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Arab Sheikdoms: Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman & Bahrain

  • Destination: Africa & Middle East, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Arab Emirates
  • Start: 11/30/2019
  • End: 12/13/2019

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A TOUR TO THE WEALTHY ARABIAN PENINSULA

  • Double Occupancy $7195 | Single Occupancy $9295
  • 14 days/11 nights in 4 countries, including Doha Qatar; Muscat & Nizwa Oman; Manama Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah United Arab Emirates
  • Luxury (5+★) accommodation throughout
  • Activity level: Easy
  • ADDITIONAL: International Air Routing: USA – Muscat (MCT) / UAE (DXB) – USA

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Day 1

SAT NOV 30, 2019 • Depart the USA

Depart the USA for Muscat, Oman. Flights may be booked on Emirates, Delta, KLM, Air France, Lufthansa, United, Turkish, Etihad, Swiss.
Day 2

SUN DEC 1 • Arrive Muscat, Oman

Marhaba! (Welcome) You will arrive at Seeb International Airport (visa required) and will be warmly welcomed and transferred to our hotel. Check in time starts from 1400 hrs.

Muscat, the capital of Oman is a unique blend of the ancient & the modern, Muscat is a beautiful clean city, which lies in the middle of a maze of brown pleated mountains, lulled by the Arabian Sea. The city has undergone dramatic development in the past two or three decades, taking great pride in retaining its heritage & culture. Muscat in many ways is very similar to the East African island of Zanzibar as the latter was a colony of Oman.

Check in to the 5* luxurious Chedi Muscat Hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Dinner is on your own this evening since arrivals may be late and throughout the evening.

Hotel: Chedi Muscat
Room: Serai room
Meals: On Own

Day 3

MON DEC 2 • Muscat, Oman

Breakfast at the hotel and morning at leisure. After lunch, we start our tour of Muscat with a drive along the Corniche, taking us to Old Muscat. Stop at the magnificent Al Aalam Palace (the official residence of Sultan Qaboos), which is flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani & Jalali, followed by a visit of the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which has a fine exhibit of Omani history and culture. We then proceed to explore the enchanting Muttrah Souq, with its narrow, covered alleys where the exotic smells of spices, coffees, ancient remedies and enticing perfumes fill the air. We will end our day at a lovely spot by the sea for a Welcome Dinner. Return to the Chedi Hotel after dinner.

Hotel: Chedi Muscat
Room: Serai room
Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner

Day 4

TUE DEC 3 • Muscat | Nizwa | Muscat, Oman

We start our tour of Muscat with a visit to the Grand Mosque, which is an architectural marvel. Our dress code when visiting mosques throughout the Gulf region prohibits shorts and women are required to cover their head with a scarf (bring your own!) and avoid sleeveless outfits. There are over 500 forts, castles and towers in Oman. Our visit today includes the most remarkable and striking one in terms of its architecture and style. We drive to Nizwa, Oman’s ancient capital, which was a seat of learning and the birthplace of Islam in Oman. We visit the 17th century round Nizwa Fort and the Nizwa Souq, famous for its displays of silver jewelry. After lunch, we will stop in the village of Al Hamra Yemen Village, built of mudbrick in the early 1820s for villagers occupied in pearl fishing. The original irrigation system is still in use. We will also stop at the pottery makers in Bhala before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Return to Muscat for overnight. Dinner is on your own.

Return to Muscat for overnight.

Hotel: Chedi Muscat
Room: Serai room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

WED DEC 4 • Muscat | Doha, Qatar

After breakfast, we take a short flight to Doha, the city that is becoming a capital of the region. Records indicate that the Qatar Peninsula was inhabited during the Stone Age, however there is little evidence of habitation between the most ancient times and now. Oil was struck in 1939 and the country features one of the largest natural gas fields in the world. Our afternoon tour begins with a drive along the beautiful Doha Corniche and a stop for lunch. After lunch, we continue to the new Jean Nouvel’s National Museum, which is becoming an immediate icon of architecture, with its disc-shaped roofs reminiscent of a desert rose. The museum is built around the original 20th century palace of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al Thani.
After our visit, we continue to the Ritz Carlton Hotel for check in. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the hotel’s restaurants.

Hotel: Ritz Carlton Hotel
Room: Deluxe room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

THU DEC 5 • Doha, Qatar

Emerging as one of the most important cities in the Middle East, Doha boasts the spectacular Museum of Islamic Arts, the largest collection of Islamic Art in the world. We begin with a leisurely visit of the collection which spans 1400 years from 3 continents. After our visit, we will make a stop at Fanar Qatar Islamic Cultural Center. With a Qatari host, we will explore the world of Islam and learn the traditions of Qatar and the Gulf States. Afterwards, we stop of lunch. In the afternoon, visit the traditional Old Souq, where we walk around to see Arabian Falcons, the spice market, fabric and perfume stores, art galleries, traditional handicraft shops and many ethnic restaurants and Shisha-Cafés. Stop for a brief visit to the Msheireb Museum to learn the history of the oil and gas industry in the Qatar.
Return to the hotel for a rest. This evening we are treated to Qatari cuisine at a local restaurant for dinner.
Hotel: Ritz Carlton Hotel
Room: Deluxe room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

FRI DEC 6 • Fly Doha, Qatar | Muscat, Oman | Manama, Bahrain

Fly from Doha, Qatar to Manama, Bahrain via Muscat. (Due to an embargo, we are unable to fly directly from Doha to Manama.) Continue to the hotel for check.

Hotel: Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Room: Superior Room
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

SAT DEC 7 • Manama, Bahrain

Our exploration of Bahrain starts with Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbor and Capital of Dilmun*, a UNESCO WHS. The typical tell testifies to the continuous human presence from about 2300 BC to the 16th century AD. About 25% of the site has been excavated, revealing structures of different types: residential, public, commercial, religious and military. The site was the capital of the Dilmun, one of the most important ancient civilizations of the region. At the Bahrain National Museum, we get the opportunity to see a wonderful collection of exhibits, from contemporary Bahraini paintings, sculptures and ceramics to scenes depicting life in the Dilmun civilization of 6000 years ago. The museum features a section of Arabic calligraphy, traditional trades and crafts displayed in a reconstruction of a typical souq of the 1930s. We then explore some buildings in Muharraq City, which are part of the Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy*. The site is the last remaining complete example of the cultural tradition of pearling and the wealth between 2nd century to the 1930s. We will visit Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House which was the seat of the government from 1869 – 1932. The house is designed in traditional style where the rooms are directly overlooking an open courtyard, with a wind tower, a feature of the traditional architecture in the Arabian Gulf region. Afterward we enjoy Arab delicacies at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, stop at the Bab el-Bahrain Souk for a walk. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure at the hotel.

Hotel: Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Room: Superior room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

SUN DEC 8 • Fly Manama, Bahrain | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Fly this morning from Manama to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Gulf Air flight 542 departs Manama at 9:40am and arrives Abu Dhabi 12:23pm. Upon arrival, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to the new Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum. Opened in 2017, the final cost is over 600 million euros; an additional $525 million was paid by Abu Dhabi to be associated with the Louvre name and an additional $747 million will be paid in exchange for art loans, special exhibitions and managements advice. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner is on our own.

Hotel: Ritz Carlton Hotel
Room: Deluxe room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

MON DEC 9 • Abu Dhabi, UAE

Enjoy a morning at leisure, in the afternoon our sightseeing of Abu Dhabi will include Yas Island, home to Formula 1 racing, the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the Emirates Palace Hotel (exterior) and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This evening we will dine together at Li Jiang Asian restaurant in the Ritz Carlton.

Hotel: Ritz Carlton Hotel
Room: Deluxe room
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11

TUE DEC 10 • Abu Dhabi | Dubai, UAE

Mid-morning, we take a short drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and arrive in time for lunch. Check in to the Address. In the late afternoon, we venture out into the desert for dune riding, followed by an exclusive Arabian Nights evening in the desert.

Hotel: Address Downtown
Room: Deluxe room
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12

WED DEC 11 • Dubai | Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaiman, UAE

The UAE comprises of 7 Emirates. These include Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras al Khaimah and Fujairah. These were independent sheikhdoms which unified as the United Arab Emirates in December of 1971. Though a political union, the individual emirates still have their own kings and local rules. The Arab Sheikhdoms Tour will help us explore all the emirates. Our journey today takes us to the East Coast. We pass through the Al Dhaid agricultural areas, where the terrain changes from colorful desert landscape to spectacular mountain scenery. The coastline is scattered with small fishing villages as we visit the old village of Dibba with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Continuing along the coastline, we arrive at the oldest and smallest mosque in the country, the Al Bidya Mosque, built in the 14th century. Driving through the port town of Khorfakhan we enjoy lunch at one of the luxury hotels. Afternoon we explore the 300-year old Fort of Fujairah and the fortress of Bithnah Oasis. The emirates of Sharjah is an exciting and lively city with colorful souks and restored traditional houses with walls made of sea coral. We visit the Museum housed in the newly renovated Fort of Ajman and the Al Markazi Souk. We return to Dubai for an evening at leisure. Independent dinner.

Hotel: Address Downtown
Room: Deluxe room
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

THU DEC 12 • Dubai, UAE

Downtown before we set off for a panoramic tour, including the Jumeirah Mosque, photo stops by the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa buildings, Jumeriah Beach area and a drive on the Palm Islands, 3 artificial islands on the coast of Dubai. We pass the palaces of the ruling family of Dubai and stop at the Dubai Heritage Village as well as the Spice and Gold Souqs. Return to the hotel for lunch and afternoon at leisure.
This evening, we gather for a farewell dinner together.

Hotel: Address Downtown
Room: Deluxe room
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 14

FRI DEC 13 • Dubai | USA

After witnessing the lifestyles of the rich desert people of these remarkable sheikdoms, we are transferred to the airport for your departure.

Meals: Breakfast

Rates & Facts

Rates Per Person Main Tour Intra-Tour Airfare Total
Double Occupancy $7195 $910 $8105
Single Occupancy $9295 $910 $10205

Inclusions
  • Accommodations as per the itinerary
  • Tours and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Coda representative on minimum participation
  • Transfers as per the itinerary. One group arrival/departure transfer will be designated and included. Arrivals/departures outside the group designation are private transfers and charged separately
  • Meals as per the itinerary (beverages are not included)
  • Hotel porterage – 1 bag per person
  • Pre-departure assistance and Coda Travel Portfolio
Not Included

International Airfare USA/MUSCAT (MCT) (via Dubai DXB or Abu Dhabi AUH) | DUBAI (DBX)/USA. See AIRFARE NOTE BELOW; Visa fees (see below). Gratuities to guides & drivers; Items of personal nature, phone calls laundry, WiFi; Beverages during meals; Excess luggage charges. Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (recommended); Any other item not mentioned in Inclusions.

International Airfare

The following carriers can be used for this program: Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, United, Turkish, Delta, KLM, Air France, Swiss. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date.

  • QATAR: When traveling on a U.S. passport, the Government of Qatar does not require prior visa arrangements and travelers may obtain a free visa waiver upon arrival. The waiver is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and entitles the holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, or multiple entries during the 30-day validity. Passports must have a minimum validity of six months. More information can be found on the Government of Qatar website.
  • OMAN: U.S. citizens should apply for tourist visas in advance via the Royal Oman Police E-Visa website. Tourist visas (including 2-year multiple entry visitor visas) are also available upon arrival at airports and land crossings.
  • BAHRAIN: Apply for two-week tourist visas online on the Bahraini government website or upon arrival in the country.
  • UAE: A U.S. citizen with a regular passport may obtain a no fee visitor visa upon arrival.

Be sure you have enough empty pages in your passport.

Alcohol in the Arab States

Importing alcohol into most Arab States is prohibited. This includes bringing in duty-free alcohol. Alcohol is only available in licensed hotels

Homosexuality

Homosexuality is illegal in the Arab States except Bahrain. There is no problem traveling with a gay group in this region. We do caution against open demonstration of homosexuality, including making comments or advances to local citizens or other tourists you might encounter.

Health

No immunizations are required for travel on this tour. However, the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

The CDC also suggests that most travelers get a vaccine for hepatitis A because it can be contracted through contaminated food or water in all three destination countries, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Minimums

All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary.

Pre-Departure Information

A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.

Upgrades

You may wish to upgrade your accommodations in one or more of the hotels we are using. Rooms reserved at the hotels are all entry-level accommodations and may or may not have the preferred view at certain locations (for example in Dubai). Please discuss this with Coda Tours if you have questions. Below are upgrade rates at some of the hotels:

CHEDI HOTEL MUSCAT Reserved: Serai room Sea View 322 sq ft
Deluxe room $475 420 sq ft
Chedi Deluxe Club room* $1062 420 sq ft
Chedi Suite* & ** $3276 721 sq ft

*CLUB BENEFITS
  • Return airport transfers in a private limousine (already provided in the tour)
  • Exclusive access to The Club Lounge
  • Daily breakfast served at The Restaurant or in the privacy of your room.
  • Daily afternoon tea served at The Club Lounge
  • Daily cocktails and canapés served at The Club Lounge in the evenings
  • Complimentary minibar including alcoholic beverages (entire selection, replenished once daily)
**ADDITIONAL AMENITIES FOR SUITE
  • Daily fruit basket (replenished once daily)
  • Daily newspaper
  • Complimentary laundry service (excluding dry cleaning)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access (in your room and in most public areas)
  • Discounted rates for chauffeur driven limousine service

RITZ CARLTON DOHA Reserved: Deluxe room 540 sq ft
Club room* Please inquire 540 sq ft
Junior Suite Please inquire 807 sq ft
Executive Suite Please inquire 1205 sq ft

*CLUB LEVEL ACCESS – No alcohol is included in the Club in Doha.

FOUR SEASONS BAHRAIN BAY Reserved: Superior room 506 sq ft
Deluxe room Please inquire 592 sq ft
Premier room Please inquire 592 sq ft

RITZ CARLTON ABU DHABI Reserved: Deluxe room 452 sq ft
Executive Suite Please inquire 907 sq ft
Garden Suite Please inquire Please inquire

ADDRESS DOWNTOWN DUBAI Reserved: Deluxe room 592 sq ft
Premier room Please inquire 754 sq ft*
Premier Fountain View room
View: Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain $450 754 sq ft*
Club Fountain View room
View: Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain $890 754 sq ft*

*Includes balcony. Junior Suites, Executive Suites & Tower Suites are also available.