Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the commercial capital of the UAE and the Middle East. Popularly known as the 'City of Merchants' for its long history of trade, the city continues to be the hub for the transport of commodities in the region. The city is a unique blend of the East and the West - a fascinating potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.
Day 1: November 18th, 2016
Arrive via international flights to Dubai and you are met outside the terminal and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar.
Meals on own
Check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have the rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed. Should your flight arrive very early in the morning you may wish to book an additional night.
Day 2: November 19th, 2016
Following breakfast at the hotel you will depart for a tour to discover Dubai both old and new.
This tour takes you for a photo stop of Jumeirah Mosque - a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture. Another photo stop is made near the world renowned five star hotel which is a famous landmark of the city “The Burj Al Arab”.
The next stop is considered the 8th wonder of the world - The Palm Jumeirah. Drive to Palm Island for a photo stop of the famous Atlantis Hotel and also experience the beautiful Jumeirah coastline.
After this you will continue on to the famous Mall of the Emirates, which houses the 3rd largest indoor ski dome in the world. You will have some time to walk around the mall and enjoy lunch on your own.
After lunch you will drive past Sheikh Zayed road and stop for a visit at “Burj Khalifa” - the tallest building in the world. You will be directed to the observatory tower of Burj Khalifa which is aptly named “At the Top “
At The Top, located on level 124 of the Burj Khalfa, is a world class premier observatory offering 360 degree unparalleled views from the Gulf to the Arabian Desert. Your experience here includes a unique, interactive Burj Dubai Exhibit, a high speed lift ride, access to level 124, high powered, state of the art telescopes and the world’s highest outdoor observation terrace overlooking the ever growing skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road and surrounding panorama.
Next you will embark on a journey through the city centre covering other popular landmarks. Visit the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. The Museum features realistic displays, with sound effects, depicting various scenes, which provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.
Then enjoy a ride across the famed Dubai creek in a local water taxi called “abra” to see the bustling activities on the water front. This is followed by a visit to the aromatic spice souk and the extensive glittering gold souk where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.
Drive back to your hotel and dinner at the hotel
Day 3: November 20th, 2016
Enjoy breakfast at hotel before setting out for Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and named after a breed of gazelles by a Sheikh of the Bani Yas tribe. This magnificent city which was founded in 1761 is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands.
Your tour today offers an ideal introduction to Abu Dhabi. The first stop is the magnificent Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi. The majestic Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque is probably the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date. It is also arguably one of the most important architectural treasures of contemporary UAE society - and one of the most beautiful in the world - initiated no less by the late president HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is fondly thought of as the father of UAE.
From here you will drive along the spectacular Corniche and Palace area and around the city of Abu Dhabi, popularly referred to as “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of the ultra modern glazed skyscrapers, gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments. You will drive to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline before continuing on to the Emirates Palace, the most prestigious hotel in the Emirates. (photo stop in front of the hotel only). The Palace is an architectural wonder and an international landmark boasting a staggering 114 domes all covered in mosaic glass tiles.
Next proceed to Heritage Village which houses a small museum and depicts the daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil.
Lunch will be served at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers hotel in the Rosewater restaurant or similar
Drive back to Dubai and your hotel.
The remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure with dinner on your own.
**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.
Day 4: November 21st, 2016
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out.
You will be transferred to Dubai port for embarkation.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and / or flights indicated are approximate. They are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and privately transferred to the hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm at the hotel. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Any activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.
Arrive via international flights to Dubai and will be met outside the terminal and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar
Meals on own
Check in time: 3:00pm at your hotel. Although every effort will be made to have the rooms available before this time, this cannot be guaranteed. If you have an early morning arrival you may wish to book an extra night to guarantee a room when you arrive.
Breakfast at hotel
9:00am Drive to Jumeirah Mosque for a photostop
10:00am Burj Al Arab photostop
10:30am Drive through Palm and photostop near Atlantis hotel
11:30am Drive to Mall of the Emirates and visit the Mall (lunch on your own)
2:00pm Visit Burj Khalifa
3:00pm Drive to Dubai Museum
3:45pm Visit Dubai Museum
4:45pm Abra ride and cross the creek to Spice Souq & Gold Souq
5:00pm Visit Spice & gold souq
6:00pm Drive back to the Hotel
6:30pm Arrive back at the hotel
Dinner at the hotel (including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee)
Overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar
Breakfast at hotel
8:30am Drive to Abu Dhabi
10:30am Arrive in Abu Dhabi and start city tour
10:30am Abu Dhabi city
2:00pm Lunch at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers
4:00pm Return drive to Dubai
6:00pm Expected arrival in Dubai
Dinner (on own and at own expense)
Overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar
TBA Transfer to the ship for embarkation
Expected Weather: Warm and sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)
What to Bring: Light, loose clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hats, cameras
For the visit of Grand Mosque -
•Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves and trousers
•No transparent (see-through) clothing
•No shorts for men
•No shorts or skirts for ladies
•No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.
•Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes
•Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)
Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = approximately 3.65 AED)
Electricity: 220 volts
Documents and Visa Requirements:
All passengers travelling to the United Arab Emirates must be in possession of a valid passport. The passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the United Arab Emirates. Please consult with your local embassy for any Visa requirements as certain nationalities require a visa to enter the U.A.E.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar
P.O. Box 482032
Gate Village, DIFC
Telephone no:- 00971 4 3722222
*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.
Program Includes for guests
•3 Nights accommodation including breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre or similar (ROH rooms)
•Meet & greet at the airport
•1 Full Day Abu Dhabi tour with Lunch Inclusive of soft drinks, mineral water and tea/ coffee
•1 half day ancient Dubai tour & 1 half day modern Dubai tour including all entrances as per the itinerary
•Dinner at the hotel on Day 3 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.
•Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa – At The Top
Program Excludes for guests:
•Meals and beverages other than specified above
•Any gratuities of personal nature to guides or drivers or portage at the airport / hotel
•Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged; however, should you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.