How many chances does one get to converge upon the hustle and bustle of one of the most vibrant cities in the world located in the desert and then completely switch gears to relax on one of the world's most beautiful beaches located in the Indian Ocean? Can you say "bucket list"???
The Sisterhood is heading to The Maldives (you ask - we deliver) but not without stopping in Dubai first! We've created an exclusive opportunity for a maximum of 16 women to indulge themselves in complete luxury - from the city to the beach. And, not just any beach - it's THE MALDIVES!
You'll have ample opportunity in both Dubai and The Maldives to experience rich cultural history and traditions, culinary feasts that will stimulate your senses, exciting adventures and dare we say it ... luxurious pampering! Don't miss your opportunity to join Sisterhood Travels for this incredible women-only once-in-a-lifetime trip. We promise you lots of fun, laughs, spectacular sightseeing and most of all....the magic of Sisterhood!
WE EXPECT THIS SMALL-GROUP EXCLUSIVE TOUR TO BE A SELL-OUT VERY QUICKLY - FIRST DEPOSITED-FIRST ACCOMMODATED
9 nights 5-star accommodations as listed within the itinerary (guaranteed early check-in in Dubai)
Private group roundtrip transfers between airport and hotel **
Group roundtrip speedboat transfers between Male and resort
Private deluxe motorcoach transportation throughout the entire trip
All exclusive sightseeing tours as listed within the itinerary and entrance fees
Tourism Dirham fees
Government and local taxes including VAT
Local Guides as noted within the itinerary
Sisterhood Travels Group Leaders
Sisterhood Travels Luxury Gift Bag
November 3, 2023 Today, we'll all board our flights to meet at JFK for our flight on Emirates Airlines to Dubai.
November 4, 2023 Upon arrival, once through customs and immigration, our driver will meet us in the Arrivals Hall to escort us to our private group transfer to our hotel for check-in and breakfast.
At 3:00pm, we'll meet our English-speaking guide for a half day Old Dubai City Tour. We'll experience the old town Dubai and the City of Gold by starting at the creekside to witness the beautiful skyline of Dubai and a walking tour in Bastakiah area. You'll step back in time to enjoy the atmosphere of Bastakiah, one of the oldest traditional Emirati neighborhoods set in Bur Dubai. Next, we'll visit Shindagha Museum and Perfume House. The iconic Dubai Creek area is the home to our museum, where we can experience the vibrant history of Dubai. Shindagha Museum tells the universal tale of human innovation, resilience, and the desire for progress, which shaped the Dubai of nowadays. When we visit the Perfume Museum, allow all your senses to be stimulated and delighted in the realm of exotic Emirati fragrance, while delving into the skills that bring them to life.
After the museum, we will transfer to the Abra station (water taxi) to transfer to the Spice souk. As we walk, we'll discover a great selection of authentic spices, incense and traditional perfumes. The big entrance of the Gold souk welcomes you to see for yourself why Dubai is called the City of Gold with some free time to shop on own. At 7:00pm, we'll drive back to hotel where you can dine and relax at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Radisson Blue Waterfront
November 5, 2023 Enjoy your included breakfast and leisure time on your own this morning. This afternoon, we'll board our 4x4 land cruisers (6 passengers per jeep) and head out towards the desert. At the entrance of the desert, your driver deflates the wheels of the 4X4 and then the fun starts. Dune bashing is known as a fun experience – you will feel the thrill of desert driving as your professional driver takes you up and down on golden dunes. A beautiful desert photo stop is also included Then, we'll drive to the Bedouin Camp where we'll be greeted with a traditional cup of Arabic coffee and have the opportunity to try riding a camel before it is time to settle down for our barbeque dinner. Later on in the evening, enjoy the Tanura dance and a belly dancer that will enchant you with her dances, a truly magical night! (B,D) Hotel: Radisson Blu Waterfront
November 6, 2023 This morning after breakfast, we'll venture out with our English-speaking guide for a half day Modern Dubai City Tour where we'll discover the modernism of Dubai. We'll pass by Jumeirah Mosque and then stop for a photo opportunity along Jumeirah Coastline with stunning view of Burj Al Arab, the world’s luxury hotel and then visit Madinat Souk. Souk Madinat Jumeirah combines traditional Middle Eastern shopping culture of stands, barrows and stalls with a mix of boutique brands, souvenir gift shops, luxury fashion and jewelry. Our tour will then continue as we visit one of new Dubai’s most prestigious areas, Dubai Marina, with its high-class boutiques, restaurants and many skyscrapers. We will then drive on the largest man-made Island "The Palm Jumeirah" where we will have a photo stop opposite the luxurious Atlantis the Palm Hotel: a magnificent oceanic tribute to mythological age.
Next, we'll head to Dubai Mall for a photo stop from outside the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifah. You'll also have some free time at Dubai Mall. This afternoon, we'll drive back to the hotel where you'll have plenty of free time to refresh.
This evening, we'll be heading to the Dubai Marina for the Evening Dhow Dinner Cruise which is a two-hour cruise to view the fascinating skyline and scenery of New Dubai. Dubai Marina Dhow Dinner Cruise offers the most prominent sights of lit up skyscrapers and surrounding residence around the Marina including the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, the Dubai Marina Mall, a conglomerate of five-star hotels, and other fascinating architectures. To top off the experience, our cruise will be accompanied by a gourmet 5 star international buffet dinner. At about 10:30pm, we'll drive back to our hotel. (B, D) Hotel: Radisson Blu Waterfront
November 7, 2023 This morning after breakfast at the hotel and check-out, we'll transfer together as a private group to the airport for our flight to the Maldives (flight is not included in pricing). Once we arrive in Male, we'll transfer by speedboat to our 5-star resort where we'll check-in and start to enjoy our stay in the Maldives! (All-Inclusive)Hotel: Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma
November 8 - 12, 2023 We'll be enjoying these 5 days at the resort where you'll have a myriad of opportunities to explore, relax and enjoy aquatic activities.
Your Resort - 5* Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Located just a 45-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport Malé, our contemporary resort is a tropical wonderland with world class diving sites and surf breaks right at our doorstep. We'll be located on the South Male Atoll.
Six restaurants & bars offer a range of culinary delights for your dining pleasure with themed evenings and private dining options to enhance your dining experience. Soak up the sun as you partake in a range of activities, whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation; from exploring the treasures of the sea guided by our PADI certified 5-Star Kandooma Dive Centre, surfing along the grand waves to indulging in soothing spa treatments at the Kandooma Spa by COMO Shambhala.
About Your All-Inclusive Plan
All-inclusive rates at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma include:
3 meals daily
Featured wine, red or white, served by the glass
A selection of house spirits
Selected mocktails and cocktails
Soft drinks and chilled juices
Kandooma mineral water
(Beverages served available between 11:00 am till 12.00 midnight in Kandooma Café, Bokkuraa Coffee Club, Lobby Lounge, BARavelli Bar and the Deck)
Complimentary Resort Activities and Recreation
•Daily Snorkeling Trip •Daily Snorkeling lesson *Booking essential (one day prior) for the daily complimentary snorkeling trip and lesson. All bookings are to be made at the water sport center between 08:30 to 17:00 •Snorkeling equipment and life jackets are free of charge •Table Tennis, Billiard Table, Foosball Table •Complimentary Privileges (tennis, badminton, volleyball, basketball and football courts can be used for free) •Kayaking – 1 hr free (8:30 – 17:30 hrs) slot and equipment are subject to availability
1 King Bed Overwater VillaThe Overwater Villa is a spacious option that is ideal for extended stays. Take in uninterrupted ocean views from your outdoor terrace, take a dip in the ocean directly from your sundeck, or soak up the sun on the overwater hammock. PLEASE NOTE: The overwater villa CANNOT be equipped with 2 beds. There is one king bed and a couch - not a sofa bed. We will not match you with a roommate for this room category. Single Occupancy available or if selecting Double Occupancy, you must know each other, book at the same time and be willing to share these bedding arrangements. ADDITIONAL NOTE:You must be physically fit enough to climb up and down the ladder the allows you to enter the water from your villa. (3 available)
Beach View Villa Step into your island hideaway surrounded by nature and only a few steps away from the white beach sands. The villa is equipped with modern facilities and amenities from a furnished patio and hammock to an outdoor rain shower. This room selection is appropriate for DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ONLY as two beds are available. (4 available)
November 13, 2023 After breakfast, we'll take the speedboat back to Male airport and fly home via Dubai (flight not included)
November 14, 2023 Today you'll arrive home in the USA after you say goodbye to your new lifelong friends from the Sisterhood.
International roundtrip airfare is not included in this tour and is an additional cost, nor is the flight from Dubai to the Maldives. We will be flying on Emirates Airlines from JFK. We will begin booking flights in December 2022. 25% of your ticket price will be due and payable within 14 days of flight confirmation. You will have the option to select your cabin class. Sisterhood Travels will NOT be charging a ticketing fee for your airline tickets for this trip.
The flight from JFK to Dubai is 12 hours, 35 minutes. The flight from Dubai to Male is 4 hours, 20 minutes.
Private group transfers (including speedboat) are included as long as you are arriving and departing with the group. If you take separate flights from the group and arrive or depart outside of our allotted times, your transfers will be an extra cost to you.
This tour will have a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 16 women (including your Sisterhood Travels Group Leaders)
Dubai does not require a tourist visa. The Maldives DOES require a tourist visa which you will obtain at the airport upon arrival.
Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the scheduled return date.
At the time of your booking, neither the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) or The Maldives require that you be vaccinated. Due to the ever-changing rules and regulations, this could change prior to final payment and/or departure. If such rules and restrictions were to change prior to departure, Sisterhood Travels is not responsible for any costs that you may incur.
We are unable to accommodate mobility assist devices such as wheelchairs and walkers on this tour.
If you need a roommate, we will be happy to match you to another traveler but we will not assign your roommate until final payments are made. If you have asked us to match you, you do not need to search for one in our Facebook group.
Optional travel insurance is strongly recommended. We will send you a time-sensitive quote after you make your booking
This is a leisurely paced itinerary and is full of cultural and interesting sightseeing and some free days to relax. Some excursion days may include reasonably early starts, some longer coach travel and possibly walking over uneven terrain. Guests should have reasonable health and mobility.
PRICING PER PERSON
Beach View Villa - Double Occupancy Only - $6599 per person
Over The Water Villa - Double Occupancy - $7525 per person / Single Occupancy - $10,525 per person
Deposit Due at Time of Booking: $650.00 non-refundable for land tour (see Cancellation & Refund Policy below
AIR: Emirates Airlines Deposit Penalties Within 40 days until 24 days prior to departure 10% of the fare per passenger Within 24 days until 17 days prior 25% of the fare per passenger Within 17 days 50% of fare per passenger
LAND: Land Tour Penalties More than 71 days prior to departure loss of non-refundable deposit Between 70-46 Days prior to departure 75% of tour price 45 days or less prior to departure 100% non-refundableNCELLATION DATES AND PENALTIE