Upon arrival in the United Arab Emirates, transfer from the Dubai airport to your hotel for check-in and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure in this fascinating city.
After breakfast, you will start your tour of Dubai with a visit of the magnificent twin minaret mosque and the Jumeirah Mosque, a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture. Pass by the Palastquater “Zabeel” and Skyline at the Dubai Creek and continue towards Bastakiya to see the wind towered houses of old merchants. After a visit of the Dubai Museum that is housed in the 180- year-old Al Fahidi Fort, you will cross the Dubai Creek onboard an “Abra” (water taxi) for a visit of the Spice Souk and Gold Souk. Return to your hotel. (B)
After breakfast, depart for the Emirate of Sharjah, often called the cultural center of the Middle East. Your tour starts at the monumental culture roundabout before heading off to the Natural History Museum in the desert. Returning to the city, head to the Corniche with its golden Al Majara Souk, and then venture into the heart of the heritage district where the Al Naboodah House and the Al Arsa Souk provide a glimpse of the past. The tour ends at the Central Souk, brimming with a vast selection of carpets, antiques, and curios that will surely satisfy the most discriminating of shoppers. Later this afternoon, experience the sheer thrill of driving up and down the golden yellow sand in 4x4 vehicles. Drive over the high sand dunes before entering the campsite where you can relax in the tranquility of the desert and enjoy an authentic Arabian Barbeque. After the barbeque, professional dancers will demonstrate the ancient art of belly dancing. Sand boarding and Henna painting are also included. Return to Dubai. (B,D)
Enjoy the morning at leisure to relax or explore Dubai on your own. In the evening, board a traditional Arabian “dhow” boat and enjoy a relaxing cruise long the Dubai Creek, complete with music, belly dancers, and a sumptuous buffet dinner. (B,D
Power up with breakfast at your hotel and head out towards Abu Dhabi, passing the largest man-made seaport in the world. Stop for photos at the former residence of previous UAE president Sheikh Zayed, and admire the third biggest mosque in the world – Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The tour continues to the Al Bateen area, home to the palaces of the Royal Family. Have a shopping break in the world-famous Marina Mall before arriving at your hotel in Abu Dhabi. (B
After breakfast today, the choices are all yours. Take your time to enjoy this full day at leisure at the beach, embark on an optional tour to Ferrari World, or join a visit to the Falcon Hospital. (B)
Head back to Dubai for a chance to experience superb shopping opportunities, embark on an optional tour, or explore Dubai at your own pace. (B)
Transfer to Dubai airport for your departure. (B)