BURJ KHALIFA, GRAND MOSQUE, DESERT SAFARI, BEDOUIN CAMP
If you appreciate big, bold and unabashedly spectacular, consider this escorted Abu Dhabi and Dubai tour package from the U.S. Just 50 years ago, Abu Dhabi could be best described as a fishing village. Thanks to enormous wealth due to its oil reserves, the UAE’s largest emirate has transformed into an impressive destination you have to see to believe. Dramatic Dubai is developing rapidly too. Embodying progress—and excess—it’s become a truly global, open society where visitors immerse themselves in exciting possibilities. Experience all of the must-sees, as your smarTours® guide provides context, dining ideas and personalized tips on maximizing your free time.
The World Expo in Dubai
Departures that take place between October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 will include 1-day World Expo tickets! Please refer to Day 5 & 7 of the 2021 itinerary for an amended itinerary. All original sightseeing is still included.
- Overnight flight
- 3 nights in Abu Dhabi
- 4 nights in Dubai
- Fish Market (Abu Dhabi)
- Corniche and waterfront (Abu Dhabi)
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Abu Dhabi)
- Dhow Dinner Cruise (Abu Dhabi)
- Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah (Dubai)
- Atlantis hotel and Lost Chambers Aquarium (Dubai)
- Dubai Museum and Abra ride (Dubai)
- Burj Khalifa “At the Top” experience (Dubai)
- Desert safari, Bedouin campsite and BBQ dinner (Dubai)
- Round-trip flight from New York (JFK)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Tourism Dirham Fee in Dubai
- Accommodations at deluxe hotels
- 2021: 5-star hotel in Dubai and a TripAdvisor top-rated hotel in Abu Dhabi
- 2022: 5-star hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
- 2021: 11 meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners)
- 2022: 12 meals (8 breakfasts, 4 dinners)
- Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
- Experienced English-speaking Tour Director
- Ground transportation
Click the Day-by-Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Depart from the U.S.
Your Dubai & Abu Dhabi adventure begins with an overnight flight to Abu Dhabi. Your tour includes round-trip airfare from the U.S.
Arrive in the United Arab Emirates
2021 Departures: Your flight lands in Abu Dhabi today. Upon check-in at your hotel, you will have the remainder of the evening at leisure.
2022 Departures: Your flight lands in Dubai this morning. Before heading to Abu Dhabi, enjoy breakfast in Dubai. Upon check-in at the hotel, you will have some free time before meeting with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. | Breakfast, Dinner
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi Hotel or similar
Abu Dhabi City Tour and Dhow Dinner Cruise
After breakfast at your hotel, embark on an Abu Dhabi city tour. Discover its striking architecture, reflecting distinctly Islamic themes and captured using modern materials. Learn how oil has been central to the development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. See an authentic fish market come alive with sorters and traders and, on a drive along the Corniche waterfront, a breathtaking city view.
Visit the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which fuses styles from different Muslim civilizations, celebrates cultural diversity and can receive 40,000 worshippers and visitors. Marvel at the…
Abu Dhabi at Leisure or Optional Abu Dhabi Panoramic Tour
Delight in a day of free time. Dive into more of Abu Dhabi, or relax at your luxurious hotel. Perhaps, select our Abu Dhabi Panoramic Tour—please refer to “Optional Tours” for more details.
This morning, check out of your hotel to head to Dubai! This day you will have a photo stop at Burj Al Arab Beach – From here you will have a fantastic view over the famous 7-star hotel Burj Al Arab and take pictures of it on the background. Next stop: the sensational Atlantis hotel to navigate the Lost Chambers Aquarium, a labyrinth of elaborately themed chambers with mysterious artifacts and fascinating marine life. Then we will drive to the glitzy Dubai Marina Walk. The Dubai Marina Walk features seven km of pedestrian walkways, which lead to some of Dubai’s most popular…
Dubai Heritage and Modern Dubai City Tour (Including Burj Khalifa “At the Top”)
Today, savor Dubai’s rich blend of old and new. Pass by Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, one of its most picturesque heritage sites. Proceed to Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai’s oldest standing building and home to the Dubai Museum, and witness the city’s intriguing story. Continue your journey by abra (traditional boat or “water taxi”), crossing the Dubai Creek toward the Spice Souk (market), followed by the glittering Gold Souk, to shop for treasures.
After lunch on your own, shift from “Heritage Dubai” to “Modern Dubai,” integrating traditional souk charm with…
Desert Safari & Bedouin Campsite
After a morning at leisure, embark on an exciting desert safari! Your safari guides will whisk you away in 4-wheel drive vehicles into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Savor sunset overlooking the desert, and continue on to a Bedouin campsite for camel riding, henna design, a delicious BBQ buffet and more. Be enchanted by a belly dancer performing to classic Arabian rhythms.
For departures that take place between October 1st, 2021 and March 2022, this morning set out to explore Dubai! This day you will have a photo stop at Burj Al Arab Beach…
Dubai At Leisure
A full day of free time in Dubai. Spend it checking out city sights and activities. Or, if you like, choose our full-day Musandam Cruise to Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. Please refer to “Optional Tours” for more details. Tonight, rejoin your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.
2022 Departures: If you would like to take an optional tour today, note that you must choose between the Guided Sharjah City Tour With Lunch or the Lunch at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding as these take place at the same time.
Depart Dubai/Arrive in the U.S.
Bid farewell to Dubai this morning, as you transfer to the airport and board your return flight. Your memorable journey concludes as you touch down in the U.S. later today.
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
The World Expo in Dubai
Departures that take place between October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 will include 1-day World Expo tickets. Please refer to Day 5 & 7 for an amended itinerary. All original sightseeing is still included.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
*NEW* Indicated optional tours are now available to pre-book when you reserve your trip. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour!
Availability and pricing are subject to change. Optional tours require a minimum number of participants in order for the tour to operate. If you choose to book your optional tour while on your trip, payments are non-refundable and should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge).
Panoramic Abu Dhabi City Tour
- Abu Dhabi
- From approx. $87 Per Person, transfers included
Begin at Heritage Village, to explore life here in the past, before oil was discovered. Later, visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi*, an art and civilization museum, the first of its kind in the Arab world, bringing together different cultures to shine a light on humanity’s shared stories. Next stop: Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi’s ultimate retail experience and home to the region’s largest international department store. We’ll stop for a photo outside the Ferrari World theme park.
*In 2022, the Louvre museum will be included in the itinerary as part of the Abu Dhabi City…
- From approx. $127 Per Person, lunch, refreshments and transfers included
On this full-day voyage, venture out to Oman’s Musandam Peninsula, passing the rugged mountains between the UAE and Oman border. Board your vessel at Dibba Al Byah’s Fishing Port. Glide by famous stone houses, fishing villages, beaches, mountains, caves, and the magnificent bays of Musandam. Lunch and refreshments will be served on board. Go for a swim, or simply unwind with a splendid view of the East Coast.
This cruise is available for 2021 departures only.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Guided Sharjah City Tour With Lunch
- From approx. $60 Per Person, transfers included
Named by UNESCO as the Cultural Capital of the Arab World, Sharjah has perfectly kept its core values and heritage intact through the years even as it moves forward into the modern world. A must for everyone looking to understand Arabian culture in its rawest, most sacred form, this tour of Sharjah will open up a charming world of rich traditions for you.
2022 Departures: If you would like to take this optional tour, note that you will not be able to do the Lunch at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding as these take place at the same…
Lunch at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding – Half Day
- From approx. $88 Per Person, transfers included
Enjoy traditional Emirati cuisine and conversation in our interactive cultural experiences hosted by our Emirati presenters inside the traditional houses of Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, located in one of Dubai’s oldest communities, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
2022 Departures: If you would like to take this optional tour, note that you will not be able to do the Guided Sharjah City Tour With Lunch as these take place at the same time.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK FOR 2022!
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights is a 5-star hotel with two iconic towers overlooking the historic creek and city skyline.
PO Box 5668 • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi
Hotel for 2021 departures.
Your hotel in Abu Dhabi offers state-of-the-art refinement and luxury overlooking the waterfront. Amenities include on-site dining at several restaurants, plus a rooftop pool and fitness center.
Al Mina Street • Al Zahiya (Tourist Club Area), Abu Dhabi, UAE
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi
Hotel for 2022 departures.
Situated in the heart of Abu Dhabi and framed by lushly landscaped gardens, Le Méridien Abu Dhabi is set against the sparkling high-rises of the city and the indigo waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Tourist Club Area, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Your flights between the U.S. and UAE will be on the below airlines.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|2021: Aug. 10, Sep. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 26||Etihad Airways||10:45PM||5:00PM|
|2021: Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Dec. 14||Etihad Airways||10:00PM||4:00PM|
|2022: Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Feb. 15||Emirates Airlines||10:30AM||2:00PM|
|2022: Mar. – Nov.||Emirates Airlines||TBA||TBA|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at your Abu Dhabi hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary and end after breakfast at your Dubai hotel on Day 9.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Your passport must contain at least one blank page for the UAE entry stamp. No visa is required for U.S. or Canada passport holders. As of October 13, 2020, the UAE government now requires visitors to show proof of their hotel accommodation booking and return flight upon arrival. Prior to travel, please print your final documents with the hotel and return flight information to present upon arrival. Visitors who do not have the required documentation to present must have $600 USD cash on hand to enter the country. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.
If you are a citizen of a foreign country that requires a visa to the UAE, we are able to secure the visa through our UAE land operator at a cost of $100 USD (included on your invoice and paid directly to smarTours with your final payment). You must email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 75 days prior to your departure and include your travel dates in the subject line. Unfortunately, we cannot accept these documents by mail.
- Clear, scanned color passport copy (photograph of passport not allowed)
- Passport-size (2″ x 2″) color picture in JPEG format, with a file size less than 38 KB (no zip files)
Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
CLIMATE & CLOTHING
The UAE has a very warm climate, and we recommend that you bring comfortable clothing. Certain religious sites require a dress code (specifically, long sleeve shirts and long pants or floor length skirts). The temperature in January and February is in the mid 60’s; March, April, November, and December is in the 70’s; May and October is in the 80’s, and September is in the low 90’s.
Your Tour Director will be happy to offer suggestions for restaurants for non-included meals. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in a restaurant is about $20-25 per meal, per person. Your hotels will accept credit cards for non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and most stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars (UAE only). The best place to get local currency is at ATMs. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18″x10″x8″. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
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