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Oman: An Arabian Odyssey

Group Tour | General interest 9 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £2445 Current prices from: £2445
Visit the key cultural and scenic sights of Oman including magnificent forts and palaces, the rolling dunes of Sharqiya Sands, Oman’s highest mountains and picturesque coastal fishing villages. Discover the warmth of the Omani people and travel between the contrasting landscapes of the desert, sea and mountains.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Spend a night under the desert sky in Sharqiya Sands
  • Travel in 4x4 vehicles from day 4
  • Watch the endangered green turtle nesting on the beach
  • Visit a traditional Omani home & watch local artisans at work
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - average 12-16 people (maximum 18)

Khasab

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2781 3290 3799 39102 38100 38100 3799 3493 2984 2577
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1763 2272 2577 2882 3086 3086 2781 2373 1966 1661
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 9 10 11 9 9 10 10 9 8
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 261 422 361 141 40 0 10 20 10 30 70 211
Rainy Days 4 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
Humidity M H VH E E E E E VH VH H M
UV 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 2475 2373 2373 2679 2984 3290 3391 3391 3290 3188 2882 2577

Musandam

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2475 2984 3391 3595 3697 3595 3391 3086 2679 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1152 1457 1864 2170 2475 2679 2577 2373 1966 1457 1152
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 9 10 11 10 10 10 10 9 8
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 14 14 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 321 482 371 141 40 10 30 20 20 20 100 271
Rainy Days 3 4 6 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3
Humidity H VH VH E E E E E E VH H M
UV 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 6/H 5/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 2475 2373 2475 2679 2984 3290 3391 3391 3290 3086 2882 2577

Muscat

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 2170 2272 2475 2984 3493 3595 3493 3290 3188 2984 2577 2272
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 10 10 40 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Nizwa

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 1864 2170 2577 2984 3391 3697 3493 3493 3290 2984 2475 2068
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 0 0 20 0 10 10 10 10 10 0 0 0
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Sur

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2679 3188 3595 3697 3493 3391 3290 3086 2679 2373
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 10 10 20 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Muscat

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Muscat with Oman Air. Transfer to the Park Inn for a 3-night stay. (N)

Day 2: Muscat

Morning visit to the spectacular Grand Mosque†, followed by a tour of the city, including a visit to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, the sultan’s palace and the forts of Al Jalali and Mirani. Continue to the magnificent Royal Opera House, the largest in the Middle East. Remainder of afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Day 3: Muscat & surrounds

Full-day tour, including Barka fish market and view the Nakhal fort, before driving to the warm springs of Nakhal, where a picnic lunch is served. Early afternoon visit to Bait Na’aman fort before returning to Muscat. Optional twilight dhow cruise. (B, L)

Day 4: Wadi Shab • Qalhat • Ras Al Jinz

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. Check in at your hotel, then make an evening visit to the green turtle nesting site at Ras Al Jinz beach. Stay overnight at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 5: Sharqiya Sands

Take a scenic drive through the eastern Hajar mountains to Sharqiya Sands. Stop at Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque river valley, before continuing to Sharqiya Sands, home to the bedouin people. Stay overnight at Arabian Oryx Camp (or similar)*. (B, D)

Day 6: Nizwa

Early departure for Nizwa, stopping en route at the bustling Sinaw livestock market. Proceed to the Wadi Al Madeen checkpoint, which leads to the high peaks of Jabal Akhdar, with spectacular views. Stay 2 nights at The Sama Hotel, Jabal Akdhar (or similar)*. (B, D)

Day 7: Nizwa & surrounds

Morning visit to the impressive new souk, then visit the massive Nizwa fort, which dominates the town. Drive past the date plantations in Al Hamra village and visit a traditional Omani house at Bait Al Safah. After lunch, continue to Bahla to visit a pottery maker and watch mud vessels being made. Continue to Jabal Shams, Oman’s highest peak, stopping en route at Wadi Ghul and Wadi Nakher farming villages before returning to Nizwa. (B, D)

Day 8: Bahla fort • Muscat

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. Stay overnight at the Park Inn (or similar). (B)

Day 9: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport for a flight from Muscat to London with Oman Air. (B)

Meal basis:

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

Important information *Accommodation:

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation, with the exception of Sharqiya Sands and Nizwa, where the accommodation should be considered more basic. Transport will be by air-conditioned minibus and by 4×4 vehicle from day 4 onwards.

†Grand Mosque visit:

Both men and women visiting the mosque must be fully covered. Women must also cover their head with a scarf.

Superior tour

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

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

  • The Ras Al-Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre
    The Ras Al-Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre

    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 as a location for nesting endangered green turtles (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 with a restaurant serving meals throughout the day. The hotel's gift shop displays local handicraft items, pictures and postcards. Guests can enjoy an included night-time guided turtle viewing excursion with the visitor centre. Morning excursions are also available, and should be booked and paid for locally. Features: 14 rooms, restaurant, gift shop. ...

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  • Sama Hotel
    Sama Hotel

    The Sama Hotel is situated in Nizwa. It is 21km from Nizwa souk and about 85km from Muscat Airport. Rooms are spacious with simple décor and soft furnishings. Some rooms have seating areas and mountain views. The hotel?s outdoor terrace offers wonderful views of the Jabal Akhdar mountains. Features: 60 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, fitness room, hot tub, children's play area, car parking. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

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  • Park Inn by Radisson
    Park Inn by Radisson

    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 facilities.

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  • Arabian Oryx Camp
    Arabian Oryx Camp

    The Arabian Oryx Camp is situated in Sharqiya Sands, offering an authentic Bedouin experience in the desert. Accommodation is in cabins with fixed beds and traditional Bedouin-style decor with a private balcony with chairs and a table. The camp has a typical Arabic restaurant with meals served either in the covered dining area or in your cabin. As night falls, enjoy traditional entertainment around the camp fire.Features: 63 rooms, dining area, camp fire, safe.<br> Cabin Amenities: Air conditioning, hot and cold water, flushing toilets, shower, towels and linen, fridge, tea &amp; coffee facilities.

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Dates & prices

OAI2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £2945 per person

High season from £2945 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

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