Day 1: Arrive in Abu Dhabi
Upon arrival at the airport you’ll be met by a driver to transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to relax in your hotel and soak up the desert sun.
Hotel: Le Meridien
Day 2 to 3: Abu Dhabi City Tour
After breakfast, a city tour takes you through all the sights of Abu Dhabi and the Louvre. Visit the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE and one of the largest in the world. Then drive along the Corniche and view the famous Abu Dhabi skyline, and take a glimpse into the past with a visit to the Heritage Village followed by the Zayed Memorial, a permanent tribute to the UAE's Founding Father Sheikh Zayed.
Have the opportunity to take a picture with the breathtaking Emirates Palace as a background, then go inside to experience their famous "Palace Cappuccino", sprinkled with real 24 carat gold flakes. Finally, immerse yourself into the traditional Arabic hospitably while visiting the traditional Date Market.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum, located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The museum was established on 8 November 2017. It is part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government. The museum is located on the Saadiyat Island Cultural District. It is approximately 24,000 square metres (260,000 sq ft) in size, with 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq ft) of galleries, making it the largest art museum in the Arabian peninsula. The final cost of the construction is expected to be about €600 million. In addition, USS525 million was paid by Abu Dhabi to be associated with the Louvre name, and an additional USS747 million will be paid in exchange for art loans, special exhibitions and management advice. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Le Meridien
Day 3: Abu Dhabi Optional Excursions
Today you can choose from 3 optional excursions:
Dubai City Tour – This full-day tour takes you from Abu Dhabi to the most exciting sites of Dubai, from historic must-see attractions to the latest developments that created world-wide fame for the city. Feel the atmosphere of Arabic charms alongside one of the world's most exiting cosmopolitan cities. Discover the origins of traditional fishing, pearling and the sea-trade culture of Dubai, learnt best at the Dubai Museum and its surroundings. Enjoy an abra (water-taxi) ride over the Creek and immerse yourself in haggling at the traditional spice and gold markets in the old part of the town. Follow us into the future when visiting Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the region, alongside Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world. Be stunned by the famous water fountains, designed by California-based WET design, responsible for the water features at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Admire the sparkling lights of this metropolis by night and take with you everlasting memories on the way back to Abu Dhabi.
Al Ain City Tour – Al Ain the "Garden City" of Abu Dhabi, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site with its ancient forts, museums, traditional souk and ancient oasis, where date farms still operate. Admire the unique red sand dunes on the way to Al Ain, learn about the history of the UAE in the Al Ain National Museum before walking through the date palm oasis with the 'ancient 'falaj' system, an irrigation system used in traditional farming. Visit the Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum and Qasr al Muwaiji, the birthplace of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. After an authentic Emirati lunch you will head to the Al Ain Zoo, a 400-hectare (990-acre) zoo located in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet where you can experience wildlife from around the world and animals native to the Arabian Peninsula. On the same site is the Sheikh Zayed Desert learning Centre, an important educational facility, providing a true picture of the of the United Arab Emirates natural environment.
Private Island Beach
Day – Spend the day relaxing on the beach on Nurai Island, situated in the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf to the east of the Abu Dhabi city coastline. Just a ten-minute boat ride from Saadiyat Island, the secluded island is conveniently accessible. The island is home to Zaya Nurai, a unique, boutique private island resort with a 32-bed, all villa hotel and five food and beverage outlets. Inspired by the Arabic word 'nur' meaning 'light' - Nurai Island is a stunning piece of paradise that is the perfect retreat for those looking for peace and tranquility, complemented by unparalleled and uninterrupted Arabian Gulf views. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Le Meridien
Day 4: Abu Dhabi Desert Experience
This morning is yours at leisure then this afternoon we head to the desert for a unique desert dining and entertainment experience at Hala Oasis. A truly authentic Emirati experience, immersed in local heritage, culture and tradition in the mesmerising Arabian Desert. The dinner includes coach transfers, 4x4 dune driving, camel riding, henna, belly dancers. (Breakfast)
Hotel: Le Meridien
Day 5: Depart Abu Dhabi
We say goodbye to Abu Dhabi as we depart for our flight home. (Breakfast)
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