Dazzling Dubai

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6 days from $1999 $1499
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Oct. 12, 2016 departure*

Overview

Style Independent Package
Freedom to explore at your own pace; unescorted
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 10 departures, September – December 2016
Highlights Independent stay in Dubai, one of the most fabulous cities in the world
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights via Emirates Airlines including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • 4 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Dubai
  • Lavish buffet breakfast daily
  • Arrival & departures transfers with meeting, assistance and porterage
  • Guided panoramic tour of Dubai
Optional
  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai
  • Day trips to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah City
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes Premium
What to Expect This leisurely-paced independent package requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.
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Dazzling Dubai tour itinerary map Dubai has been called the ultimate playground of the rich and famous.

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*
Depart Return Price Book by
Jun 28
Sun May 1 2016 Fri May 6 2016 $1599   Departed
Wed May 11 2016 Mon May 16 2016 $1399   Closed
Sun May 15 2016 Fri May 20 2016 $1599   Closed
Wed May 18 2016 Mon May 23 2016 $1299   Closed
Wed May 25 2016 Mon May 30 2016 $1299   Closed
Sun Sep 4 2016 Fri Sep 9 2016 $1999 $1599 Available
Wed Sep 7 2016 Mon Sep 12 2016 $1999 $1299 Closed
Wed Sep 14 2016 Mon Sep 19 2016 $1999 $1299 Closed
Sun Sep 18 2016 Fri Sep 23 2016 $1999 $1599 Available
Wed Sep 28 2016 Mon Oct 3 2016 $1999 $1399 Closed
Wed Oct 12 2016 Mon Oct 17 2016 $1999 $1499 Available
Sun Oct 16 2016 Fri Oct 21 2016 $1999 $1599 Available
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 Available
Sun Dec 4 2016 Fri Dec 9 2016 $2399 $1999 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

Dazzling Dubai
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
May 18, May 25, Sep 7, Sep 14, Sep 28 +$399
All other departures +$599
Optional Excursions
Discounted Optional Excursions Package1 +$290
Guaranteed Early Check-in2
Double Occupancy +$120
Single Occupancy +$240
Guaranteed Late Check-out3
Double Occupancy +$120
Single Occupancy +$240

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

Departure Airports
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.

Deposit
Deposit $1000

Itinerary

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

Abra water taxis, Dubai CreekOptional 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.

Wind towers in Bastakiya, Bur DubaiNext 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.

Al Fahidi Fort & Dubai MuseumContinue 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.

Burj KhalifaOptional 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.

Sand dunes, UAEOptional 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

Etihad Towers & Emirates Palace Hotel, 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 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.

Dubai Creek at nightOptional 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

Spice Souk, DubaiOptional 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).

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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

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