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Oman & Zanzibar

Private Travel | General interest 12 Days & 10 Nights Lead-in price: £3995 Current prices from: £3995
For 200 years, Zanzibar, now Tanzania, was under the control of the Sultanate of Oman, becoming a principal centre for the ivory and slave trade in the mid-19th century. Its importance was such that the Omani capital was moved there 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, picturesque fishing villages along the coast, the desert dunes of Sharqiya Sands, and Nizwa on the edge of the Hajar mountains.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Spend 4 nights in Zanzibar
  • Comprehensive city tours of both Stone Town & Muscat
  • Visit the green turtle nesting site at Ras Al Jinz beach
  • Overnight at a desert camp in Sharqiya Sands
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Zanzibar via Muscat

Fly overnight to Zanzibar, via Muscat, with Oman Air. (N)

Day 2: Stone Town, Zanzibar

Afternoon arrival into Zanzibar and transfer to the Serena Inn (or similar) in Stone Town for 4 nights. (N)

Day 3: Stone Town

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 Sultan’s Palace Museum, the Arab Fort and the Old Dispensary. Wander through the markets, packed with fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. (B)

Days 4-5: Stone Town

Days at leisure. (B)

Day 6: Fly to Muscat, Oman

Morning transfer to the airport and fly to Muscat with Oman Air. Transfer to the Hormuz Grand Muscat (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)

Day 7: Muscat

Morning visit to the Grand Mosque*, followed by a tour of the city including Bait Al Zubair Museum and the forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani.

Day 8: Wadi Shab • Qalhat • Sur

Drive south by 4×4 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. In the evening, visit the green turtle nesting site at Ras Al Jinz beach. Overnight at the Sur Plaza Hotel. (B)

Day 9: Wadi Bani Khalid • Sharqiya Sands

Scenic drive through the eastern Hajar mountains to Sharqiya Sands. En route, stop at Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque river valley. Overnight at 1,000 Nights Camp. (B, D)

Day 10: Jabal Shams • Nizwa

After a buffet breakfast, depart for Jabal 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 View (or similar). (B, D)

Day 11: Bahla fort • Muscat

Leave for Muscat. En route, visit the Unesco-listed Bahla fort before driving through the Sumail Gap to Muscat. Late afternoon arrival in Muscat and stay overnight at the Hormuz Grand Muscat. (B)

Day 12: Fly home

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information * Grand Mosque visit:

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.

Superior tour:

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Zanzibar Serena Hotel
    Zanzibar Serena Hotel

    Zanzibar Serena Hotel is a refurbished historic building on the seafront in Stone Town, overlooking a sandy beach where fishermen ply their trade in traditional dhows. The hotel 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 furnishings. Features: 51 rooms, pool, gift shop, bar, cafe, 2 restaurants. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, Wi-Fi, safe, minibar, hairdryer, telephone, tea & coffee.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3995 per person

High season from £4195 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Zanzibar

    The very name Zanzibar conjures up exotic and romantic images. There are two main island...

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  • Muscat

    Muscat enchants visitors in a way that no other city in the Gulf can even begi...

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  • Sur

    Sur is a fishermen's town on the east coast of Oman. In the past it has been...

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  • Sharqiya Sands

    The spectacular landscape of Sharqiya Sands, home to the Bedu (Bedouin) and...

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  • Nizwa

    Nizwa is located approximately 170km south-west of Muscat and is Oman's second...

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  • Muscat

    Muscat enchants visitors in a way that no other city in the Gulf can even begi...

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