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DUBAI & OMAN FOR FAMILIES

The contrast between Dubai and Oman makes for an enriching and fascinating journey. After a few days in the midst of modernity in Dubai, Oman's stunning scenery, cultural riches and fish-rich waters set the scene for an action-packed adventure and a memorable night under the desert stars.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Family fun at Dubai's Aquaventure waterpark
  • A boat journey off the Damaniyat Islands
  • 4x4 adventure into the mountains
  • Camel safari and a night in the desert
  • Take in the history of Nizwa and Muscat
£2,360
per person

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ED GRANVILLE

Middle East Specialist

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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive in Dubai

    Arrive in the high-octane city of Dubai. Enjoy a VIP Meet & Greet on arrival and you will then be swiftly transferred to your iconic hotel on the famous Palm Island.

    Overnight: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

  3. Day 1 Arrive Dubai

    Arrive in the high-octane city of Dubai. Enjoy a VIP Meet & Greet on arrival and you will then be swiftly transferred to your iconic hotel on the famous Palm Island.

    Overnight: Atlantis The Palm

  4. Day 2 Dubai

    Spend the day at Aquaventure at Atlantis. Experience heart-thumping slides that catapult you through shark filled lagoons, uphill water roller coasters, never ending rapid river adventures and up-close animal encounters. Kids will love Splashers, a children's play area designed just for them, or you can choose to relax on the private beach surrounded by lush tropical landscapes. For a real highlight, swim with Dolphins at Dolphin Bay.

    Overnight: Atlantis The Palm

  5. Day 3 Dubai

    After a morning at leisure, be driven to Downtown Dubai for lunch at Madinat Jumeirah "Venice" followed by a wonder through the souks to see the gold, spices and souvenirs, before trying on designer labels at the Dubai Mall. Watch the spectacular Dubai Fountain display and finish with a cocktail at Neos Bar at the top of the Address Downtown building to enjoy the Dubai night skyline.

    Overnight: Atlantis The Palm

  6. Day 4 Muscat

    Just a short flight away is the Sultanate of Oman and the city of Muscat. On arrival, transfer to your comfortable, beachside hotel where the afternoon is at leisure to snorkel in the clear waters of the Gulf of Muscat, enjoy the amazing spa, or just relax by one of the many pools and drift on the lazy river.

    Overnight: Shangri-La's Al Bandar Hotel

  7. Day 5 Muscat

    Muscat is a complete contrast to neighbouring Dubai and the benign, modernising presence of the Sultan can be felt everywhere - in the amazing Grand Mosque, in the brand new, glistening Opera House and even in the port at Muttrah, where a vast private yacht sits proudly amongst the myriad of small fishing boats bringing in the daily catch for sale at the busy fish market. A tour of the city also takes in the bustling, frankincense-perfumed souq, and the Bait al Zubair Museum. The afternoon is at leisure, for some water-skiing, perhaps?

    Overnight: Shangri-La's Al Bandar Hotel

  8. Day 6 Snorkelling & Dolphins

    Potter down to the marina and set off on a privately chartered motor-boat to the quiet coves down the coast, where the fish life is particularly abundant and where the water is clear. See the resident pods of Dolphin and also try some fishing on the way, then spend time snorkelling and trying to spot turtles.

    Overnight: Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort - Al Bandar Hotel, Muscat

  9. Day 6 Daymaniyat Islands

    Potter down to the marina and set off on a privately chartered motor-boat to the Daymaniyat Islands, an uninhabited nature reserve just off-shore, where the fish life is particularly abundant and where the water is especially clear. See the resident pods of Dolphin and also try some fishing on the way, then spend time snorkelling at the islands, before enjoying lunch on the beach.

    Overnight: Shangri-La's Al Bandar Hotel

  10. Day 7 Nizwa

    Travel out of Muscat by 4x4 vehicle through the high, wadi-riven Al Hajar mountains to the stunning, UNESCO-restored city of Nizwa, the old capital of Oman and a renowned seat of learning, surrounded by extensive date palm groves. It houses a beautifully restored old quarter and souqs, as well as two mosques that date back to the very early days of Islam. But the crowning glory is the superb fortress - part castle, part royal palace, part Islamic school - which is not to be missed. Then drive south to the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands, home to Bedouin herdsmen and prize camel-breeders. Enjoy some "dune-bashing" before boarding camels for a sunset camel safari and dinner in camp.

    Overnight: Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands

  11. Day 7 Nizwa - Wahiba Sands

    Travel out of Muscat by 4x4 vehicle through the high, wadi-riven Al Hajar mountains to the stunning, UNESCO-restored city of Nizwa, the old capital of Oman and a renowned seat of learning, surrounded by extensive date palm groves. It houses a beautifully restored old quarter and souqs, as well as two mosques that date back to the very early days of Islam. But the crowning glory is the superb fortress - part castle, part royal palace, part Islamic school - which is not to be missed. Then drive south to the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands, home to Bedouin herdsmen and prize camel-breeders. Enjoy some "dune-bashing" before boarding camels for a sunset camel safari and dinner in camp.

    Overnight: Desert Nights Camp

  12. Day 8 Depart

    Early risers can scale a dune to watch the sun rise over the rolling sea of sand. In the dawn light, a short nature walk reveals the tracks of all the creatures that were out on the dunes during the night. After breakfast, drive out of the desert and back to Muscat to catch your flight home. If you have a late departing flight, there would be time to take a packed lunch and head up the coast to Wadi Shab where the very presence of water, let alone such inviting clear pools, seems like a minor miracle. Cross the wadi in a rowboat, then walk upstream through majestic scenery to find a clear deep pool of translucent water, fringed with palms.

  13. Depart

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