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An itinerary dedicated to travellers of an average age of 45, who want to immerse themselves in a different culture. During their stay, they can visit museums, cultural heritage sites and traditional parks. The itinerary also includes exploring the city, eating the local cuisine, and attending culture-rich performances and events.

Highlights

  • Explore the museums of Qatar
  • Discover the heritage sites of Qatar
  • Enjoy live performances 
  • Visit the Education City Mosque 
  • Duration

    3 days

  • Hotels

    4 - 5 star

  • Performances

    Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Tour

    Qatar Foundation Art and Architecture

  • Visa

Day 1

Museums and galleries

Morning / afternoon

1. Visit the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and MIA Park

Begin the tour at the famous Museum of Islamic Art, an architectural wonder, encompassing 14 centuries of Islamic art and artefacts. The museum comprises of four floors of permanent and temporary exhibitions, a gift shop, a café and the haute cuisine restaurant IDAM by renowned chef Alain Ducasse, on the fifth floor. It is also home to a heritage library, with 21,000 books, including 2000 rare editions in Arabic and English.

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2. Experience the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)

Be awed by the desert-rose inspired National Museum of Qatar, where interactive displays bring the country’s past to life. Built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace for 25 years, the National Museum of Qatar helps you learn about Qatar’s ancestors and the formation of its early cities, with the museum charting the country’s history and progress through the centuries. Exhibitions combine historical objects and contemporary influences, opening up a dialogue around the impact of rapid change. 

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3. Traditional Qatari lunch at the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)

Enjoy a traditional Qatari lunch experience that preserves and displays its key aspects of the Arabic hospitality, culinary heritage and more at one of the many restaurants on the premises of the National Museum of Qatar.

Afternoon / evening

4. Explore the Fire Station art space

The Fire Station Gallery, built in 1982, had the last fire engine removed in December 2012 and then became a part of the Qatar Museums network. Converted into a contemporary art space, the gallery showcases art and artists, engages the local community, and nurtures emerging talent through its artist in residence program.  

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5. Visit Al Bidda Park

Take a walk along the lush Al Bidda Park that consists of three distinct spaces, each of which offers unique panoramic views. Partake and enjoy various events such as sports events and food festivals that take place all year round. The park showcases birds, native trees, including the iconic Sidra tree, and glimpses of Qatar's art, heritage, and architecture. 

6. Dhow boat dinner cruise

End the day on a traditional wooden dhow boat, where, along with the serene corniche views, you will be treated with a dinner buffet to satisfy your cravings after a long day of sightseeing. Head back to your hotel to relax for the rest of the day.

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Day 2

Qatar Foundation and beyond

Morning / afternoon

1. Qatar Foundation Art and architecture tour

Qatar Foundation is known to have a thriving art scene that is almost impossible to miss if you're an art lover. Wander along the streets of the Education City and other major points of attraction on this tour and be amazed by the artistic descriptions of Qatar's history, culture, and heritage. 

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2. Visit the Heritage Collection Exhibition at the Qatar National Library

Go on a guided art trail tour exploring the Heritage Collection Exhibition in Qatar National Library that allows visitors to experience and learn more about the history and inheritance of the State of Qatar through rare manuscripts and maps, and more.

3. Education City Mosque tour

Continue your trip to visit The Education City Mosque that showcases the evolution of architecture in Qatar. The mosque is housed within the Minaretein building that gracefully rests on five large columns representing the five pillars of Islam. Take a tour of the gallery to enjoy the art collection on display and get to know the artistic side of Qatar. 

AFTERNOON/EVENING

4. Richard Serra's East-West, West-East, Brouq Nature Reserve

Head to Brouq Nature Reserve for the most dramatic sunset views and stunning backdrop. Nestled between limestone rock formations outside Zekreet, just north of Doha, lies Richard Serra’s East-West/ West-East installation. This magnificent sculpture comprises of four steel plates, each over 14-meters tall. It stands in stark contrast to the soft brown hues of the desert surrounding it and offers a comment on isolation and the passage of time.  

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ALTERNATIVELY

Al Shaqab tour

Discover the glory of Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre, a world-class equestrian facility, and visit the finest Arabian horses. You may also watch camel races at Al Shahaniya race-track, where robot jockeys sit atop camels depending on the date/time of your tour. 

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Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art tour

Head to Mathaf to receive an Arab perspective on contemporary art in Qatar. The museum’s permanent collection features over 9,000 works by notable artists from the Arab world, from the 1840s to the present day. Various renowned artists from countries and regions connected to the Arab Peninsula are represented, encompassing Africa, Asia, and Europe.  

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Day 3

The essence of Msheireb Downtown & Souq Waqif

Morning / afternoon

1. Msheireb Museums 

Visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Msheireb Downtown that revives Doha’s old commercial district and introduces a new architectural language. This revamped smart city with great cafes and eateries also offers fabulous retail and cultural offerings. The Msheireb Museums by the Msheireb Properties make a compelling attraction to celebrate the history of Qatar through the heritage houses, entertainment venues and much more. 

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2. Doha Design District

Set to be Qatar’s brand new hub that encourages creativity and innovation, the Doha Design District is initiated in Msheireb Downtown as part of the country’s national vision for 2030. Check out the district brimming with new art galleries, showrooms, creative services, stores, as well as restaurants and cafes.         

Afternoon / evening

3. Souq Waqif and its highlights

Take a trip to the popular Souq Waqif, where you can walk through the country’s heritage and indulge in some rich all-around shopping experience. Continue the tour to the Gold Souq across the street; all that glitter is, in fact, gold. Shoppers can find a rich variety of jewellery, both traditional and contemporary pieces, at competitive prices. Souq Waqif is also home to the Falcon Souq, where you can see the majestic birds up close and pose with a falcon perched on your arm. 

Portrait of a Saker Falcon in Hood Close-up. Hunting Falcon-Saker on a stand in an Arabic tent.
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4. Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village is Doha’s destination for culture and entertainment. Enjoy the perfect combination of art galleries and workshops, theatres and performances venues, and exceptional restaurants choices. Also, visit the Galeries Lafayette for the ultimate shopping experience; you can also find various local brands.

6. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) performance at Katara Opera House (schedule dependent)

End you day with a treat to the ears. Enjoy a live performance by The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Katara Opera House where the mesmerizing western and Arabic music are blend and introduced by international music professionals. With renowned musicians and artists from across the world, this performance will leave you mesmerized. 

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