Day1 - DUBAI
Transfer from the Dubai airport to your hotel.
Day2 - DUBAI
Begin your discovery of Dubai in the Bastakyia district. At the Dubai Museum in the Al-Fahidi fortress, learn about the city's past as a small fishing village. Cross the Dubai Creek on board a water taxi to Deira, to shop for exotic spices and unique souvenirs. In Jumeirah, approach the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque, built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, and see two of the city's most iconic hotels - Buri Al Arab and Atlantis. Then look up at Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower and the centerpiece of the region's prestigious urban development - which encompasses residential and commercial real estate, hotels, entertainment, and the world's largest shopping mall. Upon your return to Dubai, enjoy a relaxing cruise long the Dubai Creek on a traditional Arabian dhow and a sumptuous feast of Arabic and international cuisine. (B, D)
Day3 - DUBAI
Spend the afternoon traveling across the deserts of Dubai in a 4x4 vehicle. This exciting dune drive has many photo stops, but the highlight of this trip to the Arabian Desert may well be the pristine sunset. In the evening, enjoy a barbeque dinner with entertainment before returning to your hotel. (B, D)
Tour the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Visit the intricately decorated Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world that can accommodate 30,000 worshipers. In downtown Abu Dhabi, stop at the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts Arab life prior to the discovery of oil. After lunch, drive to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the skyline. Then tour Saadiyat Island where Louvre Museum and Guggenheim Museum annexes are being constructed. Finally on Yas Island, see Formula 1 racing on the Formula Yas 3000 circuit and explore Ferrari World, the first Ferrari - branded amusement park in the world. Return to Dubai after exploring this grand playground. (B, L)
The terrain changes from deserts to mountains as you set out for the eastern coast of the UAE. On the shore, visit the old village of Dibba, once a strategically important settlement that offers a stunning view across the Indian Ocean. Continue to Al Badiya Mosque, the oldest mosque in the country, built in the 17th century. After lunch, visit the port towns of Khor Fakkan and the 300 year old Fort of Fujairah and the fortress of nearby Bithnah Citadel before returning to Dubai. (B, L)
Day 6 - DUBAI
Spend this full day at leisure to relax or discover Dubai on your own. (B)
Al Ain is perhaps the most traditional of the main cities in the UAE. The old seat of the Sheikhs, there is a wealth of desert culture in this formerly vital trading center, including a still functioning 18th century bazaar, a camel race track, and a livestock market. Visit the Al Ain National Museum and Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum before climbing Jebel Hafeet, the great mountain that provides a remarkable overlook of the city. At the base of the mountain, soak in the healing hot spring so abundant in this area. Then, after lunch, return to the glamorous city of Dubai. (B, L)
Transfer to Dubai airport for your departure. (B)