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DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Your international flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment.
DAY 2 - Arrive in Dubai
Arrive in Dubai, the quintessential land of opulence, wealth and astonishing skyscrapers that stand alongside ancient mosques. Take the rest of the day to rest, relax and acclimate to the adrenaline-charged tempo of this city and your new time zone.
DAY 3 - Dubai City
A fabulous day discovering one of the world’s most futuristic cities with its dramatic skyline, once a tranquil port of Bedouin traders and pearl divers. Begin at Dubai Creek, cutting through the heart of the city and winding its way from the trading port of the Gulf to the Ras al Khor bird sanctuary on the desert edge of the city. Drive via the Jumeirah Mosque with its unique architecture and the Dubai Marina with amazing views of man-made Palm Island, the artificial archipelago in the Persian Gulf. Continue past Dubai’s signature landmark, Burj Al-Arab, the celebrated sail-shaped hotel facing the Arabian Gulf. Then, ascend to the very top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world; view the unequaled panoramic vistas of the entire city, ocean and desert. At the iconic Atlantic the Palm Hotel, you’ll be surrounded by the astonishing aquarium inhabited by thousands of marine species from around the world. On to the Dubai Museum, housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, a realistic example of a desert fort, complete with cannons and battlements. End the day at the Dubai World Trade Center, with its lively alleys of gold souks, unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed. Time on your own before tonight’s Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4 - Full Day in Dubai
Morning and afternoon at leisure for further exploration of this vibrant city. Or, join the thrilling optional Desert Safari 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.
Optional: Half Day Desert Safari (PM)
DAY 5 - Full Day in Dubai
Take a leisurely stroll along Dubai's vast coastline this morning or head to the colossal Dubai Mall for shopping and perhaps indoor skiing on the vast slopes. Or, participate in the optional tour to Sharjah, cultural center of the Emirates, known for its major museums, distinctive landmarks and elegant mosques. Visit the Islamic Museum, housing over 5000 artifacts from all over the Islamic World and the Heritage Museum depicting Sharjah's rich and diverse heritage. Time to stroll in the unique covered souk and bargain to your heart’s content for jewelry, handicrafts, and carpets before returning to Dubai. Tonight, a very special evening as we depart the Dubai Marina aboard a traditional Dhow sailing ship. Cruise along the shoreline of the Persian Gulf with beautiful views of the city’s skyline and enjoy a delectable International Buffet Dinner and entertainment on board.
Optional: Half Day Sharjah Tour (AM)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 - Abu Dhabi City Tour
Today, an excursion to Abu Dhabi, ultra-sophisticated capital of the United Arab Emirates, often called the "Arabian Jewel". Drive past Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port in the world before arriving at the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi. Continue along the city's glamorous Corniche, with blue waters glittering on one side and shimmering skyscrapers lining the other. At the Breakwater, pause to take photos of the city’s fabulous skyline. Then, on to Heritage Village, a reconstructed traditional “oasis.” Here, we journey to the past and experience life in Abu Dhabi before oil revenues altered the landscape. Many different aspects of desert life are attractively displayed in the open-air museum along with workshops where craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills while women sit weaving and spinning. After lunch on your own, visit Zayed House for a fascinating peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, "Father of the Nation." Return to Dubai via Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and brand-new Formula I race track is located.
DAY 7 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
|Half Day Desert Safari||Day #4||01 Oct 2013 - 30 Apr 2015||$75|
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|
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.
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|2014 Travel Dates||Groupon Price|
|Apr 1 & Apr 8||$1699*|
|Oct 7, Oct 13 & Oct 14||$1499*|
|Oct 27, Oct 28 & Nov 3||$1649*|
|Nov 18, Nov 25, Dec 1, Dec 2 & Dec 9||$1699*|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Hotel check-out is 12:00 pm. If you have a late departure flight and want to depart later than 12:00 pm you may pre-purchase a hotel Day Use Room. Please note: Hotel checkout for a Day Use Room is 6:00 pm. If you have a flight which requires a longer stay, you may purchase a full post night.
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