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2020

Desert Cruise from Abu Dhabi to Muscat (port-to-port cruise)

9 Days - ADO_PP
# Description

Cruise

ABU DHABI - DUBAI - KHASAB - SUR - MUSCAT

Join us on the Desert Cruise and plunge into the fascinating and little-known history of the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman. The Arabian Peninsula has always been an inevitable port of call on the sea route to India. Over the past 30 years, the skyscrapers of the United Arab Emirates have sprung from the desert sands to mingle with the clouds. Despite this flourishing growth, the country has carefully preserved its culture by way of its rural past mixing with ultra-modern large cities. The Sultanate of Oman cultivates its authenticity by distinguishing itself from its neighbors: grandiose landscapes, high mountains, and long stretches of sand, desert, and wadis. Visitors are fascinated by the multiple facets of Oman’s countryside, history, and culture. Welcome to the country where mirages become reality.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise on a dhow, a traditional Arab sailing vessel, to the heart of the Musandam Peninsula fjords
  • EXCURSIONS(1):
    • Visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the top universal museum in the Arab world
    • In Dubai, ascend to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the highest tower in the world at 2,716.5 feet (828 meters)
    • Revisit history in the Sultanate of Oman by following the route of Oman’s fortresses
    • Meet and chat with an Omani family in the village of Al Hamra
    • Take a refreshing swim in Wadi Bani Khaled
    • Enjoy an exciting, four-wheel-drive excursion through the Wahiba Sands desert

Route

Day 1

ABU DHABI (United Arab Emirates)

Your program will begin according to your time of arrival in Abu Dhabi:

Passengers are welcome to board beginning at 10:00 a.m. Our crew will welcome you and help you get comfortably settled into your cabins. Enjoy lunch on board.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi (in the afternoon). We’ll discover this unique city while driving along a beautiful panoramic route. We’ll stop for a photo op at the Emirates Palace.

We’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail, have dinner, and spend the night on board.

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Day 2

ABU DHABI

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum (in the morning), the top universal museum in the Arab world, conceived and designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. After our tour, we'll return to the port by way of the Al Bateen district.

We’ll enjoy lunch on board.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: The Presidential Palace and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (in the afternoon). Join us for a visit to the Presidential Palace (Qasr Al Watan). We’ll also stroll through the gardens of this majestic palace and visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board. We’ll spend the night cruising to Dubai.

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Day 3

DUBAI (United Arab Emirates)

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: The Burj Khalifa Tower and Palm Island (in the morning). We’ll embark on an excursion to stunning Palm Island and then ascend to the top of the Burj Khalifa, the highest human-made structure ever built.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Take a tour of Dubai (in the afternoon). We’ll visit the city’s oldest building: the Al Fahidi Fort. Now converted into a museum, it showcases the traditional, urban, and rural lifestyles in the Emirate of Dubai. Next, we’ll stroll through traditional markets.

We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board. We’ll spend the night cruising to Khasab.

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Day 4

KHASAB (Sultanate of Oman)

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Khasab and the surrounding area (in the morning)(2). Join us for a visit to Khasab Fort before stopping in the small, traditional village of Mukhi.

OR

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Cruise on a dhow (in the morning)(2). Climb aboard a dhow, the ancestral sailing vessel of this region. You can enjoy a swim in one of the inlets.

The afternoon will be spent cruising to Muscat. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 5

MUSCAT (Sultanate of Oman)

We’ll spend the morning cruising to Muscat. We’ll enjoy lunch on board.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Take a tour of Muscat (in the afternoon). We’ll stop for a photo op at the Al Alam Palace, ceremonial residence of Sultan Qaboos of Oman. We’ll continue our city tour with a visit to the Royal Opera House Muscat. Enjoy some time on your own by discovering the souk of Muttrah.

We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 6

MUSCAT

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Nizwa, along the route of Oman’s fortresses (full-day excursion). Located in the heart of a mountainous region, Nizwa is a veritable oasis. You’ll visit its magnificent fortress and the nearby souk. After lunch, we’ll cross a region with high mountains and terrace cultivation (the Jebel Akhdar). Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village of Al Hamra, where you’ll visit a typical home.

We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board. We’ll spend the night cruising to Sur.

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Day 7

SUR (Sultanate of Oman)

Off the beaten path of the usual tourist circuits, Sur is the gateway to the Wahiba Sands.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: From a desert to the wadi (full-day excursion). Our four-wheel-drive vehicles will take you on an exciting excursion to discover the wadis—vast, natural stretches of water. We’ll head to the Wahiba Sands desert and enjoy lunch in one of the desert camps. The expedition continues on the sand tracks, at the foot of the rippling dunes.

We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board. We’ll spend the night cruising to Muscat.

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Day 8

MUSCAT

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: A typical day in Muscat (in the morning). We’ll visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Bait Al Zubair private museum.

We’ll enjoy lunch on board.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Coastal cruise on a dhow (in the afternoon), a traditional sailing vessel and the pride of Omani mariners.

We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

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Day 9

MUSCAT

Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2020
Departure 27/01/2020
Arrival 04/02/2020
Ship : MV La Belle des Océans Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

  • 20% discount for 1 child between 2 and 9 years old sharing a cabin with 1 adult (on the price of the cruise only - excluding supplements and service fees)
  • 30% discount for 1 child between 2 and 9 years old sharing a cabin with 2 adults (on the price of the cruise only - excluding supplements and service fees)

Formalities

United Arab Emirates: For French, Belgian, Swiss, and Canadian nationals: a valid passport is sufficient to enter the territory of the United Arab Emirates (no visa necessary). The passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your entry into the Emirati territory.

Oman: For French, Belgian, Swiss and Canadian nationals: passport that is valid for 6 months after your date of return and mandatory Omani e-visa.

The average delay for an Omani visa, if you apply directly to the embassy yourself using the website https://evisa.rop.gov.om/, is approximately twenty working days. CroisiEurope can take care of the paperwork and make the request for you for a fee, and in this case, the application would need to be processed 30 days before your departure date.

For other nationalities: please consult the competent authorities (consulate/embassy) before your trip.

Included :
Not included

Your cruise in the cabin category of your choice - all meals - drinks with your meals and at the bar (not including our special wine and drinks list) - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance: 3.8% of the total vacation price per person - transfers to/from departure/arrival points (airport arrivals/departures as well) - tips for the crew members, guides, and drivers - optional excursions. 

Shore Excursions

11 Shore excursions
Included in tour package: Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum Abu Dhabi: The Presidential Palace and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dubai: The Burj Khalifa Tower and Palm Island Take a tour of Dubai Khasab and the surround...
Classic

Nizwa, along the route of Oman’s fortresses

Well before Muscat, Nizwa was the country’s capital city. Located in the heart of a mountainous region, at the crossroads of old caravan routes, Nizwa is a veritable oasis. You’ll enjoy sumptuous panoramic views from the wall-walk of its...

Duration 10h00 Classic

Abu Dhabi: The Presidential Palace and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Join us for a visit to the Presidential Palace (Qasr Al Watan, or “Palace of the Nation”), which recently opened its doors to the public at the initiative of the Emir of Abu Dhabi, thus allowing visitors to discover the traditions and val...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Take a tour of Dubai

Here, you can let your wildest dreams take flight while walking in the footsteps of the past. We’ll visit the city’s oldest building: the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and later converted into a museum. You’ll discover the tradition...

Duration 3h30 Classic

Take a tour of Muscat

We’ll take the coastal route, winding under the watchful eye of the Al Jalali, Al Mirani, and Muttrah forts. We’ll stop for a photo op at the very camera-friendly Al Alam Palace, ceremonial residence of Sultan Qaboos of Oman. We’ll...

Duration 3h30 Classic

A typical day in Muscat

Early in the morning, things are already bustling at the Muttrah Fish Market. Chiseled-faced fishermen negotiate the price for their daily catch. After, we’ll visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Inaugurated in 2001, it can welcome up to 20,00...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Dubai: The Burj Khalifa Tower and Palm Island

We’ll embark on an excursion that is ahead of its time, where the limitless creative spirit and imagination of humankind raised the highest tower in the world out of the sand and sea on stunning Palm Island. This island is built to resemble the...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi

We’ll discover this unique city while driving along the beautiful panoramic route from the Corniche all the way to the viewpoint of Breakwater Island. We’ll stop for a photo op at one of the most impressive hotels and conference centers e...

Duration 3h00 Classic

The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum

The recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is an architectural landmark in itself. Built on an island between the sea and the sand, the museum’s dimensions are colossal and include 260,000 square feet of exhibits (24,000 m2). It was conceived...

Duration 3h30 Classic

Sur: From a desert to the wadi

Our four-wheel-drive vehicles will take you on an exciting excursion to discover a rare curiosity: the wadis—vast, natural stretches of water shaded by palm, date, and mango trees. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear, fresh water of th...

Duration 8h00 Classic

Khasab and the surrounding area

Join us for a visit to Khasab Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 17th century to protect their trading activities in the highly-coveted area. We’ll continue our discovery as we navigate along the coastal route to Bukha. We’ll stop in th...

Duration 3h30 Classic

Coastal cruise on a dhow

Climb aboard a dhow—a traditional sailing vessel and the pride of Omani mariners. Made of wood, the dhow was used to travel from region to region and from country to country. Today, dhows are a visitor’s delight, allowing them to admire t...

Duration 4h00 Classic
11 Shore excursions
Included in tour package: Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum Abu Dhabi: The Presidential Palace and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Dubai: The Burj Khalifa Tower and Palm Island Take a tour of Dubai Cruise on a dhow Take...
Classic

Dubai: The Burj Khalifa Tower and Palm Island

We’ll embark on an excursion that is ahead of its time, where the limitless creative spirit and imagination of humankind raised the highest tower in the world out of the sand and sea on stunning Palm Island. This island is built to resemble the...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi

We’ll discover this unique city while driving along the beautiful panoramic route from the Corniche all the way to the viewpoint of Breakwater Island. We’ll stop for a photo op at one of the most impressive hotels and conference centers e...

Duration 3h00 Classic

The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum

The recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is an architectural landmark in itself. Built on an island between the sea and the sand, the museum’s dimensions are colossal and include 260,000 square feet of exhibits (24,000 m2). It was conceived...

Duration 3h30 Classic

Cruise on a dhow

Climb aboard a dhow, the ancestral sailing vessel of this region, used in centuries past to transport merchandise, passengers, and even slaves. Today, these elegant wooden ships with triangular sails navigate the fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. On...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Nizwa, along the route of Oman’s fortresses

Well before Muscat, Nizwa was the country’s capital city. Located in the heart of a mountainous region, at the crossroads of old caravan routes, Nizwa is a veritable oasis. You’ll enjoy sumptuous panoramic views from the wall-walk of its...

Duration 10h00 Classic

Abu Dhabi: The Presidential Palace and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Join us for a visit to the Presidential Palace (Qasr Al Watan, or “Palace of the Nation”), which recently opened its doors to the public at the initiative of the Emir of Abu Dhabi, thus allowing visitors to discover the traditions and val...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Take a tour of Muscat

We’ll take the coastal route, winding under the watchful eye of the Al Jalali, Al Mirani, and Muttrah forts. We’ll stop for a photo op at the very camera-friendly Al Alam Palace, ceremonial residence of Sultan Qaboos of Oman. We’ll...

Duration 3h30 Classic

Sur: From a desert to the wadi

Our four-wheel-drive vehicles will take you on an exciting excursion to discover a rare curiosity: the wadis—vast, natural stretches of water shaded by palm, date, and mango trees. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear, fresh water of th...

Duration 8h00 Classic

Take a tour of Dubai

Here, you can let your wildest dreams take flight while walking in the footsteps of the past. We’ll visit the city’s oldest building: the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and later converted into a museum. You’ll discover the tradition...

Duration 3h30 Classic

A typical day in Muscat

Early in the morning, things are already bustling at the Muttrah Fish Market. Chiseled-faced fishermen negotiate the price for their daily catch. After, we’ll visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Inaugurated in 2001, it can welcome up to 20,00...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Coastal cruise on a dhow

Climb aboard a dhow—a traditional sailing vessel and the pride of Omani mariners. Made of wood, the dhow was used to travel from region to region and from country to country. Today, dhows are a visitor’s delight, allowing them to admire t...

Duration 4h00 Classic

Dubai: The Burj Khalifa Tower and Palm Island

We’ll embark on an excursion that is ahead of its time, where the limitless creative spirit and imagination of humankind raised the highest tower in the world out of the sand and sea on stunning Palm Island. This island is built to resemble the...

Duration 4h00 Classic
Price per pers. 79.00 € Before departure

Cruise on a dhow

Climb aboard a dhow, the ancestral sailing vessel of this region, used in centuries past to transport merchandise, passengers, and even slaves. Today, these elegant wooden ships with triangular sails navigate the fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. On...

Duration 4h00 Classic
Price per pers. 58.00 € Before departure

A typical day in Muscat

Early in the morning, things are already bustling at the Muttrah Fish Market. Chiseled-faced fishermen negotiate the price for their daily catch. After, we’ll visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Inaugurated in 2001, it can welcome up to 20,00...

Duration 4h00 Classic
Price per pers. 36.00 € Before departure

Coastal cruise on a dhow

Climb aboard a dhow—a traditional sailing vessel and the pride of Omani mariners. Made of wood, the dhow was used to travel from region to region and from country to country. Today, dhows are a visitor’s delight, allowing them to admire t...

Duration 4h00 Classic
Price per pers. 60.00 € Before departure

Khasab and the surrounding area

Join us for a visit to Khasab Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 17th century to protect their trading activities in the highly-coveted area. We’ll continue our discovery as we navigate along the coastal route to Bukha. We’ll stop in th...

Duration 3h30 Classic
Price per pers. 76.00 € Before departure

The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum

The recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is an architectural landmark in itself. Built on an island between the sea and the sand, the museum’s dimensions are colossal and include 260,000 square feet of exhibits (24,000 m2). It was conceived...

Duration 3h30 Classic
Price per pers. 66.00 € Before departure

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

Useful information

EXCURSIONS:

  • Excursions are only available for purchase up to 15 days before your trip begins. Certain excursions are programmed at the same time and cannot be combined.
  • Excursions will alternate between air-conditioned buses and small local boats.
  • The excursions will be narrated by a local tour guide, and you will have earphones for easier listening.

PRECAUTIONS

Vaccines are not mandatory for this trip. It is nevertheless advisable to be up to date with the following vaccinations: tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, and typhoid fever. The use of mosquito repellent is highly recommended.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

  • For the current exchange rates for the Emirati dirham and Omani rial, please consult websites such as www.xe.com or www.onada.com/currency/converter.
  • You will be able to find currency exchange offices and automatic teller machines easily.
  • There is no currency exchange service on board.

WEATHER

In terms of weather, the most pleasant period for visiting the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman is between November and February. This will allow you to avoid seasons of heavy rain or unbearable heat. Temperatures range between 64°F (18°C) in the morning and 82°F (28°C) in the afternoon. It can be chilly in the Omani mountains. The temperature of the sea is around 75°F (24°C).

TIME DIFFERENCE

You can consult www.worldtimezone.com to see the time difference between your home and your destination.

Additional information

INTERNET

SATELLITE CONNECTIONS

Our ship provides Internet connection via satellite while we cruise, which is different and slower than what we are used to through our regular home or office services. We cannot guarantee connection at all times. Please keep this in mind while you are enjoying your vacation with us.

TELEPHONE SERVICE

DURING CRUISE

When we are at sea, you can connect your device(s) to the onboard GSM/3G network. Your service provider will automatically send you the terms and conditions of use for this service. You will be able to make calls, send messages, or use the Internet through this network’s roaming services. The GSM network will be turned off once the ship enters a port.

WHILE IN PORT

When the ship is in a port, you will be able to receive and make calls via your international calling/service plan according to the country you are visiting.

WATCH OUT FOR SERVICE FEES

We strongly recommend that you contact your service provider before your departure; international calls and data usage can be very costly and are almost never included in basic operator packages.

PLEASE CHECK THE SETTINGS FOR YOUR DEVICE

Once you are on board, but before you connect to the Internet, please check the settings for your device(s).  We request that you limit the downloading of videos and large-volume files. Automatic updates to your PC, tablet, and smartphones will affect the speed and cost of your connection. You probably have automatic updates for apps on your devices that you are not aware of. We recommend that you deactivate these updates while you are staying with us.

These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility. You must be in good physical condition to participate. Certain visits are done on foot.

  • The captain of the ship is the sole authority who can modify the ship itinerary for safety or navigational reasons.
  • The excursions may be modified or their order changed due to technical requirements, cultural events, etc. In addition, local authorities may decide to close certain sites or museums without prior notice. If this happens, we will propose an alternative.
  • We recommend travelers wear long skirts/dresses/pants and long sleeves when visiting monuments in these countries. Women will need to cover their hair when visiting certain sites.

(1) Optional excursions.
(2) Certain excursions are programmed at the same time and cannot be combined.

Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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