Tour Summary

Join the Green & Gold Army as we support the Socceroos at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup while soaking up the rich culture and many sights of the dynamic and glitzy United Arab Emirates.

The Socceroos are the defending champions going into the tournament, and have been drawn in Group B together with Jordan, Palestine and Syria – who nearly knocked the Socceroos out of Russia 2018.

After encouraging performances in Russia, the Socceroos will be looking to take the Asian Cup back to Australia. We’ll be there every step of the way and you’re invited to join in all the fun!

Group Stage Summary 

On this 15-day football experience you will attend all three of Australia’s group games, visit the glamorous cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, go on a desert safari, cruise turquoise waters in Musandam Peninsula and enjoy cultural experiences and sightseeing along the way.

Final Stages Summary 

Experience the final 17 days of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup based in Abu Dhabi – host of a Semi-Final and the Final. Enjoy the business end of the tournament as the Socceroos strive to retain the title of Asian Champions.

Package Inclusions

  • Group Stage: 4 – 17 January 2019

  • Finals Stage: 17 January – 2 February 2019

  • 4 and 5 Star Accommodation throughout Group Stage

  • 5 Star Accommodation throughout Final Stages at Royal Rose Hotel

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Arrival airport transfers, departure airport transfers, return stadium transfers, city and country wide transfers

  • Match Tickets –  Group Stage: 3 Socceroos group games, Opening Match between UAE and Bahrain & Iran vs Iraq on January 16 in Dubai / Final Stages: Socceroos Round of 16 & Quarter Final, Semi Final 1, Semi Final 2 and the Final

  • Exclusive Pre-game functions including food/drink and entertainment

  • Experienced Green & Gold Army tour host/guide/s

  • Qualified & experienced local guides in all cities and major sights

  • Cultural & Sightseeing Tours (including all entrance fees) to sights as detailed in the itinerary

  • Overnight Desert Safari (Group Stage Only)

  • Iconic Green & Gold Army Scarf & tour pack/gift

The Destination: United Arab Emirates

For most people, the United Arab Emirates means just one place: Dubai, the sci-fi-esque city of iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes and palatial beach resorts. But beyond the glitter awaits a diverse mosaic of six more emirates, each with its own character and allure.

An hour’s drive south, oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, is positioning itself as a hub of culture, sport and leisure. For the best swimming and diving, we head across the range to Fujairah to frolic in the clear waters the Musandam Peninsula and the Gulf of Oman.

In January and early February, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain are relatively mild with average temperatures of 14°C and highs of 26°C in the peak of the day. At night the temperature dips to a low of 8-13°C, so you’ll need to pack a few layers to stay warm on evenings out. With around 9 hours of sunshine each day and just 18-20mm of rain expected during the period and mild humidity, January and early February are great months for exploring the UAE or relaxing on the beach in between matches without sweltering in the intense summer heat.



Group StageTwin/Double Share$3,975
Group StageSingle (Own Room)$5,775
Finals StageTwin/Double ShareSOLD OUT
Finals StageSingle (Own Room)SOLD OUT
Combo - Group & FinalsTwin/Double ShareSOLD OUT
Combo - Group & FinalsSingle (Own Room)SOLD OUT

Notes / Exclusions

  • $500 deposit payable at time of booking with the balance due on 2 November 2018

  • International airfares are not included. We can arrange international flights on request

  • Guests who have been on a tour with Green & Gold Army previously enjoy a loyalty discount of $200 which is deducted from your balance payment

  • Where the itinerary allows optional, non-package-included day tours have been scheduled. These optional activities are supplemental to included activities as detailed in the itinerary and will include a small additional fee, which will be communicated in December 2018

  • Solo Traveller Match Program available- we’ll match you with a person of similar age and sex to roomshare to keep the price down. Twin share pricing applies. You can select this option during the booking process


Macro itinerary overviews are set out below, which detail the various cities we will be visiting and matches we will be attending. You can view detailed itineraries by clicking here: Detailed Group Stage Itinerary / Detailed Final Stages Itinerary 


Day 1                     Friday                    January 4, 2019                   Abu Dhabi

Day 2                     Saturday                January 5, 2019                   Abu Dhabi (UAE vs Bahrain 8pm)

Day 3                     Sunday                  January 6, 2019                   Al Ain (Socceroos vs Jordan 3pm)

Day 4                     Monday                 January 7, 2019                   Al Ain

Day 5                     Tuesday                January 8, 2019                   Khasab

Day 6                     Wednesday          January 9, 2019                   Khasab (Musandam Peninsula, Oman day trip)

Day 7                     Thursday               January 10, 2019                 Dubai

Day 8                     Friday                    January 11, 2019                 Dubai (Socceroos vs Palestine 3pm)

Day 9                     Saturday                January 12, 2019                 Dubai

Day 10                   Sunday                  January 13, 2019                 Desert Safari

Day 11                   Monday                 January 14, 2019                 Al Ain

Day 12                   Tuesday                 January 15, 2019                 Al Ain (Socceroos vs Syria 5.30pm)

Day 13                   Wednesday            January 16, 2019                Dubai (Iran vs Iraq in Dubai at 8pm)

Day 14                   Thursday                January 17, 2019                Departure day


Day 1                     Thursday               January 17, 2019                   Abu Dhabi

Day 2                     Friday                     January 18, 2019                  Abu Dhabi

Day 3                     Saturday                January 19, 2019                  Abu Dhabi

Day 4                     Sunday                  January 20, 2019                  Abu Dhabi (Ro16 match in Dubai or Abu Dhabi

Day 5                     Monday                 January 21, 2019                  Abu Dhabi (Ro16 match in Al Ain)

Day 6                     Tuesday                January 22, 2019                  Abu Dhabi (Ro16 match in Dubai)

Day 7                     Wednesday          January 23, 2019                  Abu Dhabi

Day 8                     Thursday               January 24, 2019                 Abu Dhabi (QF matches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai)

Day 9                     Friday                     January 25, 2019                Abu Dhabi (QF matches in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain)

Day 10                   Saturday                January 26, 2019                Abu Dhabi

Day 11                   Sunday                  January 27, 2019                Abu Dhabi

Day 12                   Monday                 January 28, 2019                Abu Dhabi (SF 1 match in Al Ain)

Day 13                   Tuesday                January 29, 2019                Abu Dhabi (SF 2 match in Abu Dhabi)

Day 14                   Wednesday          January 30, 2019                 Abu Dhabi

Day 15                   Thursday               January 31, 2019                Abu Dhabi

Day 16                   Friday                    February 1, 2019                 Abu Dhabi (final in Abu Dhabi)

Day 17                   Saturday                February 2, 2019                Tour finishes. Fly home

Round of 16 Socceroos matches: January 20 in Dubai if we finish 1st in our group, January 21 in Al Ain if we finish 2nd in our group or January 22 possibly in Dubai if we finish 3rd (based on results) in our group.