Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Sandy Serenity and Family Fun: An Amazing Adventure in Abu Dhabi (10 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates To Rub’tl Khali Desert, United Arab Emirates

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019


Day 1
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Shangri-La Abu Dhabi Dinner

Arrive in the modern metropolis of Abu Dhabi, where the architectural feats of today meet the grandeur of the old world. Upon arrival, a Remote Lands representative will escort you to the stately Shangri-La where friendly and helpful staff will lead you to your room. Inside, local hardwoods and traditional Arabic patterns embody the history of the UAE, while modern conveniences offer the comforts of home.

Day 2
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Shangri-La Abu Dhabi Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy an early breakfast at the Shangri-La’s Sofra bld restaurant, providing a wide array of both authentic and familiar selections. Afterwards, gather the family for a tour of this ancient and beautiful city, including a stop at the local Falcon Hospital, where the Emirati’s prized birds retreat to rest and recuperate.  In the afternoon, enjoy the thrills and spills of  Ferrari World - an enormous amusement park with rides and attractions for every age. In the evening, return to Shangri-La and relax.

Day 3
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Shangri-La Abu Dhabi Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast drive approximately two hours to Al Ain, the lush Garden City of Abu Dhabi, stopping at the lively camel market, where studs and beasts of burden alike find eager buyers. After a casual local lunch, enjoy a tranquil dhow cruise along the gentle current of Abu Dhabi’s Mangrove River before returning to the Shangri-La for a peaceful night of rest and refreshment.

Day 4
Sir Bani Yas
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resor Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, embark on a 45-minute seaplane flight to the Island of Sir Bani Yas. Stroll over the teak wood bridge past oasis palms to Anantara’s Sir Bani Yas Island Resort, where parents will have the opportunity to luxuriate in the Desert Islands spa while the young ones play games, watch their favorite movies or read about local culture in the resort’s kids club. Afterwards, reunite at Amwaj and enjoy sumptuous beachside seafood in the gulf breeze.

Day 5
Sir Bani Yas
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resor Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Savannah Grill & Lounge and relax before embarking on a wildlife safari.  Sir Bani Yas is home to a plethora of beautiful and exotic creatures from towering giraffes to lithe cheetahs, as well as the endangered Arabian oryx.  Once thought extinct, today the Arabian oryx’s beautiful black horns can only be found is a handful of Middle Eastern countries. Afterward, lounge poolside while the little ones cool off after a long day of adventure.

Day 6
Sir Bani Yas
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Yamm Villa Resor Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sleep in or catch the sunset over the shimmering waters of the gulf.  Whether your family prefers a relaxing day lounging by the seaspray or an enchanging dive into the depths of the Arabian Gulf, Anantara offers the best in beach access and water sports. If you like, take the whole family out to the open ocean on one of your resort’s private yachts, returning in the evening for a tranquil seaside dinner, for the whole family or just for two.

Day 7
Rub’tl Khali Desert, United Arab Emirates
Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, depart on your 45-minute flight back to Abu Dhabi. From there, it is a two-hour drive through the desert scrub to the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in the heart of Rub’tl Khali Desert.  If you like, stop along the way at the fascinating and sometimes bizarre Emirates National Auto Museum, a private collection of American vehicles from dune buggies to vintage monster trucks.  Upon arrival, freshen up and and enjoy a glass of wine and a leisurely lunch at the Suhail terrace, before embarking on an exhilarating afternoon of dune bashing— motoring up and down vast scoops of desert while gusts of sand billow behind. In the evening, unwind with a traditional Arabian outdoor banquet at Al Falaj.

Day 8
Rub’tl Khali Desert, United Arab Emirates
Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, journey into the desert as the locals have done for millennia, riding behind the hump of a friendly camel.  Upon your return, meet the resort’s falcon flock.  While young children become acquainted with the most docile birds, the rest of the family can try their hand at the ancient art of falconry, a bond between man and animal with origins older than history.  For dog lovers, the resort is home to a kennel of saluki, a noble and quintessentially Arabian breed, favored by royalty throughout the world.

Day 9
Rub’tl Khali Desert, United Arab Emirates
Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Journey through the Empty Quarter past the rolling desert landscape to the stunning Liwa Oasis, a historic and romantic piece of unexpected paradise within the heart of the desert. Your guide will lead you through this lively desert settlement; from the ancient Liwa Fort to the quirky camel race track. You will be fully immersed in desert culture, before returning to your resort for a final night, dining beneath the stars with an outdoor BBQ.

Day 10
Rub’tl Khali Desert, United Arab Emirates
None Breakfast

In the morning, bid farewell to your desert paradise and meet your guide in the lobby for your tow-and-a-half-hour private transfer to Abu Dhabi International airport. Home – or your next adventure –  awaits!

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Known for its exquisite architecture and high standard of luxury, Abu Dhabi is an ideal location for both adventure and relaxation. Begin your journey in the regal Shangri-La hotel before exploring the beaches and wildlife of Sir Bani Yas Island.  Your final stop is the luxurious and remote Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Resort.


  • Experience the thrilling attractions and unique architecture of Ferrari World

  • Take a seaplane from Abu Dhabi to the desert wilderness and beautiful beaches of Sir Bani Yas

  • See endangered species roaming free during an exciting wildlife safari

  • Immerse yourself in the local culture of the Liwa Oasis

About Us

Remote Lands creates highly personalized itineraries with extraordinary experiences for discerning travelers, based on their own passions, interests and needs. The world’s most elite travel advisors rely on us for our deep knowledge of Asia and entrust us with their highly discerning clients, from celebrities to CEO’s, Wall Street titans to professional athletes. We are available to travel advisors 24/7 from the initial consultation to the day your clients return from Asia.

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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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highly recommended

By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Excellent package

By: Mike53-Birmingham

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu was fantastic as was the Kinabatangan River Resort. Raimie our guide was first-rate!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth


By: Dustin and Eli

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Geraldine Hasting

Taiwan 2018 trip

By: Cindi

Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

Wonderful experience! This was my daughter’s senior trip prior to going away to college and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. Great guide, driver, travel agent, etc. Overall a very positive experience!!
Travel Advisor:  Deanna Byrd

far east

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

we had to different tour guides, both were just excellent and well worth the money definitely made the trip more memorable
Travel Advisor:  Jason Swaye


By: Joel and Kathy

Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

The Remote Lands Guides were excellent. The cars used for transportation were roomy and clean. The hotels were 5 star and their attention to detail was over the top. There was only perfection from the people we met and it was also comforting to know that our trip was being carefully monitored by Remote Lands supervisors every step of the way. We would recommend Remote Lands to anyone needing exceptional service in Asia.
Travel Advisor:  Kate Winslow

Remote Lands Rocks

By: Morty

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

Terrific professionals! Looked out for us the entire time we were on the road!! Many thanks!
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Elias

Vietnam/Cambodia/Hong Kong

By: Emily

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

We had 4 different guides (one in each city) and they were all wonderful. We appreciated that they let us be flexible and make game time decisions. We skipped a lot of the "touristy" sites and felt we had a more authentic experience.

Beyond expectation

By: Anon

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2019

Excellent. Guides at each location were friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Want to share a special thank you to Nadia Thakul (Bangkok) & Mr. Buntheun (Siem Reap). After missing my connecting flight from Shanghai to Siem Reap, I called Mr. Buntheun to let him know I was not able tomake it to Siem Reap as planned and for him to notify the hotel. I was flying instead to Phnom Phen and would notify him later of my flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Phnom Phen as I was filling out my visa on arrival form, a Remote Land guide greeted me and told me that Mr. Buntheun had notified the Bangkok office of my predicament and sent him to greet me. As you can imagine being in a foreign land in an unplanned location he was a sight for sore eyes. He got me in contact with Nadia who then took care of the rest of the accommodations (hotel, transportation to/from airport and flight from Phnom Phen to Siem Reap the next day). Assistance provided by Remote Lands got us to Siem Reap on time.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Remote Lands

By: susan

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2019

They were terrific.
Travel Advisor:  Shawna Owen

Trip to Dubai

By: KB

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2019

Our experience with Remote Lands was great. Everything went as planned from the time they met us at the airport until they took us back to the airport. Our guide and driver were fantastic.
Travel Advisor:  Joan Gerson