No escort, freedom to explore at your own pace
|Departures||Scheduled Dates: Select a departure from October – December 2015|
|Departs||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, one of the most fabulous cities in the world|
|What to Expect||This leisurely-paced independent package requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.|
|As Seen in|
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; the world's tallest building, the Burj al Khalifa, rising in the middle of town; 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 – all in Dubai! The city is surrounded by sand—miles and miles of sand—with rippling dunes that are perfect for 4x4 adventures and camel riding. 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, and transfers. But don't wait to reserve your place. Space is definitely limited, and at these prices, it will surely sell out fast!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Sun||Aug 16||2015||Fri||Aug 21||2015||$2299||$1999||Closed|
|Sun||Sep 6||2015||Fri||Sep 11||2015||$2099||$1799||Closed|
|Thu||Sep 10||2015||Tue||Sep 15||2015||$2099||$1799||Closed|
|Sun||Sep 20||2015||Fri||Sep 25||2015||$2099||$1799||Closed|
|Sun||Oct 4||2015||Fri||Oct 9||2015||$2099||$1799||Closed|
|Sun||Oct 18||2015||Fri||Oct 23||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Sun||Nov 8||2015||Fri||Nov 13||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Sun||Nov 22||2015||Fri||Nov 27||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Sun||Dec 6||2015||Fri||Dec 11||2015||$2299||$1999||Available|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.
|Single Room Supplement||+$599|
|Discounted 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)||included|
|All other departures||+$50|
|New York Kennedy (JFK)||+$100|
|Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)||+$200|
|San Francisco (SFO)||+$200|
|Washington Dulles (IAD)|
|All other departures||+$200|
This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
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): Due to Emirates Airlines' schedule, passengers returning from Dubai to DFW will transfer to the airport in the late evening of Day 6 and return one day later than the return dates listed above. Please refer to the flight schedule for details.
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.
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us 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. Your exciting journey to Dubai 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: JW Marriott Marquis.
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: 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. Enjoy another full day at leisure in Dubai, for shopping and exploration. Breakfast provided.
Optional Excursion: Half Day Sharjah Tour $49 (purchased locally). This morning, visit the “Pearl of the Gulf”, Sharjah. Marvel at the Islamic Museum, which houses more than 5,000 artifacts from all over the Islamic World. At the Heritage Museum, explore the heritage and traditions that have endured to the modern day. Later, spend some time at the local souks, such as Souk Al Markazai or Souk Al Arasah, where you can find, and bargain over, jewelry, carpets, and other souvenirs.
Day 6: Dubai/USA. Transfer to the airport to board your return flight, arriving in the USA later today.
NOTE: Passengers returning to Dallas (DFW) will transfer to the airport in the late evening of Day 6 arriving in the USA the next day.
Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions:
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).
Dave and I just got back from our trip on Monday—we had a blast! It was a great trip in every way! All of the Friendly Planet representatives in both Dubai and Kenya were helpful, pleasant and professional. We will be sure to book through Friendly Planet again!
Kathy McGuire & Dave Merrithew, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada