Dazzling Dubai & Cape Town

Optional extensions to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve or Entabeni Safari Conservancy


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Itinerary at a Glance
Dazzling Dubai & Cape Town
Day Destination
1 Depart USA
2 Dubai
3 Dubai City Tour
4 Dubai
5 Dubai
6 Dubai & Cape Town
7 Cape Town
8 Cape Town
9 Cape Town
10 Cape Town/USA
11 Arrive USA
Grootbos Optional Extension
10 Cape Town & Grootbos
11 Grootbos
12 Grootbos/Cape Town/USA
13 Arrive USA
Entabeni Optional Extension
10 Cape Town & Entabeni
11 Entabeni
12 Entabeni/USA
13 Arrive USA
Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Highlights Abra Water taxi ride, Dubai Museum, Burj Khalifa; Table Mountain and the Cape Winelands. Optional extensions to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve or Entabeni Safari Conservancy
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights from New York (JFK) via Emirates including fuel surcharge and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation & transfers
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Touring program, including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking tour directors & local guides
What to Expect This moderately-paced, locally hosted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. Optional extensions inlcude long drives at times on bumpy, unpaved roads.

Prepare to be dazzled twice on this innovative travel package to Dubai and Cape Town, South Africa. In Dubai, you’ll tour the world’s tallest building, a man-made island archipelago created for luxury living and vacationing, an indoor ski resort complete with ski lift, plenty of fine dining, and an ancient culture that has leapt from desert tent to skyscraper condo in less than 50 years. But your trip to Dubai is only one-half of this exotic vacation tour package.

Next you'll travel to Cape Town, South Africa, well known for high style, hot nightlife and gorgeous scenery. Everywhere, you'll be treated to warm, welcoming South African hospitality. Want even more? Extend your stay with a post-tour to a luxury private coastal resort or continue to a private game reserve.

Join us and see why these destinations have become some of the most popular in the world. It's a vacation of a lifetime, at a price you won't believe, but don't wait too long to reserve your spot, because space is limited and will go very quickly.

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The trip to Kenya and Tanzania was absolutely wonderful. The game driver and guides were excellent, and the accommodations were very very nice. I also took the Dubai extension and the place was fabulous and fun. Friendly Planet does a great job. I have traveled with them many times and will continue to make my travel plans with them.

Ronald Underwood, Oak Park, CA

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Detailed Itinerary

Dazzling Dubai & Cape Town tour itinerary Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Dubai begins this evening as you check in for your wide-body jet flight via Emirates Airlines, voted one of the world's 5 best.

Day 2: Dubai. Arrival this evening. Our representatives will assist you through visa and customs formalities and escort you to your waiting coach for the short transfer to your award-winning, centrally located hotel. Accommodations: Fairmont Dubai.

Day 3: Dubai City Tour. After breakfast, your tour manager will conduct a short orientation meeting at your hotel to review the activities available during the next few days. You will have an opportunity to arrange optional excursions if you wish, or spend your time in Dubai wandering on your own. After the meeting, it's time to board your touring coach and begin your tour of the city. The first stop is Dubai's picturesque Creek, which divides the city into two parts, the Deira on the northern side and Bur Dubai to the south. This is your first photo opportunity and one that gives you a magnificent panorama of the city and its amazing futuristic skyline.

A Dubai mosque and 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.

Later, visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai) “At the Top” observation deck, which 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 succesful companies, and for a lucky few, residences that are as high as the clouds.

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 touring coach will be waiting as you disembark from your water taxi to take you back to your deluxe hotel. Lunch is on your own, either at your hotel or in one of the many restaurants around town. Your hotel is centrally located so that you can explore the city's sites. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: 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 ($90).

Wild Wadi Day 4: Dubai. The next two days are yours to explore the city and all it has to offer. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: Today's optional excursion features a tour of Modern Dubai, a bonanza of visual extravagance that shows the face of modern Dubai—the city of innovation. Allow your camera to capture the opulence of Burj Al Arab, the tallest hotel built on land reclaimed from the sea, and the world’s most expensive hotel, with a fleet of 25 white Rolls Royce limousines parked in the courtyard to chauffeur guests where-ever they need to go. Drive past the unique Palm Island and zip through the trendy Dubai Marina, Internet City and Media City. Conclude your tour with a visit Emirates Hills, a picturesque venue of posh villas and lush greenery, and the renowned Gold and Diamond Park ($50 per person).

Optional Excursion: If you are in the mood for adventure, 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 ($90 per person).

The Burj Al-Arab Day 5: Dubai. Enjoy another full day at leisure in Dubai.

Take time to visit the Mall of the Emirates, where you'll have a chance to don ski jacket, boots, gloves and hat and take to the indoor ski slopes. The temperature here is a cool, 32 degrees while outside, it might be 100! Or go shopping at the designer stores. You could also take advantage of additional optional guided excursions. Breakfast provided.

Day 6: Dubai & Cape Town. Early this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town, arriving later in the afternoon. After completing immigration and customs formalities, transfer to your deluxe, centrally located hotel. Accommodations: Cape Royale Hotel. Breakfast provided.

Cape Town Day 7: Cape Town. Your tour of Cape Town begins with a half day panoramic city tour showcasing the scenic and historic highlights of this vibrant city. Weather permitting, you'll travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town's most striking landmark. Then, proceed to the country's oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, an imposing 17th century Dutch fort set against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain. Drive past the Company Gardens, Parliament buildings, City Hall, and Slave Lodge.

Next, visit the Malay Quarter (Bo-Kaap). Lined with brightly colored houses and decorative mosques, this historic neighborhood was founded by former slaves from Malaysia whose Islamic culture gives the neighborhood a distinct character and contributes to Cape Town's rich cultural diversity. End the morning by watching a professional diamond cutter create dream stones.

Stellenbosch wine farm, Cape Town Later, continue into the Winelands to historical and beautiful Stellenbosch, home to one of South Africa’s prestigious universities, known for its Cape Dutch architecture surrounded by stunning wine estates. Explore the fine art galleries and quaint shops. Drive through the world-renowned region, ending with an introduction to the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour and wine tasting. Return to Cape Town. Breakfast provided.

Day 8: Cape Town. Spend the day at leisure in this delightful city. Breakfast provided.

Cape Point Optional Excursion: A full day excursion to Cape Point begins this morning, driving along the coastline known as “Millionaire’s Paradise, from Clifton to Camps Bay, past the exclusive beach hamlet of Llandudno towards the working harbor of Hout Bay. For additional cost, you can add a cruise to Seal Island, available locally. Continue through Chapman’s Peak Drive for breathtaking ocean views. Enter the nature reserve that covers the southern part of the Peninsula, and drive through the unique scenery towards Cape Point. Travel by funicular railway to Cape Point where you can take in stunning views of the Cape of Good Hope.

African Jackass Penguins Later, stop to visit the historic naval port of Simon’s Town, and the endearing penguin colony of African jackass penguins at Boulders Beach. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally (ZAR 960 approx $120).

Day 9: Cape Town. Enjoy another day at leisure exploring Cape Town. Breakfast provided.

Optional Excursion: “Walk to Freedom Tour” is an opportunity to the see the “Rainbow Nation.” Experience the raw energy of the Townships and its people, visiting District Six and Langa, which is the oldest Township and witness the development and progress of recent years. Pop into a local ‘shebben’ (pub). Then, visit Khayelitsha, the newest, most modern and largest of the Western Cape townships. In the afternoon, continue to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. Return to Cape Town. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally (ZAR 920 approx $115).

Day 10: Cape Town/USA. Take advantage of some last minute shopping at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This afternoon, bid farewell to Cape Town, as you transfer to the airport, and board your return flight to the USA via Dubai. Or, take advantage of your already-included international airfare and join our optional extension to Grootbos or Entabeni. Breakfast provided.

Day 11: Arrive USA. Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in USA this morning.

Dubai Special Optional Excursions Package

$179/person if pre-booked

To take full advantage of your visit to Dubai, we offer a discounted package of the most popular optional excursions featured on our tour. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers in various hotels. All the optional excursions are operated for Friendly Planet groups only. A minimum of 4 passengers is required for optional excursions to operate.

Optional Excursions Package includes:

  • Dhow dinner cruise (Day 3)
  • Half day desert safari and BBQ dinner (Day 4)
  • Half day Modern Dubai, including Burj Al Arab (Day 4)

The special package price of $179 per person is available when booked and prepaid prior to departure. If you don't want to book the entire package, individual optional excursions will be available once you arrive in Dubai. When booked individually in Dubai, these excursions cost $230.

We cannot accept bookings for the pre-paid optional excursions package within 75 days from departure or after final payment has been received.


Cape Town Optional Excursion Packages

$200 per person if pre-booked

To take full advantage of your visit to Cape Town, we offer a discounted package of the most popular optional excursions features on our tour. The tours will operate privately for Friendly Planet with a minimum of 4 passengers. If there are less than 4 passengers, the tours will be operated via scheduled regular tours.

Optional Excursions Package includes:

  • Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour (Day 8)
  • Full Day Walk to Freedom Tour (Day 9)

The special package price of $200 per person is available when booked and prepaid prior to departure. If you don’t want to book the entire package, individual optional excursions will be available once you arrive in Cape Town. When booked individually in Cape Town, these excursions cost $235.

We cannot accept bookings for the pre-paid optional excursions package within 75 days from departure or after final payment has been received.

Grootbos Optional Extension

King ProteaDay 10: Cape Town & Grootbos. This morning, you will be transferred to Grootbos, a private reserve, located on the coastline at the beginning of the Garden Route, arriving in time for lunch. Grootbos literally means “Big Forest” and the hotel is located within a 1500-year old Milkwood Forest, with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The lodge boasts fine cuisine, serving fresh fish from the ocean and vegetables from their own gardens, among other delicacies. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the beautiful surroundings. Accommodations: Grootbos Garden Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.



Orange-breasted SunbirdDay 11: Grootbos. Today, you can choose to participate in a variety of included activities, such as Flower Safaris – guided walks and drives via a 4x4 vehicle with driver, to learn about more than 750 fynbos species (a typical plant family unique to the Western Cape); Horse Riding; Birding Excursions (there are over 107 bird species as well as a variety of mammals and reptiles); Archaeological Cave Excursion to the Klipgat Caves (which were home to the Middle Stone Age people 70,000 years ago); and more. Other activities, such as shark cage diving are available for a supplement. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Day 12: Grootbos/Cape Town/USA. After breakfast, transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight back to the USA via Dubai. Breakfast provided

Day 13: Arrive USA. Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in USA this morning.


Entabeni Optional Extension

Lioness, Entabeni Private Game ReserveDay 10: Cape Town & Entabeni. This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Entabeni Private Game Reserve. The Waterberg area, named as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, boasts five eco-systems and is home to the Big 5. The diversity on the reserve is astounding, with more than 55 large mammal species, birds, and other fauna and flora. In the afternoon, set off on your first game drive in open vehicles, with your expert ranger. Accommodations: Entabeni Hanglip Mountain Lodge. Breakfast and dinner provided.

Please note: Travel to Hanglip includes a 10km drive on gravel road.


Zebra, Entabeni Private ReserveDay 11: Entabeni. After an early wake-up call, depart on your second game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Enjoy the remainder of the day relaxing at the lodge, or take part in other optional activities such as horse riding, bush walks, or helicopter flights, available locally for a supplemental cost. In the late afternoon, set off, once again, for your third game drive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

Day 12: Entabeni/Johannesburg/USA. Wake-up early for your fourth and final game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Later in the morning, you will be transferred to Johannesburg airport for your flight back to the USA via Dubai. Breakfast provided.

Day 13: Arrive USA. Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in USA this morning.

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