Oman and cruise to the Emirates (11 days)
Along the ancient and modern coasts of the Arabic Peninsula
Discovering the naturalistic beauty and the modernity of the United Arab Emirates
For organized groups we arrange pilgrimages customized with guides and spiritual assistants in different languages. Contact us for more information and quotes.
day by day
Departure from Rome Fiumicino Airport with scheduled flights to Dubai Emirates. Meals and overnight on board.
Arriving at Dubai airport, then by scheduled flight to Muscat Emirates. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon city tour of Muscat: panoramic tour passing by the Sultan's Palace to admire the exterior and the Royal Opera House; continued with a visit to Bait Al Zubair Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of items, weapons and jewelry typical Omani, to end at the port, where you can wander around the Muttrah Souq. Dinner and overnight.
Departure by private bus to the mysterious city of Bahla, home of myths and legends, now famous for its pottery. You can admire, but only from the outside, the imposing Fort of Bahla considered one of the most beautiful in the country and UNESCO. Continue to visit the beautiful and Jabrin Castle, residence of the Imam in the seventeenth century., The unique architecture and the beautiful and ornate ceilings. It will continue to Al Hamra where, with the use of 4x4 vehicles, you will reach Jebel Shams, Oman's highest mountain, with its 3,075 meters above sea level, famous for its impressive canyon called the Grand Canyon of Oman, with spectacular scenery and towering cliffs. Continuation, always with 4x4 vehicles to Misfah to Abrein, for a photo stop at the quaint mountain village and its palm grove irrigated by falaj, irrigation canals. Continue to Nizwa, arrival and transfer to Hotel in private rooms. Dinner and overnight.
Nizwa, the former capital, also called the "Pearl of Islam", is located on a plain surrounded by lush palm oasis. In the morning we will visit the market (only on Friday) and the strong. More than 40m tall, the tower of the fort built in the seventeenth century., At that time the seat of government inland Oman, overlooking the city. From the top you can enjoy an exceptional view of the surrounding mountains and the date plantations. Continue to the beautiful oasis of Birkat Al Mauz, until you reach the Wahiba Sands, a vast expanse of orange sand dunes, some of which are over 100 meters high, the natural habitat of the Bedouin from more than 7,000 years. On arrival at Al Mintrib (Bidiya), we can look back on the paved road for advancing with 4x4 vehicles in the desert of Wahiba Sands. There are camps of the Bedouin tribes, nomads who have lived for centuries in the Wahiba advantage of the many water wells and bushes of grass, which allow you to raise herds of goats and camels. Accommodation in a permanent tented camp. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
Breakfast at the camp. Continue to Wadi Bani Khalid, an oasis located in a narrow valley very green; possibility of swimming in turquoise waters surrounded by a magnificent landscape of mountains and desert. Continue to Sur, old African port where dhows (traditional boats) were built with his bare hands. Legend has it that Sur was the birthplace of the famous sailor "Sinbad". Visit the sites of the dhow. At the end of the visits continue to Ras Al Jinz. Arrival and hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight. After dinner excursion to observe, as the months, nesting green turtles, which swim to the Indian Ocean.
Departure to Muscat, with a stop in Wadi Tiwi, one of the most scenic Wadi Oman. Arrival in Muscat, and transfer to the port to board the Costa Fortuna.
Note: Muscat is not a port of embarkation for Costa Cruises, therefore the company does not provide service to Meet and Greet; Messrs passengers with their luggage must get to the ship, where he will be assisted. Accommodation in cabins reserved. Dinner and overnight on board.
Early morning departure by private bus to visit the Grand Mosque in Muscat, a splendid example of modern Islamic architecture: the great Hall of Prayer for the richness of the decorations and the Persian carpet of 4,200 square meters, the largest in the world.
Note: to visit you must wear long pants and long sleeves; the ladies is also required to have their heads covered. Return to the ship in time for the start of the navigation destination from Muscat with Khasab. Dinner and overnight on board
Arrival in Khasab.
Excursion CRUISE WITH DHOW IN FJORD OMAN (3 hours and a half). Departure of the boat from Khasab to Abu Dhabi. Pernottamento board.
Note: for a complete description of tours, see the picture information and quotes.
TAXES AND ASSOCIATED CHARGES
*Not all ships have single cabins effective; cabins double single use will be granted upon request always limited and always subject to confirmation of availability.
Rates include: Scheduled flights from Rome to Muscat Emirates, via Dubai, and return from Dubai to Rome in economy class; Airport taxes and fuel surcharge (currently about € 302,00, to be confirmed issuance of the ticket); Any local airport charges; currently they are all included in the ticket; may be obtained or changed without notice by the local authorities; Port taxes (Euro 130) and service quotas (Euro 72); Guide Oman (one per room); Gratuities; Insurance assistance, medical expenses, baggage; Repayment penalty waiver for pilgrimage.
Rates do not include: Entry visa to Oman (see details); Entrance fees of photographic equipment at tourist sites (payable locally); Meals not provided in the program, a la carte menu, drinks, porterage, personal extras and anything not expressly indicated.
ABU DHABI, EMIRATES CAPITAL (duration 4 hours)
Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands. Established in 1761, it owes its name (chosen by a sheikh of the Bani Yas tribe) to a race of gazelles. This excursion is the perfect introduction to the city. After leaving the pier, the first photo stop is planned at Ittihad Square ("Ittihad" means "union"). We face then a visit to the Cultural Centre of Abu Dhabi where we can appreciate the award-winning art of Arabic calligraphy along with other wonderful works of art and paintings belonging to the Government of Abu Dhabi. As we move towards at Heritage Village, we will pass in front of the Presidential Palace after a photo stop by the Marina Cafe to capture the unique skyline. The Heritage Village is home to a small museum and housing illustrating the daily activities of the community prior to the discovery of oil. Subsequently we travel along the spectacular Corniche past the numerous skyscrapers ultramodern glass and the luxurious residential complexes that have earned the nickname of Abu Dhabi "Manhattan of the Persian Gulf." Finally we reach the end of the breakwater, where we will enjoy a superb view of the extraordinary city skyline.
Note: You should wear light cotton sweaters because of changes in temperature between the places visited and the air-conditioned vehicles. The order of the visits may vary.
VISIT DUBAI (duration 4 hours)
Considered the business capital of the UAE and the Middle East, Dubai is the second largest of the seven emirates. Because of its long history of trade, the city is commonly called the "City of Merchants". Dubai is a unique blend of East and West: a fascinating pot-pourri of oriental charm and western modernity. To begin with, we will take some wonderful photographs outside the famous 7-star hotel Burj al-Arab, after which we will head to the Jumeirah Mosque (photo stop outside), a magnificent example of Islamic architecture. In complete contrast to what we have just seen, we will shift in the historic district of al-Bastakia where we will admire the old houses from the bus with the characteristic wind towers. These facilities were originally built to refurbish the buildings before the air conditioning. Another attraction worth mentioning is the al-Fahidi fort, dating from the eighteenth century, now houses a museum. Later we will cross the quaint Creek with a typical boat called Abra and visit the spice market. The last stage will be dedicated to the immense gold souk where we will find exquisite works of jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.
Note: You should wear light cotton sweaters because of changes in temperature between the places visited and the air-conditioned vehicles. The order of the visits may vary. The start will be in the morning or early afternoon.
DURING THE TOUR IN OMAN:
Accommodation in a standard double room in the Hotel / fields indicated, or the like; Full board (breakfast and dinner in the hotel, lunches in restaurants or hotels), as indicated in the program; Italian speaking local guides during transfers arrival / departure and during the days of excursions; Transfers by private air-conditioned; Using 4x4 for access to Wahiba and Jebel Shams Camp Canyon; Tours and excursions, including inputs, as described in the program.
DURING THE COSTA CRUISE:
Accommodation on board the Costa Fortuna in premium cabins double of the chosen category; Full board; Package classic drinks: beverages package for two main meals (lunch and dinner) and for the buffet; 3 collective package tours, with multilingual guide speaking Italian, as indicated in the program.
After you've embarked on a traditional boat dell`Oman, the dhow, sail to Musandam, the longest fjord and spectacular, considering the .Norvegia d`Arabia. Here turquoise waters contrast with the cream of the limestone cliffs. Along the way you will pass a small fishing villages. While browsing inside the fjord may catch sight of some dolphins swimming alongside embarkation. The dhow will continue navigating to L`Isola Telegraph, where in 1864 the British have laid the first telegraph cable that ran from India to Basra, Iraq. Our boat will then stop near tryst Telegraph allowing us to go for a swim or simply relax lying down while we admire the splendid panorama of the mountains, about 750 meters high, which stand out in the distance. L`ancora raised, our wonderful experience will end with a pleasant cruise that will take us back to the port.
Note: The order of the steps specified may vary. Guests must be in good physical condition, this tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. Places are limited, so you should book early. In case of bad weather The excursion may be canceled. Do not forget to bring your swimsuit, l`asciugamano, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. It is not intended transfers on an island Telegraph. The bathroom is done in shallow water, therefore we require guests to be able to swim.
HOTEL EXPECTED (or similar):
MUSCAT Al Falaj Hotel 4* http://omanhotels.com/alfalaj/
NIZWA Golden Tulip Nizwa 4* www.goldentulipnizwa.com
WAHIBA SANDS 1000 Nights Camp / Sheikh Tents campo tendat www.1000nightscamp.com
RAS AL JINZ Ras Al Jinz Scientific Center Carapace 3* www.rasaljinz-turtlereserve.com
COSTA FORTUNA www.costacrociere.it/it/costa_fortuna.html
Documents for travel abroad:
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Passport with remaining validity of 6 months after the return date and must contain at least 2 blank pages. Entry visa as of May 7, 2015, will enter into force on visa exemption UAE for short stay (up to 90 days every 180) in favor of EU citizens wishing to travel to the United Arab Emirates.
OMAN: Passport with remaining validity of 6 months after the return date and must contain at least 2 blank pages. Entry visa required. The Italian passport holders can get an entry in Oman at the border by paying the amount varies according to length of stay. We saw a 10-day non-renewable 5 Rial Omani coast (about 10 euros); a 30 - day visa renewable for a further month costs 20 OR (About 40 euros).
Palazzo del Vicariato Vecchio
Via della Pigna, 13/a - 00186 Rome ITALY
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Office at St. John Lateran
Palazzo Lateranense - Diocesan Offices
Piazza di Porta S. Giovanni, 6 - 00184 Rome ITALY
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Office at St. Peter's
Piazza Pio XII, 9 (Saint Peter Square) - 00193 Rome ITALY
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