Oman & U.A.E. Explorer

9 days from $6,489 per person*
  • Explore the forts and palaces of Muscat, the Omani capital.
  • Visit stunning desert landscapes and refreshing wadis by private 4x4.
  • Take in a falconry demonstration from a hot-air balloon 4,000 feet above the desert floor.
  • Wander traditional souks and glitzy shopping malls in search of gold and more.
  • Stay in a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are light years apart in demeanor. The former, a tranquil sultanate of great deserts and rugged mountains, has steadily eased itself into the spotlight over the past half-century. The latter, a federation of oil-rich emirates, is a fascinating blend of ancient customs, cutting-edge technology, and ultramodern architecture that tests the very limits of gravity. Taken together, they offer a tantalizing glimpse into the modern Arab world; a place where the past and the future live side-by-side.

This journey combines Oman’s outdoor splendor with the U.A.E.’s outsized opulence. Explore the vast, desolate dunescapes of Wahiba Sands via private four-wheel-drive desert safaris. Haggle with goldsmiths in Abu Dhabi’s Gold Souk. Gaze out from the observation deck atop the 160-story Burj Khalifa, then enjoy high tea at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the landmark six-star hotel. Fly alongside trained falcons on a hot-air balloon safari, then sail the extravagant man-made islands of Dubai’s world-famous harbor on a private cruise. The sky’s the limit on this trip – and even that’s debatable.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Muscat
    Muscat
    • Airport Fast Track Service (Arrival) - Assistant
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Magical Muscat (with Dinner) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 2 Muscat
    Muscat
    • Private Tour - Nizwa & Jabel Akhdar - 4WD Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 3 Muscat
    Muscat
    • Private Tour - Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid (with Picnic Lunch) - 4WD Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 4 Muscat to Abu Dhabi
    Muscat to Abu Dhabi
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Ground Handling Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Private Car
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Abu Dhabi
    Abu Dhabi
    • Private Tour - Full Day Magical Abu Dhabi with Lunch at Emirates Palace Hotel - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Abu Dhabi to Dubai
    Abu Dhabi to Dubai
    • Private Transfer - Abu Dhabi - Dubai [City to City] - VIP Transfer
    • At Leisure
  • Day 7 Dubai
    Dubai
    • Private Tour - Full Day Modern Dubai with High Tea in Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa Experience - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Dubai
    Dubai
    • Shared Tour - Fly with Falcons on a Hot Air Balloon Ride with Breakfast & Wildlife Safari (4hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Balloon/Land Rover/Guide
    • Private Tour - Sea Cruise to Palm Island (2hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 9 Dubai
    Dubai
    • Private Transfer - Airport (Jumeirah Hotels & Palm Jumeriah Hotels) - Private Car
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Muscat

For a more relaxing arrival experience, a representative will greet you at the arrival flight gate, accompanied by a luggage porter with buggy cars. Enjoy Prime Class Arrival Lounge refreshments then proceed through immigration via dedicated Fast Track counters with your assistant. The visa can either be arranged online or paid for at the airport separately and your assistant will facilitate the visa processing. Your luggage will be collected by your personal assistant and porter. Exit the airport terminal accompanied by your personal assistant and porter to meet with your private driver.

A private vehicle and English speaking driver will provide a transfer between airport and your hotel. 

Your afternoon starts with a drive to the Grand Mosque for a photo opportunity accompanied by a private vehicle and a driver-guide. The mosque is beautiful by night, as it is illuminated from all sides with floor spot lights and the grandeur of its architectural genius truly comes alive. From here, you will continue on to the Corniche which fringes the old Muscat town – better known as Muttrah. The Corniche is near the main Mina Al Sultan Qaboos port of Oman and the Muttrah Souk. A short halt will allow you to visit the souk (market) and purchase some typical Oman souvenirs. Visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum which is one of the most informative museums in Oman and focuses mainly on the traditional culture and lifestyle of the people of the Sultanate. From here travel on to see the Sultan’s Palace and the two forts Jalali and Mirani which guard it. Afterwards enjoy a dinner at a typical Arabic restaurant, situated in the heart of the “new” Muscat. Your meal is a set menu consisting of a variety of delectable Arabic specialties followed by a flavored “hubly-bubly” (water pipe or shisha). Afterwards return to your hotel. Entrance fees are included. 

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Muscat

The Crowne Plaza hotel is a modern regal hotel that stands by the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Oman. Guests can expect great service, accommodation and atmosphere at this hotel in the capitol city of Oman. 

Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sultan Qaboo's Grand Mosque
Sultan Qaboo's Grand Mosque
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Muscat
Muscat

Day 2: Muscat

You will be picked up from your hotel by a private vehicle and an English speaking driver-guide for a full day tour. Visit Nizwa souq and fort which has been strategically built atop a hill overlooking the ancient villages with its colorful domes and bustling market below. Continue to drive in a 4WD towards Jabal Akhdar, or Green Mountain in Arabic (2800 M above sea level). Next stop is Wadi Bani Habib, the most beautiful dried up river bed which stretches about 20-30 km. The wadi skirts beautiful villages with their terrace farming fields. Then, proceed on to the peak of the green mountain, where you may enjoy the breathtaking view from the top. You will also stop at the Jabal Akhdar hotel for tea or Omani coffee and some light refreshments (not included). Afterwards, you will return to your hotel.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Muscat
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Nizwa Ancient Fort
Nizwa Ancient Fort
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crowne Plaza Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel

Day 3: Muscat

Enjoy an exhilarating round of “dune bashing” in a four-wheel drive vehicle accompanied by a driver-guide. Wahiba Sands is a vast mass of undulating red and white sand dunes rising up to 200 meters and stretching as far as the eye can see. It is also host to a large variety of flora and fauna and ever-changing patterns of dunes, a photographer’s delight! The sands are the traditional homes of the nomads and the Bedouins. It is common to see them moving through the desert with their camels. During your trip through the desert stop and visit a Bedouin home. A picnic lunch box will be provided to be savored in the desert. In sharp contrast to this is Wadi Bani Khalid, a beautiful Wadi indeed. The wadi has clear deep blue waters, where the shade of the palm trees are inviting for a relaxing siesta! Catch a glimpse of the pretty villages scattered all over the Wadi Bani Khalid as they cling precariously to the slopes of the rugged mountain-side (Please bring along your swimwear, the clear waters of the Wadi are very inviting! Also please note that light clothing and walking shoes may be more suitable on this trip).

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Muscat
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wahiba Sands
Wahiba Sands

Day 4: Muscat - Abu Dhabi

A private vehicle and English speaking driver will provide a transfer between airport and your hotel. 

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

Upon arrival, you will be met by an airport representative who will provide you with a welcome package including useful information about the destination and 24 hours contact and emergency numbers. You will also receive a hotel representation including an information meeting (if stay is over 72 hours).

A private vehicle with english speaking driver will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.

Accommodation: Southern Sun Hotel

The property’s luxurious and beautifully appointed rooms ensure a high level of comfort and privacy for all guests. This Abu Dhabi hotel showcases a uniquely refined level of hospitality, comfort and service. With a location that offers easy access to the nearby airport, as well as proximity to several of the city’s most renowned tourist districts and business hubs, the hotel is a hospitality landmark for leisure and business travelers alike.

Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi

Day 5: Abu Dhabi

Meet your private driver and guide to embark on a full day tour of Abu Dhabi. The capital city of UAE is a gem to discover. Spend your day wandering around the city’s cultural landmarks and taking in its mesmerizing skyline. Start your adventure with a visit to the Yas Island where you will get a chance to take photographs of the iconic Ferrari World. Next, sneak a peek into the relaxed modern city life in Abu Dhabi as you are driven to the heart of the city along the Corniche with its beautifully developed public spaces. Your day continues with a visit to the Heritage Village, a living exhibit of a traditional oasis village where you will get an opportunity to witness the desert way of life. Now that you have worked up your appetite, transfer to the grandiose Emirates Palace for lunch and get a taste of its award-winning, world-class cuisine. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the marvelous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Delve into the architectural and spiritual majesty of this monument as you discover its splendor with your expert private guide. End your day with a private transfer back to your hotel.      

Accommodation: Southern Sun Hotel
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Southern Sun Hotel
Southern Sun Hotel

Day 6: Abu Dhabi - Dubai

A private vehicle with english speaking driver will provide a transfer between the Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Jumeirah Beach Hotel

With its striking wave-like design, Jumeirah Beach Hotel's five-star resort is one of Dubai’s most instantly recognizable structures. Happily for the guests, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai is equally famed for its amazing value and sheer wealth of options to enjoying your stay. All the hotel’s guestrooms, suites and villas are luxuriously furnished and provide spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf. And once you’ve finished taking in the view, you can choose from the widest array of leisure facilities around one of the best family hotels in Dubai, including a scuba diving center, swimming pools, Sinbad’s Kids Club, The Hub for teens and complimentary, unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Water Park. You’ll find everything you’re looking for and much more at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.

Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dubai
Dubai
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jumeirah Beach Hotel Beach View
Jumeirah Beach Hotel Beach View

Day 7: Dubai

A private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for this private tour of Dubai. Modern Dubai offers visitors a diverse experience from the unforgettable charm of traditional souks to inspiring modern skyscrapers. Your day begins with a visit to The Dubai Mall, one of the World’s largest shopping centers located next to the iconic Burj Khalifa. Here, you will visit the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life first-hand. Be treated to an exceptional underwater adventure as you meet eye to-eye with sharks, stingrays and other species of fish in their natural habitat. The tour continues with a visit to the World’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Begin your vertical ascent to the observation deck in a high-speed elevator, traveling at 10 meters per second. As the doors open, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide a breath-taking unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. Following this exciting visit, you will drive towards Dubai Marina district, which offers an exclusive environment for living, leisure and business, only to be followed by the world`s largest man-made island, that has captured the world's imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity, called The Palm Jumeirah. A brief photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis The Palm Hotel a magnificent, oceanic tribute to a mythological age, will impress all. To conclude this unforgettable tour, cap the day with a “High Tea” at the only 7-star, world famous hotel, Burj Al Arab. Designed to resemble a billowing sail, this architectural marvel soars to a height of 321 meters, dominating the Dubai Jumeirah skyline. Upon the conclusion of the tour, settle in for a private transfer back to your hotel. 

Accommodation: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Dubai Mall Aquarium
Dubai Mall Aquarium

Day 8: Dubai

Catch the rising sun at 4,000 feet on an airborne adventure, viewing the vast expanse of golden sand dunes from the comfort of a gentle hot air balloon ride. Fly with falcons as these magnificent birds have been trained to fly from the hot air balloon in a breathtaking world-first spectacle. Let the world’s most experienced hot air balloon pilots take you on a ride of a lifetime. Once you land, you will be driven to a private desert conservation reserve where you will have the chance to freshen up at clean, private bathrooms. Breakfast will be a scrumptious selection of delicacies such as hand-cut smoked salmon and caviar. Experience an amazing wildlife safari in museum quality, open top 1950’s Land Rovers with your knowledgeable safari guide. These iconic vehicles were the first vehicles ever to traverse the desert 6 decades ago. Spot desert wildlife up close such as Arabian Oryx, Gazelles and more. It is the perfect way to see the Dubai desert from above and below. The actual balloon flight time is approximately one hour and is weather permitting. Transfer is included. 

What is a better way to start the day than with a tranquil and peaceful sail along the coastline of Dubai, while viewing new prestigious projects, such as The Palm and World Islands. This 2 hours nautical activity includes transfers to and from your hotel.

Accommodation: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Palm Island
Palm Island

Day 9: Dubai

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Crowne Plaza Muscat: Muscat

The Crowne Plaza hotel is a modern regal hotel that stands by the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Oman. Guests can expect great service, accommodation and atmosphere at this hotel in the capitol city of Oman. 

Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crowne Plaza Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel

Southern Sun Hotel: Abu Dhabi

The property’s luxurious and beautifully appointed rooms ensure a high level of comfort and privacy for all guests. This Abu Dhabi hotel showcases a uniquely refined level of hospitality, comfort and service. With a location that offers easy access to the nearby airport, as well as proximity to several of the city’s most renowned tourist districts and business hubs, the hotel is a hospitality landmark for leisure and business travelers alike.

Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Southern Sun Hotel
Southern Sun Hotel

Jumeirah Beach Hotel: Dubai

With its striking wave-like design, Jumeirah Beach Hotel's five-star resort is one of Dubai’s most instantly recognizable structures. Happily for the guests, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai is equally famed for its amazing value and sheer wealth of options to enjoying your stay. All the hotel’s guestrooms, suites and villas are luxuriously furnished and provide spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf. And once you’ve finished taking in the view, you can choose from the widest array of leisure facilities around one of the best family hotels in Dubai, including a scuba diving center, swimming pools, Sinbad’s Kids Club, The Hub for teens and complimentary, unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Water Park. You’ll find everything you’re looking for and much more at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.

Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jumeirah Beach Hotel Beach View
Jumeirah Beach Hotel Beach View
Oman & U.A.E. Explorer Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina
Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    I had an amazing opportunity to travel for the first time with my little brother on a trip to Egypt. I was mostly booking through an agency because my brother is a spoiled traveller. In hindsight, I highly recommend you booking through an agency if you go. I used Kensington Tours and could not have been happier. They prepared me for what to expect and were very organized throughout the entire trip. We had a gracious and kind host the entire time who arranged everything. I never even checked into a hotel by myself. I felt so spoiled. If you go, ask to have Osama Soliman. We also had the most amazing driver I have ever witnessed and could not have been more thankful, but it is not a place to rent a car! He was always on time, right where we needed him with full AC, WiFi, a clean car and water! You need Mostafa Khalil as your driver - I promise you that! We had 3 guides depending on where we were and what we were doing, but all of them had been doing tours in English for many years and they were all amazing! We had Hala Kamal - she was our Egyptian mother and tour guide in Cairo...we would not have traded the conversations we had with her for anything. She was welcoming and thoughtful. She gave us as much or as little info we wanted. Also, in Cairo, we had not enough time spent with Mahmoud Ramadan. He was very informative and passionate about his knowledge. In Luxor, our guide was Osama Raslan and I would highly recommend his 23 years of experience as a guide. You are all missing a really amazing experience in Egypt if you don't go...my photos will not do it justice. I am in awe and hope to get a chance to go back again!

  • Susan P — July 08, 2019 — Egypt & Middle East

    The tour, guides, security, driver, accommodations were remarkable in all facets. Specifically, I would like to point out our guide in Cairo/Giza - Hela and our guide in Luxor - Muhammad. There is not enough space here to list all the positives; it lived up to our expectations of a Trip of a Lifetime.

  • Derick B — April 22, 2019 — Egypt & Middle East

    Seamless professional knowledgeable and trusted throughout. Everything was anticipated and handled with warmth and competence. Beginning to end, not a false step. Superb!

  • Ronald O — April 13, 2019 — Egypt & Middle East

    My son and I were extremely pleased with the efficiency and organization of our Kensington tour to Egypt. The accommodations, airport and tour facilitators, drivers, hotel and ship personnel, and knowledgeable tour guides made for an unforgettable experience.

  • Paulette L — February 02, 2019 — Egypt & Middle East

    We knew the accommodations would be superb; however, was not expecting the guides to be so well spoken, accommodating, friendly, and above all so educated and knowledgeable in every aspect. They showed a high degree of interest in us and answered every question with enthusiasm and real desire to relate their history and current Egypt. Kudos especially to Ishmiel Gamea. Ermeen Mostafa El-Sissy also showed in-depth knowledge and appreciated our interests.

  • Sharon P — February 02, 2019 — Egypt & Middle East

    We have already recommended Kensington Tours to friends who are interested in travelling to Egypt after hearing about our experience. Every portion of our trip was handled in a professional, friendly manner. We are so pleased that we had this opportunity to visit Egypt.

    Our guides were one of the most exceptional parts of our trip. Nermeen in Cairo and Ismiel from Aswan to Luxor were outstanding in their knowledge, their professionalism, and their sense of humor, answering every question we posed. They shared their love of their country and it’s ancient history, as well as its culture and present-day issues. Bill and I would not hesitate to recommend Kensington Tours to our friends, thanks to our guides and every other aspect of our experience. Thank you for our “trip of a lifetime”!

  • Sophia V. — November 23, 2018 — Egypt & Middle East

    I wouldn't have done Egypt any other way! The planning was so easy, Tamara listened to our needs and wants. We were absolutely blown away with our guides, Iman and Mohamed. Iman was so incredibly passionate, she truly brought Egypt alive. Mohamed was highly knowledgeable, but also listened to us and anticipated our needs ahead of time. Kensington really nailed it, and I could not be happier with our trip.

  • Diana B. — December 26, 2018 — Egypt & Middle East

    Our guides and drivers were extremely nice, very knowledgeable and had excellent manners. Nermeen and Ahmad went above and beyond their duties, they stop at our request at places to buy local food and coffee for us along the way. They connected with us in a personal level and understood what we were interested in.

  • James B. — January 22, 2018 — Egypt & Middle East

    Micha Weiser was an exceptional tour guide! He adjusted the schedule to make our trip more enjoyable.

  • Biggs P. — December 03, 2018 — Egypt & Middle East

    We have been raving about EVERY aspect of our tour. From airport services to the drivers and extremely knowledgeable guides.This trip was planned seamlessly and perfect.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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