“Dunes to Beaches, Paradise Found!”

Dec 6-15, 2020

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solo trip Maldives

Castaway your cares in a perfect vacation that blends thrilling adventure in a virtual urban playground with total serenity in a tropical paradise. It’s the Ultimate Escape with diverse wonders of sand and sea. Just drop the words “vacation in Dubai and the Maldives’ to friends with a “Wish you were here” postcard and watch their heads spin! Just imagine a desert safari with dune bashing under a glorious sunset – or watching an octopus glide beneath your glass bottom overwater villa.  There aren’t enough superlatives for all you’ll see learn and experience.

 We begin in Dubai , UAE capital of Large Fun with its unrivaled architecture, turquoise gulf beaches and nonstop excitement. You may have been here before, but not like this. We added new Aha-moments to enthrall you. Things like the Camalicious farm, El Fahidi Fort, dinner by dhow, a desert feast with belly dancing and so much more! So much to do here that we built in free time for things like hot air ballooning, Abu Dhabi for a day, a speed boat safari, the World’s coolest elevator ride up the Burj Khalifa, the World’s longest zip line (2 miles) and a gazillion more enticements for any taste.

 Then we fly into the dreamy Maldives tropical paradise. There are 1196 iridescent islands on 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean which shimmer like a string of pearls. Its Barefoot Luxury with a no shoes policy and the epitome of pure escapism! (Now is the time to go, millions of years of erosion have taken their toll on the volcanic land. Coupled with rising sea waters, scientists predict the entire country could disappear by the end of the century.)

We arrive by small aircraft to reach our floating resort. Then make ourselves at home in our OVERWATER villas, surrounded 99% by ocean. Beneath you is a warm blue lagoon with soft, white sand at your doorstep.  If that isn’t enough, our resort has an award-winning spa, beach club, marine biology center, Maldives’ longest pool and 10 restaurants – dinners included!

 AFS Waterbabies and Aquaholics – snorkel and dive experiences here are the best. Immerse yourself in an underwater world of amazing marine life – 220 species of fish and 98 types of coral. Watch a parade of dolphins, rays, whale sharks and sea turtles – December is the best time to dive this region.

Land Lovers – Yoga, Zumba, aquabikes, electric scooters, cooking classes, beach lobster barbeque – or just chill in the sand to swaying palms with a cocktail gazing at spectacular sunsets that the Maldives are famous for.

 Come to a place where the sand is as while as the teeth in the smiles of the locals. Our past AFS groups loved it and never wanted to leave. It will sell out fast with our unheard of low season price during high season. Reward yourself fun in the sun during the cold winter. 

Two different exotic worlds await. This is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate your spirit of adventure with a spirit of renewal to relax and reflection.

Maldive, Dubai Solo Group Tour

 

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Lonely Planet says…

Welcome to Dubai

Dubai is a stirring alchemy of profound traditions and ambitious futuristic vision wrapped into starkly evocative desert splendour.

Innovation

It’s hard not to admire Dubai for its indefatigable verve, ambition and ability to dream up and realise projects that elsewhere would never get off the drawing board. This is a superlative-craving society that has birthed audaciously high buildings and palm-shaped islands. Sci-fi concepts such as flying taxis, a lightning-fast Hyperloop train and an army of robocops are all reflections of a mindset that fearlessly embraces the future. With many more grand projects in the pipeline for World Expo 2020, it’s clear that Dubai is a city firmly in charge of writing its own narrative.

Shopping Haven

Dubai is a top retail haunt that hosts not one but two huge annual shopping festivals. Shopping is a leisure activity here, and malls are much more than just mere collections of stores. Some look like an Italian palazzo or a Persian palace and lure visitors with surreal attractions such as an indoor ski slope, a giant aquarium or an open-air botanical garden. Traditional souqs, too, are beehives of activity humming with timeless bargaining banter. Meanwhile, a new crop of urban-style outdoor malls has expanded the shopping spectrum yet again.

Nocturnal Action

After dark, Dubai sometimes seems like a city filled with lotus eaters, forever on the lookout for a good time. Its shape-shifting party spectrum caters for just about every taste, budget and age group. From flashy dance temples, sleek rooftop terraces and sizzling beach clubs to fancy cocktail caverns, shisha lounges and concerts under the stars, Dubai delivers hot-stepping odysseys. Most of the nightlife centres on the fancy hotels, but there’s no shortage of more wholesome diversions either, including community theatre, live-music venues and the world-class Dubai Opera.

Cultural Dynamism

The first Middle Eastern city to make the Unesco list of creative cities of design, Dubai is a bustling microcosm peacefully shared by cultures from all corners of the world. This diversity expresses itself in the culinary landscape, fashion, music and performance. Although rooted in Islamic tradition, this is an open society where it’s easy for newcomers and visitors to connect with myriad experiences, be it eating like a Bedouin, dancing on the beach, shopping for local art or riding a camel in the desert. Dubai is a fertile environment conducive to breaking down cultural barriers and preconceptions.

 

Welcome to Maldives

Unrivalled luxury, stunning white-sand beaches and an amazing underwater world make Maldives an obvious choice for a true holiday of a lifetime.

Unbelievable Beaches

Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world; they’re on almost every one of the country’s nearly 1200 islands and are so consistently perfect that it’s hard not to become blasé about them. While some beaches may boast softer granules than others, the basic fact remains: you won’t find consistently whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water like this anywhere else on earth. This fact alone is enough to bring well over a million people a year to this tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise.

Resorts for Everyone

Every resort in Maldives is its own private island, and with over 100 to choose from the only problem is selecting where you want to stay. At the top end, the world’s most exclusive hotel brands compete with each other to attain ever-greater heights of luxury, from personal butlers and private lap pools to in-room massages and pillow menus. It’s not surprising that honeymooners and those seeking a glamorous tropical getaway have long had the country at the very top of their wish lists. But there’s also plenty of choice beyond the five- and six-star resorts.

Independent Travel

Maldives has undergone seismic change in the past 10 years, since inhabited islands have been opened to tourism and locals permitted to build their own guesthouses. Travellers no longer have to stay in resorts and remain separate from the local population, something that kept backpackers away for decades. Island hopping by public ferry, speedboat and domestic flights has opened up this incredible country to visitors on almost all budgets. A number of islands in Male and Ari atolls are now big centres for a booming guesthouse industry, with dozens of options on each.

Underwater World

With some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, the clear waters of Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety is astonishing; dazzling coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish await you when you get down to the reef. In deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. The best bit? The water is so warm many people don’t even wear a wetsuit.

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Our Glorious AFS Itinerary

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Dec 6  – Depart USA

We depart the U.S. for an overnight flight to Dubai.  Group air all trip details coming soon in AFS TripTips.

Dec 7 – Welcome to Sparkling Dubai  (Trip officially begins)

We arrive at Dubai International airport where our local guide will meet us and take us to our hotel, the Hyatt Place in the Al Rigga neighborhood.  It’s a perfect location to explore the old world part of Dubai. We put all our groups here.  It very near the waterway known as “The Creek” and markets, restaurants and shopping abounds.  After briefing, our guide will point you were you want to go.

Overnight at Hyatt Place (4 nights)

Dec 8 –  Dubai City Tour and Dhow Dinner Cruise                           B D

After breakfast we take in some of the oldest areas of this city which mixes ancient tradition with ultramodern. First up is the oldest part of the city, Bastakia. Here we find centuries-old houses of wealthy merchants with their towers built to catch wind and cool the buildings. We also see the Al Fahidi Fort, which has stood for almost two centuries, defending the old settlers against their enemies. It currently houses the Dubai museum.

Walk through some local markets and make our way to the docks at Abras where we catch a water taxi to take us across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. You’ll see both tourists and locals haggling over items.

Then it’s off to learn about all things camel at a camel dairy farm. Camelicious has a host of products, all made with camel milk. View the camel herd and see the processing from milk to the end products which include chocolate!

In the evening, we board a traditional wooden dhow for an amazing Arabian Gulf buffet dinner cruise. These boats were used for centuries until the 1970s to transport goods from neighboring countries to the Emirates. You can still find them in use today by smaller companies and fisherman.

Overnight at Hyatt Place

Dec 9  – Desert Safari, Dune Bashing and Dinner Under the Stars               B D

You are free until early afternoon to either relax or to explore this wondrous city. There are so many options from visiting the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa, as well as the world’s biggest shopping mall – Dubai Mall.  Both will defy your senses. A tour of the Burj not only shows you the great engineering feat it was to construct this tower, but also take you through the exotic chronicles of Dubai’s history. Experience a ride in the world’s third fastest elevator that whips you through 124 levels above the ground!dinner cruise

We leave midafternoon to travel to the desert that is just outside of Dubai. You’re then in for some great fun as we pile into air conditioned jeeps to crisscross mountainous sand dunes for an afternoon of Dune Bashing.  We stop to watch the beautiful sunset before reaching our campsite where you have the opportunity to do a camel ride, sand boarding and try out a henna design on hand or feet. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner. Before returning to Dubai watch belly dancing performance beneath a sky filled with stars

Overnight at Hyatt Place

Dec 10 – Free At Last Day!                              B

You have an entirely free day on your own to explore. As we mentioned in our trip description, there are innumerable options on how to spend your time.

Among them are:

  • A Yellow Boat Ride – A new attraction in Dubai, this exhilarating tour takes you by speed boat around Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab and its marina. There’s no better photo op than seeing these amazing places by water
  • Tour of Abu Dhabi – you’ll spend a whole day traveling to and exploring the capital City of the United Arab Emirates. This includes stopping on the way at the stunningly beautiful Sheikh Al Nahyan, this is one of the largest mosques in the world. You’ll also see Emirates Palace, bustling the Abu Dhabi city center and then to the impeccably manicured Corniche, boasting cafes, restaurants and play areas. You’ll also get to visit the unbelievable Ferrari World and Yas Island.
  • Hot Air Balloon ride over the sands – choose either sunrise or sunset for a guaranteed adventure high above the dunes of Dubai’s desert. Golden hues, wandering camels and emerald-green oases will add to the excitement of your hot air balloon experience.
  • World’s Longest Zipline – Stretching more than a mile and a half, the Jebel Jais zipline is located outside Dubai in Ras Al Khaimah in the Jebel Jais Mountains. Top speeds can be almost 90 MPH as you zip across this stunning terrain.
  • The world’s longest urbanzipline – Set in Dubai Marina, the XLine is also one of the steepest and fastest ziplines around the globe, stretching over a half a mile, with an incline of 16 degrees and reaching speeds of almost 50 mph. the views of the glitzy Dubai Marina neighborhood, complete with bobbing five-star yachts and sleek high-rises are amazing. Also consider the museums, bunch at the famous Burj and fab Shaindhagla Cultural Village.

Be aware we have a VERY early morning ahead of us tomorrow, so plan activities accordingly.

Overnight: Hyatt Place

Dec 11  –  Flight to paradise, the Maldives                            B, D

Our flight to Male departs Dubai at 4:35 am, so we will need to leave the hotel by 2am.  Yes, crazy early, but sleep inflight and then enjoy the benefit of early arrival here for more time to play.

City tour Malé.

We land in Malé before 10am and will leave the airport with our local guide who will take us to a ferry to the city/ We have a 2 hour walking tour of some important sites in this capital of the island nation, including Mulee’aage, the “Official Residence of the President of the Maldives” which is located in the ward of Henveiru in the historic center of Malé. We’ll also see the Malé Hukuru Miskiy, also known as the Old Friday Mosque, which is one of the oldest and most ornate mosques the Maldives and also one of the largest in South Asia, admitting over 5,000 people. Another landmark is the Islamic Centre (officially named Masjid-al-Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al Auzam) and we should have time to visit the local market, Fish Market and Sultan park.

After the tour, we’ll head back to the airport to catch our 2:25pm flight from Male on an ATR 72-600 flight operated by Manta Air for Kudahuvadhoo. The flight is only about 40 minutes.

At Kudahuvadhoo, we will transfer to nearby jetty from and catch our speed boat to our hotel,

Kandima Maldives. Much more than just a hotel, it is a game-changing destination which offers a seriously stylish island setting with extraordinary restaurants and bars and plenty of on-site activities to choose from. Your private villa offers endless tropical views out over the Indian Ocean.

Located on the largest island in Dhaalu Atoll, Kandima Maldives has the longest outdoor swimming pool in the Maldives, an abundance of water-sports, the largest beach club and tennis and basketball courts. It offers a marine biology center, an art studio and cooking classes and 10 restaurants from which to choose.

Start unwinding as soon as your arrive. Dinner is at your leisure at the hotel.

Overnight: Kandima Resort & Spa Maldives

Dec 12 – Splish n Splash Day at Leisure                     B, D

Today is an entirely free day to enjoy this exquisite resort. Relax and unwind or discover the blue around Kandima Maldives with an incredible range of aquatic activities that you can enjoy here. The resort has an amazing snorkeling platform set on the edge of the Kandima lagoon, allowing guests to snorkel at the reef’s edge and experience the awesome marine life kandima has to offer.

Other possibilities include diving on the Dhaalu atoll. This is one of the most pristine regions in the country. The atoll’s waters are perfect for beginners, as well as advanced divers can still explore greater depths and enjoy the thrill of drift diving in stronger currents.

And don’t forget the Award winning esKape Spa. If relaxation is more your thing, then the esKape Spa is the prefect escape, offering everything from exfoliation to healing therapies with numerous signature treatments. There’s also an onsite steam room and plunge pool.

Overnight: Kandima Maldives

 

Dec 13 – Free Day                               B D

Another free day. Anything you missed yesterday – try today. Or, just do it all over again.  The friendly staff will assist you of what to do.

At night you can check out the 5 new underwater restaurants and a nightclub.

Overnight: Kandima Maldives

 

Dec 14  – Head home                        B

Our morning is free but in the afternoon, we transfer by speed boats and fly to  Kudahuvadhoo and transfer to Male airport.  We fly Manta Air MA #405 at 4:05, arriving Male at 4:35.

Our tour ends in Male so make sure you book your flights home to depart from here.  Note group air package will be on Emirates:  Flight to Dubai, Dubai to Maldives, Maldives via Dubai home.

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Land Price $2895 + $88 Male flights in to out of our island resort

Deposit $500

Based upon 30 participants

  

Includes:

  • 7-night accommodation on twin/double sharing room basis at listed hotels above.
  • Assistance on arrival/departure by an experienced Tour Manager and AFS GTL
  • Buffet breakfast at residing hotels
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner in Dubai
  • 3 Buffet Dinners at resort in Male.
  • Visit to Camel Farm in Dubai.
  • Desert Safari on Dunes with BBQ Dinner (using 4 X 4 Vehicle ) -6 persons in each vehicle
  • Transportation using the services of a deluxe air-conditioned coach for all transfers, sightseeing and
  • excursions as per itinerary
  • Return speed Boat Transfer from Dhalu Airport to Kandima
  • Service local English Speaking tour Guide in Dubai & Male.
  • Walking tour in Male.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned above in the program
  • Service of Accompanying Tour Director from Diverse Destination.
  • Entrance fees to the monuments as mentioned in the itinerary

Not Included:  Air, gratuities.

Group Air:  We will present a group air option 10 months prior in the tab labeled Trip Tips.

  •  All prices are per person twin share.  Single rooms limited per group and a single supplement applies.  Cost set by hotel/cruiseline and vary considerably.  AFS will find you a roommate match. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”  
  • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.  
  • Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate.
  • We write our itineraries over a year in advance. Though unlikely, we always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. 
  • Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

Hyatt Place Al Rigga  

Al Rigga Road Near Rigga Metro Station – Dubai – United Arab Emirates+971 4 608 1234

Hyatt Al Riga

Kandima Resort & Spa Maldives

Kandima Resort & Spa Maldives

  •  All prices are per person twin share.  Single rooms limited per group and a single supplement applies.  Cost set by hotel/cruiseline and vary considerably.  AFS will find you a roommate match. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”  
  • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.  
  • Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate.
  • We write our itineraries over a year in advance. Though unlikely, we always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. 
  • Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

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