US$ 1107 / pp
November - December 2022
Add to your World Cup 2022 trip pre- or post-tour to Dubai. The fastest growing city in the world is famous for sightseeing attractions such as the Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) and shopping malls that come complete with mammoth aquariums and indoor ski slopes. But this city has many cultural highlights and things to do, as well as all the glamorous modern add-ons. Dubai is sure to delight you with its impressive skyline, posh vibe and unforgettable charm of traditional souks.
This is a private tour extension just for you and you fellow companions that may start anytime between 1 November and 22 December 2022
Day 1: Arrival at Dubai
After we meet and greet you at Dubai airport, a private transfer will take you to the hotel of your choice to check in. The evening is free for leisure time to start your acquaintance with Dubai on your own when you may enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of city's famous rooftop restaurants.
Day 2: Dubai City Tour
After the breakfast our guide with a vehicle will pick you up from the lobby for a full-day city tour. Today you will discover the best Dubai can offer. You will start at Dubai Marina, followed by a trip to Palm Jumeirah, a human made island. For sunset session you will visit the world’s tallest building, ‘Burj Khalifa’ to experience the world’s highest observation deck. You will then be driven to Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a colorful and vibrant market in an Arabian city discovering its charm at every turn. After the tour we will bring you back to your hotel.
Day 3: Free Time in Dubai & Dhow Cruise
Explore Dubai at you own or book an optional day trip to Abu-Dhabi. In the evening we will take you for a dhow cruise with dinner onboard. Enjoy fascinatingly unique views of modern Dubai Marina at a traditional wooden dhow with soft drinks and food included. After the dinner a transfer will take you back to your hotel.
Day 4: Departure from Dubai
After the breakfast, check out from the hotel and take a private transfer to the airport for a departure flight.
★★★✩✩ Rove Dubai Marina
Located in one of Dubai’s most vibrant and spectacular neighborhoods, Rove Dubai Marina is the perfect destination for leisure travelers. Surrounded by stunning high-rise buildings as well as a wide variety of shopping and dining outlets including Dubai Marina Mall, the hotel is nearby the beach and barely a few minutes driving distance from The Palm. Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall are just 20 minutes away. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Rooms are complete with a modern bathroom including power rain showers and hairdryer; a sofa bed suitable for a child, desk and coffee/tea making facilities. There is a free ice machine on every room floor. A buffet breakfast can be enjoyed at the property and later meals are served at the restaurant. Rove Dubai Marina offers an outdoor pool.
★★★★✩ TRYP by Wyndham Dubai
A lifestyle hotel in Barsha Heights which is only 600 m away from Dubai Internet City metro station. All rooms are fully equipped with in-room streaming facilities in order to watch the latest digital content. A mini bar, in-room safe and bathtub and shower is available. Families can enjoy the spacious Family Rooms while Fitness enthusiasts will love the Fitness Rooms. The property features 3 in house restaurants and guests can enjoy the diverse from Greece, Eastern Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine.as well as a Coworking space, swimming pool and gym.
★★★★✩ Golden Tulip Media Hotel
The 4 star Golden Tulip Media Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Dubai Internet City Metro Station and next to Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and the Knowledge Village. Facilities includes a swimming pool, sauna, hot tub and a fitness center which features cardiovascular equipment, a spa with massage service and steam room. Meals are enjoyed at Symphony Restaurant multi cuisine prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients, fresh coffee is served at Ristretto coffee shop.
★★★★★ Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Waterfront boasts a prime location adjacent to the near by Dubai Canal in Business Bay. There is an outdoor pool and a fitness centre at the property. It offers 432 rooms, including family rooms and suites with fantastic views. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV.All rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a bath. Extras include bathrobes and slippers. The property offers a wide range of bars & restraunts, including Fire Lake Grill House and Cocktail Bar, The Larder, Makar Scottish bar, and Abraj Cafe. Guests can enjoy the pool and the terrace overlooking the Dubai Canal, kid's pool & club, spa, gym, salons and gift shops.
★★★★★ InterContinental Dubai Marina
Set in the heart of Dubai Marina, InterContinental Dubai Marina features an outdoor pool, nine food and beverage venues, and scenic views of the Marina. The Beach at JBR is 10 minutes’ walk from the property. Blending contemporary art and distinctive architecture, each of the 328 guestrooms, suites and residences features 40 inch flat-screen TV, complimentary WiFi and a working desk. Tea/coffee maker is also available. Accents Restaurant is inspired by flavors and feel from around the world. Marina Social by celebrity chef Jason Atherton serves Mediterranean inspired platters. For a relaxed evening the hotel offers Urban Shisha Lounge. Featuring 6 treatment suites, the spa offers a range of massage therapies with various intensities. Guests can work out at the fitness centre or enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool.
★★★★★ Grosvenor House Dubai
Located on Dubai Marina promenade, the 5-star Grosvenor House offers panoramic views of Dubai Marina, personalised butler service, an outdoor pool, free WiFi and an extensive range of culinary experiences. The modern rooms and suites include 42-inch flat-screen TVs and floor-to-ceiling windows. The marble bathroom comes with Byredo amenities, a soaking tub and rain shower. Some rooms offer a balcony and Club Lounge access. Grosvenor House's dining options include a weekly seafood buffet at Sloane’s, and the lively Buddha Bar & Restaurant which serves far-east and Asia cuisine and inventive cocktails. Bar 44 offers top-floor views of the Dubai Marina. Guests have full access to the beach, pool and leisure facilities at Grosvenor's sister hotel, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa. A free shuttle service to Le Royal is offered. B/Attitude and Retreat Spa offer a variety of treatments including massages.
From ancient spice souks to palm-shaped islands and record-breaking architecture, the city’s neighbourhoods offer visitors so much to explore.
Popular with locals, residents, and tourists alike, Dubai Marina’s charming waterfronts are lined with skinny condo towers and a growing number of al fresco restaurants that stay open into the wee hours of the night. Pier 7, the Marina’s idea of foodie heaven, hosts seven unique restaurants on each level of the tower that rises from the middle of the pedestrian walk. Here, you’ll catch a stunning view of the Cayan Tower’s iconic twisting profile. Across the Marina, you’ll find Jumeirah Beach Residence (or as the locals know it, JBR), a neighbourhood of apartments conveniently located by one of Dubai’s most popular public beaches. Strolling along the Walk is a great way to take in some graffiti murals and modern art pieces while enjoying a stunning view of the Persian Gulf.
The area around Burj Khalifa has become the city’s new centre of gravity, and is home to many of the newest, most exciting attractions Dubai has to offer. It is a lively area, packed with plenty of hotels and restaurants, and one of the world’s largest shopping centres, Dubai Mall. Stay here for Dubai Opera, The Dubai Fountain – and, of course, the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa. Dinner at Souk Al Bahar, complete with a fountain view, is not to be missed. As well as amazing facilities, the downtown area is also home to the restored historic quarter, Bastakiya as well as the popular wild wadi waterpark. Great option for first-time visitors who want to experience Dubai in its entirety.
Located along the south bank of Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai is home to the majority of Dubai’s important historical attractions. Here you can walk through the city’s last remaining historic neighbourhoods, formerly known as the Bastakiya Quarter. The labyrinth of lanes, built in the early 1900s by wealthy textile and pearl merchants from Bastak, Iran, offer a glimpse into the once-sleepy seaport of old-world Dubai. Meander the narrow, winding alleyways past sand-coloured buildings topped with wind towers — the traditional AC of the Middle East. Wander deeper through the lanes to discover museums, shops, cafes, and galleries aplenty. Within easy reach, you’ll also find a handful of historic mosques and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, a place for visitors to get a better understanding of the culture and customs of the UAE. By then, you’ll have worked up an appetite — satisfy your hunger with an authentic dinner at one of the many nearby Arabic, Moroccan, and Lebanese restaurants.
Dubai Design District
Dubai Design District, better known as d3, seemed to pop out of nowhere and go on to become one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Dubai. As the name suggests, here you’ll find a destination dedicated to all things design, fashion, and the arts. From runway shows to concerts and pop-up exhibits, the area is a bustling hub for creatives of the region. Grab a coffee and check out the numerous public art and design installations, or head to a nearby gallery to explore the latest exhibit. To cap off the day, take in Dubai’s stylish citizens while dining al fresco at one of the district’s many unique restaurants.
Deira (Dubai Creek)
Visiting Deira is like stepping back in time. Located on the northern bank of the Dubai Creek, the small port was historically the commercial centre of Dubai due to its convenient location along trade routes. The recent development of areas further down the coast have dimmed Deira’s commercial importance, but the neighbourhood stays true to its origins of days gone by. The Dubai Creek area feels different from any other place in the city — namely due to the lack of neck-craning skyscrapers in the immediate area. Instead, traditional wooden boats (abras) ferry passengers across the creek. There, the rustic streets of the Gold and Spice Souks await. Whether you’re in the market for fine jewelry, exotic spices, or a shawl in every colour, you’ll find all that and more at these traditional Arab markets. Take some time to wander the stalls, and don’t be afraid to haggle a little. (This is a local’s guide, remember?) Feeling like something new? Sample some camel’s milk or an Arabic coffee, both commonly enjoyed in the UAE.
The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah, one of the world’s largest man-made islands, is one of the city’s most recognizable regions. The palm-shaped island and its 17 fronds are mainly a self-contained residential district which is closed to visitors, but a ride on the monorail will take you down the trunk and the Atlantis hotel, giving epic views of shallow lagoons and private villas along the way. Hop off once you’ve hit the pink arches of Atlantis and you’ll find plenty of fine-dining hotspots, beach clubs, luxury spas, and unparalleled views of the Persian Gulf from the boardwalk.
One of the poshest areas in Dubai, Al Barsha is also known for Mall of the Emirates and other high-end boutiques and fashion shops. It surely is a shopper’s paradise. This lovely neighborhood also has several of the best attractions in Dubai like Tranquil Al Barsha Pond Park and Dubai Miracle Garden. A perfect “home base” for those looking to explore the city, this area is popular for both visitors and locals alike. Walk around its modern streets, try out the best dishes from their world-class restaurants, or just shop until you drop. Al Barsha is one of the top places with some of the best hotels in Dubai for tourists, and it’s not a mystery why.
3 nights at the hotel of your choice
One-way flight Doha - Dubai or Dubai - Doha (economy, 20kg luggage)
Private transfers to/from the airport
Full-day Dubai City Tour (with Burj Khalifa "At the Top" tickets included)
Dhow evening cruise with soft drinks & dinner
All transportation during the city tour and dhow cruise
Buffet breakfast daily at the hotel
Meals not mentioned
Peter Gay & Andrew Carroll-Keays
Travelled on the TransMongolian Railway in Feb/Mar. Not too cold. Just take usual ski gear. Great scenery. Organisation was absolutely excellent. Every transfer and every guide were on time. The hotels were all very good. The Russian Sim (provided by the company) was great for keeping in contact with each other and the support line.
Travelled to Russia FIFA World Cup 2018 with a family of 4 including (2 boys: 4 and 12 y/o) . What an amazing experience it was! Super well organized, transfers were always on time, hotels were good, we couldn’t ask for a more responsible tour guide, Phillip was awesome and in care of every little detail to make us feel like at home, would recommend the company with no hesitation at all!
Highly recommend!! Well organised, friendly and knowledgeable staff who go out of their way to make sure you have the best experience! If you ever intend on visiting Russia, definately try this company!
I am a Sydney-based journalist who travelled to the 2018 World Cup with Discovery Russia, the sister company of World of Discoveries. Following is my review of that fabulous experience ... What a trip ... the World Cup, five cities, amazing camaraderie, and great tour leadership against the background of one of the globe’s most amazing countries ... Russia. My World Cup tour with Discovery Russia was one of the great experiences of my travel life. The Discovery Russia team provided a wonderful platform with an itinerary both practical and flexible. The local tours in each of the venue cities - Moscow, Kazan, Samara, Sochi and St Petersburg were informative and, importantly, fun. Considering the accommodation pressures created by the huge influx of Cup tourists, the hotels selected by Discovery Russia were more than adequate. Special mention goes to the Grand Hotel Tchaikovsky In St Petersburg. The tour leadership provided by the company was both expert and considerate. Importantly each traveller’s individual enjoyment and safety appeared to be the paramount consideration. This World Cup holiday was meant to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for me but I am now planning for the next Cup. Bring on 2022 in Qatar!
I was extremely satisfied with my trip. Everyone at the agency have been courteous and helpful from the very beginning, trying to organize our 17 day World Cup experience. The guides and drivers are very professional and friendly, and the accommodations were simply superb. I highly recommend World of Discoveries as I know they will turn your trip into an unforgettable experience.
Egypt / Australia
Thanks you Abby and Varvara and all the other staff members of World of Discoveries for making our stay in Russia over 2 and a half weeks easy, comfortable and memorable. Thanks for the great organisation with transfers and accommodation. Thanks also for organising a phone sim card for each one in our group. It made our life much easier to stay in touch with each other and with our family and friends back home. We loved our stay in Russia and will certainly come back soon.