Great tour. The Desert Safari was terrific even though I had hoped for a longer ride on the camel - get on the camel, go around in a circle and then get off the camel. The 4WD made up for it, but the camel ride is what I was looking forward to most.
The city tour was also great however there was a lot of waiting around before the tour commenced and the driver was not forthcoming in ANY detail as to why we were waiting.
Overall, the tour is worth it especially the 4WD over the sand dunes.
Our driver Roulf? was brilliant. He seemed to be a better driver than the rest of convoy. He was polite, knowledgeable and good company. He deserves a raise The tour time was perfect. Not too long or too short. We especially loved the traditional dancing with the skirts. The food was great, even for vegetarians. Loads of choices. Overall fantastic.
Suggestions: more Turkish coffee as we missed out. Provide guests with a map to keep. Provide water for the 4WD part of the tour. Let people know in tour information that a DVD compilation will be available for purchase.
Of our whole trip this was our best tour. The desert safari is Fabulous! What a great time we had. It was all done so well and how they come up with such a delicious meal in the middle of the hot desert is beyond me. It was great, everyone should try it
Thrilling ride in the desert and the oasis rest and dinner were great.
Totally enjoyed the desert safari--I thought the city tour was a bit long --I really could have skipped the first stop at the beach which was long ride from the city--our guide was well spoken and knowledgeable--really enjoy the spice and gold souk and the boat ride on the Dubai canal--
The ride to the meeting point for the city tour was long and boring. The driver did not speak to us the whole way. The first part of the city tour was also boring but the museum, boat ride and the souks were good. The desert safari was great fun and the tour was well run..
Riding through the desert was really fun! We had a great driver who went above and beyond for us offering to take photos and telling us all about the culture. The food was good and the camp was fun. It wasn't as hot as I expected it to be, which was nice.
Awesome trip! It's an absolute must on your Dubai checklist! I did the City Sightseeing one the first day and then Desert Safari on the second. Desert Safari was the perfect way to end my trip. The tour guides were very knowledgeable of the different landmarks and were able to give a lot of insight to various cultures and history of Dubai. The Desert safari excursion was worth every cent. Food was amazing and so was the entertainment! Camelriding and sandsurfing was free of charge and made trip so worthwhile. Awesommmeee package!!
Where do I start with this review? This was the absolute best tour for the money I have ever experienced period!
We started day 1 with the city tour which included stops at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai museum, Dubai Creek via water taxi and finally the Spice and Gold Souks. Our guide spoke fluent English and German so he was able to communicate to everyone on our tour by taking the time to explain in both languages.
The tour itself was very immersive in Dubai, it's history and where it's at today without feeling long and drawn out or rushed. We were given a narrative at each stop about where we were then given just the right amount of time to explore and even shop. As a side note when I first booked this and looked at the itinerary I didn't see any way to cram everything into the amount of time given. I was wrong, it's the perfect amount of time to experience everything included!
Day 2 was the desert safari for us and I will start off by saying you MUST request Abdul to be your driver, he was amazing and took this part of our experience to the next level! He didn't follow all the rest of the Land Cruisers rather he turned right when they went left and took us to the very edge of what the vehicle was capable of without pushing it into feeling unsafe! Abdul is a true professional driver as well as a true professional guide.
The dune bashing was amazing and just like day 1 everything we experienced was just right without getting boring or feeling rushed.
The Bedouin Camp was the highlight of our trip to Dubai, takes everyone back in time before the big money build up yet retains just the right amount of modern amenities to keep everyone happy. There was plenty for everyone to experience, an endless supply of free cold drinks from soda to water with a selection of mixed drinks/beer for additional cost. And finally the dinner was amazing with something for every pallet.
If your visiting Dubai this is a must tour!! 5 Stars isn't enough.
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.
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