Explore the incredible city of Dubai and its alluring blend of glittering, modern architecture and traditional cultural influences. Marvel at the Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Mosque and more on this short but sweet stopover.
  • Marvel at some of the world’s most impressive landmarks in Dubai on a guided driving tour
  • Cruise through the desert with a desert dune safari and traditional dinner
  • Hop aboard a traditional abra (water taxi) crossing the Dubai Creek to visit Deira

Tour Inclusions

  • 2 nights in boutique accommodation
  • An experienced Back-Roads Driver/Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Private safari 4×4 vehicle
  • 1 Arabic-style three-course buffet dinner (D)
  • Driving tour of Dubai
  • Crossing the Dubai Creek in an abra, a traditional water taxi
  • Tour of spice and gold souks
  • Sundowner Dune Dinner Safari
  • A camel ride in the Dubai Desert
This tour is designed to offer maximum flexibility for your stopover on the way to and from Europe. This is not classed as a Back-Roads small group tour but is a set itinerary with daily departures. Please call to arrange this booking.



Day 1

DAY 1 DUBAI/ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – DOWNTOWN DUBAI Upon arrival into one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world, a private transfer will take you from the airport to your hotel in Dubai. Unpack your bags, check into your room and enjoy this stopover break in Dubai. With a day to explore at your own leisure, soak up all that this glamorous playground has to offer. Stroll through the impressive Dubai Mall, and then look up at the gravity-defying Burj Khalifa just next door. Before the day is out, take time to find a local restaurant for a taste of the Middle East.

Day 2

DAY 2 DOWNTOWN DUBAI – DUBAI DESERT Rise and shine then take time to enjoy a delightful breakfast. It’s a full day ahead so make sure each of the incredible icons of Dubai are given ample time to explore and enjoy. After breakfast, your guide will whisk you away on a driving tour to see the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Mosque, Zabeel Palace, the Dubai Museum and more. Next, we cross the Dubai Creek to the Deira side of town onboard an abra water taxi. Leaving modern buildings behind us, the Deira side offers a decadent array of local crafts where we carry on for a tour of the spice and gold souks. If you’re looking for an exotic gift or special purchase to take home for yourself or loved ones, the gold souks and markets are the place find a unique and charming treasure. After you have walked, explored and shopped until you cannot shop any more, your guide will transport you to your hotel in Downtown Dubai. With time for a restful lunch break, prepare for an afternoon-turned-evening filled with a desert safari adventure. Be sure to keep your camera on standby to capture the beauty of this arid environment before moving on to your Bedouin-style camp. The desert is truly a sight to behold and you can be guaranteed that this experience will leave lasting memories for a lifetime. The menu tonight offers a traditional Arabic three-course buffet accompanied by unlimited beverages, belly dancing performances and the option to ride a camel! If you’re looking for a decadent henna tattoo, the option is available (for a small additional cost) for a wearable reminder of your desert safari experience. To end the day, we return to Dubai for one last night. (D)

Day 3

DAY 3 DOWNTOWN DUBAI – DUBAI/ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Take your time to enjoy breakfast at your own pace before it’s time to say goodbye to this incredible city. Your private transport will take you to the airport to meet with your departure flight.