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Itinerary

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart the USA*
Depart the USA for Dubai. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Dubai
Arrive in Dubai and transfer to your hotel
Overnight: Dubai

DAY 3, Thursday - Dubai City Tour
Today, enjoy a full day tour of one of the most diverse cities in the world. Your tour will take you to both sides of Dubai Creek, where you will experience both the old world scenery and the stunning modern skyline. Journey to top of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city, ocean and desert. Enjoy a photo stop at the iconic Atlantis the Palm Hotel before visiting their expansive aquarium for the chance to see sharks, rays, guitarfish and more. Highlights also include the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai World Trade Center, and the bustling alleys of traditional spice and gold souks. Later tonight, take part in a welcome orientation with your tour manager and enjoy a complimentary welcome drink with dinner
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Full Day in Dubai
Enjoy a full day at leisure to further explore this vibrant city or join the optional tour where you will go on a safari into the vast desert that surrounds modern Dubai
Optional: Half Day Desert Safari (PM)
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Full Day in Dubai
Experience another full day at leisure. Take a stroll along Dubai's vast coastline, head to the Dubai Mall of the Emirates for some modern shopping, take a run at the indoor ski sloop located there, or take our optional tour to Sharjah, the Culture Capital of the UAE. Highlights include the Sharjah Fort, built in 1820 and the Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to preserving how families from the region lived long ago. This evening, enjoy dinner aboard a traditional Dhow cruise
Optional: Half Day Sharjah Tour (AM)
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Al Ain Tour
Today, go to Al Ain, the Garden City of the UAE and one of its oldest settlements. A green city with an incredible number of public parks, it is also the birthplace of H.H. Shiekh Zayed, the Former President of the UAE. We visit Shiekh Zayed Palace Museum, the resident of Sheikh Zayed and his family between 1937 and 1966. Our tour also includes visits to the most important museum in the UAE, Al Ain National Museum which houses artifacts of ancient times that have been discovered in and around the city, ancient Arabic manuscripts and royal treasures. See a traditional camel market and go to the Hili gardens, the excavation site of a tomb dating back 3000 B.C.. Depart Al Ain for Abu Dhabi where you will spend the next two nights
Overnight: Abu Dhabi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Abu Dhabi Tour
Start off the day with a city tour of the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, also known as the Arabian Jewel. We start the tour with a visit to the Grand Mosque, built in 2007, which is the eighth largest mosque in the world. Drive along the Corniche to the Breakwater, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the city's skyline. Then we continue to visit the Heritage Village for a discovery of the pre-oil life. Traditional aspects of the desert way of life, including a campfire with coffee pots, a goats’ hair tent, and a falaj irrigation system, are attractively displayed in the open museum. Afterwards, we stop at the Zayed House for a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, affectionately known as the 'Father of the Nation'. Have lunch on your own and consider taking our optional tour of the Falcon Hospital this afternoon to get a deep insight in the tradition of falconry. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers in a local Abu Dhabi restaurant
Optional: Falcon Hospital (PM)
Overnight: Abu Dhabi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.


Optional Tours

Half Day Desert Safari Day #4 01 Oct 2013 - 30 Apr 2014 $75
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This amazing tour may be the highlight of your visit to Dubai. Board your 4X4 vehicle in Dubai and head out towards the desert. You will feel the thrill of "dune bashing" as your professional driver takes you up and down the golden dunes. A beautiful desert sunset stop is included before continuing to the Bedouin Camp. You will be greeted with a traditional cup of Arabic coffee and have the opportunity to try riding a camel before settling down for your barbeque dinner, prepared on open fires in front of you. Later in the evening, a belly dancer will enchant you with her dances.

Departs at 3:30 p.m. Returns approximately 9:30 p.m. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

Half Day Sharjah Tour Day #5 01 Oct 2013 - 30 Apr 2014 $39
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This tour takes you to Sharjah, the "Pearl of the Gulf." Visit of the renovated Fort of Sharjah, built in 1820, that once served as the residence of the ruling family. Continue to the Heritage Museum. A visit to Sharjah is not complete without a stroll in the souks, where you can bargain for jewelry, handicrafts, and carpets, among other specialty items. Visit the Souk Al Arsah and the Souk Al Markazai, the largest souk in Sharjah with 600 shops. Afterward, return to Dubai.

Departs at 9:00 a.m. Returns approximately 1:00 p.m. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.

Falcon Hospital Tour Day #7 01 Oct 2013 - 30 Apr 2014 $60
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A special visit to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Here, we will get a deep insight in the tradition of falconry with a display of special tools and equipment. The tour will also include a display of the registration and the unique passports of the falcons, a visit to the examination room where you will see the precious falcons undergoing feather repair, or manicure and pedicure, you will experience a real life work surrounded by a variety of different falcons. Afterwards, you will visit the large aviary where falcons are kept and fly free inside and then the highlight is the opportunity to take photos with the majestic falcons sitting on your arm in our beautiful hospital garden.

Departs at 1.00 pm. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

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2013 & 2014 Travel Dates Groupon Price
Oct 1 & Oct 22 '13 $1799*
Nov 19 & Nov 26 '13 $1699*
Dec 10, Dec 17 & Dec 24 '13; Jan 7 '14 $1799*
Feb 4 '14 $1699*
Mar 18 & Apr 1 '14 $1799*
Apr 8 & Apr 22 '14 $1999*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.