8 Day Classic Dubai 2020-2021
8 days with
Gate 1 Travel
DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for the United Arab Emirates
Depart for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Dubai
Arrive in Dubai, the quintessential land of opulence, wealth and astonishing skyscrapers that stand alongside traditional mosques. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the adrenaline-charged tempo of this city and your new time zone.
DAY 3, Thursday - Old Dubai Tour
A fabulous day discovering Dubai, one of the world's most futuristic cities with its dramatic skyline, once a tranquil port of Bedouin traders and pearl divers. Begin with a visit to the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has survived for two centuries. Continue the tour through the cloth markets and end up at the Abras, where local water taxis will take you across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. Walk through the bustling alleys of these souks and allow the mystical aromas of numerous spices tantalize your senses. The jewelry on sale varies from the traditional to the latest designs at amazingly affordable prices. Afterward, on to the Bastakiya area where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants can still be seen. While in the area, you're invited to the important Sheikh Mohammed Centre in the heart of the old Bastakiya area for a specially arranged local Emirati lunch and meeting. Enjoy an open discussion and learn more about Emirati culture and local traditions. Return to the hotel with free time before an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4, Friday - New Dubai Tour
Begin with a photo stop at Dubai's signature landmark, Burj Al Arab, the celebrated sail-shaped hotel facing the Persian Gulf. Continue to the Jumeirah Palm, a man-made island, which was built in the shape of a palm tree, known for its posh residential buildings, villas, and luxury resorts. Upon entering the island, board the Palm Monorail which will take you to the far end of the palm. Marvel at the stunning views of the island as you ride high above the ground. Continue on Sheikh Zayed road to visit the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa. While at the top, a guide will help answer all your questions from your vantage point on level 124 of the building. Free time for lunch in Dubai Mall. (Breakfast)
DAY 5, Saturday - Full Day in Dubai
Today is at leisure for further exploration of this vibrant city. Or, participate in the optional tour to Sharjah in the morning, a cultural center of the Emirates, known for its major museums, distinctive landmarks, and elegant mosques. As you begin your tour, you will have the opportunity for a photo stop of the cultural square. Then, visit the Islamic Museum, housing over 5,000 artifacts from all over the Islamic World and the Heritage Museum depicting Sharjah's rich and diverse heritage. In the afternoon, perhaps join the thrilling optional Desert Safari this afternoon. Board a 4X4 vehicle in Dubai and head out towards the highest sand dunes of the surreal surrounding desert. Feel the thrill of "dune bashing" as you spiral up and down the enormous golden dunes. Upon your arrival to the Bedouin campsite, you'll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and will have the option to ride a camel. Then, savor a barbecue dinner, specially prepared. Later, enjoy a Tanoura dance show, then watch as a captivating belly dancer enchants you with her swirling dances before returning to Dubai. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Sharjah Tour (AM)
Optional: Half Day Desert Safari with dinner (PM)
DAY 6, Sunday - Abu Dhabi Tour
Start off the day with a city tour of the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, also known as the Arabian Jewel. Begin at the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi. Drive through al Bateen area, also known as the Royal and Presidential District. Stop at the Zayed House for a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, 'Father of the Nation'. Continue to the Emirates Palace and the Etihad Towers for a photo stop. Continue along the city's glamorous Corniche, with blue waters glittering on one side and shimmering skyscrapers lining the other. At the Breakwater, pause to take photos of the city's fabulous skyline. After lunch, admire cultural art at the Arab World's first universal museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Head back to Dubai via Yas Island, the home of the F1 Circuit and Ferrari World Theme Park, to join a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7, Monday - Dubai Souks and Marina Tour
Spend the morning at leisure, on your last day in Dubai In this afternoon, visit the Al Shindagha Museum and learn more about the story of the Creek and what it took to grow the trading business. Visit the Perfume House within the museum complex that addresses the history and culture of perfume making. Learn how these fragrances are created, using regional ingredients such as musk, rose, myrtle flowers and saffron. Then, embark on a walking tour to one of the trendiest places in Dubai, the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence. The tour concludes at the Madinat souk with time at leisure to explore the treasures among the lantern lit corridors. There will be time for dinner on your own before returning to the hotel to pick up your luggage for your late night departure flight. (Breakfast)
DAY 8, Tuesday - Depart the United Arab Emirates
All This Included
5 nights Dubai
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Dubai tourism fee
9 meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager per itinerary
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
During the Dubai City Tour, view the man-made Palm Island and Dubai’s signature landmark Burj Al Arab
Specially arranged lunch and meeting at Dubai's important Sheikh Mohammed Centre to Cultural Understanding
Ascend to the very top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
Embark on a city tour of Abu Dhabi that includes a visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi
Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
Dubai: Zabeel House The Greens by Jumeirah
Hotel check-out is 12 PM. If you have a late departure flight and want to depart later than 12 PM you may pre-purchase a hotel day use room. Hotel checkout for a day use room is 6 PM. If you have a flight which requires a longer stay, you may purchase a full post night. Due to timing of sightseeing on Day 7, please choose a flight departing after 10 PM. During Ramadan (Apr 12 - May 11, 2021), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps. Weather is very pleasant during the day from October through April but sometimes it becomes a little cold and windy in the evening. The optional tour of Desert Safari involves a rough drive over the dunes and low seating in the camp. It is not recommended for pregnant women, people with back problems or heart conditions. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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