Driving in Oman is surprisingly
straightforward, with many new,
often almost empty and wide roads,
comfortable vehicles, and road signs
that are generally in English. The price of
petrol, which has remained unchanged
for many years at around 20 pence
per litre, makes travelling by road
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Fly overnight from London to Muscat with
Oman Air. (N)
On arrival, morning transfer to Park Inn (or
similar) for 2-night stay in Muscat. Remainder of
day at leisure. (B)
Full-day tour of Muscat with local guide. (B)
Morning delivery of self-drive vehicle, followed
by a 150km drive to Nizwa, stopping at Nakhal
Fort and Wadi Bani Awf en route. Stay for 2
nights at the Golden Tulip (or similar). (B)
Visit the massive fort of Nizwa, view Jebel
Shams, Oman’s highest peak, or drive through
magnificent mountain scenery. (B)
Head 230km into the desert. Meet your guide at
the entrance to Sharqiya Sands to be shown to
an overnight desert camp*. (B, D)
Drive 375km towards Sur through the eastern
Hajar mountains, stopping at Wadi Bani Khalid,
a picturesque river valley. Stay overnight at the
Sur Plaza, with an evening trip out to the green
turtle nesting site at Ras al Junaiz beach. (B)
Take the coastal road back to Muscat, perhaps stopping at the palm-fringed lagoon of Wadi
Shab, or Qalhat, an ancient city visit ed by Marco
Polo. Stay overnight at the Muscat Holiday
Last morning in Muscat, then return your vehicle
at the airport. Fly from Muscat to London with
Oman Air. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star
Unavailable during July and
August due to the extreme heat.
For this itinerary, travellers are
provided with a 4x4 vehicle. Alternative vehicles
may be arranged, but these cannot be driven
into the desert.
For a price quote based
on alternative accommodation standards or
flight options, or to tailor this itinerary,
please call 020 3930 5211 or email
Breakdown and navigation service
Delivery and collection
Large, varied fleet of new vehicles
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 Golden Tulip Hotel is an oasis of peace and tranquillity set against the magnificent Hajar mountains. Just a short drive from Nizwa, with its famous fort and bustling souk, the hotel is also within easy reach of other tourist attractions such as the pottery town of Bahla, Jabrin Fort and the picturesque mountain villages of Al Hamra and Misfah. It is also perfectly placed for adventure safaris deep into Oman's interior.
Built with traditional Omani-style architecture, the Golden Tulip is elegantly appointed and furnished, offering all the comforts and amenities of a luxury 4-star hotel. The 120 rooms, including three suites, reflect the hotel's traditional architecture in their design and decor and are equipped with many modern amenities including air conditioning, a satellite television, minibar and telephone.
International and Arabic cuisine is offered in the hotel's...
The Muscat Holiday Hotel is conveniently located in Al Kuwair, midway between Seeb International Airport and the central business district. Accommodation is provided in 123 rooms equipped with private bathroom, radio, satellite television, direct dial telephone and individually controlled central air conditioning. Facilities include a health and fitness centre with gymnasium, sauna, tennis court, swimming pool and a...
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...
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....
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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
OSD2018: 8 Nights