8 Day Classic Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Friends & Family Excursion (non-golfers welcome!)
Wed., October 10 – Wed., October 17, 2018

$1,849 per person*
(includes round-trip air from JFK!)

 

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

As the wealthiest country in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is associated with glamour, opulence, and great golf.  Join the African America Golfer’s Digest on an adventure to discover Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Be dazzled by these two cosmopolitan cities, both meccas of culture, finance, and innovation. Tee off on pristine golf courses, as many as you like on your own, then, set off into the desert, explore how civilizations lived for centuries, long before skyscrapers rose to reach the clouds.

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A world of ancient history and futuristic modernism awaits you. The seaside cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi beckon with iconic skylines, opulent shopping and historic old quarters.  Plus, you’ll visit the man-made Palm Island, Dubai’s signature landmark Burj Al Arab, Heritage Village, Zayed House, Al Ain, the Garden City of the United Arab Emirates and one of the country’s oldest settlements!  Most of all, you’ll have an opportunity to ascend to the very top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world!

Golfing is a widespread sport in Abu Dhabi and Dubai; whether you are a fanatic or a novice you will be thrilled by the nation’s collection of courses with various levels of challenges to improve your skills.  In this land of plenty, here is a course for just about anything you seek.  But, this trip is about much MORE than just golf!  There’s its unique culture, gastronomy, wildlife, recreation, shopping, spa and lots to do!!

Debert Cook_300x200“Join me on this exciting trip of a lifetime!”
-Debert Cook, Publisher

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are comprised of mostly desert which provides a good foundation for golf courses. Pour in the water and add hybrid grass and you will get perfect playing surfaces. The golf courses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are world class and internationally acclaimed.

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Accommodations: 5-Star Hotels!
Crowne Plaza Dubai-Deira, Dubai

Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi

TRIP COST: $1, 849 per person* (includes round-trip air from JFK!)
deluxe double room accommodations
airfare subject to change after December 1, 2017

Single room supplement: $591.00

Deposit $200 per person, Due by December 1, 2017,
required to hold your rate & space, nonrefundable.

Balance due 60 days before departure on August 10, 2018

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GOLF: Early morning tee times & transport is additional, on your own, or by coordinating with our group of travelers.  Select from area courses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, or these recommended suggestions below:

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 18-hole, par 71 championship course, home to the first golf academy in the Middle East. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club   BOOK TEE TIME

UAE – $US CALCULATOR

The Track, Meydan Golf, A unique new 9-hole golf course at the world famous Dubai racecourse that welcomes golfers of all levels.  The sophisticated, professional and systematic approach is at a leve unsurpassedse in golf clubs in Dubai.  Available to play until 11:00 pm.

The Track, Meydan Golf, A unique new 9-hole golf course at the world famous Dubai racecourse that welcomes golfers of all levels.  The sophisticated, professional and systematic approach is at a level unsurpassed in golf clubs in Dubai.  Available to play until 11:00 pm. BOOK TEE TIME

UAE – $US CALCULATOR

Abu Dhabi City Golf Club

Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, Par 70 course with a total of 6307 yards for Men and 5403 yards for Ladies. (9 holes), day and night golf available for as late as 9PM tee-times.   BOOK TEE TIME

UAE – $US CALCULATOR

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi, the Arabian Gulf’s first beach front course 7,806-yards, Par 72, designed by Gary Player   BOOK TEE TIME

Make your travel package reservation by calling:
Joycee, 1-800-682-3333, Ext. 1139
Mention Reservation #1357047
*Price subject to change without deposit.

Itinerary Overview

Your Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Dubai, Dubai-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
    • 4 nights Dubai at Crowne Plaza Dubai-Deira, Dubai
    • 2 nights Abu Dhabi at Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi
      Hotel Check-in/ Check-out
      Check-in time is usually 4pm or later. Check-out time is 12 noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Dubai & Abu Dhabi tourism fees
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout your visit
  • Entrance fees for tours per itinerary (golf is extra and is not included)
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring experience

 

Special Features

  • During the Dubai City Tour, view the man-made Palm Island and Dubai’s signature landmark Burj Al Arab
  • Abu Dhabi City Tour includes visits to Heritage Village and Zayed House
  • Visit Al Ain, the Garden City of the United Arab Emirates and one of the oldest settlements
  • Ascend to the very top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

 

*Not Included: Optional tours, golf and gratuities.

Abu Dhabi Tourism Fee – Effective June 1, 2016, the authorities of United Arab Emirates have introduced a “Tourism Dirham” fee in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi on all hotel establishments. The new fee requires a contribution of 15 UAE Dirham per room per night. This fee is included in your escorted tour price. We regret that we are currently unable to collect this fee in advance for independent city stays. It will be charged and collected by your hotel and service providers.

OPTIONAL TOURS:

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8 Day Classic Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Is This Trip Right for You?

This active tour program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps. A few early morning wake-ups, some between 6 and 7 am. Expect the longest time spent on the tour bus to be a drive of approximately 2 hours to-and-from Abu Dhabi. Weather is very pleasant during the day from October through April but sometimes it becomes a little cold and windy in the evening.
An excellent optional tour that you may wish to consider taking is the Desert Safari.  It is a fantastic experience, however, it involves a rough drive over the dunes and low seating in the camp. It is not recommended for pregnant women, people with back problems or heart conditions.
Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveler’s responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the dates of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at virgin-vacations.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has blank pages.
Trip Preparation
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you’ll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Due to security reasons, many museums have restrictions on the size of bags that can be taken inside and backpacks, carry-on bags or large purses may not be permitted. It is recommended to bring a small shoulder bag or purse to use in these situations instead. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. We suggest that you place liquid containers into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.
Travel Protection:
At any time before you complete Final Payment, you may choose to purchase Travelex Travel Protection that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Interruption, Baggage Loss or Delay, Medical Expenses and more. Travel Protection Plan is non-refundable after 10 day free look period. For a summary of the plan details on coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the Description of Coverage by visiting www.virgin-vacations.com/insurance/travelex.aspx.

Additionally, the optional Cancel For Any Reason Waiver, which may only be purchased in addition to Travelex Travel Protection, allows you to cancel your tour up to 72 hours before your scheduled departure for any reason and receive a credit equal to the full cost of your travel arrangements, less the cost of deposit(s), late/amendment fees, and insurance premium cost. The credit is reduced by the amount of any cancellation benefits paid by Travelex Travel Protection or any other insurance plan providing Trip Cancellation benefits. Credit will be issued in the form of travel certificates which are applicable for a period of one year from the original date of travel. In the event that instant purchase airfare was purchased in conjunction with the original tour program, you must travel within one year of the original date of airfare booking. Certificates have no cash value and may be used only for travel to the originally booked destination, using the same carrier, same or similar hotels and same tour package. Price adjustments will be made at the time of the new reservation. Should the price decrease, you will receive a credit for the difference. Should the price increase, you will be invoiced for the balance. This program does not apply to packages which include a Sea or River cruise, travel to Israel, nor does it apply to custom groups. For details, visit www.virgin-vacations.com/insurance/travelex.aspx.

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