PONANT invites you on a 9-day cruise between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, departing from Dubai. Come aboard Le Bougainville, and set off to discover the treasures of the desert of the Arabian Peninsula.
From fascinating and futuristic Dubai, your ship will take you towards Abu Dhabi, the booming capital of the United Arab Emirates. You will be able to make the most of this day to visit the fantastic new Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and the Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world.
You will then stop off at the nature reserve of the island of Sir Bani Yas, a veritable wildlife sanctuary, before setting sail for Doha in Qatar. In this city blending tradition and modernity, next to the most recent skyscrapers, you will discover a superb museum home to treasures of Islamic art, and the sparkling colours of the Waqif souk which brings the heart of the old town to life.
Le Bougainville will then drop anchor in Khasab, the gateway to the sublime “fjords of Arabia” that you will be able to explore aboard a traditional boat, before arriving in the Gulf of Oman.
Fujairah lies between the Persian Gulf, lush mountains and fertile plains. From the city it is possible to take an excursion into the surrounding mountains and to visit many architectural sites including Fujairah Fort, built in 1670, or Al Bidya Mosque, the oldest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.
At the end of your cruise, do not miss out on visiting Muscat, your final port, and its Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which is like a palace from the Arabian Nights.
An itinerary discovering the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman. Discovery of the treasures of Islamic culture, between tradition and modernity. Overnight stay in Dubai. Visit of the Louvre Abu Dhabi...
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Boarding conditions and passenger travel abilities
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The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Qatar: Visa issued onboard (at no charge)
Oman: Citizens of the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Japan, Germany no longer need to get a visa for stays up to 14 days.
Consult here the complete list of nationalities concerned by this exemption.
For other nationalities, an e-visa must be obtained before your cruise. You can apply on https://evisa.rop.gov.om. The e-visa document is valid for 1 month starting from date of issuance. E-visa application should be made within the month preceding your departure.
Ideal clothes for life on board:
During the days spent on board, you are advised to wear comfortable clothes or casual outfits. The entire ship is air-conditioned, so a light sweater, a light jacket or a shawl may be necessary. When moving about in the public areas of the ship and the decks, light but comfortable shoes are recommended.
In the evening, you are advised to wear smart-casual attire, especially when dining in our restaurants where wearing shorts and tee-shirts is not allowed.
Depending on the itinerary and the program of your cruise, an Officer’s Evening with a white dress code may be organized. Therefore, we encourage you to bring a stylish white outfit for the occasion (otherwise black and white).
During the cruise, two gala evenings will be organised on board. Thus, we recommend that you bring one or two formal outfits.
A small shop is available on board offering a wide range of outfits, jewellery, leather goods and many accessories.
A laundry service (washing/ironing) is available on board, but unfortunately there are no dry cleaning services. For safety reasons, your cabin is not equipped with an iron.
OUTFITS ON BOARD:
In your hand luggage, remember to bring any medicines that you need, and possibly a small spare bag of toiletries (in case of delay in the delivery of your baggage by the airline). Remember to always have your travel documents with you in case you need them: hotel vouchers, cruise vouchers, return flight tickets... Never leave them in your hold luggage.
All our cabins have a safe. We recommend not to go ashore with valuable jewellery.
Embarkation 7/2/2023 from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Departure 8/2/2023 at 10:00 pm
Vertiginous, excessive, immoderate… Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, stands out for its architectural follies. Home to the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Kahlifa, with a total height of 828 metres, almost three times that of the Eiffel Tower, the city is also famous for the gigantic scale of the Palm Islands, its artificial islands in the form of a palm tree. You can explore more traditional districts not far away, with visits of the souks of Deira or the Gold Souk. Or perhaps you would prefer to discover Dubai Museum: located in an 18th-century fort, it tells the city’s history from Antiquity to the present day.
Arrival 9/2/2023 early morning
Departure 9/2/2023 early evening
The political capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi stands out thanks to its exceptional cultural offering. In the Saadiyat Island district, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel as a museum town inspired by traditional Arab architecture, creates a dialogue between objects and works from civilisations from all over the world around the great universal questions. A little further, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque boasts a sumptuous decor of marble, gold and glass. Abu Dhabi is also the gateway to the Al Ain oasis and its 150,000 date palms, a remarkable testimony to the settling of nomads in the region since Neolithic times, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Arrival 10/2/2023 mid morning
Departure 10/2/2023 late afternoon
You’ll make a port of call on the island of Sir Bani Yas, a real naturalist dream that has been dedicated to the conservation of endangered animal species since 1971. This enchanting former reserve of the Emir of Abu Dhabi is planted with more than two million trees. Nominated “The World’s Leading Sustainable Tourist Destination”, it has one the largest populations of Arabian oryxes. The ruins of one of the oldest Christian monasteries of the pre-Islamic era, dating back to 600 AD, are visible there.
Arrival 11/2/2023 early morning
Departure 11/2/2023 late evening
On the banks of the Persian Gulf, discover Doha, the capital of Qatar. Rising out of the desert, the city has managed to maintain its traditions in spite of a frantic race for modernity. The cliff bordering Doha Bay has magnificent views over the city centre’s enormous constructions. The silhouette of the Museum of Islamic Art rises up near the quays, where the region’s typical sailboats, known as dhows, are docked. This “fortress”, designed by Ming Pei, the architect of the Louvre pyramid, is home to the finest collections of Islamic art in the world. Not far, the lively district of Souq Waqif and its colourful stalls are also an unmissable visit.
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
Arrival 13/2/2023 early morning
Departure 13/2/2023 late afternoon
Located in the country’s north, on the Musandam Peninsula, Khasab is a city in the Sultanate of Oman. In the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman, this small port built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and surrounded by a chain of rocky mountains was established at the mouth of Wadi Khasab. You will love its authentic scenery and particularly its fjords, which cut through the landscapes in a spectacular fashion and have earned it the moniker “Norway of Arabia”. In the city, Khasab Castle and its atypical architecture are well worth a visit to discover the history and culture of Oman.
Arrival 14/2/2023 early morning
Departure 14/2/2023 early afternoon
The easternmost of the United Arab Emirates unfolds onto the Gulf of Oman. Unique to the region, the geography of Fujairah is composed of lush mountains and fertile plains, as well as the vast deserts that the Emirate shares with its neighbours. It is the majestic massif of the Al Hajar Mountains that brought rain to the territory, creating the oases that were vital to the development of agriculture. Fujairah also offers travellers the possibility of visiting its historic treasures such as its castle, an old fort dating back to the 16th century, or the Al Bidya Mosque, the oldest in the United Arab Emirates, which was built in 1446.
Arrival 15/2/2023 early morning
Disembarkation 15/2/2023 at 7:00 am
Unlike neighbouring metropolises, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman has chosen to ban towers and skyscrapers and to cultivate the peninsula’s traditional and refined architectural style: low houses, domes, moucharaby windows, and wooden balconies. This authenticity adds to the charm of this small former maritime city protected by mountains and the forts constructed by the Portuguese in the 16th century. There is no doubt that you will fall under the charm of the treasures of Omani craftsmanship: the souk in the old district of Mutrah is a perfect example of this, as is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
This tour will give you a brief insight into the famous architectural wonders of Dubai. It narrates the history behind the famous structures and how a desert city evolved into a city of skyscrapers.
The tour includes outside views of Atlantis the Palm Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Cayan Tower and a photo stop at Burj Al Arab. Your drive will take you to Burj Khalifa which is currently credited to be the world’s tallest building at a dizzying height of just over 828 meters. The observation deck on the 124th floor will give you a fascinating 360-degree view of Dubai. Then you will have time at leisure to explore Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping centre.
You will then return to the pier.
Total : €95
From the pier, board your coach for the 30-minute drive to Ahmedia Heritage Guest House, located in the historical centre of Dubai.
This guest house is a 2-storey villa, built in traditional Arabian style. It is the perfect location to appreciate how Dubai once was and learn about life during the early years of the city. There are no gleaming towers here, but an intimate and elegant house.
Dubai doesn’t disappoint when it comes to its many culinary experiences, which mirror all the various cultures that have made up the city. This tour invites you to dive into a whole world of flavours and you will see unveiled some secrets of Emirati cuisine from a local chef.
Upon arrival at Ahmedia Guest House, you will be welcomed with an Arabic coffee and dates. Your guide will help you exchange with the Chef. He will explain the ingredients used in Emirati cuisine. Next, it will be your turn to try your hand at cooking, using the provided ingredients and following the Chef’s instructions. You will learn some new culinary skills and enjoy a high-quality lunch, which will be expertly prepared by your own hand and overseen by a local Chef. The lunch includes non-alcoholic beverages.
After your lunch, you will once again have an opportunity to discuss with the Chef, and finally re-board your coach and head back to the ship.
Total : €95
From the pier, board your coach for a 30-minute drive to Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques with a capacity of 40,000 worshippers.
You will learn all about how the personal dream of the Founding Father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed, came to life and how it became the third most popular tourist attraction in the world.
The building itself is a combination of architectural styles from different Muslim civilizations, like Turkey, Morocco, Pakistan or Egypt. Tourists and celebrants from all around the wold are welcome to witness the 82 onion-top domes, the reflective pools, and the iconic prayer hall that houses the world’s largest chandelier and carpet, both meticulously handmade.
After your visit, you will reboard your coach to return to the pier.
Total : €70
From the pier, board your coach for a 2-hour drive to Al Ain (with a comfort stop en route).
Al Ain is situated amidst a verdant terrain dotted with abundant groundwater springs. Known as the “Garden City of the Gulf”, the oasis and cultural sites of Al Ain have been listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011, so far only, one in the United Arab Emirates.
Upon arrival, you will visit Al Jahili Fort, one of the largest forts in the UAE. It was built in the 1890s on orders from Zayed The First as the home to members of the Al Nahyan ruling family. Al Jahili Fort has been a cultural the focal point of activities associated with philosophy and heritage of Abu Dhabi.
Next, proceed towards Al Ain Palace Museum. The museum showcases the everyday life in a ruler's fort when the late Sheikh Zayed and his family resided in the palace prior to 1966 and its transformation after the discovery of petroleum. The Bedouin style architecture dates back to 1937 and was converted into a museum in 1998 as a main cultural and tourist attraction.
Continue your tour to Al Ain Oasis (al Falaj). You will walk around the outskirts of the oasis and admire from a distance the thousands date palms that have grown along the irrigation system that has been set up using both wells and “falajs”. These water channels have been used for centuries in the Arabic peninsula.
After lunch served in a local restaurant, you will proceed to the Animal Market, which sells camel meat and milk, along with sheep, cows, goats and poultry. See the bustle of the Camel market.
Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the approximately 2-hour return drive to the pier.
Total : €100
From the pier, board your four-wheel-drive vehicle for an adventure through the beautiful Nature Reserve that occupies more than half of Sir Bani Yas Island, recently awarded a label as a Sustainable Tourism Destination.
This island is the largest natural island in the United Arab Emirates and is home to 10,000 free-roaming animals, a bird sanctuary and millions of trees and plants.
In 1977 following in the vision of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sir Bani Yas Island was established as a protected area, where hunting is strictly forbidden, and is has since become the largest Arabian wildlife reserve.
Your 1-hour tour includes numerous photo-stops, and you will be accompanied by an expert guide, who will help you to look for Arabian oryx, gazelles and giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs, and will teach you about the fragile ecosystem as well.
After enjoying your island tour, you will drive back to the ship.
Total : €120
From the pier, board your coach for a 1-hour drive to Al Thakira.
Upon arriving, you will amazed by the large expanse of natural greenery, which stands in sharp contrast to the surrounding desert landscape. This area of dense vegetation has its own unique ecosystem, which is notable for attracting resident and migratory bird life, including flamingos and herons.
You will receive a safety briefing before parting on your kayak adventure in Purple Island - a Qatari natural wonder. You will have 1 hour to paddle through the calm water of the channels, along the lush green mangrove, and may admire the endemic flora and fauna, which includes migratory birds, fish, crabs or even tiny jumping fish.
After your exploration from the sea, you will enjoy a guided walk in the mangrove forests along the beach.
At the end of the visit, you will reboard your coach and head back to your ship.
Total : €110
From the pier, board your four-wheel-drive vehicle and start your exploration.
Your panoramic journey will allow you to discover the barren interior and the mountains of Musandam, which are speckled with fossils dating back several million years.
You will drive to Jebel Harim, which means the Mountain of Women and stands at 6850 ft (2,087 metres), it is the highest peak in Musandam. On the way, you will pass the Bedouin village of Sayh situated at 1,100 metres (3,610 ft) above sea level. From the plateau of this calm and peaceful village, you can admire the beauty of Musandam’s inland valley. By reaching the summit of the Jebel Harim, you will be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire peninsula.
The next stop of your tour will be at Khawr Najd, a natural creek overlooking the Indian Ocean. This is the only fjord accessible by vehicle in Musandam and offers a wonderful view at the top of the road pass.
Finally, you will drive back to Khasab.
Total : €100
From the pier, meet your guide and walk a short distance to your dhow, the traditional wooden boat used in the past by merchants and fishermen.
After boarding your traditional Omani dhow on the pier, the cruise will take you toward Musandam’s longest fjord. Often referred to as the “Norway of the Arabia”, the calm, turquoise waters contrast with the creamy white limestone cliffs. Along the way, you will pass small fishing villages and perhaps even encounter dolphins.
The dhow will anchor in the vicinity of Telegraph Island, allowing you to go for a swim or just sit back and enjoy soft drinks, tea or coffee while admiring the views of mountains rising in the distance to heights over 2,000 feet.
After the tour, leisurely cruise back to Khasab.
Total : €60
This tour takes you along the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates, a region known for its beautiful beaches, the rugged Hajjar Mountain range and lush green expanses.
From the pier, board your coach for a 15-minute drive to the 300-year-old Fujairah Castle, one of the largest forts of the Emirate. The Fujairah Fort is characterized by its position on a high hill overlooking the whole city. After a photo stop, you will proceed to the Fujairah Museum.
Visit the Fujairah Museum with its various rooms will permit you to discover the ancestral history and heritage found during the missions of excavation of archeologists in the recent years. The museum houses old weapons, traditional costumes and artifacts. Other exhibits provide a glimpse at local lifestyle, past and present.
A visit to Fujairah is not complete without great photo opportunity of the Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque. It is the main mosque in the Emirate of Fujairah, and the second largest in the United Arab Emirates.
Then drive to Fujairah Heritage village (an open-air museum). This place offers a unique insight into the history of the Arab region through its artistic displays. The houses feature the traditional architecture and materials used in the region. Some of the huts are made with bricks and mud while others are made with twigs and date leaves, showcasing the simplicity of a rural lifestyle.
You will then return to the pier.
Total : €55
Aboard your ship, an English-speaking lecturer will enlighten you about the culture and history of your destination to deepen your knowledge of the origins of local traditions, the history of emblematic sites, and stories involving famous personalities and those of major historical significance. During on-board lectures or on your shore visits, this expert will be there to share their precious knowledge with you throughout your PONANT cruise.