Explore the surprising and opulent in this notorious city

A city like no other, Dubai is the story of the little fishing village that could, and of a city that has made it big – at least as far as opulence and grandeur is concerned. Discover man-made islands sculpted into the shapes of palms and a tower so high it is almost a kilometre tall. Explore the heritage area of Bastakiya, wander the spice and gold souqs, and see more supercars in one day than you’re likely to see in a year as you walk the streets of this desert town.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 6

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover the Dubai of the past with a visit to the city’s oldest building – the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort – and the museum inside it.

  • Inhale the incredible aromas of hundreds of spices and wonder at the world’s largest ring as you explore the souks of Dubai with a local guide.

  • Although vast swathes of Dubai are now transformed with contemporary architecture into a modern and luxurious city, traces of the historic town that existed 40 years ago can still be found.

  • Travel across Dubai Creek in a traditional abra, a traditional wooden water taxi that many locals still use to get around, while jets soar overhead.

  • This three-day short break is perfect for a sightly longer than usual layover or as an add on to a longer trip through the Middle East.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Our Short Breaks are a group tour with independence, meaning uou will only have a guide with you for the scheduled tour on day two and the optional desert safari if you choose to book.


Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to the United Arab Emirates. The largest city in the UAE is well known for its plethora of wealth and opulence (a vending machine for gold, anyone?), but it’s less known for its history and culture. On arrival into Dubai Airport, please clear customs and collect your luggage before locating your private transfer representative and travelling to your hotel. Why not consider a visit to the observation deck of one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders, the Burj Khalifa, located right in the heart of Downtown Dubai. You can jump on the metro to the Dubai Mall to check it out. Don't forget to reserve your tickets, you can ask the hotel to organise this with our local team.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dubai - Complimentary Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please ask at reception for your information pack on arrival, which will contain information your included tour tomorrow (day two). If you would like to book any additional excursions in Dubai, you can find details in this pack.

Check-in time is usually 2 pm. Your room may be available earlier, but we cannot guarantee this unless you have organised prior to arriving. If you arrive early you can store your luggage at the hotel.

If you cannot locate your transfer representative, then please proceed to the information counter at the airport and ask them to call our local team on: +971 5 26 441 991 OR +971 55 220 0574. The team can also assist with any additional touring options.
Explore Dubai with a half-day tour of the city, beginning around 8.30 am at your hotel. This tour is a real local experience that ditches the bus in favour of exploring on foot and via the metro. This tour takes you into mazes of wind-towered buildings, through narrow lanes in the lively spice and gold souks and on a scenic ride on a traditional abra (wooden boat). Visit the heritage area of Bastakiya and 225-year-old Fort Al Fahidi and sip classic Arabic coffee at the Coffee Museum. In the afternoon you can choose whether to take an optional desert safari into the golden sand dunes of Arabia.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dubai - City Tour (Half Day)
Optional Activities
  • Dubai - Afternoon Desert Safari (including dinner) - USD57
  • Dubai - Burj Khalifa 124 Floor - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that on Fridays the Dubai city tour starts at 1.30 pm.

The desert safari offered as optional excursion on this itinerary is operated on a share basis and you will be paired with other travellers. You can book this safari with your local guide this morning or with your booking agent prior to travel. Please remember that a more conservative dress code is advisable (wrists to ankles covered) for this portion of the tour.

The desert safari involves off-road driving through rugged areas. Due to the adventurous nature of the journey and the rough terrain covered, passengers should not participate if their health or any pre-existing medical conditions (including heart ailments or back problems) may be adversely affected. We do not recommend that pregnant people, passengers with back conditions or passengers under the age of six or over 65 join this activity.
There are no activities planned for the final day and this trip finishes after breakfast. If you wish to extend you stay in Dubai please speak to your booking agent about additional post tour accommodation.
Included Activities
  • Dubai - Complimentary Departure Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Your included departure transfer will collect you from the hotel lobby 3.5 hours prior to your advised scheduled flight departure.


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Included activities

  • Dubai - Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Dubai - City Tour (Half Day)
  • Dubai - Complimentary Departure Transfer

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Important notes

This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader. Instead, our local representative in your destination will fill this role. This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.  

A complimentary airport arrival and departure transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
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.

The included walking tour is a small group join in tour and hotel pick up will be at 8.30am in the morning of day two.  If your walking tour is scheduled for a Friday the hotel pick up will be at 1.30pm.

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 10 AED per room per night payable direct to the hotel.

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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