Dazzling Dubai

Overview

Itinerary at a Glance
Dazzling Dubai
Day Destination
1 Depart USA
2 Dubai
3 Dubai City Tour
4 Dubai
5 Dubai
6 Dubai/USA
Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures September – October 2014
Departs Los Angeles (LAX), New York Kennedy (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Seattle-Tacoma (SEA)
Highlights Abra Water taxi ride, Dubai Museum, & Burj Khalifa
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights from New York via Emirates including fuel surcharge and taxes and fees
  • 4 nights Deluxe hotel accommodations in Dubai at the Fairmont Dubai or Hyatt Regency Dubai
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Arrival & departure transfers with meeting, assistance and porterage
  • Professional, English-speaking tour director
What to Expect This leisurely-paced, locally hosted tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.

Dubai has been called the ultimate playground of the rich and famous. From Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Traveler and others in the know, everyone involved in travel today considers Dubai to be the hottest new destination around.

Local girl Dubai is bigger, grander, more lavish (and considerably more expensive) than any place we've ever been. The world's most expensive hotel, the Burj Al Arab, that universally recognized sailboat-shaped architectural wonder whose room rate exceeds $1500 per night, is located in Dubai. The world's tallest building, the Burj al Khalifa, is rising in the middle of town, and that's just for starters. An entire series of man-made islands, in the shape of palm fronds and another series in the shape of the entire world, are being created off the shore line, complete with gorgeous private villas and luxury hotels and resorts. And you definitely won't find more luxury hotels and enticing duty-free shopping anywhere. This little gem, whose metamorphosis from sleepy desert enclave to futuristic metropolis has happened in just the past 35 years, is surrounded by sand—miles and miles of sand—with rippling dunes that are perfect for 4x4 adventures, camel riding and even intimate dining under the stars.

There is absolutely nothing like Dubai in the world, but you don't have to be rich and famous to enjoy this amazing destination for yourself. In true Friendly Planet style, your 6-day vacation package to Dubai includes airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, transfers, and a city tour. And all of this will cost you less than a similar visit to Las Vegas!

But don't wait to reserve your place. Space is definitely limited, and at these prices, it will surely sell out fast!

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You certainly pack a lot into your tours! We saw so much, had some great experiences, and learned more about the Middle East than I would have by doing this on my own. Very knowledgeable guides, never feared for my safety, first rate accommodations, and many regional experiences compacted into our tour. Great job, Friendly Planet! I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Judy Puckett

Dates, Prices & Options

All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices*
Depart Return Price
Fri Apr 11 2014 Wed Apr 16 2014 $2399 Departed
Fri Apr 25 2014 Wed Apr 30 2014 $2399 Closed
Fri May 9 2014 Wed May 14 2014 $2399 Closed
Fri May 23 2014 Wed May 28 2014 $2399 Closed
Fri Sep 5 2014 Wed Sep 10 2014 $2299 Available
Fri Oct 17 2014 Wed Oct 22 2014 $2499 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.

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
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Apr 11, Apr 25, May 9, May 23 +$499
Oct 17 +$599
All other departures +$399
Optional Excursions Package
Discounted Optional Excursions Package1 +$179

1. Tours will operate with a minimum of 4 passengers.

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included
Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) included
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) +$100
Houston (IAH) +$190
Los Angeles (LAX) +$240
San Francisco (SFO) +$240

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.

Booking Deposit
Standard Deposit $1000

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.

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

Detailed 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 or similar for 2013 departures, Hyatt Regency Dubai for 2014 departures.

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 per person).

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/USA. Transfer to the airport to board your return flight to the USA. Arrival at JFK International Airport in New York later this afternoon. Or, take advantage of your included international airfare and continue on an optional extension to Kenya or India. Breakfast provided.


Special Optional Excursions Package

$179 per 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.

 

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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.

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