Discover the beautiful marine life of the Damaniyat islands on a luxury overnight catamaran cruise through this spectacular marine and nature reserve, the perfect spot for snorkelling. Combine this with visits to picturesque villages in the Al Hamra mountains, a night under the desert sky, turtle watching on the coast and the city sights of Oman's capital, Muscat.
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Fly to Muscat. Transfer and stay for 1 night at the Al Bandar in a Deluxe room. (N)
Morning transfer to the marina to board your luxury catamaran. You will be taken through an introduction and safety briefing before a leisurely sail towards the Damaniyat islands. On the north side of the islands the deep clear waters are superb for diving while on the southern side the beautiful coral reefs are a magical place to snorkel. The waters' splendid visibility guarantees a kaleidoscope of colour as well as possible sightings of turtles. Stay overnight on board the catamaran. (B, D)
After breakfast, sail to the marina where you will be met by your guide and taken into the mountains to the town of Al Hamra, famous for its date plantations, and the ruined village of Tanuf. The drive will go through the gorge of Wadi Bani Awf with a stop en route at the picturesque mountain village of Bilad Sayt. Stay overnight at The View in the Al Hajar mountains near Al Hamra in a Superior room. (B, D)
Today visit the round tower fort of Nizwa and the adjacent New Souk, selling silver and Omani wares. Continue to Birkat Al Mauz, a pretty village where you can take a walk through the lush date plantations, and on to Sharqiya Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sand with dunes rising to over 650 feet (200 metres). Drive over the dunes and overnight at Desert Nights Camp in a Deluxe tented suite. (B, D)
Visit a bedouin home in the wilderness before continuing to the picturesque river valley of Wadi Bani Khalid, with its deep blue pools of water fringed by date palms. Continue to the fish jetty and dhow factory in Sur and visit the Sanseela fort. Check into Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre for an overnight stay. This evening take a short walk to the beach escorted by an expert guide to watch turtles coming in to nest on the sands. (B)
Travel to Muscat. En route stops will be made at Fins beach, where you can take a swim; Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater filled with bright blue and green water; and Wadi Arbayeen with its refreshing deep pools of water set among the date palms. Arrive in Muscat and stay 2 nights at the Al Bandar in a Deluxe room. (B)
Take a city tour of Muscat. Visits include the Grand Mosque*, the Bait Al Zubair museum and the Royal Opera House, the largest in the Middle East. Drive along the corniche to visit the fish souk and the colourful Muttrah souk, stopping at Al Alam Palace and the 16th-century forts of Mirani and Jalali for photo opportunities. (B)
Transfer to Muscat airport for your flight home. (B)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Both men and women visiting the mosque must be fully covered. Women must also cover their head with a scarf.
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Al Bandar - meaning 'the town' - is situated in the middle of the three hotels that comprise Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort, its design capturing the flavour of Old Muscat. The hotel's 198 guest rooms are all sea-facing and each features satellite television with interactive menus for hotel and local information, mini-bar, iron and ironing board, safe, coffee machine, iPod docking station, internet access and large flat screen, high definition television.
Al Bandar is the resort's focal point, featuring seven food and beverage outlets, as well as easy access to all the facilities and activities, which include 6,000 square metres of swimming pool, beaches, children's club and the stunning Chi Spa, with vitality hydro pool, a herbal steam room, tundra and tropical showers, an ice fountain and a serene relaxation area.
The hotel will undergo maintenance works from 30 June to 30...
The Desert Nights Camp site is set over 10 acres in the vast Sharqiya Sands desert. The camp has 30 luxurious air conditioned Bedouin style ‘tents’ with separate living room, en suite shower and toilet facilities. The camp has an air conditioned dining area or there is the option to eat 'al fresco'. A range of facilities are on offer for guests including camel rides through the...
The Orana catamaran is a 44-foot catamaran featuring four stylish and comfortable cabins. The saloon offers an excellent 360-degree panoramic view with adjacent protected seating, which is ideal for dining or relaxing in the shade. Leisure amenities include paddle boarding, snorkelling and basic fishing equipment, plus a RIB boat for boat to shore excursions.
The chef will serve a mixture of local Omani and international dishes, made with local ingredients, for lunches and dinners. There is the option of dining in the seating area or alfresco.
The luxury catamaran departs from Wave Marina and embarks on a leisurely sail towards the Damaniyat Island. With a typical depth of 40 metres and visibility at 10-30 metres, divers can enjoy wonderful underwater excursions. Daymaniyat's southern side shelters an array of beautiful coral reefs just below sea level, at 10 metres, making it...
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,...
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