Cultural Delights in the Middle East

From €2,549 per person

Escape the Irish winter on a cruise around the Middle East on board MSC’s Virtuosa. Abu Dhabi and Dubai will surprise you with their daring, futuristic architecture, and Sir Bani Yas island will enchant you with a dream beach experience or a safari like no other between the mangroves, the desert and the protected bay areas.

• Set sail from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE combining international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage.

• Cruise on to Sir Bani Yas Island, an island entirely dominated by wildlife. Here you will find giraffes, cheetahs and gazelles freely roaming.

• Sail to Dubai where you will spend 2 days exploring. Whether you are looking for an adventure, fine dining choices, luxury malls, glamourous bars, or the more traditional side of the Middle East with souk markets selling spices and gold you can experience a unique blend of culture and entertainment in Dubai.

• Your next port of call is Qatar’s capital Doha which combines desert landscapes with a futuristic skyline. Make sure to visit the Pearl-Qatar, Doha’s answer to Dubai’s Palm. If you want to experience culture, try the Souq Waqif, a 19th century bazaar, famous for exotic spices, handmade shoes and jewellery.

• Cruise on to Bahrain known as “the kingdom of the two seas”, because its waters border with those of Qatar to the south and with those of Saudi Arabia to the west. Visit the National Museum and The Al Fateh Mosque.

• On day 7 you will have the entire day at sea, so it’s time to relax and enjoy the on-board facilities. Enjoy authentic dining options and spectacular entertainment with panoramic viewpoints, an ocean-view lounge and a long promenade, allowing you to soak up the vast ocean views.

• Disembark in Abu Dhabi and visit the breath-taking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world with a stunning structure clad in marble and intricate Islamic décor and carvings.

Terms and Conditions

Price is based on 2 adults sharing a Wonderful King Room for 2 nights in the W Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on a B&B Basis before embarking on a 7 night cruise on board MSC Virtuosa sharing a Deluxe Balcony Cabin onboard on full board basis with Premium Drinks Package per person. Price includes 7-night cruise, Return flights with Etihad Airways from Dublin to Abu Dhabi and private transfers. Depart from Dublin on 22nd January 2024.

From €2,549 per person

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