After hotel pickup from Dubai, travel south via the desert highway by air-conditioned vehicle to Abu Dhabi. Listen as your guide talks about the UAE capital’s history, and get a lowdown on its landmarks on route.
Head first for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a vast mosque that serves as the UAE’s principal place of worship, and holds 40,000 worshipers. Wander through the pristine courtyards, taking photos of the marble domes, inlaid stone and minarets. Then, view the main prayer hall, graced with immense Swarowski crystal chandeliers, and the world’s biggest handmade carpet.
Next, enjoy a sightseeing drive around the city highlights. Snap photos outside the Emirates Palace, one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, and visit the Heritage Village, a reconstruction of a traditional oasis village. Explore the souvenir stalls and admire the spectacular panoramas from here over Abu Dhabi’s skyscrapers.
After free time for lunch (own expense) at the Marina Mall, drive the seafront Corniche road past manicured gardens and skyscrapers to man-made Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s main entertainment destination.
Pose for photos here outside the Ferrari World theme park, complete with its Ferrari badge roof, before your tour concludes with a hotel drop-off in Dubai.