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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 modern and the traditional mix in this fascinating city.  Start your tour with a pickup from your accommodation. Jump in the car, sit back and relax and enjoy the 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 market, enjoy a stroll around the colorful alleys, window-shop or enjoy shisha with friends and family, if you like. Need to get souvenirs? No worries, you can buy traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Finally, finish your tour with a cruise on board a traditional dhow boat. See the glitz and glamour of Doha city from the water.

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

2. 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.

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Private Doha City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

3. Private Doha City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the airport in Doha, and then drive along the magnificent Corniche to see the old Dhow Harbor. Visit the cultural village of Katara and admire the artificial island of Pearl Qatar. Then, go for a stroll around the glittering stalls of the Gold Souq. Visit the traditional Souq Waqif bazaar to marvel at vendors selling spices, perfumes, traditional handicrafts, and even camels and horses! Make your way south of the city, where the driver will deflate the tires to make the vehicle ready for the off-road dune bashing. Venture into the majestic desert, where you can go for a camel ride like an ancient nomad. Get an adrenaline rush as you drive across the dunes. Make your way to the magnificent Inland Sea to look across the border to Saudi Arabia.

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Doha: Private Night City Tour

4. Doha: Private Night City Tour

This tour is ideal forthose who are in Doha city for a short visit as well as travelers who have a flight stop at Doha Airport and don't want to waste time waiting at the airport for their next flight. Travel with your expert tour guide through some of the city's top attractions, making stops for photos. Visit the Pearl, which is an artificial, man-made island located offshore of Doha's West Bay Lagoon area, known as the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals. Later you will visit Katara Cultural Village, located at the eastern coast between West Bay and the Pearl. Katara was born out of a vision to position the State of Qatar as a cultural beacon of art. The last stop will be at the traditional old supermarket (Souq Waqif). Here you will enjoy visiting the falcon shops and you can admire the spices, materials, perfumes and traditional handcraft shops.

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Doha: Half-Day City Tour

5. Doha: Half-Day City Tour

Get picked up from your hotel within Doha city limits by your tour guide, then set off to see the most well-known sights in this half-day city tour. First, head to the Museum of Islamic Art to observe art collections that date back 1400 years. Later, proceed to Dhow Harbour to take amazing photos during a photo stop and see the traditional boats that cruise over the Arabian Peninsula. Then, head over to the Katara Cultural Village - a famous cultural beacon that hosts international, regional, and local workshops, exhibitions, and festivals.  After this, move on to the luxurious island named The Pearl - a cluster of more than 200 islets and islands. Next, proceed to Souq Waqif to witness culture and tradition blend in this shopping experience. The next destination is Doha Corniche that stretches along Doha Bay where the carriageway, palm-fringed promenade, and the breeze provide a varied feel. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back to your hotel.

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Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

6. Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Doha and check out the city's most important cultural highlights. Explore Katara Village, a cultural complex built to resemble a traditional Qatari village. Learn about Qatari culture and history in a unique multi-use space named after the historical name used for Qatar prior to the 18th century. Check out a number of Katara's highlights including the open amphitheater, opera house, multipurpose cinema, beach, art gallery, children's cultural center, and theater society. Visit the aptly-named Grand Mosque, a newly-built state mosque opened in 2011. Admire the architectural fusion of traditional Arab style and modern features, including as many as 28 large domes covering the central hall and 65 domes covering the outer quadrangle. Then head to Souq Waqif, the city's largest traditional outdoor market. Peruse the traditional garments, spices, and handicrafts on offer and wander through the traditional falconry market and the gold market. Stop in at some of the dozens of restaurants and shisha lounges that make the market popular with locals and expats alike especially on weekends. Make a stop at Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center and marvel at its characteristic spiral minaret. Learn about the center's social, religious, and educational activities and check out the library onsite. Continue on to the famous Museum of Islamic Art built by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei. Choose to enter and view one of the world's most complete collections of Islamic art and artifacts sourced from three continents over 1,400 years. Finally, visit MIA Park, a popular park with locals who come to picnic, walk, and cycle.

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Doha City Private Tour

7. 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. Next, go to the gold souq and be dazzled by the glittering items on display in all the different shops. Then, visit the National Museum of Qatar in Doha, a museum dedicated to the history of Qatar housed in an iconic building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and dubbed the Desert Rose. 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.

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From Doha Airport: Qatar Transit Tour

8. 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.

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Doha: City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

9. 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 part in a camel-riding session while the vehicle gets ready for dune bashing. Proceed to enjoy the dune bashing experience, where the Land Cruiser rides up and down the mighty dunes. Later on, try out sandboarding, where you slide down the dunes. Then, you will be taken to the Inland Sea of Khor Al Adaid, near the border with Saudi Arabia. You will then be transferred back to your hotel or selected location in Doha.

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Doha: Layover City Tour from Airport

10. Doha: Layover City Tour from Airport

Enjoy your stopovers at the airport with a Doha city tour. Get picked up from the airport by a travel guide and set off to explore the well-known destinations during a half-day city tour. First, head to the Museum of Islamic Art to explore the art collections that date back to over 1400 years. Next, proceed to Dhow Harbour and enjoy a photo stop to click amazing pictures. Also, gaze in awe at the traditional boats that cruise over the Arabian Peninsula. Later, proceed to the Katara Cultural Village; the place is a famous beacon that is known to host workshops, exhibitions and festivals. Next, be directed to The Pearl Island - a cluster of more than 200 islets and islands. After admiring the beauty and the elegance of the place, move on to the next destination; Souq Waqif. Here, witness the cultural and traditional blend along with a shopping experience. Doha Corniche will be the next destination; the place stretches along Doha Bay and lets you experience a varied feel with its carriageway, palm-fringed promenade, and the cool breeze. As the tour concludes, be dropped off back at your airport within the mentioned time.

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What people are saying about Katara Cultural Village

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 221 reviews

We had a wonderful afternoon touring the main sights in Doha with Amir, who also gave us interesting and helpful insights into the history and current situation in Qatar. We enjoyed visiting the souq waqif and holding a falcon, seeing the stadiums and learning about the ongoing planning for the 2022 World Cup, and visiting the Villaggio Mall and the Katara Cultural Village.

Our guide Javed was really knowledgable and kind. He was really patient with our demands, questions and the responses we received were satisfactory. It was evident he was well versed with the history of Qatar and the know how of whereabouts. He also is an amazing photographer who clicked all our pictures:D

We, as a couple, very much enjoyed the Doha city tour with our guide Amir in his comfortable car. He was very knowledgeable and friendly and made all efforts for us.. We can highly recommend the tour!

tour was to the fullest satisfaction- pick-up-tour- stays enough time to take photos, inspections- information about individual attractions

It was fantastic to have a local taking you around and to be able to find out a bit more about the country.