March 11 – 19, 2021

Desert Adventures - Featuring Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Day 1   USA Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Day 2   Welcome to Abu Dhabi After arrival in Dubai, you will be met by your Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel in Abu Dhabi.


Day 3   Abu Dhabi City Tour After breakfast, embark on a full day of sightseeing in Abu Dhabi.  On your guided tour, witness the majesty of the world-famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – one of the largest mosques in the world and Heritage Village, a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village.  Enjoy a photo stop at Emirates Palace, the opulent, luxury hotel, before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.  Experience the local flavor of the country with a visit to a fruits & vegetable market where each vendor proudly arranges his produce in a display of vibrant colors.  An excellent photo opportunity awaits!  Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the hotel.  Meals: B, L, D


Day 4   A day at leisure in Abu Dhabi Today is free of planned activities allowing you to explore Abu Dhabi on your own to discover its rich past and vibrant character.  Meal: B


Day 5   Transfer to Dubai and Modern Dubai City Tour Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Dubai – a global city and business hub of the Middle East.  Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour of modern Dubai beginning with a drive along the marina area and Pam Jumeriah – the world’s largest man-made island.  Visit the Lost Chambers at Atlantis the Palm.  Surround yourself with sea life in an awe-inspiring walk through glass tunnels.  Sharks, stingrays, piranhas, lobsters and the tiniest of seahorses are just some of the creatures you will come face-to-face with in this spellbinding underwater world.  Following lunch at a local restaurant, visit the colorful Arabic Souk Madinat Jumierah.  Explore the vibrant marketplace for boutique brands, souvenir gifts, luxury fashion and jewelry.  Your modern city tour ends at the hotel for an evening at leisure.  Meals: B, L


Day 6   Heritage Dubai City Tour Following breakfast, embark on a guided tour to explore the city’s heritage and history.  Enjoy magnificent views of Dubai Creek and stop at the Dubai Museum – recording the city’s past with all of its developing stages.  Sail across the creek aboard a traditional Abra boat.  Visit one of the city’s most popular marketplaces – Spice Souk and Gold Souk.  Its narrow passages are lined with small stores selling every type of herbs and spice under the sun.  The Gold Souk offers a huge selection of jewelry made from gold, silver, diamonds and other precious stones and metals.  Following lunch, enjoy a photo stop at the Jumeirah Mosque – Dubai’s most beautiful mosque and one of only a handful in the UAE that are open to non-Muslims.  Visit the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and one of the world’s largest shopping malls.  After ascending 1475 feet in a high-speed elevator to reach At The Top observation deck, you will be greeted by breathtaking, unobstructed 360-degree views of the city, desert and ocean below.  Meals: B, L


Day 7   Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner After a morning at leisure, embark on a desert safari.  Your safari guides will take you in a 4-wheel drive jeeps into the golden sand dunes of Arabia.  Experience the thrill of a lifetime while riding through the dunes.  Witness a beautiful scenic sunset overlooking the desert then continue to a Bedouin campsite for a delicious BBQ dinner buffet.  At the campsite you can enjoy camel riding, henna design and an enchanting belly dancer performing to the Arabic rhythms.  Meals: B, D


Day 8   Dhow Dinner Cruise Your morning and afternoon are at leisure before embarking on the dhow dinner cruise along the Dubai Creek.  Spend a relaxing evening onboard a traditionally decorated wooden dhow as it sails under the moonlight.  The architecture of both Dubai’s past and present is brought to its full beauty against the evening sky as the ship moves silently along the creek.  What a fantastic way to end your journey in the UAE.  Meals: B, D


Day 9   Return to USA Following breakfast, transfer to the Dubai airport for your flight home.  Filled with life enriching experiences from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the memories will last forever.  Meal: B.


Price per person Twin Room $3,599          Single Room add $999


Includes round trip airfare from Charlotte


Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) $299 per person (optional)


Tour Highlights

*    13 Meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners)

*    Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

*     Services of a full-time tour manager

*     Included Abu Dhabi city tour

*     Modern Dubai city tour including visits to Palm Jumeirah and the Lost Chambers at Atlantis The Palm

*     Heritage Dubai city tour including a visit to the Dubai Museum and sail aboard a traditional Abra boat

*     Visit the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and ascend to the At The Top observation deck

*     Experience a guided desert safari aboard 4-wheel jeeps

*     Enjoy a BBQ dinner at a Bedouin campsite with included entertainment

*     Sail the Dubai Creek on a dhow dinner cruise

*     $45 in Mayflower Money