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 (regional connections
available) to Muscat with Oman Air. Transfer
and stay for 3 nights at the Park Inn. (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 palm-fringed lagoon,
and Qalhat, an ancient city visited by Marco Polo.
Check in at the hotel, then make an evening visit
to the green turtle nesting site at Ras Al Jinz beach.
Stay overnight at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
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 Park Inn
(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 based in 4-star
accommodation, with the exception of Sharqiya
Sands and Nizwa, where the accommodation
should be considered more basic. Transport will
be by air-conditioned 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.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can
be taken privately, for which guideline prices are
shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your
exact requirements. Please call 020 3930 5211 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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 Park Inn is located in the centre of several shopping areas and close to historical buildings of interest. Al Ghubra beach is about 2.5km from the hotel with the gardens at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque 4.5km away. This modern and stylish hotel has superb facilities including a rooftop bar with spectacular cityscape views across Muscat where you can dine and enjoy fine cocktails.
Features: 175 rooms & suites, 3 restaurants, panoramic rooftop bar, rooftop swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, direct dial telephone, safe, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, tea & coffee...
Ras Al-Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre is located on the eastern shores of the Arabian peninsula in the Ras Al Hadd Turtle Reserve, approximately 1 hour's drive from Sur. The area is world renowned for the nesting endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas), probably the most important nesting concentration in the Indian Ocean. The centre offers a unique experience: the fascinating spectacle of sea turtles nesting in a completely natural environment. Guided excursions are conducted every night to view the turtles and the nesting process.
Within the Ras Al-Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre is a small, simply furnished hotel. All of the 14 rooms are air conditioned and have an en suite bathroom, and are equipped with a mini refrigerator and flatscreen television. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, the evening meal usually being a three-course set menu. A gift shop...
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.
Extend your holiday with a relaxing stay at a luxurious desert camp, just 90 minutes’ drive from Muscat.
This morning take a private transfer from Muscat
to Dunes by Al Nahda for a 2-night stay in a luxury
tent complete with air conditioning, separate
seating area, full bathroom and comfortable bed.
Day at leisure. Take a camel ride into the desert,
go dune bashing, enjoy the spa (all at own
expense) or relax against a backdrop of dunes and
mountains. (B, D)
Transfer to Muscat airport for an afternoon flight
to London with Oman Air. (B)
Relax in the semi-tropical province of Dhofar. Stay in the capital, Salalah, visit some of the cultural sites around the city and unwind amid the palm trees and coconut groves.
Morning flight to Salalah (flying time approx
1 hour). Transfer to the Crowne Plaza 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)
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
OAO2018: 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