|Itinerary at a Glance
Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari
|3||Dubai City Tour|
|8||Kigio Conservancy/Masai Mara|
|9||Masai Mara National Game Reserve|
|10||Masai Mara , Nairobi & Dubai|
|Departures||September – December 2013|
|Departs||Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Houston (IAH), Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)|
|Highlights||Abra Water taxi ride, Dubai Museum, Burj Khalifa; Nairobi, Kigio Conservancy, & Masai Mara National Game Reserve.|
|Travel Style||This moderately-paced, locally hosted 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.|
Prepare to be dazzled twice on this innovative vacation to Dubai and Kenya. 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 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 the plains of the Masai Mara, the people are friendly and welcoming. Friendly Planet has been arranging Kenya Safaris for nearly 30 years, and our guided tours will make sure you get the most out of your vacation package. The icing on the cake of this amazing vacation is that you’ll fly from the USA on Emirates, one of the world’s 5 best airlines.
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All prices, fees and deposits are per person, subject to change at any time, and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.
|Departures & Prices*|
|Fri||May 10||2013||Mon||May 20||2013||$3338||Departed|
|Fri||Sep 6||2013||Mon||Sep 16||2013||$3699||$3399||Available|
|Fri||Sep 27||2013||Mon||Oct 7||2013||$3699||$3399||Available|
|Fri||Oct 25||2013||Mon||Nov 4||2013||$3699||$3399||Available|
|Fri||Nov 22||2013||Mon||Dec 2||2013||$3499||$3199||Available|
|Fri||Dec 6||2013||Mon||Dec 16||2013||$3499||$3199||Available|
* Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare and Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee. Prices do not include excess baggage fees, extensions or optional items. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 6/25/2013.
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 & Kenya Safari|
|Discounted Optional Excursions Package1||+$179|
|Single room supplement||+$699|
1. Tours will operate with a minimum of 4 passengers
|Seperately Paid Fees|
|Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately)||+$50|
|New York Kennedy (JFK)||included|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||+$200|
|San Francisco (SFO)||+$200|
Departure airport prices subject to availability and may cost more based on flight availability at the time of booking.
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, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.
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 DubaiDay 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.
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 per person).
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).
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/Nairobi. Enjoy your final breakfast in Dubai, and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival, our representatives will assist you with passport and customs formalities and escort you to your hotel. Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Nairobi/Kigio Conservancy. After breakfast, depart Nairobi for the Kigio Conservancy, home to Impala, Buffalo, Dik Dik, Zebra and other animals. The Conservancy also provides sanctuary for Rothschild giraffe, the most endangered of all the giraffe subspecies and rhino, which are an endangered species throughout the world. You'll arrive at Kigio in time for lunch. Later this afternoon, enjoy a game drive followed by dinner. Accommodations: Kigio Wildlife Camp. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Optional Excursion: An optional Night Game Drive will be available locally ($55 per person).
Day 8: Kigio Conservancy/Masai Mara National Game Reserve. After breakfast, depart for your 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. Accommodations: Siana Springs Intrepids or similar. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 9: Masai Mara National Game Reserve. 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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
BALLOON SAFARI ADVENTURE: Early this morning, you'll have an opportunity to take an optional balloon ride across the Masai Mara. Weather conditions permitting, your Balloon Safari begins in the pre-dawn hours, a time when the magnificent view over the part is most thrilling. Toward the end of your flight, you'll rise to a height of 1500 feet for a panoramic view of the twisting Mara River and the savannah below ($459 per person).
Day 10: Masai Mara, Nairobi & Dubai. After a leisurely, breakfast, drive back to Nairobi. There will be time for a late lunch on your own, and some last minute shopping. Later, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Airport to check in for your overnight return flight to the USA via Dubai. Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Arrive USA. Your adventure to Dubai and Kenya ends this morning as you arrive at JFK International Airport in New York.
$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:
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.
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.
Fantastic trip to Dubai, followed by a side trip to Cairo, Egypt to touch the pyramids. Very pleased with every aspect of the planning, accommodations (first class), quality of guides and transportation, and above all---the price. The Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE and just a few kilometers down the road from Dubai, was a fantastic side trip not to be missed. Not much publicity on this side trip on the site, but a well priced visit to the mosque, downtown Abu Dhabi, fantastic hotel, markets, shopping mall for lunch, and then the Yas Hotel tour to wind up the day.
— George Vrba, Austin, TX