DISCOVER THE EMIRATES & WORLD EXPO
Middle East, Dubai, Abu Dhabi
With its iconic skylines of high-rises and world-famous beach resorts, the United Arab Emirates has become a favorite for family holidays and city breaks. Landmark tourist attractions such as Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and Abu Dhabi’s modern Sheikh Zayed Mosque have branded the UAE as the most modern luxury destination.
This vacation package also includes a day pass to World Expo Dubai. Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Through the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, this World Expo will inspire you by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world.
o Meet & assist upon arrival at Dubai International Airport
o Return transfers from Dubai Airport to your hotel by standard private car
o 7 nights’ accommodation at Hilton Garden Inn Al Mina 4* or Grand Hyatt Dubai 5* or similar, in double occupancy
o 7 breakfasts at hotel
o 1 dinner during evening desert safari
o Private city tours as listed in the below itinerary, including French or English-speaking guide (both languages available) wherever applicable
o Evening desert safaris are operated in shared 4WD vehicle with English speaking safari guide
o 1 x Day Pass to EXPO 2021, with lunch voucher
o PRICING IF DEPARTING BETWEEN OCT. 1 AND 31, 2021: from $1,699 for a double room at Hilton Garden Al Mina 4*; from $2,099 for a double room at Grand Hyatt Dubai 5*
o PRICING IF DEPARTING BETWEEN NOV. 1 AND MAR. 31, 2021: from $1,699 for a double room at Hilton Garden Al Mina 4*; from $2,199 for a double room at Grand Hyatt Dubai 5*
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DAY 1 – Dubai
Meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 2 – Dubai, Private half day Dubai city tour
This is a must-do tour in Dubai. Learn more about Dubai’s rich history and tradition on a tour of the old city. See merchant traders around Dubai Creek, get an insight into times gone by at the Dubai Museum and browse the famous Souks. Start the tour with a drive through Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina with great photo opportunities. Drive along ‘Beach Road’ with photo stops at the iconic Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Mosque. Continue to Zabeel Palace for a photo-stop and onward to the traditional side of Dubai. Stroll through Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood known for its wind-tower architecture. Visit the Dubai Museum. Take a traditional abra (water taxi) ride crossing Dubai Creek. Follow our entertaining guide through the Spice and Gold Souks. Lunch is not included in the tour price. Available with French or English-speaking guide.
Day 3 – Dubai > Abu Dhabi, Private Abu Dhabi city tour
This tour has you exploring the panoramic sights and grand landmarks of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on a full day tour. Arriving in Abu Dhabi, drive along the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Visit Abu Dhabi’s Presidential Palace, Qasr Al Watan* (entrance on supplement). Stop at Marina Mall for lunch at one of the cafes. Lunch is not included in the tour price due to the variety of options available. Pass the tree lined area of Al Bateen and the royal palaces. Explore the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Leaving Abu Dhabi behind, return to Dubai in the late afternoon. Available with French or English speaking guide.
* Entrance to Qasr Al Watan: USD 12 per person
**Choose to upgrade your Abu Dhabi city tour with either a visit of Louvre Abu Dhabi or some time at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Louvre Abu Dhabi tickets: USD 15 per person. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi general admission: USD 66 per person
Note: As of September 2020, travel restrictions are in place for anyone crossing the Dubai/Abu Dhabi border. A negative PCR test is mandatory to be allowed access into the Capital. The price of the PCR test is not included in this package, a supplement will apply. This measure can be revised at any time, we will keep you updated of any changes.
Day 4 – Dubai, Morning at leisure & Evening desert safari
This is an iconic Dubai desert experience that can’t be missed. Leave your hotel and the city behind; drive into the desert with our entertaining safari guide in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Enter the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and enjoy the fun of a dune drive. At sunset, stop for panoramic photos. Arrive at our Bedouin-style camp to a traditional welcome of Arabic coffee and dates. Entertainment for the evening includes a camel ride and henna hand-painting. Watch a variety of entertainment performances (entertainment may vary during Ramadan and religious holidays). Move to the seating area and enjoy an Arabic style, three-course barbeque buffet. Soft drinks included. Upgraded beverage package available on request. Star-gaze at the desert sky before returning to your hotel. Available in English only.
Day 5 – Dubai, Expo 2021
Includes 1 x Day Pass with Lunch Voucher
Change the way you see the World as you explore 190+ country pavilions and a host of signature pavilions. For the first time in World EXPO history, every participating country will have its own pavilion. Enjoy immersive cultural experiences and discover what makes each country unique. Visit the Opportunity Pavilion where The Visitor’s Experience is based on a series of moments that will challenge what you to think about issues related to basic needs for water, food and energy, simulating real-life environments of people who are agents of change. Tiptoe under a dense forest while tree roots communicate, and dive deep into the ocean to find a giant fish disturbed by ocean pollution in the Sustainability Pavilion. Ride the largest elevator in the world in the Mobility Pavilion and meet the ancient mobility giants before jumping back in time in the City of Tomorrow.
Days 6-7 – Dubai, 2 free days at leisure
Days at Leisure in Dubai
Additional activities can be proposed and booked on request. We recommend spending a day at Aquaventure Waterpark, located at Atlantis, The Palm. The Dubai Mall also offers a large variety of shopping, dining and entertainment for any taste and budgets. Naturally, there’s plenty to do and explore. End your day watching the enchanting Dubai Fountains with a show every 30 minutes from 6pm till late. You can also opt for Dubai’s latest show in La Perle, hosted all year round in its purposely built water theatre.
Day 8 – Dubai
Check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
*Prices shown are per person, double occupancy. Single and triple occupancy rates also available; please inquire with a Merit Travel Consultant for detail. NOT INCLUDED: International airfare and airport taxes; gratuities to hotel personnel, guides and drivers; beverages; optional excursions; potential PCR test (subject to change) for Abu Dhabi city tour; UAE Entry Visa, meals not specified in the itinerary; entry tickets to any attraction mentioned in the itinerary, besides included 1 day pass to Expo. Tourism Dirham Fee will be charged to the guest directly at check-out: USD 4.11 per room per night for 4* hotels, USD 5.50 per room per night for 5* hotels. Blackout dates: Dec 24- Jan 2, Jan 24-29, Feb 13-17. Prices noted are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place in the U.A.E., all seats in coach services (transfers and tours) are currently suspended. The above itinerary includes private transfers and tours based on a maximum of 3 customers from the same family sharing the vehicle. For customers travelling together but not from the same family, a maximum of 2 passengers are allowed to share vehicles with our driver and tour guide. For additional travellers, larger vehicle types will be required, and package price will vary. For full terms and conditions as well as current pricing and promotions, speak with your Merit Travel Consultant.
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