Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Destination: United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates, Dubai

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Dubai
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


If you’re looking for things to do in Dubai, head out to discover the city’s main sights and cosmopolitan culture on a private sightseeing tour! This comprehensive Dubai city tour showcases a collection of top Dubai attractions, from beautiful Jumeirah Mosque to famous landmarks like the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel. From a private vehicle, see picturesque Dubai neighborhoods, and then explore Dubai's old quarter, Al Bastakiy, and Dubai Museum by foot. Cross Dubai Creek by 'abra' (water taxi) to Deira, visit the famous spice souk and enjoy free time to shop in Dubai Gold Souk. Plus, learn fascinating details about the city from a private guide!


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi St Al Fahidi Fort, Bur Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Set inside Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum recounts the Emirates history up until the oil boom, which forever altered its skyline.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Burj Al Arab, 3 Jumeirah Street Burj Al-Arab Hotel, Dubai United Arab Emirates

The sail-like silhouette of the Burj Al-Arab has become a symbol of Dubai's opulence and affluence, standing at 1,053 feet (321 meters) as the third-tallest hotel and one of the most luxurious hotels in the United Arab Emirates.

Pass By: Dubai Creek, Mashraf Building, Dubai United Arab Emirates

The seawater Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai), flowing between Deira and Bur Dubai in the historic center of the United Arab Emirates city of the same name, is the reason for Dubai's very existence.

Stop At: Dubai Gold Souk, 54 Al Khor St Deira, near Gold Center Building, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

Dubai’s internationally famous Gold Souk has its roots in the 1940s, when Indian and Iranian traders began setting up stalls in the area.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Mesquita Jumeirah, Al Jumeirah Rd, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

Aside from being an extremely popular photography site in Dubai, the landmark is also notable in that it is the only mosque in the city open to non-Muslim visitors—an excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of Islam and its traditions.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Dubai Spice Souk, Sikkat Al Khail Road Al Ras, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

Dubai may have the world’s largest shopping mall, but for many visitors, the best shopping is found in the city’s traditional souks, or markets.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Deira Old Souk Abra Station, Baniyas Road Near Dubai Spice Souk, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Take a ride on the Dubai Abra, the city’s most traditional mode of transport.

Duration: 20 minutes

  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Water Taxi
  • Dubai Museum Entrance
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Deira Old Souk Abra Station

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code: lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised. Hats are advisable when in direct sunlight. The United Arab Emirates has conservative dress traditions. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops, and villages
  • The local tour operator reserves the right to cancel any part of the scheduled programs because of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or other similar circumstances
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Dubai Museum will be closed on Fridays during Ramadan
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from centrally located Dubai , Jumeirah , Palm Jumeirah or Marina hotels

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


4 hours 30 minutes

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Image - 04 Jul 2018 -

Peter F

Excellent tour both days. 4 wheel drive into the desert was exhilarating to say the least. The Bedouin dinner banquet and dancing at night was wonderful.
Good to see different areas of the city and earn about Mosque life and customs.

Image - 15 Sep 2017 -

Laurie D

In addition to the Emirate Meal this is a tour that should be taken at the start of one's vacation. It provides a good introduction to the city itself and some of the historical background. Having talked to other people who took a group tour, I would highly recommend taking this private tour, as it gives more time at each stop and is also more flexible for any personal interests.

Image - 13 Jun 2017 -

Robert F

We booked the tour on-line which was easy to do and offered what we were looking for. We were picked up on-time from our hotel by our guide who was also driving our private vehicle which was comfortable and fully air conditioned. From start to finish he was friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable giving us great information about Dubai and the places we visited.
We never felt rushed, we were given time to explore the places we visited on our own, but had been given all the information we needed ahead of each stop. The tour we had, took just over 4 hours but we could have taken longer if needed.
I would thoroughly recommend anybody who wants to learn a bit more about Dubai to take this tour and I would certainly look to use La Vacanza Travel again in other places we may visit in the future.

Image - 27 Feb 2017 -

Joanna K

We were picked up from our hotel in a people carrier and it was just the 4 of us with a driver and a very knowledgeable guide. We were taken out to the beach and saw the sail shaped Burj hotel, then to the old town where we visited a mosque. From there we were taken on a ferry across the river to the gold market and had a chance to walk through and look at the spice shops and the intricate gold work.
Meanwhile the driver had driven round to pick us up when we were ready. We then finished by going to an old fort which had been restored and made into a museum. Our guide was very attentive and informative. We were then dropped back at our hotel. A really interesting day.

Image - 06 Jan 2017 -

Lesley N

Great tour. Amazing insights into historic Dubai. Well balanced - old and new

User's Picture Gallery





Crossing the creek on the ferry


Dubai City tour

Abra ride across Dubai creek


Dubai City Tour

Jumeirah beach near Burj Al Arab


The Palm Atlantis, Dubai

We took a few photos of the Palm Atlantis, while stuck in a four hour long traffic snarl.


Dubai creek

We went from the cosmopolitan side of Dubai to across the creek aboard an and quot;abra and quot; to visit the gold and spice souks. Our driver met us across the creek and walked us through the markets.


Marina Precinct

As we are a boating family we wanted to go to the marina and check it out and this awesome twister like building. Our driver had no problems taking us there.


Burj Al Arab

Foreground - my husband and young son looking out to the ocean


Burj Al Arab

The beach we visited


Man made

Water way surrounding souk.


Hot beach

45 degree's on the beach


Spice Souk



Beautiful Lantern on the bridge outside Souk El Bahor

This lantern sums up the feel of Dubai for me.


Juneirah Mosque

The mosque was closed when we went but the outside was gorgeous. When we return to Dubai we will plan to see this mosque when it is open!


Dubai Icon- Burj Al Arab Hotel

Beautiful view of this iconic hotel


Aquarius hotel

We went into the hotel. The lobby is gogeous and the aquarium has to be seen to be believed. It is huge


Jumeirah Beach

Time for a little paddle in the water. The water was so warm. Lovely!


Entrance to Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Entrance to Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Beautiful architecture


Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Time for a bit of shopping. Lots of interesting things to see in this souk


Dubai Marina

We saw a baby whale shark swimming in the marina. It was so cute!


Bridge outside Souk El Bahor

Bridge connected Souk El Bahor to a modern shopping mall


Burj Kalifa

Burj Kalifa


Old Fort

Old Fort


Dubai Market

Dubai Market


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