- 10 Days / 09 Nights
- Middle East: India, Qatar, Oman & UAE
- World Tours
Cruise though the UAE and India on Norwegian Dawn. In Abu Dhabi, relax with a fragrant Arabic coffee or take things up a notch on the world's fastest rollercoaster. Then coast over to Oman for a tour of a medieval fort built above an oasis in Muscat. Finally, visit three ports in India including Mormugao India where Indian and Portuguese cultures collide making for beautiful churches and exquisite temples.
- Discover your inner foodie with the wide range of restaurants on Norwegian Dawn.
- Start your journey in Dubai and end in India on a 9-day cruise.
WED, 13 DEC FRI, 22 DEC, 2023
Day 1 Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Wednesday)
08:00 PM Embark
Experience the blending of traditional Arab culture and modern western culture in Dubai. Gaze skyward to see the tallest building in the world, the 2,722-feet-high futuristic Burj Khalifa tower, or walk over to the impressive Jumeirah Mosque. Seek out jet-set haunts or stroll through the heart of the old city, Dubai Creek, which is home to the Dubai museum as well as the labyrinth alleyways of gold, spice and textile souks, where bargaining is part of the fun and ritual.
Day 2 Doha, Qatar (Thursday)
09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Whether you're a museum wanderer, an avid shopper or a beach goer, Doha has something for you. Doha is a city on the rise and has been for many years. There's always new architecture to marvel at and new sights to see. From beautiful mosques to waterside parks, there so much to feast your eyes on-and so many restaurants to feast in. Stop by the National Museum of Qatar to see not just marvels inside, but an intricately designed modern building. Then wrap up your day with a visit to one of many Souqs
Day 3 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Friday)
08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
The world's richest city boasts a wealth of culture, history and adventure, from the emirate's old souks, where you can sip a fragrant Arabic coffee, to the rush of the world's fastest rollercoaster. This 5,000-year-old metropolis is a fascinating mix of modern architecture and atmospheric back streets. Put your bargaining hat on for a friendly faceoff with the merchants at the souk to get deals on handicrafts, artwork, even spices and dried fruit for the cook back home.
Day 4 Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (Saturday)
11:00 AM - 07:00 PM
The only emirate on the Gulf of Oman rather than the Persian Gulf, Fujairah boasts beautiful, unspoiled beaches. The Hagar mountain range looms majestically behind the port and separates it from the rest of the country. Get a sense of Fujairah's past at the archeological museum or its beautifully restored fort overlooking the old village and date palm oasis. Browse the souks for carpets and pottery and sample local delicacies such as salt-crusted hammour fish, a type of grouper.
Day 5 Muscat, Oman (Sunday)
07:00 AM - 04:00 PM
View Muscat from above by travelling on the Corniche and head out along the scenic Batinah coast. The medieval Nakhl Fort, perched on a rocky outcrop, offers magnificent views of the mountains and oasis below. The colourful Sultan's palace and the Jelali and Merani forts are worth visiting, and if you seek to experience Omani culture, a stroll through the markets and narrow alleys is ideal. Exquisite local silver jewellery, exotic spices and handicrafts abound in the markets to tempt shoppers.
Day 6 At Sea (Monday)
Day 7 At Sea (Tuesday)
Day 8 Mangalore, India (Wednesday)
10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Located on the southwestern coast of India, Mangalore is a city of many temples: The Kadri Manjunath and Kudroli Gokarnath temples are top destinations. If the beach calls you, Surathkal and Tannirbavi both stand out. Back in town, see a traditional south Indian dance performance or perhaps encounter a festival honoring a local deity. Culinary daredevils will relish the fiery meat and seafood curries, then cool off your tongue with local ice cream at the Ideals parlor - Gadbad is a favourite.
Day 9 Goa (Mormugao), India (Thursday)
07:00 AM - 04:00 PM
With a uniquely singular style among Indian cities, this marvelous old Portuguese and Hindu city studded with vibrant temples and majestic churches is a meld of cultures. Goa boasts a stunning Baroque cathedral completed in 1619, the Sé Catedral. Portuguese rule over Goa lasted 450 years, and its legacy remains strong in quaint, colourful Panjim. Sun worshipers will want to head to one of the area's exquisite beaches. The local Goan cuisine, a hybrid of colonial and local flavours, is a highlight.
Day 10 Mumbai, India (Friday)
07:00 AM Disembark
Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is a feast for the senses. The intricate, tranquil Shree Siddhivinayak temple draws the faithful and the merely curious alike. The Mount Mary Church, the Hanging Gardens and the Gandhi Memorial Museum are popular sites. The colonial-era Victoria Station, one of Mumbai's grand buildings, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also a place to grab a bite. But don't look for the name Victoria Station - it is officially called Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, or CST for short.
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