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Privately Guided Tours & Excursions in Qatar

We love hosting guests at the biggest sporting events in the world but our job doesn’t stop there. We want our guests to experience the absolute best of every host destination. This is why we’ve hand-picked a number of privately guided tours to complement our 2022 World Cup travel packages. Enhance your personalized itinerary with unique excursions that include dune bashing in the desert, discovering century-old markets, taking an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride, and other must-see attractions.

World Cup Tours & Experiences
Discover Doha – Highlights Tour
Souq Waqif and Katara Village
Visit to Qatar State Grand Mosque and Arabic Coffee Experience
Culture of Doha - National Museum of Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art
Private Shopping Experience
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Culinary Tour in Souq Waqif
Desert Safari – Camel Ride and Dune Bashing

 

Discover Doha – Highlights Tour

Enjoy this orientation tour to get acquainted with Doha, a vibrant, futuristic city with an old-world charm. Your private guide will meet you at your hotel before you embark on your sightseeing experience. Begin the day traveling along the famous Corniche to get a view of Old Dhow Harbour. Then head over to see the stunning Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), designed by I.M. Pei. The MIA’s magnificent and imaginatively presented displays of fine Islamic art have earned it world-wide recognition. If you’d like to explore inside the museum, a visit can be arranged as part of the tour.

As your day continues, you’ll explore different neighborhoods of Doha where you can marvel at modern skyscrapers incorporating traditional Qatari architectural elements. Visit the Gold Souq (market) and the popular Souq Waqif, noted for its traditional architecture and its multitude of local shops. Browse the handicrafts and discover areas dedicated to animals such as horses, camels and even an area reserved for falcon handling. From there you’ll visit the vibrant Msheireb district, Doha’s historic commercial area which is now modernized and inspired by Qatar’s heritage.

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Souq Waqif and Katara Village

This half day tour allows you to explore Souq Waqif, a traditional marketplace renowned for traditional garments, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Also home to dozens of restaurants, Souq Waqif dates back at least 100 years and is very popular with both locals and visitors alike. There’s a lot to see at this well-known market, one of Doha’s most popular attractions. A highlight is the Falcon Souq. Falconry still plays an important role in Qatari life, used for hunting both in Qatar and abroad. Discover the Falcon Hospital and the “medical vending machine,” during your visit.

From Souq Waqif you’ll head to Katara Village, a purpose-built recreational district known for its impressive design. This popular gathering place incorporates cultural activities through various social events, concerts and festivals. The entire Katara complex is built with a fusion of traditional architecture and retro-romantic style, a contrast to Doha’s modern skyscrapers. Katara Village is home to plenty of local cafes and restaurants if you fancy a bite to eat. One of the highlights of the area is the Katara Amphitheatre; overlooking the sea, it is stunning in design and fuses Islamic features with the classical Greek theatre concept. Also nearby, the Opera House offers a rich cultural experience. You’ll find plenty of photo opportunities in this architecturally rich area.

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Visit to Qatar State Grand Mosque and Arabic Coffee Experience

Begin your private tour with a visit to the largest mosque in Qatar: Imam Abdul Wahhab, also known as the Qatar State Grand Mosque. This impressive mosque is comprised of 93 domes and was designed to keep worshippers cool under the hot Doha sun. Inside you’ll find three libraries, prayer and ablution halls, as well as special halls for Quran memorization. With capacity for over 30,000 people, it’s truly a sight to see.

From there you’ll be treated to an Arabic coffee experience. Arabic coffee is a cultural tradition that is about much more than the drink itself. There are elaborate rituals involved in the preparation, serving and consumption of the popular beverage. Learn about the entire process involved in enjoying a cup, including the dallah: the distinctively shaped pot it is served from. You’ll be instructed on the proper etiquette including which hand to drink with and what to do when you’ve had enough. Savour your coffee with something sweet (traditionally dates). After your coffee experience, you’ll be better prepared to enjoy the multitude of specialty coffee shops dotting the streets of Doha.

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Culture of Doha – National Museum of Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art

After meeting your private guide in your hotel lobby, you’ll be escorted to the immersive and experiential National Museum of Qatar. Spectacularly designed by Jean Nouvel, the museum’s exhibits detail the history of Qatar, right up to present day. Discover Qatar’s rich heritage and culture, as well as the country’s aspirations for the future. The museum is just a few years old, yet has already become one of the country’s most recognizable and revered attractions.

Continue on to the remarkable Museum of Islamic Art. Scenically located on an island at the end of Doha’s famous Corniche, the museum was designed by I.M. Pei who specifically requested this location. Inside you’ll find 1,400 years’ worth of Islamic art, in addition to a library and a fantastic restaurant.

Enjoy privately guided tours of both of these outstanding attractions to fully understand Qatar’s unique and rich history combined with its modern culture.

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Private Shopping Experience

This is the ultimate tour for those who love to shop. From exclusive high-end boutiques, to mega-malls, to traditional souqs (markets), Qatar offers an enviable shopping experience. It is almost an art, and it is certainly a favorite pastime of Doha residents. The city boasts a wonderful dichotomy of modern luxury malls with marbled promenades offering the latest styles, and time-honoured souqs with traditional textiles, handicrafts and perfumes. Together with your driver you’ll plan the day around your preferences, with an opportunity to explore everything Doha has to offer in terms of shopping. You will be chauffeured around the city, visiting hotspots such as the Pearl Qatar and Villaggio Mall, or “Old Doha” for more authentic items. Roam designer boutiques, specialty department stores, and local markets before returning to your hotel for some much-deserved rest.

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Hot Air Balloon Flight

Enjoy this extraordinary hot air balloon experience, soaking in the stunning open-air views of Doha from above. Take to the skies and enjoy the picturesque scenery with a 360-degree panorama offering memories to last a lifetime. Timed to maximize the breathtaking sunrise vistas, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Back on land you can reminisce about your adventure while you enjoy breakfast and a cup of karak chai tea.

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Culinary Tour in Souq Waqif

Qatar is a fascinating destination for food enthusiasts, as the country encompasses both modernity and tradition. It presents a rich and diverse culinary scene with everything one could wish for. Diners can expect a wide range of options from Michelin-starred restaurants with experimental fare to delicious, authentic street food. Qatar caters to every taste with its creative mixture of Arabic and multicultural cuisine. On this tour you will discover the hidden gems of Souq Waqif through a unique cultural experience and local food journey. As you sample flavourful dishes, your guide will explain Qatar’s regional traditions and customs. This immersive culinary experience will leave you with an in-depth understanding of food and culture in Qatar.

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Desert Safari – Camel Ride and Dune Bashing

Qatar boasts some spectacular natural scenery. On this tour, you’ll travel south of Doha to see some of its best. Marvel at the distinct contrasts in your surroundings as you travel from the city scape to into undulating sand dunes. The desert is an important part of Qatari culture and this tour allows you to explore its wonders. For a truly authentic and memorable desert experience, your full day tour allows you to experience some of the area’s most exciting desert activities. Start with a camel ride over the soft dunes prior to embarking on an exhilarating desert safari, accessible only by 4×4 vehicle. Explore Bedouin-style camps in the beautiful nature reserve, also home to unique wildlife and lush vegetation. Indulge in a traditional Bedouin barbecue-style meal in a spectacular setting.

To end the tour, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable experience at UNESCO-recognized Khor Al Adaid, also known as the inland sea. This fascinating natural phenomenon is known as the singing dunes. Caused by the movement of grains of sand over massive sand dunes, you can hear the singing effect by sliding down the dunes. This is one of few spots in the world where the sea reaches deep into the desert. Your knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your visit to this fascinating part of the country.

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WORLD CUP DISCLAIMER

Roadtrips is in no way associated with FIFA, the Organizing Committee for the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022, MATCH Services or MATCH Hospitality. The term World Cup is used only for the purpose of properly describing certain events and without the specific permission of FIFA. Roadtrips travel packages and services are not affiliated with FIFA. FIFA’s official ticket site is www.fifa.com/tickets. Due to compliance with France law, we regret that we are unable to provide packages for France residents for this event.

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