Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari

Dubai, Kigio Conservancy & Masai Mara National Game Reserve

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10 days from $2999 $2699
per person, double occupancy, including taxes & fees*
Book by Mar. 31, 2015 to save up to $300!

Overview

Style Partially Escorted & Guided
Tour escorts & guides for some segments
Departures May – December 2015
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Washington Dulles (IAD), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) (flight schedule)
Highlights Independent stay in Dubai, and Safari in Kenya including Nairobi, Kigio Conservancy and Masai Mara National Game Reserve
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights via Emirates Airlines including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • 7 nights accommodations in deluxe hotels and safari camps
  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • 4 game drives with professional English-speaking drivers and game rangers in Kenya
Optional
  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai and Kenya
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.

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I am writing to express my happiness and joy at this last vacation I just had. My boyfriend Tony and I booked the Friendly Planet 11 day Kenyan Safari, which subcontracted to Vintage Africa. We had a group of seven wonderful people with us but what made it so much better was the guide of my group of four named Daniel Muthee. Daniel is extremely nice, prompt and his vast knowledge base of Kenya, the peoples, tribes, customs and animals is encyclopedic. He made the trip so very special, from FINDING and explaining all the animals, lining us up for great photographic shots and using the driving skills of a NASCAR driver on those so called roads. I think it is important that you know what an asset he is to your company. I have used Friendly Planet in the past (Cuba last March) and am very happy with it. I plan on using you again when I take vacations where tours are necessary – I am not rally a tour type of person but you do it right.Thanks for the memories!

Ann Marie Anise

Dates & Prices

Prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices and availability are subject to change. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Mar 31
Sun Mar 8 2015 Tue Mar 17 2015 $2699   Closed
Sat Mar 21 2015 Mon Mar 30 2015 $2699   Closed
Sun Apr 12 2015 Tue Apr 21 2015 $2999 $2699 Closed
Sun Apr 26 2015 Tue May 5 2015 $2999 $2699 Closed
Sun May 3 2015 Tue May 12 2015 $2999 $2699 Available
Sun May 17 2015 Tue May 26 2015 $2999 $2699 Available
Sun Sep 6 2015 Tue Sep 15 2015 $3199 $2899 Available
Sun Sep 20 2015 Tue Sep 29 2015 $3199 $2899 Available
Sun Oct 4 2015 Tue Oct 13 2015 $3199 $2899 Available
Sun Oct 18 2015 Tue Oct 27 2015 $3199 $2899 Available
Sun Nov 8 2015 Tue Nov 17 2015 $3099 $2799 Available
Sun Nov 22 2015 Tue Dec 1 2015 $3099 $2799 Available

Prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations, unless otherwise noted.

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
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement +$799
Optional Excursions
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
Departure Airports
Chicago O'Hare (ORD) included
Houston (IAH) included
Los Angeles (LAX)
Sep 6 +$400
All other departures included
New York Kennedy (JFK) included
San Francisco (SFO) included
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)
May 3, Nov 8 +$150
All other departures +$100
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) +$150
Washington Dulles (IAD) +$150

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.

Coming from Dallas (DFW) or Washington D.C. (IAD): Due to Emirates Airlines' schedule, passengers returning from Nairobi to DFW or IAD will need to overnight in Nairobi Day 9, then continue Day 10 on an overnight flight via Dubai returning one day later than the return dates listed above. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.

Deposit
Standard Deposit $1500

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.

Ticketing: Airline tickets for this tour are usually issued within 24 hours of your reservation, and once issued, cannot be changed, refunded or transferred.

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.

Itinerary

Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari tour itinerary 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 the Kigio Conservancy 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!


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA. Your exciting journey to Dubai and Kenya 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.

A Dubai mosque and skylineNext 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.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu DhabiOptional 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 & 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.

NairobiDay 6: 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 (purchased locally): Night Game Drive, $55. An optional night game drive will be available locally.

Young Masai womanDay 7: 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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Rhino and EgretDay 8: 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.

Optional Excursion (purchased locally): Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari, $459. 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.

Day 9: 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.

NOTE: Passengers returning to Dallas (DFW) or Washington D.C. (IAD) will overnight in Nairobi on Day 9, continuing Day 10 on an overnight flight via Dubai arriving to DFW or IAD on Day 11.

Day 10: Arrive USA. Your adventure to Dubai and Kenya ends today as you arrive in the USA.

NOTE: Passengers returning to Dallas (DFW) or Washington D.C. (IAD) will overnight in Nairobi on Day 9, continuing Day 10 on an overnight flight via Dubai arriving to DFW or IAD on Day 11.


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).

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