The discovery of oil in 1958 transformed this rural backwater into a modern metropolis with the highest per-capita income in the world. Today, Abu Dhabi boasts extraordinary sky scrapers, shopping malls, top quality hotels, tree-lined boulevards and picturesque gardens, while still maintaining a subtle Arabian mystique. Sail the lovely Gulf waters and numerous islands surrounding the city in a traditional dhow; tour heritage Village, a living museum where artisans ply their traditional crafts; or shop the central souk area for gold and Bedouin silver jewelry.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
The history, architecture and culture of the United Arab Emirates are yours to discover during this scenic orientation tour of Abu Dhabi.
Depart the pier for an orientation drive through Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. Founded in 1761, Abu Dhabi is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands. Your first stop will be at Sheikh Zayed Mosque - also referred to as the Grand Mosque for an inside visit. Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world. The outer areas of the Mosque are graced by around 1,000 columns, all covered with more than 20,000 marble panels that are inlaid with semi-precious stones, including lapis lazuli, red agate, amethyst, abalone shell and mother of pearl.
Your tour continues with a leisurely drive along the spectacular corniche and around the city of Abu Dhabi, known as the Manhattan of the Gulf due to a profusion of ultra-modern glazed skyscrapers, gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments overlooking the city's magnificent skyline. You will also have an opportunity to take photos of the luxurious Emirates Palace Hotel (outside only), which is unique in its impressive location.
The tour wraps up with a visit to Qasr al Hosn fortress, a magnificent structure and the city’s oldest stone building. It has kept watch over the city since the 18th century. You’ll be amazed at its ingenious ventilation system, that allows sea breezes to circulate, cooling the interior of the structure.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90 minutes of walking and a few steps to negotiate. Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Guests are encouraged to wear light cotton clothes and conservative attire covering the shoulders, arms and knees. Due to the marked differences between outside temperatures and those found in the places visited as well as the air-conditioned tour vehicles, it is recommended that you take a light jacket or cardigan for your comfort.
Embrace the beauty, cultures and traditions of the United Arab Emirates during an orientation tour of Abu Dhabi, and high tea at the spectacular Emirates Palace Hotel.
Depart the pier for an orientation drive through Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. Founded in 1761, Abu Dhabi is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands. Along the way, you will pass Yas Marina, Ferrari World, Grand Mosque, Heritage Village and the famous Corniche, which offers spectacular views and photo opportunities of the city skyline, high-rise glass buildings and exquisite Emirates Palace Hotel.
Next, you will proceed for a visit to the Emirates Palace, the UAE's most prestigious hotel. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour of the grounds and be served high tea; the highlight of this tour.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear smart-casual clothin. No shorts, slippers, flip flops nor jeans are allowed. Men cannot wear open toe shoes and should wear a shirt with collar.
Explore Abu Dhabi in an exhilarating new way during this half-day, off-road desert journey in the Al Khatim Desert.
Depart the pier for the drive by off-road vehicle through Abu Dhabi, and on to the Al Khatim Desert. Upon arrival, you will traverse the sand dunes that rise to imposing heights of up to 934 feet, the world's tallest. Along the way, a refreshment stop will be made between the dunes, which are surrounded by the tranquil sands of Arabia.
Please note: This tour involves travel over bumpy, uneven terrain. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems. Children must be at least four years old and accompanied by a parent to participate on this tour. Parents are advised to provide the age and height of the child so proper seats and safety belts can be arranged. There are no restrooms in the desert; a restroom stop will be made at a fuel station before entering and after exiting, the desert.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.