December 23-30, 2024
Dubai, often referred to as the ‘City of Gold,’ stands as an extraordinary testament to global diversity and extravagant living. This magnificent city effortlessly marries cutting-edge architecture with breathtaking coastlines, Michelin-starred dining experiences, and an array of exclusive attractions. It’s the ideal urban destination where cosmopolitanism perfectly blends with rich local traditions. Spending Christmas in this magnificent country is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday!
Step into the enchanting world of Dubai with WTA and embark on an immersive journey that transcends ordinary travel. Cruise along the iconic city skyline aboard a luxurious yacht, lose yourself in the aromatic delights of the Old Souk spice market and forge unforgettable memories as you venture through the mystical Arabian Desert. Don’t let this unparalleled experience slip through your fingers any longer – what are you waiting for?
Note: We recommend leaving the US on December 21 or 22 (some flights take longer than 24 hours) so that your flight arrives the early morning of December 23 – early enough to participate in Day 1’s activities. You will have a hotel room reserved for the evening of December 22nd to allow immediate check-in to your accommodations.
- Activity Level
DAY 1 – December 23 – Arrive at Dubai International Airport (DXB), and private transportation will bring you to your accommodations for the week. After settling in, get to know your fellow WTA travelers at the welcome dinner!
DAY 2 – December 24 – On this day, immerse yourself in the enchanting festivities of Dubai’s most celebrated Christmas market, the Jumeirah City Market. Adorned with festive decorations and holiday cheer, you will explore this winter wonderland. After your market adventure, prepare for an incredible Arabian Nights Desert tour to celebrate Christmas Eve. Traverse the renowned crimson sand dunes and immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of a Bedouin desert camp. This enchanting locale is where you will engage with a variety of interactive cultural experiences, from camel rides to mesmerizing belly dancing performances. Savor a delectable feast featuring an array of authentic local cuisines, making for a truly unforgettable desert experience.
DAY 3 – December 25 – Today, embrace the magic of Christmas together by visiting the Dubai Miracle Gardens, home to the world’s largest flower garden. Wander through its mesmerizing floral displays, each a unique masterpiece that will transport you to different worlds with through every diverse attraction. As the day ends, come together for a magnificent Christmas dinner, where you will commemorate the joys of travel and the bonds of friendship.
DAY 4 – December 26 – Escape the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s urban landscape and embark on a journey to Abu Dhabi, where you’ll immerse yourself in the authentic essence of Arabian culture. During this visit, you’ll explore the grandeur of the Abu Dhabi Mosque and Palace, both remarkable and spiritually significant sites. It’s astonishing how just a short hour’s drive from Dubai, you can discover a contrasting way of life. After this enriching experience, you’ll return to the vibrant embrace of the cosmopolitan metropolis.
DAY 5 – December 27 – Enjoy the pleasure of Dubai’s stunning skyline from the luxurious vantage point of a private yacht. As we embark on this serene cruise along the marina and Arabian Gulf waters, you can fully unwind and enjoy the scenery. Admire iconic landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab and Atlantis – The Palm, and if you wish, you can even choose to take a refreshing dip in the marina lagoon.
DAY 6 – December 28 – FREE Day. Dubai is a shopper’s paradise where you will find many markets that sell all kinds of goods. Today you can decide to enjoy a day of shopping, take a tour of the city, visit a museum, or take advantage of the gorgeous weather by relaxing and having a beach day.
DAY 7 – December 29 – Get ready to be amazed on today’s Dubai City and Old Souk tour. Discover the landmarks of Dubai old and new. Tucked into Dubai’s Deira district just north of Dubai Creek, the Dubai Spice Souk offers some of the city’s most rewarding shopping. Here, covered alleyways brim with stalls that sell all manner of Arabian and Asian spices, herbs, and delicacies, making the souk ideal for souvenir hunters and anyone hoping to get a sense of old Dubai. After the tour, you will head to an Arabian Tea House for an authentic tea experience and some Emirati cuisine. Tonight, we will toast the incredible Christmas getaway and a wonderful week in paradise.
DAY 8 – December 30 – A private transfer will take you back to Dubai International Airport (DXB) for your connecting flight to the US.
*Please note that this is a tentative itinerary, and it is subject to change.
Early Bird Pricing: $5,745
Complete registration by October 30, 2023, at 12 p.m. EST to receive early bird pricing.
- 8 days & 7 nights’ accommodations
- Single occupancy, luxury hotel
- Airport transfer
- Arabian Nights Desert Tour
- Private Souk Tour
- Private Yacht Tour
- Entry to Dubai Miracle Gardens
- Entry to Abu Dhabi Mosque and Palace
- FREE DAY to explore
- Daily breakfast
- Daily group lunch (excluding FREE DAYS)
- Daily group dinner (a la carte)
- COVID antigen testing for USA re-entry, if applicable
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Roundtrip airfare from US to Dubai Airport (DXB)
- Travel insurance
- Items of personal nature
- Meals not listed above
- Optional excursions and tours not listed above
- Gratuities and tips for personal services
Your trip is a BIG investment. If you cannot afford to lose the money you have invested to travel, for whatever reason, WTA strongly recommends you consider travel insurance. We encourage you to do your due diligence by researching and finding the best plan for YOU.
Suggested Travel Insurance companies are below. Ensure you inquire about a “Cancel For Any Reason” plan.
- Traveler must make a NONREFUNDABLE deposit payment of $400 at time of registration to secure her spot.
- Monthly minimum payment of $400 is required on the first of every month until paid in full to keep your reservations current.
- Final payment must be made 90 days before the trip date.
- A 50% refund can be requested prior to 6 months before the trip start date found in your invoice.
- No refunds for cancellations within 6 months of the trip date found in your invoice.
- A $250 penalty will be charged for any outstanding balance after the final payment date found in your invoice.
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