Depart your central Dubai hotel by air-conditioned coach or minivan and travel to The Palm, Jumeirah — the artificial island shaped like a palm tree.
Ride the state-of-the-art Palm Monorail to the gigantic Atlantis, The Palm hotel, and visit The Lost Chambers (own expense): the hotel’s spectacular aquarium themed around the mythical lost city of Atlantis. With your guide, make your way to the showpiece: the vast Ambassador Lagoon that’s home to 65,000 marine animals. Ogle the exotic fish and marine creatures in the lagoon and then enjoy free time to look around at your own pace.
Afterward, stop for photos at the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel before driving to Dubai Museum, set in the 18th-century Al-Fahidi Fort in the old Bastakiya quarter.
Enjoy a guided tour, charting Dubai’s history through the artifacts and models as your guide sheds light on the city’s beginnings and fast-paced growth.
Next, break for a delicious, 4-course lunch at a local restaurant. Feast on dishes such as hummus and chicken biryani (mixed rice and meat), accompanied by mineral water and with additional drinks available to buy. See the Itinerary for a sample menu.
Ride a traditional abra across Dubai Creek and explore the colorful Spice Souk. Next, dive into the glittering Gold Souk and get tips from your guide as you haggle for great-value gold and jewelry.
Continue to downtown Dubai and visit the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 2,772 feet (828 meters) high. Ride the high-speed elevator to the ‘At the Top’ observatory on the 124th floor and drink in the panoramic, bird’s-eye views over the city.
Back at ground level, stroll to the nearby Burj Khalifa Lake and experience the early evening Dubai Fountain Show. Watch transfixed as the water jets and cascades light up in a rainbow of incandescent colors and dance in time to classical, pop and Arabic music.
End your tour here so you can enjoy the evening attractions of the area, or choose to finish your day out with a hotel drop-off.
Please note: A minimum of two people is needed on each booking.