Take in the many delights of Oman on this private tour, where your personal, English-speaking guides will bring the country to life as you journey through it. Highlights include touring the impressive Grand Mosque and captivating souks in Muscat, driving through the winding roads of the Al Hajar mountain range, a full day cruise on a tradition Omani dhow boat and a visit to the ruined city of Samhuram. Accommodation includes some of the best hotels Oman has to offer, as well as one night’s stay on a Bedouin Tent at the 1,000 Nights Camp.
English Speaking Guide
Day 1 - LONDON- MUSCAT
Arrival into Muscat. Meet and transfer to The Chedi Muscat.
Morning tour of Muscat city to witness its modern commercial centre and traditional culture, visiting the Grand Mosque (except Friday) and Bait Al Zubair Museum (except Friday) to trace Oman’s history and development. Drive along the Corniche by the harbour, visit the Fish market and colourful Muttrah Souq. Finally stop for a photo at the grand Al Alam Palace, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ palace, flanked by 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Evening at leisure.
Morning departure from your hotel by 4WD vehicle through the mountains. Stop at the natural hot springs at Nakhl, then drive through spectacular Wadi Bani Auf on sometimes steep and bumpy roads. Stop at the mountain village of Vilad Sayt, continue on to Al Hamra with its mud houses and date plantations, and visit Jabrin Palace with its medieval hand painted ceilings and intricately carved doors. Arrive in Nizwa for overnight stay at Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel.
Day 4 - NIZWA -WAHIBA SANDS DESERT
In the morning visit the Roundtower Fort, the Souk in Nizwa selling locally handcrafted silver jewellery and then drive towards the desert with a diversion at scenic Wadi Bani Khalid with its deep pools of water fringed by date palms – an ideal oasis for a quick swim. Drive on to Wahiba Sands with its undulating dunes of varying shades of red and gold, emphasised by the sunset. Stay overnight in the unique 1000 Night Camp in a Bedouin tent and enjoy a barbecue dinner under the stars.
Day 5 - WAHIBA SANDS DESERT - SUR - MUSCAT
After breakfast in the camp, proceed to Sur on the coast to visit the traditional dhow factory and Sineslah fort before returning to Muscat. A stop for photos is made at Bibi Miriam’s tomb and the Bimah Sinkhole. Finally explore beautiful Wadi Arbayeen after an exciting drive through the mountains and drive to Muscat via Quriyat to check in to The Chedi Muscat.
Morning transfer to Muscat airport for your flight to Khasab in Musandam. Take a city tour to view Khasab Fort and prehistoric rock paintings at Wadi Tawi. In the afternoon there’s a mountain safari by 4WD to Jebel Harim, the highest mountain in Musandam. From the Khawr Al Najid view the lovely coastline before visiting Birkhat Khalidiya Park with its acacia trees which are green year-round. Accommodation: Atana Khasab Hotel
Day 7 - MUSANDAM -
Today a full day dhow cruise will take you to the spectacular fjords, exploring small fishing villages and possibly view dolphins. Lunch is served on board and there’s an opportunity for swimming and snorkelling during the day. Return to your hotel in the afternoon. Accommodation: Atana Khasab Hotel
Day 8 - MUSANDAM - SALALAH
Transfer to Khasab airport for your flight to Muscat where you transit for a flight to Salalah. On arrival transfer to your hotel and relax for the evening.
Overnight at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara.
Day 9 - SALALAH
Today is a full day of local touring starting with a visit to the old fishing village of Taqa with an interesting castle with watchtowers and Taqa stone houses, then Khor Rori Creek, the site of the ruined city of Samhuram and capital of ancient Arabia’s frankincense trade. Also see Mirbat, the medieval Bin Ali’s Tomb from 1135 AD. Later visit the Biblical Prophet Job’s Tomb in the mountains.
Overnight stay at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara.
Day 10 - SALALAH - MUSCAT
After breakfast leave your hotel for Salalah airport for the return flight to Muscat and onward to London or transfer to your beach hotel for an extension stay.
Tour is on private basis (except all excursions in Khasab which are in a group) with driver/guide and includes: • Return flights from London to Muscat with British Airways plus internal flights to Khasab and Salalah • 9 nights accommodation on twin/double share basis in standard category rooms (3 nights at The Chedi Muscat, 1 night at Golden Tulip Nizwa hotel, 1 night at The 1000 Night Camp, 2 nights at Atana Khasab Hotel and 2 nights at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara) on a bed & breakfast basis • Dinner at The 1000 Night Camp • All entrance fees • Travel in private saloon car /4WD as appropriate with English-speaking driver • Price based on 4 June 2018 departure
• Tips/gratuities • Entrance to sites not mentioned • Oman Visa and Lounge/Fast Track (for UK passport holders) • Lunches and dinners except where shown as included • Drinks