Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari
Dubai, Nairobi, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara National Game ReserveBook this package
based on Nov. 6, 2016 departure*
|Style||Small Group Tour
24 travelers max, tour escorts & guides for some segments
|Departures||Scheduled Dates; select from 5 departures, September – December 2016|
|Highlights||Independent stay in Dubai, and Safari in Kenya including Nairobi, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park and Masai Mara National Game Reserve|
|Departs||New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)|
|Themes||Active, Nature & Wildlife|
|What to Expect||This moderately-paced, partially escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations, sometimes on bumpy unpaved roads and may have limited rest stops.|
|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.|
Prepare to be dazzled twice on this innovative tour package to Dubai and Kenya. 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. But your vacation in Dubai is only one-half of this exotic tour package.
In Kenya, you'll explore legendary game reserves filled with magnificent wildlife and sweeping vistas that seem to go on forever. Everywhere you go, from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha and the plains of the Masai Mara, the people are friendly and welcoming.
But don't wait to reserve your place. Space is definitely limited, and at these prices, it will surely sell out fast!
Dates, Prices & Options
Departure Dates & Prices
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Sun||May 15||2016||Tue||May 24||2016||$2599||Departed|
|Sun||Sep 4||2016||Tue||Sep 13||2016||$3099||$2799||Closed|
|Sun||Sep 18||2016||Tue||Sep 27||2016||$3099||$2799||Available|
|Sun||Oct 16||2016||Tue||Oct 25||2016||$3099||$2799||Available|
|Sun||Nov 6||2016||Tue||Nov 15||2016||$2999||$2699||Available|
|Sun||Nov 20||2016||Tue||Nov 29||2016||$2999||$2699||Available|
|Sun||Dec 4||2016||Tue||Dec 13||2016||$3199||$2899||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 & Fees
|Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari|
|Single room supplement|
|May 15, Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4||+$649|
|Sep 4, Sep 18, Oct 16||+$749|
|Dubai Optional Excursions Package1||+$290|
1. Includes: Half Day Dubai City Tour, Burj Khalifa, Desert Safari with Dinner, and Abu Dhabi Day Tour
|Seperately Paid Fees|
|Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately)||+$50|
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 are due within 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
Day 3: Dubai
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Enjoy the day 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, or join an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi
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 sweeping curve of the Corniche, replete with parks and fountains, from which you'll enjoy a contrast of modern skyscrapers against the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf. 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 founder and first president of the UAE. Stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.
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 & Nairobi
Accommodations: 1 night Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. Included meals: Breakfast.
- Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi
- Upon arrival, you'll be met and escorted to your hotel
Day 6: Nairobi & Lake Naivasha
Accommodations: 1 night Lake Naivasha Country Club. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Depart Nairobi for Lake Naivasha
- Afternoon game drive in Hell’s Gate National Park
Full Day Itinerary: This morning you will drive to Lake Naivasha, one of the lakes on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The area boasts of over 400 different species of birds, a sizeable population of hippos and a large variety of fish. Upon arrival at your lodge, enjoy lunch and check into your room. Late this afternoon, you will drive to Hell’s Gate National Park for afternoon game drive. The national park’s biodiversity includes more than 100 species of birds, Buffalo, Zebra, Eland, Thomson Gazelle, Klipsringer and Chandler’s Mountain Reedbuck. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara National Game Reserve
Accommodations: 2 nights Siana Springs Intrepids, Masai Mara National Game Reserve.Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Drive via the scenic Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve
- Afternoon game drive
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, drive west down the scenic Rift Valley escarpments and past the township of Narok in the Masai country to Masai Mara National Reserve. This park offers wonderful scenery and plenty of game viewing. It is perhaps the only region remaining in Kenya where the visitor can see animals in the same abundance as existed a century ago.
Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Later this afternoon, set off for the afternoon game drive that will continue until sunset.
Day 8: Masai Mara National Game Reserve
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Morning game drive, or take an optional hot air balloon safari
- Lunch at the lodge, followed by some free time to relax
- Late afternoon game drive
Full Day Itinerary: Continue your discovery of the many species of game in the park today on two drives, one this morning and another later in the afternoon. After lunch, enjoy some leisure time at the lodge, including a refreshing swim in the pool.
Optional Excursion: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast, $459 (purchased locally). Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a balloon ride across the Masai Mara. Weather conditions permitting, your flight begins in the pre-dawn hours, when the view over the park is most magnificent. Toward the end of your adventure, you'll rise to a height of 1,500 feet for a panoramic view of the twisting Mara River and the savannah below. After an hour or so in the air, your safari finishes with a champagne breakfast in the bush, cooked on the balloon's burners. Flight may not operate if weather conditions are not suitable.
Day 9: Masai Mara, Nairobi & Dubai
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Drive back to Nairobi
- Afternoon at leisure for some last minute shopping
- Later, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for your overnight flight home via Dubai
- Passengers returning to Dallas (DFW) or Washington D.C. (IAD) will overnight in Nairobi, departing Day 10 on an overnight flight via Dubai and arriving home on Day 11
Day 10: Arrive USA
- Your adventure ends today as you arrive in the USA
Dubai Optional Excursions Package: $290
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)
- Abu Dhabi (Day 4)
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).
This was our second trip with Friendly Planet, and it was absolutely wonderful. The safari vehicle was clean and comfy, and our guide Newton was a fountain of knowledge. The accommodations are great and we saw more animals than anyone could wish for. We hit the middle of migration and saw wildebeest as far as the eye could see. We saw all of the Africa Big Five and have memories that will last us a lifetime. Thank you Friendly Planet for another great trip!
Barbara Winbush, Harbor City, CA
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- 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.
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