Dazzling Dubai & Abu Dhabi

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Overview

Featuring Indulge in the cultural, culinary & captivating landscape of Dubai & Abu Dhabi; explore independently with flights, deluxe hotel & city tours included
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
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Round trip flights via Emirates Airlines including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • Ground transportation between Dubai & Abu Dhabi
  • 6 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Dubai & Abu Dhabi
  • Lavish buffet breakfast daily
  • Arrival & departures transfers with meeting, assistance and porterage
  • Guided panoramic tours of Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Optional
  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai & Abu Dhabi
  • Flights from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD). Request pricing when making your reservation.
Highlights
  • Enjoy 3 nights in Dubai, one of the most fabulous cities in the world
  • See Dubai on a panoramic tour
  • Spend 2 nights in Abu Dhabhi
  • View the highlights of Abu Dhabi during a panoramic tour
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes City Stays
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 & Abu Dhabi itinerary

Dubai is the ultimate playground of the rich and famous and, some say, the center of the universe for luxury living. There are lush, manicured golf courses, like emerald oases among the sand dunes. Hotels and resorts are built on man-made islands in the shape of a palm Tree. There’s even an indoor ski resort where you can romp in the snow inside at a frosty 32 degrees while outside, it’s a toasty 100 in the shade. And just 90 miles down a super highway, you’ll find another sparkling city, the capitol of the UAE, with enough glitz and glamour, gourmet dining, art, architecture and culture to keep even the most discerning traveler happy and satisfied.

Our Dazzling Dubai and Abu Dhabi package offers a blend of these two spectacular treasures, with no-compromise accommodations, amenities and services that are 5-star all the way, at less than 3-star prices.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price
Departs: Sun, Sep. 2, 2018
Returns: Sun, Sep. 9, 2018
Sep 2 – Sep 9 $2399 Closed

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Dazzling Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$699
Optional Excursions
Dubai Discounted Optional Excursions Package1 +$180
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, and Desert Safari with Dinner

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)

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

Want to find a roommate and avoid single occupancy fees? We can help! Learn more
Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK)1 included

1. For flights from JFK, upgrades may be available to Business Class starting from $5,000. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? This tour requires flights via Emirates Airlines. Possible alternate departure cities are: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C., Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own connecting flights. More information

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. 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. 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: 3 nights JW Marriott Marquis or similar, 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.

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.

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.

OBurj Khalifaptional 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 desert that surrounds Dubai. Experience an exciting jeep ride over the neighboring sand dunes. You'll also enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner and live belly dancing entertainment on this exciting optional tour. *The sand dunes jeep ride is not recommended for people with neck, back or cardiac concerns.

Day 4: Dubai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Relax and explore on your own

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 & Abu Dhabi

Accommodations: 2 nights Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi or similar, Abu Dhabi. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Today, leave Dubai and transfer to Abu Dhabi
  • Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour including the highlights of Abu Dhabi
  • Continue to your hotel for check-in

Etihad Towers & Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu DhabiFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, check out of your hotel and board an air conditioned motor coach with your English-speaking guide bound for Abu Dhabi. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour of Abu Dhabi including stops at the Grand Mosque, the heritage village, a photo opportunity at Emirates Palace, and a drive along the Corniche a glamorous walkway that runs along the city's coastline replete with parks and fountains, from which you'll enjoy a contrast of modern skyscrapers against the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf. Afterwards, continue to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to shop or explore independently.

Day 6: Abu Dhabi

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a full day at leisure in Abu Dhabi for shopping and exploration

Day 7: Abu Dhabi & Dubai

Accommodations: 1 night JW Marriott Marquis or similar, Dubai. Included meals: Breakfast.Enjoy your buffet breakfast and some free time this morning

  • Transfer by motor coach back to Dubai and upon arrival check into your hotel
  • The remainder of the day is at leisure
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Orlando (MCO), and Washington, DC-Dulles (IAD) depart Dubai after midnight tonight, see the flight schedule for details

Day 8: 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 depending on your flight schedule

Dubai Optional Excursions Package: $180

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)

You can book these excursions individually in Dubai. But you can save over $30 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).

Hotels

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Deluxe

The 5 star JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is conveniently located in the business district of Dubai. Its location offers guests easy access to notable attractions, such as the world-renowned Dubai Mall and the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa.

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Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Deluxe

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi is an architectural triumph, located in the center of Yas Island. The resort overlooks the Yas Marina Circuit, a coveted racetrack for Formula 1 drivers, where high-speed races and practices can be found daily. Others can relax under the sun on the beach.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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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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