Sparkling Sands & Cities of the Persian Gulf
 
Muscat, Oman to Dubai, UAE
Wed Dec 24, 2025 - Sat Jan 3, 2026,
 10 days
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ITINERARY AND SHORE EXCURSIONS

The best on land brought to you by the best at sea. Get to the heart of local cultures with Windstar shore excursions. You don't want to just dip a toe in local culture, you want to dive into the deep end, and that's exactly what Windstar shore excursions are designed to do. All of our excursion are created to provide authentic local experience - the kind travelers like you are looking for. And with more than 2,500 excursions to choose from, you can experience your destination in whatever way is most meaningful to you. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, a history buff, or someone who loves to get to know the faces behind the many places we travel.

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Wed Dec 24
Muscat, Oman
Arrive:
Depart:5:00 PM
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In a land steeped with history, Muscat, Oman’s port capital, is a mix of upscale shopping malls, modern high-rises and 16th century Al Jalali and Mirani, Portuguese forts. The city has numerous mosques including modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with its 164 foot (50m) dome and prodigious Persian carpet, and that can accommodate 20,000 people. Wander the lively fish market and busy Mutrah Souk. There are plenty of soft sand beaches leading to pristine Gulf of Oman water full of fish and turtles.
 
Thu Dec 25
Khasab
Arrive:1:00 PM
Depart:10:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
6 Available
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Known as the Norway of Arabia with its spectacular fjords, Khasab sits isolated on Oman’s northern coast. Exploring the impressive coast by boat may result in encounters with friendly bottlenose and humpback dolphins. Check out Khasab Castle, built in the 17th century with its museum of local life back through the ages. Not far away are Bedouin villages and the Khawr Najd viewpoint with sweeping views of the impressive fjords.
6 Shore Excursions Available
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Khasab, 4WD Safari to Jebel Harim *Culture | Outdoors | Sightseeing | Walking
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelStrenuous
$115
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Khasab, Fjords Dhow Cruise with BBQ *Boating | Dining | Outdoors | Wildlife
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$79
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Khasab, Two Tank Dive in Mussandam PeninsulaBoating | Essentials Collection
Duration6 Hours
Activity LevelStrenuous
$205
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Khasab, Kayaking through FjordsBoating | Essentials Collection | Outdoors | Wildlife
Duration3.5 Hours
Activity LevelStrenuous
$95
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Khasab, Khasab & Surroundings *Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration3.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate-Strenuous
$69
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Khasab, Omani House Walking Tour *Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration3.75 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$129
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Fri Dec 26
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Arrive:7:00 AM
Depart:6:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
6 Available
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The most northerly of the seven Emirates, Ras Al Khama (RAK City) is known for its slower pace, rich culture and beautiful beaches. Through the centuries RAK City was an important trading post known for magnificent pearls. Sites to see here include the National Museum with a comprehensive collection of local artifacts and the Al Jazirah Al Hamra, an intact traditional pearling village abandoned in the mid-20th century.
6 Shore Excursions Available
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Ras-Al-Khaimah, Full Day Beach Resort at LeisureBeach | Essentials Collection
Duration8 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$159
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Ras-Al-Khaimah, Morning Desert Safari Dune RideEssentials Collection | Sightseeing | Refreshments | Wildlife
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$99
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Ras-Al-Khaimah, Farm VisitEssentials Collection | Sightseeing | Wildlife
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$115
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Ras-Al-Khaimah, Mountain SafariCulture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$119
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Ras-Al-Khaimah, Suwaidi Pearl FarmCulture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration3.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$199
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Ras al Khaimah, Concierge Collection, Heart of Sharjah Tour with LunchConcierge Collection | Dining | Sightseeing
Duration7 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$299
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Sat Dec 27
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:
Watersports Platform: 
9 Available
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The capital of the United Arab Emirates sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf and connects to the mainland by a short bridge. It is one of the nation’s two most prosperous emirates because of its rich oil fields, both onshore and in the Persian Gulf discovered in 1958, and one of the world’s highest per capita incomes. Among the many sites to see are Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Museum, Emirates Palace, The Corniche and Yaz Mall.
 
9 Shore Excursions Available
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Abu Dhabi, Qasr al Watan and Palace Motion ShowEssentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration2.5 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$119
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Abu Dhabi, Al Ain City Tour - Garden City of the GulfDining | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration8 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$229
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi City TourCulture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$99
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Abu Dhabi, Dune Drive SafariEssentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelStrenuous
$99
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Abu Dhabi, Deluxe Evening Jeep SafariCulture | Dining | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration7 Hours
Activity LevelStrenuous
$129
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Abu Dhabi, Local Market Visit with LunchCulture | Dining | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration3 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$179
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Abu Dhabi, Night Tour of Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueCulture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration3.25 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
$99
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Abu Dhabi, Orientation & High Tea at Emirates PalaceEssentials Collection | Sightseeing | Refreshments
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$229
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Abu Dhabi, Panoramic Tour & Louvre VisitEssentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$199
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Sun Dec 28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Arrive:
Depart:10:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
The capital of the United Arab Emirates sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf and connects to the mainland by a short bridge. It is one of the nation’s two most prosperous emirates because of its rich oil fields, both onshore and in the Persian Gulf discovered in 1958, and one of the world’s highest per capita incomes. Among the many sites to see are Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Museum, Emirates Palace, The Corniche and Yaz Mall.
 
Mon Dec 29
AT SEA
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Tue Dec 30
Manama, Bahrain
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:6:00 PM
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Manama is best known as a trade, financial, and commercial center; and the seat of numerous banks. The lovely skyline is decorated with modern glass and steel spires. Manama has a thriving nightlife with popular bars and clubs and although an Islamic country, alcohol is legal there. A visit to the famous Bab el-Bahrain Souk will yield narrow stalls with a wide variety of perfumes, spices and gold.
Wed Dec 31
Doha, Qatar
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:
Watersports Platform: 
5 Available
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The sparkling city of Doha boasts gleaming skyscrapers and mosques with intricate carvings, extravagant shopping malls and a 4-mile Corniche. Lose yourself in narrow alleyways of the oldest souk in Qatar amidst the raucous noise of bartering. Find the Museum of Islamic Art, resembling a giant sandcastle and appreciate the beauty of the sea and coastline.
5 Shore Excursions Available
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Doha, Discover History & Culture of QatarCulture | Dining | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$199
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Doha, Discover the Dunes & Inland SeaEssentials Collection | Outdoors | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$99
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Doha, Discover Organic Farm Tour with LunchCulture | Dining | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration6 Hours
Activity LevelEasy-Moderate
$289
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Doha, Beyond Ordinary: Discover Helipad Dinner ExperienceBeyond Ordinary Collection | Dining | Sightseeing
Duration3 Hours
Activity LevelEasy-Moderate
$999
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Doha, Discover Katara Village with High TeaCulture | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing | Refreshments
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$149
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Thu Jan 1
Doha, Qatar
Arrive:
Depart:2:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
The sparkling city of Doha boasts gleaming skyscrapers and mosques with intricate carvings, extravagant shopping malls and a 4-mile Corniche. Lose yourself in narrow alleyways of the oldest souk in Qatar amidst the raucous noise of bartering. Find the Museum of Islamic Art, resembling a giant sandcastle and appreciate the beauty of the sea and coastline.
Fri Jan 2
Sir Bani Yas, United Arab Emirates
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:5:00 PM
Watersports Platform: 
5 Available
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Sir Bani Yas Island is famous for its ancient archaeological sites, geological features and man-made attractions, dominated by the Arabian Wildlife Park, a savannah-like reserve for over 16,000 animals including roaming giraffes, cheetahs and gazelles. See flocks of flamingos on the white-sand beaches and the ruins of an ancient Christian monastery.  They operate the region’s first wind turbine and work to protect their delicate ecosystem.
 
5 Shore Excursions Available
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Sir Bani Yas, Island Biking TourBiking | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration1.5 Hours
Activity LevelStrenuous
$79
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Sir Bani Yas, Island Nature Reserve Game Viewer DriveEssentials Collection | Sightseeing | Wildlife
Duration1.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$129
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Sir Bani Yas, Kayaking - DoubleBoating | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration Hour
Activity LevelStrenuous
$139
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Sir Bani Yas, Kayaking - SingleBoating | Essentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration Hour
Activity LevelStrenuous
$89
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Sir Bani Yas, Safari TruckEssentials Collection | Sightseeing | Wildlife
Duration1.5 Hours
Activity LevelEasy-Moderate
$89
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Sat Jan 3
Dubai, UAE
Arrive:8:00 AM
Depart:
Watersports Platform: 
4 Available
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In Dubai, sports run the gamut from camel races in the desert to an indoor ski mountain. Architecture spans Bedouin tents and Arabian wind towers to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Archipelagos miraculously appear in the image of palm trees and planets. It’s a lot to take in. By all means, add some extra days here to get your head around this amazing city that seems to be all things to all people.
4 Shore Excursions Available
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Dubai, City tour with transfer to AirportEssentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$89
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Dubai, City tour with transfer to HotelEssentials Collection | Sightseeing
Duration3.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$89
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Dubai, Iconic Landmark Visit & High Tea with Transfer to AirportEssentials Collection | Sightseeing | Refreshments
Duration3.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$299
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Dubai, Iconic Landmark & Tea with Transfer to HotelEssentials Collection | Sightseeing | Refreshments
Duration3.5 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
$299
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