The United Arab Emirates may be best known for its modern cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but behind the sleek façade of impressive skyscrapers is a picture of the Middle East as old as time—with ancient fortresses, lively souqs and serene oases. As a crossroads of cultural diversity, the UAE’s vibrant tapestry of people, religions and lifestyles will change your perception of what you think you know about the Middle East. Be dazzled by old and new highlights, from historic monuments like the 18th-century Fort of Ajman to the Burj Khalifa (the tallest manmade building in the world), a traditional dhow cruise along the Musandam Peninsula to high tea at the Burj Al Arab—the world’s only 7-star hotel. Or simply marvel at the contrasting landscape of the world’s largest contiguous sand desert and the dynamic skyline of Dubai, which appears on the dusty horizon like a mirage.
Our new 10-day Emirates Explorer trip offers a fascinating insight into the country, allowing our guests to capture all the sights in a short amount of time, but with plenty of well-deserved rest and relaxation. Spend your nights in luxurious and historic accommodations, and take in some of the world's most incredible wonders.