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based on Nov. 9, 2017 departure
|Featuring||Indulge in the cultural, culinary & captivating landscape of Dubai & Abu Dhabi; explore independently with flights, deluxe hotel & city tours included|
|Style||Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
|Departures||Scheduled Dates; select from 3 open departures, September – November 2017|
|Departs||New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)|
|What to Expect||This leisurely-paced independent package requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.|
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|Already Booked?||Find everything you need to know before you go, including how to pay your balance due, passport & visa requirements, flight information, weather, and more.|
Dubai is the ultimate playground of the rich and famous and, some say, the center of the universe for luxury living. There are lush, manicured golf courses, like emerald oases among the sand dunes. Hotels and resorts are built on man-made islands in the shape of a palm Tree. There’s even an indoor ski resort where you can romp in the snow inside at a frosty 32 degrees while outside, it’s a toasty 100 in the shade. And just 90 miles down a super highway, you’ll find another sparkling city, the capitol of the UAE, with enough glitz and glamour, gourmet dining, art, architecture and culture to keep even the most discerning traveler happy and satisfied.
Our Dazzling Dubai and Abu Dhabi package offers a blend of these two spectacular treasures, with no-compromise accommodations, amenities and services that are 5-star all the way, at less than 3-star prices.
Dates, Prices & Options
Departure Dates & Prices
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Thu||Apr 6||2017||Thu||Apr 13||2017||$2099||Closed|
|Thu||May 11||2017||Thu||May 18||2017||$2499||$2099||Closed|
|Thu||Sep 14||2017||Thu||Sep 21||2017||$2499||$2099||Available|
|Thu||Oct 12||2017||Thu||Oct 19||2017||$2499||$2099||Available|
|Thu||Nov 9||2017||Thu||Nov 16||2017||$2399||$1999||Available|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.
Options & Excursions
|Dazzling Dubai & Abu Dhabi|
|Single Room Supplement||+$799|
|Dubai Discounted Optional Excursions Package1||+$180|
|Guaranteed Early Check-in2|
|Guaranteed Late Check-out3|
1. Includes: Half Day Dubai City Tour, Burj Khalifa, and Desert Safari with Dinner
2. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available if you arrive at the hotel before 3PM.
3. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available until you transfer to the airport (for return flights late in the evening)
Flights & Departure Cities
|New York Kennedy (JFK)||included|
This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities may be due within 24 – 24 hours of your reservation.
U.S. Gateways on Emirates: Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD).
Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.
How to Make a Reservation
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.
We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.
Day 1: Depart USA
- Check in for your overnight flight to Dubai
Day 2: Dubai
Accommodations: 3 nights JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai.
- Arrive in Dubai, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel
- Check-in is at 3:00pm, or you can add guaranteed early check-in to your reservation
Day 3: Dubai
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Enjoy a guided panoramic tour of Dubai -- see the highlights of this amazing place
- The balance of the day is at leisure in one of the most dazzling cities in the world, or join several exciting optional excursions
Optional Excursion: Half Day Dubai City Tour, $65. Today's exciting optional morning tour will take you to picturesque Dubai Creek, which the Ancient Greeks called the River Zara. The first settlements by the Bani Yas tribe were along its banks, and later it served as a port for ships coming from as far as India and East Africa. Today, this saltwater creek divides the modern city into two parts, Deira on the north and Bur Dubai to the south, and remains a busy waterway both for traditional dhows and sleek luxury yachts. This is your first photo opportunity with a magnificent panorama of the city and its amazing futuristic skyline.
Next stop is the Bastakiya district, where traditional courtyard houses, with characteristic wind towers that cleverly catch the breezes to cool the houses, line the narrow alleys. Many of the houses in this picturesque area of Dubai, previously home to the city's merchants, have been lovingly restored by proud locals who wish to preserve the unique ambience of the district.
Continue to the Dubai Museum, housed in the massive, restored Al Fahidi Fort. Inside, lifelike dioramas offer a fascinating view of life in Dubai before the discovery of oil. You'll learn the importance of the date palm to the desert culture, the maritime traditions of fishing and pearl-diving, boat building and much more. Take a walk through the bustling, exotic souks, where you'll find beautiful and bargain-priced textiles, spices and gold. Another highlight of your city tour is a chance to take one of Dubai's most reliable and inexpensive forms of transportation, the Abra water taxi.
Your coach will bring you back to your hotel.
Optional Excursion: Burj Khalifa, $59. In the afternoon, you may choose to independently visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world. This miracle of international cooperation and coordination houses a luxury Armani hotel, offices of some of the world's most successful companies, and for a lucky few, homes that are as high as the clouds. Take in sweeping views of the city from the breathtakingly high "At the Top" observation deck.
Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner, $90. For those in the mood for adventure, in the late afternoon, set out on an optional desert safari tour, where you'll discover the vastness and stark beauty of the sand dunes that surround Dubai. You'll also enjoy a BBQ dinner and live belly dancing entertainment on this exciting optional tour.
Day 4: Dubai
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Relax and explore on your own
Optional Excursion: Dhow Dinner Cruise, $85 (purchased locally). This evening, we recommend an optional dinner cruise by dhow boat on the Dubai Creek. A magnificent view of both sides of Dubai Creek illuminated by night adds to the charm of this wonderful way to experience Dubai.
Day 5: Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Accommodations: 2 nights Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi. Included meals: Breakfast.
- Today, leave Dubai and transfer to Abu Dhabi
- Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour including the highlights of Abu Dhabi
- Continue to your hotel for check-in
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, check out of your hotel and board an air conditioned motor coach with your English-speaking guide bound for Abu Dhabi. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of Abu Dhabi including stops at the Grand Mosque, the heritage village, a photo opportunity at Emirates Palace, and a drive along the Corniche a glamorous walkway that runs along the city's coastline replete with parks and fountains, from which you'll enjoy a contrast of modern skyscrapers against the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf. Afterwards, continue to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to shop or explore independently.
Day 6: Abu Dhabi
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Enjoy a full day at leisure in Abu Dhabi for shopping and exploration
Day 7: Abu Dhabi & Dubai
Accommodations: 1 night JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Included meals: Breakfast.
- Enjoy your buffet breakfast and some free time this morning
- Transfer by motor coach back to Dubai and upon arrival check into your hotel
- The remainder of the day is at leisure
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Orlando (MCO), and Washington, DC-Dulles (IAD) depart Dubai after midnight tonight, see the flight schedule for details
Day 8: Depart Dubai/Arrive USA
- Transfer to the airport to board your flight home, arriving in the USA later today
- Hotel check-out is at noon, or you can add guaranteed late check-out to your reservation depending on your flight schedule
Dubai Optional Excursions Package: $180
Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions:
- Dubai City Tour (Day 3)
- Burj Khalifa (Day 3)
- Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 3)
You can book these excursions individually in Dubai. But you can save over $30 if you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers at various hotels; all are operated for Friendly Planet groups only. (A minimum of 4 passengers is required for optional excursions to operate).
My wife and I had the greatest travel experience with Friendly Planet! From start to finish the trip went without a hitch! The driver met us at the Dubai airport and loaded our luggage, transported us to the JW Marriot hotel. Throughout the trip he and the guide were on time, thoughtful and friendly! All of the side trips we purchased went smoothly! After Dubai we went to Kenya where we were met by the tour guide and driver. After I gathered the luggage I was a bit apprehensive because I had not seen our driver and tour guide yet. When I stepped outside there they were with the local tour sign I was expecting. From day one the trip was amazing and very well planned! A trip of a life time with nothing but great memories!
Ira Norman, Camden, DE
Before You Book
- Do I need a visa or any other documents? Travel visas are required for this package. Please review the requirements.
- Should I purchase travel protection? Protect your travel investment with our recommended travel protection plan.
- What's the fine print? Read the terms & conditions for this package.
- I'm traveling solo. Can you help me find a roommate? Yes, you can connect with other travelers to share a room and avoid single occupancy rates.
- Can I bring my kids? Are there any age restrictions? To book this package, you must be 18 or older. Your traveling companions must be 8 or older at the time of travel.
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