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Persian Gulf Explorer

HIGHLIGHTS

• Enjoy a traditional dhow cruise around the Doha waterfront 
• Learn about the history & culture of Kuwait City 
• Visit the remote island of Failaka & explore architectural sites 
• Experience the thrilling desert of Sakhir, Bahrain and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of A'Ali Burial Mounds 
• Visit the Grand Mosque and Old Souk in Bahrain 
• Enjoy museums, fortresses and palaces in Riyadh & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 
• Explore the Old Town maze of adobe buildings and ancient rock art in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia 
• Enjoy a desert adventure - Bedouin tents, camels and dunes 
• See locals trading at the Nizwa cattle market in Oman 
• Traverse the extensive cave system at Jebel Shams Mountains 
• Witness the remote & magnificent scenery amidst the frankincense trees in isolated regions of Salalah

FACT FILE

• 22 land days 
• Maximum 16 travelers 
• Starts in Doha, Qatar and finish in Salalah, Oman 
• All meals included 
• 7 internal flights included.
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See notes below) 
• Activity Level: 
2-3

Internal Air Note:

*Price includes 7 internal flights, costing approximately $2000 USD

(Pricing is approximate and subject to change until ticketed)

FROM: $14,995 USD
 

DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY


ACCOMMODATIONS

We stay in comfortable accommodations with private bath. One night in the desert in traditional Bedouin tents with two single beds with mattresses and bedding, sitting area, private open air facilities, toilet, sink and shower.

COMFORT NOTES

Some long drive and rough roads. 1 Night in a desert camp with limited facilities.

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The Persian Gulf Explorer combines the highlights of 5 countries - Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Starting in Doha, Qatar we have the opportunity to visit some of finest museums of art and culture, followed by a traditional dhow cruise. In Kuwait, witness the iconic skyline and photogenic harbor and visit the remote island of Failaka which contains archeological sites dating from 4,000 years ago.

A short flight takes us to the desert of Bahrain where the temptation of Arabian nights combines with historic sites and adrenaline-infused activities. Our time is spent with visits to the Royal Camel Farm, the first oil well, the Bahrain Fort, national museum and the Grand Mosque. Soak up the colors, sounds and aromas at the Old Souk. 

Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab country in the Middle East, shaped by its historic role in trading, Bedouin culture and Islamic heritage. We visit the dramatic cliffs of Jebel Fihrayn, popularly known as "the Edge of the World" with its uninterrupted view of the horizon in all directions. We take a short flight to Al Ula, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO site and a vast area with a lush oasis valley and a rich cultural heritage. Explore the Old Town where pilgrims, travellers and permanent settlers have congregated through the ages and where we can see ancient rock art before we journey to explore the rock-carved tombs at Hegra, the second Nabataean city after Petra in Jordan. We conclude our time in Jeddah, home to the oldest Saudi families, and where we can walk the old streets experiencing the landscape of the town.

Explore Oman's thriving capital of Muscat. Visit the Grand Mosque, the largest in Oman, before heading to the coastal town of Sur. We travel into the Great Wahiba Sands, where the amber-hued dunes meet the Arabian Sea, and where an overnight in a traditional Bedouin camp awaits us. In Nizwa, visit the renowned cattle market and immerse yourself in the dealings and trading that takes place. We explore the extensive and ancient cave network near Jebel Shams Mountains before continuing along the fertile coast, with its charming fishing villages famous for camel racing and bull fighting. 

Our tour ends in the scenic city of Salalah, where you can connect with your international flight homewards. The intrigue and mystique of the Persian Gulf awaits you.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DOHA, QATAR

Meet your local representative on arrival at Hamad International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of day at leisure until meeting your fellow travelers and your tour leader at the welcome dinner this evening.

Overnight in Doha.

 

DAY 2: DOHA SIGHTSEEING

This morning we begin our Doha sightseeing with a visit to the impressive Imam Abdul Wahaab Sheikh Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Qatar. The architecture and design here is truly a work of art – understated with spectacular attention to detail. It has over 90 domes and can accommodate 30,000 people. After we will continue to the the Msheireb Musuems. This collection of museums, comprising of four different buildings, showcases not just the history of Qatar and Doha, but also family and cultural life and architectural innovation and development in the country. A short walk will take us to Souk Waqif where we will enjoy a lunch at one of the many exotic restaurants. After lunch another short walk will bring us to the Museum of Islamic Art. Located on the Doha Corniche, it is home to the largest collection of Islamic art in the world. The museum was designed by IM Pei (the architect behind The Louvre). In the late afternoon we will enjoy a traditional dhow cruise around the Doha waterfront. Dinner in our hotel in the evening.

Overnight in Doha.

 

DAY 3: FLIGHT TO KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT

This morning we will transfer to the airport for the short flight to Kuwait City. On arrival transfer and check-in to our hotel. After, take a leisurely walk along the Kuwait City Corniche. The scenic thoroughfare offers extraordinary views of the Arabian Gulf. Watch the sunset and enjoy the cool breeze. Unwind at Marina Crescent, a popular waterfront lined with restaurants and cafes serving both local and international cuisines. Tonight we will enjoy a delightful dinner while savoring the stunning views.


Overnight in Kuwait City.

DAY 4: KUWAIT CITY SIGHTSEEING

Today we have a full day tour exploring Kuwait City. We will begin with one of Kuwait's most famous landmarks, the Kuwait Towers, an iconic landmark on Kuwait's skyline.


We also visit the Tareq Rajab Museum, a private collection of the Rajab family. The museum deals with calligraphy, pottery, metalwork, glass, wood, ivory and jade carvings of the Islamic world. Early calligraphy is presented in a separate small room, showing pages from the Holy Qur'an, dating back to the first three centuries of the Islamic period. There are also displays of costumes, textiles, embroideries and jewelry of the Islamic world.


We also visit the Bayt Al Othman Museum, with a vast display of popular Kuwaiti culture and history in a large traditional complex of interconnected ancient houses and courtyards as well as a visit to admire the very photogenic dhow harbor and fish market.


Overnight in Kuwait City.

 

DAY 5: FAILAKA ISLAND

Today we will take a ferry boat 20 kilometers to the island of Failaka. This remote island in the northern Persian Gulf contains a number of important archeological sites dating from 4,000 years ago. The islands strategic location close to the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers meant the island also played a role in modern history, and endured a short period trying to fend off the invading Iraqi forces in 1990. Evidence of that brief battle can be seen on the island today in littered tanks and armored vehicles. We will tour the island and enjoy lunch before our return to Kuwait City.

Overnight in Kuwait City. 

DAY 6: FLIGHT TO MANAMA, BAHRAIN

Upon arrival (depending on our flight time) we will either check-in to our hotel or have lunch and begin our tour this afternoon. Deserts are usually perceived as barren and uneventful places, where the passing of time is only visible through the ever-shifting sands. This is not the case, however, with the desert of Bahrain. Combining the luring temptation of the Arabian Nights with meaningful historic sites and adrenaline-infused activities, Sakhir is one of the most thrilling deserts you will ever roam. To unveil all its grandeur, our local guide will mark the route and excavate stories that will incite and amaze. We begin at the Royal Camel Farm followed by a visit to the first oil well in Bahrain. Later we will explore the Riffa Fort and the A’Ali Burial Mounds - a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising of over 100,000 burial mounds dating from the Dilim era over 4000 years ago. Later we return to Manama and our hotel.

Overnight in Manama.

DAY 7: BAHRAIN SIGHTSEEING

Today will be spent further exploring this tiny island state. We begin with a visit to the Bahrain National Museum where we will trace the archaeological development of the region. Through sculpture and ceramics, reconstructed burial mounds, Arabic calligraphy and illuminated Korans, the different periods of Bahrain's history are presented. We will also visit the Bahrain Fort. The first dwellings on the site are believed to have been constructed around 2800 BC, and have subsequently been overlaid by numerous fortified settlements. The last was built in the early 16th century to defend Portugal's recent acquisition of the islands; for this reason, it is also known locally as the Portuguese Fort.

 

We will also pay a visit to the Al Fatih Grand Mosque, Bahrain's largest mosque and a magnificent piece of architecture. On the Island of Muharraq we visit Sheikh Isa House, in the old town of Muharraq. This was once the home of the Amir's great-grandfather, Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa. It provides a fine example of local architecture, complete with wall carving and latticework, and representative of traditional 19th century life. The house is complete with a 'wind tower'; constructed 5-6m (16-20ft) above the house and open on all four sides. One of the early forms of air conditioning, this acts as a funnel, catching the breeze and drawing it down into the cavities below, as well as allowing the release of hot air like a chimney.

 

No visit to Bahrain would be complete without a tour of the Old Souk, with its profusion of colors, sounds, and aromas. The souk lies in the center of the Old Town, near the archway of Bab al-Bahrain and, although much of the surrounding area is modern, the street layout and division of occupations still follow traditional lines. All wares are sold, from cloth of different colors and textures to gold and jewelry, as well as the traditional array of spices and local produce.

Overnight in Manama.

 

DAY 8: FLIGHT TO RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA

On arrival in Riyadh we meet our local guide and begin our sightseeing program. Our first stop is to the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, which was established in 1419 as a significant part of the King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh. This very impressive and important museum showcases everything about Saudi history, the Saudi royal family and the formation of the kingdom. The museum includes interesting examples of Arabian and Islamic art and architecture. Masterpieces include a prehistoric elephant skeleton, a huge meteor found in the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia desert, rock grafitti from the Hejaz region backdated to pre-Islamic era, a copy of Rosetta Stone, and an example of the Madaian Salah Rock-cut tombs.
 


 

Afterwards we enjoy a walk through the outdoor gardens of the National Museum Park. We will then continue to the Hall of King Abdulaziz where there is an extensive showroom of old cars that were part of the king’s collection. Continuing on we will visit Murraba Palace - among the most important palaces built by King Abdulaziz that was built to accommodate his family. It was built in the local traditional Najid style by using local building materials only. Afterwards we check-in to our hotel and dinner.


Overnight in Riyadh.

DAY 9: RIYADH SIGHTSEEING - EDGE OF THE WORLD

This morning after breakfast we depart to Jebel Fihrayn, popularly known as “the Edge of the World”, located 120 kms from Riyadh. Standing atop the 1,000-foot high escarpment at Jabal Fihrayn, you find stretching before you an uninterrupted view of the horizon in all directions, leaving you with the impression that you are indeed standing at the very edge of the world. The effect on one’s body, mind and soul is exhilarating. These cliffs rise dramatically from the desert, stretching toward the sky like a great natural wall. When you stand atop them and look toward the horizon, you have a prime view of the sky as it seems to melt into the barren earth. 


Afterwards we return to Riyadh for lunch. In the afternoon we visit Riyadh’s Souk Al-Zal, a shopping trip through time. The market can trace its history back to 1901, to the beginning of modern Saudi Arabia. It sits within a stone’s throw of the Masmak Fortress – the site where, in 1902, a young Ibn Saud and a small band of his most trusted soldiers crept up after dawn prayers, rushed the gate, captured the governor, and announced the return of the Al Saud family. A treasure trove of traditional Eastern artifacts, the souk is one of the major tourist attractions in Riyadh. The word ‘zal’ means ‘carpet’ or ‘floor rug’, referring to the patterned textiles so central to Middle Eastern imagery.

Overnight in Riyadh.

 

DAY 10: FLIGHT TO AL ULA

After breakfast we transfer to Riyadh airport to take our flight to Al Ula. On arrival in Al Ula we will explore Al Ula Old Town, where pilgrims, travelers and permanent settlers congregated through the ages. Today, you can explore the maze of adobe buildings that remain and enjoy views of Al Ula Castle, dating back to the 10th century. Explore Old Market Street in Al Ula Old Town and shop a variety of retail stores featuring local artisans, entrepreneurs, cafes and more. Cultural activations, handicraft stores, local speciality foods to name a few, are featured for guests to discover and learn more about the wonders of Al Ula.​

Overnight in Al Ula.


 

DAY 11: AVISIT TO MADAIN SALEH

This morning we transfer to the Hegra, also known as Madain Saleh, or Al-Ḥijr. This is an archaeological site located in the area of Al Ula within Al Madinah region in the Hejaz, Saudi Arabia. A majority of the remains date from the Nabatean Kingdom. The site constitutes the kingdom’s southernmost and largest settlement after Petra, its capital. The Archaeological Site of Al-Hijr (Madain Saleh) is the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as Hegra, it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. It features well-preserved monumental tombs with decorated facades dating from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. The site also features some 50 inscriptions of the pre-Nabataean period and some cave drawings. Al-Hijr bears a unique testimony to Nabataean civilization. With its 111 monumental tombs, 94 of which are decorated, and water wells, the site is an outstanding example of the Nabataeans’ architectural accomplishment and hydraulic expertise.


Afterwards we will visit the Hijaz Railway Station. Al Ula has long been a place of journey, travel and exploration; construction of the Hijaz Railway station began in 1900, reaching Madinah in 1908 and opening in Damascus in 1913. As a result of World War I, the railway’s full 1,300 planned kilometers were never completed.


Then enjoy a visit to Elephant Rock. This spectacular rock formation, which resembles an elephant with its trunk touching the ground, is one of Al Ula’s geomorphological wonders and has become one of Al Ula’s iconic landmarks.


We return to our hotel at the end of the day. 


Overnight in Al Ula.


DAY 12: FLIGHT TO JEDDAH

After breakfast we transfer to Al Ula airport to take our flight to Jeddah. Upon arrival in Jeddah we begin our tour with a visit to Jeddah’s historical downtown area (Al-Balad), which is the area well known as the “Old Town”, where many of the oldest families used to live and work. It boasts of old buildings, a traditional souk and many restaurants, where visitors get to walk amid the old streets and experience the traditional landscape.

 

This history tour of Old Town will include stops at Beit Nassif, Makkah Gate, historical Jeddah North Gate and other historical houses which provide a rare opportunity for you to experience the blend of traditional architecture with modernity. After visit the Al Shafi Mosque, the oldest mosque in Jeddah.

Overnight in Jeddah.

DAY 13: FLIGHT TO MUSCAT, OMAN

Today we fly to Oman's capital city of Muscat. This afternoon we drive along the waterfront corniche and visit the famous old Muttrah souq. The colorful souq will take you back in time, allowing you to browse, shop and practice your bartering skills.

 

After having enjoyed your time at the souq, you have a short walk along the corniche with lots of photo opportunities. The "frankincense burner" is a delight to watch at night with its full illumination. Dinner will be in a local restaurant.

Overnight in Muscat.

DAY 14: MUSCAT SIGHTSEEING

Today we explore Muscat. With its natural harbor, Muscat means "anchorage" and lies in a natural volcanic bowl. Our exploration of the city starts with the visit to the Grand Mosque. The third biggest mosque in the world covering 416,000 square meters, it is a very good example of modern Omani architecture. The Grand Mosque, until recently, was home to the largest Persian carpet in the world. *Please note that women are required to cover their heads with a scarf and wear clothing that fully covers arms and legs. Shorts or sleeveless tops are not permitted. Men are also expected to be fully covered, and slip on shoes are recommended.

 

We have lunch at the National Hospitality College where we can cook and interact with local Omani students who are studying the hospitality industry.

 

After lunch, we explore the old section of town. Our first stop is at the Bait Zubair Museum to trace Oman's history and development, while seeing a wonderful display of historic photos and traditional furniture. Later we head to Al Alam Palace, the official palace of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, and then visit the outside of the 16th century Portuguese forts, Mirani and Jalali.

Overnight in Muscat.

DAY 15: MUSCAT - SUR

This morning we depart towards the quaint fishing village of Quriyat through the stark mountain terrain. From here we proceed towards the scenic coast and visit the spectacular Bimah sinkhole which is a limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. We drive through the pretty village of Wadi Tiwi, set among the date palms beside the mountain. Enroute we'll have a spectacular photo stop at Wadi Shab.

 

We continue our journey towards Sur, which was an established center for trade with East Africa. Today the city has retained its reputation as a major dhow building town.

Overnight in Sur.

DAY 16: SUR - WAHIBA DESERT CAMP

After breakfast, we begin our journey into the desert. The Great Wahiba Sands are longitudinal sand dunes that run south from the Eastern Hajars to the Arabian Sea. The dunes are 100-150 meters high, in stunning shades of orange and amber.

 

The area is also home to the Bedouins and their many camels, with camps along the tracks and trails. We stop to visit a Bedouin family and enjoy some Bedouin hospitality with qahwa (Omani coffee) and dates, before reaching our tented camp.

 

In the evening we go on a sunset dune walk before enjoying a traditional Arabic dinner, complete with Omani music and dancing.

Overnight camping in traditional Bedouin tents, with private, open-air bathing facilities.

DAY 17: WAHIBA - IBRA - JABREEN CASTLE - BAHLA FORT - NIZWA

After breakfast we depart our camp and head toward Nizwa, the main town of the interior province. En route we experience the inland side of the great mountainous backbone of Oman, where sands lap at the thresholds of farmlands, and a string of border towns marks the zone of transition between nomadic and settled peoples. In the oasis villages of Oman, desert and village economies have mingled for ages to their mutual benefit. Living within and along the sands are approximately 3,000 pastoralist Bedouins belonging to different tribes, who are primarily herders of goats and camels.

 

Forts and castles are Oman's most striking cultural landmarks and have historically been used as defensive bastions or look-out points. It is estimated that there are over 500 forts, castles and towers in Oman. Today we will visit a few of them that are particularly remarkable in their architecture and style. Included is a stop at Bahla Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

We continue our drive to Jabreen Castle, built as a defensive stronghold. Jabreen is perhaps the finest of Omani castles, with dungeons, passages, rooms and ceilings decorated with fine carvings and paintings. This castle is distinguished by the inscriptions and frescoes that adorn its rooms; its ceilings are decorated with paintings and Islamic-era style inscriptions, and its doors are beautifully carved. We also explore the village of Misfat Al Abriyeen where we can see its fascinating history, agriculture and falaj watering system.

Overnight in Nizwa.

DAY 18: NIZWA - JEBEL SHAMS MOUNTARINS

Our day starts with a visit to Nizwa's renowned cattle market. Taking place every Friday, this is where locals buy and trade the best livestock, from goats to cattle, directly from the herders. It's a fascinating event to experience as you immerse yourself in the dealings and trading that takes place. From here, we take some time to explore the Nizwa souq, one of the few souqs in Oman featuring exclusive traditional Omani goods, including pottery, intricately hand-carved "khanjars" and ornamental silver jewelry. We also explore the Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century.

 

Then we drive to Wadi Nakhr in the impressive Jebel Shams, or Mountain of the Sun, stopping at the highest point in Oman (9,842ft /3,000m ). From here we enjoy our first view of Wadi Nakhr, otherwise known as the "Grand Canyon of Oman". We enjoy lunch at a mountain resort before we begin our hike. At the beginning of our hike is Wadi Ghul, a 1,000 year old Persian village.

 

A short distance from lunch we will commence our hike along a trail known as the Balcony Walk. This spectacular route takes us along the edge of the Grand Canyon where we can see the tiny village of Nakhr far below. If we are lucky we will be able to see Egyptian vultures circling over the canyon. Enjoy a short hike to a stunning lookout.

Overnight in Nizwa.

 

DAY 19: NIZWA - AL HOOTA CAVES - MUSCAT - SALALAH

This morning we have a short drive west to the foot of the Jebel Shams Mountains to explore the Al Hoota Caves. Created almost 2 million years ago, this extensive cave system is 4.5 kilometers long and while we can only visit 500 meters into the caves we can still see massive stalactites and stalagmites and a few of the underground lakes, home to the blind fish (endemic only to Oman, the UAE and Bahrain).

 

Afterwards, we continue by 4X4 through breathtaking mountain scenery; terraced farming and beautiful mountain villages line our route, as well as great views, especially of Bilad Sait Village. It is in these mountain areas where Omani honey is produced. Beekeeping has been practiced here since ancient times.

 

Upon reaching the main road, we continue to Muscat along the fertile Batinah Coast with its beautiful beaches, forts, fishing villages and places famous for camel racing and bull fighting. This evening we connect with our flight from Muscat to Salalah, the second largest town in Oman. Salalah is isolated far in the southeast of the country, close to the Yemeni border. The setting here is magnificent, as Salalah faces the Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean, backed by hills.

Overnight in Salalah.

DAY 20: SALALAH SIGHTSEEING

We begin with a visit to the ancient tomb of the Prophet Job, situated in the scenic green mountains of the Salalah Plains. (May be undergoing renovations, but ElderTreks will continue to monitor the re-opening.)

 

We continue on to Mughsail Beach to see the “blow-holes” (perforations in the limestone rock) through which sea water gushes during high tide. Experience the hairpin bend roads for approximately 15/20 kms, before arriving at a wadi. The views are breathtaking due to the heights involved. This is the road that takes you to the Yemen border. At the nearby bird sanctuary, one may see seasonal birds. Enroute, the stark shape of leafless frankincense trees dot the landscape. Once traded as a commodity more precious than gold, frankincense harvested in Dhofar is rated the best in the world.

Overnight in Salalah.

DAY 21: TAQAH CASTLE - SUMHARAM - MIRBAT

Our day begins with a visit to the fishing village of Taqah, famous for the manufacturing of dried sardines and its traditional Dhofari stone houses. We visit the old Taqah Castle, the former official residence of the Wali governor of the region, and obtain a glimpse into the rich history of the region. (The castle may be closed due to renovations but ElderTreks will continue to monitor the re-opening.)


We proceed onward to Khor Rori Creek, the site of the ruined city of Samhuram (UNESCO) and capital of ancient Arabia’s frankincense trade. Excavations have produced evidence of an ancient city with trade links by sea to far eastern destinations and with even distant Greece. We enjoy a lecture by an archaeologist on site


After lunch, we explore Mirbat, the ancient capital of Dhofar, and where the frankincense trail began. In the 9th century it was the most important trading point for horses, slaves and frankincense. We explore the town, taking notice of the unique architecture and old houses famous for its woodcarvings, and visit one of Dhofar's best known historic sites, Bin Ali's Tomb. The tomb of Mohamed Bin Ali, who died in 1135 AD, is a fine example of medieval architecture.
 
Tonight we will enjoy our farewell dinner. 

Overnight in Salalah.

DAY 22: DEPART SALALAH TO DOHA FOR YOUR ONWARD FLIGHT HOME

You are transferred to the airport for your flight home from Salalah.

PGE FAQ

FAQ's

HOW BIG ARE THE GROUPS? 

Each group is limited to 16 participants. Small groups are an important ingredient in adventure travel. They allow for more interaction and more personalized service throughout the itinerary.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

All accommodations throughout; all meals, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour);  drinking water throughout the trip; all internal transportation (starting in Kuwait City and ending in Salalah – see Travel Note below); airport transfers on day 1 and departure day (i.e. the last day of the ElderTreks tour); all day trips and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary; tips for hotels (porterage), bus driver, restaurants, national guides, and spot guides; services of a trip leader.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

International flights, tips to ElderTreks tour leader, alcoholic drinks, visa’s and travel insurance.

ARE THESE “EDUCATIONAL” TOURS?

Yes, in the broadest sense of the word, “educational”. We visit religious and historical sites and have talks and discussions on many aspects of history, culture and nature. We believe that it is equally educational to meet local people on a non-commercial basis, visit their homes and even try to learn a few words in the native language. Sometimes the most “educational” moments are spent walking through an old quarter of a city.

HOW DO WE TRAVEL DURING THE TOUR?

All local transportation is included in the land price of the trip. The majority of our travel is by 4 Wheel Drives, with some micro-coach travel and 6 domestic flights (see Travel Note below). We also travel by traditional dhow and camel. *Travel Note – the flight from Doha to Kuwait City and Salalah to Doha is not included. Passengers should book their air on Qatar Airways and use the free stopovers for these flights.)

WHAT ARE OUR ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?

We stay in comfortable accommodations with private bath. One night in the desert in traditional Bedouin tents with two single beds with mattresses and bedding, sitting area, private open air facilities, toilet, sink and shower.

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

The winter months are the best time to visit the Persian Gulf Countries with cooler average daytime highs of 83°F-77°F (28°C-25°C). In the interior and at nighttime, temperatures could drop to 65°F-55°F (18°C – 12°C).

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?

A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD (plus insurance if you require it) is due at time of booking and will reserve your place on the tour. Payment of the full land cost is due 120 days before departure. Cancellation charges are applicable and are outlined in the “Terms and Conditions” section of our brochure.

IS MEDICAL INSURANCE REQUIRED?

Insurance coverage is not included in the cost of your trip. Please note that medical insurance is not required for this adventure but is recommended. ElderTreks offers comprehensive travel insurance with Manulife for Canadian guests, and John Hancock for American guests.  Please CLICK HERE to view and purchase your insurance policy today. If you are purchasing insurance elsewhere, please ensure you provide the details to ElderTreks as soon as possible. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I TAKE ON THE TOUR?

There is a detailed “What to Take” list in our Trip Kit, which we will send to you after you have booked the trip.  Modest dress is most appropriate (long baggy tops, long pants or long skirts.) Headscarves for women are required for visiting religious sites. 

WHAT MEALS ARE INCLUDED?

All meals during the itinerary are included, starting with dinner on day 1 and finishing with breakfast on departure day. We eat a variety of local foods prepared in a wide range of settings.

CAN YOU ARRANGE MY FLIGHTS?

We would be happy to take care of your air arrangements. ElderTreks offers personalized flight itineraries — not group flights. Stop over en route, come in a few days early, or extend your stay. Call us for a customized itinerary.  Please see Travel Note above.

WHAT IF I WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION?

If you have any further questions about the adventure, please call our office for more details. A Trip Specialist will be happy to answer your questions. A Trip Kit containing further details on the destination will be sent to you once you have booked the trip.

PGE Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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*Single Supplement is the additional amount applied to the cost of the trip to those who are travelling solo and do not wish to share.

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