bath-like temperatures of 30 degrees. The Corniche, meanwhile, is a sweeping coastal walkway, stretching for eight kilometres and offering rich views of the coral-blue ocean back-dropped by jagged skyscrapers.

Date 23/11/2023
Location

Ras Al Khaimah

In 08:00
Out 23:00
Date 24/11/2023
Location

Khasab

In 08:00
Out 18:00

It may be known as the Norway of Arabia – in reference to the spectacular fjords that cut and shape the Musandam Peninsular – but Khasab’s scorching sun and desert landscape is a constant reminder that you’re a long way from Europe. Sitting isolated on Oman’s Northern coast – cut off by a slice of the United Arab Emirates’ territory – this small city has a dreamy, introverted atmosphere – until you head out in a 4X4, to slip and slide across its rip-roaring mountain scenery that is. View less

Explore the incredible desert fjords and folding sandy mountains by boat, and be on the look out for the rubbery noses of bottlenose and humpback dolphins poking through the water. Legendarily friendly and curious, don’t be surprised to see them swimming through the blue waters with you, displaying all of their aquatic athletic prowess as you sail by traditional wooden dhow. Cruise up along the Strait of Hormuz, between Oman and Iran, and marvel at the long stretches of dramatic golden fjord scenery. Back on land, learn of local history at Khasab Castle, which was originally built in the 17th century by the Portuguese, to defend the narrowing of the Persian Gulf at this highly strategic point. It’s accompanied by a museum, which depicts local life here back through the ages. Or drive out to Bedouin villages and hold on tight during the white-knuckle drive up to the viewpoint at Khawr Najd – where sweeping views of the flayed fjords unveil themselves.

Date 25/11/2023
Location

Dubai

In 07:00
Out

Disembark Silver Spirit and take your private transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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