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Deluxe Dubai & Abu Dhabi

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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.

Itinerary at
a Glance

2019 Departures:

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

2020 Departures:

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

Optional Pre-Trip Extension to Oman:

  • 4 nights in Muscat, Oman

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)

Optional Oman Pre-Trip Extension:

  • Muscat City Tour with Grand Mosque
  • Nizwa Fort & Jebel Shams “Sun Mountain”
  • Wadi Bani Khalid & Wahiba Sands

Activity Level: Discoverer* 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip flight 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)
  • 2019 Departures: 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • 2020 Departures: 9 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director
  • Ground transportation

Your Optional Oman Pre-Trip Extension: 

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations at a superior first class hotel in Muscat
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director

2019 Tour Itinerary

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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. Hyatt Regency Dubai (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. Enjoy a Emirati cuisine option at Almrzab restaurant for a welcome/orientation lunch in Abu Dhabi City.

Visit the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which fuses styles from different Muslim…

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. Breakfast. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (or similar)

Abu Dhabi/Dubai

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. Breakfast. 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. Breakfast|Dinner. 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. Breakfast.

2020 Tour Itinerary

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 Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways. Your tour includes round-trip airfare from the U.S.

Arrive in Dubai

Your Etihad Airways flight lands in Abu Dhabi today, where you’ll be greeted and transported to dazzling Dubai. Upon check-in at your 5-star hotel, you’ll have the remainder of the evening at leisure. 

Hyatt Regency Creek Heights (or similar)

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.

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights (or similar) | Breakfast

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.

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Dubai/Abu Dhabi

Today, 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 sail. Afterward, check-in to your 5-star hotel…

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.

Southern Sun Abu Dhabi (or similar) | Breakfast

Depart Abu Dhabi/Arrive in the U.S.

Bid farewell to Abu Dhabi 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.

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Guided Tour Pricing

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 $549.

Oman Pre-Trip Extension

Add $999 per person double occupancy / $1248 per person single occupancy

Los Angeles (LAX) Departures:
January – June 2019 Departures: Add $150
July 2019 Onwards: Los Angeles flights not available

Business Class Upgrades:
2019 Departures: 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, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 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.

Oman Pre-Trip Extension

Oman Pre-Trip Extension

  • From approx. 999 Per Person

This pre-trip extension includes airfare, three nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, three lunches, and sightseeing.

Depart USA

Depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Muscat, Oman.

Arrive in Muscat

Arrive at the Muscat International Airport today where you’ll be greeted and transported to your hotel. The balance of the day is yours to rest and relax.

City Seasons Hotel Muscat (or similar)

Muscat

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a morning at your leisure. For lunch we will dine at an authentic local restaurant and then begin discovering Muscat with a fascinating city tour. Visit the Al Alam Palace (Sultan’s Palace) and then explore the Bait Al Zubair Museum which exhibits Omani heritage through a showcase of traditional handicrafts, furniture, stamps, coins, and more. Following this, we’ll explore the Mutrah Souq where you can find traditional goods and souvenirs. Finish the tour with a photo stop at the Grand Mosque, which is beautifully illuminated in the…

Nizwa & Jebel Akhdar Excursion

Today, we’ll start by heading to Nizwa to discover the Nizwa Fort, which overlooks the ancient city’s colorful buildings and bustling streets. We’ll then stop to enjoy a lunch in Al Hamra. Following this will venture off to Oman’s Grand Canyon, situated within the Jabal Shams mountain range. Here you’ll traverse this scenic area in 4X4s. Along with the stunning views you’ll find, you may also encounter some shepherds accompanying their grazing sheep.

City Seasons Hotel Muscat (or similar) | Breakfast, Lunch

The Sharqiya Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid Excursion

Start today at the Grand Mosque for a chance to admire the interior. Then venture out to the Sharqiya Sands where you’ll ride across its desert terrain in a 4X4. The red and white high-rising sand dunes stretch as far as the eye can see, and although this isolated environment seems uninhabited, you may spot nomads and Bedouins trekking along with their camels. We’ll also take you to see a Bedouin house, right in the middle of the desert. You’ll then pay a relaxing visit to the Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman’s desert oasis. Here you can cool off in the clear blue waters and take in some…

Muscat/Dubai

This morning, you’ll be transferred to the Muscat Airport to depart on your flight to Abu Dhabi. Upon arrival, transfer to Dubai where you’ll check-in to your 5-star hotel. The balance of your day is at leisure. 

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights (or similar) | Breakfast

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).

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.

Musandam Cruise

  • Dubai
  • 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.

Reviews

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

Elizabeth M

The architecture in these cities is amazing. Going to the top of the world's highest building and seeing the world most visited site were the highlights for us. We had excellent hotels, and our guide, Tareq, was very knowledgeable. We learned about the country's development and future plans. We also learned about its customs and religion. The optional tour to the future city was very interesting.

Janice A

This was more than expected and for once I loved the tours on the bus,,,which was mainly because of our tour guide, Shirley Lee. He was wonderful, fun, thoughtful, and caring. The flight and lodging were awesome. Loved smarTours so much have to plan one to China with smarTours. It was memorable!
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