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.
- Overnight flight on Emirates airline
- 3 nights in Abu Dhabi
- 4 nights in Dubai
- Return flight to the U.S. on Emirates airline
- Emirates airline flights
- 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)
- Roundtrip, non-stop flight on Emirates airline from New York (JFK)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Tourism Dirham Fee in Dubai
- Accommodations at deluxe hotels (5-star hotel in Dubai and a TripAdvisor top-rated hotel in Abu Dhabi)
- 9 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)
- 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.
Overnight flight to Dubai on Emirates airline. Your tour includes round-trip airfare from the U.S.
Arrive in Abu Dhabi
Your Emirates airline flight lands in Dubai today, where you’ll be greeted and transported to Abu Dhabi, the vibrant capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Upon check-in at one of Abu Dhabi’s best-reviewed hotels, have the remainder of the evening at leisure to explore your elegant accommodations or the surrounding area. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (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. B Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (or similar)
This morning, depart for dazzling Dubai. Once there, drive toward the glitzy Dubai Marina district and the famous Palm Jumeirah, a man-made, palm-shaped island chain. 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.
At Souk Madinat Jumeirah, browse a colorful, vibrant market mixing traditional Middle Eastern stands, barrows and stalls with boutique, luxury and souvenir shops. Spot the renowned 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel, designed to resemble a ship’s…
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.
Then, shift from “Heritage Dubai” to “Modern Dubai,” integrating traditional souk charm with contemporary skyscrapers….
Dubai at Leisure or Optional Musandam Cruise
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. B Hyatt Regency Dubai (or similar)
Desert Safari, Bedouin Campsite and BBQ Dinner
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. B/D Hyatt Regency Dubai (or similar)
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. B
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 $449.
Los Angeles (LAX) Departures:
January – June 2019 Departures: Add $150
July 2019 Onwards: Los Angeles flights not available
Business Class Upgrades:
JFK/Dubai/JFK on Emirates is $6695 or LAX/Dubai/LAX on Emirates is $7595
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations for your tour to Dubai can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For your Dubai and Abu Dhabi vacation complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge).
Day 4: Panoramic Abu Dhabi City Tour
- Abu Dhabi
- From approx. $65 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.
Day 7: Musandam Cruise
- From approx. $115 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.
Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
- Abu Dhabi
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
Hyatt Regency Dubai
Stay at an iconic 5-star hotel, set on the waterfront, in the heritage heart of the city. Features a variety of restaurants and bars, an indoor ice skating rink, an outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center.
Al Khaleej Road • Deira, Dubai, UAE
Your flights between the U.S. and UAE will be on Emirates airline.
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.
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ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Emirates airline does 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. 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.
The UAE has a very warm climate, and we recommend that you bring comfortable clothing. Here’s what you can expect:
- January–February: Mid 60s
- March–April: In the 70s
- May: In the 80s
- September: Low 90s
- October: In the 80s
- November–December: In the 70s
CULTURE AND DRESS
Certain religious sites require a dress code—specifically, long-sleeve shirts and long pants or floor-length skirts.
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. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash for local currency. 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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