FINAL STAGES ITINERARY

Day 1: Thursday 17 January 17 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Depart the group stage itinerary in Dubai, continue on with the finals itinerary or arrive for the finals itinerary. For those that are on the group stage itinerary, transfer from the Dubai hotel to the Abu Dhabi hotel. For those landing in Abu Dhabi, transfer directly to the Abu Dhabi hotel. Get together tonight for dinner and drinks (at your own cost). For those that are interested can attend the 8pm Saudi Arabia vs Qatar match in Abu Dhabi tonight (at your own cost). Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 2: Friday 18 January 18 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free day to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Abu Dhabi. There are no matches on today. Perhaps catch a taxi from your hotel to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (50 USD per person for a 2-hour tour). Standing outside Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, watching anxious owners from across the region delivering their hooded ‘patients’ in person, you will quickly realise that this is a much-needed and much-loved facility. Falcons are an integral part of traditional Gulf culture and no expense is spared in restoring these magnificent birds to full health. Your afternoon guided tour includes visits to the falcon museum, the examination room – including intimate glimpses into coping procedures – and the free-flight aviary. Return to Abu Dhabi in a taxi. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 3: Saturday 19 January 19 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free day and optional Abu Dhabi day tour (at 160 AUD per person).

At 9am, take part in a guided tour of Abu Dhabi. Be mesmerised by the grandness of the new additions to Abu Dhabi’s skyline. Marvel at the jewel of the city, the majestic Grand Mosque, the third largest in the world, able to accommodate more than 30,000 worshippers. The tour will continue to the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, followed by a visit to the vegetable, date, fish and Iranian markets in Port Zayed. Driving along the spectacular Corniche, with its gleaming white mosques and elegant high-rise apartments, you will stop at the Heritage Village, which houses a small museum that depicts the traditional activities of the Arab community before the discovery of oil. After a short trip to the tip of the breakwater fora superb view of Abu Dhabi’s magnificent skyline, we drive past the presidential palace areas for lunch in the majestic Emirates Palace Hotel. What the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is to the vertical, the Emirates Palace is to the horizontal, with audacious domed gatehouses and flying ramps to the foyer, 114 domes and a 1.3km private beach. Do some shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores and enjoy a walk along the Corniche, an impressive eight-kilometre stretch of perfectly manicured waterfront with children’s play area, beach, cafés and restaurants. Take lunch in very exotic Central Souq. With a fusion of classic Arabian architecture and modern design, the Central Souq (Market) also has public squares, a central atrium with a retractable roof and rooftop gardens. In the afternoon, visit Yas Marina Circuit the venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the nearby Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (optional cost). The circuit is situated on the glitzy Yas Island and Yas Hotel, about 30 minutes east of Abu Dhabi. Return to Abu Dhabi at 5pm. There are no games on today. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 4: Sunday 20 January 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Attend the pre-match function and the Socceroos Round 16 match in either Dubai, Al Ain or Abu Dhabi on January 20, 21 or 22. The location and date is based on if the Socceroos finish 1st, 2nd or the one of the highest ranked 3rd places in Group B. If the Socceroos don’t play on January 20, there’s the option (at your own cost) of attending the match: Winner of Group D vs 3rd Group B/E/F at 9pm, January 20 in Abu Dhabi. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 5: Monday, January 21, 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Attend the pre-match function and the Socceroos Round 16 match in either Dubai, Al Ain or Abu Dhabi on January 20, 21 or 22. The location and date is based on if the Socceroos finish 1st, 2nd or the one of the highest ranked 3rd places in Group B. If the Socceroos don’t play on January 21, there’s the option (at your own cost) of attending the match: Winner of Group A vs 3rd Group C/D/E at 9pm, January 21 in Abu Dhabi. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 6: Tuesday 22 January 22 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Attend the pre-match function and the Socceroos Round 16 match in either Dubai, Al Ain or Abu Dhabi on January 20, 21 or 22. The location and date is based on if the Socceroos finish 1st, 2nd or the one of the highest ranked 3rd places in Group B. If the Socceroos don’t play on January 22, there’s the option (at your own cost) of attending the match: Winner Group E vs Runner-up Group D at 8pm, January 22 in Abu Dhabi. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 7: Wednesday 23 January 23 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free day to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Abu Dhabi. There are no matches on today. Perhaps do some shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores and enjoy a walk along the Corniche, an impressive eight-kilometre stretch of perfectly manicured waterfront with children’s play area, beach, cafés and restaurants. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 8: Thursday 24 January 24 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Attend the pre-match function and the Socceroos Quarter Final match in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi on January 24. The location and date is based on where the Socceroos finish in Group B and if they win their Round of 16 match. If the Socceroos don’t play on January 24, there’s the option (at your own cost) of attending the match: Winner of Match 38 vs the Winner of Match 39 at 8pm, January 24 in Abu Dhabi. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 9: Friday 25 January 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Attend the pre-match function and the Socceroos Quarter Final match in either Abu Dhabi or Al Ain on January 25. The location and date is based on where the Socceroos finish in Group B and if they win their Round of 16 match. If the Socceroos don’t play on January 25, there’s the option (at your own cost) of attending the match: Winner of Match 43 vs the Winner of Match 44 at 5pm, January 25 in Abu Dhabi. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 10: Saturday 26 January 26 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free day to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Abu Dhabi. There are no matches on today. Perhaps do some shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores and enjoy a walk along the Corniche, an impressive eight-kilometre stretch of perfectly manicured waterfront with children’s play area, beach, cafés and restaurants. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 11: Sunday 27 January 27 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free day to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Abu Dhabi. There are no matches on today. Perhaps do some shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores and enjoy a walk along the Corniche, an impressive eight-kilometre stretch of perfectly manicured waterfront with children’s play area, beach, cafés and restaurants. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 12: Monday 28 January 28 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free half day to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Abu Dhabi. If the Socceroos progress to the Semi Final 1, attend the 1pm pre-match function followed by the 6pm Socceroos Semi Final match in Al Ain. The location and date is based on where the Socceroos finish in Group B and if they win their Round of 16 and Quarter Final match. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 13: Tuesday 29 January 29, 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free half day to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Abu Dhabi. If the Socceroos progress to the Semi Final 2, attend the 1pm pre-match function followed by the 6pm Socceroos Semi Final match in Abu Dhabi. Even if the Socceroos do not play in this Semi Final 2 match in Abu Dhabi, the semi-final ticket and return transport: hotel-stadium-hotel is included in your tour package. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 14: Wednesday 30 January 30, 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free day to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Abu Dhabi. There are no matches on today. Perhaps do some shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores and enjoy a walk along the Corniche, an impressive eight-kilometre stretch of perfectly manicured waterfront with children’s play area, beach, cafés and restaurants. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 15: Thursday 31 January 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free day to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Abu Dhabi. There are no matches on today. Perhaps do some shopping at the Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, home to a large array of luxury boutiques and souvenir stores and enjoy a walk along the Corniche, an impressive eight-kilometre stretch of perfectly manicured waterfront with children’s play area, beach, cafés and restaurants. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 16: Friday 1 February 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Free half day to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Abu Dhabi. If the Socceroos progress to the Final, attend the 1pm pre-match function followed by the 6pm Socceroos Final match in Abu Dhabi. Even if the Socceroos do not play in this Final in Abu Dhabi, the final ticket and return transport: hotel-stadium-hotel is included in your tour package. Overnight in Abu Dhabi.

Day 17: Saturday 2 February 2 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Check out of your hotel transfer to the Dubai or Abu Dhabi airports for your onward flights.