Explore the surprising and opulent city of Dubai on this short trip

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 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Discover a centuries-old fortification at the Al Fahidi Fort

  • Walk the wide, clean city streets as you gaze in awe at the vast array of skyscrapers

  • Learn about the history of Dubai with a visit to the Bastakiya district’s Dubai Museum.

  • Wander the colourful Gold & Spice Souk with a local guide.

  • Travel across Dubai Creek in a traditional 'Abra'.

Is this trip right for you?

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


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
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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 also known for its history and culture. On arrival into Dubai Airport please clear customs and collect your luggage before locating your private transfer representative (if you have pre-booked this service).  Otherwise the quickest and easiest way to get to the hotel is by metro, check out our joining instructions for further advice.  The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Maybe head out for some retail therapy.  The Metro is a simple and convenient way to experience some of the other iconic sights such as the Burj Khalifa, or the impressive Dubai Fountain show at night!
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please ask at reception for your information pack, which will contain information your included Dubai Tour on day two.    If you would like to pre book any additional excursions in Dubai details will be in this pack.
Explore Dubai with a half-day tour of the city, beginning around 9 am at your hotel.

Take a guided walk and enjoy a local experience, forget the large tour buses we explore on foot and using the local metro. 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 in some parts. The ‘Traditional Dubai City Tour’ will take you on a cultural journey through time into mini mazes of wind- towered buildings, narrow lanes and meandering pathways of the lively souks and a scenic ride on the traditional Abra boat.  Visit the heritage area of Bastakiya and 225 year old Fort Al Fahidi, experience real Arabic coffee at the coffee museum, smell the amazing aromas of the spice souk and visit the old souk and see the biggest ring.

This afternoon you may want to consider an optional desert safari into the golden sand dunes of Arabia. R This activity is operated on a share basis and you will be with other travellers. The desert safari also does include some dune racing. 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 applies for some sights.
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dubai - City Tour (Half Day)
Optional Activities
  • Dubai - Afternoon Desert Safari (including dinner) - USD57
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The Desert Safari offered as optional 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 join in on 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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts





Included activities

  • Dubai - City Tour (Half Day)

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Important notes

An airport transfer is not included in this short break, please refer to our Essential Trip Information for details on how to travel from the airport to your hotel.  Private transfer are available to purchase with Intrepid through your booking agent
Our preferred hotels in Dubai are the Orient Guest House and the Barjeel Guest House, both of thee properties are small boutique style hotels which are decorated in authentic Arabian style.   If you have reserved twin bedding accommodation you will be staying at the Barjeel Guest House.

This is a join in tour and you MAY be joined by other travellers.  

Essential trip information

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