Days
3
Price from
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Map of Dubai Experience: Independent including United Arab Emirates

Discover the many sides of Dubai.

Be prepared for the big city lights, grandiose structures and desert landscapes when you explore the many faces of one of the fastest growing cities in the world – Dubai. This three-day Independent Experience will give you a real taste of the intriguing old-meets-new city. Explore the tiny historical quarter of Bastakiya – set on the banks of the Dubai Creek, visit the city’s chaotic souqs, winding your way through markets teeming with gold and spices, and take an evening dhow dinner cruise sailing through Dubai under the moonlight. In such a small amount of time, you’ll get to know Dubai in a whole new light.


Start
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Finish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Destination
United Arab Emirates
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Independent Experiences
Code
PGDSX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why you'll love this trip

  • This Independent Experience takes all of the hard work out of a city escape. All you need to do is show up at the right times, and you’ll be discovering Dubai better than most.

  • Tour through the narrow alleyways of heritage Bastakiya, see the towering minarets of the imposing Jumeriah Mosque, and learn more about Islam with a visit inside the only Dubai mosque open to non-Muslims.

  • Experience Dubai from the water on board a traditional dhow boat for a moonlight cruise past the towering skyline. You’ll see the city from all different angles!

Is this trip right for you?

  • Our Independent Experiences are a group tour with independence, you will only have a guide with you for the sightseeing activities.

  • Part of travelling with Peregrine means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. A more conservative dress code applies for some of Dubai’s sights. Entrance may be denied if these are not followed.

  • On Fridays, the museums and souqs are closed in the morning and will reopen in the afternoon. If this is the case, the half-day city tour will not take place, and instead, you will discover the city on an alternative Panoramic Modern Dubai city tour.

Itinerary

Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome to the United Arab Emirates. On arrival into Dubai International Airport, clear customs and collect your luggage before meeting your private transfer. Please look out for your local Desert Adventures representative. From here, transfer to your centrally located hotel in the downtown Al Fahidi (Bastakiya) historical area, close to the Dubai Museum and the Ruler’s Court. The rest of the day is free for you to discover Dubai – a place that started out as a tiny pearl-diving village and has now grown into one of the world’s most extravagant cities. Bigger is certainly better in Dubai, as it’s home to the world’s tallest building – the 829-metre-tall Burj Khalifa, containing the world’s highest restaurant, outdoor observation deck and nightclub. It also has one of the largest shopping malls (featuring one of the world’s biggest aquariums), the biggest indoor ski resort and the world’s only seven-star hotel. Pretty impressive, huh. This afternoon, perhaps head out for some retail therapy, enjoy your rooftop pool or jump on the complimentary bus service to the beach – it’s up to you!
Accommodation
  • Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Tour of Abu Dhabi with Lunch included (shared tour Tuesday & Saturday) - USD75
  • Dubai - Afternoon Desert Safari with BBQ dinner (1/2 day tour) - USD55
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you would like to take any of the optional activities mentioned in your trip notes, your tour representative on your arrival transfer will be able to assist. An optional Desert Safari is available tonight, so please ask your tour representative if you have not already pre booked this with your booking agent.

Dubai hosts a lot of events during the year and occasionally it is difficult to confirm our preferred hotel. Your booking agent will confirm at the time of booking if our preferred hotel is not available and what alternative hotels are available.
Explore Dubai beyond the facade with a half-day tour of the city. Discover the heritage area of Bastakiya, full of courtyards, wind towers, and narrow alleyways designed to give pedestrians shade from the sun. Merchants from Iran settled this area in the 1900s, and they built houses sophisticated for the time, including towers that funnelled breezes down into the buildings in an early form of air-conditioning. Next, visit the ornate Al Fahidi Fort and its museum, built in the early 1800s to protect the settlement from rival Bedouin tribes, and later the residence of the ruling sheikh. Ferry across the Dubai Creek alongside abras (water taxis) criss-crossing the water. Follow aromatic smells as you wander through the enticing spice market centred around the creek, and then enter the largest gold market in Arabia, where precious metals and jewels glitter all day. Later, make a stop at the imposing Jumeirah Mosque for some excellent photos. Tonight, a dhow cruise is a wonderful way of spending an evening – aboard a traditionally decorated wooden boat, enjoy dinner as it sails along the Dubai creek under the moonlight. The major Dubai landmarks shine through the moonlight sky as the wooden vessel slips silently across the creek. The past and present architecture of the area is brought to its full beauty during this time.
Accommodation
  • Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dubai - Dinner Dhow Cruise
  • Dubai - Half-day city tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note your pick up today will be between 8.30 and 9 am. Please wait in the lobby of your hotel for your transfer and advise the concierge that you are waiting for a pickup from Daddak Tours.

On Fridays, the museums and souqs are closed in the morning and will reopen in the afternoon. If this is the case, the half-day city tour will not take place, and instead, you will discover the city on an alternative Panoramic Modern Dubai city tour.

Part of travelling with Peregrine means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. A more conservative dress code applies for some of the sights. Entrance may be denied if these are not followed.
Your Dubai Experience comes to an end today. There are no activities planned for the final day and this trip finishes after breakfast. That doesn’t mean that your adventure has to come to an end! If you would like to spend more time in Dubai, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
This experience includes a departure transfer back to Dubai International Airport. You will be collected from the hotel's main lobby approximately 3.5 hours before your scheduled departure flight. Your pickup details will be confirmed in the welcome pack you receive on your first day.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Coach, Dhow

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Dubai - Dinner Dhow Cruise
  • Dubai - Half-day city tour

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Important notes

INDEPENDENT EXPERIENCES
Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-4 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.

TRANSFERS
Complimentary arrival and departure transfers are available on this tour. Please ensure you advise your booking agent your flight details 15 days prior to trip departure.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available on this Independent Experience if you are travelling with a friend but prefer your own room - please ask your booking agent.

ITINERARY
This is a join-in trip, so you may be joined with other travellers on activities. On Friday the daily tour will take place in the afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION
Many overnight flights have an early arrival into Dubai. Standard check in policies apply at our preferred hotels. This means that your room may not be available to check into until 2.00pm. Please consider this when planning your trip as you may want to reserve pre-accommodation to secure an early check in.

TOURISM TAX
There is a local hotel tax payable to all hotels in Dubai in local currency on a per night basis. The tax on this departure is 15 AED per room per night payable direct to the hotel.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
There are many optional activities available in Dubai, if you would like to pre book any of them please discuss with your booking agent. Alternatively please contact our local team to book in destination.

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