7 days tour

Arabia Group Overland Tour

This tour includes:

Guide

Driver & expedition leader included on this tour.

Meals

Eating well is a very important factor on our expeditions and good food is vital for everyone’s health and well-being. When we are camping we usually cook breakfast and the evening meal on the vehicle. For lunch we usually stop at a cheap local restaurant giving you a chance to taste the local fare. Occasionally we may prepare lunch on the vehicle when we are in remote areas.When staying in hotels (usually in cities) we always strive to provide you with one healthy, wholesome and plentiful meal every day, usually breakfast at the hotel. Lunches and evening meals are at your own expense when we stay in hotels. Local food is generally very cheap so if you are on a budget then eat what the locals eat. Western restaurants tend to be more expensive.When it comes to shopping and cooking while camping we will divide ourselves up into groups of 3 or 4 people (depending on group size) who will do their own fresh food shopping, prepare the day’s meals and clean up at the end. This will work out that you roughly get to cook once every 10 days (depending on the group size).Fresh food is generally available daily so when we are camping we try to eat meat and vegetables for every main evening meal. We do cater to vegetarians but we do not cater to vegans or fussiness. In these group situations everybody must appreciate we cannot cater to restrictive diets or individual likes & dislikes.Don’t worry if you are not a gourmet cook as your crew are also always there to give advice.All our vehicles are equipped with cooler boxes which are primarily used for the cook group’s breakfast & dinner food. Personal fresh food & cold drinks can be bought regularly at service station stops throughout the day so we do not provide cooler boxes for personal items.Cleanliness plays an important role throughout this expedition and your crew will make sure an acceptable level of general hygiene is maintained throughout your journey to ensure the wellbeing of the group.

Others

Services of your expedition leader & driverTransportation in an air-conditioned coach & use of all equipmentDiesel, mechanics, shipping and any other costs relating to the vehicleFerry tickets (when travelling together as a group)53 breakfasts & 22 evening mealsAll accommodation costs (60% 3 & 4 star hotels, 40% wild camping)National Park entry fees when we enter as a group with our vehicleLocal transportation costs if required

Transport

We will be travelling in an air-conditioned coach 100% of the time on this expedition.Our coach can accommodate up to 52 passengers although most of our expeditions travel with approximately 25 people.Comfort and safety is of course a big factor during expeditions of this length and nature so all our vehicles have high-backed coach seats with safety belts. The seating is on the upper level of the vehicle giving you an almost 360° view of the surrounding scenery.Our vehicles are designed to allow sufficient luggage storage and are also equipped with lockers to keep all your gear safe.Our long range diesel and water tanks ensure our self sufficiency in remote areas and the equipment we take with us is also of vital importance. In case of a breakdown we are equipped with a good selection of spare parts as well as a comprehensive tool kit to undertake any necessary repairs on our own if we need to.We usually carry 200 litres of treated drinking water and we are equipped with a good kitchen which includes all cutlery, plates, cups, pots, pans, utensils, gas cooker, BBQ grate, etc. for when we prepare meals while camping.All our vehicles are equipped with cooler boxes which are primarily used for the cook group’s breakfast & dinner food. Personal fresh food & cold drinks can be bought regularly at service station stops throughout the day so we do not provide cooler boxes for personal items.Fold up chairs are provided for outdoor seating.We carry a portable shower & shower tent so you can take a shower every day on this tour if you like, even when we are wild camping in remote areas.Our vehicles are equipped with USB charging points only so try and bring all of your important electronic devices such as telephone, tablet & head-torch to charge from a USB socket. We do not have a 120V or 240V power supply on the vehicle but you will have the opportunity to charge your 120/240V electronic equipment at the hotels we stay at.We carry a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies but we recommend you bring your own for general use.

Accommodation

YYou will spend 60% of the time on this expedition staying in 3 & 4 star hotels and 40% of the time wild camping in your tent.The majority of our wild camp locations are usually very scenic and we always strive to find the perfect spot behind a dune in the desert, on a remote beach, overlooking a canyon, etc. but sometimes we just have to camp wherever we can find a spot.From past experience on expeditions of this length and nature we have found that people prefer to supply their own tents as they are then not forced to share and they can pick a tent that suits their needs. As a general rule, try and choose a good quality lightweight and waterproof free-standing tent that is easy to erect, take down and carry.When we are not wild camping (usually in cities) we always use 3 & 4 star hotels, however, taking into consideration the sometimes unpredictable nature of our expeditions and the remoteness of some of the areas we visit, please be aware that in some circumstances we just have to take what we can get – good or bad. When staying in hotels you can expect to share your room with other expedition members of both sexes.

Not included:

Flights

No flights included or expected during this tour.

Others

Personal travel insurancePersonal spending money (£120 – £150 per week recommended)Visas (approximately £300 depending on nationality)Lunches & evening meals when in hotelsLunches when campingAccommodation upgradesEntrance fees to optional sites and national parksAny optional activitiesInternational & domestic flights (no domestic flights expected during tour)Tent, roll mat, sleeping bag & pillowTips (USD $100 per crew member recommended)

Optional

Below is a list of the most popular optional excursions along with the most recent prices. Prices can of course change and are not controlled in any way by Madventure so please use the list below as an approximate guide only.United Arab EmiratesBurj Khalifa entry & elevator to viewing platform £50Jubail Mangrove Park £4Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque FreeLouvre Art Gallery Abu Dhabi £13Emirates National Auto Museum £12Al Ain fort FreeAl Ain Palace museum FreeAl Ain camel market £8 OmanSulaif Castle FreeAl Ayn Beehive Tombs FreeJabreen Castle £7Bahla Fort £1Wadi Ghul Balcony Walk FreeAl Hootah Cave £16Nizwa Fort £11Frankincense grove FreeWadi Darbat FreeRas al Jinz Turtle Reserve £17Sur dhow boat building yard £2Wadi Shab ferry £2Sultan Qaboos Mosque FreeNational museum £10Nakhal Fort £3 QatarSouq Waqif FreeMuseum of Islamic Art FreeNational Museum of Qatar £11 BahrainNational museum £2Beit Al Quran Free KuwaitGrand Mosque FreeKuwait Towers £1Tareq Rajab Museum £1Scientific Centre & Aquarium £20 Saudi ArabiaAl-Qarah Hill £11Buraidah camel market FreeUshaiger Heritage Village FreeEdge of the World £70At-Turaif open-air museum £22Riyadh National Museum £2Masmak Fortress FreeMurabba Palace £2Kingdom Tower elevator to viewing platform £15Al Habala village FreeAl Yanfa village FreeMt Soudah FreeRijal Almaa £5Farasan Islands return ferry FreeAl Balad old town FreeWahaba Crater FreeMedina hop-on hop-off bus £18Elephant Rock, AlUla FreeLion Tombs of Dedan, AlUla £14Old Town, AlUla £16Madain Saleh, AlUla £22Jubbah Rock Art Free JordanAmman Citadel £3Roman Theatre £2Jerash £10

Insurance

It is compulsory that every person who travels with Madventure obtain travel insurance for the complete duration of the tour. Proof of travel insurance must be shown before joining a tour.You may be covered under your credit card’s travel insurance so it might be worth checking with your credit card provider first.There are various travel insurance companies to choose from and a Google search will bring up a vast selection but for a comprehensive reliable policy that includes Covid Cover and Medical Repatriation we recommend a London based company named Campbell Irvine, Telephone: +44 20 7938 1734, https://microsite.campbellirvinedirect.com/madventure/. They are familiar with what we do so if you mention Madventure and the tour you are travelling on they should be able to provide excellent cover for you.For people based in North America a company called Allianz offers good cover – Telephone: +1 866 884 3556, www.allianztravelinsurance.comIf you choose to obtain your travel insurance through another company please ensure you read the small-print and make sure your policy includes Covid Cover and Medical Repatriation.

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Itinerary of your trip Arabia Group Overland Tour

  • Day 1 Day 1-5: United Arab Emirates
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 1-5: United Arab Emirates

      This tour begins in Dubai, a glamorous start to the trip where you can take an elevator up Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), visit palm-shaped islands, wander through city-sized malls and marvel at the engineering wonders within The Museum of the Future. Please note that this tour departs Dubai at 0800 on the first morning of the tour so if you would like to see the highlights of Dubai we recommend you arrive a few days early. On our way into Abu Dhabi we first visit the idyllic Jubail Mangrove Park where a meandering boardwalk allows you to learn about the ecological importance of this beautiful sanctuary. Later in the day we visit the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a triumph of Islamic architecture. The following day is free for you to wander the corniche, marvel at the Emirates Palace and soak up some culture at the world-class Louvre Art Gallery. We now head inland and visit the quirky Emirates National Auto Museum which houses Sheikh Hamad’s collection of over 200 vehicles including the world’s largest truck. Our next destination is Liwa Oasis on the fringes of the Rub al Khali Desert (the Empty Quarter) where we find an endless landscape of undulating sand dunes dotted with traditional adobe forts. Here you can climb the Moreeb Dune, the tallest sand dune in the UAE, and enjoy a stunning sunset over a sea of sand.  Our final stop in UAE is at Al Ain, a laid-back cultural hub set amid date-palm plantations with a selection of UNESCO heritage sites including forts & palaces. Here you will also have the option to visit a bustling camel market and Al-Ain’s famous oasis. We end the day at our hotel set atop Jebel Hafeet, the 2nd highest mountain in the UAE offering fantastic views over the region.

  • Day 2 Day 6-18: Oman
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 6-18: Oman

      Our first destination in Oman is Ibri where we visit the enormous Sulaif Castle which has been sensitively restored to give you a flavour of life here 600 years ago. We continue to the Al Ayn Beehive Tombs, a 4000 year old burial site dramatically silhouetted against the backdrop of the towering Jebel Misht mountains. At Jabreen Castle we have the opportunity to visit one of Oman’s most well preserved castles featuring elaborately painted ceilings and latticed-window courtyards. The nearby UNESCO listed Bahla Fort is a highlight of this region looming high above the village below and offering a sweeping vista from the battlements. A steep track now leads us into the dramatic Hajar Mountains where we get a view of Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest peak, but the real highlight here is Wadi Ghul where we have a few hours to hike the Balcony Walk trail with unsurpassed views over the ‘Grand Canyon of Arabia’. Back down the mountain we visit Al Hootah Cave, a natural gem in the area featuring stalactites & stalagmites as well as providing a perfect habitat for blind cave fish and bats. The historic town of Nizwa is best explored at night where the high-walled souq comes alive and the 40m tall fort tower affords us fantastic views over the old town. A desolate road now leads us south through a gravel desert into the Dhofar province where we visit a grove of ancient Frankincense trees prized for their fragrant sap. In Salalah you have the chance to relax for a couple of days and enjoy the coconut-fringed beaches of the area where it is not uncommon to see camels on the beach feeding off the lush vegetation. Rated as one of the best days on the tour we now start our journey north via the dramatic coastal route with highlights including the cascading waters of Wadi Darbat, the enormous sink-hole known as Taiq Cave and the 1000m sheer drop from the Jebel Samhan viewpoint. Further north we pass by roadside stalactites, historic castles and other-worldly rock gardens before arriving at Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve where you have the option to take a tour of the beach that turtles frequent nightly to lay their eggs. In the town of Sur we discover its rich heritage in boat building and have the option to take a tour of one of the boatyards where traditional wooden dhows are still built by hand.  Wadi Shab is considered to be one of Oman’s most scenic destinations and rewards walkers with views of turquoise pools, waterfalls and terraced plantations. The nearby Bimmah sinkhole is also worth a stop giving us the chance to take a dip in an unusual natural feature. Wedged between mountains and ocean, the delightful city of Muscat is filled with treasures such as the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Mutrah Souq, National Museum and Sultan’s Palace, all well worth exploring. In the heart of the mountains of the north we now visit Nakhal Fort, an impressive sight with round towers and spiked doors all designed to keep enemies at bay. Our last drive in Oman takes us into the Rub al Khali, the largest contiguous sand desert in the world known as the Empty Quarter, where we will cross the newly opened (2021) Ramlet Khelah border into Saudi Arabia.

  • Day 3 Day 19-22: Saudi Arabia & Qatar
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 19-22: Saudi Arabia & Qatar

      We will spend our first night in Saudi Arabia wild camping in the Rub al Khali Desert amongst the sand dunes that have made this region so naturally dramatic. After a brief first visit to Saudi we now cross into Qatar where we have 3 days to explore an ancient land steeped in tradition. Fill one of your day’s by exploring the atmospheric Souq Waqif and learn about falconry. Fill another day by visiting Doha’s peerless Museum of Islamic Art and take a trip through time at the National Museum of Qatar housed in a magnificent structure inspired by the desert-rose.

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Tour leaving from Dubai

Dubai is one of the seven states that constitute the United Arab Emirates. It is the second most important city in the region and it has one of the world's most solid economies. It is known for its modern infrastructure and for having the tallest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa.

Experience Style

Experience Style

Mixed

There will be challenging activities such as hiking, biking, canyoning and trekking, but you’re also going to have other means of transportation and relaxed moments to just chill.

Accomodation level

Accomodation level

Medium

This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.

Experience Type

Experience Type

Small Group

You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating

Basic

Almost everyone is fit for these activities. Every hike or physical exercise last less than 30 minutes, such as paragliding and horseback riding. Please ask about specific conditions.

Age range

Age range

Min: 18 / Max: 80

Age range allowed for this experience.

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