Pure Opulence - The Dubai Experience 2018

November 13, 2018 - November 19, 2018

TRIP OVERVIEW

Delight in an adventurous vacation exploring the different cities of the UAE. The engaging culture has been enjoyed by many from the beautiful beaches, to the intricate Islamic mosques you will find yourself immersed in unique traditions and beauty.

INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights accommodation, with 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches , and 5 dinners
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer (flights not included)
  • Dubai full day tour
  • Desert safari with BBQ Dinner
  • Al Ain full day tour
  • Abu Dhabi full day tour
  • Dhow cruise dinner in Dubai
  • Half day tour of Sharjah·
  • Full day Musandam cruise (Oman) with on board Lunch

TOUR DIRECTOR:

Services of a professional English speaking Expert Tour Director & driver. These tour guides know the language, area and history of the region, and will bring sites to life with the fascinating stories behind them. Gratuities for driver & guide are not included in the trip price.

What’s Not Included

  • International, domestic and internal Airfares.
    • (Note: Airfare pricing is available starting early 2018. You can use this November as a reference, but airfare can & does fluctuate, so please allow for increases in your airfare budget.)
  • Meals not detailed in the tour, laundry, phone and Internet access charges, optional excursions, Travel Protection Plan, Visas, mini-bar, alcohol, beverages, mineral water, excess baggage, and items of purely personal nature.
  • Tips for drivers, Tour Escort/Guide, and local guides are customary  - but not included
  • Dubai tourism fee. This fee is 20 dirham ($6 per room,) per night. This cannot be included ahead of time and must be paid while on the trip.

PAYMENTS & DEPOSITS

Deposit Due At Booking - $200 per person (non-refundable)

Payment plan is 5 easy payments as outlined below.

After your deposit made during the booking process & approval with your electronic signature, you are authorizing Violet Clover Travel Group to charge your credit card bi-monthly starting on January 1, 2018 in the amount of listed above.  You certify that you are an authorized user of this credit card/bank account and will not dispute these scheduled transactions with your bank or credit card company; so long as the transaction follows the terms on this website.  A receipt for each payment will be emailed to you.  Should you wish to pay in full in advance, change the credit card on file, or stop the auto-payments & make your own payments online, please notify us in writing at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled charge. Declined charges or late payments will result in a $50 fee per transaction.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Upon any cancellation, non-refundable deposits will be retained by the tour operator.

Cancellation for individual reservations, the following, per person cancellation fees apply:

- Greater than 90 days of departure: Non-refundable deposit
- 90-60 days of departure: 50% penalty of total tour price.
- 60 days or less of departure: 100% penalty of total tour price

Additionally, Violet Clover Travel Group will impose a $100 per person cancellation fee.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Jumeira Rotana is conveniently located a 10-minute drive away from Dubai International Financial Centre and Dubai World Trade Centre and in close proximity to The Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa, making it an ideal destination for both business travellers and holidaymakers.

The five-storey property boasts 125 rooms offering splendid views of the Sheikh Zayed skyline as well as the city of Dubai. All of the rooms and suites are furnished to the highest degree to provide guests with the comfort and warmth of a home away from home.

Two distinctive food and beverage venues include The Boston Bar, which serves up refreshing cocktails and alcoholic beverages in addition to a scrumptious à la carte menu of American and British delicacies, while Olive Oil, the all-day dining international restaurant serves an enticing variety of dishes from around the globe for breakfast and dinner.

Guests with recreation in mind can access Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club, work out in the fully equipped gym or take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool.

An exceptionally spacious 40sqm room with an expansive area to work or relax with your choice of either king or twin bed. All rooms are accessorized with a flat-screen TV featuring international channels and guests have access to wireless Internet at all times.

Amenities: Daily housekeeping service, fully stocked mini bar, coffee/tea making facilities, in-room safe, flat-screen LCD TV, Wi-Fi, satellite TV channels, bathrobes, hairdryer and IDD service.

Occasionally, hotels listed may be substituted by others of a similar category at no extra cost to the passenger.

ITINERARY

Board your overnight flight. Airfare is additional & not included.  (Nov 12, 2018 to arrive Nov 13th)
Note:  Airfare pricing is available starting early January 2018. You can use this Nov. as a reference, but airfare can & does fluctuate, so please allow for increases in your airfare budget.

DAY 1: TUESDAY - Arrival in Dubai, United Arab Emirate

Arrival at Dubai airport. Meet & Greet by our representative. Transfer to your hotel by air conditioned vehicle. Check in & Overnight in Dubai.

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY- DUBAI (B, L, D)

Breakfast at your hotel.

Departure for a half day guided tour of Dubai. You will have the opportunity to discover the spectacular and lively metropolis of Dubai. The city, developed from a small fishing village at the Dubai Creek, nowadays presents itself as a glamorous metropolis at the Arabian Gulf. The distinctive skyscrapers and gigantic shopping-malls will impress every visitor.

We start with Bastakyia, the old town district of Dubai. Learn everything about the local history and geography of the city when visiting the Dubai museum, located in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. Another highlight will follow: you will use the local water taxis, called “Abras”, to cross the Dubai Creek. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city while heading towards the district of Deira. Here you will be enchanted by the large variety of exotic spices in the famous Spice Souk. Take the chance to get a unique and affordable souvenir when you visit the adjacent Gold Souk.

We then proceed to Jumeirah area, where we will have a photo stop of the awe-inspiring Grand Mosque of Jumeirah. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this stone structure is a tribute to modern Islamic architecture. After that, photo stop of Burj Al Arab hotel and continue to Atlantis hotel located at crescent of Palm Jumeirah.

Lunch in town.

In the afternoon, we will join a Desert Safari, after settling down in the 4WD vehicles, the jeeps will speed through the desert of the golden sand dunes. The dune bashing or desert driving continues with the thrill of going up and down the dunes provoking many shrieks and laughter full of excitement.

The final leg of this program takes us to the main camp site. This will be the highlight of the trip. After witnessing a memorable sight – the true Arabian sunset with its glory and magic. A delicious Barbecue Dinner is prepared on open fires and a variety of beverages are available. The beat of the music increases as a Belly dancer starts dancing to the rhythm of the music. What a better way to experience a true Arabian night than this.

Overnight in Dubai

DAY 3: THURSDAY - DUBAI – ABU DHABI (B, L, D)

Breakfast at the hotel .

We start the tour to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. This comprehensive tour is the ideal introduction to the UAE capital and the island on which it stands. The name Abu Dhabi means: “Father of the Gazelle”. We will start at Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, one of the largest Mosques in the world; able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshipers. The beautiful Mosque is completely cladded in marble and features intricate Islamic decoration and carvings as well as extensive landscaping.

Then, will go towards Abu Dhabi downtown. Will pass through the old city or what we consider OLD today and pass by the oldest building in town, the palace of Al-Husn (closed for renovation, in process of opening). We will proceed to the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum and depicts the traditional daily activities of the Arab community prior to the discovery of oil. We will drive along the spectacular Corniche, past gleaming white mosques, glass-clad offices and elegant high-rise apartments to the tip of the breakwater for a superb view of the city’s magnificent skyline. Then will drive through the famous giant Saadiyat Island project where the LOUVRE museum and GUGGENHEIM museums are being built to complete the image of ABU DHABI as a cultural city.

Lunch in the city.

In the afternoon, we will continue towards the famous Yas Island which houses the FORMULA 1 YAS circuit & the first attraction park of Ferrari in the world. An impressive attraction park, the largest covered air-conditioned park in the world with a huge RED FERRARI sign as landmark.

Finally , we will check in at the hotel.

Dinner & overnight in Abu Dhabi.

DAY 4: FRIDAY - ABU DHABI – AL AIN - DUBAI (B, L, D)

Breakfast at your hotel.

We leave Abu Dhabi in the morning to Al AIN. Al Ain, is located on the Hajjar Mountains, it is one of the oldest cities in the UAE, rich in traditions. For thousands of years the oasis of Al Ain has been an important caravan stop on the ancient trade routes across Arabia. We will visit the camel market, the largest in the UAE and the Al Ain Palace, it is one the most important cultural places in Al Ain city. It is a direct testimony to the period of rule of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Al Ain and his original place of residence there. The Palace is also the birthplace of HH Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We will visit also the Jahili fort, one of the largest castles in Al Ain and best-in-class example of the Islamic military architecture locally.

Lunch in the city.

Then we proceed to visit the National Museum of Al Ain, where you will learn everything about the history of this region. In the afternoon, we will step back in time at the Hilli Gardens, famous for the archaeological excavations from the third millennium B.C. At the end of the afternoon, we will return to Dubai that we will reach in the evening. In the evening, transfer for a cruise dinner on board of a traditional Arabian dhow. After the cruise, transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Dubai

DAY 5: SATURDAY - DUBAI – SHARJAH – DUBAI (B, L, D)

Breakfast at your hotel.

This morning we will proceed for a half day Sharjah tour. This tour will take us to Sharjah, the cultural capital or known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf”. You will pass by the King Faisal Mosque, one of the largest mosque in the Emirates. Then we pass by the renovated Fort of Sharjah, former residence of the ruling family. Then we continue to the Sharjah Heritage Museum which conserves and displays the rich traditional customs and culture of Sharjah as a source of pride and inspiration to Emiratis and to visitors to the UAE. Begin a journey of discovery through Sharjah's rich and diverse heritage and explore traditions that have endured the test of time. You will see handcrafted works of art and objects that date back to a time when local people relied solely on fishing and pearling. Trace the development of education, currency and the early postal system. We will discover the traditional skills and crafts relating to jewelry, costumes, herbal medicines, music and folklore. After the visit, it’s now time to explore the colorful Souk Al Arsa, set up in a traditional way. You will also have an opportunity to see how the traditional Omani Halwa (sweet) is made in one of the shop in Souk Al Arsa. Before returning to Dubai we will have time for a quick stroll at the Blue Souk – a treasure trove of carpets, Jewelry and handicrafts.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.

After the tour, we return to Dubai where you will have some free time.

Dinner at Hotel.

Overnight in Dubai

DAY 6: SUNDAY –DUBAI - FUJAIRAH (DIBBA) (B, L, D) 

Breakfast at your hotel.

Today, we will go for a cruise in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Musandam is a spot where the waters of the “Gulf of Oman” are the gateway to the natural sea treasures. The Musandam Peninsula is the northern-most part of Oman, it has one of the most rugged, isolated and beautiful coastlines in the world, the towering Hajar Mountains rise directly out of the sea creating spectacular fjords-like scenery, providing an awe-inspiring backdrop for the caves, bays and pebble beaches along the coast. The sheltered bays also offer a safe environment for snorkelers and non- divers to explore. Marine life of the Gulf of Oman is rich in diversity with fish, corals, turtles and invertebrates.

We will take a dhow cruise trip in the fjords of Musandam that offers us an insight into this fantastic landscape, guarantees an ambiance of peace and tranquility. There is also a possibility of seeing Dolphins along the cruise. Lunch on board. This traditional type of dhows is equipped with comfortable seats, cushions and carpet. We will enjoy sea safaris, snorkeling, swimming, playing and more. (Note: Please carry your passport along with you, as it is required for Police Check)

We will back in Dubai at the end of the day to relax in the hotel after that long adventure day.

Dinner in hotel & overnight in Dubai.

DAY 7: MONDAY - DUBAI –DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Morning at leisure. Check out time is noon. Depending on your departure time, you will be transferred to Dubai airport.

The tour operator reserves the right to change the itinerary whenever local conditions render it advisable or necessary.  These events are beyond our control and Violet Clover Travel Group and the tour operator will not be responsible for any loss or expense or inconvenience cause by reason of such changes. 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES ARE IN THE WORKS

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OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

UAE Travel: Medication- Drug guidelines:
http://www.uaeinteract.com/travel/drug.asp