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Jewels of Arabia – Oman

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Jewels of Arabia – Oman

$2100

per person

Experience the warmth of traditional Bedouin hospitality in a luxury desert camp. Explore ancient ruins (dating as far back as the third millennium BC) and bustling markets where life has remained unchanged for centuries. This spectacular 8-day tour welcomes you with an array of adventures and charms like no other.

This has to be one of our more exciting Oman tours filled with unique experiences that everyone will enjoy. Oman wouldn’t be complete without sand dune bashing through the desert (a bumpy and thrilling ride on a 4-wheel drive) and folk dancing around a camp fire, under an incredible starry-night sky.

In contrast to its more popular neighbors like Dubai and UAE, Oman embodies a more humble and refreshing take to its attractions. Bring home beautiful aromatic Arabic perfumes and incense, silverware and the famous Omani sweets as souvenirs of your Arabian adventure!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

‣ A night at a luxurious Bedouin-style desert camp

‣ Gentle hike and swimming in a desert oasis

‣ Bash the sand dunes on an energetic 4-wheel drive

‣ Visit a bustling bazaar and livestock market

‣ See the impressive Grand Canyon of Oman

 

8 Days, 7 Nights: Muscat, Ras Al Hadd, Sur, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa, Misfat, Mussanah

 

Enjoy the view from the fort, watching Dhows boats passing by the estuary separating two suburbs of Sur. A relaxing day under the sun during our Oman tour.

Khor al Batah Bridge in Sur, Oman

Sand Dune Bashing

 

Bustling Muscat Bazaar

Under the Arabian sun, driving through the Oman desert, one will be pleasantly surprised by an encounter with a wadi during your Oman tour. Refresh yourself with a swim or to take a walk around.

Turquoise Water in an Omani Wadi

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ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Muscat (MCT)

Day 2: Muscat | Muscat City Tour

Day 3: Muscat – Ras Al Hadd | Wadi Dayqah, Wadi Tiwi, Sur, Turtle Beach, Boat Factory

Day 4: Ras Al Hadd – Wahiba Sands | Sand Dune Bashing, Camel Ride, Desert Camp

Day 5: Wahiba Sands – Nizwa | Local Market, Wadi Bani Khalid

Day 6: Nizwa – Jabel Shams| Livestock Market, Nizwa Fort, Al Hamra Village, Jebel Shams, Misfat al Abryeen

Day 7: Jabel Shams – Muscat | Wadi Bani Awf, Canyon, Al Hazm fort

Day 8: Muscat (MCT)

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INCLUSIONS

‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet

‣ 3 & 4 Star Hotel Accommodations

‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)

‣ English-speaking Local Guide

‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments

‣ Sand Dune Bashing

‣ Desert Camel Ride (if time allowed)

‣ Cultural Performance

 

    1

    Muscat (MCT)

    Upon arrival into Muscat, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day or explore this bustling capital city on your own.

    2

    Muscat | Muscat City Tour

    Experience the influence of Persians, Portuguese and Ottomans on Muscat.
    Today we visit the 5th largest mosque in the world, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, replete with huge Swarovski chandeliers and a gigantic one piece carpet covering the whole mens’ prayer hall.
    Pass by the diplomatic quarter and enjoy a guided tour through the beautiful Royal Opera House (inside tour available if there is no rehearsal on stage). Visit the Bait Al Baranda Museum. Let’s drive along the cornice (near the main Mina Al Sultan Qaboos port of Oman) to the oldest and largest market in the country, Muttrah souq (bazaar). This is an opportunity to shop for your Omani souvenirs. Walk through its narrow alleys where the air is filled with the aroma of frankincense and sandalwood. Don’t forget to bargain!
    Next is a photo stop at the Al Alam Palace where the Sultan receives his official guests. The palace is flanked by two Portuguese Forts, Al Jalali (1578) to the right and Al Mirani (1581) to the left. At the museum, you will witness traditional artifacts and traces of the history and pre-history of Muscat.
    Dress code for the mosque: Women require a long sleeve top with a scarf to cover the hair and long trousers or a full length skirt.  For men, long trousers and a top with sleeves.  Sleeveless tops are not acceptable.
    Photographers: In Oman, do not take photos of local Omanese women. If you want to photograph Omanese men, ask for permission first before taking photos of them.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    3

    Muscat - Ras Al Hadd | Wadi Dayqah, Wadi Tiwi, Sur, Turtle Beach, Boat Factory

    Today is all about water!
    After breakfast and hotel check out.
    Leave the capital of Oman to explore the beauty of the country. To Wadi Dayqah, one of the biggest freshwater reservoirs in Oman. Enjoy a walk along the dam before heading to Wadi Tiwi (Wadi of Nine villages) with its string of emerald pools and thick plantations. And then proceed to Sur along the coastline.
    Arrive at Sur and visit one of the rare traditional dhow (boat) factories, an open-air dhow museum and enjoy a walk through Al Aygah with its beautiful old wooden doors.
    In the evening you have the possibility to visit the turtle beach (Ras Al Hadd) where turtles can be seen laying their eggs, as well as baby turtles leaving their nests (please note there is no guarantee to see any turtles when visiting during the low season).

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    4

    Ras Al Hadd - Wahiba Sands | Sand Dune Bashing, Camel Ride, Desert Camp

    Our Sand & Stone day!
    After breakfast and hotel check out, we head to the desert camp.
    Leave the city and drive to Asyla, heading along white sandy beaches with mesmerizing views of the Indian Ocean. After a photo stop in Gaheid be ready for a unique desert experience!
    You will traverse the elevations of the vast Sharqiya Sands on your 4-wheel drive, to be excited with the sand dune bashing (a bumpy and thrilling ride ) over the beautiful dunes and sparse desert landscape.
    Trek the sand dunes on a camel and stay at an authentic Bedouin desert camp with local cuisine and cultural performance. This is a unique experience everyone will enjoy.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch  Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    5

    Wahiba Sands - Nizwa | Local Market, Wadi Bani Khalid

    Enjoy a breakfast in the desert before leaving for the chance to have a swim or to take a walk in the evergreen Wadi Bani Khalid.  Wadi Bani Khalid where water flows all year round. This most loved wadi (a gorge between cliffs) of the country featuring large pools of turquoise and emerald water, lined with lush green palm trees inviting you to jump in to refresh.
    Next you will head to one of the desert cities, where locals from all over come to market day on Thursday in Sinaw with its camel and fish market. In both cities, you will also see the old abandoned districts.
    On your way to Nizwa you will have the chance to visit beehive tombs near lzki. You will soon find yourself surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Oman. Walk among the banana and date trees in Birkat al Mouz or just enjoy the view of the village.
    Swimming dress code: One piece swimsuit for females, no Bikinis.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    6

    Nizwa - Jabel Shams | Livestock Market, Nizwa Fort, Al Hamra Village, Jebel Shams, Misfat al Abryeen

    After breakfast and hotel check out.
    On Friday, farmers bring their cattle, goats and other animals to be auctioned at the weekly livestock market.  Watch the farmers and traders from as far as Salalah (the other end of Oman) barter and trade at one of the finest traditional markets.  Another Instagram worthy moment!
    In the old part of Nizwa you will visit the silver souk. Nizwa is famous for traditional Omani handicraft such as silverware and jewelry, leather goods, pottery and woven palm tree leaf baskets! This is followed by a visit to the most popular national monument, Nizwa Fort.
    Leave the busy main road to a smaller one passing some of the traditional, small villages, reaching the old mud city Al Hamra. Drive up the Jebel Shamsh, also called "mountain of the sun". Its plateau gives you an impressive view of the canyon, also known as "Oman's Grand Canyon”. This afternoon you can enjoy a walk in the beautiful old village Misfat al Abryeen.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

     
    7

    Misfat – Muscat | Wadi Bani Awf, Canyon, Al Hazm fort

    After breakfast and check out.
    In the morning you will leave the sun mountain heading for another adventurous ride through the mountains. You will cross Wadi Bani Awf, one of Oman's most memorable landscapes. A short walk through the canyon close by the mountain village Bilad Said and a picnic lunch before you leave this region.
    On your way to the hotel you will stop at Al Hazm fort, which you shouldn't miss! It might be not the biggest or the oldest fort but the elaborate renovation makes it one of a kind! Continue to the seaside for an overnight stay.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    8

    Muscat (MCT)

    The tour comes to an end after breakfast.  Hotel check-out and transfer to the departure airport.

    Please provide details of your flight home so we can schedule your airport transfer.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    Special Offer - Limited Fixed Date Group Departure

    DEPARTURE DATEDBL OCC *SGL OCC
    Dec 2, 2018 Sunday$2,100PLEASE CALL
     * Price per person in US dollars, double occupancy.Solo traveler, Triple sharing and Larger groups, call for price.This tour operates with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 16 guestsTour departure confirmation 70 days prior to departurePrices include all currently applicable taxes. 

    Private Tour Dates & Prices

    Daily departure except Thursday. Recommend Sunday departure. 
    2 Persons *3 Persons **4 Persons*Solo
    Apr 1 to Dec 20, 2018$3,050$2,330$2,200$4,900
     * Price per person in US dollars, double occupancy.** Price per person in US dollars, triple occupancy.Larger groups, call for price.Prices include all currently applicable taxes. 

    Booking Your Flight

    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour.
    Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

    Exclusions

    • ‣ International Air Fares To And From Oman
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Visa Fee For Oman
    • ‣ Gratuities
    • ‣ Laundry Service
    • ‣ Personal Expenses and Telephone Calls
    • ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
    • ‣ All other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions

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    Hotels

     
    DestinationHotelsRating
    MuscatCity Seasons★★★★
    Ras Al HaddTurtle Beach Resort★★★
    Wahiba SandsArabian Onyx Camp★★★★
    NizwaFalaj Daris★★★★
    Jabel ShamsJabel Shams Resort★★★★
    MuscatMillennium Resort★★★★