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Discover one of the most fascinating and beautiful countries of the Arabian Peninsula!

Combining breathtaking natural beauty with a well-preserved cultural heritage, the Sultanate of Oman is one of the least known, yet most exciting and safe, tourist destinations in the Middle East.

You will explore the intriguing capital of Muscat, the magnificent forts and palaces of Oman, the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands by camel, the beautiful walled city of Nizwa, and the land of frankincense and forgotten caves near the port city of Salalah.

Activities

Hiking, cultural touring, short camel ride

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Oman’s breathtaking mountains, dunes, and coastline on this authentic Arabian experience!
  • Visit medieval forts, stroll through souks and cattle markets, ride a camel in the great Wahiba Sands, and trek through mountain villages near Oman’s Grand Canyon, Wadi Ghul
  • Sleep under the stars in a traditionally-styled, but ultra-modernized Bedouin tent (with air conditioning, en suite facilities, and cozy patios)!

Duration: 10 days Start Location: Muscat End Location: Muscat

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    Day 1 : Arrive Muscat

    Arrive Muscat in the morning, then enjoy an afternoon dhow cruise before exploring the Bait Adam Museum's unique collection of Omani antiques, followed by a traditional dinner with an Omani family.

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    Day 2 : Muscat

    Full day tour of Muscat, including the Fish Market, the Grand Mosque, the Bait Al Zubair Musuem, the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, the perfume House of Amouage, and the Mutrah souk.

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    Day 3 : Nizwa and Jebel Akhdar

    We drive to Nizwa early in the morning to witness the Friday cattle market and stroll through the souk.  We'll also visit Nizwa fort before heading to Jebel Akhdar or Green Mountain, where we enjoy our first 2 hour village hike.

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    Day 4 : Hiking in the Wadis of Oman

    We spend a full day hiking in the mountains and canyons (wadis) of Oman, visiting local mountain villages and stepping back in time.

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    Day 5 : Mountain Hike

    We begin our longest hike (5 hours, 5.5 miles), descending from 6,500 feet to 3,000 feet, down old stone staircases built into the canyon walls, over the high plateau, and down the southern slopes of Wadi Bani Awf, passing many mountain villages along the way.

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    Day 6 : Wahiba Sands

    Visit to the Sinaw souk before driving to Wahiba Sands, a vast sea of undulating sand and dunes reaching 650 feet.  We'll try our hand at camel trekking and spend a night in the desert at our deluxe Bedouin-style camp.

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    Day 7 : Wahiba to Sur to Salalah

    Drive back to Muscat along the coast, visit Bibi Miriam's Tomb, the Bimah Sinkhole, and Wadi Arbayeen.  Then we head to the airport for our flight to Salalah in southern Oman.

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    Day 8 : Salalah

    Explorations around Salalah and Dhofar, including the fishing village of Taqa, the ancient ruins of Samhuran (former capital of ancient Arabia's frankincense trade), the ancient city of Mirbat, Bin Ali's Tomb, Prophet Job's Tomb, and the blowholes and hairpin turns of this scenic region by the sea.

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    Day 9 : Salalah

    We continue our exploration of Salalah, the "garden city" of Oman

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    Day 10 : Depart Muscat

    Fly back to Muscat this morning and connect with flights home.

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DATES: Best time to go: January - March, November - December Departures: Nov 26, 2014 - Dec 5, 2014

PRICING:

2013 Prices
$5,895 (8-14 members)
$6,395 (4-7 members)
$300 internal air
$1400 single supplement

2014 Prices
$6,095 (8-14 members)
$6,595 (4-7 members)
$300 internal air
$1400 single supplement

  • Shangri-La Bandar Hotel
    Muscat

    Al Bandar is one of the three hotels at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Sultanate of Oman. The five-star deluxe property provides 198 sea-facing guestrooms. Deluxe Rooms offer expansive space with a modern, Arabian-inspired décor that expresses the spirit of Oman in a contemporary setting.

  • Sahab Hotel
    Nizwa

    Sahab is a unique and tranquil luxury boutique hotel situated on the Saiq Plateau which is located 2,004 meters above sea level on Jebel Al Akhdar in the western Hajjar Mountains, overlooking a canyon that contains ancient villages and famous terraced farms/gardens. The hotel is designed and built in tribute to the charm of the mountain, linked with the modern style. Over 5000 sqm of native plants and 270 million year-old marine fossils are located in the garden surrounding the 27 luxurious hotel rooms and suites.

  • The View
    Al Hamra

    Perched on a ridge high above the town of Al Hamra, a little way outside of Nizwa, the View Eco-Lodge has 15 tents, seven of which have views over the valley. All the tents have laminate flooring, a basic air conditioner and heater, and private bathroom shower rooms.

  • Desert Nights Camp
    Wahiba Sands

    Set in the Wahiba Sands, the Desert Nights Camp offers luxury tented accommodation. Each air-conditioned tent includes a lounge, bedroom, bathroom and is equipped with all the facilities of a luxury hotel.

  • Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah
    Salalah

    The Crowne Plaza Resort is situated in 45 acres of gardens and coconut groves, overlooking the Indian Ocean, and located on a long stretch of white sandy beach. The hotel has two restaurants, and has a range of sport and leisure facilities, including a nine-hole golf course.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.

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