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Itinerary

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

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

DAY 3, 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, 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, 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.. Return to Dubai in the evening
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Full Day in Dubai
Enjoy the morning at leisure or join an optional tour to Sharjah. In the afternoon depart for Abu Dhabi and arrive in time for a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers
Optional: Half Day Sharjah Tour (AM)
Overnight: Abu Dhabi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, 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. Enjoy your final night in Abu Dhabi and the United Emirates at leisure to explore the city or take seaside stroll along the beautiful Corniche
Optional: Falcon Hospital Tour (PM)
Overnight: Abu Dhabi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, 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 2015 $75
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This afternoon, board a 4X4 vehicle in Dubai and head out towards the highest sand dunes of the surreal surrounding desert. Feel the thrill of "dune bashing" as you spiral up and down the enormous golden dunes. Stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching the Bedouin Campsite. You’ll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and might have the opportunity to ride a camel. Then, enjoy a specially prepared Barbeque Dinner, prepared on an open fire. Later, a captivating belly dancer enchants you with her swirling dances under the starlit sky before returning to Dubai. Truly, a not-to-be-missed evening!

Departs at 3:30 pm. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Half Day Sharjah Tour Day #5 01 Oct 2013 - 30 Apr 2015 $39
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This half-day tour takes you to Sharjah, the "Pearl of the Gulf." Visit the Islamic Museum which houses more than 5000 artifacts from all over the Islamic World. Continue to the Heritage Museum where you will discover Sharjah's rich and diverse heritage and explore traditions that have endured the test of time. 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, the oldest in the country, and Souk Al Markazai, the largest souk in Sharjah with over 600 shops where you can bargain to your heart’s content.

Departs at 9:00 am. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

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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2014 Travel Dates Groupon Price
Oct 7, Oct 8 $1699*
Oct 21, Oct 22 $1599*
Nov 11, Nov 12 $1699*
Nov 19, Nov 25 $1799*
Nov 26, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 17 $1699*
Dec 23 $1999*
2015 Travel Dates Groupon Price
Jan 6, Jan 7 $1899*
Jan 20 $1799*

*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.