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Dazzling Dubai

Experience the best of luxurious Dubai: comprehensive city tour, including Burj Khalifa; Sahara Desert safari; optional Abu Dhabi excursion

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price per person, double occupancy,* based on Oct 6, 2024 departure from JFK
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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. (Some exceptions, including special promotional packages, may accommodate up to 30.) More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures October 2024 – April 2025 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes City Stays
Activity Level Recreational
What to Expect This package is a great fit if you seek a blend of light activities as well as leisure time. Throw on your favorite comfortable shoes and enjoy guided walking tours on easy terrain, as well as coach touring. Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.
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Welcome to the playground of the rich and famous! Dubai is bigger, grander, more lavish (and considerably more expensive) than any other place on Earth. One of the world's most expensive hotel, the Burj Al Arab, is a universally recognized sailboat-shaped architectural wonder; the world's tallest building, the Burj al Khalifa, rises high in the city's center; an entire series of man-made islands, in the shape of palm fronds and another series in the shape of the entire world, are being created off the shore line; countless souks shine bright with glittering gold on display – all in Dubai! The surrounding desert stretches as far as the eye can see, with rippling dunes that are ideal for thrilling 4x4 adventures and camel riding. With all of this and more, it's a surprise that you don't have to be rich and famous to enjoy this amazing destination for yourself. In true Friendly Planet style, your 6-day vacation package to Dubai includes airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations, meals, transfers, comprehensive city tours with English-speaking guides, and more!

 

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from NYC via Emirates Airlines including taxes & fees
  • 4 nights deluxe hotel accommodations in Dubai
  • 6 meals: 4 lavish breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Arrival & departure transfers with meeting, assistance and porterage
  • Comprehensive touring program and entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking tour guide

Optional add-ons

  • Flights from other cities are available. Request pricing when making your reservation.
  • Optional day excursion to Abu Dhabi

Why you'll love it

  • Stroll through bustling souks and browse the packed alleys brimming with unique textiles, spices, and gold.
  • Visit Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and get a bird's eye view of the city from the towering observation deck.
  • Hop on a traditional abra and glide through Dubai's waterways, passing by admirable landmarks.
  • Gain an insight into Islamic life at Jumeirah Mosque.
  • Journey back in time during a walking tour of Bastakya Al Fahidi District.
  • Marvel at the fantastic fountain show at the Dubai Mall.
  • Enjoy breathtaking city views at the Dubai Frame in Zabeel Park.
  • Discover the awe-inspiring exhibits and interactive displays at the Museum of the Future.
  • Explore Dubai's surrounding dunes on an exciting Jeep desert safari tour before enjoying a traditional BBQ dinner with a belly-dancing performance.
  • Join an optional day excursion to Abu Dhabi, and explore Jebel Ali, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Sheik Khalifa Palace, Yas Island, and more!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Dates & Prices, with flights
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Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 1, 2024
Finishes: Fri, Sep 6, 2024
Sep 1 – Sep 6
$3199 Sold Out
Departs U.S.: Sun, Sep 15, 2024
Finishes: Fri, Sep 20, 2024
Sep 15 – Sep 20
$2949 Sold Out
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Finishes: Fri, Sep 27, 2024
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$2999 Sold Out
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Finishes: Fri, Oct 11, 2024
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$2999 –$300 $2699 Select
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Finishes: Fri, Sep 6, 2024
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Finishes: Fri, Sep 20, 2024
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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when (or after) you book. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

Dazzling Dubai
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Sep 1, 2024;  Sep 15, 2024;  Sep 22, 2024 $649
Jan 12, 2025;  Jan 26, 2025;  Feb 9, 2025;  Feb 16, 2025;  Mar 23, 2025;  Mar 30, 2025;  Apr 13, 2025 $829
All other dates $799
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Full-day Abu Dhabi1 $185
Guaranteed Early Check-in2
Double Occupancy $140
Single Occupancy $260
Guaranteed Late Check-out3
Double Occupancy $140
Single Occupancy $260

1. This private tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

2. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available if you arrive at the hotel before 3pm.

3. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available until you transfer to the airport (for return flights late in the evening)

OPTIONAL AIRPORT TRANSFERS FOR TOUR ONLY PASSENGERS
OPTIONAL AIRPORT TRANSFERS1
Arrival transfer: Dubai airport to hotel $40
Departure transfer: Dubai hotel to airport $40

1. Price based on a minimum of two passengers

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? For this package, you may request flights from Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from any other cities, but you can book your own connecting flights. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when (or after) you book, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own flights. More information

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Dubai

Day 2 Dubai

  • Arrive in Dubai, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally-located hotel
  • Check-in is at 3:00 pm, or you can add guaranteed early check-in to your reservation

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar

Full Day Itinerary

Arrive in Dubai. After customs formalities, you'll be met by our representatives in Dubai and then escorted to your centrally located hotel. 

Day 3 Dubai

  • Visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
  • Explore the Gold and Spice Market
  • Enjoy an abra ride before a walking tour at Bastakiya Al Fahidi District
  • Learn about Islamic life in the UAE at Jumeirah Mosque
  • See the Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis
  • Witness the spectacular Dubai Mall Fountain Show
  • Meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Burj Khalifa

After breakfast, visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), which officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world. This miracle of international cooperation and coordination houses a luxury Armani hotel, offices of some of the world's most successful companies, and homes as high as the clouds for a lucky few. Take in sweeping city views from the breathtakingly high "At the Top" observation deck.

Discover the vibrant atmosphere of Dubai's Gold and Spice Market, where the scents of exotic spices mingle with the glittering gold on display. Immerse yourself in a world of sensory delights as you explore this bustling market and try your hand at haggling!

Glide through Dubai's waterways on a traditional abra as the boatman expertly navigates through the bustling water traffic. Sail past some of Dubai's most iconic landmarks, like the towering Burj Khalifa and the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, in spectacular panoramic fashion. 

Later, stop at Jumeirah Mosque to gain insight into Islamic life in the United Arab Emirates during a lecture by one of the Mosque's clerks. Feel free to ask questions!

Wander through the charming alleyways of Bastakya Al Fahidi District on a walking tour that will transport you back in time. As you stroll along the narrow streets, admire the traditional wind-tower architecture and learn about the district's rich history from your knowledgeable guide.

Enjoy free time to explore and have an independent lunch at Souq Madinat Jumeirah, a vibrant market in Dubai inspired by traditional Middle Eastern architecture. Browse local handicrafts and sample delicious cuisine while taking in stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.

Stop by for Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island shaped like a palm tree, and Atlantis, located on the crescent of the Palm, for photo ops, followed by a drive-by of the glittering Marina Skyline.

End your day with excitement! As the sun sets, the fountain show at the Dubai Mall begins. Water dances in perfect synchronization with music and lights, creating a mesmerizing experience for all who witness it.

Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 4 Dubai

  • Visit the soaring Dubai Frame, offering incredible city views
  • Discover the fascinating exhibits at the Museum of the Future
  • Explore the beautiful Miracle Garden
  • Set out on an exciting Jeep desert safari with a local BBQ dinner

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Jeep ride over sand dunes

After breakfast, visit the Dubai Frame, a prominent architectural landmark in Dubai. The massive rectangular structure stands almost 500 feet and 300 feet wide. Located in Zabeel Park, the frame provides visitors with breathtaking views of the city's skyline.

Next, visit the Museum of the Future, an extraordinary destination where imagination meets innovation. This captivating museum is a testament to Dubai's vision of embracing cutting-edge technology and shaping a better future for humanity. Be immersed in a world of awe-inspiring exhibits, interactive displays, and thought-provoking installations. The museum showcases the latest advancements in science, technology, and innovation across various fields, offering a glimpse into the future.

Step into the Dubai Miracle Garden, an extraordinary garden home to over 50 million blooming flowers, meticulously arranged to create stunning displays that defy imagination. Marvel at the garden's record-breaking displays, including the world's largest flower wall, a spectacle that will leave you awestruck. Immerse yourself in the fragrance of countless floral varieties, from roses and tulips to exotic blooms that perfume the air and evoke a sense of tranquility.

Set out on a desert safari tour, where you'll discover the vastness and stark beauty of the desert surrounding Dubai. Experience an exciting jeep ride over the neighboring dunes. End the day with a traditional BBQ dinner and live belly-dancing entertainment.

Special Notes

  • Dubai Miracle Garden is closed from May to October due to weather conditions and will be replaced by a visit to the Butterfly Gardens.
  • The sand dunes jeep ride is not recommended for people with neck, back, or cardiac concerns. Passengers who cannot do the jeep ride will relax at the rest area during this time. 

Day 5 Dubai

  • Relax and explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary

The day is yours to explore at your pace, or take an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi.

Optional Excursion: Full-day Abu Dhabi, $185
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Today, see another sophisticated city in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a panoramic view of Jebel Ali, the largest artificial port, en route to the iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Later, drive along the sweeping curve of the Corniche, replete with parks and fountains, from which you'll enjoy a contrast of modern skyscrapers against the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf. Visit the Heritage Village and learn about the history of Abu Dhabi in a reconstructed oasis. Walk through the open-air museum and see artisans demonstrate traditional skills. Later, pass by the Sheik Khalifa Palace, home to the president of the UAE. Afterward, take a photo stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.

Day 6 Depart Dubai/Arrive USA

  • Transfer to the airport to board your flight home, arriving in the USA later today
  • Passengers returning to JFK will receive a breakfast box
  • Hotel check-out is at noon, or you can add guaranteed late check-out to your reservation

Breakfast

Hotel

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Deluxe

The 5 star JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is conveniently located in the business district of Dubai. Its location offers guests easy access to notable attractions, such as the world-renowned Dubai Mall and the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa.

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