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Treasures of the Persian Gulf

Dubai to Muscat - Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier
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Join this 9-day cruise between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, departing from Dubai. Come aboard Le Jacques-Cartier, and set off to discover the treasures of the desert of the Arabian Peninsula. From fascinating and futuristic Dubai go to Abu Dhabi, the booming capital of the UAE. You are able to make the most of this day to visit the fantastic new Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and the Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world. Then stop off at the nature reserve of the island of Sir Bani Yas, a veritable wildlife sanctuary, before setting sail for Doha in Qatar. In this city blending tradition and modernity, next to the most recent skyscrapers, you will discover a superb museum home to treasures of Islamic art and the sparkling colors of the Waqif souk which brings the heart of the old town to life.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Dubai, UAE | Embark
Day 2 : Dubai, UAE
Day 3 : Abu Dhabi, UAE
Day 4 : Sir Bani Yas, UAE
Days 5-6 : Doha, Qatar
Day 7 : Khasab, Oman
Day 8 : Sur, Oman
Day 9 : Muscat | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum
  • Discover exceptional natural sites: the “fjords of Arabia”, canyons and oases, deserts of dunes.
  • See the cultural sites of Al Ain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the fascinating Doha, the capital of Qatar

Ship

Le Jacques Cartier

Places Visited

  • Abu Dhabi
  • Doha
  • Dubai
  • Khasab
  • Middle East
  • Muscat
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Sir Bani Yas
  • Sur
  • United Arab Emirates

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Walk along the beaches of Dubai Explore glittering Dubai Enjoy a walk through a park in sunny Doha A women in traditional dress walks through the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Views of the sea over the city of Muscat
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Day 1 Dubai, UAE | Embark

Embark on Le Jacques Cartier in Dubai and start your beautiful journey.

Day 2 Dubai, UAE

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vertiginous, excessive, immoderate… Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, stands out for its architectural follies. Home to the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Kahlifa, with a total height of 828 meters, almost three times that of the Eiffel Tower, the city is also famous for the gigantic scale of the Palm Islands, its artificial islands in the form of a palm tree. You can explore more traditional districts not far away, with visits to the souks of Deira or the Gold Souk. Or perhaps you would prefer to discover Dubai Museum: located in an 18th-century fort, it tells the city’s history from Antiquity to the present day.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Dubai, City Of Superlatives, Dubai World Expo Visit, Culinary Experience With Emirati Chef, Queen Elizabeth 2 & Tea, Heritage Of Dubai.

Day 3 Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The political capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi stands out thanks to its exceptional cultural offering. In the Saadiyat Island district, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel as a museum town inspired by traditional Arab architecture, creates a dialogue between objects and works from civilizations from all over the world around the great universal questions. A little further, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque boasts a sumptuous decor of marble, gold and glass. Abu Dhabi is also the gateway to the Al Ain oasis and its 150,000 date palms, a remarkable testimony to the settling of nomads in the region since Neolithic times, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Louvre Museum & Qasr Al Watan, Al Aïn, The Desert Oasis, Sheikh Zayed Mosquee With An Expert, Past, Present & Future Of Abu Dhabi.

Day 4 Sir Bani Yas, UAE

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’ll make a port of call on the island of Sir Bani Yas, a real naturalist dream that has been dedicated to the conservation of endangered animal species since 1971. This enchanting former reserve of the Emir of Abu Dhabi is planted with more than two million trees. Nominated “The World’s Leading Sustainable Tourist Destination”, it has one the largest populations of Arabian oryxes. The ruins of one of the oldest Christian monasteries of the pre-Islamic era, dating back to 600 AD, are visible there.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Island Nature Reserve.

Day 5-6 Doha, Qatar

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On the banks of the Persian Gulf, discover Doha, the capital of Qatar. Rising out of the desert, the city has managed to maintain its traditions in spite of a frantic race for modernity. The cliff bordering Doha Bay has magnificent views over the city center’s enormous constructions. The silhouette of the Museum of Islamic Art rises up near the quays, where the region’s typical sailboats, known as dhows, are docked. This “fortress”, designed by Ming Pei, the architect of the Louvre pyramid, is home to the finest collections of Islamic art in the world. Not far, the lively district of Souq Waqif and its colorful stalls are also an unmissable visit.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: National & Islamic Arts Museum, Discover Doha, Mangrove Kayaking, Sunset Dhow Cruise.

Day 7 Khasab, Oman

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the country’s north, on the Musandam Peninsula, Khasab is a city in the Sultanate of Oman. In the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman, this small port built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and surrounded by a chain of rocky mountains was established at the mouth of Wadi Khasab. You will love its authentic scenery and particularly its fjords, which cut through the landscapes in a spectacular fashion and have earned it the moniker “Norway of Arabia”. In the city, Khasab Castle and its atypical architecture are well worth a visit to discover the history and culture of Oman.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Musandam Fjords Dhow Cruise, Jebel Harim Mountains On 4wd.

Day 8 Sur, Oman

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Built on either side of a lagoon, Sur is a city and seaport in the north-east of the Sultanate of Oman, on the coast of the Gulf of Oman. Connected to the sea by a channel, the port was very active for a long time, having regular dealings with Africa and India since the 6th century. Sur is renowned for being the only Omani city to have retained its traditional boatyards, where dhows (wooden sailing ships) are hand-crafted. The city’s charm stems from its immaculate white houses dotting the seafront and from its fort erected on a hill along the road to Muscat.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Sur City Tour.

Day 9 Muscat | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Unlike neighboring metropolises, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman has chosen to ban towers and skyscrapers and to cultivate the peninsula’s traditional and refined architectural style: low houses, domes, moucharaby windows, and wooden balconies. This authenticity adds to the charm of this small former maritime city protected by mountains and the forts constructed by the Portuguese in the 16th century. There is no doubt that you will fall under the charm of the treasures of Omani craftsmanship: the souk in the old district of Mutrah is a perfect example of this, as is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, reputed to have the world’s largest hand-made carpets.
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Notes

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
  • Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and Zodiacs®. Rates: €70 per standard dive; €80 per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, €80 for a “discover scuba dive” course, on some cruises a dive package might be on offer. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1-year-old and their up to date dive book.

*Oman - a visa is mandatory. When arriving by sea, the visa will be obtained and charged onboard (15€ subject to change).
**Qatar - Visa issued onboard (at no charge)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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