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No tour escort; explore at your own pace
|Departs||Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH) (flight schedule)|
|Highlights||Independent stay in Dubai and Cape Town|
|Included in the Price|
|What to Expect||This moderately-paced, independent package 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.|
I have been on several tours with Friendly Planet and find them to be exceptional not only in value but service. The Dubai trip was amazing and with the Kenya extension, Friendly Planet combined two adventures into one. This December I'm off to Ecuador and the Amazon for another Friendly Planet adventure.
Yvonne Freeman, Fountain Valley, CA
Prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices and availability are subject to change. More about our prices.
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Sun||Mar 8||2015||Tue||Mar 17||2015||$3499||Closed|
|Sun||Apr 26||2015||Tue||May 5||2015||$3299||Closed|
|Sun||May 3||2015||Tue||May 12||2015||$3199||Closed|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.
|Dazzling Dubai & Cape Town|
|Single room supplement|
|All other departures||+$1199|
|Dubai Optional Excursions Package1||+$290|
1. Includes: Half Day Dubai City Tour, Burj Khalifa, Desert Safari with Dinner, and Abu Dhabi Day Tour
|Chicago O'Hare (ORD)|
|All other departures||included|
|Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)||included|
Departure airports subject to availability.
Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.
To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, PayPal, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of your reservation, whichever is later.
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.
Prepare to be dazzled twice on this innovative package to Dubai and Cape Town. Dubai is home to 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.
Cape Town has been named by the New York Times as one of the top cities in the world to visit. See the breathtaking landscapes, spectacular beaches and enjoy great restaurants. While you are there, take the opportunity to visit historical sites such as Robben Island. Or, indulge in your adventurous spirit and go white shark cage diving!
But don't wait to reserve your place. Space is definitely limited, and at these prices, it will surely sell out fast!
Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Dubai and Cape Town begins today as you check in for your wide-body jet flight via Emirates Airlines, voted one of the world's 5 best.
Day 2: Dubai. Arrive today in Dubai. After completing arrival formalities, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel. Accommodations: Movenpick Deira.
Day 3: Dubai. Enjoy the day at leisure in one of the most dazzling cities in the world. Breakfast provided.
Optional Excursion: Half Day Dubai City Tour, $65. Today’s exciting optional morning tour will take you 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.
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) “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 successful companies, and for a lucky few, residences that are as high as the clouds.
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. Relax and explore on your own, or join an optional day tour to Abu Dhabi. Breakfast provided.
Optional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi, $120. Today, see another sophisticated city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a panoramic view of Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port en route to the iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Later, drive along the Corniche, a contrast of sparkling water of the Persian Gulf and modern skyscrapers, which create a very unique skyline. Visit the Heritage Village, and learn about the history of Abu Dhabi in a reconstructed oasis. Walk through the open-air museum and see craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills. Later, visit the Zayed House, home of the late Sheikh Zayed, the “Father of the Nation”. Stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.
Optional Excursion (purchased locally): Dhow Dinner Cruise, $85. 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 & Cape Town. Enjoy your final breakfast in Dubai, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Cape Town, a beautiful jewel nestled between stunning Table Mountain and a dramatic coastline. After completing arrival formalities, transfer to your hotel. Accommodations: One&Only Cape Town or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Cape Town. Enjoy the day at leisure in Cape Town, a modern, bustling and vibrant city boasting gorgeous scenery, fabulous restaurants, hotels and beaches, and bursting with history and culture. You can activate your one day Hop-On Hop-Off pass on any of the leisure days in Cape Town.
Exciting optional tours will be available locally at your hotel.
Perhaps today, you’d like to enjoy a morning tour of Cape Town including the Malay Quarter (Bo-Kaap), the Castle of Good Hope and Table Mountain. (approximate cost $40) Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Cape Town. Enjoy another day at leisure in Cape Town. We can suggest an optional tour to Cape Point, driving past Chapman’s Peak to the southern part of the Peninsula, and a stop at Boulders Beach to see the African jackass penguins. (approximate cost $75) Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Cape Town. On your last full day in Cape Town, perhaps choose an optional tour to Robben Island, taking the ferry across the bay, for a guided visit of the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. (approximate cost $25) Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Cape Town. There is still time for some last minute shopping, before you transfer to the airport for your return flight via Dubai.
Day 10: Arrive USA. Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA today.
Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions in Dubai.
Optional Excursions Package includes:
You can book these excursions individually in Dubai. But you can save over $40 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).
Our packages may look similar to others you've seen, but we invite you to shop & compare. There are important differences that make Friendly Planet tours the best you can find.
Credit Cards or Cash: Whether you pay by check, money order or your favorite major credit card, your tour price is the same. No extra cost to charge your dream vacation to Dubai when you travel with Friendly Planet.
No Compromise on Quality: Despite our extraordinary prices, there are no compromises on our Dazzling Dubai tours. You'll stay in well-located, Deluxe hotels in Dubai and Cairo and Superior First Class hotels in Kenya that are noted for their amenities and service. Optional tours, where offered, are priced specially for Friendly Planet groups.
Included Features: This is where comparison really pays off. Check the big-name sites to price your Dubai vacation. You'll soon see just how incredibly value-rich our package is because of the included features which cost more except when you book with Friendly Planet. Your arrival and departure transfers are all included, not expensive extras as in other tours. You'll enjoy a lavish buffet breakfast daily with lots of delicious choices to begin your day. Your package includes a comprehensive city tour and even your flights have been selected to be sure you enjoy four full days in Dubai.
Free Comprehensive Destination Guide: To help you prepare for your trip, you will receive a free, comprehensive Friendly Planet Dubai destination guide - a Friendly Planet exclusive - filled with plenty of helpful information about the destinations themselves (including history and other fascinating facts), weather, tipping, local customs, how to dress, plus insider shopping, nightlife and restaurant suggestions, organized by cuisine and cost.
Personal Service: Most important of all, the extra ingredient that makes our tours stand apart from others—the wonderful, personal attention you'll receive from our friendly staff in the USA and our representatives in Dubai, Kenya and Egypt, is completely free of charge. Compare our Dazzling Dubai programs to others, feature for feature. You'll see for yourself that ours are the very best value for money you'll find anywhere.