(8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS)
Have an unforgettable experience and a perfect opportunity to discover the most exciting destinations in the United Arab Emirates and drawn to this dynamic and magical country.
Once you arrive at Dubai International Airport, an English-speaking Galaxia Tours representative will be waiting outside –after the luggage claim- to take you to the Hotel for Check-in in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This tour consists of a full-day excursion to the East Coast (Fujairah): The first stop on this tour is at the foot of the stunning Hajar Mountains, where the local market called "Friday Market" full of pottery and typical carpets is located. Later we will see Masafi, where the famous natural sources of water, then stop at the highest point to enjoy a breathtaking view of one of the largest wadis (dry river) in the Emirates.
Later we arrive at the coast where we'll stop for a refreshing swim in the Indian Ocean, followed by lunch on the beach. After lunch, we will pass through the fishing villages, where we will see the oldest mosque in the Emirates called “Bidaya”. Later on, we will enjoy the fantastic view and hear the echoes of the old fort of Fujairah (currently under renovation). Finally, you will be transferred to your hotel in Fujairah for check-in and overnight stay.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This exciting tour takes us to the Emirates of Sharjah and Ajman. This tour provides a broader knowledge of the Emirates as it takes us to the lesser-known Emirates instead of the already famous ones of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The following points of interest are visited: Blue souk which is known for selling handicrafts. Faisal mosque - which has been a gift of the late King Faisal of KSA to the Emirate of Sharjah, and is currently the biggest mosque in Sharjah. The traditional souk "Al Arsah", one of the oldest souks in the UAE and one with an intricate decoration where you can haggle. The museum of civilization where there is a unique showcase of Islamic Art, and the museum of Ajman where you will learn about life in Ajman before the oil era. Lunch at a local restaurant and transfer back to the hotel in Dubai.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Free day at your disposal (see our list of optional visits).
We suggest you dedicate the day to learn more about the city of Dubai. Visiting the old part of Dubai as well as the modern part will give you an understanding of how the Emirate has transformed from a fishing village to one of the most advanced cities in the world.
At night you can optionally have dinner in a restaurant overlooking the musical fountains of Dubai. The Dubai Fountains rise up to 150 meters high, equivalent to the height of a 50-story building. The fountain is located on an artificial lake of 30 hectares, the equivalent of two soccer fields, which surrounds the Dubai Mall, The Address Hotel, The Palace Hotel and Burj Khalifa which is already an icon of the city
After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on a full-day trip to Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the U.A.E. as well as the country’s administrative center. It is widely recognized as the Manhattan of the Middle East. On your way to Abu Dhabi, you will pass through the free zone of Jebel Ali, the world's largest artificial harbor.
Upon reaching the city, your first destination will be the imposing mosque of Sheikh Zayed, the third-largest mosque in the world, accommodating up to 40,000 worshippers. This mosque is best known for its giant domes and immaculate white color. You will then visit the neighborhood of Al Bateen, home to the royal palaces and corniche, the city’s seafront and the perfect standpoint from which to admire the artificial island of Lulu. The tour continues into the grounds of Heritage Village and Emirates Palace, a 7-star hotel famously known as the most luxurious hotel in the world. Just before lunch at a typical local restaurant, you will admire the Palace of the Sheikh, which was, of course, once home of Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the country. Your last stop in Abu Dhabi will be Union Square, also known as the “Cannon Square”, the imposing central square of the city.
After lunch in a 5* hotel, you will head to the Abu Dhabi Louvre museum. A joint venture between the UAE and France, the Louvre has become an instant must-see site in Abu Dhabi. The first of its kind in the region, the Louvre represents the contemporary value of the Arab world. It combines the UAE's vision of cultural progression together with France's rich expertise in the world of arts and museums. It possesses artifacts from the begging of mankind to the present day. Not only is it interesting from a cultural standpoint, but the Louvre is also an architectural masterpiece. Designed by the notorious French architect Jean Nouvel, inspiration was drawn from traditional Arabic architectural culture. In total, 55 individual buildings, including 23 galleries, make up this museum city. The façades of the buildings are made up of 3,900 panels of ultra-high performance fiber concrete (UHPC). A landmark you can't miss.
After the visit, you will be transferred to your hotel in Abu Dhabi for check-in and you will have the rest of the evening free at your disposal.
Breakfast hotel in Abu Dhabi before starting the full day excursion to "Al Ain": nicknamed the “Garden City of the Emirates”. Al-Ain is an hour and a half away from Abu Dhabi by bus and is one of the oldest towns in the region, and once home to the founder of the country, the Sheikh Zayed. It is basically an oasis surrounded by stunning red sand dunes.
You will start off by visiting the Museum of Al Ain, where you will see archaeological discoveries of ancient peoples dating back to the Bronze and Iron Ages. Later on, you will head to the Palace Museum of Sheikh Zayed, which is where the founder of the UAE was born. Here you will learn a lot about his history through several pictures, artifacts, and explanations and you will understand why he is such a beloved person in all of the Middle East. You will also get the chance to visit the Oasis itself and see for yourself how the locals cultivate the palm trees (they’re considered patrimony of the state and if anyone is to harm any palm tree, they can be sentenced to prison) and learn about ancient irrigation systems. Lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant and after lunch, you will drive up to visit one of the largest camel farms in the Middle East to learn about the importance of this animal to the country and the multiple benefits they get out of them. After the tour is over you will head back to your hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel prior to your transfer to Dubai.
In the afternoon we suggest another optional tour: safari adventure aboard a luxury 4x4. This will be a truly unique experience in which you will ride along rolling sand dunes, passing through a natural oasis and several camel farms scattered throughout the incredible desert landscape. You’ll also witness the sunset over the Arabian desert, which we promise will be one of the lasting memories of this journey through the timeless beauty of the desert.
Later in the day, you will arrive at a five-star traditional Arab camp. Here you will have an array of exciting activities to indulge in featuring camel rides, shisha pipes, sand boarding and henna tattoos. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious Arabian feast of fresh salads, mixed barbeque, and fruits as you are entertained by a traditional belly dancing show. All this will take place in the middle of the desert, under the moonlight and a sky full of stars. At night, you will return to your hotel to rest
Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before begin driven to Dubai International Airport in an air-conditioned vehicle. Savor this as an opportunity to contemplate one last view of this beautiful, futuristic city.
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