8 day Classic Dubai & Abu Dhabi

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Description: Classic Dubai & Abu Dhabi

Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday – Depart for the United Arab Emirates

Depart for Dubai

DAY 2, Thursday – Arrive in Dubai

Arrive in Dubai, the quintessential land of opulence, wealth and astonishing skyscrapers and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone

Overnight: Dubai

DAY 3, Friday – Dubai City Tour

A fabulous day discovering Dubai, one of the world’s most futuristic cities with its dramatic skyline, once a tranquil port of Bedouin traders and pearl divers. Begin with a photo stop at Dubai’s signature landmark, Burj Al-Arab, the celebrated sail-shaped hotel facing the Persian Gulf. Continue to the Jumeirah Palm, a man-made island, which was built in the shape of a palm tree and houses, residential buildings, villas, and luxury resorts. Drive to the end of the island, to visit the iconic Atlantis, The Palm Hotel. At the hotel, you’ll be surrounded by the astonishing aquarium inhabited by thousands of marine species from around the world. Continue on Sheikh Zayed road to visit the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa. While at the top, a guide will help answer all your questions from your vantage point on level 124 of the building. Free time for lunch in Dubai Mall. Afterward, drive to the oldest part of the city. The Bastakiya area is where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants can still be seen. While in the area, visit the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has survived for two centuries. Continue the tour through the cloth markets and end up at the Abras, where local water taxis will take you across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. Walk through the bustling alleys of these souks and allow the mystical aromas of numerous spices tantalize your senses. The jewelry on sale varies from the traditional to the latest designs at amazingly affordable prices. Return to the hotel for an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Dubai

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday – Full Day in Dubai

Take a leisurely stroll along Dubai’s vast coastline this morning or head to the colossal Dubai Mall for shopping or, join the thrilling optional Desert Safari this afternoon. Board a 4X4 vehicle in Dubai and head out towards the highest sand dunes of the surreal surrounding desert. Feel the thrill of “dune bashing” as you spiral up and down the enormous golden dunes. Stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching the Bedouin campsite. You’ll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and might have the opportunity to ride a camel. Then, enjoy a barbecue dinner, specially prepared. Later, a captivating belly dancer enchants you with her swirling dances before returning to Dubai

Optional: Half Day Desert Safari (PM)

Overnight: Dubai

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday – Al Ain Tour

Today, travel to Al Ain, the Garden City of the UAE and one of the oldest settlements. A green city with an incredible number of public parks, it is also the birthplace of H.H. Sheikh Zayed, the former president of the UAE. Visit Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, the residence of Sheikh Zayed and his family between 1937 and 1966. The tour also includes visits to the most important museum in the UAE, Al Ain National Museum which houses artifacts of ancient times that have been discovered in and around the city, ancient Arabic manuscripts and royal treasures. See a traditional camel market and go to the Hili Archaeological Gardens, the excavation site of a Bronze Age settlement that dates back to 3000 B.C. Return to Dubai in the evening

Overnight: Dubai

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday – Full Day in Dubai

Enjoy the morning at leisure or, join an optional tour to Sharjah, cultural center of the Emirates, known for its major museums, distinctive landmarks and elegant mosques. Visit the Islamic Museum, housing over 5,000 artifacts from all over the Islamic World and the Heritage Museum depicting Sharjah’s rich and diverse heritage. In the afternoon depart for Abu Dhabi and arrive in time for a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers

Optional: Half Day Sharjah Tour (AM)

Overnight: Abu Dhabi

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday – Abu Dhabi Tour

Start off the day with a city tour of the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, also known as the Arabian Jewel. Drive past Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port in the world before arriving at the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi. Continue along the city’s glamorous Corniche, with blue waters glittering on one side and shimmering skyscrapers lining the other. At the Breakwater, pause to take photos of the city’s fabulous skyline. Then, on to Heritage Village, a reconstructed traditional desert village. Here, journey to the past and experience life in Abu Dhabi before oil revenues altered the landscape. Many different aspects of desert life are attractively displayed in the open-air museum along with workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills, while women sit weaving and spinning. Afterward, stop at the Zayed House for a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, ‘Father of the Nation’. Have lunch on your own and consider taking the optional tour of the Falcon Hospital this afternoon to get a deep insight in the tradition of falconry. Enjoy your final night in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates at leisure to explore the city or take a seaside stroll along the beautiful Corniche

Optional: Falcon Hospital Tour (PM)

Overnight: Abu Dhabi

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday – Depart the United Arab Emirates

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes

  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
    • 4 nights Dubai
    • 2 nights Abu Dhabi
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Dubai & Abu Dhabi tourism fees
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • During the Dubai City Tour, view the man-made Palm Island and Dubai’s signature landmark Burj Al Arab
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour includes visits to Heritage Village and Zayed House
  • Visit Al Ain, the Garden City of the United Arab Emirates and one of the oldest settlements
  • Ascend to the very top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps. A few early wake-ups, some between 6 and 7 am. Expect the longest time spent on the bus to be the drive of 2 hours to and from Abu Dhabi. Weather is very pleasant during the day from October through April but sometimes it becomes a little cold and windy in the evening. The optional tour of Desert Safari involves a rough drive over the dunes and low seating in the camp. It is not recommended for pregnant women, people with back problems or heart conditions.

Pricing

Land tour staring from $949 per person. Air travel is not included.

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We can make planning your tour easy – all you need to do is complete the following information. An agent consultant will get in touch with you to provide you a quote on your escorted tour. You can also call us at 281-530-4979 to speak to someone right away.