Our tours are fully flexible and can be tailor-made to your requirements
Taking in the Emirates or travelling overland to discover the beauty of neighbouring Oman, our sample tailor-made tours will help you to experience more of Arabia
All our private tours are fully flexible and can be tailor-made to your requirements. Other trips or extensions to your stay are available to many destinations in Dubai
The tours featured below are privately-guided with an English-speaking driver/guide. Prices include taxes, transfers, entrance fees and hotels with meal plans and flights as specified in the tour details.
Overland to Oman: Dunes, Forts & Mountains
Journey into Oman across the desert from Dubai and explore the ports and villages of the coastal region before heading inland to discover the ancient forts, deserts, oases, mud-brick villages and mountains of this beautiful country. Round off your voyage of discovery with some time in the thriving city of Muscat.
Dubai to Oman
Travel to the tip of Arabia along the stunning coastline from Dubai to Oman’s coastal Musandam enclave, surrounded by the UAE. Here you will journey through the stunning fjords on a traditional dhow and admire breathtaking views of the beautiful cliffs, plunging ravines and dramatic mountains of this unique peninsula.
Spend a night in the dunes in a simple Bedouin tent or upgrade to a private camp with hotel quality bedding, silver service fine dining, and luxury bathrooms and amenities. Or choose a luxury 5* resort camp for your desert experience.
Note that the tours marked with this symbol involve some walking over uneven terrain and off-road driving in a four-wheel drive vehicle; these may not be suitable for all travellers. Prices are per adult (child reductions available) and are based on travel from Dubai hotels. Unless otherwise indicated, prices are based on a private trip with your own driver/guide; shared coach trips are also available at a discount. Most trips are possible from other Emirates as indicated (AD = Abu Dhabi; FJ = Fujairah; RAK = Ras al Khaimah) and a surcharge may apply. Please enquire for details.
Dubai dhow cruise with dinner (AD)
£53 per person
Dinner and shared transfers included (also available with private transfers at supplement)
The exact origins of the dhow are lost to history, but these trading vessels were primarily used to carry heavy items, like fruit, fresh water or merchandise, along the coasts of Eastern Arabia, East Africa, Yemen and some parts of South Asia (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh). Today you can climb aboard a beautiful refurbished dhow to sail for couple of hours and enjoy an unforgettable evening along the Dubai Creek, the waterway dividing the charming “city of light” into two commercial districts.
£53 per person
Dinner and shared transfers included
You are collected from your hotel in an air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle and transferred in to the desert that surrounds the city, admiring views of the barren yet enchanting landscape on the way. At the first stop, a traditional camel farm to see herds of the magnificent hump-backed herbivores, you can learn about the different types of camels that are commonly seen in the desert around Dubai. Continue across the desert to the campsite where Arabic coffee and dates welcome visitors. Camels lope on guided tours around the encampment, and you can get a henna tattoo design on your hands or feet, watch a traditional Tanourah folk dance and feast on a delicious barbecue dinner. After dinner, smoke a shisha (Arabic water pipe), if you wish, and watch a live belly-dance performance.
£345 per person
Dinner and private transfers included.
A more sedate luxury evening with dinner under the stars inside a Royal desert retreat. You are collected in a Range Rover and your expert safari guide will lead you on a gentle journey through the undulating Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in search of exotic native wildlife. A superb dinner at your secluded private set-up nestled inside the exclusive grounds of the Royal desert retreat awaits you. Your six course dinner is served on a table made out of an antique Arabic wooden door and sits beside your private Majlis or traditional Bedouin tent, complete with silk carpets and soft, fluffy cushions where you can relax by your bonfire. Relax under the stars in this once in a lifetime experience that only a privileged few will be lucky enough to experience.
A taste of Dubai (AD; FJ; RAK)
£144 per person
Optional lunch at Burj al Arab (£120pp supplement)
There is no better way to explore the wonderful Emirate of Dubai than to pay a visit to the famous “Al Fahidi Fort” now the Dubai National Museum. This is the place where once rulers of Dubai lived. Afterwards, you take an authentic water taxi – Abra to Dubai’s famous old market known as the Spice & Gold souk. You then enjoy a photo stop of the Jumeirah Mosque known for its 8th century Islamic Architecture before a short drive on Jumeirah road where you witness the hustle and bustle of local residents going about their lives. Finally you visit the 7* Burj Al Arab, the most luxurious hotel in the world, where, as an optional extension, you can experience delicious cuisines amidst its magical atmosphere (advance booking required).
Discover cultural old Dubai (AD)
£149 per person (minimum 2 people. NB not available in summer)
Live the culture and heritage of Dubai by taking this “Tales from the Past” tour around the Khor Dubai area. After arriving in the Dubai Historical District which is spread across the neighbourhoods of Bur Dubai, Al Fahidi, Shindagha and Deira, you visit Heritage Village, Shaikh Saeed House and then walk through one of the oldest souks, as well as visiting various other landmarks. In the Heritage Village, you may see elderly Emiratis baking traditional raqaq, khameer and chebab bread and also preparing coffee for a Majlis. You learn about various types of construction needed by coastal and mountain communities and the nomadic Bedouin of the desert. Finally, you partake in a traditional Emirati lunch.
£280 per person
Afternoon & evening
Our unique afternoon and evening excursion is a luxury tour around Dubai with a cruise on a traditional Dhow alongside the Dubai Marina, and a trip to ‘Palm Jumeirah’, the largest manmade island in the world. Cast your eyes on some of the most luxurious monuments of modern society. You will get the opportunity to visit the Dubai Downtown area and witness the spectacular Burj Khalifah, where you can enjoy a magnificent, unobstructed 360 degree view of the city, desert and ocean from its viewing deck ‘At the Top’. You can also enjoy the famous Dubai Dancing Fountains from high above. After such a visual feast, prepare yourself for a fusion dinner (included) at the Armani hotel, one of Dubai’s most desirable dining destinations.
Dubai today (AD; FJ; RAK)
£230 per person
Option to include afternoon tea at the Burj al Arab (£106pp supplement)
Dubai has successfully become one of the most sophisticated cities around the world in just a short period of time. In order to understand its evolution, this tour takes you to different parts of the city to experience its development. You visit Dubai Marina – a canal city carved along a two-mile stretch of Arabian Gulf shoreline with a variety of luxury towers and villas perched atop a dynamic waterfront-retail promenade. You continue to the Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island comprising a tree trunk, a crown with 16 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11 kilometre long breakwater. Afterwards, you enjoy the beauty of the little Venice of Dubai submerged in Arabian architecture that goes by the name of Madinat Jumeirah. You head then to the new Downtown area to visit one of the highest observatory decks at the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifah. Here also is one of the world’s largest shopping malls famous for its huge aquarium and underwater zoo as well as world’s largest choreographed fountains.
As an option, you can conclude your tour with afternoon tea at the famous 7* Burj Al Arab, which is designed to resemble a billowing sail and soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai Jumeirah skyline (advance booking required).
Dinner at Bab al Shams desert resort
£173 per person
Dinner and shared transfers included (also available with private transfers at supplement)
Approximately 45 minutes from the city of Dubai, experience the wide expanse of the desert and the magic of lively entertainment at Al Hadheerah, the region’s first open air traditional Arabic desert restaurant. Situated in the resort shaped as a fort, Bab al Shams, this dinner is a real delight for tourists and locals alike. Al Hadheerah will enchant you with scenes straight out of an Arabian legend featuring belly dancers, henna painters, live bands, falcon display, camel rides and an extensive buffet with delicious Arabic cuisine with live cooking stations.
Discover Abu Dhabi (AD)
£220 per person (not available Fridays)
Optional lunch at 5* Emirates Palace (£82pp supplement)
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the residence of the Federal National Council. Recognized as one of the world’s largest producers of oil, Abu Dhabi is undergoing a massive diversification of its economy and is investing in many different areas such as commerce, tourism and culture. On this introductory tour you can see new additions to Abu Dhabi’s skyline, as well as the grandiose Grand Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in the world. The journey continues through the heart of the city where you can see the famous Union Square that houses symbolic themes inspired by the customs of the country. After a short drive along the Corniche, you arrive at the Heritage Village, specially designed by late HH Sheikh Zayed Ben Sultan al Nahyan, as a reminder of the past for the younger generation. You finish at one of the most luxurious and unique hotels in the world, Emirates Palace, where you can enjoy an optional lunch (advance booking required).
Discover Al Ain (AD)
£221 per person (not available Mondays/Fridays)
Al Ain is a charming desert oasis that was originally known as a stop on the caravan trail. Al Ain is a garden city and one of the agricultural centres of the Emirates. With a history dating back to the 4th millennium BC, it is also a university city and the birthplace of the first President of the U.A.E. The oases (Jimi and Hili) provide a shaded walk through the palms of the plantation, giving each visitor a restful and pleasant experience. You visit the Al Ain Palace Museum, the residence of the late ruler Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Interesting displays, including a collection of family portraits offer an insight into the way the royal family lived and entertained their guests. During the tour you have the chance to stop at a camel race as well as have free time at Al Ain Mall.
£144 per person (not available Fridays)
You begin your half day tour with a visit to the iconic Al Noor Mosque (Mosque of Lights), the most magnificent of nearly 600 mosques, currently operating in the Emirate of Sharjah. Located in the heart of famous Al Buhara Corniche, this masterpiece is influenced by classical Turkish Ottoman architecture, reminiscent of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and is currently the only mosque in Sharjah to open its doors to non-Muslims. You are welcomed with Arabic coffee and dates and greeted by a prominent Emirati cultural ambassador. During this educational visit you learn about Islam and the culture of the UAE. You then venture to Souq Al Arsah, probably the oldest market place in the UAE and begin a journey back in time. Walk along the air-conditioned alleyways of the market, home to numerous quaint stalls selling local, new and antique handicrafts, Arabic bridal and pearl chests, ethnic and handmade jewellery, perfume bottles and incense, palm leaf baskets and shawls. You then visit Sharjah Fort, also known as Al Hisn (The Fort). It was built in 1823 and used to be the residence of the Qawasim ruling family as well as government headquarters. From there you go to the historical heart of Sharjah, and the fascinating Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation which started its life as traditional Middle Eastern souk or indoor market. Finally, you conclude your visit with a short stop at Souq Al Jubail.
Fjords of Musandam (FJ; RAK)
£96 per person
Includes lunch and shared transfers
Musandam is known as the fjord region of Oman with tall cragged mountains plunging directly into the deep blue sea. Leaving early from your hotel takes you through the unique scenery and rugged mountains between the borders of the UAE and Oman, until you reach the East Coast Peninsula of Musandam, in Oman. You cruise from Dibba Al Byah’s Fishing Port on a traditional wooden dhow towards the famous stone houses, fishing villages, sheer rocks, beautiful caves, stunning mountains and the rugged bays of Musandam. Have lunch on board where snorkelling is also available. Return to the harbour in the afternoon, and back to your hotel of origin.
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