A trip to Dubai can be so much more than luxury hotels, big cars and skyscrapers. On this experience trip in the Emirates, you see more than the large, modern metropolis and get to experience exciting nature and culture.
Experience the fantastic fjords around Musandam and go exploring in the old and original part of Dubai. You see small towns and villages that have not changed at all in the last 100 years and have the opportunity to go zipline from the emirate’s highest mountain. You spend the night in a Bedouin camp in the great desert of Dubai – of course it will be time for relaxation and the trip ends with three beautiful nights in a 4-star hotel. Check itypeusa for learn more about United Arab Emirates.
Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia and arrival in Dubai
Departure from Scandinavia to Dubai and arrival the same day. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and driven to your guesthouse in Dubai where you will stay for the next four nights. Orient Guest House is a 2-storey villa in the Bur Dubai area, centrally located in Dubai. Here you live in rooms with clear Arabic influences and all are individually decorated. When you are not out on excursions, you can relax in the private little garden or enjoy the sunset up from the roof terrace. Accommodation is simple with modern amenities such as air conditioning and wi-fi.
Day 2: City tour of old Dubai
The day starts calmly with little time on its own. You can take it easy and enjoy the Orient House or explore the surrounding neighborhood. In the afternoon, it’s time for a guided tour of Dubai’s historic district – you experience the old quarters on foot. The tour starts in the oldest part of the city; Bastakiya. it is from this place that Dubai has grown into the mega-big city it is today. Today, Bastakiya is a historic district with various museums, coffee shops and galleries. Here you can enjoy a steaming cup of Arabic coffee and shop in small cozy shops. You continue to the Dubai Museum where you can learn all about Dubai’s development from a small poor desert state to the modern metropolis it is today. Further through Bar Dubai’s small, narrow streets – here you can clearly feel the Indian presence, not least among the many textile and clothing stores. You will have the opportunity to try many of the Indian delicacies the area is also known for. From Bar Dubai you cross the Dubai Creek in a small old-fashioned water taxi – an abra. On this side of the river is the spice market – the fragrant Spice Souk. You continue into the less well-visited parts of the market where you hear about different spices, smells, tastes and maybe buy something home for Christmas baking. A day of experiences ends with dinner at one of the local Indian or Afghan restaurants and then you are driven back to your guesthouse again. You can of course choose to stay and continue the tour of the various local markets nearby. ( On this side of the river is the spice market – the fragrant Spice Souk. You continue into the less well-visited parts of the market where you hear about different spices, smells, tastes and maybe buy something home for Christmas baking. A day of experiences ends with dinner at one of the local Indian or Afghan restaurants and then you are driven back to your guesthouse again. You can of course choose to stay and continue the tour of the various local markets nearby. ( You can of course choose to stay and continue the tour of the various local markets nearby. ( You can of course choose to stay and continue the tour of the various local markets nearby. (F , M )
Day 3: Musandam Cruise
Now it’s time for one of the many highlights of the trip as you head there to one of the most scenic places on the Arabian Peninsula: Musandam. You are visiting a place that is unlike any other. As a small spearhead northeast of Dubai lies the Musandam Peninsula, actually part of neighboring Oman. There is an outstanding nature here and the area is sometimes called Middle Eastern Norway with its many beautiful fjords and rugged landscapes. Here, moreover, both language and culture are completely different as they lived isolated from the interior for many centuries and instead traded from Iranian and Indian fishermen and traders, which characterized culture and population. The day starts early when you are picked up at your guesthouse and the journey then goes to the border where you get help with visas and border formalities. You then step on board a dhow that cruises around the beautiful fjords. During the journey you can relax and just enjoy the beautiful landscape that passes. Later it is time for a swim in the clear water and if you are lucky you will see dolphins living in this area. Lunch is served on board during the slow journey back to Khasabhamnen where you arrive in the afternoon. You will then drive back to Dubai where the evening is on its own. (F , L )
Day 4: Day trip to Fujairah or Ras Al Khaimah
On the fourth day of the trip, you can choose between two exciting day trips. You book which one you want from home, so talk to your Travel Consultant which one suits you best. Excursion number 1: Day trip to Fujairah on the east coast The Hajar Mountains rise majestically on the way east and you see the valley running down to the sea. All the way from Dubai to Fujairah you will see old forts, castles and small palm groves that provide shade to the farmers’ livestock herds. Fujairah is one of the seven emirates and is located on the easternmost coast. Fujairah consists mainly of mountains and receives more rain than the other emirates. this means that the landscape here is significantly greener than in other parts of the United Arab Emirates. On the way, you first stop at a local market where you can buy refreshments and drinks, which will come in handy in the dry heat. The tour continues to Fujairah Heritage Village which depicts the traditional life the locals live here in the Emirates. After lunch there will be a stop in the beautiful little fishing village of Dibba – on the way there a stop will be made at the Badiya Mosque, the oldest place of worship in the Emirates. From here you can take a short hike out into the hilly landscape and you will be rewarded with beautiful views out over the mountainous landscape. If you want, you can book for snorkeling or diving at Dibba Rock. Talk to us as this must be pre-booked from home. (F , L) Excursion number 2: Day trip to Ras Al Khaimah On this excursion you visit Ras Al Khaimah which is the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates. The area is best known for its fantastic beaches. In the capital of the same name, visit the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah which is located in a 100 year old fort. The museum tells about the history of the region and has various archeological exhibitions. Nearby is the great Mohammed bin Salem Mosque which you also have the opportunity to visit. You then go on a car trip around the fantastic mountain landscape, including up to the top of the highest mountain peak Jebel Jais (1934 masl). If you want, you can book for an adrenaline-filled ziplining experience. Talk to your travel Consultant when it is to be booked from home. After the various excursions and activities, you will be driven back to your guesthouse in Dubai. (F ) Ziplining on the highest mountain in the Emirates: If you feel adventurous, book one of the Emirates’ most exciting excursions. Here is the Middle East’s first commercial “via ferrata”. The essence of a modern via ferrata is a steel cable that is anchored along a rock wall. Professional instructors guide you along the spectacular route where you move about 1 kilometer along the mountainside. During the tour you experience the intoxication of ziplining in three places, the longest is a full 300 meters long.
Day 5: Desert safari with overnight stay
You have the morning off before you are picked up in the afternoon for an excursion out into Dubai’s large sand desert. The excursion begins with exciting “dune bashing” on the rolling dunes – high speeds in a four-wheel drive jeep up and down the dunes make the adrenaline kick in. The afternoon ends much calmer and you enjoy the sunset that descends over the seemingly endless desert. You then go to a Bedouin village where you can take part in the traditional life, taste the traditional sweets and see how you skillfully work with your falcons and what role they play for the people here. In the evening, a delicious barbeque is served with a range of Arabic delicacies – the dinner entertainment consists of belly dancing and the rhythm of the Arabic drums. You spend the night in the Bedouin camp under the clear starry sky – comfortably in a sleeping bag with a mattress and pillows. (F , M )
Day 6-9: Relaxation in Dubai
After breakfast in the Bedouin camp, you drive back to Dubai where the accommodation is now a bit more luxurious. For the next three nights, stay at a 4-star hotel at Dubai Marina. There is a 7 kilometer long walkway along the water protected from traffic noise, here are also some of Dubai’s best restaurants. An experience is also to see Deira, the old part of the city where you can still experience the mysteries of the East, stroll the markets and eat genuine Arabic food at the many exciting restaurants. You can also see the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa or shop in the giant Dubai Mall – or just relax by the hotel’s pool … The last day you take a taxi to the airport in good time to fly back to Scandinavia. ( F )
Day 10: Arrival Scandinavia
Arrival in Scandinavia. Arrival time depends on which airline you choose.
Four nights in a hotel
One night in a Bedouin village
Three nights in a guesthouse