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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.

4/5 stars on Tripadvisor!

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.

The World Expo in Dubai

For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our “Before You Depart” section.

Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight flight
  • 3 nights in Abu Dhabi
  • 4 nights in Dubai

Tour
Highlights

  • 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)

Activity Level: Discoverer* 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip flight from New York (JFK) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • 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
  • Meals
    • 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

Winter 2021 Onward Tour Itinerary

Map

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.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Abu Dhabi on Day 2.

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…

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.

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Abu Dhabi/Dubai

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…

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…

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 the sunset overlooking the desert, and continue on to a Bedouin campsite for camel riding, henna design, a delicious BBQ dinner and more. Be enchanted by a belly dancer performing to classic Arabian rhythms. For departures that take place between October 1st, 2021 and March…

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…

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.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 9 in Dubai.

| Breakfast

Fall 2021 Alternate Itinerary

Map

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.

Depart on an overnight flight to Dubai. Your tour includes round-trip airfare from the U.S.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Dubai on Day 2.

Arrive in the United Arab Emirates

Arrive today in Dubai, where you’ll be met at the airport and escorted to your conveniently located hotel.

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights or similar

Dubai

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. We will shift…

Dubai at Leisure

Today is at leisure to explore Dubai. Consider taking the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding tour. On this optional tour, enjoy traditional Emirati cuisine and conversation in our interactive cultural experiences hosted by our Emirati presenters inside the traditional houses.

| Breakfast

World Expo

The World Expo is an international exhibition designed to showcase the achievement of over 190 nations and you have a 1-day pass ticket included. Discover ideas and innovations that will shape and improve the future of the people and planet. Taste dishes from every corner of the world. Street food, haute cuisine, sustainable dining and unique culinary journeys are just a handful of the options.

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Dubai/Sharjah/Dubai

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. This evening, enjoy a dhow cruise and festive dinner. This traditional sailing…

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 the sunset overlooking the desert, and continue on to a Bedouin campsite for camel riding, henna design, a delicious BBQ dinner, and more. Be enchanted by a belly dancer performing to classic Arabian rhythms.

| Breakfast, Dinner

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. Tonight, rejoin your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

| Breakfast, Dinner

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.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 9 in Dubai.

| Breakfast

Guided Tour Pricing

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from New York (JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

Depart Return Depart - Return Best Value Pricing - Reserve by Oct. 29, 2021 Flight included unless otherwise indicated. Reserve After
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2021 2021 w/ eCheck Discount Sale After Sale
December 7 December 15 Dec 7 - Dec 15 $2,599 $2,699 $2,999 Select
2022 2022 w/ eCheck Discount Sale After Sale
January 11 January 19 Jan 11 - Jan 19 $2,499 $2,599 $2,899 Select
January 18 January 26 Jan 18 - Jan 26 $2,649 $2,749 $3,049 Select
February 8 February 16 Feb 8 - Feb 16 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
February 15 February 23 Feb 15 - Feb 23 $2,499 $2,599 $2,899 Select
February 22 March 2 Feb 22 - Mar 2 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
March 8 March 16 Mar 8 - Mar 16 $2,499 $2,599 $2,899 Select
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March 22 March 30 Mar 22 - Mar 30 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
March 29 April 6 Mar 29 - Apr 6 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
May 3 May 11 May 3 - May 11 $2,299 $2,399 $2,699 Select
June 7 June 15 Jun 7 - Jun 15 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
August 2 August 10 Aug 2 - Aug 10 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
September 6 September 14 Sep 6 - Sep 14 $2,299 $2,399 $2,699 Select
September 27 October 5 Sep 27 - Oct 5 $2,299 $2,399 $2,699 Select
October 11 October 19 Oct 11 - Oct 19 $2,499 $2,599 $2,899 Select
October 25 November 2 Oct 25 - Nov 2 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
November 1 November 9 Nov 1 - Nov 9 $2,499 $2,599 $2,899 Select
2023 2023 w/ eCheck Discount Sale After Sale
January 17 January 25 Jan 17 - Jan 25 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
March 7 March 15 Mar 7 - Mar 15 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
May 2 May 10 May 2 - May 10 $2,299 $2,399 $2,699 Select
September 12 September 20 Sep 12 - Sep 20 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select
October 3 October 11 Oct 3 - Oct 11 $2,399 $2,499 $2,799 Select

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
May 2 2023 Departure: Single room supplement is $449.

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…

Musandam Cruise

  • Dubai
  • 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…

Guided Sharjah City Tour With Lunch

  • Dubai
  • 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…

Lunch at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding – Half Day

  • Dubai
  • 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…

Reviews

THERESA

Everything was outstanding. The featured activities were all more than expected. The quality of the hotels and means of travel was also top notch. Our guide was personable, knowledgeable, and extremely thoughtful. I highly recommend this trip and the tour company.

Rachel

The package trip to Dubai was an excellent value for the money and the sights. It had sightseeing tours included in the package that were informative and of great value. The bus was very comfortable, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a great personality. It was a great experience and the sights were incredible! Would recommend this tour to my friends.

Natasha

An awesome trip to Abu Dahbi and Dubai! Very fortunate to have Mohamed as a tour guide, he is very knowledgeable and proud of his country!

Nicholas

Mohammed, our guide, was wonderful, peronable and knowledgeable. The boat cruise was a waste of time and the food, which was supposed to be seafood, was meat that looked like it had been reheated 5x. The 4x4 in the desert was fun but a little long and required too much waiting around. The belly dancer was vey good but the rest of the entertainment was not, especially the 2 guests who sang happy birthday on the stage for 10 minutes.

Charles

Our Tour Guide Mohamed was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the country and the Muslim religion. Our bus driver was also excellent. The hotels were average and not in good locations. We were expecting more, especially in Dubai where you can stay in nice hotels very reasonably. . We have been on other Smartours and stayed in nicer hotels. The staff in the hotels were nice. The hotel in Abu Dhabi was better than the one in Dubai, even though it was a Hyatt. The rooms were tired in appearance and the hotel was far away from places one would like to visit. It was nice to have the subway close by, so you did not have to take a taxi everywhere. The trip to Sharjah was well worth it and should be included in the trip. The evening boat ride was not very good and food was poor. They swapped out overdone meat for seafood. It was a cold night so most people stayed in the boat and it was hard to see the sights outside. We did not do any of the extra excursions. So much to do in Dubai, it was worth staying in the city and taking advantage of the sights.

Sharon

Great tour and a good value. Hotels were nice, but the Hyatt in Dubai was in a poor location in old town, too far way from the mainstream of action.

Shirley

The tour itself was good however we had more free time than any tour that I have ever been on before and we had no access to the guide at that time as he was off site. We do not have International cell Service. Mohammed did not recommend the optional in Aba Dhabi. The optional in Dubai was one of the highlight and I think it should have been made inclusive of the tour. Our Cuba tour was outstanding with smart tours and we are planning on going to Ireland in July

Irene

We had a great trip to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful mosque and new Louvre Museum. Dinner in the Emirates Palace was good. Dubai was awesome. The city was amazing.oman trio was relaxing. My husband had a successful fly fishing trip in Dubai. He caught Queenfish. I took a side trip to Jumeriah. It was nice to see where average people lived. The museum was informative. A good trip done by Smartours.

Cleveland

I have truly enjoyed this trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It was well planned and organized with a knowledgeable tour guide, Tareq. The hotels were spacious, beautiful, comfortable, and well located in these cities. The food was delicious and there was enough for all of us. The tours and cruises were properly designed to teach our visitors about the cultural and social history of the UAE., and they were informative and full of invaluable historical facts about the people of the UAE. Thanks for a great time, and I am presently encouraging my family and friends to travel with your tours in the future.

Rachel W

Muhammed was an excellent guide.

Dorothy H

Didn't want another week to end without informing you about the absolutely wonderful vacation of a lifetime in Abu Dhabi and Dubai! I cannot express in words the extraordinary tour our group experienced. From the beginning until the actual date of our trip (April 2-10, 2018) my experience with Smartours was phenomenal. Suzanne was wonderful in working with me for my birthday celebration group! She kept us on task and on time with deadlines, And even when it seemed I wasn't going to have enough for the private group, she encouraged me, going the extra mile to make it happen! Once we arrived, our tour director (Mohammed Saleem) went above and beyond providing our group with exceptional service! He represented Smartours with skill and expertise. He shared his impressive knowledge of culture and history of the region and encouraged us to ask questions about things we didn't understand. He was patient and kept us together and made sure no one was left behind, and that was no easy task. My travel group was consisted of people of all ages, some in their 20's, 30's, 50's, 60's and 70's. Having the right tour director can make a trip fun and exciting or dull, boring and frustrating. Mohammed was outstanding in engaging everyone in our group. He was truly the best Tour Director "In the WORLD" (inside joke). I highly recommend taking a PRIVATE group on this excursion. It is truly a wonderful opportunity. We have made new friends and created memories that will last a lifetime! Don't be surprised when you receive a lot of inquiries about other groups wishing to go to Dubai! I have passed along your information to everyone who asks! Thank you Smartours!

Roger S

I was on the Dubai/Abu Dhabi tour from April 10th though the 17th. Tareq was our guide. He was quite an educator, and the tour was very well-organized. The hotels were terrific.

Linda M

I was absolutely amazed at both Abu Dhabi and Dubai. First the Emirates flight was why they are always listed in the top 10 airlines. Great service and great plane. Shirley our tour guide was there to meet us and was exceptional during the entire tour. Always able to answer questions besides being helpful and friendly. The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi was incredibly beautiful. Dubai for a city built in the last 14 years was amazing. The optional tour to Oman was very interesting traveling through the different Emirates and through the desert. Massive buildings and then the camel market were a stark contrast!!! Everything on this tour was exactly as expected with first class hotels and food. This is my 6th tour with Smartours and plan another next year.

Shar C

Although I've yet to take my planned trip to Dubai & Abu Dhabi, I would thank Booking Agent Suzanne for her customer service and professionalism when answering my questions and booking my travel. I found her patience and the detailed information she provided both invaluable and reassuring. It can be challenging to book international travel with a tour group unknown to you so to have someone such as she to talk to and answer your questions gives one the assurance needed to proceed. If the travel is as nice as she, I look forward to a wonderful trip.

Jennifer

Took this trip on November 8,2016 had a wonderful time hotel and breakfast was absolutely amazing.our tour guide Shirley was very informative best trip ever .I will be takin another trip next august Scandinavia tour
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