United Arab Emirates



a multifaceted immersion into Emirati history and culture in the United Arab Emirates. Stroll through Dubai’s
colorful spice and gold souks, then take in spectacular contemporary landmarks like Palm Jumeriah and Burj
Khalifa. In Abu Dhabi, tour the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the magnificent presidential palace,
plus learn about the UAE’s national bird at a falcon hospital. Chat with Emiratis during two fascinating cultural
exchanges and spend a magical night at a desert resort, complete with traditional dishes, music and belly dancing.

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Maximum of 24 travelers. Call 800-323-7373 or click here to reserve.

Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
Departure Dates
Mar 14, 2023 - Mar 23, 2023


Overlooking Dubai Creek, the Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai is a short water taxi ride away from the city’s glittering gold souk and aromatic spice souk. Al Seef itself is a newly developed neighborhood that blends the old and new. Visitors and locals alike come to Al Seef to stroll along waterfront promenade and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants or to join the café culture. As part of Al Seef, the hotel reflects the local architectural style. Its public areas and guest rooms have a cozy feel and warmth. Savor the Emirati flavors at Saba’a, the hotel restaurant. Vintage pieces complement the traditional décor in the inviting guest rooms. Wi-Fi is complimentary.



CANCELLATION-Cancellations for any reason from date of booking to 76 days prior to trip departure will be subject to a $300 per person administrative fee. The withheld administrative fee may be applied to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following cancellation. The credit will be applied to the final billing and may not be used as part of the initial deposit. It is non-transferable and is not valid toward the purchase of an AHI Cruises independent cruise. Cancellations from 75 to 60 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 25% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 59-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellations from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI Travel. CANCELLATION OF TRIP OPTIONS-Purchases of optional excursions, trip extensions and additional hotel nights become fully non-refundable 45 days prior to departure. Air transportation and private transfer purchases are subject only to penalties assessed by the airlines and transfer suppliers.




  • day 1 & 2

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Arrive at Dubai International Airport, where an AHI Travel representative will be waiting to take you to the Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton.

  • day 3


    Discover Dubai’s roots as a fishing village and pearl diving center at the Al Shindagha Museum, and stroll along narrow alleyways to see historic wind tower houses. Next, enjoy a discussion at a cultural center about Emirati life, values and religion, where all questions are welcome, and share in a traditional meal. Then, explore the Gold and Spice Souks, bustling bazaars packed with glittering jewelry and colorful, fragrant displays of ginger, chili, saffron and cinnamon. Tonight, gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

  • day 4


    Today, witness the contrast between old and modern Dubai. Now a cosmopolitan international center of commerce and finance, Dubai dazzles with a magnificent cityscape of sleek skyscrapers. Take it all in from the skydeck of the iconic Dubai Frame. Then see the grand Zabeel Palace, Jumeirah Mosque and Palm Jumeirah, a man-made archipelago. After lunch in Dubai Marina, check out the famous Dubai Mall, complete with its own aquarium and underwater zoo, and crane your neck for a look at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building!

  • day 5


    The entire day is yours to plan. Maybe you’ll return to the Dubai Mall or ride up to the Burj Khalifa’s “At The Top” observation deck on the 124th floor for incredible views! You can also join a morning Elective Activity to a conservation reserve in the Arabian Desert to see native wildlife and plants. Later this evening, learn about the UAE’s founding before dining at a restaurant near the hotel.

  • day 6

    Abu Dhabi

    Check out this morning and head to Abu Dhabi. Your first stop is a falcon hospital, where you’ll observe these majestic creatures up close. Used for centuries by the Bedouins for hunting, falcons are revered throughout the Middle East for their beauty and speed. Today, the fastest birds can win millions in prize money at UAE’s premier racing competition! Next, step inside the awe-inspiring Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which welcomes people of all faiths. Marvel at the opulent marble-inlaid courtyard, the world’s largest hand-woven carpet and Swarovski crystal chandeliers. Later, check in to Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi.


  • day 7

    Abu Dhabi

    First settled in 1761 by the Bani Yas Bedouin tribe, Abu Dhabi has matured into one of the world’s richest cities. Admire picturesque gulf views and renowned landmarks, including the Emirates Palace, Etihad Towers and the Corniche waterfront area, on your way to Qasr al Watan. Tour this modern, working presidential palace splendidly crafted in homage to traditional Arabian artistry. Enjoy lunch afterward at an Emirati home with time for conversation and questions. Finish with a visit to Qasr al Hosn, a former fortress and palace.

  • day 8

    Abu Dhabi

    Visit the breathtaking Louvre Abu Dhabi on Saadiyat Island, a cultural district. The museum’s impressive dome appears to float over the complex and produces an enchanting, dappled light below. Enjoy a guided tour within the art galleries. Then head off on your own for lunch and more sightseeing this afternoon. Back at the hotel this evening, hear a firsthand account of desert living during an engaging talk.

  • day 9

    Arabian Desert

    Set off from Abu Dhabi this morning into the Arabian Desert and check in to the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. Spend your day relaxing by the pool or enjoying the resort’s optional activities, including spa treatments, falconry, archery, camel rides and desert drives over the sand dunes. This evening, join your group for a Farewell Reception and then celebrate beneath starry skies at a Farewell Dinner featuring delectable Middle Eastern dishes, traditional music and belly dancing.

  • day 10

    Depart for home city

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travelers. Depart for the Abu Dhabi airport and head home.

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