We did the city tour on the first afternoon and the desert safari on the 2nd day. I would definitely recommend this combination as the operator, Orient Tours, were very professional and well organised.
The highlight of the city tour was the Dubai Museum followed by the spice market and creek crossing. Our guide was Dylan and he was extremely well informed and gave a very good commentary and advice.
The Desert Safari was the star of this tour combo. Despite the scary dune bashing, the Landcruiser we were in was very comfortable and the air con worked well. It was driven expertly by our driver Sahib who was considerate to our needs. He explained that the drivers receive specific training and they know the terrain very well. I felt safe despite being driven at steep angles up, down and around the sand dunes.
There was a loo stop on the way and we were given an opportunity to buy water for the journey which is essential to take with you. We were picked up at 3pm and dropped back to our hotel by 10pm so it was a long tour but good value.
When we reached the desert camp we were given the opportunity to do lots of additional activities: riding a camel, a quad bike and sand surfing. Other optional activities included getting a henna tattoo, holding a falcon for a photo and smoking a water pipe this I didn't do.
The BBQ was very good quality and there was plenty of choice for around 100 people in the camp. There was even coffee and tea with Arabic sweets. The entertainment was really incredible - a traditional dancer spun for around 15 minutes with a brightly coloured costume which lit up and separated into different tiers during the performance. It was mesmerising. A bonus of the trip was that there were photographers who compiled pictures taken during the tour and we could buy them on an SD card for around 20. Considering there were 3 of us in our group this was an excellent service and it was delivered within a few hours to our hotel room.
Definitely one of the best tours! For day 1, I chose the city sightseeing in order to get familiar with my surroundings. Included was a trip to the museum which looked incredibly tiny from the outside. But once inside, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that it is really a huge museum! This tour also included a trip to the spice and gold souks. Glad that we stopped at the gold souk for a shopping trip as a tour group. The vendors were TOO aggressive which would have made me extremely uncomfortable if shopping alone. For day 2, I enjoyed the desert safari. The off-roading as a caravan was a big surprise to me. I wasn't expecting it, but really enjoyed it! But be warned, if you don't like roller-coaster types of movement, the off-roading may be hard to swallow. Loved the stop at the camel farm. Great opportunities to take photos of the camels. Once at the camp, was a great time to slow down and relax. This is an absolutely great tour and I'd highly recommend it! Excellent chance to get out of the hustle of the city and see the actual desert--camels and all.
City Sightseeing was on the 1st day. we were picked up at 2.30pm and reached the hotel at about 6.30pm. we were picked up at the hotel and brought to a central location to get onto a bigger bus. the same thing happened on the way home. we were brought to the beach near the burj al arab hotel for a photo opportunity with the lovely structure. then taken to the jumeirah mosque but could only walk around it for photos. we then took a water taxi to the other end. then taken to 2 souks - spice market and jewelry market. throughout the journey, the tour guide is very informative and tells us things as we pass by them. ours was an english and german speaking tour guide
From beginning to the end this was a great experience, 2 adults, 2 kids 14 and 9. This was a safe, enjoyable and informative set of trips to take. Not too long with all the elements you could want to tick off in there.
City tour and dune bash were excellent but the photos which there was about 200 and a video which appears to be a generic one where you do not appear and it is given to you on a USB stick. A total ripoff for the price. Very disappointed.
Amazing couple of days. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Good value for money. Would do it all again. :
We loved the city tour and desert safari. The safari was particularly popular with our kids who had a fantastic time dune bashing, camel riding and sand boarding. The meal was very nice at the desert camp and we enjoyed the dancing too. There is a photographer on the safari taking photos as you go. Make sure you purchase the USB it will be delivered to your hotel the next morning because it is inexpensive and you get heaps of stunning photos.
Enjoyed both tours and they are definitely great value for money. We have a 5 and 11 year old and were a bit apprehensive about the dune bashing experience. Ironically, the two of them had the most fun out of all of us and they thought it was one of their most enjoyable experiences. This was very surprising as they normally are not big fans of big thrills or theme park rides. However, we understood from the driver that not all kids have this much fun. The Desert camp was also quite good. The camp is only for the local tour operator's cars so there was plenty of space to move around and also no issues with queues for sand boarding and camel riding. The evening buffet was also of good quality and again plenty to go round. All food, soft drinks, henna painting, sand boarding and camel riding are inclusive but you have to pay for alcoholic drinks. Tour photographs and video were available for only 100 AED which again is good value when compared to places like Ski Dubai where a single photo is 125 AED. Have not been on more expensive tours so cannot compare but overall we were pleased and thought the tour was great value for money by Dubai's standards.
The city tour includes pick and drop from the hotel. We were taken to a meeting point and then transferred on to a coach with a tour guide. The coach goes through Jumeirah and the older parts of the city. Stops include Jumeirah Mosque and Dubai Museum. The tour includes an abra crossing across the creek and then a walking tour through the souks. We were looking for a quick tour of the city so this was perfect for us. However, if you are after an extensive city tour then you may need to look for alternatives.
I would highly recommend this tour. Our driver Bobby was absolutely amazing, if you can request a driver I would definitely request Bobby. We had a wonderful experience from start to finish, it was one of the big highlights of our trip. The little surprise at the end of the night just topped the whole day off. Book this trip, you won't regret it :
Alison W United Kingdom
What a great trip :- Everyone was really friendly and couldn't be more helpful. Both trips were fantastic. The Desert Safari was great fun, my kids aged 11 and 14 had a ball. The camp at night with the entertainment and food was a great end to the day along with the beautiful sunset. The dune bashing was also a great experience.
The spice and gold markets were very interesting and the Dubai museum we all thought was fantastic.
I would definitely recommend this trip. We will also be booking our trips through Viator for our next family holiday.
Great tour. On the desert safari allow the people to take your posed pictures. The prices at the end of the tour for all the photos was extremely reasonable.
it was great. the morning tour of the city was wonderful the guide was excellent and responsive to our needs the dr iver the same.
the desert safari the driver was most catering to our needs and we enjoyed the experience tremendously
we are interested in going on you aqaba tour of the wadi rum. we cannot do Petra since we cannot walk long distances . We could do Petra in a golf cart if that was available.
The combo tour has a good cost-benefit and covers well the basics of the city and desert experience.
Both 1/2 day tours were fantastic and a great value! I DID have to close my eyes for most of the dune-bashing but that's me! I got through it and our drive Asif kept us safe even though I was sure we were going to roll!! The desert at night, the dancing, the tattoo, the barbeque and the gorgeous tableau on top of the dune of the three camels and driver is imprinted on my brain. Unfortunately, not very well on my camera! The tour of the city gave us a great overview we especially enjoyed the very well done Dubai museum at the fort. Dubai is an incredible international city!
Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Lots of fun bashing up and down dunes to riding a camel around for a bit. The entertainment at the end of the evening along with delicious food topped everything off for us. Would recommend it to anybody in Dubai. The sightseeing tour was very insightful and gave us a different perspective to Dubai, the tour guide was very good in his delivery of English and German.
The 4x4 was great fun driving through sand dunes till we came to our desert bbq. The food was fresh and tasted fantastic the staff were terrific. The entertainment of dancers, henna tattoos and everything was very well done. The city tour was very informative and our guide was very approachable when questions were asked. The markets were amazing so full of the sights and smells with the spices, and the gold market was unbelievable. All very highly recommended and would do the 4x4 driving again
This was a great combination, the tour with friendly guilds we were able to see a little of everything and the extreme experience in the desert camel rides, sand board, hookah, henna the tradition dances of course the great food.
This a must do if you ever visit Dubai
The Desert Safari was a blast. I would absolutely pick this tour and tour operator again. Great Tour Operator
Both pick ups were on time. The city sightseeing is good as Dubai is spread out and we wouldn't have seen everything otherwise. We asked to be dropped at the Dubai mall instead of our hotel and they obliged. The safari is also good, a great 4wd dune experience. The dinner and entertainment were excellent. A great evening out.
Pamela T Australia
The Dubai Super Saver, was really good value, the Desert Safari is a must
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