Oman

The Sultanate of Oman shimmers under a golden sun and lies between the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. The capital, Muscat, is an enticing mix of old and new as enduring historic forts keeps watch over the city centre. Practice your bartering skills in the local souks or unwind on one of the spectacular beaches. For adventure, Oman offers a wonderful range of activities, from scuba diving and rock climbing to desert oasis tours.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.



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An Arabian overnight stay in the desert offers the perfect insight into the lives of the traditional Bedouin people. Rising like an oasis in the desert, Desert Nights Camp is the Arabia of fables.  

From $1,449.00 per person

Nestled between the Gulf of Oman and rugged mountains, Muscat has managed to retain its heritage more than any other capital in the region with its souks and heritage sites.

From $3,670.00 per person

Get a taste of old-world Arabia shopping for spices in Muttrah bazaar, exploring Portuguese forts and spending a night in the Wahiba Sands. This is the Arabia of Aladdin’s dreams.



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From $6,495.00 per person

Discover the best of Oman, visiting the northern tip, the Musandam Peninsula, the copper coloured desert of Wahiba Sands and watch turtles hatch under the moonlight.

From $9,410.00 per person

On this fascinating Vietnam and Cambodia tour you’ll explore several of the world’s greatest treasures, behold spectacular scenery, learn about different cultures, and experience the warmth and hospitality bestowed by the locals.

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Israel

Located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Israel has been influenced by some of history’s greatest civilisations. Home to a melting pot of religions, Israel boasts many sacred sights. Israel is a step back to Biblical times, a fascinating mix of cultural riches and antiquity. Once the marching ground for Roman legions, Muslim armies and Christian Crusaders, it is now a beautiful destination to explore and discover. Visiting this ancient land enables you to discover an array of biblical relics, admire spectacular desert landscapes, relax on golden sandy beaches or soak at the lowest point on east, the Dead Sea.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.



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Israel has been a pilgrimage center for people throughout the ages and is a treasure trove of historical and biblical sights. On this Fascinating Israel tour, start in Tel Aviv and end in Jerusalem with overnights also in Haifa and Kibbutz Lavi.  

From $4,050.00 per person

This 8 Day Best of Israel tour visits Holy Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall, the Dead Sea, Nazareth and Tel Aviv. Visit the tomb of King David and the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

From $4,750.00 per person

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus, as you journey from birthplace to his Crucifixion site of Jerusalem. The Israel Discovery tour is a journey that brings Biblical stories to life, taking you to some of the world's most sacred Jewish and Islamic sites.



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Discover some of the highlights of The Holy Land, including the Western Wall, the Old City of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada and Bethlehem.

From $14,310.00 per person

Brimming with world famous historic and biblical sites, Israel is a timeless yet refreshingly authentic destination.

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Highlights of Turkey

Step back to a time when sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world’s treasures. Explore a mezze of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its former capital, Istanbul, to Troy, Ephesus, and the limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

Meet at the crossroads of East and West – the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later, you’ll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli, 2 nights

Day 2: Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom, before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque – its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. ‘Dive Into Culture’ as you haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops. Later, we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city.

Day 3: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We’ll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in Çanakkale where tonight we’ll dine in our hotel.

Hotel: Kolin

Day 4: Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir

Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we ‘Connect With Locals’ in the village of Demircidere over a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later, and dine in our hotel this evening.

Hotel: Mövenpick

Day 5: Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale

Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved façade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa’s head, and the Great Theatre, built by the Romans in the 2nd century and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale.

Hotel: Colossae Thermal

Day 6: Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Konya

This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis, imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Our last stop today is Konya where tonight we dine in our hotel.

Hotel: Dedeman

Day 7: Konya – Cappadocia

Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum in Konya, a former dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, which reveals the origins of Sufism. Continuing your journey to Cappadocia, you’ll see a 13th-century caravanserai then ‘Dive Into Culture’ to learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the Whirling Dervishes then enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Tonight you’ll enjoy an overnight stay at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ set alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle. Many of the rooms are hewn from the surrounding rock and boast views of Cappadocia’s fairy-tale landscapes.

Hotel: Dilek Kaya, 2 nights

Day 8: Göreme Excursion

The whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as you embark on a full-day excursion that will see you visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, the Paşabağı and Kizil Vadi valleys and underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. You’ll learn about the intricate heritage and art of carpet weaving during a visit to a Turkish carpet emporium before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner this evening.

Day 9: Cappadocia – Istanbul

Take a short flight this morning to Istanbul, where the rest of the day is yours to explore the city your way. Enjoy a sensory explosion at the vibrant Spice Market, take a stroll through the historic Sultanahmet or find a quiet rooftop café and admire Istanbul’s iconic skyline. You could choose instead to join an optional cruise and sail the waters of the Bosphorus which separate Asia and Europe. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

Day 10: Depart Istanbul

We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 03, 17, 23$2,495.00$3,285.00
May: 08, 15, 22$2,495.00$3,285.00
June: 05, 19$2,495.00$3,285.00
July: 03, 17, 31$2,495.00$3,285.00
August: 14, 28$2,495.00$3,285.00
September: 04, 11, 18, 25$2,495.00$3,285.00
October: 02, 16$2,495.00$3,285.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flight: Air Ticket: Cappadocia - Istanbul
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Turkey

A fabled land of fairy chimneys, Whirling Dervishes and cotton castles is yours to explore on this leisurely journey through Turkey. Take a leisurely jaunt through Turkey to visit the extraordinary excavations at Ephesus, the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and Istanbul’s bustling city markets.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul

Stand at the ancient crossroads between Europe and Asia, embarking on a journey of discovery through ancient lands and the marauding empires who fought to rule it. Arriving in vibrant Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick off your epic adventure.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli, 2 nights

Day 2: Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

Spend your day delving into a city where modern and ancient coexist effortlessly. Gain insights into the Ottoman Empire’s power during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and see the 4th-century Egyptian obelisk. Visit Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. ‘Dive Into Culture’ this afternoon, with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. Spend your afternoon haggling with passionate market vendors lining its labyrinthine lanes. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.

Day 3: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives at Gallipoli – the national pride of two nations, the Turkish and Australians, were awakened at the site of the bloody WWI battlefields and are commemorated to this day. See Anzac Cove and the Dardanelles, and visit the cemeteries of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. We continue to Çanakkale where we dine at our hotel tonight.

Hotel: Kolin

Day 4: Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir

Explore the legends of Troy and see the symbolic replica of the famous Wooden Horse the Greeks used to break their siege of this ancient city. Visit the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre in the city of Pergamon before retiring in seaside Izmir this evening where we’ll dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Mövenpick, 2 nights

Day 5: Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary

Stroll through the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, past the amazingly intact façade of the Library of Celcus and down to what was once its thriving port. See the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos then spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening you may consider joining an optional dinner at a local restaurant in Izmir and indulge in some of the local raki.

Day 6: Izmir – Pamukkale Free Time

Leave the coastal city of Izmir behind as you journey inland to Pamukkale. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner.

Hotel: Colossae Thermal

Day 7: Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Antalya

Tread in the footsteps of the ancients who sought relief and relaxation at the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, then admire the bubbling pools and delicate white cascades of water of Pamukkale’s Cotton Castle Springs. Later, we travel through scenic countryside and join the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains, where we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ and gain insights into their traditions at our ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Our stop for the next two nights is the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya. Enjoy some time on your own ambling through the winding lanes of its old city and admiring beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. This evening, join your companions for a rousing Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Rixos Downtown, 2 nights

Day 8: Perge Excursion

Enjoy a morning on your terms to soak up the enchanting seaside atmosphere of the Turkish Riviera, embarking on an optional yacht cruise or relaxing at the hotel pool. This afternoon, we travel to the Roman city of Perge to visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and see treasures spanning the centuries. Your evening is free to find an inviting meyhane for some local chit chat and delicious flavours of kebab and baklava.

Day 9: Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

Witness the world’s best-preserved theatre of antiquity during your first stop in Aspendos this morning, before continuing to Konya, where we will gain insights into the mystical Whirling Dervish sect whose remains lie in the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum. We continue to the Karatay Tile Museum, spellbound by its exquisitely Seljuk-tiled dome, before returning to our hotel where we’ll dine tonight.

Hotel: Dedeman

Day 10: Konya – Cappadocia

See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanserai, at which weary travellers used to rest. We journey to Cappadocia with its honey-coloured rocky spires providing an enchanting backdrop for our visit to the underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. This evening, indulge in the flavours of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant, before retiring to your hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding fairy chimneys.  Tonight we stay in one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle.

Hotel: Dilek Kaya, 2 nights

Day 11: Göreme Excursion

The other-worldly landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as we explore its volcanic landscape dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. We visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum to admire the extraordinary rock-hewn churches and learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening.

Day 12: Cappadocia – Ankara

Arriving in the youthful capital of Turkey today, we visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the final resting place of the country’s beloved Atatürk, the first president of the modern Turkish nation. This evening we dine at our hotel in Ankara.

Hotel – Mövenpick

Day 13: Ankara – Istanbul Free Time

Returning to Istanbul, we enjoy the rest of the day on our own. Delve into the depths of the Basilica Cistern, savour the intoxicating smells of the Spice Market or ascend Galata Tower for exquisite views of east and west. Consider an optional cruise navigating the waters of the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

Day 14: Depart Istanbul

Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 22, 26$3,075.00$4,125.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,075.00$4,125.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,075.00$4,125.00
July: 12, 26$3,075.00$4,125.00
August: 09, 23$3,075.00$4,125.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,075.00$4,125.00
October: 04, 11, 18$3,075.00$4,125.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Treasures of Turkey

A melting pot of cultures, Turkey is fascinating and exotic. With a 10,000-year-old history and more than 40,000 ancient sites, it is one of the oldest continually inhabited regions in the world. Discover its rich history, culture and beautiful landscapes as you journey from the delights of Istanbul to Gallipoli and on down the Aegean coast exploring archaeological sites and into the interior to the magical fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul

Arrive into cosmopolitan Istanbul, the city straddling two continents. You are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel located in Sultanahmet just steps from the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Rest of the day to settle in.

Hotel: Four Seasons Sultanahmet, 3 nights

Day 2: Istanbul

Start by visiting the most important landmarks of the old city including the most amazing and inspiring 6th century Hagia Sofia, and the Basilica Cistern – the largest of several hundred that lie beneath the city. Explore the world’s greatest ancient city walls, the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, known for its incredible mosaics and preserved now as a museum, and stroll the historic Pera District.

Day 3: Istanbul

A morning visit to the strategically positioned 15th century Topkapi Palace, the centre of the imperial government and the home of the Ottoman sultans, which overlooks the waters of the Bosphorus on one side and the Golden Horn on the other. In the afternoon continue to the Galata and Karakoy districts before watching the sun set behind the magical domes and minarets as the ferry rides through the evening Bosphorus breeze to Kadikoy, ancient Chalcedon, to explore the market.

Day 4: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Troy – Yeşilyurt

Drive west to the Gallipoli Peninsula, site of the infamous World War I campaign which took place between 1915 and 1916. Time at Anzac Cove is certain to inspire emotion as you visit some of the impressively maintained Commonwealth military cemeteries including Lone Pine. Cross the elusive Dardanelles by car ferry and onwards to Troy, where excavations first began in the late 1800’s. The legend of the Trojan War fuelled the imagination of generations: the legendary heroes of the war dictated moral codes of nobility; Alexander the Great’s troops carried a copy of ‘the Iliad’; the Romans believed they came from Troy; medieval kings sought legitimacy by tracing their origins to Troy. Troy is probably the most enigmatic ancient ruin anywhere. Spend the night in a wonderful village named Yeşilyurt on the slopes of Mt Ida where you stay at an attractive boutique hotel renovated out of stone houses of the village.

Hotel: Manici Kasri Boutique Hotel

Day 5: Yeşilyurt – Izmir

Be dazzled by the archaeological delights on offer today. Drive across the ‘rolling plains of Troy’, down great country roads, to Assos, which was founded in the 7th century BC and was an important centre in Greek and Roman times. This idyllic site, with its view over the Aegean and Lesvos is spectacular. The city’s ancient walls are among the best preserved in Turkey and the Temple of Athena (530 BC) is sure to impress. Below is the lovely fishing village of Behramkale.

Continue through olive groves past pebbly Aegean beaches and fertile agricultural land to the ancient ruins of Pergamum, a very special ancient city which came into being in a very special way. Unlike other city states, Pergamon was the capital of a mighty kingdom in the centuries between Alexander the Great and Augustus, whose kings were sophisticated men with a drive for art. The wealth from agriculture and the gold mines flowed into artistic creativity of the highest calibre. The site itself is fantastic perched on a 300-metre high hill above lush plains. On the top was the Royal City adorned by wonderful monuments, a large theatre, temples, altars, palaces and the renowned library of 200,000 scrolls, commanding a spectacular panorama. See the Asclepion, the large medical complex fusing sacred and secular practices where Galen worked his wonders. Continue to Izmir and your hotel. If time permits, venture into Izmir’s Agora and bazaars. Izmir is Turkey’s third largest city, but with all the charm of an Aegean settlement. It is a very ancient city, going back at least 5000 years, and is said to be the hometown of Homer. Life here is laid back and the locals enjoy a stroll along the waterside promenade (“Kordon”) especially at sunset over the Aegean.

Hotel: Swissotel Büyük Efes, 2 nights

Day 6: Izmir – Ephesus – Izmir

This morning explore Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. Dating back to 6000 BC, it was a vast and important seaport during the Hittite Empire and one of the cities settled by the Ionians after they were driven out of Greece late in the second millennium BC by the Sea Peoples. The site was a centre of the cult of Cybele, the Anatolian fertility goddess, from at least the 13th century BC. The Ionians named her Artemis, made her the goddess of the hunt and the moon and built a sanctuary. It was the largest urban settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean and a powerhouse of the ancient world. Later, the roots of early Christianity were found here. Enjoy special access to the Terrace House excavations where beautiful mosaic floors and frescoed walls have been unearthed, followed by the museum and the Temple of Artemis. On Saturdays and Wednesdays, explore the weekly farmer’s market of Selcuk.

Day 7: Izmir – Kayseri

Fly to Kayseri (via Istanbul) in central Turkey, to the remarkable area known as Cappadocia. Millennia-long volcanic activity followed by an on-going process of erosion and contraction of the volcanic remains into a soft porous stone named tuff, have together created a landscape ‘more unique’ than any other. The valleys of tuff filled with ‘fairy chimneys’ became, at the hands of expert carvers, cave dwellings, monasteries and chapels, cellar villages and more. During your visit, explore one of the most extraordinary treasures of sacred art: the rock-carved churches of Goreme, now an ‘open-air museum’. Some of the finest examples of ninth and tenth century Byzantine wall painting are to be found in the churches of Cappadocia. What survives at Goreme and other sites scattered about Cappadocia marks out the region’s rock-cut churches and chapels as one of the greatest museums of medieval art in the world. Your visit will include the Dark Church – one that has been beautifully restored inside to its former stunning glory.

Hotel: Argos in Cappadocia, 2 nights

Day 8: Cappadocia

Once heart of the ancient Hittite Empire and later a strategic point on the Silk Road, Cappadocia has an incredible historical heritage. Today, visit another marvel of the region: the ‘underground city’ at Kaymakli. The enigmatic cellar villages, over 40 of which have been discovered empty, are among the wonders of Cappadocia. The extensive network of rock-carved subterranean tunnels and hallways, storage and sleeping cells, air shafts and chapels is over 40-metres deep. With your guide, you will follow an illuminated trail and descend 20-metres. The implicit purpose and the date of the construction of these ‘underground cities’ is a mystery to this day.

Later, visit Avanos, a town on the Red River, well known for its pottery. Visit a workshop and learn about this traditional craft; even try your hand at the wheel.

Day 9: Cappadocia – Kayseri – Istanbul

Fly back to Istanbul and to your hotel. This afternoon explore the Dolmabahce Palace, the largest and the finest example of the Ottoman New Baroque in the city, a monument to Turkey’s westernisation. Its halls, chambers, gardens and baths are beyond comparison. Exploring Dolmabahce will present the connecting link between the classic Ottoman tradition and modern Turkey. After a short stop at the Maritime Museum to see the amazing collection of incredible old royal barges, explore the chic Nişantasi district, boasting elegant boutiques and espresso bars, reflecting another of the city’s thousand faces.

Hotel: Four Seasons at the Bosphorus, 2 nights

Day 10: Istanbul

The Ottoman Empire reached its zenith in the 16th century. The royalty and the elite competed in embellishing the capital with wonderful mosques, schools, bathhouses and fountains. This was their Golden Age, and the master architect of this age was Sinan (1491-1588), said to be the greatest master builder of all time. Today you explore the Age of Sinan in Istanbul’s imperial mosques and bazaars.

Visit Suleymaniye Mosque which is undoubtedly the most dignified building in the city. Symbolising the Ottoman glory of the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, Suleymaniye is a miracle created by the great architect. Visit the glorious Rustem Pasha Mosque, another architectural delight from the Ottoman era, known for its outstanding Iznik tiles. Savour the sights and smells of the Spice Market where you are encouraged to taste the local delicacies. The most dazzling of all the bazaars is the Grand Covered Bazaar, built in 1461, and in service ever since. It contains 3,500 shops employing more than 20,000 people all under one roof; an average of 450,000 walk-ins every day animate the beautifully painted arches and columns. Everything imaginable is for sale, gold and silver jewellery, rugs, carpets, antiques, tiles, leather, souvenirs, but just seeing and experiencing this mother of all bazaars is worth the trip.  In the late afternoon, take a private cruise on the Bosphorus against the majestic skyline of Istanbul and watch the splendid mansions, Judas blossoms, forts and palaces pass by. Created by a cataclysmic flood some 7,700 years ago, the strait connects the Black Sea with the Mediterranean and is one of the busiest waterways in the world. The strategic importance of the passage has always been of enormous proportions and its feature of a long and deep harbour (‘Golden Horn’) gave reason for the creation of a city.

Day 11: Depart Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Istanbul Daily:From $13,115.00Price on Application
Inclusions
 
Meals: 10 breakfasts
Transport: Airport Transfers & Private air-conditioned vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Izmir – Kayseri - Istanbul
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Turkey in Depth

Istanbul, the Aegean and Cappadocia to the rugged northeast plateaus and the Black Sea. Get under the skin of Turkey on this 17-day Peregrine journey from Istanbul. Travel to the clear coastal waters and ancient cities of the Bodrum Peninsula and discover the otherworldly landscapes of the Cappadocia region. Explore Kars – a transit point between Anatolia and the Caucasus – a place often overlooked on Turkey adventures. Continue on a train journey to Erzurum – a stronghold for the Seljuks of Anatolia – and wander through cities and villages of the Black Sea region before circling back to Istanbul. Your local leaders will show you the best this country has to offer, and with plenty of free time to experience Turkey independently, you will get to see this ancient nation on another level.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul, the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans have all called home. Your welcome meeting will take place at 1 pm today, after which the group’ll head out to explore the Old City of Istanbul, visiting the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore and there are plenty of sights left to see, including the Archaeology Museum and Hagia Sophia.

Hotel: Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Day 2: Bodrum

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for a 1-hour flight to Bodrum, a modern resort town that was once the ancient city of Halicarnassus. Here, along the southern end of Turkey’s Aegean coast, lies the original Mauosoluem, which the group will visit during an afternoon walking tour of Saint Peter’s Castle, the Underwater Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Theatre and Mindos Gate. Potentially finish up at Cevat Sakir Caddesi, a main thoroughfare surrounded by alleys and streets hosting the local fish markets and a number of mayhanes (taverns), where you can select your own catch of the day and have it prepared for dinner.

Hotel: Manastir Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Bodrum

There’s a reason Bodrum is considered a boating paradise. Spend a day sailing off the beautiful peninsula on a gulet, a traditional wooden sailing vessel originating in this area. Sit back on the deck and soak up some sun as the boat sails down the coast with stops to swim, snorkel and explore the shore, as well as a break at the small island of Kara Ada. Enjoy lunch on board and a relaxing afternoon before returning to the hotel in the evening.

Day 4: Selcuk

Drive to Selcuk this morning after breakfast (approximately 3 hours). Check into the hotel then take a walk through this sprawling town lying at the base of the ancient fortress on Ayasoluk Hill. Visit the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis and the 14th-century Isabey Mosque, then journey to gorgeous little village of Sirince, nestled in the hills outside Selcuk. This was a predominantly Greek village before WWI and the narrow streets host beautifully decorated houses, silversmiths, leather shops, jewellers and market stands. Enjoy a special Peregrine Moment and meet Pervin, from whom you’ll learn the art of manti (Turkish ravioli) whilst relaxing over a glass of the local fruit wine.

Hotel: Kalehan Hotel or similar

Day 5: Selcuk – Overnight Train

Wake up early this morning to beat the crowds and head to Ephesus, one of the best-preserved classical cities in the Eastern Med and arguably the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world. Tour around the amphitheatre, stroll the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and beautifully restored Library of Celsus. Return to the hotel to relax before checking out and heading to the Ephesus Museum, then transfer to Izmir for an overnight train to Konya, in Central Anatolia. The train will arrive in Konya at 7.30 am, so enjoy the first-class sleeping compartments and included dinner in the restaurant car (with backgammon lessons courtesy of your Peregrine leader).

Train: Konya Mavi Train

Day 6: Konya – Cappadocia

Arrive early in Konya, an important Roman city, and tuck into a full Turkish kahvalti (breakfast). Konya is the home of the mystic Sufi practice of whirling and after breakfast you’ll visit the mausoleum of Mevlana, a famous mystic, as well as the museum housing manuscripts of his work and various mystic artefacts before driving three hours to the captivating region of Cappadocia. Check in to the hotel then head out with your leader to stretch your legs on a valley walk. Your leader has their own special place to introduce you to.

Hotel: Heybe Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Cappadocia

This mornig you can choose whether to take an optional hot air balloon rise over Cappadocia. Even if you don’t choose to take a flight, it’s worth getting up just to see the balloons rising with the sun. Have a relaxing breakfast from your terrace overlooking the valley then visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which features houses, churches and monasteries carved into the soft cliff faces. Later in the afternoon, take a guided tour of Kaymakli, a troglodyte cave-city. Next, meet a local rug master and learn about the strong tradition of rug making from early nomadic styles to now. Head back to the hotel in Goreme. The rest of your day is free. Maybe take a relaxing Turkish bath to unwind after a long day experiencing some truly incredible history.

Day 8: Istanbul

Drive to the airport after breakfast for a 1.5-hour flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel on arrival and enjoy a free afternoon. In the evening take the ferry to Kadikoy on Istanbul’s Asian shore. Take a walk around this lively area and find a harbourside spot for dinner with your travelling companions.

Hotel: Legacy Ottoman Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 9: Istanbul

This morning after breakfast you will have the day to further explore the city. You may like to ask your group leader for suggestions on how to spend your time. The Spice Market is very close to your hotel and a cruise on the Bosphorus never disappoints. Keep in mind that there will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary at 6 pm and you’re welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.

Day 10: Kars

Transfer to the airport after breakfast for a two-hour flight to the north eastern province of Kars. This town is known for the ruins of Ani, a medieval Armenian city once called the City of 1001 Churches. Historians believe it sustained a population of 100,000 at one stage, and the rugged ruins present a haunting scene on the high plateau near the Turkish-Armenian border. Arrive mid-afternoon and check in to the hotel before taking a walking tour around town to see the castle and Kumbet Camii – a beautiful Armenian church now converted into a mosque. In the evening, perhaps enjoy some roasted goose (a local specialty) for dinner, and you may even be lucky enough to catch some local musicians playing the baglama.

Hotel: Kars-ı Şirin Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 11: Kars

This morning, head out of town to a small Malakan village called Bogatepe for a local organic breakfast. Continue with a visit to the Bogatepe Cheese Museum, tasting a few samples of Kars’ gruyere – a little taste of Switzerland in Eastern Anatolia. Then, explore the local region this afternoon, including a visit to the Ani Ruins. Ruled by a vast array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani once housed many thousands of people, becoming a cultural hub and regional power under the medieval Bagratid Armenian dynasty. The crumbling, rust-coloured brick Cathedral of Ani guards this deserted city, perched alone on the remote highlands of North Eastern Turkey. Return to Kars for the evening.

Day 12: Erzurum

After an early breakfast, make your way to the train station for an 8.30 am departure on the Dogu Express. This train connects the north-east of Turkey with Ankara, the capital, but the group will hop off at Erzurum after a 4-hour journey through spectacular scenery. Erzurum, the largest city in eastern Anatolia, sits at 1950 metres and was a stronghold for the Seljuk Empire during the 12th and 13th centuries. Spend the afternoon exploring important Seljuk sites like the Cifte Minareli Medrese, the Mongol-built Yakutiye Medrese and various distinctive tombs. Try a cag kebab in the evening – a horizontally stacked kebab and a local specialty.

Hotel: Hotel Zade or similar

Day 13: Amasya

Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing for Amasya, a journey of approximately 5.5 hours. Amasya sits in a valley on the banks of the Yepilrmak River. It was once the capital of the Pontic Kingdom and the tombs of the Pontic Kings are carved into the cliffs behind the town, making an impressive sight when lit at night. Today, the town is famous for both its timber houses and lush orchards. Take a walk around the town centre then join a local family for a home-cooked meal in the evening.

Hotel: Apple Palace Hotel or similar

Day 14: Safranbolu

Travel to Safranbolu this morning, a journey of around 4.5 hours. Safranbolu is a UNESCO-listed town that played a key role in the caravan trade over several hundred years. The town influenced architecture all over the Ottoman Empire as a result of its trade-related prosperity, and this architecture is still well preserved. Spend the afternoon strolling through town and enjoy a special Peregrine Moment tasting saffron-flavoured Turkish delight – a regional specialty and favourite of many Ottoman sultans. The group will also visit Hidirlik Hill for superb views over the town, and spend the evening staying in a local konak (a large Ottoman house).

Hotel: Akce Konak Hotel, 2 nights

Day 15: Safranbolu

Depart for a half-day tour to Amasra after a traditional Turkish breakfast. Drive through the countryside, mountains and little villages to arrive in what is arguably one of the prettiest villages on the Black Sea. Amasra is well loved by Turkish tourists but not yet popular with foreign travellers, especially when compared with some of the Mediterranean or Aegean destinations. Take a tour of the town including the Byzantine citadel and Old Bazaar and look down from the bridge into the bright blue water. Return to Safranbolu in the afternoon for some free time wandering around the Old Bazaar and watching the traditional craftsmen at work. Coppersmiths, cobblers and saddle-makers will go about their business then you can go about yours, picking somewhere for dinner and a drink before spending another night in a traditional konak.

Day 16: Istanbul

Depart for Istanbul after breakfast, arriving mid-afternoon for some last-minute exploration and shopping. Walk through the bazaars or visit the sights you may have missed earlier in the trip before meeting up with the group in the evening to enjoy an optional farewell dinner. Toast Turkey and all its treasures you’ve discovered, then perhaps share one last Turkish delight together.

Hotel: Legacy Ottoman or similar

Day 17: Depart Istanbul

Today, there are no activities planned after breakfast. You’re free to depart your accommodation at any time, and hotel check out is midday.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 24$4,465.00$5,500.00
2021 Dates & Prices
April: 10, 24$4,290.00$5,325.00
May: 15$4,290.00$5,325.00
August: 28$4,290.00$5,325.00
September: 25$4,290.00$5,325.00
October: 09$4,290.00$5,325.00
Inclusions
 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Private air-conditioned bus
Flight: Flight Ticket: Istanbul - Bodrum - Istanbul - Kars
Rail: Overnight Train: Selcuk - Konya
Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Treasures of Turkey

Explore the ancient sites of Ephesus and Troy, behold the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia and dive into the history of this fascinating country.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Welcome to Turkey. You’ll start in vibrant Istanbul, where a representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you’ll be close to Taksim Square, which is famous for its Republic Monument, dining and shopping options. Join your Travel Director at 18.30 for a Welcome Reception and Dinner where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Grand Hyatt

In the morning embark on a cruise along Bosphorus, one of the world’s busiest waterways. Leisurely cruise past the quaint fishing villages that line its shores. Travel towards the old city and see the beautiful Ottoman waterfront palaces and fortresses. Later, leave Istanbul for Bursa. A large city in northwest Turkey, it was the first major capital of the Ottoman Empire. There will be time in the afternoon to explore the city’s bazaars, silk markets and historic monuments.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza

Begin your day of culture with a visit to the glorious Green Mosque, Mausoleum complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa. Continue to the charming Cumalikizik village, with its traditional wooden houses and very narrow cobblestone streets. Later you’ll head to Gordion, which was once the capital city of ancient Phrygia, as you make your way to Turkey’s modern capital, Ankara. Enjoy a relaxed evening at your hotel, the Hilton SA. Perhaps take a dip in its indoor pool or unwind in its jacuzzi or hammam.

Hotel: Hilton SA

A day for history enthusiasts, explore Turkey’s bustling cultural capital, Ankara. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk, Turkey’s greatest modern leader and the first President of the Republic of Turkey. Later, head to Avanos in Cappadocia. Famed for its unique geological formation, Cappadocia is an agreeable mix of golden hills and towering panoramic views. Complimenting the day’s events, after dinner tonight at your hotel, you will witness a performance of Whirling Dervishes.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos, 2 nights

With its striking golden, volcanic landscapes, underground city and otherworldly buildings, Cappadocia could never be called ordinary. At every turn you’ll be delighted with yet another geographical or architectural surprise. Today you’ll travel to the striking town of Göreme. Explore its rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings. You are treated to the unique flavours of Anatolia at Uçhisar Kadineli Restaurant, an establishment that provides employment for the women of the village and supports their financial freedom before moving on to the Pasabag Valley. Move on to the underground city of Özkonak where you’ll have time to explore its tunnels and holes with your Travel Director. Later, join a Cappadocian local who has lived in the city for decades and take a tour of their cave house, where you’ll learn more about their unique way of life, local traditions and family life.

Day 6: Konya

Start your day by learning more about traditional pottery making in Avanos. It’s then time to take a journey along the famous Silk Road, as you visit a 13th century caravanserai, a historic roadside inn where travellers would rest and recover after a day’s journey, most notably along the iconic road itself. Later, you’ll head to Turkey’s most religious city, Konya, the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire. Once here, visit the Mevlana Museum, with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome, and see the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.

Hotel: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham

You day begins with a scenic drive down the Taurus Mountains to Aspendos an ancient city in Antalya. Known for having the best-preserved Roman theatre anywhere in the world, learn more as you explore it with your fellow travellers. Continue to your hotel for the next two nights and enjoy time to relax.

Hotel: Akra Barut Hotel, 2 nights

Start your day with a visit to Antalya’s pretty Old Town, with its souvenir markets and sweeping sea views. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the leisure facilities at your hotel. Alternatively, explore Antalya at your own pace. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on places to explore in the city, take a stroll around the harbour or perhaps take a boat trip off the coast.

Cross the soaring Taurus Mountains to see the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis, a Roman spa city founded around 190 B.C. Next to the ruins, you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. Famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and chalk-white limestone terraces, explore the area with your Travel Director. Later, head back to your hotel, the esteemed Doğa Thermal Health & Spa. Take full advantage of its indoor and outdoor thermal pools, steam room and its Turkish bath complex.

Hotel: Doğa Thermal Health & Spa

Start your morning with a trip to the Temple of Aphrodite, dedicated to the goddess of love, beauty and fertility, in Geyre. Based in the ruins of the ancient city of Aphrodisias, it was the focal point of the city in its heyday. You’ll see the towering, fourteen columns of the temple that have been re-erected. End your day in the quaint Aegan port of Izmir.

Hotel: Swissôtel Grand Efes, 2 nights

Today you’ll spend the day exploring pretty Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city. A vibrant destination on Turkey’s Aegean coast, it is was founded by the Greeks and has been an important port since ancient times. Explore one of the world’s finest archaeological sites, Ephesus. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and the huge Amphitheatre, before visiting the House of the Virgin Mary, a famous Catholic and Muslim shrine, situated above the Ephesus ruins.

Begin your day of legends with a trip to Pergamon. Once a powerful ancient Greek city, you’ll find the Asklepion temple here. A famous shrine and healing centre, it was built in honour of Asklepios, the god of medicine. Next, head to Homer’s city of Troy, the focal point of the Trojan war and the backdrop to one of history’s most famous love stories, that of Paris and Helen of Troy, the face that launched 1000 ships. A replica of the mighty Trojan Horse, which helped the Greeks capture the city in 1200 B.C. can be found beside the city’s walls. After some time exploring, continue your journey to Çanakkale, a gateway to the Gallipoli WWI battlefields.

Hotel: Kolin

This morning, cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Located in the southern part of East Thrace, it was here that for nine months during the Great War, Anzac troops fought, in an attempt to gain control of the Dardanelles Strait. Learn more about these events as you visit Anzac Cove and pay your respects at the Lone Pine Cemetery. Later, return to Istanbul where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Grand Hyatt, 2 nights

Today you’ll take in the sites of Istanbul. In the morning visit the historic Blue Mosque. Made up of domes and minarets, head inside and see its beautiful blue tiled interiors. See the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held, before exploring Hagia Sophia. Built in 537 AD, it is now a museum, famous for its domed roof. Visit the Topkapi palace, perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, the primary inlet of the waterway. Enjoy the excitement of bargaining in the bustling Grand Bazaar. In the evening, join your fellow travellers and toast to your trip over a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends as your trip comes to an end. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onwards flights, or for those extending their stay in Istanbul, speak to your Travel Director for tips and tricks on where to head.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 14$3,750.00Price on Application
May: 03, 17, 31$3,625.00Price on Application
June: 14, 28$3,625.00Price on Application
July: 12, 26$3,625.00Price on Application
August: 09, 23$3,625.00Price on Application
September: 06, 20$3,625.00Price on Application
October: 04, 18$3,625.00Price on Application
November: 01, 08, 15, 22$3,350.00Price on Application
December: 20$3,625.00Price on Application
December: 27$3,595.00Price on Application
2021 Dates & Prices
February: 07$3,350.00Price on Application
March: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,350.00Price on Application
April: 11$3,625.00Price on Application
Inclusions
 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 Dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Arabian Odyssey

Wild wadis, an untouched coastline, spectacular deserts, 16th century forts and castles and dramatic mountain scenery – Oman is the best kept secret in the Middle East. It is also one of the oldest civilisations in the Arabian Peninsula. Combining a fascinating ancient heritage with all the trappings of modernity, stunning accommodation and year-round sunshine, Oman is a surprising and unspoiled destination.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Muscat

A warm welcome to the Omani capital where you are met by A&K and transferred to your luxury accommodation. Located on the Arabian Peninsula, Muscat has a rich and vibrant culture and is a remarkably laid-back capital city with a friendly atmosphere. The rest of the day is yours to explore – wander through one of the city’s many souks and the fascinating port area or take a simple stroll along the beachfront in front of your hotel.

Hotel: The Chedi Muscat, 2 nights

Day 2: Muscat

Explore the enchanting port city of Muscat with your private guide. Tour the lavish Royal Opera House, built in 2011 which combines world class acoustics with Middle Eastern elegance. Stroll around the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a stunning example of contemporary Islamic architecture containing the second largest hand loomed Iranian carpet in the world. It is the only mosque in Oman open to non-Muslims. From its minarets, large golden dome, arches, engraved walls, decorated interior, unique lamps and central crystal chandelier, the mosque is an architectural wonder. Drive along the corniche, visit the fish market and enjoy a lunch of traditional Arabian cuisine.

After lunch discover the rich treasures inside the museum and cultural complex known as Bait Al Zubair Museum. Formerly a private home, it is now a showcase for traditional Omani crafts and culture from across the country. The treasure trove of exhibits includes black and white photographs of desert tribes, ornate and ancient khanjars (Omani swords), and headdresses and necklaces laden with pearls, lapis lazuli and turquoise. Be sure to see the permanent exhibition of local dress, which explains the purpose of each item of traditional clothing, from the waqaya (women’s head scarf) to the wazar (the wrap that men wear under their full-length dishdasha). Later explore the old Muscat area and finish with a visit to the souk, a traditional market on the corniche, with small shops selling Omani products such as colourful fabric, traditional clothes, silver and gold jewellery, and souvenirs.

Day 3: Muscat – Jabal Akhdar

Start the day with a perfume immersion when you visit the Amouage perfumery before leaving the city behind as you travel by 4WD to Bilad Sayt, one of Oman’s quaintest villages, at the foot of the towering and dramatic Hajar mountain ranges. The route continues to wind through mountains all the way to the village of Al Hamra, characterised by its mud houses and date plantations. Arrive at Jabal Akhdar (Green Mountain) named for the areas of greenery and plantations which cover the rocky terrain, and your extraordinary resort, which blends seamlessly into the rugged landscape.

Hotel: Alila Jabal Akhdar, 3 nights

Day 4: Jabal Akhdar

Proceed to the legendary Nizwa Fort at the foot of the Western Hajar mountains. In the ninth century, a stronghold was built to protect the town from marauding forces, and Nizwa Fort with its imposing sandstone structure has been added to and adapted ever since. Search out the metal spikes, booby traps and ‘murder holes’ (through which boiling hot date syrup was poured on to intruders) that made Nizwa so impenetrable. Make your way to the rooftop, where dozens of cannons would have once stood, for excellent views of the city.

The Nizwa souk is one of the oldest in the country and you’ll have time to wander through it, taking in the fresh produce and livestock (Friday mornings only) with excellent photographic opportunities. Continue to Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles, built in the late 17th century which became a seat of Omani learning. The castle displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting and beautifully executed woodcarvings. Stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul before continuing to Wadi Nakheer located in the depth of Oman’s deepest canyon. At Wadi Nakheer get a chance to meet locals and weavers before returning to your hotel.

Day 5: Jabal Akhdar

Enjoy a day at leisure relaxing and soaking up the tranquillity of this inspirational location or taking in a spa treatment. Should you wish, an optional tour of Jabal Akhdar, considered the fruit bowl of Oman, can be arranged (additional cost). See the orchards laid out terrace-style along the mountain slopes and the traditional aflaj irrigation systems.

Day 6: Jabal Akhdar – Wahiba Sands

Today’s destination is Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating dunes, some as high as 200-metres, whose ever-changing patterns are a photographer’s delight. Travel through Wadi Bani Khalid, a mountain area of small villages and waterfalls. The wadi (valley) is in the Al Sharqiyah Region and has several water pools as well as a spring that keeps water flowing inside the wadi all year long. Arrive at your Beduoin camp in time to see the changing colours of the desert during a golden sunset before dinner.

Hotel: Desert Nights Camp

Day 7: Wahiba Sands – Muscat

Experience the thrills of dune driving and observe the surprisingly wide array of flora and fauna found in the desert sands. Head out of camp to Sur, one of the few places that still produces traditional wooden dhows. Watch the craftsmen as they go about their highly skilled work. Journey to Fins beach for a swim and then drive onto the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater filled with blue green water. Continue along the coast back to Muscat and on a clear day you may see sharks in the deep blue water or fleet footed gazelle sprint across the landscape.

Hotel: Shangri-La’s Al Husn Resort & Spa

Day 8: Depart Muscat

Farewell Oman as you transfer privately to the airport for your onward journey. 

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Muscat Daily:From $9,410.00Price on Application

Inclusions
 
Meals: 7 breakfast, 5 lunches, 3 dinner
Transport: Airport Transfers & Private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Arabian Explorer

Discover the best of Oman, visiting the northern tip, the Musandam Peninsula, the copper coloured desert of Wahiba Sands and watch turtles hatch under the moonlight. Explore the dramatic northernmost tip of Oman where arid mountains plunge into the blue fjords of the Musandam Peninsula where you can take a traditional dhow cruise. Continue your journey to the coastal and interior areas of Oman and discover the spectacular mountain ranges and wadis, shifting sand dunes and enchanting fortresses and learn about the traditional Bedouin lifestyle

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Dubai/Abu Dhabi – Musandam

You’ll be picked up from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi and transferred by road to Oman via the heritage town of Ras Al Khaimah. On arrival in Khasab you will be taken to your hotel. This afternoon, drive to Jebel Harim, the tallest peak in the region. During your journey enjoy incredible vistas, including terraced mountain villages, lush acacia forests and wadis (dry river beds). Visit a Bedouin village located at an elevation of 3,000 feet. The village of Sayah is one of the most picturesque villages on the Musandam Peninsula. After a stop for photographs, continue with your drive to Jebel Harim. There will be time to admire the grand panorama from the mountain’s summit. The return drive takes you past Khawr Najd, a stunning sea view point overlooking the Indian Ocean. Drive to Al Khalidya Nature Park before concluding your trip back in Khasab.

Day 2: Musandam

This morning, board a traditional dhow and sail along Telegraph Island, the Strait of Hormuz and the Fjords, also known as the Norway of Arabia. Swim and snorkel in the pristine blue waters of the Arabian Ocean. After lunch onboard, cruise back sipping on some Omani coffee or tea mesmerised with another spectacular day in the land of Sinbad the Sailor.

Day 3: Musandam – Muscat

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Muscat. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 4: Muscat

Today enjoy Muscat’s highlights. The morning begins by visiting the Grand Mosque which stands exquisitely against the skyline. Once you have taken in the brilliance of the Grand Mosque head to Muttrah where you will visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum with a photo stop by Qasr Al Alam (His Majesty’s Palace) before heading to the lively Muttrah Souk. Bargain with locals and see what treasures you can find lying around the twisting and winding walkways. Grand Mosque is closed for tourist visits on Friday & any local holiday.

Day 5: Muscat – Ras Al Hadd

Travel on the coastal road to Ras Al Hadd. En-route stop at Bimah Sinkhole before continuing to Wadi Abayeen, with its deep pools set among the date palms, and Bibi Miriam’s ancient tomb. Most of the small towns along this route make their livelihood from fishing. Tiwi, a small fishing village, and Sur, a much larger town with an ancient harbour, house some of the original dhows that are still used today. Later this evening you will head to Ras Al Jinz for an unforgettable evening watching giant sea turtles make their way slowly up the beach to within metres of where they were hatched, up to 50 years before, to continue their legacy. The beach is one of the largest turtle reserves in the world so make sure you take everything in for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Stroll back to the hotel to the sound of the small Ghost crabs scuttling across the beach scavenging for food.

Day 6: Ras Al Hadd – Wahiba Sands

After breakfast, head to Sur visiting its main attractions and the Dhow Making Factory before driving to Wadi Bani Khalid. Continue onto Wahiba Sands for an adventurous dune drive before heading to your desert camp. Enjoy this unforgettable night under the stars in the desert. Stare up at the radiance of the starry sky and be warmed by the fire crackling beside you before retiring for the evening.

Day 7: Wahiba Sands – Nizwa – Jebel Akhdar

Travel to Nizwa, one of the oldest cities and a previous capital of Oman. Nizwa is home to the famous Nizwa Fort, a fabulous silver souk and markets. Visit Jabrin Fort which has been called the most beautiful fort in all of Oman. It was still in operation up until the last century before being renovated for an amazing visitor experience. Continue the journey to Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain).

Day 8: Jebel Akhdar

Spend the day exploring the area. You will have the option of doing a Rock Rose walking experience which takes you through to some of the old villages around the region and learn how they distil the rose water and rose oil. Or walk on some of the mountain treks through this mountain range which stands just under 2,600 metres above sea.

Day 9: Jebel Akhdar  – Depart Muscat

This morning return to Muscat and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs Dubai or Abu Dhabi Daily:From $6,495.00Price on Application
Inclusions
 
Meals: 8 breakfast, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers & Private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: English-speaking driver/guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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A Taste of Oman

Get a taste of old-world Arabia shopping for spices in Muttrah bazaar, exploring Portuguese forts and spending a night in the Wahiba Sands. This is the Arabia of Aladdin’s dreams. Explore the historic city of Muscat and drive along the coast to the bubbling fishing village of Seeb. By 4WD, travel to the rugged interior and the splendid forts of Nakhal and Al Hazm, framed by the spectacular Jebel Akhdar Mountains. Continue on to explore the beautiful oasis at Wadi Bani Khaled, before entering the vast Wahiba Sands – where we sleep at a rustic desert camp under a blanket of brilliant stars. The charming oasis of Lisq and the village of Mudaibi, further reveal the local life of Oman, as does a browse of the fabulous souk of ancient Nizwa. Meet the people, learn of their delicate silverware, woodwork and embroidery, and unwind in the cool heights of the Mountain of the Sun, all before a further wander of the wonderful maze of Muscat.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Muscat

On arrival at Muscat International Airport (formerly Seeb Airport), you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Muscat at any time. There will be an important welcome meeting in the evening, usually at around 5 pm. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after 3 pm, so if you are arriving much earlier we recommend you pre-book an additional night’s accommodation.

Hotel: Park Inn Hotel or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Muscat

Be met by your guide at the hotel this morning, ahead of a full day tour of Muscat City. The skyline of this ancient settlement is quite different to its glitzy Gulf neighbours, with the Sultan ordering all modern construction to fit with classical Arabic architecture styles. You’ll see this in the dazzling Indian sandstone of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world, and home the second largest carpet in the world, a vast weave covering the prayer hall. Continue on to the relatively new Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque and appreciate its architecture. Set high on a hill in the valley of Boushar Sands, its beautiful domes have become an essential part of the Muscat skyline. Afterwards, drive to Old Muscat, the walled part of the city, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Dig into the exhibits about Oman’s cultural history at the Bait Zubair Musuem, then drive along the picturesque Corniche, stopping to see the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Pass the busy fishing harbour at Muttrah, with its quaint wooden dhows and fishing boats, then stop into the bazaar. There you can mingle with the locals and browse the silver and spice shops. Return to your hotel afterwards.

Day 3: Barka – Nakhal – Al Hazm – Muscat

Leaving Muscat, you’ll head north along the coast to the fishing village of Barka. Here you’ll see the daily catch being hauled onto the sands from tiny fishing boats. Afterwards, continue to the Bait Al Na’aman for a visit to the beautiful old fortified houses. The tall, narrow houses alternating with square and round towers are thought to have been built in 1691-92 by Iman Bil’arab bin Sultan. The house was restored in 1991 with a lavish selection of traditional fittings and furnishings to give visitors an insight into the domestic livelihood of its former inhabitants. Continue then to the splendid fort at Nakhal, which sits atop a rocky spur and vaunts commanding views of the surrounding countryside. This is the best-preserved of all Oman’s forts, and the interior is still furnished, giving visitors an excellent feel for period life. A little further on is the fort of Al Hazm, situated on the northern slopes of the Jebel Akhdar, with its elaborate carved doors. There will be time to explore the various rooms and chambers before returning to Muscat.

Day 4: Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands

From Muscat you’ll head southward, travelling through rugged landscape, before arriving at the Wadi Bani Khalid. With turquoise waters, lush vegetation and palm trees, this is a slice of paradise. You’ll follow a well-worn path into the heart of this rocky oasis and discover a large pool fed by a natural mountain spring. Stop on the edge of the extensive Wahiba Sands and enjoy a traditional lunch with a local Bedouin family. Continue your 4WD journey and arrive at the edge of the extensive Wahiba Sands. After deflating the tyres you’ll follow an amazing route across the sand dunes to a desert camp. Watch sunset over the sand dunes of our desert camp and feature stay in Wahiba Sands. Enjoy an evening of traditional food and music (seasonal) this evening, sitting around an open fire under the stars. Drift off to sleep tonight in your simple tent among the desert ambience. Your accommodation this evening is our Feature Stay Property; you will stay in the Sheikh Tents in the desert camp with private bathroom facilities including hot showers adjoining each tent.

Hotel: 1000 nights Desert Camp or similar

Day 5: Ibra – Jabrin – Bahla – Nizwa

Heading north today, you will drive to Ibra, one of the oldest cities in Oman. This charming, traditional old town was once a centre of trade, religion, education and art. Stop in at Bahla and witness the ruins of the immense fort there. With its walls and towers of unbaked brick and its stone foundations, this is a remarkable example of fortification. It’s easy to find a metal worker toiling next to a red-hot furnace in this place, or a weaver assembling a cloak of goat hair. But the king of craft in Bahla is pottery. This exceptional art is famous throughout the Sultanate and beyond. You will also head to Jabrin Fort, the palace of Imam Bil ‘Arub Bin Sultan who built it in 1675. This may well be the finest and most eye-catching of Oman’s forts. See its elegantly carved wooden doors, and the delicate and ornate lattice work of the windows. Drive through the narrow roads to see ancient houses and various mosques. Later on you will drive to Nizwa, an oasis enclosed by a series of mountains. Among these mountains is the famous green mountain (Jabal Akhdar). Its grand mosque was formerly a centre for Islamic learning. We’ll stop here for a short break. Unfortunately we are not permitted inside. The central fort is surrounded by ancient traditional souqs where the locals trade in traditional and imported merchandise. Here you can browse for some of Nizwa’s famous silver jewellery, or simply watch expert craftsmen in action as they fashion exquisite silverware and other artefacts.

Hotel: Falaj Daris Hotel or similar

Day 6: Misfah – Al Harma – Jabal Shams – Muscat

Today you’ll journey back to Muscat via some marvellous forts and villages, not to mention some lovely mountain scenery. Continue to the villages of Misfah and Al Hamra (photo stop), nestled in the cool foothills of Oman’s highest peak, Jabal Shams. You’ll have time to explore these beautiful historic townships before returning to Muscat for your final evening.

Hotel: Park Inn Hotel or similar

Day 7: Depart Muscat

Your trip comes to an today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon, and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Muscat.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 11$3,740.00$4,575.00
October: 25$3,670.00$4,505.00
November: 08$3,670.00$4,505.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 31$3,845.00$4,680.00
March: 07$3,845.00$4,680.00
April: 04$3,845.00$4,680.00
October: 10$3,845.00$4,680.00
November: 07$3,845.00$4,680.00
December: 05$3,845.00$4,680.00
Inclusions
 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers& air-conditioned vehicle / 4WD
Accommodation: 6 nights accommodation
Guide: English speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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