The destination evokes oriental fascination, landscapes set between the turquoise sea and the warm sands of the desert. Where once there was just desert, today we find the tallest buildings in the world, the most luxurious hotels and the boldest of architecture that coexists with the historic palaces and the remnants of the long and rich Arab history.
Indulge in this luxurious journey with an MSC Cruise, an old tradition that is also a part of the progress made by the Emirates in recent years: Abu Dhabi and Dubai will surprise you with their daring, futuristic architecture, and Sir Bani Yas Island will delight you with a dream beach experience or a safari like no other between the mangroves, the desert and the protected bay areas.
Locations not to miss are the Gulf of Oman and its spectacular coral reef, Khor Fakkan, Khasab and Muscat, where you can get a taste of the enchanted atmospheres of the one thousand and one nights. With so much variety, every day of your cruise will take you on a new voyage of discovery, cruising aboard MSC Divina, living in the Mediterranean style and enjoying every moment to the full as you voyage to the most beautiful places on earth across the seas.
You will meet your tour leader at the airport and you take your overnight flight.
You arrive in Dubaï at the end of the day.
Benefit from a guided city tour: Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, flanked by further record-breaking attractions including the gargantuan Dubai Mall and spectacular Dubai Fountain.
In the afternoon, embarkation on your cruise ship. Welcome Group diner.
The United Arab Emirates’ capital, Abu Dhabi, has a lot to offer: the mighty Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the various attractions of Yas Island home of Ferrari World theme park, Le Louvre museum, Liwa oasis…
On Sir Bani Yas, just like on the islands of Dalma and the six nearby Discovery Islands, an enormous nature reserve has been designated to species in danger of extinction, be they from the Arabic peninsula or from Africa.
In particular, on Sir Bani Yas you will be able to observe rare animals inside a protected area where the great majority of the animals, including giraffes, flamingos and cheetahs to name just a few, live freely.
Sir Bani Yas is therefore is an opportunity to be seized to enjoy fun excursions or safaris in the wild, or to experience some of the exciting sports on offer.
Enjoy on board activities.
This country with a thousand-year-old culture, is also called “the kingdom of the two seas”, because its waters border with those of Qatar to the south and with those of Saudi Arabia to the west. Discover its charming capital, Manama. The city, where modern skyscrapers stand side-by-side with old buildings, has strong ties to nomadic traditions: its inhabitants often head out to the desert and stay in large white tents to participate in the ancient tradition of falcon hunting.
The Al Fateh Mosque, on the other hand, is a mystical experience. It is an immense holy building with two imposing minarets, which can host up to 7,000 faithful, built from materials brought from all over the world.
Get introduce to Doha, the country’s futuristic capital.
The Aspire Tower (300 meters) dominates the skylines. It is the highest building in the country, whose shape is akin to a torch. This building is located near the city of sport, which has already hosted events such as the XII Pan Arab games. Don’t miss a visit to the Pearl, a futuristic artificial circular port which is being developed to the north of the city center.
In the historical center of Doha you will find a Suq where everything – from camels to gold – can be exchanged, and the Al Koot fortress, dating back to the end of the nineteenth century and now converted into a museum.
Enjoy a free day in Dubaï.
After disembarking, transfer to the airport for your return flight
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