Explore one of the most beautiful
countries in Arabia with expert Chris
Bradley, author of the Berlitz Guide to
Oman. The Sultanate offers more than
2,000km of coastline facing the Indian
Ocean and Arabian Sea, high mountains,
vast deserts and oases surrounding
medieval fortified towns and castles.
Oman is a seafaring nation, where
traditional fishing and boat-building still
takes place, and the source of the finest
frankincense traded in the ancient world.
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Fly overnight from London Heathrow to Muscat
with Oman Air. (N)
Morning arrival. Guided tour of Muscat to see
the Natural History Museum, which houses an
array of fascinating items including a whale
hall that contains a display of skeletons, skulls
and bones of whales of all different types and
sizes. Check in to your hotel, before visiting the
privately run Bait Adam Museum for a welcome
lunch and private tour with a curator or family
member. Remainder of the day at leisure. Stay
for 3 nights at the Al Falaj Hotel. (L)
Visit Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain), in the
northern part of the Hajar mountains, to admire
the dramatic and breathtaking views of the
Wadi Ghul, Oman’s Grand Canyon. Jebel Akhdar
is notably renowned for its aromatic, pink roses
from which rosewater is produced. Continue to
Bahla, an ancient town famous for its ceramics,
and visit Jabrin fort, the best preserved and
most whimsical fort in Oman, to admire the
richly decorated ceilings that contain many
original floral motifs. (B)
In the morning, visit the magnificent Grand
Mosque*, built from 3,000,000 tonnes of Indian
sandstone with a dome rising 50 metres above
the floor. Pass the old merchant houses and see
the Sultan’s Palace and the forts of Al Jalali and
Mirani. Continue to Bait Al Zubair, a family-owned museum displaying Omani artefacts
considered to be some of the finest in private
ownership. The extensive collection includes
ancient weapons such as the khanjar, costumes
and household equipment. In the afternoon,
explore the newly designed National Oman
Museum. Although the museum is still under
construction, its large collection has fantastic
silver ornaments, copper crafts and samples
from Omani ships that will immerse you in the
history, culture and heritage of the sultanate. (B)
Drive to Sur along a dramatic coastal road. On
arrival, explore the harbour to see traditional
boat-building yards, the Maritime Museum and
Sunaysilah castle, before visiting the excavation
of a 10th-14th century AD Islamic settlement
at Ras al Hadd. In the evening, visit Ras al Jinz
nature reserve to see the project that aims to
protect endangered green turtles. Stay at Sur
Plaza Hotel for 1 night. (B)
Return to Muscat. En route, visit the town
of Jalan Bani Bu Ali, filled with shops and
attractions, including the famous souk in the
south of the town that sells both traditional
and modern goods. Stop at Wadi Bani Khalid,
famed for its natural beauty with its picturesque
mountain pools. Afternoon flight from Muscat
to Salalah with Oman Air and transfer to the
Juweira Boutique Hotel for 3 nights. (B)
Visit to the tranquil archaeological site of Khor Rori, the ancient port city of Moscha where
frankincense was once exported and the Queen
of Sheba reigned. Continue to the town of
Mirbat where you can admire the old wooden
merchant houses and the town’s fort, made
famous by the Battle of Mirbat during the
Dhofari insurrection of the 1970s. Proceed to
the tomb of the Islamic scholar, Muhammad
Bin Ali. The tomb itself is a small white mosque
with two onion-shaped domes to cover the
tomb. You will then visit the scenic Mughsail Bay,
which ends in a set of dramatic cliffs that stretch
towards the Yemeni border. In the evening,
explore the Al Husn souk, one of the most
fascinating souks in Oman that is particularly
famous for its frankincense, attar and bukhoor
Begin the morning at J ob’s Tomb, regarded
as one of the most important religious sites
in Dhofar. Continue to the Rub’al Khali, or the
Empty Quarter, an immense desert covering
about 650,000 sq km. Here you will visit the
recently excavated Shishar, fabled lost city of
Ubar. Enjoy lunch in a bedouin tent on the
edge of the desert. In the afternoon, drive to
the Fassad water holes, located on the Yemeni
border. Evening farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
Morning transfer to the airport for return flight to
London Heathrow via Muscat with Oman Air. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local tour manager.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a
good level of fitness.
Women visiting the
mosque must cover their heads with a scarf and
should not wear shorts, beachwear or sleeveless
outfits. Men must also be fully covered.
Chris Bradley is a tour guide and lecturer with 30 years’ experience and an expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and Africa. He has written guides to several Middle East countries and lectures for Nadfas, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
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...
Juweira Boutique Hotel is located on the Marina promenade of Salalah Beach and offers 64 rooms with private balconies overlooking the sea. The hotel has a blend of Oriental and European design.
Hotel features: 2 restaurants, 2 outdoor pools, private beach
Room amenities: Flat-screen television, minibar,...
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....
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OMN2016: 7 Nights
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