Dazzling Dubai


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Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Highlights Abra Water taxi ride, Dubai Museum, & Burj Khalifa
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights from New York or Seattle 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.

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I have been on several tours with Friendly Planet and find them to be exceptional not only in value but service. The Dubai trip was amazing and with the Kenya extension, Friendly Planet combined two adventures into one. This December I'm off to Ecuador and the Amazon for another Friendly Planet adventure.

Yvonne Freeman, Fountain Valley, CA

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Dazzling Dubai tour itinerary map 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.

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.

Local girl 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!

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: Hyatt Regency Dubai.

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: Dhow Dinner Cruise, $90. 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 4: Dubai. The next two days are yours to explore the city and all it has to offer. Breakfast provided.

The Burj Al-Arab Optional Excursion: Modern Dubai & Burj Al Arab, $50. 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.

Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ dinner, $90. 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.

Wild Wadi 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.

Dubai Optional Excursions Package: $179

Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions:

  • Dhow Dinner Cruise (Day 3)
  • Half-day Modern Dubai & Burj Al Arab (Day 4)
  • Half-day Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner (Day 4)

You can book these excursions individually in Dubai. But you can save over $50 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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