EVENT - 21st Century Architecture
Behold the iconic cutting-edge architecture that has defined the skylines of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel, Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
Day 1 – (April 27, 2014)
In the early afternoon, you will disembark the ship in Port Rashid and enjoy a panoramic tour of modern Dubai. Along the way, you will stop for photos of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel, Atlantis The Palm resort, and the Dubai Marina district.
Lunch will be served at the Imperium, a restaurant in the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, one of the most luxurious beachside resorts on the west crescent of the Palm Jumeirah. Its location offers exhilarating views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s extraordinary skyline.
Following lunch, you will enjoy a scenic and relaxing drive southwest to Abu Dhabi. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands. A sheikh of the Bani Yas tribe founded the city in 1761, but it is known more for its modern highlights, such as Ferrari World on Yas Island and the Yas Marina Circuit, a racetrack for Formula One cars.
Continuing on, you will soon arrive at Abu Dhabi’s flagship Manarat Saadiyat, a cultural and entertainment venue with affluent residential and business areas. Here, you will enjoy a rich educational experience through state-of-the-art virtual ‘books’ displayed on crystal-clear LCD screens. Simply wave a hand over the images of the books, and the pages turn revealing more and more about Abu Dhabi and the planned development of Manarat Saadiyat.
Later, you will transfer to the Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel for check in. Later enjoy a three-course dinner at Scott’s. The original Scott’s opened in London in 1851, and this is the restaurant’s first location outside of England’s capital city. The set menu will offer a selection of the finest and freshest dishes that may include oysters, fish and seasonal game.
Following this sumptuous leisurely dinner, you will overnight at the Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel.
Day 2 – (April 28, 2014)
After breakfast and checking out of your hotel, you will begin your day of touring by visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. A mix of Arab, Moroccan and Turkish architecture, the gleaming white, multi-domed mosque can accommodate more than 40,000 worshippers and holds the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet. Its namesake Sheikh Zayed initiated its construction and is buried on site.
Then, transferring back to Dubai, you will visit the world’s tallest observation deck, which perches on the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Your “At The Top” Burj Khalifa experience begins in the reception area on the lower level of The Dubai Mall. Here and on the moving walkway to the elevators, you will be entertained by a multi-media presentation that chronicles Dubai’s exotic history and the fascinating story of the Burj Khalifa.
Then, you will zip up to the observation deck on an elevator that travels 32 feet (10 meters) per second. As the doors open, you will be treated a breathtaking, unobstructed 360-degree view of Dubai, the desert and ocean. It’s an experience you will not soon forget.
Following your tour of the Burj Khalifa, you will transfer back to the pier and re-board the ship.
Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.
12:30pm Drive from the pier to the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel
1:30pm Lunch at the hotel’s Imperium restaurant
3:00pm Drive to Abu Dhabi
4:30pm Drive through Yas Island
4:45pm Drive to Saadiyat Island
5:00pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat
6:00pm Transfer to Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel
6:30pm Check-in at Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel
8:00pm Set menu dinner at Scott’s restaurant
10:00pm Overnight at Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel
7:30am Breakfast at the hotel
8:30am Check out from hotel
9:00am Transfer to the Grand Mosque
9:30am Visit the Grand Mosque
10:30am Transfer to Dubai
12:00pm Visit the observatory deck of Burj Khalifa
(Include 10 minutes of walking inside Dubai Mall)
1:00pm Drive to the pier
1:30pm Re-board the ship
Expected Weather: Warm and sunny with an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit).
What to Bring: Weather-appropriate clothing for warm temperatures, including a hat, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes.
Clothes for visiting the Grand Mosque:
• Modest, conservative, loose-fitting clothing, long sleeves, long skirts and trousers
• No transparent (see-through) clothing
• No shorts for men or women
• Skirts must be ankle length
• No tight clothing, no swimwear or beachwear
• Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip-off shoes
• Headscarves for ladies are essential (these can be provided at the entrance of the mosque)
Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U.S. dollar = 3.65 AED)
Electricity: 220 volts
Luggage: One overnight bag per person
Accommodation: 5-Star deluxe hotel – Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel or similar
**We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If a similar hotel is substituted, it will be of equal ratings and standards
• 1 night accommodation including breakfast at the Hyatt Capital Gate Hotel or similar (King Room)
• Air-conditioned coach for the duration of the program
• English-speaking tour guide for the entire program
• Entrance fees to the observation deck of Burj Khalifa
• Meals as specified in the above itinerary
• Lunch (includes water, tea/coffee and 1 house beer or 1 glass of house wine or 1 soft drink per person)
• Dinner (includes water, tea/coffee and 2 house beers or 2 glasses of house wine or soft drinks per person)
• Meals or beverages other than specified above
• Gratuities of a personal nature to drivers, guides and hotel staff
• Portage at the hotels
• Personal expenses and hotel incidentals
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, 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.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.