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

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
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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