Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah

Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah
Enjoy the most luxurious tourist destinations in the world while studying the culture and ancient history of the Middle East with a visit to the three largest cities in the United Arab Emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Witness the tallest building in the world, visit the Bedouin Heritage Village, and ride camels through the desert, all the while enjoying the souks, mosques, and camels of these dazzling cosmopolitan cities.
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 As-salamu alaykum Dubai
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Bastakia Quarter city walk
Day 3 Sharjah landmarks
Sharjah tour director-led sightseeing
Blue SoukHeritage VillageCornicheAmerican University
Sharjah Aquarium visit
Museum of Islamic Civilization visit
Sharjah Art Gallery visit
Details: Sharjah tour director-led sightseeing
Start your journey with a tour of Sharjah, the UNESCO-designated “Cultural capital of the Arab world.” Visit the Museum of Islamic Civilization, held in a former Souk with ancient writings, scientific findings, architecture, ceramics, and other artifacts from the Islamic world. Next, visit the Sharjah Art Gallery, which displays art and handicrafts made all over the Arabic peninsula. Spend an afternoon at the Blue Souk, followed by Heritage village where you will discover the way of life from the past. Before you head back to your hotel, walk along the Corniche, Sharjah’s iconic seaside greenway, and pass by the American University in Sharjah.
Day 4 Dubai landmarks
Dubai tour director-led sightseeing
Gold SoukSpice SoukJumeirah MosqueBurj Al ArabMadinat Souk
Dubai Museum visit
Burj Khalifa visit
Dubai Mall free time
Details: Dubai tour director-led sightseeing
Witness a stunning juxtaposition of old and new in Dubai. Take in the history and culture of the Gold Souk, the Spice Souk, the Dubai Museum (in the Al Fahidi Fort), and the Jumeirah Mosque. Then head to the prominent architectural feats of the iconic Dubai skyline, including the Burj Al Arab, Madinat Souk, and the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Top it all off with a visit to the spectacular Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall, equipped with an Olympic-sized ice rink, a SEGA theme park, and an aquarium.
Day 5 Dubai desert adventure
Optional  Ski Dubai Snow Park excursion  $115
Desert safari excursion
Camel ridingoff-roadingBBQ buffet dinner
Details: Desert safari excursion
Take an afternoon to enjoy a desert safari tour, then finish your adventure with a scenic sunset overlooking the desert. After your safari, continue to our Bedouin campsite, where you will enjoy a barbecue buffet. Available activities include camel riding and sand bashing (off-roading on sand dunes). A belly dancer will perform on Arabic rhythms.
Day 6 Abu Dhabi landmarks
Abu Dhabi tour director-led sightseeing
Sheikh Zayed Grand MosqueCornicheHeritage Village
Falcon Hospital visit
Saadiyat Island visit
Details: Abu Dhabi tour director-led sightseeing
Discover Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Start by the Abu Dhabi Mosque, the third largest in the world. Continue your tour along the Corniche, a 6-kilometer seaside road lined with lush gardens and luxurious waterfront hotels, and take advantage of the beautiful scenery for a photo stop. Delve into the area’s history with a visit to the Heritage Village, a reconstruction of a traditional desert village where you will learn about Bedouin culture, tools and handicrafts. According to authentic UAE tradition, visit the Falcon Hospital, the first veterinary hospital in the UAE exclusively for falcons. On your way back, stop on Saadiyat Island and an expert will tell you more about the new projects coming up soon, especially the new Guggenheim and Louvre museum projects.
Day 7 Al Ain landmarks
Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum visit
Camel market visit
Details: Al Ain tour director-led sightseeing
Al Ain, meaning “the source” in Arabic, is an oasis located in the Northeast region of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. This garden city is well known by the Emiratis as a university city and is the birthplace of the first president of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. You will visit his former Palace, today the Al Ain Palace Museum, and gain insight about the formation of the UAE and the way the royal family lived through the collection of family portraits displayed there. On your way back to Dubai, stop at the camel market, a trading post for these humpbacked livestock and a lingering remnant of ancient Arab culture.
Day 8 End tour
Details: Fly home
You may fly home late on Day 7 or early on Day 8

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  • Day 8 Start extension in Dubai
    East coast excursion
    DhaidMasafiDibbaAl Badiyah Mosque visitKhor FakkanFujairah
    Details: East coast excursion
    Drive by the mosque-shaped Sharjah International Airport, commissioned by His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah. Continue through a multi-hued desert landscape to the oasis of Dhaid, before journeying through spectacular mountain scenery. Just before Masafi, you can shop at the local craft, pottery and carpet market. In the mountains, stop for a stunning view of the canyon and the wadis (valleys) showing tracks used by nomads in early days. Then drive to Dibba, a picturesque fishing village. After lunch, we continue to the Bidiyah Mosque, the oldest and smallest in the United Arab Emirates, before following the coast to the lovely green town of Khor Fakkan. Visit a 300-year-old fort there before proceeding to the village of Fujairah, abandoned when mountain dwellers moved away from oil exploration to start a fishing village. Our last stop before the return journey is the Bithnah Oasis. Here you may photograph (from a distance) the impressive fort still guarding the mountain pass, once the only accessible route to Fujairah.
    Day 9 Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
    Details: Ferrari World visit
    Enjoy a full day at Ferrari World Park in Abu Dhabi, the world's largest theme park. Also the world's first Ferrari theme park, Ferrari World hosts more than 20 state-of-the-art attractions, each designed to bring various facets of the Ferrari story to life. It features the Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of up to 240 km/h, emulating the feeling of being in a Ferrari F1 car. Also featured are the the G-force, the Cinema Maranello, and the “Junior Grand Prix,” where children get to simulate the experience of Grand Prix racing in miniature stylized Ferraris.
    Day 10 End tour
    Details: Fly home
    You may fly home late on Day 9 or early on Day 10
    Map of the United Arab Emirates: Dubai Highlights Tour
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip airfare
    • 6 overnight stays (8 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Full European breakfast daily
    • Dinner daily
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.
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    3037.00 total fee
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