Explore on your own and drive across different cities of UAE & Oman and experience its hidden gems. Overnight stays arranged at premium hotels
Grayline Fly & Drive Tours are the most adventurous way of exploring countries and cross border drives. These packages are carefully curated to offer the maximum experience with minimum pricing. The packages are complimented with some great choice of hotels and choose from a wide variety of vehicle options to suit your demand. The vehicles are loaded with latest technology and comes with a full insurance and accident cover. Enjoy the driving experience in this part of world which boasts about world class roads and other infrastructural facilities, and not to forget the beautiful landscapes.
DAY 1: DUBAI - ARRIVAL
Meet & Greet at the Dubai International Airport by the Gray Line staff. Arrival transfer by private vehicle to your hotel.
Overnight stay in Dubai.
DAY 2: DUBAI - ABU DHABI (120km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Delivery of your car and briefing by Grayline staff. Depart for Abu Dhabi, the largest and the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The name Abu Dhabi means: “Father of the Gazelle”. Stop at Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, one of the largest Mosques in the world; able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshipers. The beautiful Mosque is completely clad in marble and also features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings as well as extensive landscaping works. Continue the tour towards Abu Dhabi downtown. Pass through the old city or what we consider OLD today and pass by the oldest building in town, the palace of Al-Husn. Proceed to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil. Lunch can be taken in a local restaurant in Heritage village. In the afternoon, you can drive along the spectacular Corniche, past gleaming white mosques, glass-clad offices and elegant high-rise apartments to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline. The remaining part of the afternoon will be devoted to drive through the famous giant Saadiyat Island project where the LOUVRE museum and GUGGENHEIM museums are built to complete the image of ABU DHABI as a cultural city. Continue towards the famous Yas Island which houses the FORMULA 1 YAS circuit & the first attraction park of Ferrari in the world. An impressive attraction park, the largest covered air conditioned park in the world with a huge RED FERRARI sign as landmark.
Overnight stay in Abu Dhabi.
DAY 3: ABU DHABI - AL AIN (150 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Next destination is Al Ain - the oasis city. Located on the Hajjar Mountains. Al Ain is one of the oldest cities in the UAE, rich in traditions. For thousands of years the oasis of Al Ain has been an important caravan stop on the ancient trade routes across Arabia. You will visit the camel market, the largest in the UAE. Visit of Al Ain Palace, it is one the most important cultural places in Al Ain city. It is a direct testimony to the period of rule of the late Sheik Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Al Ain and his original place of residence there. The Palace is also the birthplace of HH Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Visit of the Jahili fort, one of the largest castles in Al Ain and best-in-class example of the Islamic military architecture locally. After Lunch (own arrangement), proceed to visit the National Museum of Al Ain, where you will learn everything about the history of this region. In the afternoon, step back in time at the Hilli Gardens, famous for the archaeological excavations from the third millennium B.C. Transfer to the hotel and check in.
Overnight stay in Al Ain.
DAY 4: AL AIN – JABREEN – BAHLA - NIZWA (385 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast drive to the Omani border. Immigration formalities to undergo at both UAE & Oman borders. Enjoy a scenic drive through the inland of the Sultanate of Oman while heading towards the city of Nizwa. Our first visit of the day we suggest, the most impressive fortress in the Sultanate of Oman: the fortress of Jabreen which dates back to 1670. Its design and construction were supervised by the Al Immam BilArab bin Sultan Al Y`aribi (who now rests on the left side of the castle’s main entrance) and was built to resemble the most beautiful palaces of that period. This castle was a beautiful palace for the Immam and his family and a bastion during wartime. It was also a beacon of education and contained many study rooms. Continue to Bahla for a photo stop. It was once protected by a 37 kilometer long wall, which is now under renovation by the UNESCO. Continue to the date palm groves of Al Hamra, which is also noted for its extraordinary ancient mud houses. Visit one of oldest houses of Sheikh “Bait Al Safa”, which has been restored and decorated and transform into a lively museum. Then proceed to Nizwa and explore the eventful history in the region around Nizwa. In former times the city was the capital of Oman. During a walk through downtown Nizwa you will visit the ancient souks and the historical fortress out of the 17th century.
Overnight stay in Nizwa
DAY 5: NIZWA - WAHIBA SANDS (200 km)
After breakfast, before you head for Wahiba, If our visit falls on a Friday, do not miss the Cattle market happening early morning at Nizwa. Drive to Wadi Bani Khalid – a lush green valley surrounded by rugged mountains. Enjoy an incredible view and a chance to capture the scenic beauty with your camera. Investigate the surrounding area on foot. Proceed to Wahiba and meet our 4x4s waiting at the edge of the desert to transfer you to the desert camp . A short dune ride can be organized (optional) at extra cost from the camp. Wahiba deserts are the vast, ever shifting dunes support an astonishing variety of wildlife and host different kinds of flora and fauna. The quick changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Wahiba sands are also the home to a few thousand Bedouins, who are known to have inhabited this inhospitable region for at least 7000 years. Dinner & Overnight in the camp Note : On this day, you will park your car in a allocated area as agreed with the camp outside the desert and you will board the 4x4 to reach your camp.
Overnight stay in Wahiba Sands.
DAY 6: WAHIBA – SUR - MUSCAT (400)
After breakfast , return to the edge of the desert by 4x4 . Get back your vehicle, and continue your journey to Sur, a sea- faring town and a trading port bustling with activity throughout the year. Famed for the fascinating architecture of its old town and shipyards where traditional dhows have been built for centuries at the edge of the bay. Continue your drive through the coastal area to Qalhat - drive through one of the most thrilling sections of Oman's 1,700 KM coastline. Qalhat, one of the oldest towns and seaports in Oman, was famous for exporting horses to and importing spices from India in the 13thcentury. Also pass the ruins of Bibi Mariam Mausolem. On the way, have a photo stop at TIWI . Pass by at the beautiful white beach of Fins, before you visit the famous Sinkhole, a part of a collapsed mountain filled with sea. Do also a photo stop at Quriyat a small fishing village before reaching Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of OMAN.
Overnight stay in Muscat
DAY 7: MUSCAT (70 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the beautiful embassy quarter enroute the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque that has a remarkable architectural achievement. As a contemporary place of worship it serves as a spiritual landmark for modern Oman, projecting the values and aspirations of the Omani people. As an edifice, it maintains a perfect balance between aesthetics, culture and deeply rooted Islamic tradition. After the visit to the mosque , continue to Bait Baranda museum, which showcase the history of Muscat.Visit Old Muscat, surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by twin 16thcentury forts ‘Jalali’ & ‘Mirani’, also see the Al Alam Palace, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ residence. Proceed to Bait Al Zubair Museum. Bait Al Zubair is itself a part of Muscat heritage. Sheikh Al Zubair who served three former Sultans, founded the house in 1914 and his son Mohammad Al Zubair opened it as a museum in 1998. It’s carved doors opens up into a fortress style reception. The museum includes traditional Omani weaponry, jewellery, costumes, domestic utensils andrecreated urban and rural environments. Then drive through the scenic beauty of the corniche, stop at Muttrah - the main port & commercial centre, and explore the colorful historic souk. This is a real souk with winding alleys and backstreets and stalls selling all manner of textiles, jewelry, traditional Omani perfumes (bukhoor - made of frankincense), souvenirs and antiques… After that long tour , drive back to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Muscat.
DAY 8: MUSCAT - NAKHL – DUBAI (460 km)
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart early to the Northern Al Batinah region of Oman. You will visit the impressing fortresses of Nakhl and stop at Rustaq. Continue to Sohar, you will stop in the city of Sohar with its beautiful Corniche. Continue to the OMAN - Emirates border. After immigration and custom formalities, Continue your route to DUBAI. Arrival at the end of the day to your hotel in Dubai & check in.
Overnight stay in Dubai
DAY 9: DUBAI
Breakfast at your hotel. Day free for independent activities. Today depart for a full day Dubai city tour. You will have the opportunity to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai. The city, developed from a small fishing village at the Dubai Creek, nowadays presents itself as a glamorous metropolis at the Arabian Gulf. The distinctive skyscrapers and gigantic shopping-malls will impress every visitor. We start with Bastakyia, the old town district of Dubai. Learn everything about the local history and geography of the city when visiting the Dubai museum, located in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. Another highlight will follow: you will use the local water taxis, called “Abras”, to cross the Dubai Creek. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city while heading towards the district of Deira. Here you will be enchanted by the large variety of exotic spices in the famous Spice Souk. Take the chance to get a unique and affordable souvenir when you visit the adjacent Gold Souk. We then proceed to Jumeirah area, where we will have a photo stop of the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this stone structure is a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. After that, photo stop of Burj Al Arab hotel and continue to Atlantis hotel located at crescent of Palm Jumeirah. In the afternoon, transfer to the famous “Mall of the Emirates”, its biggest claim to fame is the Middle East's first indoor ski slope, Ski Dubai. With its indoor ski area, one of the largest in the world, the Mall of the Emirates seeks to differentiate itself from the dozen or so other newly completed malls in Dubai and the surrounding Emirates. Free time for shopping. In the evening OPTIONAL CRUISE DINNER (48$ PP)- Our shuttle bus will transfer you from the hotel for a cruise dinner on board of a traditional Arabian dhow. After the cruise, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Dubai.
DAY 10: DUBAI
Breakfast at your hotel. We suggest this morning to do a half day shopping tour at “Dubai Mall”. On the way, pass by the region of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower and the centerpiece of the Gulf region's most prestigious urban development to date. Burj Dubai will radiate out in a series of ellipses from the sky breaking tower encompassing residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment and the world's largest shopping mall “Dubai Mall”. Free time for shopping. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions; the Middle East region’s first Galeries Lafayette department store, France’s leading fashion house and one of the top 100 global retailers. The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience. With an impressive array of leisure pursuits, this is the ultimate, cutting-edge shopping experience. A range of adventure sports vies for attention alongside the romance of ice-skating. The Dubai Mall is a place where a 21st century gold souk is set off against a world class aquarium. Step inside The Dubai Mall and experience a place like no other. A climb to BURJ KHALIFA will be proposed to all our guests (optional). In the afternoon OPTIONAL Desert Safari - you will join a sharing desert safari. (pickup from hotel ) You will try on comfortable 4x4 vehicles to pass the endless and spectacular sandy desert. In the evening you will reach a traditional Bedouin desert camp. Where you will be having a BBQ-dinner in the sunset on the rhythm of traditional Arabic music, an unforgettable experience. In the late evening, you will return to your hotel. Overnight in Dubai.
DAY 11: DUBAI (DEPARTURE)
Breakfast at your hotel. Check out at 12h00 noon. Handover your vehicle to our Staff at a prefixed timing.
Private transfer to the airport on time your flight.
Your Hotels accommodation planned for this trip will be:
Abu Dhabi: Ibis Gate 3* or Similar
Standing 20 floors tall overlooking the Creek, this 3-star hotel is conveniently located in the quiet area of Al Maqtaa. The hotel is 15 minutes from downtown and close to all major business hubs and key leisure attraction of Abu Dhabi.
Al Ain: Ayla Hotel 4* or Similar
Indulge in the comfort offered by sophisticated, contemporary design and modern conveniences, while the complimentary Wi-Fi ensures you are always connected with your friends and associates. Guests at Ayla Bawadi Hotel are assured of space, tranquility and privacy in each of the 90 rooms and suites
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