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based on Oct. 26, 2016 departure*
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|Style||Independent PackageThese un-escorted packages have no set schedule or guides, so you have the freedom and flexibility to explore on your own from your centrally-located hotel. More of these packages
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
|Departures||Scheduled Dates; select from 18 open departures, October 2016 – May 2017|
|Highlights||Independent stay in Dubai, one of the most fabulous cities in the world|
|Departs||New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)|
|What to Expect||This leisurely-paced independent package requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.|
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|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.|
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, transfers and a panoramic city tour. 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||Sep 4||2016||Fri||Sep 9||2016||$1599||Closed|
|Wed||Sep 7||2016||Mon||Sep 12||2016||$1299||Closed|
|Wed||Sep 14||2016||Mon||Sep 19||2016||$1299||Closed|
|Sun||Sep 18||2016||Fri||Sep 23||2016||$1599||Closed|
|Wed||Sep 28||2016||Mon||Oct 3||2016||$1999||$1399||Closed|
|Wed||Oct 12||2016||Mon||Oct 17||2016||$1999||$1499||Closed|
|Sun||Oct 16||2016||Fri||Oct 21||2016||$1999||$1599||Closed|
|Wed||Oct 26||2016||Mon||Oct 31||2016||$1999||$1599||Available|
|Wed||Nov 2||2016||Mon||Nov 7||2016||$1999||$1599||Available|
|Sun||Nov 6||2016||Fri||Nov 11||2016||$1999||$1599||Available|
|Wed||Nov 16||2016||Mon||Nov 21||2016||$1999||$1599||Available|
|Sun||Nov 20||2016||Fri||Nov 25||2016||$1999||$1599||Closed|
|Sun||Dec 4||2016||Fri||Dec 9||2016||$2399||$1999||Available|
|Sun||Jan 8||2017||Fri||Jan 13||2017||$1999||$1599||Available|
|Thu||Jan 19||2017||Tue||Jan 24||2017||$2099||$1699||Available|
|Sun||Feb 5||2017||Fri||Feb 10||2017||$2099||$1699||Available|
|Thu||Feb 9||2017||Tue||Feb 14||2017||$2099||$1699||Available|
|Sun||Feb 19||2017||Fri||Feb 24||2017||$2099||$1699||Available|
|Sat||Mar 4||2017||Thu||Mar 9||2017||$2099||$1699||Available|
|Thu||Mar 9||2017||Tue||Mar 14||2017||$2099||$1699||Available|
|Sun||Mar 19||2017||Fri||Mar 24||2017||$2099||$1699||Available|
|Sun||Apr 2||2017||Fri||Apr 7||2017||$1999||$1599||Available|
|Thu||Apr 6||2017||Tue||Apr 11||2017||$1999||$1599||Available|
|Sun||Apr 16||2017||Fri||Apr 21||2017||$1999||$1599||Available|
|Sun||May 7||2017||Fri||May 12||2017||$1999||$1599||Available|
|Thu||May 11||2017||Tue||May 16||2017||$1999||$1599||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
|Single Room Supplement|
|Sep 7, Sep 14, Sep 28||+$399|
|Jan 8, Jan 19, Feb 5, Feb 9, Feb 19, Mar 4, Mar 9, Mar 19, Apr 2, Apr 6, Apr 16, May 7, May 11||+$550|
|All other departures||+$599|
|Discounted Optional Excursions Package1||+$290|
|Guaranteed Early Check-in2|
|Guaranteed Late Check-out3|
1. Includes: Half Day Dubai City Tour, Burj Khalifa, Desert Safari with Dinner, and Abu Dhabi Day Tour
2. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available if you arrive at the hotel before 3PM.
3. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available until you transfer to the airport (for return flights late in the evening)
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: 4 nights JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai.
- Arrive in Dubai, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel
- Check-in is at 3:00pm, or you can add guaranteed early check-in to your reservation
Day 3: Dubai
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Enjoy a guided panoramic tour of Dubai -- see the highlights of this amazing place
- The balance of the day is 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
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Enjoy another full day at leisure in Dubai for shopping and exploration
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: Depart Dubai/ Arrive USA
- Transfer to the airport to board your flight home, arriving in the USA later today
- Hotel check-out is at noon, or you can add guaranteed late check-out to your reservation
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Orlando (MCO), and Washington, DC-Dulles (IAD) depart Dubai after midnight tonight, see the flight schedule for details
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).
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
Before You Book
- Do I need a visa or any other documents? Travel visas are required for this package. Please review the requirements.
- Should I get travel insurance? Protect your travel investment with our comprehensive policies.
- What's the fine print? Read the terms & conditions for this package.
- 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.
- Can I bring my kids? Are there any age restrictions? To book this package, you must be 18 or older. Your traveling companions must be 8 or older at the time of travel.
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