Private Old Dubai Walking Tour: Forts, Souks, and Boats

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai

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  • 2 hours
  • Dubai
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Journey with us on this private two-hour walking tour to explore the city as you have never seen it. We will guide you through the middle east markets, traditional houses, and historic by lanes of the old city. You will go back in time to see what life was like on the sleepy banks of a pearling and fishing village. The tour includes a visit to a Fort, a boat ride across the creek, and visits to the famous textile, spice and gold souks (markets).

Along the way, you will hear the story of the men and women who transformed this regional trading outpost into the global juggernaut that it is today. Elements of Emirati culture will be seen up-close as we explained the nuanced ways that the traditions still thrive.

Far away from the glass skyscrapers of modern Dubai, this tour will introduce you to the real, and fascinating, heart and soul of the town. You simply cannot miss this side of Dubai!

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Featuring heritages homes transformed into cafes, museums, art galleries and hotels - a close look at Dubai's first settlement

Duration: 35 minutes

Stop At: Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort, Al Fahidi, Dubai United Arab Emirates

A walk through the Dubai Museum to understand our pearl diving past and our growth story in this desert to destination city

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Hindi Lane, off Ali bin Abi Talib St, Dubai United Arab Emirates

A hidden gem in Old Dubai - a tucked in temple lane

Pass By: Textile Souk, Bur Dubai Near Bur Dubai Abra Station, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

Discover fabrics and swatches initially forming the core of the trade in the middle east

Stop At: Dubai Gold Souk, Old Baladiya St., Dubai United Arab Emirates

Go Big or Go Home is the motto of our expansive Gold Souq in Dubai

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Dubai Creek, Mashraf Building, Dubai United Arab Emirates

This boat ride is the most fun way to arrive at the Spice and the Gold Souq on our tours

Duration: 3 minutes

  • Professional guide
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Creek

  • No hotel transfer are provided
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please wear a face mask on this tour
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Departure Point

Arabian Tea House Restaurant & Cafe - Al Fahidi, Bastakiya Opposite Musalla Post Office - Al Fahidi St - Bur Dubai - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Return Details

Dubai Gold Souk, Gold Corner Building, 3rd Floor - Gold Souq - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


2 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


17 May, 2022

We had an excellent and a memorable tour, it was a pleasant day out with an amazing experience walking within the streets of old Dubai. Our guide Priyanka made it even more memorable for us… Very informative about the culture & history, knowledgable and kind. She made our tour relaxing and enjoyable to perfection. Definitely a strong recommendation for anyone coming here.


25 Apr, 2022

Incredibly knowledgeable guide; fun and informative tour - overall an absolutely delightful experience. Highly recommended.


24 Apr, 2022

Old Dubai is a must see! This tour was filled with historic and current information about the city. We had the opportunity to understand and experience the flavor of the area as well as the souk spice and souk gold. Pri was the best guide ever! She was very knowledgeable, professional and most importantly fun! Shout out to Abdul at Al Noor Al Asli and Niraj at GBS Al Emarat Jewelers who who provided great non pressured customer service and prices for the items we purchased. If you don’t do this tour, you are missing out!! Highly recommended - thank you Pri!


24 Apr, 2022

I had the BEST time on this tour. By the end of the tour I was seriously considering moving (still am). The tour guide was amazing. She made me feel so welcome. I appreciated how personable she was and how she shared her experiences as a resident. We not only learned the history but the present of Dubai as well. I will recommend this tour to anyone that says they plan to visit Dubai.


22 Apr, 2022

The tour was amazing. A very detailed side of Dubai most tours dont give you. Priyanka who is the founder of Free Tours by Foot is very relaxed and you don't feel rushed to move onto the next part. You're allowed to take your time and savour what Dubai tradition has to offer. Would highly recommend the tour for a family friendly experience. Thank you Priyanka so much for the wonderful memories.

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