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Middle East and the Maldives


Rich city life and beautiful beaches are in store on our Middle East and the Maldives itinerary. Visit the enchanting mecca of Dubai, a city filled with flavorful history and exploding modernity. Spend the rest of your vacation relaxing in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean as you retreat to Male in the Maldives. Exquisite sunsets, lazy days and lots of adventure await you on this idyllic island paradise. The perfect combination of a bustling city and quite retreat, this itinerary will send you home relaxed, revitalized and satisfied. 

Trip Type: Cosmopolitan, On the Water, Romance & Honeymoon, Sun & Sand

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Day By Day

Day 1 – USA to Dubai
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.

Day 2 – Welcome to Dubai, United Arab Emirates
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle.

Glitzy, glam, and over-the-top, this city-state is a fascinating mix of old and new, where flashy shopping malls rise up alongside flavorful old-world souks (outdoor markets).

The United Arab Emirates is a country with both a record-setting building boom (the tallest building in the world will be completed in Dubai in 2009) and a still-vibrant Bedouin culture, one that learned to survive in harsh desert conditions for hundreds of years.

Starting Accommodation: Park Hyatt Dubai

Day 3 – Dubai Tour
Enjoy a fascinating historical excursion. Visit the magnificent Jumeirah mosque; past modern palaces sprawled along the coast. Stop in Bastakia to admire the old wind-tower houses built by wealthy merchants. Close by stands the 150-year old Al Fahidi Fort. Here, the Dubai Museum records the city's past as an important pearl diving and trading center. Board an Abra (local water taxi) and cross the creek to the modern metropolis with its splendid architecture dwarfing the bustling alleys of your next destination, the gold and spice souks.

Starting Accommodation: Park Hyatt Dubai

Day 4 – At leisure, Dubai
With myriad shopping malls, flamboyant hotels, a dizzying array of dining options and hip clubs and bars, Dubai is definitely worth a peek! Spend a few fascinating hours by the creek, watching the dhow (traditional wooden boat) traffic and the abras weave along the waterway while smoking some sheesha. Walk the streets of the tranquil, restored Bastakia area or take a stroll through multicultural Karama or Satwa.

For a different take on this exploding tourism mecca, head to the Heritage Village during Ramadan or the Dubai Shopping Festival and you’ll witness local Emiratis take joy in their songs, dance and traditions. Outside the urban areas are ancient archaeological sites and old fishing villages.

Starting Accommodation: Park Hyatt Dubai

Day 5 – Dubai to Male
Transfer to the airport by private vehicle for your onward flight. On arrival, you will be met and transferred by speedboat to your accommodation.

Once known as the ‘Money Isles’ for its plentiful supply of cowrie shells, an international currency in the early ages, this namesake still suits the modern Maldives. Luxurious resorts sparkle on the 70 plus islands that form the Maldives — each one boasting blue seas and swaying palm trees. Snorkel the sapphire lagoons and see why the Maldivian economy is dominated by fishing, or shop at the Singapore Bazaar in Male and immerse yourself in a maze of teahouses and stores selling local handicrafts. For a little culture mixed in with all that fun in the sun, visit a local fishing village, or stroll through the National Museum. Sun, sand and sea, a thousand ‘Robinson Crusoe’ islands, massive lagoons with different depths and infinite shades of blue and turquoise, and dazzling underwater coral gardens; a perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical destination. 
A typical tourist resort in the Maldives is a hotel on its own island. It is usually the only establishment on the island and all individuals are either resort guests or resort staff. Islands are typically 2600 feet by 650 feet in size and are formed of sand and coral to a maximum height of about 6.5 feet above sea level. They are covered in coconut palms and bushes and in addition to having their own private beach, each island has its own encircling "house reef" which serves as a coral garden and natural aquarium paradise for SCUBA divers and snorkelers. The shallow waters enclosed by the house reef serve as a large natural swimming pool and protect swimmers from the ocean waves and strong tidal currents outside the house reef. A perfect oasis, the Maldives gives true meaning to the words ‘island paradise’.

Starting Accommodation: Anantara Veli Resort

Day 6 – At leisure, Maldives
Snorkel the sapphire lagoons and see why the Maldivian economy is dominated by fishing, or shop at the Singapore Bazaar in Male and immerse yourself in a maze of tea houses and stores selling local handicrafts. For a little culture mixed in with all that fun in the sun, visit a local fishing village, or stroll through the National Museum.

Starting Accommodation: Anantara Veli Resort

Day 7 – At leisure, Maldives
Snorkel the sapphire lagoons and see why the Maldivian economy is dominated by fishing, or shop at the Singapore Bazaar in Male and immerse yourself in a maze of tea houses and stores selling local handicrafts. For a little culture mixed in with all that fun in the sun, visit a local fishing village, or stroll through the National Museum.

Starting Accommodation: Anantara Veli Resort

Day 8 – At leisure, Maldives
Snorkel the sapphire lagoons and see why the Maldivian economy is dominated by fishing, or shop at the Singapore Bazaar in Male and immerse yourself in a maze of tea houses and stores selling local handicrafts. For a little culture mixed in with all that fun in the sun, visit a local fishing village, or stroll through the National Museum.

Starting Accommodation: Anantara Veli Resort

Day 9 – At leisure, Maldives
Snorkel the sapphire lagoons and see why the Maldivian economy is dominated by fishing, or shop at the Singapore Bazaar in Male and immerse yourself in a maze of tea houses and stores selling local handicrafts. For a little culture mixed in with all that fun in the sun, visit a local fishing village, or stroll through the National Museum.

Starting Accommodation: Anantara Veli Resort

Day 10 – Male to USA (Via Dubai)
Transfer by speedboat back to Male and board your flight back to the USA with a change in planes in Dubai.

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Hotels

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DubaiPark Hyatt DubaiBurj Al Arab
MaldivesAnantara Veli ResortGili Lankanfushi


Pricing

Pricing for this package is on request. Please call a Swain Destinations Specialist to customize this journey.


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