POST - PROMO Opulent Cities of the Emirates
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. The city is a unique blend of the East and the West - a fascinating potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.
Disembark the ship and depart for a tour to discover Dubai Old & New.
Dubai, the second largest Emirate, is the UAE’s commercial centre and is proudly referred to as the “City of Merchants”. Dubai offers a fascinating kaleidoscope of contrasts – the old and the new, the East and the West. Experience a variety of sights and scents of the Orient in a cosmopolitan setting. A true introduction to the Arabian Gulf.
The journey through the city centre covers popular landmarks. Visit the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. The Museum features realistic displays, with sound effects, depicting various scenes, which provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.
Then enjoy a ride across the famed Dubai creek in a local water taxi called “abra” to see the bustling activities on the water front. This is followed by a visit to the aromatic spice souk and the extensive glittering gold souk where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.
The tour then takes you for a photo stop of Jumeirah Mosque - a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture. Another photo stop is made near the world renowned five star hotel which is a famous landmark of the city “The Burj Al Arab”.
The next stop is considered the 8th wonder of the world - The Palm Jumeirah. Drive to Palm Island for a photo stop of the famous Atlantis Hotel and also experience the beautifully lit Jumeirah coastline.
Continue on to the famous Mall of the Emirates, which houses the 3rd largest indoor ski dome in the world. You will have some time to walk around the mall and enjoy lunch on your own at the Sezzam restaurant.
After lunch drive past Sheikh Zayed road and stop for a visit at “Burj Khalifa” - the tallest building in the world. You will be directed to the observatory tower of Burj Khalifa which is aptly named “At the Top “
At The Top, located on level 124 of the Burj Khalfa, is a world class premier observatory offering 360 degree unparalleled views from the Gulf to the Arabian Desert. Your experience here includes a unique, interactive Burj Dubai Exhibit, a high speed lift ride, access to level 124, high powered, state of the art telescopes and the world’s highest outdoor observation terrace overlooking the ever growing skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road and surrounding panorama.
After your visit at the Burj Khalifa you will proceed to your hotel for check in and your overnight stay. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy breakfast at hotel before setting out for Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and named after a breed of gazelles by a Sheikh of the Bani Yas tribe. This magnificent city which was founded in 1761 is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands.
Your tour today offers an ideal introduction to Abu Dhabi. The first stop is the magnificent Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. The majestic Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date. It is also arguably one of the most important architectural treasures of contemporary UAE society - and one of the most beautiful in the world - initiated no less by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is fondly thought of as the father of UAE.
From here you will drive along the spectacular Corniche and Palace area and around the city of Abu Dhabi, popularly referred to as “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of the ultra modern glazed skyscrapers, gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments. You will drive to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline before continuing on to the Emirates Palace, the most prestigious hotel in the Emirates. (photo stop in front of the hotel only). The Palace is an architectural wonder and an international landmark boasting a staggering 114 domes all covered in mosaic glass tiles.
Next proceed to Heritage Village which houses a small museum and depicts the daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil.
Lunch will be served at the Jumeirah Ethihad towers hotel at the Rosewater restaurant.
Drive back to Dubai and your hotel.
The remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure.
**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.
Following breakfast at hotel you will have the morning at your leisure.
In the afternoon you will depart for an adventurous dune dinner safari. Experience the sheer thrill of driving up and down golden yellow sand dunes in comfortable 4 wheel drive vehicles. Drive past the Bedouin villages and stop at a camel camp to discuss the “news” of the day!
You will then enjoy some thrilling dune bashing with the experienced drivers over golden sand dunes.
Close to sunset the group arrives at the sunset point where "time stands still". Experience the silence of the desert and watch the stunning vista of endless dunes and the magical desert sunset.
After sunset you will continue your journey deep into the desert until you reach the soft light of a Bedouin Village.
The campsite is specifically built to depict an authentic Bedouin Village with Barasti (dried palm leaves) tents. It is beautifully lit and decorated with rustic carpets and low tables with soft Arabic music in the background - complete with camels and their keepers. Despite the rustic appeal, the campsite does have modern restroom facilities and basins with running water.
The campsite even has one area set-up with hubbly bubbly water pipes (Shisha’s) where you can relax and try a puff or two of this local favorite past time after your buffet dinner or you can watch a belly dancer as she dances to the rhythm of the music.
Following this fun filled Arabian evening you will head back to your hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out.
Your transfer to the Dubai Airport will be based on your flight time. For guests 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.
9:30am Disembark and proceed for the Dubai City Tour
1:30pm Visit “At the Top” at the Burj Khalifa Observation deck
3:30pm Arrival at hotel & check-in
Lunch and dinner on own and at own expense
Overnight stay at the Raffles Dubai or similar hotel
Breakfast at hotel
8:30am Drive to Abu Dhabi
10:30am Arrive in Abu Dhabi and start city tour
10:30am Abu Dhabi city
2:00pm Lunch at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers
4:00pm Return drive to Dubai
6:00pm Expected arrival in Dubai
Dinner (on own and at own expense)
Overnight stay at the Raffles Dubai or Similar
Breakfast at hotel
Morning at leisure (Lunch on own and at own expense)
3:30pm Transfer towards the desert by 4WD Jeeps
4:30pm Dune drive
5:30pm Arrival at camp site
6:00pm Dinner and relaxing at the camp site
9:00pm Return drive to your hotel
Overnight stay at the Raffles Dubai or Similar
Departure transfer to Dubai Airport according to your flight time
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 12:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.
Expected Weather: Warm and sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
What to Bring: Light, loose clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hats, cameras
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 = approximately 3.65 AED)
Electricity: 220 volts
Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi, Dubai, P.O. Box 121800
Telephone: +9714 324 8888
*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
•3 Nights accommodation at the Raffles Dubai Hotel with breakfast (or similar hotel)
•Arrival transfer from Dubai Airport to hotel using a luxury A/C vehicle
•Dune Dinner Safari in 4WD Land cruiser jeeps with a maximum of 4 guests per jeep which includes Dune drives with English speaking driver, soft drinks, water, Henna lady, Belly dance show, camel rides and BBQ dinner at the Travco Camp site.
•1 lunch at the Etihad Towers Hotel – buffet lunch including water, soft drinks and tea/coffee.
•1 Full day tour of Abu Dhabi using a luxury A/C coach accompanied by an English speaking tour guide and all entrances.
•1 Full day tour of Dubai using a luxury A/C coach accompanied by an English speaking tour guide and all entrances.
•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; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.
Program Excludes for guests:
•Meals other than specified above (No meals are included other than the 3 breakfasts + BBQ dinner at the camp site + lunch at the Ethihad towers)
•Any alcoholic beverages during the desert dinner.
•Any gratuties of personal nature or portage at the airport and hotel
•Any expenses of personal nature such and/or hotel incidentals such as laundry, telephone calls & 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 -PROMO- OPULENT CITIES - EMIRATES
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POST -PROMO- OPULENT CITIES - EMIRATES
Price: $499.00 per guest based on double occupancy.