Highlights of Qatar: Souks, Safaris & Sails

Spontaneous, original, exclusive and developing at an impressive pace; no longer is Qatar simply a stop-over destination. No, Qatar is now one of the world’s most exciting places, and it deserves the time to be truly discovered – which is exactly what this six night itinerary will allow you to do. From private dhow cruise to sand dune adventures – this is a side to Qatar you never saw coming…


Landing in Doha, you’ll be transported to your luxury digs where you can spend the rest of the afternoon resting up in preparation for the days ahead. It’s a day of rest you’ll thank us for the next morning as you head out for hours of intense and exhilarating ‘dune bashing’ and desert exploration. The ultimate in desert safaris, we’ll have you skimming across the sands at top speeds before stopping at the truly stunning Inland Sea for some epic photos and, later, a swim along the Arabian Gulf.

Back in the city, culture is calling at the iconic Souq Waqif. A traditional souq located in the heart of Doha, here you’ll find traders selling traditional garments, spices and local wares, as well as an array of restaurants. Having wandered the stalls, bartering as you go, and stopped for some local food, you’ll be taken back to your hotel for another night of relaxation in luxury.

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Having ticked off the essential adrenaline-inducing desert experience; today will be all about immersing yourself in local culture, starting with the UNESCO protected historic site of Zubarah. The desert sands have managed to preserve the ruins of Zubarah’s Fort, so wandering through here will give you a great idea of what an early Qatari settlement looked like. A magical place that’ll have you dreaming of the desert explorers of long ago; an afternoon at Zubarah is an afternoon well spent. From Zubarah it’s on to the cultural village of Katara, where you’ll discover a world dedicated to the celebration of art in all its forms. Depending on when you visit, there could be any number of exhibitions, workshops, markets or festivals occurring – making this a must on your itinerary.


Traveling can be hard work, which is why we’ll be sure you’ve got some time pencilled in to recuperate, and when you’re in Qatar, one of the best ways to do this is on-board a private dhow. Enjoying an evening watching the sunset with a dinner, this experience will allow you to witness the beauty of Qatar from a totally different perspective.


Back on dry land, you’ll end your Qatari exploration with one last look into the region’s past (and present) at the Museum of Islamic Art. It’s an institution that’s brimming with art of all forms, including ceramic, textile and metal work. In capturing the essence of Islamic art through collections that span 1400 years, the Museum of Islamic Art is an important ode to a very special and spiritual history. Wander through halls that contain intricately decorated war masks from Iran, marvel at the beauty of pearls and quietly appreciate the artistry of woven carpets and delicate cookware from hundreds of years ago. If there’s one thing we can be certain of – you’ll be bidding farewell to this wonderful destination enriched, invigorated, and a little sun-kissed.