Experience an Arabian adventure that captures the heart and soul of the Persian Gulf. Doha offers a juxtaposed blend of encounters – shop the boisterous alleyways in the Souq Watif for authentic, local wares, or visit the futuristic malls where high fashion labels line the storefronts. Fine dining options are plentiful as are traditional café rituals where coffee tradition and history are a rite of passage. Museums, high-rise hotels and visits to art galleries and magnificent mosques are all possible here – along with a dune buggy exploration in the desert culminating in stunning views over the peninsula.
Trip Type: Cosmopolitan
Day By Day
Day 1 – Welcome to Doha, Qatar
Welcome to Doha! Upon arrival at Doha International Airport a local representative will meet you as you disembark the aircraft. You will be assisted through passport and immigration to collect your luggage. You will be transferred from the airport to your accommodation.Evening at Leisure
Doha comes alive at night with a hive of live music venues, bars, and world-class restaurants. The thriving food scene features a melting pot of different flavors and influences and varies from Michelin-starred restaurants to delicious street food. With an evening at leisure there are plenty of things to keep you busy. Enjoy dinner or coffee at Al Hazm Mall or explore the many souqs and soak up the bustling atmosphere.Starting Accommodation:
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl
Day 2 – Doha City Tour
Discover the unique heritage of downtown Doha as you wander through the vibrant labyrinth of alleyways of Souq Waqif. View modern day Doha’s towering iconic architecture and discover the Corniche, Doha’s iconic waterfront, where the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf provide the setting to the city’s impressive skyline.
Your first stop is at the Museum of Islamic Art. Explore this iconic, architectural masterpiece on the Doha Corniche, designed by the famous architect I. M. Pei, and marvel at the panoramic views of the city’s impressive skyline.
Next, wander the National Museum of Qatar. Designed by world famous French architect Jean Nouvel, the museum is a significant cultural attraction that evokes the life of the Qatari people and their link between the desert and the sea. Seemingly growing organically out of the ground, the museum' structure surrounds the Old Palace of Sheikh Adbullah bin Jassim Al-Thani – a recognizable landmark in the country. The museum celebrates Qatar’s culture, connecting the country’s history with its diverse cosmopolitan present.
Visit the Pearl-Qatar, a man-made island with luxury towers and villas, high-end shopping and hotels, and plenty of fine dining. Marvel at super yachts as you stroll along the marina. Shop in chic boutiques and peek in the luxury car dealerships. There’s no mistaking the architecture here, which is a blend of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Continue to the Msheireb Museums, four historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha. Learn the history of Qatar within the refurbished development of Msheireb, the oldest part of the capital. Four heritage houses – Bin Jelmood House, Company House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House – were restored by property developer Msheireb and transformed into museums that explore key players and periods in Qatar’s history and evolution.
Stroll through the colorful Souq Waqif where you can experience the living heritage and traditions of the city and enjoy the colorful commerce and culinary offers abundant within its vibrant passageways. See the Falcon Souq and Falcon hospital, Carpet Souq, Gold Souq, Art and Handicraft Souq and so much more in this eclectic hub of trade and tradition.Discover Arabic Coffee Traditions
Discover the ancient coffee traditions of Qatar and experience true Arabian hospitality. Arabic coffee (pronounced “gahwa” in the Arabic dialect) has been a central part of Arab culture for centuries and its preparation and serving is marked by elaborate traditions and rituals. Your guide will escort you to Cultural House located at the beach side Souq Waqif Al Wakra, where you will experience one of Qatar's oldest traditions. Your guide will explain the history and significance of Arabic coffee and the elaborate decorum for the server, the guest, and the host. Gain an intimate knowledge of the history of coffee in the region and a deeper understanding of the ceremony's link to the country’s heritage.Starting Accommodation:
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl
Day 3 – Desert, Dunes and Inland Sea
Discover the remarkable desert landscape where sand dunes spill into the azure waters of the Arabian Peninsula. Your qualified desert driver will take you on an adventure, traveling through the dramatic sand dunes to Khor Al Adaid, a large tidal bay recognized for its outstanding natural heritage value.
Drive approximately 1 hour to the entrance of the desert at Sealine. Here you will have a brief stop with an opportunity to take a tea break or enjoy a camel ride.
From here, the adventure starts with the off-road desert drive through the dramatic sand dunes. Your experienced driver will navigate the dunes until you reach Khor-Al-Adaid, or the inland sea. Take in the magnificent desert landscape, visit the towering Sheraton Dune and marvel at the azure waters of the Arabian Sea before you depart for a brief comfort stop at the desert camp on the way back to Doha.Afternoon at Leisure
Doha contains a plethora of cultural sites, world-class restaurants, beachfront luxury hotels and a host of desert adventures. From traditional souqs to museums, art galleries and installations, and UNESCO heritage sites and forts, there’s no denying Qatar is awash with culture, art and history. Visit the Katara Cultural Village which is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project in Qatar. Experience the cultures of the world with beautiful theaters, concert halls, exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities. Visit the Katara Mosque (the ‘Blue Mosque’) and the Golden Masjid (the ‘Gold Mosque’), before taking a stroll through the outdoor air-conditioned pathways to Galleries La Fayette, with some time for tax-free shopping.Starting Accommodation:
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl
Day 4 – Depart Doha
Transfer from your accommodation to Doha International Airport for your departing flights.
Package Level: Luxury
|Please note all prices listed are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.|
|10/1/2022 - 12/20/2022||$2,055|
|10/1/2022 - 12/20/2022||$3,860|
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