Shore Excursions in the Middle East

To help you experience the very best of your destinations, Cunard offers a diverse selection of excursions ashore, from leisurely sightseeing to exciting activities.

96 excursions in the Middle East

Excursions are released around 12 weeks before the cruise departs. To book an excursion for your cruise, please visit Voyage Personaliser

Desert Safari

Discover the wonders of the desert on this exciting off-road experience.

  • Desert Safari
  • Desert Safari
  • Desert Safari

Your professional driver and 4-wheel-drive vehicle will pick you up from the terminal and head east out of Abu Dhabi city for an hour long drive into the Al Khatim Desert.

Enter the softly undulating sand dunes as they spread in a vast expanse before your eyes, their curious shapes moulded by the harsh desert winds. Make the most of your unforgettable off-road adventure with a series of exciting dune drives as your vehicle leaves its imprint on the virgin dunes.

A refreshment stop is made en route before returning to the ship.

This excursion will operate by 4WD jeeps. The drive over the dunes is bumpy in places and seatbelts must be worn at all times.

Desert Safari

Delightful Dubai

Discover one of the largest man-made islands and take tea at one of the most amazing hotels in the world.

  • Delightful Dubai
  • Delightful Dubai
  • Delightful Dubai
  • Delightful Dubai
  • Delightful Dubai

This memorable tour starts off with a lavish morning tea at the Burj Al Arab, the tallest water-based, all-suite hotel in the world. Built in the shape of a towering sail, its presence on Dubai’s skyline is now iconic.

Enjoy an exclusive catamaran cruise towards Palm Jumeirah, one of the most enthralling new developments in the Emirates. The project involves the creation of the world’s three largest man- made islands known collectively as ‘The Palm Islands’.

The development has created a virtually self-contained community within the islands, unofficially known as the ‘8th Wonder of the World’, its body mass will be visible from the moon. Refreshments will be served onboard the catamaran during the cruise.

This excursion will operate by coach and catamaran. Photography and filming is not permitted within the public areas of the hotel and the dress code is ‘elegant casual’ with no shorts, t-shirts, sportswear or open footwear. Guests are required to carry clear passport copies on this tour due to security requirements of the Dubai Coast Guard. In the event of inclement weather the catamaran portion of the tour will be substituted with an alternative itinerary.

Delightful Dubai
  • Muscat, Oman
  • 5 hours
    • Low activity level,
    • Refreshments included
  • TOUR CODE: MCT_008

Hotel Resort Getaway

A chance to get away to the Intercontinental Hotel to soak up the sun and relax.

  • Hotel Resort Getaway
  • Hotel Resort Getaway
  • Hotel Resort Getaway
  • Hotel Resort Getaway
  • Hotel Resort Getaway

Sun, sea and sand await you at the Intercontinental Hotel Muscat, where you can relax and unwind. Upon arrival, you’ll be offered a welcome drink, before enjoying around four hours at your leisure.

Take to a sun bed around the hotel pool, or perhaps stroll through the hotel garden to the public beach, where you can relax on the warm sand.

At the end of your stay, you’ll meet at the designated time and place for the return drive to the port.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Walking is at the discretion of the guest. There are ten steps to negotiate at the entrance to the hotel and guests must be able to negotiate steps in and around the hotel and on to and off the coach. This tour is un-guided however a local representative will accompany the tour. Please remember to wear your swimwear and take a towel and sunscreen. Guests are requested not to take photographs of the local people without prior permission. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard. Sunbeds are not included on the beach. Please remember local currency for purchases.

Hotel Resort Getaway

Pyramids, Sphinx & Sakkara

Travel to the vast necropolis at Sakkara to view Egypt's oldest pyramid. After luncheon, visit the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.

  • Pyramids, Sphinx & Sakkara
  • Pyramids, Sphinx & Sakkara
  • Pyramids, Sphinx & Sakkara
  • Pyramids, Sphinx & Sakkara
  • Pyramids, Sphinx & Sakkara

Leaving Port Said travel through expanses of desert sands to the metropolis of Cairo on your way to Egypt's first capital, Memphis, with its ancient cemetery of Sakkara. Here, the world's first monumental stone building, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, built almost 5,000 years ago still stands. After visiting the complex, continue to one of the Mastabas (funerary chambers) built nearby.

Returning to Cairo, you can relax and enjoy a sumptuous luncheon at a leading five star hotel. In the afternoon, marvel at the Giza Plateau where the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramids of Giza still stand. A unique view of the three Pyramids from the Western Plateau affords great opportunities for photographs. Having enjoyed the view from this vantage point, your coach will bring you close to the Pyramid of Chephren, where you will have time to explore the site on your own. Continue down the valley to visit the guardian of this mortuary complex, the mysterious Sphinx, watching the passage of time.

A final stop at the Papyrus Institute will introduce you to the process of paper making from reeds, an art discovered by the Ancient Egyptians. You will have a short time to purchase local handicrafts and papyrus from a selected bazaar.

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour does not include a visit to the Cairo Museum. Flash photography is not permitted inside the Mastabas.

Pyramids, Sphinx & Sakkara
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