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Romantic getaway

This itinerary is designed for couples (average age 35) who stopover in Qatar as part of a romantic getaway trip to another far-flung destination. Couples seeking a romantic trip are assured to feel pampered and reconnected through shared unique experiences. During their stay, they will visit the sites of natural beauty, explore the city on foot, shop, visit traditional markets and try local cuisine.

Highlights

  • Couple wellness experiences
  • Whale shark excursion
  • Hot air balloon trip
  • Traditional market tours
  • Duration

    3 days

  • Hotels

    4 - 5 star

  • Experience

    Culture, adventure, wellness & shopping

Day 1

Paint the town

Morning / afternoon

1. The best of Souq Waqif

Take a trip to the popular Souq Waqif, where you can walk through the country’s past and experience a traditional marketplace selling garments, spices and handicrafts. Continue on to the Gold Souq across the street where all that glitters is, in fact, gold. Shoppers can find a rich variety of jewellery, both traditional and contemporary pieces, at competitive prices. 

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2. Msheireb Downtown, Doha Design District

Visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Msheireb Downtown that revives Doha’s old commercial district with a new architectural language. Msheireb is a smart city with great cafes and eateries that also offers fabulous retail and cultural offerings. While there, stroll down Sikkat Al Wadi, a pedestrian walkway that runs through Doha Design District; and explore Qatar's untold stories at the Msheireb Museums. 

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Afternoon / evening

3. Shop and stroll at The Pearl (optional boat charter)

Get ready for some retail therapy at the shops at the Pearl, Qatar. This man-made island offshore Doha's prestigious West Bay District features a luxurious shopping experience with premium designer boutiques and showrooms. You may also choose to take an optional boat charter to take in the gorgeous views of the city.

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4. Explore Katara Cultural Village

Continue your journey to the Katara Cultural Village filled with a staggering array of cultural venues, including museumsgalleries and public art, showcasing a potent mix of Qatar's traditions and its modern influences from other cultures. Visit Galeries Lafayette – the iconic French department store for some luxury retail therapy and enjoy a sumptuous dinner at one of the many cafes lining the street. 

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

End your day with a treat to the ears. Enjoy a live performance by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Katara Opera House. With renowned musicians and artists from across the world, this classical music performance will leave you mesmerized. 

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Day 2

Rejuvenate

Morning / afternoon

1. Early morning hot air balloon trip

Start your day with a hot air balloon ride to witness the beautiful landscapes of Doha during sunrise. Experience the exciting sky adventure while enjoying a 360-degree panoramic and picturesque view of the city. 

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2. Whale shark excursion (seasonal)

Each year hundreds of whale sharks congregate in the Al Shaheen region off the northeast coast of Qatar. On this voyage, you will be among the first to see them in Qatari waters. While these magnificent creatures are the biggest fish in the ocean, they are also the most gentle and majestic. 

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3. Zekreet rock formations/Brouq Nature Reserve

Venture out on a tour of the Zekreet area: a village in north-western Qatar near Dukhan and about 80 km northwest west of Doha. It is home to Richard Serra's East-West/West-East installation, comprising four steel plates, each of which is over 14m in height spanning over 1km. 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. 

desert landscape at sunset of Ras Brouq resreve  near Zekreet Qatar
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4. Relax by the pool, beach or try the spa amenities

Relax by the pool or beach or indulge in a spa session back at your hotel. 

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ALTERNATIVELY

Full day couples treatment at Zulal Wellness Resort

Choose to spend a relaxing day with your loved one at the Zulal Wellness Resort spread across 280,000 sqm in a secluded coastal enclave north of Doha. Zulal is the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellness resort and the world’s first centre for Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM). 

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Day 3

Exploring Qatar further

Morning / afternoon

1. The Inland Sea

Book a day trip to the 'Inland Sea' or Khor Al Adaid, a UNESCO Heritage site, and one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches into the desert. For an authentic desert experience, nothing beats a camel ride over the soft sand dunes you can also enjoy an exhilarating desert safari (accessible by 4x4 vehicles). You can also enjoy the thrills of sandboarding, desert cycling, quad biking and more. Lastly, enjoy a traditional meal in a Bedouin camp for a complete desert experience. 

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2. MIA & MIA Park

Head to the famous Museum of Islamic Art, an architectural wonder, encompassing 14 centuries of Islamic art and artefacts. The museum comprises 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. Afterwards, relax and enjoy the surrounding MIA Park and cafes. 

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3. Doha Corniche

Continue your journey on foot to the pristine Doha Corniche. Heading north from MIA along the water enjoy a stroll with your loved one as you take in the sights and sounds of our waterfront city.    

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4. Dhow boat (dinner) cruise from the Corniche

End the day aboard a traditional wooden dhow boat, hailed from the Corniche. If pre-booked you can turn your dhow boat adventure into a dinner cruise and take in the breathtaking views and dazzling sunset during your meal. 

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