Dazzling Dubai

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Overview

Featuring Experience dynamic and opulent Dubai on your own; flights, deluxe hotel & panoramic city tour 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: 10 open departures, February – October 2019
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 trip to Abu Dhabi
  • Flights from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD). Request pricing when making your reservation.
Highlights
  • Enjoy 4 nights in Dubai, one of the most fabulous cities in the world
  • See Dubai on a guided 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 itinerary

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

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $400 per person if you book by Jan. 3, 2019!
Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Sun, Dec 2, 2018
Returns: Fri, Dec 7, 2018
Dec 2 – Dec 7 $1749 Departed
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Returns: Fri, Jan 18, 2019
Jan 13 – Jan 18 $2099 Closed
Departs: Sun, Jan 20, 2019
Returns: Fri, Jan 25, 2019
Jan 20 – Jan 25 $2099 Closed
Departs: Sun, Feb 3, 2019
Returns: Fri, Feb 8, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Feb 3 – Feb 8 $2099 –$400 Jan 3 $1699 Select
Departs: Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Returns: Fri, Feb 22, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Feb 17 – Feb 22 $2099 –$400 Jan 3 $1699 Select
Departs: Sun, Mar 3, 2019
Returns: Fri, Mar 8, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 3 – Mar 8 $2099 –$400 Jan 3 $1699 Select
Departs: Sun, Mar 17, 2019
Returns: Fri, Mar 22, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 17 – Mar 22 $2149 –$400 Jan 3 $1749 Select
Departs: Sun, Apr 7, 2019
Returns: Fri, Apr 12, 2019
Apr 7 – Apr 12 $2099 Closed
Departs: Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Returns: Fri, Apr 19, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 14 – Apr 19 $2099 –$400 Jan 3 $1699 Select
Departs: Sun, Apr 21, 2019
Returns: Fri, Apr 26, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 21 – Apr 26 $2099 –$400 Jan 3 $1699 Select
Departs: Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Returns: Fri, May 3, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 28 – May 3 $2099 –$400 Jan 3 $1699 Select
Departs: Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Returns: Fri, Sep 6, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 1 – Sep 6 $2249 –$400 Jan 3 $1849 Select
Departs: Sun, Sep 15, 2019
Returns: Fri, Sep 20, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 15 – Sep 20 $2099 –$400 Jan 3 $1699 Select
Departs: Sun, Sep 29, 2019
Returns: Fri, Oct 4, 2019
Book by Thu, Jan 3, 2019 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 29 – Oct 4 $2099 –$400 Jan 3 $1699 Select

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
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$499
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)

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: 4 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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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, pass by the Sheik Khalifa Palace, home to the president of the UAE. Afterwards, take a photo 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, or choose one or two exciting optional excursions
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Orlando (MCO), and Washington, DC-Dulles (IAD) depart Dubai after midnight tonight, see the flight schedule for details

Optional Excursion: Hot Air Balloon Ride and Falconry Demonstration, $330 pp (purchased locally). Early this morning before dawn, get picked up at your hotel for a one-hour hot air balloon ride from a desert conservation area just outside the city. See the sunrise as you lift off the ground and ascend approximately 4,000 feet over the stunning surrounding desert landscape. Learn about the desert conservation, then have an exciting opportunity to see Peregrine falcons fly alongside the balloon in a trained demonstration. After your balloon ride, enjoy a delicious breakfast. 

Note: This activity is not operational from May through Oct due to weather conditions. Tour duration is from approximately 4-10am.

Optional Excursion: Miracle Gardens, $55 (purchased locally). Discover the wonders of the Dubai Miracle Garden, with its unique display of flowers, floral designs and sculptures.

Note: This activity is not operational from May through Oct due to weather conditions. This optional tour may overlap with the Ski Dubai visit. Tour duration is from approximately 11am-2pm.

Optional Excursion: Ski Dubai packages, $95-$120 (purchased locally). Experience the incredible Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! Choose from a variety of fun snow packages including the Polar Pass or Polar Express. With the Polar Pass, take a ride on a toboggan, see real-life penguins, practice your snowball throwing skills, and take a chairlift to roll your way down the slopes in a giant snowball globe. In addition to the Polar Pass inclusions, the Polar Express package offers the chance to experience a 150 meter long zip line and introduction to skiing for adults.

Note: Does not include ski or snowboard equipment; does include winter clothes. Tour duration is from approximately 11am-2pm.

Spice souk, Dubai Day 6: Depart Dubai/ Arrive USA

Included meals: Box breakfast.

  • 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

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).

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

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