DECEMBER 26, 2023 - ITALY / DUBAI
Departure for Dubai. Overnight stay on board.
DECEMBER 27, 2023 - DUBAI
Transfer from airport to Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai hotel (4*), check in and settle into room. The hotel is part of the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Center and is on Sheikh Zayed Road in a very convenient location due to its proximity to the Dubai Metro WTC stop, only a five-minute walk away. The accommodations, 412 rooms and suites, are all spacious and comfortable. Entre-Nous Restaurant, with international cuisine, offers all-day dining, with uninterrupted opening from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Outdoor pool, gymnasium, Dreamworks Spa for massages and beauty treatments are available to guests. There are two restaurants and three bars, including the hotel's flagship Blue Bar, known for jazz music, and one by the pool. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to Dubai Mall, Outlet Mall and to Kite Beach in Jumeirah.
Breakfast included, 10% reduction on drinks in hotel restaurants and bars (excluding alcohol).
DECEMBER 28, 2023 - DUBAI
City tour (6 hours) and Arabic dinner. The charm of modern architecture and great Arab tradition in this long day exploring the city. First photo stop at Dubai Marina to admire the Ain Dubai Ferris wheel at Bluewaters Island, 250 meters high is the largest in the world. Stop at The Pointe on the Palm: about four kilometers from the coast, on the artificial island Palm Jumeirah, the view of the city and the Palm itself is wonderful. Drive north through the city to the Zabeel Presidential Palace, the Emir's official residence, followed by a visit to the historic district of Al Fahidi. You change your perspective by boarding an abra, the water cab from which you can admire the skyline of modern Dubai while navigating to the historic part of the city where you reach the spice and gold souq for a leisurely stroll.
Dinner at Sabaa Restaurant in the Al Seef Heritage hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. A quaint and informal setting where you can enjoy the authentic flavors and traditions of Arabic cuisine. Unlimited water and soft drinks included. Not to be missed after dinner is a walk along the Creek in the quaint Al Seef neighborhood.
DECEMBER 29, 2023 - DUBAI
Desert safari and dinner in the dunes. An exciting 4X4 experience in the desert dunes that begins in the afternoon and continues with camel riding and sandboarding until sunset when a spectacular dinner begins in a typical nomadic tribe camp, with barbeque in the traditional style but also international buffet. Unlimited soft drinks. Belly dancing, henna tattoos and hookah complete the evening.
DECEMBER 30, 2023 - DAY IN ABU DHABI
It takes about two hours by road to reach Abu Dhabi, and arrival in the UAE capital immediately leaves one breathless: photo stop at the Louvre Museum, one of the city's icons, a modern architectural work that bears the signature of Jean Nouvel and is a hymn to tolerance and dialogue between cultures and religions. Next comes an immediate change of scenery, from modernity to tradition. Indeed, the picture-postcard Emirates, the ones that have built cities in the desert and shattered all records, retain a rigid attachment to their roots, which they seek to protect and pass on.On a strip of land in Al Marina and run by the Emirates Heritage Club, visit Heritage Village, a faithful reconstruction of a village of the past that shows a glimpse of daily life in the city before the economic boom. Photo stop at the Emirates Palace, arguably the most prestigious and iconic hotel in the city. International buffet lunch at Al Wahda Restaurant in the Grand Millennium Hotel.
Then visit to the Qasr Al Watan Presidential Palace-literally "palace of the nation"-is Abu Dhabi's new cultural emblem, allowing visitors to better understand the UAE's culture, explore its heritage and history, and discover the traditions and values that govern the country. Before returning to Dubai, the day ends with a visit to the wonderful and unique Sheikh Zayed Mosque; it can accommodate more than 40,000 worshippers.
DEC 31, 2023 - DUBAI
Stay in Dubai, day at leisure.
New Year's Eve dinner.
JANUARY 1, 2024 - DUBAI
Stay in Dubai, day at leisure.
JANUARY 2, 2024 - DUBAI/ITALY
Depart from the hotel and transfer to the airport for the return flight. Arrival in Italy and end of services.