Combining breathtaking natural beauty
with a well-preserved cultural legacy,
the sultanate of Oman is one of the
least known yet most exciting tourist
destinations in the Middle East. Taking in
magnificent forts and palaces, the rolling
dunes of the Sharqiya Sands and the
stunning Islamic architecture, this tour
discovers one of the region’s best-kept
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Fly from London to Muscat with Oman Air
(regional connections available). Transfer and
stay for 3 nights at the Al Falaj Hotel. (N)
Morning visit to the Grand Mosque*, followed by
a tour of the city, including a visit to the Bait Al
Zubair Museum, the sultan’s palace and the forts
of Al Jalali and Mirani. Continue to the Royal
Opera House, the largest in the Middle East.
Remainder of afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Full-day tour, including Barka fish market and
Nakhal fort, before driving to the warm springs
of Nakhal, where a picnic lunch is served. Early
afternoon visit to Bait Na’aman fort before
returning to Muscat. Optional twilight dhow
cruise (B, L)
Drive south by 4x4 along the coast from Muscat
to Sur, passing the fishing village of Quriyat.
Stops en route include Wadi Shab, a palmfringed
lagoon, and Qalhat, an ancient city
visited by Marco Polo. Check in at the hot el, then
make an evening visit to the green turtle nesting
site at Ras al Junaiz beach. Stay overnight at the
Sur Plaza Hotel (or similar). (B)
Set off this morning for a scenic drive through
the eastern Hajar mountains to Sharqiya Sands.
Stop at Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque river valley,
before continuing to Sharqiya Sands, home to the
bedouin people. Stay overnight at 1,000 Nights
Camp (or similar). (B, D)
Early departure for Nizwa stopping en route at
the bustling Sinaw market. Proceed to the Wadi
Al Madeen checkpoint, which leads to Jebel
Akhdar, a unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula
with spectacular views. Continue to Nizwa. Stay 2
nights at The View (or similar). (B, D)
Morning visit to the impressive new souk, then
visit the massive Nizwa fort, which dominates the
town. Drive past the date plantations in Al Hamra
village and visit a traditional Omani house at Bait
Al Safah. After lunch, continue to Bahla to visit a
pottery maker and watch mud vessels being made.
Continue to Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest peak,
stopping en route at Wadi Ghul and Wadi Nakher
farming villages before returning to Nizwa. (B, D)
Leave for Muscat. En route, visit Bahla fort, a
Unesco world heritage site, before driving through
the Sumail Gap to Muscat. Arrive back in Muscat
in the late afternoon. Stay overnight at the Al Falaj
Hotel (or similar). (B)
Transfer to the airport for a flight from Muscat to
London with Oman Air. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star
accommodation. Hotels outside Muscat are
comparatively basic, but still offer comfortable
accommodation, good facilities and friendly
service. Transport will be by airconditioned
minibus and by 4x4 vehicle from
Day 4 onwards.
Both men and women
visiting the mosque must be fully covered. Women
must also cover their head with a scarf.
For a price quote based
on alternative accommodation standards, to
discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary,
please call 020 7808 6784 or email email@example.com.
The 1000 Nights Campsite is located in an isolated area of the vast Sharqiya Sands, and offers a unique opportunity for guests to experience a taste of bedouin life. The campsite has 42 traditionally styled black goat-hair tents, and four modern air-conditioned Sand House rooms. The tents are furnished with camp beds, but there is no electricity or air conditioning and the tent accommodation must be regarded as basic. All Cox & Kings clients are accommodated in Sheikh tents, which have a private bathroom. The camp has a small restaurant with traditional low tables and rugs, serving both tradtional Omani food, as well as hosting a barbecue. From November until March, early mornings and evenings can be very cold in the desert, so guests should bring warm...
The Al Falaj Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city, only 35 km from the airport. Part of the Aitken Spence Hotels portfolio, the management ensures high standards in service quality, culinary expertise and sustainable tourism. There are 140 stylishly furnished and spacious bedrooms equipped with air conditioning, a safe, wireless internet access, a minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. There are a number of dining options, including the Souq Café, Japanese and Indian restaurants, a lounge and a...
The 3-star Sur Plaza Hotel is located in the picturesque town of Sur, which is known for its old fishing village and the traditional manufacture of dhows, and is 300km from Muscat. It is also close to the turtle beach at Ras-al-Hadd, Wadi Bani Khalid and Sharqiya Sands, some of Oman's major tourist attractions. The hotel's three-storey atrium lobby is a stained-glass masterpiece with scenes of the mountain regions, boats, date palms and fortresses of Sur. Accommodation is in 92 well-appointed guestrooms and three suites, each with pleasing decor, central air conditioning, a direct dial telephone, satellite television and minibar. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, health club and gymnasium as well as a restaurant and three bars. The restaurant serves an excellent choice of cuisine, including continental, Oriental and Asian dishes from the buffet and a la carte menu....
The View is located at 4,590 feet (1,400 metres) above sea level in a valley spanning the Jebel Shams mountains, near Al Hamra and about a 45-minute drive from Nizwa. As its name suggests, the hotel has spectacular views over the surrounding terrain. The rooms have a pod-like design, each with their own private terrace. Local activities include trekking and visits to cultural sights. The restaurant offers a spectacular view of the canyon from its terrace and serves breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner. This is a 'dry' hotel and does not serve alcohol. The View is softly lit at night, therefore you may wish to take a torch with you.
Features: 30 rooms, restaurant, infinity pool.
Room amenities: Television, tea & coffee facilities, mini fridge, hairdryer,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
The province of Dhofar is semi-tropical and
the flora here is in great contrast to other
places in Oman. Stay in the capital, Salalah, visit
some of the cultural sites around the city and
relax amid the palm trees and coconut groves.
Morning flight to Salalah (flying time approx
1 hour). Transfer to the Hilton Hotel (or similar) for
2 nights. (B)
Local visits to Taqah, the province’s second town,
the ancient port of Khor Rouri and picturesque
Morning flight to Muscat. Afternoon flight to
London with Oman Air. (B)
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
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OAO2017: 8 Nights
There was not one defining moment. It was simply the gradual build up of excellent day after excellent day.Mrs Patricia Morton
Driving up, down and through sand dunes to our tented overnight stay, with sand spraying in every direction. A never before experience and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. Mrs Gwyneth Wood
The whole trip was a fantastic mixture of old and new with the guide and drivers providing superb service and knowledge. Several inspirational points of the trip including: the night turtle viewing on the beach, dune driving, the night in the desert, being able to enter the Bahla Fort and look around it in comparative isolation, the drive up Jabel Shams and the canyon, and finally, the archaeological dig in Salalah. Mr Kevin Mann
The tour was consistently excellent in content, with new experiences each day. It was the overall joy of being in a country with friendly people, full of varied (and sometimes exciting) scenery, ancient forts, ultra modern mosques and even an opera house that we most remember. Our disappointment of not seeing turtles at Sur was compensated by seeing one in Muscat Harbour, diving and surfacing as it fed on the weed attached to the rocks. Mr Clive Brooks
Being in the desert was the most inspirational - quite spectacular. Loved being taken out to the top of a sand dune to watch the setting sun. Particularly liked The View hotel - excellent accommodation and meals. Miss Linda Spurr