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Dubai and Oman: Modern Riches, Ancient Treasures

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Program #19635RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
On day 10, the group will go to Jebel Al Akhdar, which is 2000 mts ( 6 561 feet) above sea level.

Itinerary for Nov 26 — Dec 10, 2015

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Day One: Thursday, November 26 - International Flight from the US to Oman
Evening: Overnight flight to Muscat, Oman.

Type: Hotel

Description: Among hotels in Oman, the Park Inn Muscat stands out with its ideal location near the airport, along with its superb amenities including rooftop pool and modern, classic design. Situated on the main highway linking Muscat International Airport to Ruwi, the city's central business district, Park Inn Muscat hotel guests enjoy easy access to the Al Ghubra beach, businesses and attractions. This comfortable and stylish Muscat hotel offers first-class amenities that include the exceptional rooftop swimming pool, business center, parking and 24-hour front desk assistance.

Contact info:
P.O Box 1635 PC 133
Sultan Qaboos Street Al Khuwair
Muscat, Oman
phone: + 968 2450 7888
web: www.parkinn.com/

Room amenities: Standing out among Oman hotels in Muscat, the Park Inn features 175 rooms, decorated in bright hues and equipped with modern, convenient amenities. Guests may choose from Standard rooms, Business Friendly rooms and One Bedroom suites. All of these Muscat rooms and suites offer first-class amenities including Free high-speed, wireless Internet access, coffee and tea making facilities, and in-room safe. Enjoy free access to Fitness Center facilities. Book one of these Oman hotel's guest rooms or suites and discover what sets the Park Inn apart from other Muscat accommodation.

Facility amenities: This Muscat hotel is nearby the city centre and lies 15 kilometres from the Muscat International Airport. Guests enjoy easy access to Shatti Al Qurum, the main commercial and diplomatic quarter. 175 guest rooms, along with seven suites offer in-room safe, hair dryer and coffee and tea making facilities. Savour a variety of light meals and drinks at the all-day buffet restaurant. Visit RBG Muscat The Sama Terrazza bar serves a fine selection of international refreshments. High-speed, wireless Internet access available throughout the hotel. Relax at the rooftop swimming pool. Utilise the fully equipped fitness center. Shopping enthusiasts revel at retail outlets located within this Muscat hotel. Stay in touch with the hotel's business center. Five versatile meeting rooms are available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, November 27 - Arrival at Muscat International Airport and trans...
Note: Airport transfer times will be published in the final mailing you will receive 5 weeks prior to departure

Evening: Transfers from Muscat International Airport to the hotel.

Lodging: Park Inn Muscat

Type: Hotel

Description: Among hotels in Oman, the Park Inn Muscat stands out with its ideal location near the airport, along with its superb amenities including rooftop pool and modern, classic design. Situated on the main highway linking Muscat International Airport to Ruwi, the city's central business district, Park Inn Muscat hotel guests enjoy easy access to the Al Ghubra beach, businesses and attractions. This comfortable and stylish Muscat hotel offers first-class amenities that include the exceptional rooftop swimming pool, business center, parking and 24-hour front desk assistance.

Contact info:
P.O Box 1635 PC 133
Sultan Qaboos Street Al Khuwair
Muscat, Oman
phone: + 968 2450 7888
web: www.parkinn.com/

Room amenities: Standing out among Oman hotels in Muscat, the Park Inn features 175 rooms, decorated in bright hues and equipped with modern, convenient amenities. Guests may choose from Standard rooms, Business Friendly rooms and One Bedroom suites. All of these Muscat rooms and suites offer first-class amenities including Free high-speed, wireless Internet access, coffee and tea making facilities, and in-room safe. Enjoy free access to Fitness Center facilities. Book one of these Oman hotel's guest rooms or suites and discover what sets the Park Inn apart from other Muscat accommodation.

Facility amenities: This Muscat hotel is nearby the city centre and lies 15 kilometres from the Muscat International Airport. Guests enjoy easy access to Shatti Al Qurum, the main commercial and diplomatic quarter. 175 guest rooms, along with seven suites offer in-room safe, hair dryer and coffee and tea making facilities. Savour a variety of light meals and drinks at the all-day buffet restaurant. Visit RBG Muscat The Sama Terrazza bar serves a fine selection of international refreshments. High-speed, wireless Internet access available throughout the hotel. Relax at the rooftop swimming pool. Utilise the fully equipped fitness center. Shopping enthusiasts revel at retail outlets located within this Muscat hotel. Stay in touch with the hotel's business center. Five versatile meeting rooms are available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, November 28 - Introduction to Oman Culture & History
Note: Please bring a head scarf or shawl to cover your head and arms if you wear a short sleeve shirt for ladies. Shorts above the knee for men and women inside the mosque are not permitted. Bring your sunglasses and/or a hat as there will be a good amount of walking today. Always keep a bottle of water with you.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Start the morning with a group orientation at the hotel and meet your fellow participants. Later on visit the grand mosque, the most exquisite Mosque in Oman.The developed part of the site, including the fully consolidated areas and landscaping, covers 416,000 square meters. The Mosque complex (covering 40,000 square meters) is constructed on a raised podium in keeping with the tradition of Omani mosques that were built elevated from street level. It can accommodate up to 20,000 worshipers and consists of a main prayer hall, ladies prayer hall, covered passageways, a meeting hall, and library which will eventually contain up to 20,000 books. Later, visit Bait Al Zubair Museum to experience the splendid Omani Heritage. The collection at the museum includes traditional Omani weapons jewelry, costumes, traditional weapons...etc, and finish with a panoramic tour of Muscat.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon visit the Royal Opera House in Muscat. The organization serves as a laboratory for creativity and intellectual exchanges; and its high-tech venue pays tribute to and presents diverse artistic and cultural expressions from the Sultanate, the region, and the world. The Opera House features world class as well as local performances throughout the year.

Dinner: At the hotel

Lodging: Park Inn Muscat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Among hotels in Oman, the Park Inn Muscat stands out with its ideal location near the airport, along with its superb amenities including rooftop pool and modern, classic design. Situated on the main highway linking Muscat International Airport to Ruwi, the city's central business district, Park Inn Muscat hotel guests enjoy easy access to the Al Ghubra beach, businesses and attractions. This comfortable and stylish Muscat hotel offers first-class amenities that include the exceptional rooftop swimming pool, business center, parking and 24-hour front desk assistance.

Contact info:
P.O Box 1635 PC 133
Sultan Qaboos Street Al Khuwair
Muscat, Oman
phone: + 968 2450 7888
web: www.parkinn.com/

Room amenities: Standing out among Oman hotels in Muscat, the Park Inn features 175 rooms, decorated in bright hues and equipped with modern, convenient amenities. Guests may choose from Standard rooms, Business Friendly rooms and One Bedroom suites. All of these Muscat rooms and suites offer first-class amenities including Free high-speed, wireless Internet access, coffee and tea making facilities, and in-room safe. Enjoy free access to Fitness Center facilities. Book one of these Oman hotel's guest rooms or suites and discover what sets the Park Inn apart from other Muscat accommodation.

Facility amenities: This Muscat hotel is nearby the city centre and lies 15 kilometres from the Muscat International Airport. Guests enjoy easy access to Shatti Al Qurum, the main commercial and diplomatic quarter. 175 guest rooms, along with seven suites offer in-room safe, hair dryer and coffee and tea making facilities. Savour a variety of light meals and drinks at the all-day buffet restaurant. Visit RBG Muscat The Sama Terrazza bar serves a fine selection of international refreshments. High-speed, wireless Internet access available throughout the hotel. Relax at the rooftop swimming pool. Utilise the fully equipped fitness center. Shopping enthusiasts revel at retail outlets located within this Muscat hotel. Stay in touch with the hotel's business center. Five versatile meeting rooms are available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 for rates and availability.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, November 29 - Exploring Muscat
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning visit Muttrah Souq (traditional market)- one of the most popular souqs in the Middle East. Take a walk in its labyrinthine alleyways beckoning with a myriad of merchandise, from imported fabrics to exotic Oriental spices, perfumes and richly handcrafted artifacts. Here, scents of exotic Arabian perfumes and spices float through the air. Other shops specialize in famous Omani khanjars (daggers), antiques, traditional silver jeweler and handicrafts in copper, camel bone, wood, leather and hand-made Omani costumes.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Lecture

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Lodging: Park Inn Muscat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated in Ras Al Jinz, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is the perfect place to experience Sur and its surroundings. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations. Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Restaurant, bicycle rental, elevator, car park, smoking area are just a few of the facilities that set Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve apart from other hotels in the city.

Contact info:
PO Box 296, Ras Al Jinz, Ras Al Jinz
Sur, 411 Oman
phone: +00000000000
Room amenities: The hotel features 31 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each including satellite/cable TV, seating area, shower, refrigerator, complimentary bottled water. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, November 30 - Transfer to Ras Al Jinz
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Check out from the hotel in Muscat and enjoy a scenic drive to Sur. We will stop at Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular lime stone crater with blue green water at the bottom. From here head to Sur, historically known as a regional hub for building wooden ships. You will also enjoy a panoramic tour of the city.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the Dhow factory ( Omani traditional boats) were built in this city and went to China, India, Zanzibar, Iraq and many countries. This will be a unique opportunity for you to witness the making of traditional Dhow by the experienced craftsman.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: After dinner assemble at the hotel lobby and depart to Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre to watch Turtles nestling on the sands.

Lodging: Ras al-Jinz Turtle Reserve

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: More than 10 years ago, Hamdan Al Hajri, owner of the Arabian Oryx Camp, set out to provide an authentic Bedouin experience for visitors to Oman: “I wanted to create a welcoming environment where I could share the beauty of the desert with my guests. And there is no better way to do that than sitting around a camp fire, listening to traditional music, sampling wonderful food and sharing stories among friends.” At the beginning of it's life, the Arabian Oryx Camp was presented by a very simple traditional bedouin woolen tents with no air-condition. Today, from humble beginnings, our Camp has grown into an efficiently managed camp that expertly balances modern and traditional elements. Guests stay in one of 37 air-conditioned cabins equipped with modern bathroom facilities. They may dine in their cabin or with other guests in a large covered dining area. Sumptuous food is prepared in traditional ways, for example, baked in the sand or cooked over a camp fire. And, as night falls, visitors can enjoy traditional entertainment or simply star gaze the night away. Guests don’t have to go far to enjoy the beauty of the desert at the Arabian Oryx Camp since it is surrounded by sand dunes. Arabian Oryx Camp operates year round and the team prides itself in providing guests with top class service any time of year.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 333, PC 421, Al Wasil
Bidiya, Sharkiya, NA Oman
phone: +968 995 18 882
web: www.oryx-camp.com/about.html

Facility amenities: - Two separate queen size beds - Split air condition with remote control - Fridge - Free tea/coffee facilities in the room - Hair dryer, Socket for shaving - Bath slippers and towels - Free toiletries

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, December 01 - Explore Wahiba Sands
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning you will visit Wadi Bani Khalid. This is considered one of the most beautiful wadi’s (valley) in Oman. The drive to Wadi Bani Khalid is through the Eastern Hajar Mountains, which offers a panoramic view of the landscape below. We pass many pretty villages embedded in the mountains. Here the road winds down to the wadi along side a large, shallow pool fringed with vegetation and ends at a village. Continue on a short trek to the deep blue pools of the wadi. If you wish you can swim in these pure natural pools.

Lunch: En route to the camp

Afternoon: Continue your journey to the camp with arrival in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the camp

Lodging: Arabian Oryx Camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Only an hours drive from Muscat International Airport and a short distance from Nizwa city, the Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel is surrounded by rugged Hajar Mountain ranges and is ideally located for adventure tours through Oman's exciting nature. The spectacular mountains and villages around the hotel give a true flavour of the country.amid this Arabian splendor stands Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel, an Oasis of peace and tranquillity set against the magnificent Hajar Mountains. Just a short drive from Nizwa, the ancient capital, with its pottery town of Bahla, ancient houses of Birkat Al Mauz, facinating Jabrin and Nizwa forts, the picturesque mountain villages of Al Hamra and Misfah. It is also perfectly placed for adventure safaris deep into Oman's interior. At the end of all the hectic exploration you are welcomed into the warmth and care of Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel, indulging you with traditional hospitality discreetly blended with the hotels modern facilities.

Contact info:
P.O. Box : 1000
P.C. 611
Nizwa, Oman
phone: +968 2543 1616
web: www.goldentulipnizwa.com/default.aspx?Language=EN

Room amenities: The Standard rooms feature: Individually controlled air-conditioning, LCD TV, International direct dialing facility, Mini bar, Laundry service Hair dryer and Satellite TV, Rooms with garden, mountain and pool view wake up call service, Tea/ coffee maker in the room, Wi fi internet access on request, All other modern amenities.

Facility amenities: Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel has 120 rooms and are well furnished and equipped in order to meet all needs, with individually controlled air conditioning, direct dialing facility, high speed wireless internet, hair dryer, mini bar, in-room tea/coffee maker and satellite television with more than 24 International channels. We have a business centre with secretarial service, internet café, 24 hour room service and 2 live entertainment bars. Other Food & Beverage outlets include the newly renovated Sports Bar.Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel has an elegant restaurant serving authentic International cuisine. There is a lobby café serving round the clock, poolside café with bar-be-cue for special occasions. We also provide complimentary shuttle service to Nizwa downtown.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, December 02 - Transfer to Nizwa
Note: Note: There is a good amount of driving today as you cross Wahiba dunes towards the camp where you will spend the night. This is a dune bushing day! Let your group leader know if you prefer high or low dunes. Our drivers are professionally trained to do dune bashing, so sit back and enjoy the roller coaster effect!

Breakfast: Breakfast at the camp

Morning: Check out of the camp and transfer to Nizwa. On the way to Nizwa, you will come face to face with the enormous desert. The Wahiba Sand is a long, narrow strip of high dunes and stretched woodland about 110 miles from north to south and about 50 miles from east to west along the unspoiled coastline of eastern Oman. In the north of Wahiba Sands are the most incredible sand dunes, some reaching a colossal 300 feet high and separated by enormous depressions. These beautiful dunes stretch as far as the eye can see, and it is a spectacular sight especially in the evening and the morning. If you have a sense of adventure, drive over the dunes to experience the roller coaster like feeling with our experienced drivers. After dune bashing visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. The Wahiba Sands is also home to the Bedouins who are used to this harsh climate. There are over 3000 Bedouins of varying tribal origins who live here amongst the woodland on the fringes of the sands.

Lunch: Lunch on the way to Nizwa

Afternoon: Continue your journey to Nizwa via Sinaw, passing numerous small enclosures made of palm fronds that nowadays house goats and sheep. Behind the wall is the Sinaw souq where you will see local jewelry, foods artifacts and Badouine makeup for sale.

Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Lodging: Golden Tulip Nizwa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Only an hours drive from Muscat International Airport and a short distance from Nizwa city, the Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel is surrounded by rugged Hajar Mountain ranges and is ideally located for adventure tours through Oman's exciting nature. The spectacular mountains and villages around the hotel give a true flavour of the country.amid this Arabian splendor stands Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel, an Oasis of peace and tranquillity set against the magnificent Hajar Mountains. Just a short drive from Nizwa, the ancient capital, with its pottery town of Bahla, ancient houses of Birkat Al Mauz, facinating Jabrin and Nizwa forts, the picturesque mountain villages of Al Hamra and Misfah. It is also perfectly placed for adventure safaris deep into Oman's interior. At the end of all the hectic exploration you are welcomed into the warmth and care of Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel, indulging you with traditional hospitality discreetly blended with the hotels modern facilities.

Contact info:
P.O. Box : 1000
P.C. 611
Nizwa, Oman
phone: +968 2543 1616
web: www.goldentulipnizwa.com/default.aspx?Language=EN

Room amenities: The Standard rooms feature: Individually controlled air-conditioning, LCD TV, International direct dialing facility, Mini bar, Laundry service Hair dryer and Satellite TV, Rooms with garden, mountain and pool view wake up call service, Tea/ coffee maker in the room, Wi fi internet access on request, All other modern amenities.

Facility amenities: Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel has 120 rooms and are well furnished and equipped in order to meet all needs, with individually controlled air conditioning, direct dialing facility, high speed wireless internet, hair dryer, mini bar, in-room tea/coffee maker and satellite television with more than 24 International channels. We have a business centre with secretarial service, internet café, 24 hour room service and 2 live entertainment bars. Other Food & Beverage outlets include the newly renovated Sports Bar.Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel has an elegant restaurant serving authentic International cuisine. There is a lobby café serving round the clock, poolside café with bar-be-cue for special occasions. We also provide complimentary shuttle service to Nizwa downtown.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, December 03 - Explore Nizwa
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: This morning enjoy a panormic tour of Nizwa and a guided field trip to the 17th century round tower fort near Nizwa, which is Oman’s most impressive tower. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. From the top, a superb panoramic view gives visitors a bird’s eye view all around Nizwa and the surrounding plains – a sure delight for all avid photographers. From here you go through Wadi Ghul, the land of the traditional weavers of Oman and Wadi Nakher which is considered to be Oman’s deepest canyon to reach Jebel Chams, the highest mountain in Oman.

Lunch: Picnic lunch

Afternoon: After lunch you will depart for Al Hamra village date plantations. Walk through the narrow streets where little has changed over the last hundred years. Discover the ancient Omani daily life including Qahwa (coffee) making, the making of Omani traditional bread, percolating of rose water, grain grinding, extraction of Alshoa medical, making of perfumes and frankincense, hand tailoring the making of Omani Kumma (Man head cover), palm lives industries, the making of hand-made fans, butter extraction and the making of dates and lemon drinks. Expereince Al Barazah, a name that refers to the Omani gathering where people sit to exchange views and news. Al Barazah sitting is conducted in a traditional environment where Arabian coffee (Qahwa), Omani Halwa (sweets) , Omani bread , dates Malook and other Omani traditional dishes are served and frankincense is released.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Evening: At leisure

Lodging: Golden Tulip Nizwa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Perched on a rock face, this 4 star resort offers the most panoramic views of the famed Musandam Shoreline. The 60 rooms resort is elegantly furnished with its very own private terrace or balcony offering breathtaking panoramic views on the Gulf of Oman.

Contact info:
P.O.Box 434, PC 811
Khasab, Oman
phone: +968 267 30777
web: www.atanahotels.com/AtanaKhasab.aspx?Division=2&id=9

Room amenities: Hairdryers, Iron & Board, High Speed Wifi Internet, Satellite TV channels, No Smoking Rooms/Facilities, Turndown Service, Safe deposit box, Coffee Maker in Room, Refreshment centre, Air Conditioned, International Direct Dial

Facility amenities: Golden Tulip Resort Khasab is a great choice, where you can enjoy: - Sea view rooms - Dibba restaurant - Darts Bar - Cappuccino cafe - Swimming pool - Children pool - Children play area - Table tennis - Gym - Conference and meeting facilities - WiFi Internet

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, December 04 - Flight to Khasab
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to Muscat Airport to board your flight to Khasab

Lunch: on own

Afternoon: Free afternoon at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Atana Khasab

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Perched on a rock face, this 4 star resort offers the most panoramic views of the famed Musandam Shoreline. The 60 rooms resort is elegantly furnished with its very own private terrace or balcony offering breathtaking panoramic views on the Gulf of Oman.

Contact info:
P.O.Box 434, PC 811
Khasab, Oman
phone: +968 267 30777
web: www.atanahotels.com/AtanaKhasab.aspx?Division=2&id=9

Room amenities: Hairdryers, Iron & Board, High Speed Wifi Internet, Satellite TV channels, No Smoking Rooms/Facilities, Turndown Service, Safe deposit box, Coffee Maker in Room, Refreshment centre, Air Conditioned, International Direct Dial

Facility amenities: Golden Tulip Resort Khasab is a great choice, where you can enjoy: - Sea view rooms - Dibba restaurant - Darts Bar - Cappuccino cafe - Swimming pool - Children pool - Children play area - Table tennis - Gym - Conference and meeting facilities - WiFi Internet

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, December 05 - Explore Khasab
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Depart for city exploration of Khasab, the capital city of Musandam with a field trip to the Khasab Fort, the neighbouring village Qadah.

Lunch: onboard the Dhow

Afternoon: Transfer to Khasab harbour before lunch and board the traditional Omani dhow and start cruising into the spectacular fjords of Musandam, passing small fishing villages, famous telegraphic island. There is the possibility of swimming and snorkeling in clear waters if you are interested. It is also possible to see Humpback dolphins. This type of dolphins is listed by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as endangered. You will have free time between mid-afternoon and dinner.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Atana Khasab

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Ideal location in old Dubai opposite the Museum and a stone’s throw away from many historical, cultural and shopping attractions such as heritage village, historic bastakiya, Dubai creek & abra (water taxi), meena bazaar, textile market, electronics shopping, computer street and a whole lot more. With 173 elegantly furnished rooms in traditional Arabic theme including 23 elegantly furnished suites and 41 executive rooms, the hotel offers all the latest amenities for discerning travelers. A variety of dining and entertainment options as well as conference & banquet with the latest technology are on offer. Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa also offers a fully equipped health & recreation center as well as a Wellness Spa.

Contact info:
Al Fahidi Street
Dubai, P.O.Box 46500 United Arab Emirates
phone: +971-4-3519111
web: www.arabiancourtyard.com/about.aspx

Room amenities: 01 large or 02 single beds with wired and Wi-Fi internet access in rooms, tea/coffee maker, 2 mineral water bottles, work desk, voice mail, IDD telephones, multi channel TV, in-room safe, iron & board, mini bar, individual temperature control, electronic door locks & smoke detectors. These rooms are en-suite with shower & bathtub combination.

Facility amenities: Business facilities at our hotel include a business center, conference & meeting rooms as well as secretarial services. Other facilities include Airport transfers, Currency exchange, Laundry / Valet services, Baby sitting, Catering services, Safety deposit boxes, Rent-a-Car assistance, Tour assistance, Valet parking, Beauty salon, Barber shop, Gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
To book additional nights, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 for rates and availability.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eleven: Sunday, December 06 - Transfer to UAE / discover coastal cities of Shar...
Note: All visits are by bus. Today you are crossing the international border to the UAE. Make sure to keep your passport in your purse or hand bag that you keep with you onboard the bus NOT in your suitcase. The drive from Khasab to Ras Al Khaimah is about 1h30min. The drive from Ras Al Khaimah to Sharjah is about 1h30min. The drive from Sharjah to Dubai is about 30 minutes.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast

Morning: Visit the National Museum of Ras al-Khaimah. It's located behind the Police Headquarters in a fort that was the residence of the ruling family until the early 1960s. The National Museum houses a collection of archeological and ethnological artifacts. The Qawasim Room on the first floor contains documents, manuscript and treaties between the rulers of Ras al-Khaimah and the world, as well as some traditional weapons belonging to the ruling family.

Lunch: At a local restaurant

Afternoon: This afternoon you will transfer to Sharjah, which is considered the center of Islamic civilization in the UAE. You will explore the one-of-a-kind Islamic civilization museum in Sharjah. The museum opened in 2008, and it covers Islamic culture, with more than 5,000 artefacts from many Muslim countries. Displayed objects include calligraphy, carvings, ceramics, coins, glass, manuscripts, metalwork, and scientific instruments. Afterwards, explore Souq al-Arsah in Sharjah, the oldest souq (market) in the country. Later, stop at the traditional coffeehouse for a mint tea and a plate of dates.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Arabian Courtyard

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Ideal location in old Dubai opposite the Museum and a stone’s throw away from many historical, cultural and shopping attractions such as heritage village, historic bastakiya, Dubai creek & abra (water taxi), meena bazaar, textile market, electronics shopping, computer street and a whole lot more. With 173 elegantly furnished rooms in traditional Arabic theme including 23 elegantly furnished suites and 41 executive rooms, the hotel offers all the latest amenities for discerning travelers. A variety of dining and entertainment options as well as conference & banquet with the latest technology are on offer. Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa also offers a fully equipped health & recreation center as well as a Wellness Spa.

Contact info:
Al Fahidi Street
Dubai, P.O.Box 46500 United Arab Emirates
phone: +971-4-3519111
web: www.arabiancourtyard.com/about.aspx

Room amenities: 01 large or 02 single beds with wired and Wi-Fi internet access in rooms, tea/coffee maker, 2 mineral water bottles, work desk, voice mail, IDD telephones, multi channel TV, in-room safe, iron & board, mini bar, individual temperature control, electronic door locks & smoke detectors. These rooms are en-suite with shower & bathtub combination.

Facility amenities: Business facilities at our hotel include a business center, conference & meeting rooms as well as secretarial services. Other facilities include Airport transfers, Currency exchange, Laundry / Valet services, Baby sitting, Catering services, Safety deposit boxes, Rent-a-Car assistance, Tour assistance, Valet parking, Beauty salon, Barber shop, Gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
To book additional nights, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 for rates and availability.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Monday, December 07 - Exploring Modern Dubai
Note: Note: Always keep your valuables, including your passport in the safe in your room. Keep a copy of your passport with you at all times. Burj Khalifa is often crowded, and there is a good indoor walk to get to the elevator that takes you to the 124 floor.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: With an international architect explore some of the most amazing modern architectural landmarks of Dubai. At the end of the tour, the coach will bring you back to the hotel. Metro ride to the palm island.You will have the beginning of the afternoon free to explore Dubai on your own or relax at the hotel before heading to Burj Khalifa in the mid-afternoon

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. It is named after UAE President Khalifa Bin Zayed and it broke many world records. This tower has the highest outdoor observation deck in the world. The group will have a chance to enjoy a unique view of Dubai from this deck (124th floor). In the evening, watch the awesome Dubai fountains. This is a record-setting choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake at the centre of the Downtown Dubai. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 902 ft long and shoots water 490 ft into the air (equivalent to a 50-story building), accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.

Dinner: At a local restaurant

Lodging: Arabian Courtyard

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Ideal location in old Dubai opposite the Museum and a stone’s throw away from many historical, cultural and shopping attractions such as heritage village, historic bastakiya, Dubai creek & abra (water taxi), meena bazaar, textile market, electronics shopping, computer street and a whole lot more. With 173 elegantly furnished rooms in traditional Arabic theme including 23 elegantly furnished suites and 41 executive rooms, the hotel offers all the latest amenities for discerning travelers. A variety of dining and entertainment options as well as conference & banquet with the latest technology are on offer. Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa also offers a fully equipped health & recreation center as well as a Wellness Spa.

Contact info:
Al Fahidi Street
Dubai, P.O.Box 46500 United Arab Emirates
phone: +971-4-3519111
web: www.arabiancourtyard.com/about.aspx

Room amenities: 01 large or 02 single beds with wired and Wi-Fi internet access in rooms, tea/coffee maker, 2 mineral water bottles, work desk, voice mail, IDD telephones, multi channel TV, in-room safe, iron & board, mini bar, individual temperature control, electronic door locks & smoke detectors. These rooms are en-suite with shower & bathtub combination.

Facility amenities: Business facilities at our hotel include a business center, conference & meeting rooms as well as secretarial services. Other facilities include Airport transfers, Currency exchange, Laundry / Valet services, Baby sitting, Catering services, Safety deposit boxes, Rent-a-Car assistance, Tour assistance, Valet parking, Beauty salon, Barber shop, Gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
To book additional nights, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 for rates and availability.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, December 08 - Visit Abu Dhabi
Note: Note: All visits are by bus with minimal walking. All sites are on the ground floor and easily accessible for people with limited mobility. The drive to Abu Dhabi is about 2 hours without traffic. Mosque dress code applies today ( headscarves for ladies & no shorts or t-shirts for men or women).

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Learn about the UAE national bird; the falcon through a field trip to the worldwide-known Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital which opened its doors in 2007 to visitors to experience the fascinating world of falcons and falconry. This is a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget. It will give you a deep insight into the world of the majestic bird, the history of falconry as well as the life of falcons in modern times.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a guided exploration of the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi will give you a different perspective about the culture and architecture of the UAE. This mosque is the largest in the country. The mosque's design and construction unites the world, using artisans and materials from over 12 countries. The 60,570 sq ft carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world's largest carpet. The Mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshippers. Later on, you will have a guided visit to the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Island.

Dinner: At a local restaurant

Lodging: Arabian Courtyard

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Ideal location in old Dubai opposite the Museum and a stone’s throw away from many historical, cultural and shopping attractions such as heritage village, historic bastakiya, Dubai creek & abra (water taxi), meena bazaar, textile market, electronics shopping, computer street and a whole lot more. With 173 elegantly furnished rooms in traditional Arabic theme including 23 elegantly furnished suites and 41 executive rooms, the hotel offers all the latest amenities for discerning travelers. A variety of dining and entertainment options as well as conference & banquet with the latest technology are on offer. Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa also offers a fully equipped health & recreation center as well as a Wellness Spa.

Contact info:
Al Fahidi Street
Dubai, P.O.Box 46500 United Arab Emirates
phone: +971-4-3519111
web: www.arabiancourtyard.com/about.aspx

Room amenities: 01 large or 02 single beds with wired and Wi-Fi internet access in rooms, tea/coffee maker, 2 mineral water bottles, work desk, voice mail, IDD telephones, multi channel TV, in-room safe, iron & board, mini bar, individual temperature control, electronic door locks & smoke detectors. These rooms are en-suite with shower & bathtub combination.

Facility amenities: Business facilities at our hotel include a business center, conference & meeting rooms as well as secretarial services. Other facilities include Airport transfers, Currency exchange, Laundry / Valet services, Baby sitting, Catering services, Safety deposit boxes, Rent-a-Car assistance, Tour assistance, Valet parking, Beauty salon, Barber shop, Gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBA
To book additional nights, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 for rates and availability.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Wednesday, December 09 - Introduction to UAE Culture & History / Explore t...
Introduction to UAE Culture & History / Explore the old city of Dubai

Note: Please bring a head scarf or shawl to cover your head and arms if you wear a short sleeve shirt for ladies. Shorts above the knee for men and women inside the mosque are not permitted. Bring your sunglasses and/or a hat as there will be a good amount of walking today. Always keep a bottle of water with you.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Start the morning with a walk through the Al Fahidi Historic district and head to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for a cultural discovery and Q&A session about the UAE culture and Islam.

Lunch: Lunch at the SMCCU

Afternoon: This afternoon explore Dubai Museum, the main museum in Dubai. It was built in 1787 and it is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil in addition to artefacts from recent discoveries as old as 3000 B.C.

Dinner: On own

Lodging: Arabian Courtyard

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Fifteen: Thursday, December 10 - Departures
Note: Transfer to the airport and departures early morning

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport very early in the morning for your flight back home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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