In the Persian Gulf states, old and new co-exist in innovative and intriguing ways. During this exploration of Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and Oman aboard the all-suite Crystal Esprit, visit the mosques, souqs, educational institutions, and museums that reflect a fascinating juxtaposition of past and present that is unique to the Islamic world.
Accompanied by historians and other study leaders, begin your exploration among the dazzling skyscrapers of Dubai, the business and cultural hub of the Middle East and home to some of the most stunning architectural masterpieces of the 20th and 21st centuries. Continue to Qatar, where visits to the old souq and the new Education City illustrate how dramatically change has come to the Gulf States. In the emirate of Abu Dhabi, museums, mosques, and Masdar City amaze with both their sheer grandeur and minute detail. Wrap up your journey with a cruise through the fjord-like waterways of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula and visits to some of the country’s culturally rich museums, mosques, and markets.
For those who wish to further explore the region, optional extensions to Dubai and Oman’s interior are also available.