Camel and Dubai skyline

Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari

The glamorous desert oasis of Dubai, then Nairobi & 4 game drives in Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara National Game Reserve

Book this package
10 days from $2999 $2699
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Feb. 5, 2017 departure*
Price includes
  • $300 Early Bird Discount if you book by Nov. 8, 2016.*


Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, tour escorts & guides for some segments
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 8 open departures, January – May 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights via Emirates Airlines including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • 7 nights accommodations in deluxe hotels and safari camps
  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • 4 game drives with professional English-speaking drivers and game rangers in Kenya
  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai and Kenya
Highlights Independent stay in Dubai, and Safari in Kenya including Nairobi, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park and Masai Mara National Game Reserve
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes Active,  Nature & Wildlife
What to Expect This moderately-paced, partially escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations, sometimes on bumpy unpaved roads and may have limited rest stops.
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Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari tour itinerary Prepare to be dazzled twice on this innovative tour package to Dubai and Kenya. Dubai is home to the world's tallest building, a man-made island archipelago created for luxury living and vacationing, an indoor ski resort complete with ski lift, plenty of fine dining, and an ancient culture that has leapt from desert tent to skyscraper condo in less than 50 years. But your vacation in Dubai is only one-half of this exotic tour package.

In Kenya, you'll explore legendary game reserves filled with magnificent wildlife and sweeping vistas that seem to go on forever. Everywhere you go, from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha and the plains of the Masai Mara, the people are friendly and welcoming.

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
Nov 8
Sun Oct 16 2016 Tue Oct 25 2016 $2799   Departed
Sun Nov 6 2016 Tue Nov 15 2016 $2799   Closed
Sun Nov 20 2016 Tue Nov 29 2016 $2999 $2699 Closed
Sun Dec 4 2016 Tue Dec 13 2016 $3199 $2899 Closed
Sun Jan 8 2017 Tue Jan 17 2017 $3099 $2799 Available
Sun Feb 5 2017 Tue Feb 14 2017 $2999 $2699 Available
Sun Feb 19 2017 Tue Feb 28 2017 $2999 $2699 Available
Sat Mar 4 2017 Mon Mar 13 2017 $3049 $2749 Available
Sun Mar 19 2017 Tue Mar 28 2017 $2999 $2699 Available
Sun Apr 2 2017 Tue Apr 11 2017 $3049 $2749 Available
Sun Apr 16 2017 Tue Apr 25 2017 $3049 $2749 Available
Sun May 7 2017 Tue May 16 2017 $3049 $2749 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 & Fees

Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement
Nov 6, Nov 20, Dec 4, Mar 4, Mar 19 +$649
Jan 8, Feb 5, Feb 19, Apr 2, Apr 16, May 7 +$699
Oct 16 +$749
Optional Excursions
Dubai Optional Excursions Package1 +$290

1. Includes: Half Day Dubai City Tour, Burj Khalifa, Desert Safari with Dinner, and Abu Dhabi Day Tour

Seperately Paid Fees
Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately) +$50

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 $1500


Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Dubai

Day 2: Dubai

Accommodations: 3 nights JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai.

  • Arrive in Dubai, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel

Day 3: Dubai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy the day 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 & Nairobi

Accommodations: 1 night Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi
  • Upon arrival, you'll be met and escorted to your hotel

Day 6: Nairobi & Lake Naivasha

Accommodations: 1 night Lake Naivasha Country Club. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Depart Nairobi for Lake Naivasha
  • Afternoon game drive in Hell’s Gate National Park

Trio of giraffes, Masai MaraFull Day Itinerary: This morning you will drive to Lake Naivasha, one of the lakes on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The area boasts of over 400 different species of birds, a sizeable population of hippos and a large variety of fish. Upon arrival at your lodge, enjoy lunch and check into your room. Late this afternoon, you will drive to Hell’s Gate National Park for afternoon game drive. The national park’s biodiversity includes more than 100 species of birds, Buffalo, Zebra, Eland, Thomson Gazelle, Klipsringer and Chandler’s Mountain Reedbuck. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara National Game Reserve

Accommodations: 2 nights Siana Springs Intrepids (2016), Masai Mara Sopa Lodge (2017). Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Drive via the scenic Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Afternoon game drive

Cheetah mother & cub, Masai MaraFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, drive west down the scenic Rift Valley escarpments and past the township of Narok in the Masai country to Masai Mara National Reserve. This park offers wonderful scenery and plenty of game viewing. It is perhaps the only region remaining in Kenya where the visitor can see animals in the same abundance as existed a century ago.

Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. Later this afternoon, set off for the afternoon game drive that will continue until sunset.

Day 8: Masai Mara National Game Reserve

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning game drive, or take an optional hot air balloon safari
  • Lunch at the lodge, followed by some free time to relax
  • Late afternoon game drive

Zebras, Masai MaraFull Day Itinerary: Continue your discovery of the many species of game in the park today on two drives, one this morning and another later in the afternoon. After lunch, enjoy some leisure time at the lodge, including a refreshing swim in the pool.

Balloon safari, Masai MaraOptional Excursion: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast, $459 (purchased locally). Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a balloon ride across the Masai Mara. Weather conditions permitting, your flight begins in the pre-dawn hours, when the view over the park is most magnificent. Toward the end of your adventure, you'll rise to a height of 1,500 feet for a panoramic view of the twisting Mara River and the savannah below. After an hour or so in the air, your safari finishes with a champagne breakfast in the bush, cooked on the balloon's burners. Flight may not operate if weather conditions are not suitable.

Day 9: Masai Mara, Nairobi & Dubai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Drive back to Nairobi
  • Afternoon at leisure for some last minute shopping
  • Later, transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for your overnight flight home via Dubai
  • Passengers returning to Dallas (DFW) or Washington D.C. (IAD) will overnight in Nairobi, departing Day 10 on an overnight flight via Dubai and arriving home on Day 11

Day 10: Arrive USA

  • Your adventure ends today as you arrive in the USA

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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I just got back from a trip to Kenya and I cannot say enough good things about your organization and, in particular, our driver/guide Dominic. He did everything he could to give us a wonderful trip. He was on time, polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to travel with. He made our bucket list trip a wild success. I am hoping to book the trip again, this time bringing my husband. If this happens, I will do what I can to ensure that Dominic is our guide. Thank you for running a top shelf organization.

Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT

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