• Best Time to Visit

    October to March

  • Duration

    5 Days

  • Theme

    Adventure, Food & Shopping, History & Architecture & Vibrant City Settings

  • Accommodations

    High-end luxury hotel


Over-the-top opulence meets top-tier luxury in the City of Gold, that started out as a humble pearling village. In a land reimagined, the world’s tallest building, palm-fronded island-cities jutting into the shimmering Arabian waters, exorbitant sky-dining and underwater restaurants, diamond cupcakes and 24-karat ice creams, exhilarating F1 race tracks, super-scaled shopping destinations, the world's richest horse race and a winter wonderland in the middle of the desert, every fantasy can become reality. How far overboard would you dare to go in Dubai?


Day 1

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Start in a high gear and spin a Lamborghini along the eight-lane highway of Sheikh Zayed Road, crossing the chrome and glass high-rises of Dubai’s snazzy business district towards Palm Jumeirah, which is home to the famous Atlantis the Palm Hotel. Then ascend Burj Al Khalifa to gasp at the staggering 360-degree views across the city skyline from the top of this stunning feat of architecture and engineering. What could be more flamboyant than an exclusive table by the window in the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere, for dinner today? Enjoy a spellbinding Dubai Fountains show from the top or get up close to the fountains before disappearing in the Dubai Mall for over-the-top retail therapy.

Day 2

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Slip into old-world enchantment with a walking tour of the twisting alleys of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in Bur Dubai. Discover intriguing coffee customs at the Coffee Museum and get intoxicated by the maze of exotic Souks. Indulge your romantic side with a private Abra ride on the Dubai Creek. Switch gears and live the celeb life on a private yacht, lounge on luxury decks, scuba dive in deep seas, snorkel in sheltered bays, feast on gourmet fare and sip finest wines. Back on shore, continue the slow pace with a stroll on the JBR. How about a seven-course dinner on the 27th floor of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab to celebrate you?

Day 3

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Surrender to extravagance with luxury shopping at the Mall of Emirates, a mall that hosts the spectacular Ski Dubai facility inside. Then embark on an epic Arabian desert adventure away from the city. Think dune bashing in a four-wheel-drive, sand-boarding and camel riding on the undulating golden sands. Later, settle into a secluded Bedouin-inspired camp, where a personal butler and on-site chef will serve you an exquisite banquet of Middle Eastern culinary delights in a lantern-lit cabana under the stars. A backdrop of bewitching belly dancing and Tanura performances? That is a no-brainer!

Day 4

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Reserve a day for a trip to Abu Dhabi, the cultural centre of the Middle East, just a 90-minute drive away. Soak in the pristine serenity of the marble-floored, mother-of-pearl inlaid pillars of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Be an art geek at the Louvre Museum, a jewel in the crown of the Saadiyat Island. Brave gravity-defying roller-coasters of Ferrari World and near-vertical slides of Yas Waterworld. Spot Qasr Al Watan, the former home of Abu Dhabi’s Royals and Emirates Palace before visiting Heritage Village to learn about the Bedouin culture. Drown in a sunset ritual at the Miami-Beach style SoBe rooftop bar back in Dubai.

Day 5

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Spend the morning at the Madinat Jumeirah, a true Arabian mini-city in Dubai. Go for an adrenaline-pumping skydive over marvellous man-made islands and scintillating desert expanses. Keep up the tempo by racing a Ferrari at the Dubai Autodrome or tee-off elegantly at the Emirates Golf Club’s Majlis course. Slow down with a stroll through the Dubai Miracle Garden, the largest natural flower garden in the world and dip into a melting pot of entertainment and culture at Global Village in the evening. Wrap up a lavish trip with a royal hammam and languorous Arabian wellness ritual.


Pricing is indicative and subject to change depending on travel month, duration and selected accommodations.


  • Return International Airfare to Dubai
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Private Airport Transfers in Dubai
  • Activities & Excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Travel Insurance


  • Lunch & Dinner unless specified in the itinerary
  • Visas
Teresa Fisher

Teresa Fisher is a National Geographic author and freelance travel writer based in Portsmouth, UK. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Exeter University, she initially worked in London for Sotheby’s auction house; then in Europe as a cross-cultural communications trainer, living in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan. While residing in Bavaria, she commenced a career in travel writing, focusing initially on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy – destinations which still hold a special place in her heart. Teresa has since penned more than 30 guidebooks and children’s educational books on a wide variety of destinations from Europe to Japan, for publishers such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Fodor’s, and including National Geographic Traveler Switzerland. She specializes in European cities, adventure travel to far-flung destinations and all things Alpine, dividing her time between her family-oriented website,, and photojournalism. Her stories have taken her round the globe, documenting wildlife and culture in some of the world’s more remote places. Highlights include tracking jaguars by dugout canoe in Guyana, tracking orangutan in eastern Sabah, backpacking round Japan, and being part of the first team of husky mushers to cross from Finland into Russia. When she’s not travelling or skiing, Teresa spends summer months aboard her houseboat in the world’s largest natural harbour, Poole Harbour. Teresa speaks French, German and some Italian, plays the violin and piano, and is a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and The Arts Society. She has been leading expeditions for National Geographic in Europe for more than half a dozen years.

  • Jul 19-28, 2020
  • Sep 6-15, 2020
Patrick Hunt
Archaeologist Author

Award-winning archaeologist, author, and National Geographic grantee Patrick Hunt earned his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and has taught at Stanford University for nearly 30 years. Patrick directed the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project from 1994 to 2012, and has continued project-related fieldwork in the region in the years since. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Society, and he frequently lectures for National Geographic on Hannibal and the European mummy nicknamed Ötzi the Iceman. He is also a National Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America, as well as an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. He is the author of 21 published books, including the best-sellers Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History and Hannibal. He has a lifelong love of the Alps, having lived there for several months each year since 1994.

  • Aug 2-11, 2020
  • Aug 16-25, 2020
Tim Jepson

Tim Jepson is a British, London-based writer, traveler, and broadcaster. He began his traveling life at the age of 12, exploring the mountains of Britain and Ireland. After graduating from Oxford University, he lived and worked in Italy, writing for a variety of British newspapers and leading high-level expeditions in the country’s remotest corners. His experiences were recorded in a book, Wild Italy. He has since written more than 20 books, including several titles for National Geographic, and numerous articles for publications worldwide. Tim worked as a travel editor for London’s Daily Telegraph, and continues to travel extensively, with a passion for the farthest-flung destinations and the untrammeled cultures of Bhutan, Laos, Tibet, and Myanmar. He recently completed The British World: An Illustrated Atlas for National Geographic.

  • Jun 21-30, 2020
Alexander Murphy

Alexander (Alec) Murphy is at the forefront of the movement to combat geographical illiteracy in the United States. A geography professor at the University of Oregon, Alec is Senior Vice-President of the American Geographical Society, a past president of the American Association of Geographers, and a frequent advisor on National Geographic education initiatives. Research, speaking invitations, and travel have taken him to more than 100 countries on six continents. Throughout his career, much of Alec’s work has focused on Europe; his book, The European Culture Area (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), is the most widely used classroom text on the geography of Europe in the United States. In the late 1990s he began extending his focus to the Middle East and North Africa, and by the early 2000s Alec found himself increasingly drawn to various parts of Asia. He is now a regular visitor to China, and he recently became the first foreigner to give a plenary lecture at the opening session of the Chinese Geographical Society’s annual meeting. Alec holds a bachelor’s degree in archaeology from Yale University, a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Chicago. Drawing on his expertise in political, cultural, and environmental geography, he will offer his insights into the human and physical forces shaping the places we visit.

  • Aug 30-Sep 8, 2020
Everett Potter

Travel writer Everett Potter has been covering the globe for three decades in pursuit of great stories. For the past 15 years, many of his pieces have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, including a recent feature, “Swiss Tracks,” for which he traveled by rail, cog-railway, tram, and lake steamer around the country. He’s also written about various destinations in the Caribbean, Canada, Central America, and other European destinations for the magazine. Everett received his B.A. in English from Boston University in 1974 and his M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. He was a longtime columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, Smart Money, and Ski, and his work has appeared in most major publications, including Outside, The Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and Forbes Life. He is the author of The Best of Brazil and has been awarded four Lowell Thomas Awards for his travel writing. He lives in Pelham, New York, and spends summers in a rustic cabin in Western Maine.

  • Jul 5-14, 2020
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William Saturno
Educator Archaeologist

William Saturno is an archaeologist and storyteller specializing in the myths and histories of early civilizations and the politics of empire. A National Geographic Explorer and a former NASA research scientist, he has conducted fieldwork around the globe, both on the ground and from space, to understand the ideological and environmental foundations of how the great Czars, Khans, Emperors, and Ajaws of the past ruled over their societies. As an avid student and scholar of the ancient world, Bill weaves together data from archaeology, anthropology, and history spanning from the jungles of Central America and Southeast Asia to the deserts and grasslands of Eurasia and from the shores of the ancient Mediterranean to those of Scandinavian fjords, narrating the tales of adventurers, artists, commoners, and kings alike to bring the past vividly to life. He has joined numerous National Geographic Expeditions over the years in diverse geographies, including Mexico, Guatemala, China, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, and beyond.

  • Jun 14-23, 2020
David Silverberg
Geographer Geologist Conservationist

David Scott Silverberg is a geographer working on conservation projects spanning six continents. His mix of exploration, research, and digital photo-video storytelling has been popular with National Geographic travelers for many years. A fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Asia Society, David was the executive science director at Earthwatch Institute, set up and managed Boston University environmental field research programs in British Columbia and eastern Africa, and was a founding White House staff member for AmeriCorps. David has worked in more than 100 countries, manages the Environmental Learning Institute, and teaches at several international universities.

  • Jun 7-16, 2020