Why I love Iran

What's not to love? The landscapes here are wonderful, from high mountains to deep deserts where the soulful presence of the Asiatic cheetah still roams. There's the architecture and the magic of the bazaars. There's the utterly civilised appeal of taking tea in a teahouse overlooking the river in Esfahan or with nomads out in the Zagros Mountains. Or wandering the mud-brick alleyways of Yazd then venturing to a... Read More

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$44 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Alexandra Dhow Cruise in Dubai Marina

A “Dhow” is a traditional wooden vessel that is common in the Middle East and has been used historically for a variety of purposes, primarily for trading. Dhows are made in a variety of sizes and in the UAE have been most used for trade between UAE and Iran aswell as for pearl diving. Arabian Dhow Cruise with dinner on board is considered to be the most romantic trip, especially our new trip along the Dubai Marina – the most fascinating landscape in Dubai. “Alexandra” is a 120 Foot Traditional Arabic ‘Dhow’ that has been refurbished into a quality floating restaurant. Dinner includes international buffet and unlimited soft drinks. As part of the 2 hour cruise we will provide a 15-20 minute live show by our very own in-house “Tanura” Dancer Walid, a traditional dance originated in Turkey, which is centered around a man spinning nonstop, creating various patterns with the flowing and glowing color robes.Menu sample: Seafood Clear Soup Vegetable Spring Roll Fattoush Salad Coleslaw Hummus Greek Salad Garden Green Salad Grilled Chicken with Garlic Sauce Fish in Soya Garlic Sauce Beef Stroganoff Vegetable Fried Rice Assorted Indian Breads Dal Makhani Lyonnais Potato Penne Neapolitan Choclate Pastries Fresh Fruit Salad Fresh Fruits Umali

$145 Day Trips & Excursions

Abu Dhabi City Tour from Dubai

Pick up time is between 08:00 - 08:30 for this city tour from your hotel in Dubai in either a coach or Toyota Previa (depends of number of passengers). The drive to Abu Dhabi is approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes (depending on traffic). On the way to Abu Dhabi you will pass by Sheikh Zayed Road, Jabel Ali and many small villages on the way. Capture sights like Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Mall, Marina Mall, and many other prominent landmarks. First stop on this tour is at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque's design and construction "unites the world", using artisans and materials from many countries including India, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Republic of Macedonia and United Arab Emirates. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the mosque. Next stop is at the Al Bateen corniche. This stunning beach overlooks Hudariyat Island and Hudariyat Bridge to the west of Abu Dhabi. It has uninterrupted picturesque views and clear water and is popular with UAE locals for fishing, swimming and waterfront picnics.Third on the list is Heritage Village. Traditional aspects of the desert way of life, including a campfire with coffee pots, a goats’ hair tent, and a falaj irrigation system, are attractively displayed in the open museum. There are workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, such as metal work and pottery, while women sit weaving and spinning. The craftsmen are happy to share their skills, and may occasionally give you the chance to try them out.The vehicle will then stop at the dates market where you can purchase and taste a variety of fresh dates grown locally. You will also passby the fish harbour, Yas Island and Sadiyat Island.

$119 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Dubai Street Food Tour

Meet your guide at 4:30pm at the main entrance of Dubai Museum, which is located in Al Fahidi Fort in Bur Dubai in the heart of “old” Dubai. Every taxi driver knows it and it is only 5 – 7 minutes walk from the nearest Metro station, Al Fahidi station. You will be walked through the Indian market. India is the most important trading partner of the region. Long before oil, the pearls found on the sandbanks in the Persian Gulf were the most important source of income of the region and there was a high demand for those pearls in India. So already centuries ago, pearls were exported to India and many goods were imported from India, such as textiles, building materials, food and spices. Since then Indian cuisine has a strong influence in what people eat in Dubai. On our way through Souq Al Khabeer, today the textile market, we will have our first Indian snack. We cross the Creek via Abra, a wooden water taxi and reach the spice market. We try some traditional ice cream, have a refreshing juice and sample some chocolate dates. All while the friendly merchants explain their spices that are mainly from Iran. Here you also have a good opportunity to buy authentic souvenirs and gifts that are not “Made in China”, such as camel milk soap, camel milk chocolate, Saffron, Vanilla from Madagasgar, Frankincense, Myrre etc. The most famous Street Food however is “Shawerma” – the Gulf regions answer to Burrito or wrap. Of course you get to try it. The highlight of our tour is a visit to one of the oldest restaurants in town, where you get to try a secret Persian family recipe for mutton kebab, while marveling at the eccentric interior decoration of old newspaper clips of Dubai, hundreds of photos of famous and not so famous guests and a collection of around 5000 different bank notes from all over the world left behind by visitors. Bon appetite!

$300 Day Trips & Excursions

One Day Ferrari World Abu Dhabi with Abu Dhabi City Tour From Dubai

Pick up time is between 08:00 - 08:30 for this city tour from your hotel in Dubai in either a coach or Toyota Previa (depends of number of passengers). The drive to Abu Dhabi is approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes (depending on traffic). On the way to Abu Dhabi you will pass by Sheikh Zayed Road, Jabel Ali and many small villages on the way. Capture sights like Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Mall, Marina Mall, and many other prominent landmarks. First stop on this tour is at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque's design and construction "unites the world", using artisans and materials from many countries including India, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Republic of Macedonia and United Arab Emirates. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the mosque. Next stop is at the Al Bateen corniche. This stunning beach overlooks Hudariyat Island and Hudariyat Bridge to the west of Abu Dhabi. It has uninterrupted picturesque views and clear water and is popular with UAE locals for fishing, swimming and waterfront picnics.Third on the list is Heritage Village. Traditional aspects of the desert way of life, including a campfire with coffee pots, a goats’ hair tent, and a falaj irrigation system, are attractively displayed in the open museum. There are workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, such as metal work and pottery, while women sit weaving and spinning. The craftsmen are happy to share their skills, and may occasionally give you the chance to try them out.The vehicle will then stop at the dates market where you can purchase and taste a variety of fresh dates grown locally. You will also passby the fish harbour, Yas Island and Sadiyat Island. Now we will take you for the Lunch.After the City tour & Lunch we will take you for Abu Dhabi Ferrari World,Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is globe's first Ferrari theme park and the hugest fascination of its kind. Its iconic sleek red roof is directly influenced by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body. It is a magnificent multi-story building, which has over 20 Ferrari themed rides, that gives you an adrenaline rush in red.

$149 Cultural & Theme Tours

St. Petersburg Hermitage State Museum: Museum Admission and Small-Group Faberge Halls Tour

Start your excursion with the unique Faberge Halls of the Hermitage with your guide. The Diamond Room has the biggest collection of the Russian Emperor's fine jewelry and the Gold Room is a spectacular collection of gold, silver, and royal jewels that belonged to the Russian tsars. It has the best and the biggest collection of Scynthian Gold in the world. The Romanovs (the Russian Emperor's dynasty) were the richest family in the world at the beginning of the 20th century, and their collections are really worth seeing. The Gold Room houses a significant collection of archeological finds - the famous Ancient Greek gold, the best and the world's biggest collection of Scythian gold, oriental jewelry items from India, Iran and China, as well as superb examples of ceremonial oriental weapons. It consists of around 1,500 works in total, made from gold and dating from the 7th century B.C. to the 19th century A.D. Access to the Diamond and Gold Rooms (also call Treasure Galleries) is usually by pre-arranged appointment only, with no exceptions, and a regular tour usually lasts for 30 minutes and you would have to be part of a large group. Due to extremely high demand usually you cannot visit both Galleries on the same day either, so this small group, 2.5 hour tour is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and not to be missed! Your small-group tour of the Diamond and Gold Rooms will take place with curators, who actually curate the rooms themselves. All of the curators at the museum have a Ph.D. in art history and are real connoisseurs of art. They are also extremely enthusiastic about their collection. You will have 1 hour,15 minutes for each room to look at the unique jewelry masterpieces. The curators will share details with you that you won't find in the guidebooks.You will also have a 1 hour and 20 minute guided tour of the other exhibitions at one of the best museums in the world: The State Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, is the biggest museum in the World (together with the Louvre in Paris, they are in competition for the World's "No 1" in terms of exhibition space, number of items and collections etc). The buildings that the Hermitage occupies are brilliant examples of European architecture. Every visitor can feel the force of Russian history here. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Your tour also includes an all-day entrance ticket, so after the guided tour you can stay at this marvelous museum as long as you wish (closing time is 6pm; and on Wednesdays it is 9 pm). There is a cafe inside the museum, where you can take a break for lunch if you wish (own expense).

$56.17 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full Day tour to Giza Pyramids and Islamic Cairo

Early morning at 8am you will be met at your hotel lobby by your private tour guide. Egyptologist and board your air conditioned van with WiFi on board. Live the most exciting experience for many world travelers which is the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The only remaining wonder of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was built in 2500 B.C. (originally it was 480ft or 146m high) then you will visit the pyramids of his son and grandson; Chephren and Mycerinus and you will go to the panorama where you can take great pictures and start your camel ride in the Sahara desert around the pyramids, after that you will visit the Valley Temple of Chephren and the Great Sphinx. After that you will have lunch in a local restaurant. Then you will head to the citadel of Saladin which was built to protect Cairo against potential Crusades. Inside the citadel you will visit the Alabaster Mosque that represents the Ottoman style of architecture and its high minarets dominate the skyline of Cairo. Then you will head to the mosque of Ibn Tulun (9th century) which is the oldest mosque still intact in Egypt. You will also visit the mosque of Sultan Hassan and the mosque of al Rifai, the mosque of Sultan Hassan dates back to the 14th century and it represents the Mameluk style of architecture. The Rifai mosque day yes back to the 19th century and it has the beautiful mausoleum of the last Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.