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From Desert to City: A Luxury Trek Across Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Dubai

This incredible 15-day tour across Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Dubai will show you the most spectacular sites and exotic destinations, while allowing you to have the time to really enjoy and get to know them. From four days on an incredible desert island to five days soaking up culture and innovation in Dubai, you will experience thrilling adventures, be pampered in luxurious spas, and taste succulent local cuisine, all while soaking in sweeping vistas over sand dunes, mountains, fjords, and twinkling city lights. 

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  • Gaze upon grazing gazelles and oryx on a wildlife tour of Sir Bani Yas Island
  • Ride a camel across the stunning Abu Dhabi Desert
  • Cruise past the incredible Musandam Fjords on a five-hour tour from Haffa Bay
  • Explore the world-class museums, galleries, and restaurants in Dubai, while staying on the iconic Palm Islands 
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1
Sir Bani Yas Island

Welcome to Dubai! Today, your exhilarating adventure begins as you touch down in Dubai early in the morning. After a private transfer to the Al Bateen Executive airport in Abu Dhabi, you will board a 40-minute flight for Sir Bani Yas Island, an incredible desert island with no shortage of wildlife and thrill-seeking activities. Settle into your two-bedroom pool villa at Al Sahel Villas and enjoy your first evening.

Day 2
Sir Bani Yas Island

Enjoy a full day of leisure on Sir bani Yas Island: hit the dunes on a 4x4, explore the sea by snorkeling or trying your hand at scuba diving, or simply relax by the hotel’s pool or in the on-site spa. Today, the island is your oyster!

Day 3
Sir Bani Yas Island

Today, you will transfer to Al Yamm Villas on the island, where you can open your villa doors onto the incredible sandy beach. Head back into the water for more recreation, or simply soak up the sun on the beach.

Day 4
Sir Bani Yas Island

Another day in paradise as the only decisions you need to make today are whether to tan on the beach or by the pool, overlooking the beach. Sample the incredible cuisine and relax at the hotel, or head inland on a nature and wildlife drive, catching glimpses of incredible animals such as gazelles and the rare Arabian Oryx.

Day 5

Back to the mainland today, as you board a morning flight to Abu Dhabi and enjoy a two-hour private transfer to your luxury hotel, the Qasr Al Sarab: located in the Liwa Desert, this resort features incredible dining, sweeping views of the desert, and an outdoor pool for basking in - and cooling off from - the Arabian sun.

Day 6

Spend the day soaking in the experience at the Qasr Al Sarab. Take a walk through the desert, enjoy gourmet dishes at the on-site restaurants, relax poolside in a sun lounger, or indulge in a spa treatment: it’s all there, in the middle of the desert!

Day 7

Your desert stay is not over yet: today, climb on a camel or a 4x4 for an incredible tour of the Liwa Desert - and be sure not to leave your camera behind! Enjoy another evening in this tranquil, luxurious resort.

Day 8

Today, you’ll drive five hours to Zighy Bay, Oman, located on the northern Musandam Peninsula of Oman. After you check into your pool villa at the Six Senses Zighy Bay, explore the resort and the beach before enjoying traditional cuisine at the Spice Market or one of the other on-site restaurants.

Day 9

Experience the wonders of Zighy Bay: hike over the mountain towards Wadi al Khamsi, try out activities including rock climbing and hand line fishing, and enjoy an incredible five-hour cruise through Haffa Bay past the stunning Musandam Fjords.

Day 10

Bright lights, big city: today you’ll leave your tranquil bayside retreat and head two hours to Dubai, where you’ll check into the luxurious One & Only The Palm. Located on the Palm Islands just off the coast of the city, this resort features incredible lagoon pools and stunning views over the Persian Gulf.

Day 11

On your second free day in Dubai, why not head over to the nearby Atlantis Palm Resort for a day of wholesome fun: hang out at the Aquaventure Waterpark, say hi to the tropical creatures in the Lost Chambers Aquarium, check out a show at the Atlantis Dive Centre, and even swim with dolphins in Dolphin Bay before heading back to your hotel for the evening.

Day 12

On your second free day in Dubai, why not head over to the nearby Atlantis Palm Resort for a day of wholesome fun: hang out at the Aquaventure Waterpark, say hi to the tropical creatures in the Lost Chambers Aquarium, check out a show at the Atlantis Dive Centre, and even swim with dolphins in Dolphin Bay before heading back to your hotel for the evening.

Day 13

Today, you’ve got another day to explore your hotel, the local Palm Islands, or the city center of Dubai. If you’re in the mood to sit back, relax, and be pampered, find your way to The Palm Resorts, Spa to enjoy features such as a holistic cocoon room, a nail bar, and whirlpools, before sealing your relaxation with a sunset cocktail.

Day 14

Soak up innovation and the bright lights of the future on a tour of the city. Today, you will explore Dubai Creek, the Al Fahidi Historic District and Bastakiya, the Dubai Museum, and other local attractions, while also dining at a local restaurant for lunch.

Day 15

Your tour of Abu Dhabi, Oman, and Dubai has come to an end: today, you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel before a private transfer to the airport to head home or onto your next destination.


Suggested Accommodations

Armani Hotel Dubai, One & Only The Palm

Armani Hotel Dubai

Designed with typical Armani flair and set in the heart of downtown Dubai, The Armani Hotel Dubai is one of the city’s most chic addresses and a must for fashion-conscious travelers. The hotel has 160 beautifully designed rooms and suites, some designed by Giorgio Armani himself and many offering incredible views of the city, with personal Lifestyle Managers on hand to make sure your stay goes smoothly. The hotel also has as many as seven restaurants and lounges offering Asian, Indian, Mediterranean and Italian cuisine and lavish cocktails, the opulent Armani Spa & Fitness Centre, and an ultra-luxe retail area.


One & Only The Palm

Built with Moorish and Andalusian architectural style and techniques, this palatial hotel sits on a glimmering peninsula amid manicured gardens, fountains and pools. Understated elegance may have been their goal, but this opulent hotel is well-suited to Dubai’s over-the-top nature. Guests may choose from a vast array of well-appointed rooms, all boasting exquisite views, and featuring plush, Arabian-inspired interiors. Dining options at One&Only The Palm include the hotel’s four bars and restaurants, featuring fine cuisine of both Middle Eastern and international flavors and breathtaking views of the palm island and Dubai’s incredible skyline. It’s not necessary to leave the hotel, with a host of on-site facilities that include a colossal main pool, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness facility, private spa, and internationally-renowned beauty center, but those who choose to can do so via water taxi to the mainland, just a short ride away.

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi

Due to its unique location within the expansive Arabian Wildlife Park, Al Sahel Villa Resort offers guests a beautiful and luxurious place to stay juxtaposed against its rugged, untouched desert environment. It opens up a rare glimpse into the beauty of mother nature within the island’s savannah and guests have the privilege of sharing their stay with over 10,000 free-roaming animals. Marvel at the stunning views over the Gulf and trek to the historic salt-domed hilltops and then spend the evening relaxing in your personal plunge pool beneath the twinkling Arabian stars. Additionally Al Sahel stands as one of the leading luxury eco-friendly resorts in Abu Dhabi with its sustainable design and features. The 30 private villas have been built with traditional thatched roofs and an African ‘feel’, whilst still maintaining absolute excellence and comfort. Unique to the majority of resorts throughout Abu Dhabi, Al Sahel Villa Resort manages to encompass luxury with a traditional and authentic finish as well as a modern approach to sustainability to complement its natural surroundings. 


Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort

Picturesque at every turn and surrounded by free-roaming wildlife on land and an infinite variety of marine life in the aqua colored Arabian Gulf, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island’s Al Yamm Villa Resort is a luxurious oasis blessed by natural beauty. A mangrove lagoon complements the island’s delicate eco-system and the resort itself has been built with the environment in mind, making sure not to disturb the balance of this incredible habitat. The villas are built with sustainable features and reflect a by-gone era of the Arabic fisherman and their barasti lodgings, now designed as a private oasis with unparalleled luxurious finishings and services to allow guests an opulent experience on this stunning island paradise. Rich, flavorful food is served at the resort’s four restaurants, while the famous Anantara spa beckons for pre- or post-meal indulgence. Guests will never find themselves wondering what to do next with a host of activities available for them  - from watersports to archery and much more. 

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort

Set amidst the rolling dunes of Rub'Al Khali, the largest uninterrupted sand desert in the world, this hotel is like none other in the UAE. Providing a true escape into the ancient sands surrounding Abu Dhabi, the Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort is like an oasis for body and mind where guests can’t fail to be enchanted. Total relaxation is in store for guests who choose to lounge by the pool or indulge in ancient treatments in the spa. Meanwhile, adventure lies ahead for those wishing to plunge into the desert on camel back or for yoga beneath endless skies. International cuisine, traditional tea, fragrant shisha and elegant cocktails are available across the hotel’s numerous food and beverage outlets, and when the day is done, guests can retreat to their own private oases and relax in beautifully decorated and comfortably equipped rooms.

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Six Senses Zighy Bay

Enjoying a spectacularly isolated location on the northernmost tip of Oman, this award-winning resort combines a superb coastal position alongside an exciting mountain backdrop towards the south, truly delivering the best of both worlds. This means you can wake up and head out for a swim or sunbathe on the beach, then take full advantage of the wealth of activities available inland, such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing - or even take a microlight flight! The range of 82 villas and suites are just as impressive as the location, each providing a private plunge pool, terrace, dining area and outside shower. Villas here are arranged to mimic a traditional Omani village, and the chunky stone walls help to keep things cool, as well as air conditioning throughout. For more space for swimming, head to the resort’s freeform infinity edge pool which overlooks the ocean horizon and has ample sun loungers for a relaxing poolside with refreshment in-hand. For dining, you don’t have to venture too far either. Zighy Bay’s signature restaurant is perched atop the rocky hill overlooking the resort and serves traditional dishes with a modern, creative twist.

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