With its gleaming skyline of modern skyscrapers, it's easy to forget that not so long ago Abu Dhabi was little more than a sandy island in the Gulf. But this excursion focuses on the city's more traditional charms with visits to Sheikh Zayed Mosque and Heritage Village.
An early start takes you to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. With its white marble halls and crystal chandeliers, it's one of the most impressive mosques in the world. The mosque has a capacity of more than 40,000 and holds a number of records – the largest marble mosaic and carpet among them.
Afterwards, you'll visit the Heritage Village. Here, the culture and traditions of the emirate are reflected in recreated village scenes – expect mudbrick houses, a traditional mosque and a market. It's a true glimpse into what Abu Dhabi was before the hustle and bustle of modern life.