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.
Personalized Tour of Abu Dhabi City Embark on a leisurely discovery of historic landmarks and contemporary attractions of Abu Dhabi. The gorgeous city skyline has taken on an identity of its own over the decades. Head to the iconic Ferrari World on Yas Island for some memorable moments. Drive along the Corniche and enjoy scenic vistas of the Arabian Gulf as you head to the heart of the city. Along the way, listen to lesser-known facts and fascinating anecdotes about the cosmopolitan city. Stop at the stately Emirates Palace and capture images of its stunning architecture to your heart’s content. Travel on to Heritage Village, that showcases Abu Dhabi’s culture with its reconstructed Bedouin hamlet and Emirati souks. Explore the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest mosques, and get a close look at its gilded interiors and exquisite chandeliers before it’s time to turn back. (Duration: Full Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy.)
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.)
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.
Explore Al Ain On Your Own Discover the lush beauty of Al Ain, an inland oasis city that nestles at the borders of the Emirates and Oman, at your own pace. Known as the Garden City for its swaying palm groves and natural springs, Al Ain teems with cultural heritage. Begin your day at the centrally located Al Ain National Musuem which traces the history of the land to as far back as the Bronze Age. Continue your journey through time to the Hili Archeological Park that houses yet more precious artifacts. Marvel at the grandeur of Arabian kingdoms at the 19th-century Al Jahili Fort as well as the Al Ain Palace Museum, former residence of the ruling royal family. After a delightful lunch break, make your way to the beauteous Al Ain Oasis, listed as a World Heritage Site for its complex ecosystem that has nourished settlements over the past 4000 years. Stroll along shaded walkways, explore verdant plantations and sample juicy dates before you are ready to drive back to your hotel. (Duration: Half Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance fees and meals are not included)
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.
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.)
Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost emirate of the United Arab Emirates. It’s known for its Arabian Gulf beaches. In the capital city of the same name, the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah occupies a centuries-old fort.
Explore Ras Al Khaimah on Your Own Discover at your own pace the attractions of the modern city of Ras Al Khaimah, that continues to safeguard its past and traditions. You could begin your day at the National Museum and browse its collection of historical artifacts. Drive to historic Al Dhayah Fort that offers splendid views of the mountains and the sea. Grab a bite at one of the trendy restaurants or cozy cafes that dot the bustling Corniche area. Afterwards, travel off the beaten path to explore abandoned buildings at the ghost town of Al Jazirat Al Hamra. Alternatively, set out on a day trip to Jebel Jais Mountain, part of the Hajar range. Spend the day trekking or cycling through the rugged landscape and enjoy beautiful views of the valley from vantage points. You could also take along a picnic lunch to relish in a scenic spot. (Duration: Full Day; Self-exploring Activity; No Guide & No Transfers; Entrance Fees and Meals are Not Included.
Khasab, the capital city of the Musandam province, is where the ancient maritime history of Oman comes alive. Dotted with picturesque dhows or local wooden boats, the Khasab Harbor is a popular starting point for scenic cruises past the Strait of Hormuz.
Group Dhow Cruise Set off to sea on a dhow (motorized rustic boat) cruise on this full day tour. Cruise towards Musandam Peninsula’s longest and most spectacular fjord, often referred to as ‘Norway of the Arabia.’ Soak up the sights of the glittering blue waters dotted with stark white limestone cliffs. Keep an eye out for pretty fishing villages on the coast and dolphins in the water, if you are lucky. When the dhow anchors in the vicinity of the famous Telegraph Island, jump into the sea for a swim. You could also choose to stay on board and enjoy a refreshing drink while gazing at the mountains in the distance. As the dhow sets sail, have a delicious lunch before stopping again. Take another dip in the sea or go snorkeling to explore the exotic underwater life before heading back to Khasab. (Duration: Full Day; Shared Activity with Transfers; Included: Guide; Fitness Level: Moderate; Please bring your swimwear, sunglasses & hats; Don’t forget to bring your camera.)
Group Khasab Mountain Safari Experience stunning mountain views and explore verdant nature reserves over the course of this mountain safari. Set off in a 4×4 through winding highland routes that pass some of the steepest gorges in the Musandam Peninsula. Pause at scenic lookouts that encompass dramatic valleys, rugged peaks as well as picturesque terraced villages. On your way back, stop at Khawr Najd for stunning views of fjords made by the azure waters of Indian Ocean, entering creeks alongside towering rocky cliffs. Next, arrive at the Al Khalidya Nature Reserve where native scrublands feature acacia trees and other indigenous flora. Check out the ruins of ancient settlements including a prehistoric graveyard before you head back to your Khasab hotel. (Duration: Half Day; Shared Activity & Transfers; Guests are requested to be dressed in light clothing and comfortable walking shoes; Fitness level: easy)
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.
Group Tour: Heritage Dinner Safari in Dubai Explore the Bedouin heritage, the natural beauty and the wildlife of the desert in Dubai on a four-wheel drive. Hop into a 1950s Land Rover and drive through the sprawling Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Spot a variety of mammals, reptiles and desert plants, including endangered species. Enjoy an enthralling falconry display, showcasing the speed and precision of the birds. Learn about traditional coffee and bread-making at an exhibition. After your day of adventure, relish a luxury dinner from your spot under the star-lit night sky. (Duration: Full Day; Time: 1430 hrs (Apr to Oct) / 1530 hrs (Nov to Mar) to 2100 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfers; Dinner included; Includes a driver-guide.)
Dubai by Hop-on Hop-off bus Enjoy the sights of the bustling city of Dubai on this flexible hop-on hop-off double decker bus tour. Take your pick of five routes, with over 45 stops to choose from. Settle into comfortable seats in the open top double-decker bus and listen to the informative commentary on your audio guide to know more about the attractions. Chart your day out to catch as many local attractions as you can, along your route. Alight at your chosen bus stop, explore to your heart’s content and return to the bus stop to head to your next destination! Discover major attractions such as the sprawling Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and shopping hubs such as Gold Souk and Souk Madinat. You could also choose to remain onboard the bus and see the sights of the city without stepping off at any point! (Duration: Full Day; Shared Activity; Fitness Level: Easy. Includes ticket and audio guide.)
Explore At The Top in Burj Khalifa (Non-Prime Hours) Enjoy breathtaking views of Dubai with a trip to the pinnacle of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa! Ride a high-speed elevator up to Level 124 where the At The Top Observation Deck is located. On your way up, be treated to an intriguing multimedia presentation on Dubai’s history and the record-breaking story of Burj Khalifa. Step out onto the deck and witness a captivating panoramic view of the city’s skyline through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Catch glimpses of the famous Sheikh Zayed Road with its numerous skyscrapers, the beautifully organized neighbourhoods and the shining coastline. Make the most of the cutting-edge telescopes placed around the deck for a closer view of Dubai’s landmarks. You could also step out onto the public outdoor observation terrace. An essential highlight of every traveller’s UAE itinerary, this visually rich experience is a must-do! (Duration: Half Day; Non-Prime Hours; Shared Activity & No Transfers; Ticket Only; Lunch and Guide Not Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Don’t forget your camera and binoculars; Please note that non-prime ticket timings are from opening time till 15:00 and 19:30 till closing time.)
You will be transferred from your hotel to Dubai airport in a private vehicle
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 3,590 /person
Option 2 From $ 4,290 /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.
Accommodation in one double room for 13 days / 12 nights.
Meals as indicated
All activities as listed :
Abu Dhabi: Personalized Tour of Abu Dhabi City
Abu Dhabi: Explore Louvre Abu Dhabi on Your Own
Al Ain: Explore Al Ain On Your Own
Fujairah: Group Tour of the East Coast and Fujairah
Ras Al Khaimah: Explore Ras Al Khaimah on Your Own
Khasab/ Musandam: Group Dhow Cruise
Khasab/ Musandam: Group Khasab Mountain Safari
Dubai: Group Tour: Heritage Dinner Safari in Dubai
Dubai: Dubai by Hop-on Hop-off bus
Dubai: Explore At The Top in Burj Khalifa (Non-Prime Hours)
Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
Vehicle Type: Intermediate car for 1-4 guests: Chevrolet 1.8 or similar (Automatic)
Pick-up: Upon arrival at Abu Dhabi airport
Drop-off: Before departure at Dubai airport
For your rental car we book the following insurance services:
Collision damage waiver (CDW)
The general business terms apply
Note: Driving licence in English required; driver minimum age 21 years for regular cars and 25 years for high end cars; maximum age 75 years for any rental.
All activities as specified in the itinerary
All transfers as indicated above
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
Fees and taxes
Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognisable bank institution):
Fine handling fee & fine in case of a speeding ticket/parking offence
Toll, payable by credit card on motorways with electronic tolls
Portable GPS (request at the time of booking)
Baby and child seats (request at the time of booking)
3 USD per additional driver per day
Towing in case of an accident
Damage to the vehicle (overhead damage, underbody damage)
Damage to a tyre or an accessory not attributable to normal wear and tear
Damage to the vehicle or to the property of any third party caused by a breach of the rental agreement.
CDW does not cover the loss or damage of the GPS unit.
One way fees for vehicle and/or GPS
Cost of any professional cleaning or odour extraction in case of breach of the rental agreement
Fuel (Please drop off the car with full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)
Note: UAE rental cars are allowed to Oman only once a pre-approval and extra insurance has been booked at extra costs, maximum duration to enter Oman by UAE rental car is 7 days.
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above