THE GRAND EMIRATES TOUR
9 days / 8 nights
7 nights accommodation at hotel of your choice
1 Night accommodation at Desert camp (Overnight Desert Safari)
Half day Dubai City Tour
Half day Sharjah/Ajman City Tour
Full day Abu Dhabi City Tour with lunch
Full day East Coast Tour with lunch
Overnight Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner
Full day Hatta Mountain Safari with lunch
Evening Dhow Cruise & Dinner
All entrance fees related to above tours
Return Airport/hotel transfers in Dubai
DAY 1: Arrival
Arrive into the cosmopolitan city of Dubai, at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 5-nights stay.
DAY 2: Dubai
City Tour [B]
This morning, we depart for a Dubai City Tour. This panoramic tour takes you to see some of Dubai’s beautiful landmarks, starting with a photo-stop at the ‘Burj Al Arab’ the 7-star world tallest hotel. Driving past some of the sheikh’s palaces towards the next halt at the impressive Jumeira Mosque where you can see beautiful Islamic architecture. Following the historical tour you will travel to the heart of the city where you will drive onwards to Bastakiya, where you get a chance to take photos of wind-towered houses, built in the old days by rich merchants, and then visit Dubai’s Museum at Al Fahidi Fort where archeological artifacts and Dubai’s traditional lifestyle are preserved. After the museum tour, continue on foot through the colorful textile market. Proceed onwards for an ‘Abra’ crossing – trip on the local water taxi across the creek to the Gold and Spice Souq.. Afternoon free at leisure.
DAY 3: Sharjah/Ajman Tour [B]
This morning, we visit the two neighboring Emirates of Ajman, and Sharjah famed for the location of the start of the Dubai Rally and Sharjah Cricket Trophy. The tour begins with a visit to the Ajman Museum. We then drive past Ajman Beach and the beautiful corniche. The tour continues onward to Sharjah, ,with a photo halt at the cultural roundabout and thereafter proceed to the Al Majarrah Souq. Next halt to visit Bait Al Naboodah, the Al Naboodah family house, been converted into the heritage museum. We continue on to Al Hisn Fort, the traditional residence of the ruling family of Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr Al Qassimi. Visit the nearby Souq Al Arsah (Courtyard Souq) is one of the oldest popular souqs in the UAE. We then take a tour of the fish market to see the catch of the day. Continue to Central Market, well known as the Blue souq. Opposite the Souk stands the majestic King Faisal Mosque and the Pearl Monument, symbol of the UAE Federation. Back to Dubai, afternoon free at leisure.
DAY 4: Full Day Abu Dhabi Tour [B, L]
Today, we visit Emirate’s Capital city – Abu Dhabi, A well-planned modern city with several high-rise buildings, impressive palaces, beautiful corniches and architectural mosques. On your way, you will catch a glimpse of Jebel Ali (the largest man-made port in the world). After two hours of traveling past vast landscapes, we arrive at the destination where you first visit Al-Hosn Palace, the Old Fort, built in the late 19th century, making it the oldest buildings in town. At the eastern end of the Corniche, near the port, lies Abu Dhabi's fish market and dhow wharf where Dhows (traditional Arabic wooden boats) are being built, offering an excellent view of the city skyline. Stop at a carpet market where a huge variety of fabulous carpets from all around the world are being sold at very affordable prices. Halt for lunch at a hotel restaurant before returning to Dubai. Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 5: Full day East Coast Tour [B, L]
Today we enjoy an 8 hour tour momentarily takes you away from the busy streets of Dubai onto the cultural and pleasant sights of the northern emirates. Driving through a changing landscape, we go past desert scenery and past the oasis town of Dahid and onwards through a mountain terrain, where we halt at the local market offering local produce, pottery and carpets. The tour continues onwards via the town of Masafi, well known for its fresh water spring and Dibba, a local fishing harbour. Then the tour takes a scenic turn offering a stunning sight of the turquoise blue Indian Ocean. The coastal route takes us past Bidya Mosque, the oldest mosque in the UAE. Halt for lunch at a hotel restaurant. The return tour to Dubai is through the city of Fujairah with a visit of its old fort. Overnight at your hotel in Dubai.
DAY 6: Desert Safari (overnight at Desert camp) [B, D]
The morning free at leisure. Late afternoon we depart for an unforgettable experience: a promise of beautiful photographic scenery and a truly rare experience waits while you watch the sunset over the horizon, depart in the afternoon in four wheel drive vehicles for a thrilling desert drive through huge golden sand dunes, deep into the heart of the desert. A photo halt at a camel farm and the fabulous view of the sun setting over the desert dunes are some of the memories you will cherish from the desert drive. Arrive at the desert camp, where a traditional Arabian welcome awaits each of you. Enjoy the true Arabian ambiance, at this typical Bedouin campsite, with traditional Arabian carpets, low tables and cushions for comfortable seating. At the desert camp, experience the camel ride, henna painting, try Arabic costumes or simply enjoy the aromatic Sheesha. Enjoy the splendid buffet dinner with a wide variety of barbecue meats, salads, main-course and deserts. The climax of the evening is the stunning performance under the star-lit sky by the exotic belly dancer. Settle down under the star-lit sky and enjoy the sights and sounds of the desert night. Overnight at desert camp.
DAY 7: Hatta
Mountain Safari [B, L]
Wake-up with the desert sunrise and relish the warm morning breakfast after which we begin our day we with a taste of the desert. A desert drive with dune bashing followed the adventurous mountain trail. The meandering route takes you through lush greenery surrounded by the rugged Hajar Mountains with its tempting cool blue waters in the wadis. Stop to enjoy the peace and tranquility in the canyons. The 4wd vehicles proceed towards the Hatta Heritage Village to visit the old fort and its village. On this safari either picnic-lunch in the wadis or lunch at the Hatta Fort Hotel is organized. After the days adventure return to Dubai with precious memories to cherish. Transfer to your hotel for a 2-night stay.
DAY 8: Shopping & Dhow Cruise [B, D]
Free day for shopping, at 19.30 we depart hotel for a relaxing and enjoyable evening cruise along the Dubai Creek on the traditional wooden “Dhow”. Sparkling city lights and illuminated buildings glitter in front of your eyes as the Arabian breeze clothes you with warmness. As a good blend of Arabic and International music soothes your ears, a sumptuous buffet dinner with a wide array of continental and oriental dishes, along with an excellent selection of beverages is available. Back to your hotel for overnight.
DAY 9: Departure [B]
Transfer to airport for departure
Cost of Package:
Prices from US $1220/- per person including 7 nights accommodation at hotel of your choice, 1 Night accommodation at Desert camp (Overnight Desert Safari), Half day Dubai City Tour and Half day Sharjah/Ajman City Tour. Full day Abu Dhabi City Tour with lunch, Full day East Coast Tour with lunch, Overnight Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Full day Hatta Mountain Safari with lunch, Evening Dhow Cruise & Dinner, All entrance fees related to above tours and Return Airport/hotel transfers in Dubai
Not included: International airfares, other meals, hotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc), tips, visa procurement and any other items not mentioned above.
RATES FOR HIGHER HOTEL CATEGORIES ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST