Explore the surprising and opulent city of Abu Dhabi on this short trip

From humble beginnings rise great things. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi has transformed from a small fishing village into a sky-scrapered metropolis where even falcons have passports and fly in first class. Marvel at the glittering skyline of glass and steel, and at the marble domes of the Grand Mosque, one of the world’s most extravagant places of worship. Delve into the culture and history of the city-state while wandering down seaside walkways, and see the pre-oil world in the Heritage Village. With a dose of poolside relaxation and retail therapy, this is a perfect short introduction to the Emirates.

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Start
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Finish
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Destination
United Arab Emirates
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
ESAD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Gaze in awe at the majestic Grand Mosque and vast array of skyscrapers dominating the city skyline

  • Prepare your wallet for an opulent shopping trip at Abu Dhabi's impressive malls

  • Drive along the perfectly manicured waterfront of Corniche

  • 4WD into the golden sand dunes of Arabia, then experience camel riding and local culture at a Bedouin campsite

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please note that a more conservative dress code applies for some of the sightseeing on the city tour. Entrance may be denied at some sights if this is not followed.

  • It is recommend that you wear loose fitting clothes, long sleeves, long trousers/skirt, and light head scarf (women only).

  • The Desert Safari on this itinerary involves off-road driving through rugged areas - which all adds to the excitement. However, because of the adventurous nature of the journey and the rough terrain covered, we do not recommend this activity to passengers if they have any pre-existing medical conditions, are over 65 or pregnant.

  • Our Shortbreaks are a group tour with independence, you will only have a guide with you for the sight-seeing activities

Itinerary

Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to the capital of the United Arab Emirates. On arrival into Abu Dhabi Airport please clear customs and collect your luggage before locating your transfer representative (if you have pre-booked this service). 

There are no activities planned for arrival day.  Your hotel is conveniently located a12-minute walk from Heritage Park, and just 2 km from the Abu Dhabi Mall and 3 km from Zayed Port.

The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Perhaps head out for some retail therapy, enjoy the roof-top pool or jump on the complimentary bus service to the beach. There is plenty to do and see in Abu Dhabi. If you wish to stay longer ask your agent about booking additional pre or post tour accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Complimentary Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you would like to organise any additional sight seeing upon arrival into Abu Dhabi, please contact our local team on +971 5 26 441 991
If you can not locate your transfer please proceed to the information counter in the airport and ask them to contact our local team on: +971 5 26 441 991 OR
+971 55 220 0574

For pick up time for your desert safari tomorrow please have reception telephone our local team to confirm: +971 55 276 4060. Pick up time will depend on sunset but is likely to be between 3.15pm and 3.45pm.
This morning is yours to explore at your own leisure. Be mesmerised by the grandness of the new additions to Abu Dhabi’s skyline. Marvel at the jewel of the city, the majestic Grand Mosque, the third largest in the world. It sparkles in the sun like the Taj Mahal, with thousands of columns decorated with flowers, and domes topped with golden spires. Perhaps do some shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores, or relax with a walk along the Corniche, an impressive eight-kilometre stretch of perfectly manicured waterfront with children’s play area, beach, cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon, join safari guides in a 4WD for an adventure into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. Experience the thrill of a lifetime while riding through the undulating dunes, then see a beautiful scenic sunset over the desert. Continue to a Bedouin campsite, where you can take a camel ride through the dunes. There is also henna design, Arabic gava (coffee), local dresses, refreshments, a Hubbly Bubbly (hookah) and a delicious barbeque buffet to enjoy. Adding to the atmosphere of the night is an enchanting belly dancer performing to Arabic rhythms. After this desert adventure, return to your Abu Dhabi Hotel.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Afternoon Desert Safari with BBQ dinner (Half day tour)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Notes: Please note on Friday the Grand Mosque, museums and souqs are closed in the mornings.

For pick up time for your desert safari please have reception telephone our local team +971 55 276 4060. Pick up time will depend on sunset but is likely to be between 3.15pm and 3.45pm in the hotel lobby.

It gets cool in the desert at night, particularly in the cooler months of January to March. Please be sure to take a warm jumper or jacket for the evening at the Bedouin camp.

The Desert Safari on this itinerary 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. For this reason we do not recommend that expectant mothers, passengers with back conditions and passengers under the age of six years or over 65 years of age participate in this activity. We would be happy to find an alt
There are no activities planned for the final day and this trip finishes after breakfast. This Shortbreak includes a departure transfer shuttle back to Abu Dhabi Airport. You will be collected from the hotel's main lobby approximately 3.5 hours before your scheduled departure flight. Your pick up details will be confirmed in the welcome pack you receive on Day 1. If you wish to extend you stay in Abu Dhabi, please speak to your booking agent about additional post tour accommodation.
Included Activities
  • Abu Dhabi - Complimentary Departure Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If you have not previously supplied your departure flight details please have the hotel reception contact our local team to confirm.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

4x4, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Abu Dhabi - Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Abu Dhabi - Afternoon Desert Safari with BBQ dinner (Half day tour)
  • Abu Dhabi - Complimentary Departure Transfer

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Important notes

ITINERARY INFORMATION - SHORT BREAK ADVENTURE
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 and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip. 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.

TRANSFERS 
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.

DESERT SAFARI
There is a desert safari included in this itinerary.  This activity is not for everyone and we encourage you to refer to the safety notes under the Safety Section of this Essential Trip Information document.  Please discuss any concerns with your booking agent.  Pick up time will depend on sunset but is likely to be between 3.15pm and 3.45pm in the hotel lobby, please refer to our Essential Trip Information Daily Itinerary for further details.

If you would like to organise any optional activities in Abu Dhabi our team are available to assist.

TOURISM TAX
In 2016 Abu Dhabi introduced a Tourism Dirham Fee on all accommodation facilities in the city.  This fee has recently been reduced and the amount payable direct to the hotel;  per room per night is  AED 10.00.

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