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Land Programs

In anticipation of our guests' desires for even more in-depth exploration and discovery, we have created a special collection of extended land programs that is without equal.
PRE - BEST OF DUBAI

PRE - BEST OF DUBAI

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: December 6th, 2013

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai or similar.

Day 2: December 7th, 2013

Your day begins with a leisurely drive southwest along the coast to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Because of the profusion of skyscrapers, Abu Dhabi has been called the "Manhattan of the Gulf." It is also a relatively young city, having been little more than a fishing village until the 1950s.

Now, mega-wealthy due to its oil reserves, bold Abu Dhabi looks almost futuristic. The Grand Mosque is a fine example of the newfound affluence. Finished in 2007 at a cost of $545 million, it is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and can accommodate 40,000 worshippers. Inside the prayer hall lies the world's largest carpet, which weighs 35 tons and sprawls over 60,000 square feet, just over the size of a football field.

In the same extravagant vein, you will see Ferrari World, which is renowned as the world's largest indoor theme park, and the Yas Marina Circuit, a cutting-edge track for Formula One cars.

Abu Dhabi also has a thriving artistic side, best expressed at the beautiful Manarat Saadiyat, which mean "Place of Enlightenment." As an arts and culture center, it has no equal. Located on an island, the center houses a phenomenal collection of art in major galleries and studios with exceptional pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries, much of it from Middle Eastern artists.

After visiting, you will return to the Raffles Dubai for dinner in its sophisticated Fire and Ice restaurant and to spend a delightful evening.

**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 3: December 8th, 2013

After checking out of the hotel, you will enjoy a city tour of Dubai starting with Dubai's pristine Jumeirah Beach. There are plenty of nearby landmarks where you will have the chance to stop for photos. Highlights include the modern Jumeirah Mosque, one of the few mosques that allow non-Muslims to enter, and the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, both of which are among the most photographed attractions in Dubai.

Continuing on, you will stop briefly at the marina that overlooks the tranquil lagoon, and then explore some of the newest residential districts around Jumeirah Beach. One of the highest profile communities is Palm Jumeirah, the manmade, so-called Eighth Wonder of the World, which is shaped like a palm tree and surrounded by the sea.

Of course, large extravagant homes aren't the only trappings of wealth since oil was discovered in the area in 1966, as you will see at the Dubai Mall, whose more than 1,200 stores make it one of the world's largest malls. Amazingly, it only took four years to build, and today the mall has become the world's most popular shopping and entertainment destination, with more than 65 million people visiting annually.

Still, there is no better place to see burgeoning modern Dubai than from atop the soaring Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Standing on its observation deck, you will enjoy a sweeping, 360-degree view of the city, the desert and the sea. There are even special telescopes that provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel. Check in time is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available before this time, this cannot be guaranteed.

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai or similar

Meals on own today

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi city

1:00pm Leisure time will be given at the Marina Mall for lunch (at your own

expense)

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island.

4:15pm Head towards Saadiyat Island.

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:15pm Return drive to Dubai

7:15pm Expected arrival at hotel

7:15pm Time at leisure to freshen up before dinner

8:00pm Diner at Fire & Ice Restaurant (Raffles Dubai)

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Check out and proceed for Modern Dubai City Tour

1:30pm Visit At the top Burj Khalifa - Observation deck

3:00pm Approximate arrival at Port Rashid and check-in/board the ship

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

• Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves, long skirts 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 = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation:

Raffles Dubai or similar.

Address: Raffles Dubai Hotel, Wafi City, Dubai, U.A.E

We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes for guests:

" 2 Nights accommodation at the Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar on twin sharing room basis including breakfast.

" All transfers using a luxury coach with English speaking tour guide on board.

" 1 Full day tour of Abu Dhabi using a luxury coach accompanied by an English speaking tour guide and all entrances.

" 1 Half day tour of Dubai using a luxury coach accompanied by an English speaking tour guide and all entrances.

" Dinner at Fire & Ice Restaurant on day 2 including soft beverages, mineral water and tea/coffee.

" Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

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 arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

" Meals other than specified above

" Any alcoholic beverages during the diner at Fire & Ice restaurant.

" Any tips of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

" All expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls & mini-bar etc.

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.

POST-OPULENT CITIES - EMIRATES

POST-OPULENT CITIES - EMIRATES

The staggering wealth of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates is proudly on display in this tour of architectural marvels that includes the world's tallest building, massive mosques and a sprawling shopping center.

Day 1:

Disembark from the ship and drive directly to Dubai's pristine Jumeirah Beach, an excellent starting point with plenty of nearby landmarks, where you will have the chance to stop for photos. Highlights include the modern Jumeirah Mosque, one of the few mosques that allow non-Muslims to enter, and the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, both of which are among the most photographed attractions in Dubai.

Continuing on, you will stop briefly at the marina that overlooks the tranquil lagoon, and then explore some of the newest residential districts around Jumeirah Beach. One of the highest profile communities is Palm Jumeirah, the manmade, so-called Eighth Wonder of the World, which is shaped like a palm tree and surrounded by the sea.

Of course, large extravagant homes aren't the only trappings of wealth since oil was discovered in the area in 1966, as you will see at the Dubai Mall, whose more than 1,200 stores make it one of the world's largest malls. Amazingly, it only took four years to build, and today the mall has become the world's most popular shopping and entertainment destination, with more than 65 million people visiting annually.

Still, there is no better place to see burgeoning modern Dubai than from atop the soaring Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Standing on its observation deck, you will enjoy a sweeping, 360-degree view of the city, the desert and the sea. There are even special telescopes that provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes.

Then, following check in at the Raffles Dubai Hotel, you will tour a different side of Dubai, starting with the Al-Basktakia area, which dates to the early 1900s. The narrow lanes and tall wind-towers, known as barajeels, lend a distinct character that harkens back to the days before electricity. More history awaits you in the museum in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort, which relates how pearl diving was once a primary industry here. Similarly, you will get a great sense of the past at several open-air souqs or marketplaces for spices and gold.

Finally, you will be treated to a dinner cruise in a traditional Arabic wooden dhow on Dubai Creek before spending the evening at the Raffles Dubai.

Day 2:

Your day begins with a leisurely drive southwest along the coast to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Because of the profusion of skyscrapers, Abu Dhabi has been called the "Manhattan of the Gulf." It is also a relatively young city, having been little more than a fishing village until the 1950s.

Now, mega-wealthy due to its oil reserves, bold Abu Dhabi looks almost futuristic. The Grand Mosque is a fine example of the newfound affluence. Finished in 2007 at a cost of $545 million, it is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and can accommodate 40,000 worshippers. Inside the prayer hall lies the world's largest carpet, which weighs 35 tons and sprawls over 60,000 square feet, just over the size of a football field.

In the same extravagant vein, you will see Ferrari World, which is renowned as the world's largest indoor theme park, and the Yas Marina Circuit, a cutting-edge track for Formula One cars.

Abu Dhabi also has a thriving artistic side, best expressed at the beautiful Manarat Saadiyat, which mean "Place of Enlightenment." As an arts and culture center, it has no equal. Located on an island, the center houses a phenomenal collection of art in major galleries and studios with exceptional pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries, much of it from Middle Eastern artists.

After visiting, you will return to the Raffles Dubai for dinner in its sophisticated Fire and Ice restaurant and to spend a delightful evening.

**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 3:

Check out from the hotel is at noon. You will then transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule. Luggage storage is available for guests with later flights.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark from ship and tour Dubai

1:00pm Burj Khalifa observation deck

3:00pm Arrive at the Raffles Dubai Hotel

5:00pm Old Dubai city tour

8:30pm Dhow dinner cruise

10:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel

08:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi

1:00pm Free time at the Marina Mall

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island

4:15pm Drive towards Saadiyat Island

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:15pm Return drive to Dubai

7:15pm Arrive at Raffles Dubai Hotel

8:00pm Dinner at hotel's Fire and Ice restaurant

Overnight at the Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check out from the Raffles Dubai Hotel

Transfer to Dubai airport based on your flight schedule

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Expected Weather: Warm and sunny (Average temperature is 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, comfortable shoes, sunglasses and hat.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

• Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves, long skirts 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 (One U.S. dollar = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5-star Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar. We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes for guests:

" Two nights accommodation at the Raffles Dubai Hotel or similar on

twin-sharing room basis.

" All transfers in a luxury air-conditioned coach with English-speaking

tour guide.

" Full-day tour of Abu Dhabi in a luxury air-conditioned coach,

including English-speaking tour guide and all entrance fees.

" Full-day tour of Dubai in a luxury air-conditioned coach, including

English-speaking tour guide and all entrance fees.

" Dhow dinner cruise. Includes soft drinks, mineral water, tea or

coffee.

" Dinner at Fire & Ice restaurant. Includes soft beverages, mineral

water and tea or coffee.

" Entrance fees to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa

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. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

" Meals other than specified above

" Alcoholic beverages

" Any tips of a personal nature or portage at the airport and hotel

" All personal expenses such as for laundry, telephone calls and hotel

mini-bar

" Other items not mentioned above

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.

POST  - OPULENT CITIES- Sofitel

POST - OPULENT CITIES- Sofitel

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 and one of the fastest growing cities in the world . Its unique blend of the East and the West creates a potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.

Day 1: November 22nd, 2014

Disembark the ship and begin your “Modern Dubai” City Tour. The tour starts with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas. Next, drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and to enjoy some time at leisure.

Later in the afternoon depart for an Ancient Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with the Al-Bastakia area in Bur Dubai, which dates back to the early 1900’s, with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers (barajeels) giving the place a very distinct character. It’s a step back in time to see the traditional courtyard homes, bedecked with wind towers, which in the pre electricity days was the only means of cooling the them.

Drive further down to the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. Complete with sound effects, the museum depicts various scenes that provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.

This is followed by a visit to the Aromatic Spice Souq and the extensive gold souq where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.

Dubai’s skyline at night is enchanting, and the best way to get a glimpse of both the modern structures as well as the older traditional buildings, is to take a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow (Arabic boat) in Dubai Creek. The slow pace of the boat, the light music and the cool breeze create a romantic

evening. Your two hour cruise will remind you of the spirits of adventure of yester years. Dinner will be served on board the boat. (Non exclusive boat)

Day 2: November 23rd, 2014

After breakfast you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening at your hotel.

**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 3: November 24th, 2014

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out and transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule.

Check out time is 12:00noon. For anyone with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark and begin the “Modern Dubai” tour

1:00pm Visit “At the Top” Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at your hotel and check-in

5:00pm Old Dubai City Tour

8:00pm Dhow Dinner Cruise

10:00pm Return to your hotel

Overnight at the Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi City

1:00pm Leisure time will be given at the Marina Mall for lunch or shopping (at your own expense)

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island

4:15pm Head to Saadiyat Island

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return drive to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel

8:00pm Diner at your hotel

Overnight at the Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check-out

Transfer to Dubai Airport based on your flight schedule.

For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00 noon. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

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 = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar (Classic Room) We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Sofitel Dubai Burj Downtown Hotel (newly built in May 2014)

Sheihk Zayed Road,Downtown Dubai

Tel: :(+971)43387521

Program Includes for guests:

• 2 Nights’ accommodation at the Sofitel Dubai Burj Downtown Hotel or similar including breakfast

• All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

• 1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

• 1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

• Dhow dinner cruise on Day 1 including soft drinks, mineral water, tea/coffee.

• Dinner at your hotel (location TBA and depends on the size of the group) on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

• Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

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. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

• Meals other than specified above

• Any alcoholic beverages during the Dinner Cruise on Day 1 or dinner Day 2

• Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

• Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

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.

PRE - OPULENT CITIES - SOFITEL

PRE - OPULENT CITIES - SOFITEL

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 and one of the fastest growing cities in the world . Its unique blend of the East and the West creates a potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.

Day 1: November 20th, 2014

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Sofitel Dubai Burj Downtown Hotel 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.

Day 2: November 21st, 2014

Following breakfast you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

After some leisure time at the Marina Mall for lunch and or browsing the shops, you will enjoy a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.

**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 3: November 22nd, 2014

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After checking out of the hotel, you will enjoy a city tour of Dubai - the second largest of the seven Emirates. The tour begins with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas. Next drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to the ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and 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 transferred to the Sofitel Dubai Burj Downtown Hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

DAY 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar

Meals on own

Check in time: 3:00pm. 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.

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi and head towards Saadiyat Island

10:00am Visit Manarat Saadiyat and drive pass the new developments of Yas Island which includes Ferrari and Yas marina circuit

12:00pm Visit Marina Mall for lunch on own and some shopping time

2:00pm Panoramic drive through Abu Dhabi

3:30pm Transfer to and visit the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque

5:00pm Return transfer to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel to freshen up before dinner

8:00pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the the Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Check out and proceed for Modern Dubai City Tour including a stop at the Dubai Mall

1:30pm Visit “At the Top” Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at Port Rashid and check-in/board the ship

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

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 = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar (Classic Room) We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Sofitel Dubai Burj Downtown Hotel (newly built in May 2014)

Sheihk Zayed Road,Downtown Dubai

Tel: :(+971)43387521

Program Includes for guests:

• 2 Nights’ accommodation at the Sofitel Downtown Dubai Hotel or similar including breakfast

• All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

• 1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

• 1 half day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

• Dinner at your hotel on Day 2 (location TBA and depends on the size of the group) including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

• Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

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. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

• Meals other than specified above

• Any alcoholic beverages at dinner on Day 2

• Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport and hotel

• Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

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.

POST - Opulent Cities of the Emirates

POST - Opulent Cities of the Emirates

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

Disembark the ship and begin your Modern Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas and drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to the Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and to enjoy some time at leisure.

Later in the afternoon depart for an Ancient Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with the Al-Bastakia area in Bur Dubai, which dates back to the early 1900’s, with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers (barajeels)

giving the place a very distinct character. It’s a step back in time to see the traditional courtyard homes, bedecked with wind towers, which in the pre electricity days was the only means of cooling the them.

Drive further down to the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. Complete with sound effects, the museum depicts various scenes that provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.

This is followed by a visit to the Aromatic Spice Souq and the extensive gold souq where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.

Dubai’s skyline at night is enchanting, and the best way to get a glimpse of both the modern structures as well as the older traditional buildings, is to take a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow (Arabic boat) in Dubai Creek. The slow pace of the boat, the light music and the cool breeze create a romantic

evening. Your two hour cruise will remind you of the spirits of adventure of yester years. Dinner will be served on board the boat. (Non exclusive boat)

Day 2

Following breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.

**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 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule.

Check out time is 12:00nn. For anyone with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark and leave for Modern Dubai tour

1:00pm Visit At the top Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at hotel and check-in

5:00pm Old Dubai city tour

8:00pm Dhow dinner cruise

10:00pm Return transfer to hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Dubai or similar hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi City

1:00pm Leisure time will be given at the Marina Mall for lunch (at your own expense)

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island.

4:15pm Head towards Saadiyat Island

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return drive to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel.

8:00pm Diner at hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Dubai or similar hotel

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check-out

Transfer to Dubai Airport based on your flight schedule.

For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

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 = 3.65 AED)

Documentation: Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. Certain nationalities require a Visa – please consult with your local embassy for further details.

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Conrad Dubai Hotel

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Conrad Dubai Hotel

Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, P.O. Box 115143

Telephone: 9714 444 7444

Program Includes for guests:

•2 Nights’ accommodation at the Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar (Deluxe Room) including breakfast

•All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

•1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

•1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

•Dhow dinner cruise on Day 1 including soft drinks, mineral water, tea/coffee.

•Dinner on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

•Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

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. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

•Meals other than specified above

•Any alcoholic beverages during the Dinner Cruise on Day 1 or dinner on Day 2

•Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

•Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

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.

PRE CRUISE Opulent Cities of the Emirates

PRE CRUISE Opulent Cities of the Emirates

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

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel 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.

Day 2

Following breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.

**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 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After checking out of the hotel, you will enjoy a city tour of Dubai - the second largest of the seven Emirates. The tour begins with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas and drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to the Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to the ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and 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 transferred to the Conrad Hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar hotel

Meals on own

Check in time: 3:00pm

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi and head towards Saadiyat Island

10:00am Panoramic City Tour of Abu Dhabi – see the Grand Mosque, the Masdar City and the Corniche Area. Photo stop at Emirates Palace Hotel

1:00pm Marina Mall for lunch on own and shopping time

3:00pm Transfer to Yas Island for panoramic tour

4:15pm Head to Saadiyat Island and visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return transfer to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel to freshen up before dinner

8:00pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Check out and proceed for Modern Dubai City Tour including a stop at the Dubai Mall

1:30pm Visit “At the Top” Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at Port Rashid and check-in/board the ship

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

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 = 3.65 AED)

Documentation: Passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. Certain nationalities require a Visa – please consult with your local embassy for further details.

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Conrad Hotel Dubai or similar

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Conrad Dubai Hotel

Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, P.O. Box 115143

Telephone: 9714 444 7444

Program Includes for guests:

•2 Nights’ accommodation at the Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar (Deluxe Rooms) including breakfast

•All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

•1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

•1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

•Dinner on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

•Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

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. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

•Meals other than specified above

•Any alcoholic beverages on Day 2

•Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

•Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

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.

EXTRA NIGHT - OPULENT CITIES

EXTRA NIGHT - OPULENT CITIES

You have elected to add an additional night or nights onto your land package. Your additional night(s) includes breakfast.

If your land package is pre cruise – you will be staying at the same hotel as Day 1 of your land package and you will receive a private sedan transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day you arrive.

If your land package is post cruise - you will be staying at the same hotel as the last day of your land package and you will receive a private sedan transfer from the hotel to the airport on the day you depart.

Sedans hold maximum 2 pieces of large luggage, 2 small carry on's and 2 guests. Should you have additional luggage, a larger vehicle will be required and surcharges may apply. Please contact our Reservations Department for more details should you require a larger vehicle.

POST - OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

POST - OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

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

Disembark the ship and begin your Modern Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas and drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to the Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and to enjoy some time at leisure.

Later in the afternoon depart for an Ancient Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with the Al-Bastakia area in

Bur Dubai, which dates back to the early 1900’s, with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers (barajeels) giving the place a very distinct character. It’s a step back in time to see the traditional courtyard homes, bedecked with wind towers, which in the pre electricity days was the only means of cooling the them.

Drive further down to the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. Complete with sound effects, the museum depicts various scenes that provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.

This is followed by a visit to the Aromatic Spice Souq and the extensive gold souq where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.

Dubai’s skyline at night is enchanting, and the best way to get a glimpse of both the modern structures as well as the older traditional buildings, is to take a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow (Arabic boat) in Dubai Creek. The slow pace of the boat, the light music and the cool breeze create a romantic

evening. Your two hour cruise will remind you of the spirits of adventure of yester years. Dinner will be served on board the boat. (Non exclusive boat)

Day 2

Following breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.

**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 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule.

Check out time is 12:00nn. For anyone with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark and leave for Modern Dubai tour

1:00pm Visit At the top Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at hotel and check-in

5:00pm Old Dubai city tour

8:00pm Dhow dinner cruise

10:00pm Return transfer to hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Dubai or similar hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi City

1:00pm Leisure time will be given at the Marina Mall for lunch (at your own expense)

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island.

4:15pm Head towards Saadiyat Island

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return drive to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel.

8:00pm Diner at hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Dubai or similar hotel

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check-out

Transfer to Dubai Airport based on your flight schedule.

For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00nn. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

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 = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Conrad Dubai Hotel

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Conrad Dubai Hotel

Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, P.O. Box 115143

Telephone: 9714 444 7444

Program Includes for guests:

• 2 Nights’ accommodation at the Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar (Deluxe Room) including breakfast

• All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

• 1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

• 1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

• Dhow dinner cruise on Day 1 including soft drinks, mineral water, tea/coffee.

• Dinner on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

• Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

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. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

• Meals other than specified above

• Any alcoholic beverages during the Dinner Cruise on Day 1 or dinner on Day 2

• Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

• Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

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.

PRE - OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

PRE - OPULENT CITIES OF THE EMIRATES

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

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel 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.

Day 2

Following breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.

**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 3

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After checking out of the hotel, you will enjoy a city tour of Dubai - the second largest of the seven Emirates. The tour begins with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas and drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to the Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to the ship for embarkation.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and 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 transferred to the Conrad Hotel. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive via international flights to Dubai and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar hotel

Meals on own

Check in time: 3:00pm

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi and head towards Saadiyat Island

10:00am Panoramic City Tour of Abu Dhabi – see the Grand Mosque, the Masdar City and the Corniche Area. Photo stop at Emirates Palace Hotel

1:00pm Marina Mall for lunch on own and shopping time

3:00pm Transfer to Yas Island for panoramic tour

4:15pm Head to Saadiyat Island and visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return transfer to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel to freshen up before dinner

8:00pm Dinner at your hotel

Overnight at the Conrad Hotel or similar

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Check out and proceed for Modern Dubai City Tour including a stop at the Dubai Mall

1:30pm Visit “At the Top” Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at Port Rashid and check-in/board the ship

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

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 = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Conrad Dubai Hotel

Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, P.O. Box 115143

Telephone: 9714 444 7444

Program Includes for guests:

• 2 Nights’ accommodation at the Conrad Dubai Hotel or similar (Deluxe Rooms) including breakfast

• All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

• 1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

• 1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

• Dinner on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

• Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

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. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

• Meals other than specified above

• Any alcoholic beverages on Day 2

• Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

• Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

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.