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From Abu Dhabi: Dune Bashing Desert Safari

1. From Abu Dhabi: Dune Bashing Desert Safari

Take part in a desert adventure and embark on a dune bashing safari by 4WD. Visit a camel farm, see a traditional camp, and enjoy some famous Arabic hospitality. Depart from Abu Dhabi and journey to the desert on the outskirts of the city for an arrival at a desert camp in Al Khathim in around 45 to 60 minutes. Take an exciting drive across the sand dunes by 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser with a multilingual driver, and stop at a camel farm to catch your breath. Continue to the camp to take advantage of a host of thrilling activities, including the chance to cross the desert sands by Quad Bike (own expense), glide down the dunes on a sand board, or put on some traditional Arabic costume for a photo shoot. Try riding a camel and experience the desert's original mode of transportation. See an original Arabic camp, and enjoy some famous Arab hospitality. Choose the evening desert safari option to watch a magnificent sunset from the desert and sample Arabic sweets and Bedouin coffee. A BBQ dinner and live entertainment are included with the evening tour, and you can even have your picture taken with a falcon. Whichever option you choose, benefit from a package specially timed for guests arriving on one of the following cruise ships: • AIDAstella • Azamara Journey • Celebrity Constellation • Costa Fortuna • Costa neoRiviera • Crystal Esprit • NCL Norwegian Star • Oceana Nautica • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas • Seabourn Encore • Silversea Silver Cloud • Mein Schiff 3 TUI Cruises

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Abu Dhabi Guided Speedboat Sightseeing Tour

2. Abu Dhabi Guided Speedboat Sightseeing Tour

There’s simply no better way to take in the sight of Abu Dhabi’s arresting skyline than by viewing it from the sea. Take a guided cruise of 1 hour, or 1 hour and 15 minutes, to see the sights that can’t be seen on land. Traveling by boat gives you front-row seats to truly stunning vistas.  Get up close and personal to the graceful promenade of Abu Dhabi Corniche and take in the incredible 21st century skyline. Follow this with a thrilling trip around Al Lulu Island. This guided tour gives you amazing views of the massive Emirates Palace hotel and a true picture of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape. Marvel at incredible views of the Al Maya Island, the Presidential Palace, Al Maqtaa Fort, and more from the water. The boats used are powered by the latest generation of eco-friendly engines, manufactured to exacting specifications and capable of reaching thrilling speeds. They are manned by experienced, fully qualified crews, and each boat comes equipped with the latest safety equipment, ensuring that the ride of your life is a smooth and safe one.

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Mangrove National Park: Self-Drive Speedboat Tour

3. Mangrove National Park: Self-Drive Speedboat Tour

Meet your friendly guide at Anantara Eastern Mangroves who will show you how to operate your own Rhino Rider speedboat. After a quick safety and operational briefing, hop onto your boat and slowly cruise through the marina towards the exit to the lagoon. Test the maximum speed of your Rhino Rider as you zoom through the lagoon passing the royal palace. Encounter flamingos on your way and observe them from a distance. Continue into the mangrove forest where you will maneuver through the canals. See fish, herons, crabs, or sometimes even dolphins along the way. Take a brief stop at an uninhabited island for a quick swim or to do some exploring. At the end of the tour, return to the departure point at Anantara Eastern Mangroves.

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Abu Dhabi: Boat Trip around Yas Island

4. Abu Dhabi: Boat Trip around Yas Island

Take in the sight of Abu Dhabi’s arresting skyline on a guided cruise to see the sights that can’t be seen on land. Get up close and personal to the graceful promenade of Abu Dhabi Corniche and take in the incredible 21st-century skyline. Follow this with a thrilling trip around Al Lulu Island. Get amazing views of the massive Emirates Palace hotel and a true picture of Abu Dhabi’s cityscape. See the Al Maya Island, the Presidential Palace, Al Maqtaa Fort, and more from the water. Experience a boat powered by the latest generation of eco-friendly engines, manufactured to exacting specifications, and capable of reaching thrilling speeds.

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Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

5. Dubai: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour From Abu Dhabi

Start your full-day Dubai adventure by meeting your guide in your hotel in Abu Dhabi. After a short meet and greet you will set-off to discover one of the world's most fascinating, modern cities - Dubai.  Begin your tour with a 95-minute drive to Dubai from Abu Dhabi - along the way, whilst heading through the outskirts of Dubai along the main highway you will witness one of the largest concentrations of skyscrapers in this region, and the third largest concentration in the world. This tour will showcase the difference between Old Dubai and New Dubai, giving you some insight into this multi-faceted city.  Visit popular tourist locations in Old Dubai such as: the Dubai Museum, Spice Market, Gold Souk and the Abra Ride (water taxi). Follow this with a trip to New Dubai where you will visit landmarks such as: Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeriah, Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa. End your journey through Dubai with a convenient and relaxing car ride back to your hotel in Abu Dhabi. 

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Abu Dhabi City Tour with Louvre Museum

6. Abu Dhabi City Tour with Louvre Museum

Escape Dubai and travel to Abu Dhabi on this comprehensive full-day tour. Learn about the rich history of the capital city as you travel along the Gulf Coast and visit the amazing Sheikh Zayed Mosque. You’ll be picked up from your hotel for the drive to Abu Dhabi. Along the way, you will pass by Jebel Ali Port, the largest man-made port in the world.  In Abu Dhabi, your first stop will be at the iconic Yas Island, which features the stunning Yas Links Golf Course, Yas Viceroy Hotel, and the Yas Marina F1 race track. This island is also home to Ferrari’s iconic theme park. Your tour will stop outside Ferrari World for a photo stop. Soak in the sun as you view the developments of Yas Island from the sea. After the photo stop, continue along the corniche road to the upcoming development of Saadiyat Island. This island aims to become the cultural hub of the capital city with various art and culture venues planned in the future. Visit Louvre Museum located in Saadiyat Island. Follow your guide as they help you enter the museum with your ticket. As the largest in the Gulf region, the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum displays both classic and modern works of cultural and sociological significance from all over the world. Once inside, walk through the promenades and see sunlight shining through the museum's iconic dome, built to resemble palm leaves. Next, you’ll get a glimpse into life in the past at the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village before a short lunch break at Marina Mall. After lunch, your tour will continue along the picturesque Corniche road and on through the city to experience Abu Dhabi city life. You'll see the magnificent Emirates Palace, old traditional Emirati houses and a Majlis (traditional meeting place) in the Al Bateen area, and the Al Bateen Palace. Finally, you'll visit the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Mosque. This opulent construction accommodates over 300,000 worshippers and welcomes Muslims and non-Muslims from around the world. This beautiful mosque is known for its diverse Islamic architecture and pure white color. Following the mosque visit, your tour will return to Dubai where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

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Sport and Luxury in Abu Dhabi: 1-Day Tour from Abu Dhabi

7. Sport and Luxury in Abu Dhabi: 1-Day Tour from Abu Dhabi

This exciting tour combines luxury sport and Arabic culture. Visit Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, home to the Formula 1 circuit, the Ferrari World theme park and Yas Waterworld waterpark. Then visit the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world where you can gain insight to the lives of the great sheikh. Take a speedboat ride and see the city from a different perspective. Pass towers, the fishing harbor and palaces. While adhering to safety requirements, you can also make a short trip to the sheikh's private island. Continue on toward the Corniche, the “cat walk” of the city. This is where the rich and famous spend their time. Enjoy a welcome drink with dates and Arabic coffee at the Etihad Towers, located opposite the Emirates Palace hotel. Visit the largest palace in the world and see many old and new architectural gems. Whether you are interested in Heritage Village or the museum landscape, this tour can be customized to suit your interests. You can decide what you want to do.

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What people are saying about Abu Dhabi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 341 reviews

This safari was really one of the highlights of our holiday. Our driver (Zad - sorry if the spelling is wrong) was nice and made us feel very safe. The cars were in a very good condition too. The dune bashing itself is wild but so much fun! The camp site was beautiful and well maintained (even proper restrooms), dinner was tasty and the dance performances were great. I absolutely recommend this tour! Great value for money.

We had the most fantastic day in the desert from Sand duning in the 4x4 to the camel farm and camel ride then quad biking and then into camp for a BBQ and entertainment. It was truly a fun family day that we will never forget.

Fantastic sunset boat trip. Spectacular views of the city, Sohail and Prashant were just the best captain/guide!

Great time! Guide was great and all the entertainment and food was fabulous!

Definitely recommended - really enjoyed the experience