GS5 The Arab Gulf States


Kuwait Towers & National Museum; Spectacular Hajjar Mountains, Oman; Oman's spectacular Musandam Peninsula enclave; Historic 'Frankincense Trail'; Dubai's stunning modern skyline; Oman Desert Camp experience; Qatar's unique traditional culture

Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Wed 15 Oct 2014Sun 02 Nov 2014 $5890
Wed 05 Nov 2014Sun 23 Nov 2014 $5890

Optional Single Supplement: $1880 (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $940, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.

Tour Overview

** This tour will be replaced by tour code GS7 from 2015 onward **

This 19-day tour through the fascinating cultures and beautiful countryside of the Persian Gulf region begins in Kuwait City, which, after an extensive restoration and rebuilding effort, bears little resemblance to the war-devastated area left behind after the Iraqi invasion. We visit the famous landmarks, perhaps even take a high-speed elevator up the Kuwait Towers, and tour the remarkable museums, where we can appreciate ancient Islamic art, calligraphy, pottery, embroideries and jewellery. From here, we head to Qatar, where we saunter around the Old Souk (market), through the maze of alleyways and down to the nearby Dhow Harbour to see some of the Gulf's traditional and distinctive trading vessels. The UAE is next on our destination list and here we have the chance to check out Abu Dhabi's unique architecture, which is an intriguing interpretation of Islamic designs crafted in modern materials, as well as one of the most futuristic cities in the world, Dubai. From here, our journey takes us into the Omani enclave on the spectacular Musandam Peninsula. Our next stop is Oman proper; we travel through a multitude of landscapes: flat deserts with beautiful oases, dry, jagged mountains, plains dotted with hills and acacia trees and narrow river valleys. Along the way, we get a real feel for the area and its tribal past with visits to traditional towns, where we mingle with the friendly locals and learn about the fascinating lifestyles in this unique part of the world.

Regions visited: Middle East
Countries visited: Kuwait; United Arab Emirates; Qatar and Oman


Dwight M. (Chambersburg, PA, US)

Laura is great. I loved her. She knew her stuff, was helpful and had good ideas. She also properly took care of one woman who was consistently late every time. She handled every problem and easily adapted to changes. She also got along well with all the local guides.

Nadia G. (Scarborough, ON, CA)

The excursions were good but I particularly enjoyed visiting the Kuwait Towers, the Museums, the Souks, King Faisal Mosque (I have seen a lot of spectacular mosques in my life but nothing it), all the excursions in Dubai - the Burj Khalif Tower, Al Arab Tower, the Museums. The tour of the mosques just blew me away - everything about the whole tour was just amazing. I will never forget the night tour of the City of Dubai - one breathtaking vista after another. It was thrilling just driving through every state and seeing the totally awesome, never-before-seen futuristic buildings and skyscrapers. Was a very good tour.