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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TURKEY 2015 TOURS EMIRATES ADVENTURE 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS Embark on a voyage of Bedouin heritage, modern sky scrapers, a coastline ...
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TURKEY 2015 TOURS

EMIRATES ADVENTURE 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS Embark on a voyage of Bedouin heritage, modern sky scrapers, a coastline of beaches, and desert safaris. Welcome to the ever so popular United Arab Emirates!

ITINERARY Day 1 Dubai Meet and greet by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Accommodation › 7 nights in Dubai, choice of 3* or 4* hotels Day 2 Dubai - Dubai City Tour – half-day (morning or afternoon; Fridays only afternoon) A fascinating historical excursion - our route takes you from Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s landmark hotel to Majlis Al Ghorfat, constructed in 1955 and recently restored. The Majlis was originally the summer residence of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al-Maktoum. Driving past modern palaces and villas, stop at Jumeirah Mosque for a photo opportunity. Passing the World Trade Centre and magnificent Zabeel, proceed towards Dubai’s heart the Creek. Along the shore in Bastakia area admire the old-wind-towered houses which were built by wealthy merchants. Visit nearby Al Fahidi Fort, a 200-year-old structure that houses the Dubai Museum and charmingly records the city’s past as an important pearl diving and trading centre. Continue your journey on foot and on a traditional Abra, crossing the Creek, offering sights and sounds and the buzz of a busy waterway. Splendid architecture on its banks, as well as historic buildings and narrow alleys of the souks are part of the experience. Next, head for the spice and gold souk – a must-see in the city. (Note: Lunch is not included and there is no lunch stop on the tour) (B/D)

*Rates in this document are estimated and may change anytime. Please ask your travel agent.

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Day 3 Dubai · Abu Dhabi · Dubai Starting from Dubai, travel past the world's largest man-made port at Jebel Ali and onward for a two hour drive along a coastal desert road lined with acacia trees, to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Here you will see modern interpretations of Arabian architecture in the many skyscrapers, villas and palaces that line our route along the Riviera-style Corniche. A new addition is the majestic Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the third largest in the world, named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first President of the United Arab Emirates. Stop here for a photo opportunity of this Islamic architectural masterpiece. After lunch, drive by the iconic Emirates Palace Hotel. On the way back to Dubai visit the Manarat al Saadiyat, a purpose built visitor centre showcasing upcoming developments in Abu Dhabi. You then cross onto Yas Island and stop at the Yas Hotel, which is located right at the Yas Marina Formula 1 Race circuit for short break and a photo opportunity. (Lunch not included in the tour price.) Important Note: As we might visit the Grand Mosque (subject to availability) – an extremely modest dress code is mandatory for this purpose. Kindly wear loose fitting clothing with long sleeves (up to the wrists) and legs covered up to the ankle. Ladies are required to completely cover their hair with a scarf (B/D) Day 4 Dubai · Al Ain · Dubai Depart for Al Ain, a charming desert oasis that has been a stop on the caravan trail since time immemorial. The road from Dubai takes us through spectacular desert scenery. Today, Al Ain has become a garden city which also boasts a university. Stop at Hili Gardens to view archaeological digs at Hili, which date back some 5,000 years. Continue to Al Ain’s National Museum. Take a short walk through an oasis with the ancient falaj irrigation system. Before lunch, drive through a traditional camel market. After lunch, proceed to the Al Ain Palace Museum, an old fortress which was the residence of the late ruler Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan from 1927 until the early 1970s. Continue to Jahili Fort where various exhibitions are often hosted including photographs of the famous explorer Wilfred Thesiger who lived amongst the local Bedouin tribes in 1946 and 1947. On the way back to Dubai, stop at a state of the art camel farm owned by a prominent local family, and taste their delectable camel-milk chocolates. (B/D) Day 5 Dubai A full day is at leisure to explore this ultra-modern and fascinating city. (B/D) Day 6 Dubai · Sharjah · Dubai This tour will take you to Sharjah, the neighboring emirate of Dubai, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Gulf’. Start with a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Noor Mosque on Al Buhaira Corniche and proceed to the largest mosque in Sharjah, the King Faisal Mosque. Proceed to visit the Islamic Civilization Museum. Several galleries display carefully restored artifacts from around the Muslim world, celebrating Islamic contribution to the World Heritage. Continue to Sharjah’s ‘Old Town’. After a stroll through the restored traditional market Souk Al Arsa, visit Sharjah Heritage museum for a glimpse of a traditional family home and typical Arabian Gulf architecture. Before returning, you have time to explore Souk Al Markazi - a treasure trove of carpets, jewelry and handicrafts. The mysterious desert beckons you for a magical evening out - an adventure you'll never forget. Leaving behind the bustle of the city in the afternoon, the safari guides will transport you, by four-wheel drive vehicles, for a thrilling journey over rolling dunes through the Dubai Desert, deep into the heart of the desert. From the crest of a high dune, watch the setting sun cast its orange glow over the vast expanse of rippling sand all round you. Like a shimmering mirage in the distance you will see the flickering lights of your camp where a traditional Arabian welcome awaits you. The encampment conjures up images of the Arabian nights. Quench your thirst while you relax on comfortable low cushions in Bedouin tents. Have your hands painted with intricate henna designs, experience a short camel ride, or just enjoy the aromatic shisha. *Rates in this document are estimated and may change anytime. Please ask your travel agent.

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A BBQ dinner buffet with grilled meats, fresh salads, delectable Arab sweets and selected Soft drinks are served. Under a galaxy of stars, you will be entertained by the bewitching belly dancer swaying in the strains of Arabian music. You won't want this enchanting evening to end (B/D) Day 7 Dubai (Dhow dinner cruise) Full day at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a dinner cruise aboard a dhow as it slips silently long Dubai Creek. Witness old wooden dhows and luxury yachts, spectacular modern architecture and old merchants’ houses alongside the creek. (B/D) Day 8 Dubai Transfer to the airport for your departure. (B)

INCLUSIONS Accommodation in single or double occupancy · Return airport transfers · Sightseeing tours & meals as per itinerary · Air conditioned vehicles · English speaking local guides Not included · International airfare and airport taxes · Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides and drivers · Beverages · Optional excursions. This tour is locally guided. You will be joined with other English speaking passengers during the sightseeing tours. A privately guided tour is also possible for a supplement $.

Prices in CAD$, per person, Double occupancy, land packages Daily departures Arabian Park 3* Novotel Deira 4* Movenpick Bur Dubai 5* November 01 – May 09, 2016* May 10 - Sep.30, 2016*

1699 1549

2249 1999

2599 1949

Single supplement

810

920

1190

* High season supplements per hotel (subject to change) Arabian Park 3* Nov. 7-13 & Nov.22-27, 2015 Dec.29 – Jan.02, Jan.24-29, 2016 Jan. 24-29, 2016 Feb.20-26, 2016 Jul.06-11, 2016 Sep.14-20, 2016

110 per room per night

*Rates in this document are estimated and may change anytime. Please ask your travel agent.

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* High season supplements per hotel (subject to change) Novotel Deira City Centre 4* Nov.08-10, Nov22-25, 2015 Dec.28-Jan03, Jan.23-27, 2016 Feb.20-24, 2016

150 per room per night

* High season supplements per hotel (subject to change) Movenpick Bur Dubai 5* Dec.29-Jan.02, 2016 Jan.24-28, 2016 Feb.21-25, 2016 Jul.06-11, 2016 Sep.14-20, 2016

150 per room per night

Compulsory dinner on Dec.31

$375 per person

Optional Tours:

East Coast Tour – 8hrs approx. (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) CAD$115 per person (Seat in coach, English and other language speaking guides) Drive by the mosque-shaped Sharjah International Airport, designed by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, the ruler of Sharjah. Continue through a multi-hued desert landscape to the oasis of Dhaid, before journeying through spectacular mountain scenery. Just before Masafi, you can shop at the local crafts, pottery and carpet market. In the mountains, we stop for a stunning view of the canyon and the wadis showing tracks used by nomads in early days. We then drive to Dibba, a picturesque fishing village. After lunch, we continue to the Bidiyah Mosque, the oldest and smallest in the United Arab Emirates, before following the coast to the lovely green town of Khor Fakkan. We visit a 300-year-old fort before proceeding to the village of Fujairah, abandoned when mountain dwellers moved away from oil exploration to start a fishing village. Our last stop before the return journey is Bithnah oasis. Here you may photograph (from a distance) the impressive fort still guarding the mountain pass, once the only access to Fujairah. (Lunch not included in the tour price.)

*Rates in this document are estimated and may change anytime. Please ask your travel agent.

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Musandam – Oman Trip (daily), 12-13 hrs CAD$250 per person (Seat in coach, English speaking driver & boat staff) Pick up from Dubai at approx. 06:00-06:30am. Transfer to Khasab including Oman visa formalities. Cruise (10:00-16:00) on a traditional Omani wooden Dhow to Khor Sham in azure waters though a majestic 16km fjord (Khor), surrounded by spectacular mountains and serene remote white sand beaches. At the entrance of the fjord guests can enjoy dolphin watching (not guaranteed). The Dhow will anchor at 2 places during the cruise for swimming and snorkeling in pristine waters teeming with friendly colorful fish. Included: snorkeling equipment, towels, soft drinks, water, fruits and local lunch, visa cost for Oman Don’t forget your passport!

*Rates in this document are estimated and may change anytime. Please ask your travel agent.

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