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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
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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. ...
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.
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.
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 & coffee facilities.
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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