POST - OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES- Sofitel
Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the commercial capital of the UAE and the Middle East. Popularly known as the 'City of Merchants' for its long history of trade, the city continues to be the hub for the transport of commodities in the region and one of the fastest growing cities in the world . Its unique blend of the East and the West creates a potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.
Day 1: November 21st, 2014
Disembark the ship and begin your “Modern Dubai” City Tour. The tour starts with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.
From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas. Next, drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.
Continue on to Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.
Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.
Following your city tour you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and to enjoy some time at leisure.
Later in the afternoon depart for an Ancient Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with the Al-Bastakia area in
Bur Dubai, which dates back to the early 1900’s, with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers (barajeels)
giving the place a very distinct character. It’s a step back in time to see the traditional courtyard
homes, bedecked with wind towers, which in the pre electricity days was the only means of cooling the
Drive further down to the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. Complete with sound effects, the museum depicts various scenes that provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.
This is followed by a visit to the Aromatic Spice Souq and the extensive gold souq where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.
Dubai’s skyline at night is enchanting, and the best way to get a glimpse of both the modern structures as well as the older traditional buildings, is to take a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow (Arabic boat) in Dubai Creek. The slow pace of the boat, the light music and the cool breeze create a romantic
evening. Your two hour cruise will remind you of the spirits of adventure of yester years. Dinner will be served on board the boat. (Non exclusive boat)
Day 2: November 22nd, 2014
After breakfast you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.
You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.
You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.
Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening at your hotel.
**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.
Day 3: November 23rd, 2014
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out and transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule.
Check out time is 12:00noon. For anyone with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
10:00am Disembark and begin the “Modern Dubai” tour
1:00pm Visit “At the Top” Burj Khalifa – Observation deck
3:00pm Arrival at your hotel and check-in
5:00pm Old Dubai City Tour
8:00pm Dhow Dinner Cruise
10:00pm Return to your hotel
Overnight at the Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar hotel
Breakfast at hotel
8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi
10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi City
1:00pm Leisure time will be given at the Marina Mall for lunch or shopping (at your own expense)
3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island
4:15pm Head to Saadiyat Island
4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat
5:00pm Return drive to Dubai
7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel
8:00pm Diner at your hotel
Overnight at the Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar hotel
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to Dubai Airport based on your flight schedule.
For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.
EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00 noon. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.
Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.
For the visit of Grand Mosque -
• Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves, and trousers
• No transparent (see-through) clothing
• No shorts for men
• No shorts or skirts for ladies
• No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.
• Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes
• Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)
Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = 3.65 AED)
Electricity: 220 volts
Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar (Classic Room) We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
Sofitel Dubai Burj Downtown Hotel (newly built in May 2014)
Sheihk Zayed Road,Downtown Dubai
Program Includes for guests:
• 2 Nights’ accommodation at the Sofitel Dubai Burj Downtown Hotel or similar including breakfast
• All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board
• 1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.
• 1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.
• Dhow dinner cruise on Day 1 including soft drinks, mineral water, tea/coffee.
• Dinner at your hotel (location TBA and depends on the size of the group) on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.
• Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.
Program Excludes for guests:
• Meals other than specified above
• Any alcoholic beverages during the Dinner Cruise on Day 1 or dinner on Day 2
• Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel
• Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
POST- 2NT OPULENT CITIES - SOFITEL DUBAI
Price: $1,199.00 per guest based on double occupancy.
POST- 2NT OPULENT CITIES - SOFITEL DUBAI (Concierge-Level Suite Pricing)
Price: $1,139.00 per guest based on double occupancy.