For 200 years, Zanzibar was under the
control of the Sultan of Oman, growing
to become a principal centre for the
ivory and slave trade around the middle
of the 19th century. Its importance was
such that the Omani capital was moved
here from Muscat. This 12-day itinerary
travels to Stone Town in Zanzibar to
retrace the legacy of Omani rule, before
continuing to Oman to explore today’s
capital city of Muscat, fishing villages
along the coast, the desert dunes of
Wahiba Sands and Nizwa on the edge of
the Hajar mountains.
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Fly overnight from London to Zanzibar via
Muscat with Oman Air. (N)
Afternoon arrival into Zanzibar and transfer to
the Serena Inn in Stone Town for 4 nights. (N)
Morning walking tour of Stone Town. Follow the
trail of the sultans, slaves and explorers through
the winding streets, stopping at the former slave
market, the Anglican cathedral, the House of
Wonders palace, the Sultans’ Palace Museum,
the Arab Fort and the Old Dispensary. Wander
through the markets, packed with fresh seafood,
fruits and vegetables. (B)
Days at leisure. (B)
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to Muscat
with Oman Air. Transfer to the Al Falaj Hotel for
2 nights. (B)
Morning city tour of Muscat including a visit to
the Grand Mosque*. (B)
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. In the evening, visit the green turtle nesting site at Ras al Junaiz beach.
Overnight at the Sur Plaza Hotel. (B)
Scenic drive through the eastern Hajar
mountains to Wahiba Sands. En route, stop
at Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque river valley.
Overnight at 1,000 Nights Camp. (B, D)
After a buffet breakfast, depart for Jebel Shams,
Oman’s highest peak, stopping en route at Wadi
Ghul farming village. Continue to Wadi Nakher,
located in Oman’s deepest canyon, before
arriving in Nizwa. Evening at leisure. Stay 1 night
at the Falaj Daris Hotel (or similar). (B)
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. Overnight at
the Muscat Holiday Hotel. (B)
A morning visit to the magnificent Royal Opera
House, the largest in the Middle East, before
transferring to the airport for an afternoon flight
from Muscat to London with Oman Air. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L:
Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour escort.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star
accommodation. Hotels outside Muscat are
comparatively basic, but are still comfortable,
providing good facilities and friendly service.
Transport will be by air-conditioned minibus and
by 4x4 vehicle from Day 8 onwards.
Women visiting the
mosque must cover their head with a scarf and
should not wear shorts, beachwear or sleeveless
outfits. Men must also be fully covered.
For a price quote based on
alternative accommodation standards or flight
options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020
7808 6784or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 1000 Nights Campsite is located in an isolated area of the vast Wahiba 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 Falaj Daris Hotel, located in the foothills of the majestic Jabel Akhdar mountain range, is just 4km from Nizwa town, which is known for its tanning and leather work, its manufacture of halwa (Omani sweets) and its handmade gold and silver ornaments. The hotel is also within easy reach of many other tourist attractions and is well placed to explore Oman's interior.
The hotel has 53 well-appointed standard rooms and two suites, all of which have air conditioning, a satellite television, minibar and safe. The hotel's main restaurant overlooks the garden and swimming pool, and offers an a la carte menu, while the bar is set around the pool. For lively evening entertainment, go to Al Sahara Lounge where Arabic music and dancing can be enjoyed. There is a choice of two outdoor swimming pools in the landscaped gardens as well as a fully equipped modern gym and steam room. Other...
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 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 Wahiba 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 Serena is a refurbished historic building on the seafront in Stone Town, overlooking a sandy beach where fisherman ply their trade in traditional dhows. The Serena has been restored to the glory of its 19th century past, with traditional Zanzibari furniture. A restaurant and bar overlook the Indian Ocean and there is a secluded pool. The spacious rooms are air-conditioned and feature antique...
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OAZ2016: 11 Nights
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