DAY 1 DUBAI – AHLAN WA SAHLAN (WELCOME)
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Then, check in and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps getting your own taster of the city’s famous malls and attractions.
Four Points Bur Dubai or similar for 4 nights
DAY 2 DUBAI (B/D)
Take a half-day Dubai city tour. When your air-conditioned coach pulls up, settle into your seat and have your camera ready for the iconic sights to come.
Along the way, drive around The Palm, Dubai’s palm-shaped, artificial archipelago, and take photos of The Atlantis, the dream-like, luxury hotel that rises from its outer fringe. See the graceful contours of Jumeirah Mosque and check out the towering, sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel. Then, take a look around the interesting Dubai Museum in Al-Fahidi Fort to learn how Dubai mushroomed from a fishing village into a 21st-century metropolis in just a few decades. To finish, ride an abra (water taxi) across Dubai Creek to visit the bustling Spice Souk and Gold Souk, and then end your tour with a drop-off back at your hotel.
Tonight, meet your guide at your hotel in the early evening and travel by minibus to the waterfront in Deira. Board your traditionally lit dhow and enjoy a wonderful 2-hour cruise along Dubai Creek, the waterway that snakes through the city center. Marvel at the views as you drift by top Dubai attractions such as the Grand Mosque, Heritage Village and the city’s towering high-rises, all beautifully illuminated against the night sky. While you sail, savor an onboard buffet of dishes such as mezze, shish taouk (chicken kebab), fresh salads and desserts, washed down with soda. Alcoholic drinks are also available (own expense). After your cruise, drop-off back at your hotel.
DAY 3: DUBAI (B/D)
Spend the day as you wish, enjoying any of the remaining included activities. Perhaps use your entrance ticket to visit one of Dubai’s newest icons, ‘At the Top’ at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 2,716 feet (828 meters) high. Make your own way to this soaring tower, ride the elevator to the 124th-floor observation deck and ogle the mind-blowing views through the wrap-round windows — don’t forget your camera.
This afternoon, you will be picked by 4×4 jeep from your hotel. With a professional driver at the wheel, zoom through the desert, stopping for some dune bashing on route. Thrill as your 4×4 slips and slides over the dunes, and then continue to a Bedouin-style desert camp for an evening of traditional Arabian entertainment.
Inside the torch-lit camp, watch falconry and belly dancing displays, ride a camel, get a henna tattoo and perhaps try a shisha (water pipe). Also, feast on a buffet of mezze, grilled meats and other Arabic dishes, along with included soda and alcoholic drinks (own expense) as you take in the magical, Arabian Nights atmosphere.
DAY 4 DUBAI – ABU DHABI – DUBAI (B)
Travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. This comprehensive tour is the ideal introduction to the city and the island on which it stands. We begin with an early- morning trip pas the majestic Emirates Palace Hotel to the presidential palaces area, before continuing to the ancient Al Husn Fort and the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation. We then visit various markets, such as the date and fish market in Port Zayed. From here we drive along the spectacular Corniche, past gleaming white mosques, glass-clad offices and elegant high-rise apartments to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil. We finish the tour with a trip to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline.
DAY 5 DUBAI – DELHI (B)
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.