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  • Doha: City Tour and Dhow Boat Cruise

    1. Doha: City Tour and Dhow Boat Cruise

    Discover the charm of Doha city on this guided tour. Visit the main attractions and experience the mix of the modern and the traditional in this fascinating city. First, enjoy a panoramic drive along Doha Corniche, with time for a photo stop. Then, explore the West Bay area, and see the Pearl-Qatar artificial island and Katara Culture Village. Visit the Souq Waqif traditional market, where you can join the many people walking around the alleys, window-shopping or enjoying a shisha with friends and family at restaurants. It provides an excellent place for people to gather, shop for traditional knick-knacks, fabric, and spices, or just enjoy a good meal. There are also stables for horses and camels at the Souq. Finally, take a quick cruise onboard a traditional dhow boat, from where you can appreciate the glamour of Doha city from the water.

    The guide and experience were great. The only thing we did not care for was the boat ride. We could see everything from the shore.

  • Doha City Private Tour

    2. Doha City Private Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or the airport, and then drive along the Corniche to get a view of the old dhow harbor. Then, visit the Museum of Islamic Art to see historic manuscripts, textiles, ceramics and other artifacts. Next, go to the gold souq and be dazzled by the glittering items on display in all the different shops. Continue to the Souq Waqif, noted for its traditional architecture and spice and perfume shops. Browse the traditional handicraft shops and discover areas dedicated to animals such as horses, camels and an area reserved for falcon handling.

    Amir Afridi was excellent. Polite, knowledgeable and very flexible. Did a great job of showing us around.

  • Doha: 5-Hour Safari, Camel Ride, Sandboarding & Inland Sea

    3. Doha: 5-Hour Safari, Camel Ride, Sandboarding & Inland Sea

    Depart from Doha and journey across the picturesque desert terrain in a 4WD Land Cruiser with a professional guide and driver. Drive south for a stop at the alluring Sealine Beach and capture cool shots of the location while your driver deflates the tyres for the desert dune bashing. At Sealine Beach you will have time to experience an authentic Camel ride in the desert sands.   Then, it is time for dune bashing! Experience your adrenaline pumping as the vehicle moves up and down the dunes to give you an exhilarating experience. You will also witness a desert storm brewing in the air caused by the vehicle moving at high speed. After dune bashing, enjoy the thrills of sandboarding, another adventurous and popular activity that lets you slide down the dunes while standing with both feet strapped to a board. Once you are done sand boarding, you will be taken to the Inland Sea of Khor Al A...

    It was an extraordinary experience with an amazing driver/guide (Ask to have Hocine) this tour is a "must do" in Doha

  • Doha: 5-Hour Guided Tour of North Qatar

    4. Doha: 5-Hour Guided Tour of North Qatar

    Your adventure begins when you’re picked up from your Doha hotel and begin heading north for around 40 kilometers. Your first stop will be the Umm Salal Fortress, a tower built for Sheikh Jasim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani’s residence in the late 19th century. This amazing building is closed to the public as it's still occupied, but you’ll have the chance to admire the unique structure from the outside. Next, you’ll visit Al Zubarah, an important archaeological site made famous by its old fort. A square-shaped site with circular towers in three of its corners and a rectangular tower in the fourth, this fascinating fort-cum-museum was built in 1938 during the rule of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al-Thani and was erected upon the ruins of a neighboring fort. You’ll then move on to Al Ruwais to discover the Dhow Harbor. Here you’ll take a short break at Ruwais beach to relax and enjoy the fresh...

    Guide (Hussein) was well knowledged, of full hospitality and funny. The tour was managed on time and fully covered items originally requested. Hussein’s explanation in the fort and fast developing Doha city gave us good additional insights that self guided or guide books can not give. Unexpected ‘Indian-style’ tea services and stop over at the local truffle stall gave us lively travel experiences (because of private tour?) Clearly and politely ask him what you want. He will make his best efforts to realize it unless it’s really possible. Enjoy Qatar and enjoy Doha!

  • Doha: 24-Hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

    5. Doha: 24-Hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

    Enjoy the city of Doha at your own pace on this hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour. The double-deck buses run every 30-40 minutes, with stops at all major city attractions such as Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village, and the Pearl Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art, just to name a few. You'll also pass by some of the main hotels in Doha, such as the Marriott, the Sharq Village and Spa, the Sheraton, and the Hilton Hotel. This tour allows you to take your time at each stop as you wish, and is valid for 24 hours once the ticket is redeemed. With unlimited rides around the city, you can hop on at any of the main branded bus stops located at Souq Waqif, Sheraton Park, and the Katara Cultural Village. When you purchase this tour you will also receive free access to the night tour, which is a relaxing 1-hour drive around the city during which you will see the city's beautiful landmarks by night.

    You can pick up the bus from ANY of the stops even though in the GetYourGuide app it says to go to the meeting point to actually board the bus. This misunderstanding on our part and on the part of our hotel concierge led us to wasting about 45 minutes trying to track down the bus. If you stay at the Hilton Doha there is a stop directly outside your hotel; you DO NOT need to walk to City Center Mall to board the bus.

  • From Doha: Private Tour to the North of Qatar

    6. From Doha: Private Tour to the North of Qatar

    Begin your half-day tour with a drive by comfortable vehicle to discover the heritage of Qatar. Stop at the Umm Salal Fortress, built as a residence for Sheikh Jasim Bin Mohammed al Thani in the late 19th century. Next on the itinerary is Al Zubara, an important archaeological site with a fort that has been turned into a museum. The square-shaped fort features circular towers on three of its corners and a rectangular tower on the fourth. Continue to Al Ruwais to see the harbor and take a short break at Ruwais Beach to enjoy the sea breezes. On the way back to Doha, see Al Khor, a town known for its harbor and lovely beaches.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this - the mangroves of Al Khor and harbour were great. I loved the drive seeing the scenery and learning about the history of Qatar and Zubara and pearl diving.

  • Doha: Desert Adventure Quad Bike Safari

    7. Doha: Desert Adventure Quad Bike Safari

    Meet your Safari Captain when you get picked up from your hotel or selected location in Doha. Embark on an exciting adventure together into the desert. Once you reach your destination, begin the tour with a thrilling quad bike ride. Experience an off-road safari during the 45-minute session and get some amazing photographs along the way.  Discover the desert from a new perspective as you glide across the dunes on the quad bike and feel the rush of adrenaline and the wind in your hair. At the end of your adventure, get dropped off back at your selected location or hotel in Doha by your safari captain.

  • Doha: City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

    8. Doha: City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

    Commence the day with pickup from your hotel or selected location by the tour guide in an air-conditioned vehicle. Then, head to the Museum of Islamic Art to explore the craftworks that date back to 1400 years old.  Next, continue to Dhow Harbor to take photographs and check out the traditional boat cruise through the Arabian Peninsula. Head to the Katara Cultural Village, which hosts festivals, exhibitions and local workshops. After this, proceed to Pearl island, a collection of 200 small islands. Next, head to the Doha Corniche, a palm-bordered promenade facing Doha Bay. Then, continue to Souq Waqif to observe the blends of tradition and culture at this local market.  Your safari guide will pick you up from Souq Waqif and transport you to the desert terrains in a 4x4 Land Cruiser. Reach the Sealine Beach and enjoy the panoramic view of the desert and take pictures.  You can take pa...

  • From Doha Airport: Qatar Transit Tour

    9. From Doha Airport: Qatar Transit Tour

    Make good use of a transit through Hamad International Airport and get the perfect introduction to the beautiful city of Doha. Drive along the 7-kilometer Corniche road to admire the old part of the city and the unique buildings of West Bay. Next, visit an extraordinary artificial island created in the shape of an oyster, representing Qatar’s roots. Move on to the cultural center of the Katara, home to an amphitheater, opera house, galleries, and restaurants from different countries on the Arabian Peninsula. Learn more about the heritage and traditions of Qatar, and hear about the international, regional, and local festivals, workshops, performances, and exhibitions held at the heritage site. Fall in love with the lively Souq Waqif bazaar, a showpiece of the nation's traditional architecture, handicrafts, and folk art. Get dropped off at the airport in time for your onward flight.

    A great experience, a friendly guide who went out of his way to accommodate and show us Doha.

  • Doha: Sunset Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Sandboarding

    10. Doha: Sunset Desert Safari with Camel Ride and Sandboarding

    Your tour will begin when you are picked up from your hotel or other selected location in Doha. From here you will be driven straight to the desert in your comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Now you will start off with a goosebump-inducing dune bashing session, where you can marvel at the skills of your driver as he takes you up and down the dunes in electrifying fashion. For once you can rest assured that speed doesn’t kill, but rather thrills, in the desert. After the bashing is done, it will be time for sandboarding, another popular activity in the desert. Simply strap both your feet to a board and surf along the dunes for some more thrills. Afterwards, it will be time for a complimentary camel ride, an activity not to miss, especially when in the desert. You then take a drive to the inland sea of Khor Al Adaid that borders with Saudi Arabia. This is a beautiful and unique place, ...

    An exceptional experience if you like a bit of adventure while enjoying the beautiful dessert. We have the ATV ride which is on your own account. At first I was a bit hesitate to take the ride coz I have done it in many other countries, but truthfully it was the best that I ever had. It was a very challenging and enjoying ride. The package also inclusive a short camel ride, which basically for you to take some beautiful IG photos . The dune bashing was thrilled. I loved it. Our driver Arref definitely had very good skills, compared to other 4 wheel drives that came along together. He really gave us the best experience of how he bashing through the dessert. Besides, I wanted to thank Arref for doing nice video recording in his car and he gave us the video at the end of the trip. Very thankful. Sand boarding? Yes it was included. If you don’t frequently exercise like me, good luck!! Tried it and you will know what I meant

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What people are saying about Doha

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 119 reviews

An exceptional experience if you like a bit of adventure while enjoying the beautiful dessert. We have the ATV ride which is on your own account. At first I was a bit hesitate to take the ride coz I have done it in many other countries, but truthfully it was the best that I ever had. It was a very challenging and enjoying ride. The package also inclusive a short camel ride, which basically for you to take some beautiful IG photos . The dune bashing was thrilled. I loved it. Our driver Arref definitely had very good skills, compared to other 4 wheel drives that came along together. He really gave us the best experience of how he bashing through the dessert. Besides, I wanted to thank Arref for doing nice video recording in his car and he gave us the video at the end of the trip. Very thankful. Sand boarding? Yes it was included. If you don’t frequently exercise like me, good luck!! Tried it and you will know what I meant

I and my girlfriends were be in Qatar on February... This excursion was a Really beautiful experience. The driver was great, the car was great and also the other car team. The experience was perfect and well organized. I hope that in the future I can can back on Qatari Desert, maybe with a quite longer excursion. .. Only the camel trek was very short, but we knowed it.. If you want take a camel trip book also another excursion.... Great job.

I have done this excursion before and every time it is the same. I have had different drivers but they are all wonderful. They are there to make sure you are comfortable and are having a great time. I would highly recommend this one. You will not be disappointed.

Best excursion ever !! To book without hesitation, everything was perfect. A huge thank you to our Babar guide, he is awesome !!

It was an extraordinary experience with an amazing driver/guide (Ask to have Hocine) this tour is a "must do" in Doha