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United Arab Emirates: Dubai & Abu Dhabi

10 days |  13 days with Oman extension
10 days |  13 days with Oman extension
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Revel in the incredible contrasts of one diverse country.

As the wealthiest country in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates is often associated with glamour and opulence, and the centers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi live up to the reputation. Be dazzled by these cosmopolitan cities, both meccas of culture, finance, and innovation. Then, set off into the desert to discover how civilizations lived for centuries, long before skyscrapers rose to reach the clouds.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners, select meals with beer or wine
  • 1 tasting
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Included highlights

  • Dubai Creek cruise
  • Sheikh Mohammed Centre
  • The Burj Khalifa
  • Sharjah Heritage Museum
  • Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dubai today.

Dubai4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dubai

Welcome to the United Arab Emirates! Take tonight to get settled in to your hotel.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dubai
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome dinner

Discover both Dubai’s traditional and ultramodern sides on today’s guided sightseeing tour.

  • Walk through the Dubai souk, a traditional marketplace that sells everything from jewelry to textiles
  • Hop aboard an abra, a traditional water taxi, for a cruise along Dubai Creek
  • Get a taste of Emirati cuisine during lunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
  • Drive down Sheikh Zayed Road to New Dubai and admire the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world
  • Travel along the coastline, stopping to snap photos at Burj Al Arab, the iconic sail-shaped hotel, and the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah

Tonight, gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Sharjah
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to the neighboring Emirate of Sharjah, the UNESCO-named “cultural capital of the Arab world.”

  • Visit the Sharjah Heritage Museum in the neighborhood of Old Sharjah
  • View the Faisal Mosque, the largest of 600 mosques in the emirate
  • Pass by the Souk al Markazi, called the “Blue Souk”
  • Make a photo stop at the Al Noor Mosque

Later, enjoy a free evening in Dubai or add an excursion.

Burj Khalifa Observation Deck & Dinner

From $219 per person

Day 5: Free day in Dubai
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day getting to know Dubai at your leisure or add an excursion.

Desert Safari & Bedouin Camp Dinner

From $115 per person

Abu Dhabi2 nights
Day 6: Abu Dhabi via Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Abu Dhabi, stop at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital to learn about rehabilitation efforts and enjoy a demonstration of the ancient hunting technique of falconry.

Continue on to Abu Dhabi and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Abu Dhabi
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore Abu Dhabi on a guided tour.

  • Pass by Saadiyat Island cultural district
  • Pass the Emirates Palace and the Corniche, a five-mile waterfront walkway with incredible views of the Persian Gulf
  • Enter the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world, and marvel at its detailed marble work and magnificent interiors

Then, spend a free afternoon in Abu Dhabi or add an excursion.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

From $109 per person

Al Ain1 night
Day 8: Transfer to Al Ain & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell dinner

Travel through the desert to serene Al Ain. When you arrive, get to know the “Garden City” on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Stop at the Al Ain Oasis to enjoy the lush greenery of the surrounding date palm plantations and farms
  • Visit a date palmery where you’ll learn about the irrigation, production and growth of local foods followed by a date tasting
  • Enter the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum and Al Jahili Fort, which was built to protect the city in 1891

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 9: Transfer to Dubai & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Head to Dubai this morning to relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home late tonight or early tomorrow morning. 

If you are continuing on the tour extension to Oman, you’ll travel to Muscat, Oman where you’ll spend the night.

Arrive Home
Day 10: Arrive at home

Arrive home today.

Extension to Oman
Filled with rich history and stunning landscapes, Oman stands out among its often-flashier neighbors because of its long-standing traditions. Travel to the ancient capital of Muscat, explore Nizwa, and set out over the sand dunes to see a new side of the Arabian Peninsula.
Muscat4 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Muscat
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cross the border into Oman as you make your way to the capital city of Muscat. En route, sit down for an included lunch and make a photo stop at Nakhal Fort. When you arrive, enjoy an evening guided sightseeing tour.

  • Take a panoramic drive through the city, stopping along the Corniche Waterfront for photos
  • Stop at the Muttrah Souk and spend free time exploring the traditional market’s varied stalls
Day 10: Nizwa & Desert Forts
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out into the desert for a full-day excursion.

  • Explore the souks in the center of Nizwa, the oldest city in Oman
  • Sample locally grown dates at the souk’s famous date market
  • Enter Nizwa Fort, which dates back to the 1650s
  • Visit Jabrin Castle, once an important academic center for students of astronomy, medicine and Islamic law
Day 11: Free day in Muscat
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Oman or add an excursion.

Wahiba Sands

From $199 per person

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Muscat
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a closer look at Muscat this morning on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Enter the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the main mosque in the Sultanate of Oman and marvel at its minarets, intricately decorated interior, and sprawling grounds
  • Pass by Fort Al Jalali, Fort Al Mirani and the Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial palace of the Sultan of Oman

This evening, gather with your group for a farewell toast and light dinner.

Flight home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.4 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    2/1/24 by 1st-time traveler Edith

    2 out of 5 stars

    Dubai Failed Trip
    2/1/24 by 2nd-time traveler Lisa

    I am not list the things I had issues either. There isn't enough space for my comments. Just know, I was very disappeared in this trip and I will investergate more if I decide to travel again with Go-ahead Tours. Two of the four hotel was a disgrace, food wasn't to my liking (on in Dubai),but that ...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 2/15/24

    Hi Lisa, Thank you for sharing some of your feedb...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding
    2/1/24 by 8th-time traveler Robert Alan

    Outstanding knowledgeable and helpful guides and drivers. They know how to to show the best destinations and take care of their customers.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 2/15/24

    Hi Robert Thank you for your kind words! We're de...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hyatt Place Dubai Wasl District
    Hyatt Place Dubai Wasl District

    This modern hotel is located in the Wasl District of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and pool. Nearby you’ll f...

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    Southern Sun Abu Dhabi
    Southern Sun Abu Dhabi

    This luxurious, modern hotel is located in the business district. Guests enjoy a spa, sauna, and laundry services. Nearby, you'll find the Abu Dhabi M...

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    Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Al Ain Hotel
    Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Al Ain Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in Al Ain. Guests enjoy a sauna, outdoor pool, and free internet access. Nearby, you'll find Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain Zoo, an...

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    Levatio Hotel
    Levatio Hotel

    This elegant hotel is located in the Al Badi neighborhood. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, fitness center, and restaurant options. Nearby you’ll find th...

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