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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3Abu DhabiSheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirate Heritage & Modern Skyscrapers, Shopping & NightlifeRadisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi
3 - 5DubaiWorlds Tallest Building Burj Khalifa, Palm Islands, Shoppers ParadiseManzil Downtown, Jumeirah Mina A'Salam
5 - 7DibbaBeaches, Deserts, Nature, AdventuresSix Senses Zighy Bay
7 - 8FujairahBeaches, Fujairah Fort & Grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Snoopy Island & Dibba RockFujairah Rotana Resort & Spa, InterContinental Fujairah Resort
8 - 9Al AinAl Ain Oasis, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Al Jahili Fort, Jebel Hafeet PeakAl Ain Rotana, Radisson Blue Hotel & Resort, Al Ain
9 - 11LiwaDesert Oasis, Camel Trekking, Adventure Sports, FestivalsTilal Liwa Hotel, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara
11 - 14Sir Bani Yas IslandBeaches, Wildlife, Game Drives & HikingAnantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resort
14 - 14Abu DhabiSheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirate Heritage & Modern Skyscrapers, Shopping & Nightlife

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Pick up your rental car from Abu Dhabi airport

Abu Dhabi

2 Nights

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is strongly rooted in its rich Arabic heritage. You simply can’t miss the local customs and traditions as you roam around the city’s souks or local markets savoring the delicious flavors and checking out the colorful wares.

Included Activities

Abu Dhabi by Hop-on Hop-off bus
Explore the famed capital city of the UAE on this fun hop-on hop-off bus tour. Settle into comfortable seats in the open top double-decker buses, equipped with audio guides to ensure you don’t miss out on the interesting anecdotes and details. Your bus ticket gives you the choice of getting on and off the bus as frequently as you want. With over 20 stops, discover the highlights of the city at your own pace. Admire the architectural beauty of the sprawling Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and browse the treasures housed at the new Louvre. Have your fill of culture and tradition at the Heritage Village and feel the adrenaline rush at Yas Island’s high-octane theme parks. You could also choose to remain onboard the bus and see the sights of the city without leaving your seat or stepping off at any point! (Duration: Full Day; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Includes ticket and audio guide.)

Explore Louvre Abu Dhabi on Your Own
Set off on this fascinating tour of Louvre Abu Dhabi at your own pace. Make your way to the innovatively designed museum that is home to fascinating exhibits. Check out the honeycomb-style dome and the eye-catching cuboid buildings designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. Step into the sunlit interior to browse the extensive collections of art and artefacts, some of which are on loan from renowned French museums including the Parisian Louvre. Immerse yourself in works of art by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Jackson Pollock and Claude Monet among others. Explore to your heart’s content before you head for the exit. (Duration: Half Day; Self-exploring Activity; No Guide & No Transfers. Museum entry ticket included. The museum is closed on Mondays.)

Hotel Options
RoomPremium Room City View (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Room (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 3 - 5

Drive yourself from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in your rental car (Duration: 1 hr)

Dubai

2 Nights

The global city of Dubai acts as a link between East and West. Historically used as a stopover on the trading route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, Dubai still flourishes as a commercial hub in the United Arab Emirates.

Included Activities

Group Tour: Desert Safari and Barbeque Dinner in Dubai
Experience a thrilling desert safari on a four-wheel drive vehicle, followed by entertainment and dinner in a Bedouin camp in Dubai. Start out from your hotel in a 4×4 and head straight out into the desert. Enjoy an exciting spell of dune riding. Take in the beautiful glow of the evening sun bathing the vast desert in fiery hues. Drive to a traditional Bedouin camp, feast on a hearty barbeque buffet and explore a variety of cultural entertainment activities. Get your hands inked with traditional Arabic designs by local henna tattoo experts before you start your return journey back to your hotel. (Duration: Half Day; Time: 1430 hrs (Apr to Oct) / 1530 hrs (Nov to Mar) to 2100 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfers; BBQ dinner included; Includes a shared driver-guide. This tour is not recommended for guests above 65 years or below 6 years, heart patients, pregnant women or people with neck or back problems.)

Personalized Tour of Modern Dubai
Visit futuristic buildings and get an insight into world-class lifestyle in the glittering city of Dubai. Meet your guide and head to the Dubai Mall for a leisurely stroll around the second largest mall in the world. On the ground floor, enjoy an immersive experience in the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Next, take in breathtaking views of the city from the viewing deck of the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa. Visit the artificial canal city of Dubai Marina, and drive by the Jumeirah Beach Residence, a luxurious waterfront neighborhood set against the backdrop of Persian Gulf. Don’t forget to stop and take a photo at one of the most Instagrammed sights in Dubai – the stunning Atlantis, the Palm Hotel. At your last stop – the Souk Madinat Jumeirah – find an authentically recreated Arabian bazaar with stalls and restaurants under a wooden arcade.(Duration: Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes a private guide.)

Hotel Options
Manzil Downtown – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomArabian Deluxe Room (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 5 - 7

Drive yourself from Dubai to Dibba in your rental car (Duration: 2.5 hrs)

Dibba

2 Nights

Dibba Al-Baya is a cozy little settlement that nestles at on the southeastern tip of Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. Set on the border with Sharjah and Fujairah, this Omani town is the gateway to outdoor fun. A natural harbor and gorgeous sun-drenched beaches are the chief attraction here.

Included Activities

Explore Zighy Bay/Dibba On Your Own
The hotel’s otherworldly setting is a natural playground for adventure seekers – from sunset cruises to their very own Dhahab dhow, off-road adventures in the Sabatyn, village treks and mountain biking. The hard and soft coral reefs are bursting with color and marine life. There is a plenty of choice: paragliding, village treks, hiking trails, visit a local farm, enjoy outdoor cinema, book a speed boat tour or a romantic sunset cruise. Or do you rather fancy diving, snorkeling a cooking class, kayaking, archery? Feel free to choose from all of this and even more. The choice is yours to make.

Hotel Options
RoomPool Villa (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 7 - 8

Drive yourself from Dibba to Fujairah in your rental car (Duration: 1.5 hrs)

Fujairah

1 Night

Discover Fujairah, a sprawling city of glass and steel nestled by the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. Flanked by a pristine beach lapped by the azure waters of the Arabian Sea on one side, this city has featured in an important trade route of old.

Included Activities

Group Tour of the East Coast and Fujairah
Take a day trip to the east coast of the UAE. Enjoy the scenic drive as the city gives way to miles of sandy stretches surrounded by mountains. Stop along the way to stroll along the picturesque coast dotted with small fishing villages. Visit Dibba, one of the villages, to enjoy stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Explore the vibrant Friday Market, with local traders showcasing their collections of colorful crafts, pottery and carpets. Head on to the Al Badiyah Mosque, which is the oldest and smallest mosque in the country, built way back in the 15th century. After that, drive on through the pretty port towns of Khorfakkan and Fujairah, where you will witness the ruins of the early mountain habitation. Don’t miss the 300-year old Fujairah Fort and the fortress of Bitnah Oasis on the way. (Duration: Full Day; Shared Activity with Transfers; Included: Guide; Fitness Level: Easy; Please note that you will need to walk some distance; Please bring comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses & hats; Don’t forget to bring your camera.)

Hotel Options
RoomClassic Room (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
RoomClassic Garden View Room (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 8 - 9

Drive yourself from Fujairah to Al Ain in your rental car (Duration: 4 hrs)

Al Ain

1 Night

Explore Al Ain, an idyllic oasis shimmering in the middle of the sandy desert in the UAE. Nicknamed the Garden City of the Arabian Gulf for green stretches such as the Al Ain Oasis, this mammoth forest of swaying palms is watered by a traditional irrigation system.

Included Activities

Shared Tour of Al Ain
Experience the myriad attractions of Al Ain, a UNESCO World Heritage city, listed for its natural and cultural heritage. Go back in time at the Hili Gardens, where your guide tells you about the kingdom’s 5000-year-old history, traced through archeological finds and digs. Check out more of the land’s cultural and historic artifacts at the Al Ain National Museum and later marvel at the royal splendor of Al Ain Palace Museum, that once was the home of the late ruler Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan. Soak up the Edenic beauty of the Al Aini oases, watered by natural springs and lush with palm groves. At the Visitors Center, learn all about traditional farming and modern plantations sustained by the life-giving oasis. Later, wander through shaded walkways and sample on sun-ripened dates till you are ready to bid goodbye to this beautiful place. (Duration: Half Day; Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: easy; Tour includes Private Guide)

Hotel Options
Al Ain Rotana – Opt 1
RoomClassic Room (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomStandard Room with Balcony (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 9 - 11

Drive yourself from Al Ain to Liwa in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)

Liwa

2 Nights

Liwa is everything that you would expect in an oasis with plenty of palms and greenery around the waterholes. Standing out in contrast to the golden sands all around this sanctuary is located on the northern edge of Rub al Khali desert, southwest of Abu Dhabi.

Included Activities

Explore Liwa On Your Own
The pristine desert beauty of Liwa makes it the perfect town to explore on your own. Discover centuries of authentic Emirati culture in this ancient land of Bedouins, particularly the Bani Yas tribe which is also the origin of Nahyan dynasty, the current ruling family of Abu Dhabi. Find restored fortresses in the desert which appear like giant sand castles. However the biggest attraction of Liwa is the Moreeb Dune, the biggest among the sea of dunes known as the Empty Quarter. Climb to the top of this 300-meter high dune that runs to a length of 1,600 meters and has an inclination of more than 50 degrees. If you have had the foresight to bring a bottle of wine along, raise a toast to one of the most spectacular sunsets on the face of the earth. On your return drive pause at a camel farm and enjoy the legendary hospitality of Bedouins with a cup of frothy camel’s milk. (Duration: Full Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance fees and meals are not included)

Hotel Options
Tilal Liwa Hotel – Opt 1
RoomTilal Room (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe Garden Room (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 11 - 14

Drive yourself from Liwa to Sir Bani Yas Island (incl. Ferry) in your rental car (Duration: 2 hrs)

Sir Bani Yas Island

3 Nights

Sir Bani Yas Island, with its pristine beaches and azure waters, sits off the southwestern coast of Abu Dhabi. With the distinction of being the largest natural island in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the island is known for its sprawling wildlife reserve with free-roaming animals.

Included Activities

Explore Sir Bani Yas Island On Your Own
A private island shared with sister resorts Al Sahel and Al Yamm, Sir Bani Yas is an homage to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Nature blooms, with a terrain that varies from salt domes to savannah to beach to mangroves, all ripe for adventure. Ride through the wildlife park. Kayak calm waters. (Kindly note that water sport activities are not available during the summer months from May until Aug). Book your activities of choice when staying at Sir Bani Yas Island: Wadi Walk, Falconry, Culture and History Tour, Archery, Land Sailing, Mountain Biking and Kayaking are options to choose from.

Hotel Options
RoomOne Bedroom Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
RoomOne Bedroom Villa
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 14 - 14

Drive yourself from Sir Bani Yas Island (incl. Ferry) to Abu Dhabi in your rental car (Duration: 2 hrs)

Abu Dhabi

0 Nights

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is strongly rooted in its rich Arabic heritage. You simply can’t miss the local customs and traditions as you roam around the city’s souks or local markets savoring the delicious flavors and checking out the colorful wares.

Drop off your rental car at Abu Dhabi airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 7,390 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 8,690 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
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  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
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