Journey from the glittering skyscrapers of Dubai to Doha and Sir Bani Yas Island, a spectacular nature reserve where Arabian onyx and cheetah roam the rocky landscapes
Departing from dynamic Dubai, a land of shiny skyscrapers, glam
malls and an exceptional international food scene, we'll sail
across the Persian Gulf to Doha, the capital of Qatar and future
host of the 2022 Football World Cup. Here you'll be wowed by its
modern skyline and can visit the exceptional Museum of Islamic Art
and shop in a vast souq, where you can buy traditional textiles,
spices and handicrafts.
Our next stop is Sir Bani Yas Island - an isle belonging to the
United Arab Emirates, where Abu Dhabi's royal family has two
palaces. Aside from grand stately homes, though, the island has a
most intriguing aspect: 13,000 animals roam its rocky interior,
introduced by Sheikh Zayed, who turned the island into a nature
reserve. The island's population includes Arabian oryx, Indian
blackbuck, giraffes and cheetah.
Sailing back to the UAE's mainland, we'll make a stop in Abu
Dhabi. Visit the city's Grand Mosque, a strikingly white Arabic
building that's home to the world's largest hand-woven carpet; and
don't miss a visit to the Louvre - the Middle Eastern outpost of
France's most famous gallery. Thrillseekers should head for Ferrari
World, home to the fastest rollercoaster in the world.
Our voyage ends back in Dubai, where you can continue exploring
the city or perhaps strike out into the desert for a spot of
Your home throughout will be the luxurious Golden Horizon, a
near replica of a 1913-built ocean-faring ship, which combines the
charm and romance of a classical vessel, with the food and service
you expect of a modern ship.