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  • Discover Oman’s breathtaking mountains, dunes, and coastline on this authentic Arabian adventure
  • 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)—a top MTS experience!

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. On this unique adventure, hailed as a "Best Dream Trip" by TripAdvisor, you'll experience the intriguing capital of Muscat, magnificent forts and palaces, 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. Marvel at Oman's incredible timelessness on this amazing Arabian adventure!

We also offer a three-day post-trip extension to the United Arab Emirates, exploring the exciting cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Day 1: Arrive in Muscat

Arrive at Muscat International Airport (most flights arrive in the morning), then pass through passport control and collect your bags before meeting your guide in the arrivals hall. We’ll transfer to the group hotel, check-in and drop off our bags before departing on our afternoon tour.

We begin our exploation of Muscat by embarking on a relaxed dhow (traditional fishermen’s boat) cruise, following the coastal route of ancient seafarers. We'll stop briefly at a natural cove to photograph the spectacular Al Bustan Palace Hotel before returning to the marina.

This evening we'll learn about Oman’s rich heritage as we view a magnificent collection of old maps, photographs, paintings, jewelry—and one of the best private collections of ancient coins in the Middle East—as we tour the Bait Adam Museum with its founder. Tonight we'll enjoy a traditional dinner with an Omani family.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Shangri-La Bandar Hotel

Day 2: Explore the bustling city of Muscat

After an early breakfast, we'll depart to visit the fish market and the exquisite Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque—one of the most beautiful and extravagant modern mosques in the world. The mosque was first opened in 2001 and took six years to build. The mosque features a blend of Islamic, Middle Eastern, and Omani architectural styles, hosts one of the world’s largest handmade Persian rugs (it took 600 female weavers four years to create!) and one of the world’s biggest crystal chandeliers. The mosque can hold up to 20,000 worshippers and is the largest in Oman. An Omani scholar will give us a short lecture on Islamic culture inside the mosque.

After the lecture, we'll visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum with its extensive collection of jewelry and costumes from different regions of Oman. We'll then enjoy lunch at the famous Al Bustan Palace Hotel before continuing visiting the House of Amouage. The House of Amouage creates some of the most expensive perfumes in the world for both men and women. In recent years, some Amouage scents have been blended for Western tastes to appeal to a larger audience and are available in select stores internationally. Here in the headquarters, the blending of some of the finest ingredients takes place, including frankincense and myrrh found only in Oman and Yemen, rose from Taif in Saudi Arabia, and Arabian amber. After having experienced the aroma of Amouage, we drive straight to Mutrah, a delightful quarter of Muscat.

Mutrah still retains the feel of a small fishing village!  We'll explore the souk, or tradtional Arabic market, watching the locals go about their day shopping—the women in black abeyyas and men in white dishdashas, embroidered hats and turbans folded in the Omani style. We'll stroll along the Corniche and dhow harbor, viewing the Sultan's Palace and colonade and also the Jalali forts standing guard at the mouth of the harbor.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Shangri-La Bandar Hotel

Day 3: Visit Nizwa and the mountain villages of Jebel Akhdar

Today we’ll rise early for a drive to Nizwa in time to enjoy the weekly Friday morning cattle market, which is a fascinating spectacle of furious bidding by the local people. Nizwa itself lies on a plain surrounded by a thick palm oasis and some of Oman's highest mountains, and is famed for crafting silver khanjars (traditional daggers). We'll see many of these khanjars, plus pottery, baskets, and silver jewelry, as we stroll through the souq. Our adventure also includes a visit to the Nizwa fort, which was built in the 17th century and dominates the town center with its 125-foot round tower. 

From here, we'll drive to the starting point of our village walk in the town of Al Aqor on Jebel Akhdar. The fascinating walk takes us through mountain villages with terraced farms and ancient falaj irrigation systems, and affords magnificent views over Wadi Muhaydin. We'll keep a look out for fossilized coral and maybe even see a rose water distillery in action! We'll enjoy a picnic lunch either before or during the walk and overnight at the Sahab hotel.

(Hiking time: 2 to 2½ hours; Distance: 2.5 miles; Altitude: just over 6,000 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Sahab Hotel

Day 4: Hike in the Wadis of Oman

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll drive to Wadi Nakhr located in the depth of Oman's deepest canyon. Then we proceed to the village of Al Hamra, located at the foot of the Hajar Mountains. Al Hamra is one of the oldest towns in Oman and is interesting for a well preserved row of two and three story mud-brick houses built in Yemeni style. 

We'll have time for two hikes today with a picnic lunch in between. Our first 1½-hour walk will be an exciting, easy stroll along steep canyon walls to an old abandoned village. The second 3½-hour walk will take place along the western flank of the Nakhr gorge, from the village of Al Khatim down to the entrance of Wadi Nakhr (the Grand Canyon of Oman). Both walks follow ancient donkey paths used by caravans to carry supplies to the villages higher up in the mountains. Dinner and overnight at The View, a unique eco-lodge with luxury tented rooms.

(Hiking time: 5 hours; Distance: 6 miles, Altitude: 6,000 feet to 2,000 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:The View

Day 5: Traverse high plateaus to the mountain village of Misfat Al A'briyeen

After breakfast at the eco-lodge, we’ll drive to the starting point of our longest hike. We'll begin walking down old stone staircases built steep into the north walls (sure-footedness required!) with fantastic views over Wadi Bani Awf and Balad Seet, then over the high plateau and down on the south slopes past old villages towards the famous mountain village Misfat Al A’briyeen. We'll have lunch in an Omani guesthouse in this village and take a one-hour break before continuing down the mountain path. 

(Hiking time: 5 hours; Distance: 5½ miles; Altitude: from 6500 feet to 3000 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:The View

Day 6: Journey through the Wahiba Sands and stay in a deluxe Bedouin tent

Today we descend out of the mountains and drive south via the towns of Sinaw and Mudairib, passing old watch towers standing guard. Sinaw's souq attracts many local Bedouins and Mudairib features traditional homes with carved wooden doors and painted ceilings. Next, we continue our Omani journey to Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 650 feet. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight! We’ll enjoy an afternoon camel ride with Kristy once we reach our desert camp. There is no camel-riding experience required as Kristy will bring her years of camel trekking skills from Morocco and get everyone comfortable in the saddle in no time.

Tonight we'll enjoy dinner under the stars at our delightful Desert Night Camp before heading to bed in large Bedouin-style individual tents, complete with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and cozy patios that provide panoramic vistas across the golden sands. This is a top MTS experience!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Desert Nights Camp

Day 7: Take the coastal route from Wahiba to Sur and Salalah

We'll spend the morning driving back to Muscat along the coastal route in our 4WD vehicles, with some interesting stops along the way. First, we'll visit the ruins of Bibi Miriam’s Tomb. As the only standing remains of the once thriving port city of Qalhat, Bibi Miriam’s Tomb is probably one of the most photographed ancient relics in Oman. Believed to have been built by Bahauddin Ayez, King of Hormuz in honour of his wife, it stands on the hill just outside the village of Qalhat. The rest of the port city, destroyed by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, is gradually being reconstructed by an international team of archaeologists. Our next stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. On clear, sunny days while driving along the coast we might have the chance to see sharks in the deep blue water or flat-footed gazelle sprint across the landscape. Next up is Wadi Arbayeen, with its deep pools of water set among the date palms. Then we head to the airport in Muscat for our flight south to Salalah. We settle in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and enjoy an afternoon to rest and relax at this lovely resort.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

Day 8: Tour the sites of Salalah

Today we'll explore many sites near Salalah. We'll drive to the fishing village of Taqa, an old town with an interesting castle surrounded by watchtowers and stone houses. Then we'll proceed onward to Khor Roricreek, the site of the ruined city of Samhuram, and capital of ancient Arabia’s frankincense trade. Excavations have produced evidence of an ancient city with trade links by sea to Far Eastern destinations and even with distant Greece. Next up is Mirbat, the ancient capital of Dhofar, an important town as early as the 9th century for its trade in frankincense, horses and slaves. We'll explore some of the old houses famous for their woodcarvings. If we are lucky, we might see boatloads of fish arriving into the harbor. One of Dhofar’s best-known historic sites is Bin Ali’s Tomb. The twin-domed structure is the tomb of Mohamed bin Ali, who died in 1135 AD, and is a fine example of medieval Omani architecture.  

After lunch, we'll visit the Biblical “Nabi Ayoub” or Prophet Job’s Tomb, perched high up in the mountains. En route are spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscapes and emerald green pastureland. From here we'll head over to Mughsail Beach to check out the blowholes (perforations in the limestone rock through which sea water gushes during high tide). We'll drive along amazing roads with hairpin bends and breathtaking views, and see the stark shapes of leafless Frankincense Trees dotting the landscape. Once traded as a commodity more precious than gold, frankincense harvested in Dhofar is rated the best in the world! We'll also see seasonal birds at a bird sanctuary and top off the day with a visit to a wadi.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

Day 9: Enjoy the Garden City of Salalah

Salalah, the “garden city” of the south, is a tropical paradise. Here we'll visit a local garden, abundant with groves of coconut, banana, and papaya, and make photo stops at the beautiful Shanfari Mosque with its exquisite artwork and stained tiles. Next we'll explore Al Husn Souq, where the frankincense crystals of Dhofar and typical Dhofari frankincense burners are sold. Finally we'll walk along the city’s promenade, where single-story houses are dwarfed by tall, swaying palms. Al Husn Palace, summer residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, stands at one end of the promenade. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel tonight.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

Day 10: Depart from Muscat

After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, we'll transfer to Salalah airport for our 1½-hour flight to Muscat where the trip ends. Please book your departure flight from Muscat anytime after 3pm.

  • Breakfast

Nov 24, 2015 - Dec 03, 2015

Nov 24, 2015 - Dec 03, 2015

Feb 23, 2016 - Mar 03, 2016

Nov 22, 2016 - Dec 01, 2016

pricing

2015 Pricing, per person

Land price, $6,495 (includes internal air)

Single supplement: $1,500

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • Discover Oman’s breathtaking mountains, dunes, and coastline on this authentic Arabian adventure
  • 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)—a top MTS experience!

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. On this unique adventure, hailed as a "Best Dream Trip" by TripAdvisor, you'll experience the intriguing capital of Muscat, magnificent forts and palaces, 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. Marvel at Oman's incredible timelessness on this amazing Arabian adventure!

We also offer a three-day post-trip extension to the United Arab Emirates, exploring the exciting cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Muscat

Arrive at Muscat International Airport (most flights arrive in the morning), then pass through passport control and collect your bags before meeting your guide in the arrivals hall. We’ll transfer to the group hotel, check-in and drop off our bags before departing on our afternoon tour.

We begin our exploation of Muscat by embarking on a relaxed dhow (traditional fishermen’s boat) cruise, following the coastal route of ancient seafarers. We'll stop briefly at a natural cove to photograph the spectacular Al Bustan Palace Hotel before returning to the marina.

This evening we'll learn about Oman’s rich heritage as we view a magnificent collection of old maps, photographs, paintings, jewelry—and one of the best private collections of ancient coins in the Middle East—as we tour the Bait Adam Museum with its founder. Tonight we'll enjoy a traditional dinner with an Omani family.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Shangri-La Bandar Hotel

Day 2: Explore the bustling city of Muscat

After an early breakfast, we'll depart to visit the fish market and the exquisite Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque—one of the most beautiful and extravagant modern mosques in the world. The mosque was first opened in 2001 and took six years to build. The mosque features a blend of Islamic, Middle Eastern, and Omani architectural styles, hosts one of the world’s largest handmade Persian rugs (it took 600 female weavers four years to create!) and one of the world’s biggest crystal chandeliers. The mosque can hold up to 20,000 worshippers and is the largest in Oman. An Omani scholar will give us a short lecture on Islamic culture inside the mosque.

After the lecture, we'll visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum with its extensive collection of jewelry and costumes from different regions of Oman. We'll then enjoy lunch at the famous Al Bustan Palace Hotel before continuing visiting the House of Amouage. The House of Amouage creates some of the most expensive perfumes in the world for both men and women. In recent years, some Amouage scents have been blended for Western tastes to appeal to a larger audience and are available in select stores internationally. Here in the headquarters, the blending of some of the finest ingredients takes place, including frankincense and myrrh found only in Oman and Yemen, rose from Taif in Saudi Arabia, and Arabian amber. After having experienced the aroma of Amouage, we drive straight to Mutrah, a delightful quarter of Muscat.

Mutrah still retains the feel of a small fishing village!  We'll explore the souk, or tradtional Arabic market, watching the locals go about their day shopping—the women in black abeyyas and men in white dishdashas, embroidered hats and turbans folded in the Omani style. We'll stroll along the Corniche and dhow harbor, viewing the Sultan's Palace and colonade and also the Jalali forts standing guard at the mouth of the harbor.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Shangri-La Bandar Hotel

Day 3: Visit Nizwa and the mountain villages of Jebel Akhdar

Today we’ll rise early for a drive to Nizwa in time to enjoy the weekly Friday morning cattle market, which is a fascinating spectacle of furious bidding by the local people. Nizwa itself lies on a plain surrounded by a thick palm oasis and some of Oman's highest mountains, and is famed for crafting silver khanjars (traditional daggers). We'll see many of these khanjars, plus pottery, baskets, and silver jewelry, as we stroll through the souq. Our adventure also includes a visit to the Nizwa fort, which was built in the 17th century and dominates the town center with its 125-foot round tower. 

From here, we'll drive to the starting point of our village walk in the town of Al Aqor on Jebel Akhdar. The fascinating walk takes us through mountain villages with terraced farms and ancient falaj irrigation systems, and affords magnificent views over Wadi Muhaydin. We'll keep a look out for fossilized coral and maybe even see a rose water distillery in action! We'll enjoy a picnic lunch either before or during the walk and overnight at the Sahab hotel.

(Hiking time: 2 to 2½ hours; Distance: 2.5 miles; Altitude: just over 6,000 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Sahab Hotel

Day 4: Hike in the Wadis of Oman

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll drive to Wadi Nakhr located in the depth of Oman's deepest canyon. Then we proceed to the village of Al Hamra, located at the foot of the Hajar Mountains. Al Hamra is one of the oldest towns in Oman and is interesting for a well preserved row of two and three story mud-brick houses built in Yemeni style. 

We'll have time for two hikes today with a picnic lunch in between. Our first 1½-hour walk will be an exciting, easy stroll along steep canyon walls to an old abandoned village. The second 3½-hour walk will take place along the western flank of the Nakhr gorge, from the village of Al Khatim down to the entrance of Wadi Nakhr (the Grand Canyon of Oman). Both walks follow ancient donkey paths used by caravans to carry supplies to the villages higher up in the mountains. Dinner and overnight at The View, a unique eco-lodge with luxury tented rooms.

(Hiking time: 5 hours; Distance: 6 miles, Altitude: 6,000 feet to 2,000 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:The View

Day 5: Traverse high plateaus to the mountain village of Misfat Al A'briyeen

After breakfast at the eco-lodge, we’ll drive to the starting point of our longest hike. We'll begin walking down old stone staircases built steep into the north walls (sure-footedness required!) with fantastic views over Wadi Bani Awf and Balad Seet, then over the high plateau and down on the south slopes past old villages towards the famous mountain village Misfat Al A’briyeen. We'll have lunch in an Omani guesthouse in this village and take a one-hour break before continuing down the mountain path. 

(Hiking time: 5 hours; Distance: 5½ miles; Altitude: from 6500 feet to 3000 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:The View

Day 6: Journey through the Wahiba Sands and stay in a deluxe Bedouin tent

Today we descend out of the mountains and drive south via the towns of Sinaw and Mudairib, passing old watch towers standing guard. Sinaw's souq attracts many local Bedouins and Mudairib features traditional homes with carved wooden doors and painted ceilings. Next, we continue our Omani journey to Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 650 feet. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight! We’ll enjoy an afternoon camel ride with Kristy once we reach our desert camp. There is no camel-riding experience required as Kristy will bring her years of camel trekking skills from Morocco and get everyone comfortable in the saddle in no time.

Tonight we'll enjoy dinner under the stars at our delightful Desert Night Camp before heading to bed in large Bedouin-style individual tents, complete with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, and cozy patios that provide panoramic vistas across the golden sands. This is a top MTS experience!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Desert Nights Camp

Day 7: Take the coastal route from Wahiba to Sur and Salalah

We'll spend the morning driving back to Muscat along the coastal route in our 4WD vehicles, with some interesting stops along the way. First, we'll visit the ruins of Bibi Miriam’s Tomb. As the only standing remains of the once thriving port city of Qalhat, Bibi Miriam’s Tomb is probably one of the most photographed ancient relics in Oman. Believed to have been built by Bahauddin Ayez, King of Hormuz in honour of his wife, it stands on the hill just outside the village of Qalhat. The rest of the port city, destroyed by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, is gradually being reconstructed by an international team of archaeologists. Our next stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. On clear, sunny days while driving along the coast we might have the chance to see sharks in the deep blue water or flat-footed gazelle sprint across the landscape. Next up is Wadi Arbayeen, with its deep pools of water set among the date palms. Then we head to the airport in Muscat for our flight south to Salalah. We settle in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and enjoy an afternoon to rest and relax at this lovely resort.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

Day 8: Tour the sites of Salalah

Today we'll explore many sites near Salalah. We'll drive to the fishing village of Taqa, an old town with an interesting castle surrounded by watchtowers and stone houses. Then we'll proceed onward to Khor Roricreek, the site of the ruined city of Samhuram, and capital of ancient Arabia’s frankincense trade. Excavations have produced evidence of an ancient city with trade links by sea to Far Eastern destinations and even with distant Greece. Next up is Mirbat, the ancient capital of Dhofar, an important town as early as the 9th century for its trade in frankincense, horses and slaves. We'll explore some of the old houses famous for their woodcarvings. If we are lucky, we might see boatloads of fish arriving into the harbor. One of Dhofar’s best-known historic sites is Bin Ali’s Tomb. The twin-domed structure is the tomb of Mohamed bin Ali, who died in 1135 AD, and is a fine example of medieval Omani architecture.  

After lunch, we'll visit the Biblical “Nabi Ayoub” or Prophet Job’s Tomb, perched high up in the mountains. En route are spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscapes and emerald green pastureland. From here we'll head over to Mughsail Beach to check out the blowholes (perforations in the limestone rock through which sea water gushes during high tide). We'll drive along amazing roads with hairpin bends and breathtaking views, and see the stark shapes of leafless Frankincense Trees dotting the landscape. Once traded as a commodity more precious than gold, frankincense harvested in Dhofar is rated the best in the world! We'll also see seasonal birds at a bird sanctuary and top off the day with a visit to a wadi.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

Day 9: Enjoy the Garden City of Salalah

Salalah, the “garden city” of the south, is a tropical paradise. Here we'll visit a local garden, abundant with groves of coconut, banana, and papaya, and make photo stops at the beautiful Shanfari Mosque with its exquisite artwork and stained tiles. Next we'll explore Al Husn Souq, where the frankincense crystals of Dhofar and typical Dhofari frankincense burners are sold. Finally we'll walk along the city’s promenade, where single-story houses are dwarfed by tall, swaying palms. Al Husn Palace, summer residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, stands at one end of the promenade. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel tonight.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

Day 10: Depart from Muscat

After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, we'll transfer to Salalah airport for our 1½-hour flight to Muscat where the trip ends. Please book your departure flight from Muscat anytime after 3pm.

  • Breakfast

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dates and Pricing

Nov 24, 2015 - Dec 03, 2015

Nov 24, 2015 - Dec 03, 2015

Feb 23, 2016 - Mar 03, 2016

Nov 22, 2016 - Dec 01, 2016

pricing

2015 Pricing, per person

Land price, $6,495 (includes internal air)

Single supplement: $1,500

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