Visit the Emirates in 8 Days: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, and the Musandam Fjords - Roundtrip Transport from Dubai

Highlights

  • Optimal route to see the best of the United Arab Emirates in just 8 days

  • Discover Emirati culture through visits to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and Sharjah

  • Numerous activities: cruise on the Musandam, desert safari, and more

  • All-inclusive trip, including hotels, transport, meals, entry tickets, and guided visits

Essential info*

Duration 8 days

Tour with Commentary

Languages
  • English
  • French

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation

Description

Discover the United Arab Emirates in just 8 days and 7 nights on this all-inclusive trip1

Day 1: Arrive at the Dubai airport

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel in Dubai for dinner and to spend the night.

Day 2: Visit Dubai and the Burj Khalifa

Enjoy a day devoted to discovering Dubai. Begin with a visit to the business district, including the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. You will also visit the Burj Khalifa, the largest tower in the world (ticket included). Next, walk through the historic quarter and visit the Dubai museum, which is located in the Al-Fahidi fortress. From here, take an abra, which is a small traditional boat, and cross the creek to reach the souks. The day will wrap up as you visit some of the most beautiful monuments in Dubai: the Burj Al Arab (a famous hotel in the shape of a veil) the Jumeirah mosque, and the Atlantis hotel (a magnificent building located on the Jumeirah Palm, the artificial island shaped like a palm). You will not visit these monuments, but you will be able to see them from the outside.

You will then return to your hotel for dinner and to sleep.

Day 3: Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Hit the road for Abu Dhabi. The trip will begin with a visit to the Manarat Al Saadiyat Cultural Museum, which has hosted exhibitions from the Louvre and Guggenheim. Next, visit the Zayed Center which is located in the Al Bateen neighborhood. Enjoy a photo break in front of the superb Enirates palace and continue on to visit the Heritage Village. Finally, visit the most famous monument in Abu Dhabi: the Sheikh Zayed mosque, which is the 3rd largest mosque in the world!

You will finish the eveniing with dinner at your hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Day 4: Abu Dhabi Louvre and Al Ain Oasis

Your next day in Abu Dhabi will be start at the Louvre museum, which opened in November 2017 (non-guided visit). You will then head for Al Ain, an oasis situated just half an hour from Abu Dhabi. Here, walk amoung the palm trees and visit thee Al Ain museum, the Al Jahili fort (the former royal palace of Shekh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The visit will finish with a trip to the camel market.

You will have dinner and sleep at your hotel in Al Ain.

Day 5: Sharjah and Desert Safari

In the morning, set out for Sharjah (sometimes spelled Charjah) which is known for its culture. Walk through the old town, which is also the art neighborhood. You will visit the Islamic Civilization Museum and the Al Markazi souk (also known as the blue souk).

The day will end with a safari in a 4x4 in the desert (the driver will speak english). Enjoy dinner amoung the dunes before returning to your hotel in Sharjah to spend the night.

Day 6: Musandam Fjords Cruise (Oman Sultanate)

Depart Sharjah in the morning and cross the Fujairah emirates. Board a dhow (traditional arabic boat) and enjoy a cruise along the Musandam penninsula. This is part of the Sultanate of Oman, passports are required. Navigate the coats and the fjords, and through the beautiful countryside that includes the Hajar mountains. Visitors can swim in the sea and observe a variety of ocean wildlife. If you're lucky, you might even see dolphins.

You will return to your hotel in Sharjah for dinner and to spend the night.

Day 7:  Free time in Dubai and Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a free day in Dubai to walk through the historical center, do some shopping, or even visit the beach. At the end of the afternoon, you will meet your driver who will take you to the Dubai Creek (or Khor Dubai). Here you will board a traditional boat (dhow) for a dinner cruise with a view of the city from the sea.

You will return to your hotel in Dubai to spend the night.

Day 8: Return to the Dubai Airport

You will be taken to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight!

Good to know

Availability: Saturdays only

Departure: you will be picked up by your guide at the Dubai International Airport

Visitors are advised to confirm their reservation before purchasing plane tickets. You may reserve the plane tickets yourself, checking the tour dates. The provider will meet you at the airport, no matter what time you arrive. The last day, you will be taken to the airport 3 hours before takeoff, no matter what time your departure

This tour shows off the main sites of the United Arab Emirates (and the Musandam Fjords) in 1 week with no hurry

At each site, you will e accompanied by a guide who speaks English. You will also have time to see the sites by yourself

Each evening, the guide will present the next day's activities to you

Visitors must bring their passports on the Musandam Fjords cruise, and are also advised to bring a bathing suit

The visit to the Abu Dhabi Louvre is not guided

You will be staying in 3* or 4* hotels:

  • In Dubai, you will stay at the Versailles Hotel Dubai or Raviz Hotel, or Fortune (or similar category)
  • In Abu Dhabi, you will stay at the City Seasons Al Hamra Hotel, or Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan (or similar category)
  • In Al Ain, you will stay at the City Seasons Hotel or Ayla Hotel Al Ain or Mercure Grand (or similar category)
  • In Sharjah, you will stay at the Citymax Sharjah or Al Majaz Hotel (or similar category)
Cancellation Terms & Conditions
No charges will be levied for cancellations or modifications made more than 15 days before the date of the activity.
After this time and in case of a no-show, no refunds or modifications will be possible.

Price includes

  • Transport by van or car (with AC) to the most beautiful sites in the Emirates
  • Standard double room in 3* or 4* hotels
  • Meals (breakfast and dinner in the hotel, lunch during the visits)
  • Welcome and assistance when you arrive at the airport
  • Services of a guide during the excursions
  • Entry tickets to sites included on the program (Burj Khalifa, Abu Dhabi Louvre, etc)
  • Desert Safari with dinner and 4x4 tour
  • Musandam Fjords in Oman cruise
  • Dinner cruise in a dhow in Dubai
  • Bottled water on the bus during visits

Not included

  • City tax of approx $4.15 per room per night, to be paid on site
  • Plane tickets and insurance
  • Any additional personal expenses not mentioned in the tour
  • Traditional tips for guides and drivers and at restaurants and hotels

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