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Qatar: The Sands of Antiquity



Encompassing a peninsula of land jutting into the  Arabian Gulf, this once British protectorate has a long history of human habitation.  By comparison, Doha, its capitol city, is a marvel of futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design.

During this six night program, visit the Katara Cultural Village and walk around the old bazaar at Al-Wakra and witness how the tradition and history influences present day life.  The Museum of Islamic Art and Sheik Faisal Museum allow for a glimpse of the country’s history and culture.

The country’s seafaring past manifests in an ongoing respect for the surrounding crystal waters. Fishing remains a passion, and enthusiasts can enjoy a plethora of water sports.  From exploring the Al Thakira mangroves to the thrill of a desert safari while taking in the majesty of the Inland Sea, to relaxing by the beach, Qatar brings together old world hospitality with cosmopolitan sophistication, while providing the chance to enjoy a rich cultural tapestry, new experiences and adventures.

Tour Length: 7 days

Land from $3,295 per person

Desert overnight (optional): $225 per person


Day 1 Arrive Doha (6 Nights)
After completing Customs entry formalities, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.  The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 Doha
Enjoy a relaxing morning. Set off after lunch on your exploration of some of the popular and lively city sights including Katara Cultural Village and the National Museum. Continue to the charming town of Al-Wakra and a walk around the old Bazaar to discover secrets of Qatar’s past.

Day 3 Doha
Today’s excursion visits the most attractive historical and cultural sights, many which lasted for hundreds of years.  Stops include Al Shahaniyah – a camel racing track, an old film city Zekreet, the Richard Serra sculptures and the Sheik Faisal Museum.

Day 4 Doha
Your day is yours for independent exploration of total relaxation and pampering with a visit to the hotel spa.  Early this evening, embark on a drive through the city, ablaze with color and lights and sail aboard a traditional wooden dhow.

Day 5 Doha
During today’s adventure you will spend unforgettable time over the sand dunes along the coast and at an amazing beach camp with a delicious BBQ lunch while also visiting the Inland Sea, an area straddling the bordering between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.  This salty inlet was once a haven for 19th century pirates. (B,L)

Optional overnight at Albahar Beach Camp (includes dinner).

Day 6 Doha
The journey today begins with a stop outside the Al Bayt Football Stadium, home for the 2022 FIFA games.  Continue north to the coastal city of Al Khor, whose main industry is fishing. Local attractions include the dhouw harbor, old souq and the country’s largest park.  Later, drive through the Al Thakira Mangroves. A mesmerizing wonderland of salt-encrusted tree branches and pencil roots; it is one of Qatar’s oldest and largest such forests.  The final stop is the Barzan Towers.  These watchtowers were originally built in the late 19th century and used for scanning the horizon for enemy invaders as well as observing the celestial world.

Day 7  Depart  Doha
You are transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight.

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