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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Arabian Dreams

Join MSC Bellissima on this exciting voyage exploring the treasures of the Middle East including diverse Abu Dhabi and historic Bahrain, plus enjoy an overnight stop in glamorous Dubai

Large Ship Holiday
  • Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai
  • Dubai desert
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Grand Mosque, Bahrain
  • Doha

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This cruise on board MSC Bellissima is a superb value way of discovering the varied cultural, historic and modern delights of the Middle East.

Cruise from Dubai to the spectacular city of Abu Dhabi. The capital of the Emirates, Abu Dhabi, is a modern city with ancient traditions. Its magnificent Corniche and the stunning Emirates Palace hotel have a backdrop of multinational skyscrapers.

MSC Bellissima then cruises to the enchanting island of Sir Bani Yas, which is home to many endangered species from the Arabic peninsula and Africa. Explore Bahrain's ancient history and culture or try high-speed karting around the Formula 1 Bahrain International Circuit. Contrast Doha's modern skyscrapers with the historic heart of the city where ancient souks sell everything from camels to gold.

The heart of this cruise is Dubai, one of the most exciting cities in the world, with mosques and shopping centres, sea and desert. Its famous Palm Island, now joined by the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is matched for amazement by the indoor ski-slope and the huge Dubai shopping mall. The iconic Burj al Arab hotel with its sail appearance is one of the best hotels in the world. In contrast, the ancient area around the Dubai Creek is barely changed.

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Arabian Dreams Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

Fly to Dubai and embark MSC Bellissima.

Day 2 - Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and home to the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque with its white domes and minarets visible for miles. Optional excursions include a city tour visiting Abu Dhabi's Louvre and Manarat Al Saadiyat, and a 4x4 desert dune adventure. Alternatively, experience the Ferrari World theme park.

Day 3 - Sir Bani Yas Island

There is a designated nature reserve on Sir Bani Yas island where you can see many endangered species from the Arabic peninsula and Africa. Optional excursions include a mountain bike ride, a jeep safari though a nature park and a kayaking adventure.

Day 4 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities during the relaxing day at sea.

Day 5 - Bahrain

Explore Bahrain's ancient history and culture on an optional city tour which takes in historic highlights including the UNESCO-listed Bahrain Fortress, the impressive National Museum and the magnificent Al-Fateh Grand Mosque, one of the world's largest. Alternatively enjoy high-speed karting around the Bahrain International Circuit. For a gentler day out why not simply relax on a private beach on the man-made Amwaj Islands, or take afternoon tea at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Day 6 - Doha (Qatar)

Doha is a futuristic capital where modern skyscrapers contrast with the ancient heart of the city. Optional excursions include a 4x4 safari ride into the desert, a relaxing cruise on a traditional wooden dhow ship and a shopping trip to an ancient souk and a modern mall. The optional Qatar cultural tour features camel training at a camel race track, the unique Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum and the royal stables at the Equestrian Club.

Day 7 - Dubai

Dubai is a fascinating mix of modern and traditional, from the impressive Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall to the Dubai Creek area which retains its traditional charm with classic dhows plying their trade. Perhaps take the optional walking tour of Old Dubai with highlights including the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, join the bike tour along the Dubai Creek, or enjoy a tour which takes in the beautiful Miracle Garden.

Day 8 - Dubai - UK

Disembark MSC Bellissima in Dubai and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 7-nights full-board cruise
  • Return flights from the UK
  • On-board entertainment and activities
  • Gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance

Additional Information

  • A wide range of optional excursions are available at each port
Map for Arabian Dreams