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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
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Muscat with Oman Air. Transfer
and stay for 3 nights at the Park Inn. (N)
Morning visit to the 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
Royal Opera House, the largest in the Middle
East. Remainder of afternoon at leisure. (B, L)
Full-day tour, including Barka fish market and
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)
Drive south by 4x4 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)
Set off this morning for 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
1,000 Nights Camp (or similar)*. (B, D)
Early departure for Nizwa stopping en route at
the bustling Sinaw market. Proceed to the Wadi
Al Madeen checkpoint, which leads to Jabal
Akhdar, a unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula
with spectacular views. Continue to Nizwa. Stay
2 nights at The View (or similar)*. (B, D)
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 Jebel Shams,
Oman’s highest peak, stopping en route at
Wadi Ghul and Wadi Nakher farming villages
before returning to Nizwa. (B, D)
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)
Transfer to the airport for a flight from Muscat to
London with Oman Air. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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 4x4 vehicle
from day 4 onwards.
Both men and women
visiting the mosque must be fully covered. Women
must also cover their head with a scarf.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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OAO2019: 8 Nights
There was not one defining moment. It was simply the gradual build up of excellent day after excellent day.Mrs Patricia Morton
Driving up, down and through sand dunes to our tented overnight stay, with sand spraying in every direction. A never before experience and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. Mrs Gwyneth Wood
The whole trip was a fantastic mixture of old and new with the guide and drivers providing superb service and knowledge. Several inspirational points of the trip including: the night turtle viewing on the beach, dune driving, the night in the desert, being able to enter the Bahla Fort and look around it in comparative isolation, the drive up Jabel Shams and the canyon, and finally, the archaeological dig in Salalah. Mr Kevin Mann
The tour was consistently excellent in content, with new experiences each day. It was the overall joy of being in a country with friendly people, full of varied (and sometimes exciting) scenery, ancient forts, ultra modern mosques and even an opera house that we most remember. Our disappointment of not seeing turtles at Sur was compensated by seeing one in Muscat Harbour, diving and surfacing as it fed on the weed attached to the rocks. Mr Clive Brooks
Being in the desert was the most inspirational - quite spectacular. Loved being taken out to the top of a sand dune to watch the setting sun. Particularly liked The View hotel - excellent accommodation and meals. Miss Linda Spurr