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From £2995pp
10 days & 9 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Oman: An Arabian Odyssey

The Sultanate of Oman is one of the least known, yet most rewarding destinations in the Middle East. Visit the key cultural and scenic sights of Oman, including its magnificent forts and palaces, the rolling dunes of Sharqiya Sands, the country'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.
Dates and prices


DAY 1: Overnight flight to Muscat
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Overnight flight to Muscat

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Muscat with Oman Air. (N)

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

DAY 2: Muscat
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Transfer to Radisson Blu Hotel for a 3 night stay. (N)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat
DAY 3: Muscat
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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)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat
DAY 4: Muscat & surrounds
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Muscat & surrounds

Full-day tour, including Barka fish market and Bait Al Ghasham House where you will have a picnic lunch. Early afternoon visit to Bait Na'aman Fort before returning to Muscat. Optional twilight dhow cruise. (B, L)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat
DAY 5: Wadi Shab - Qalhat - Ras Al Jinz
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Wadi Shab - Qalhat - Ras Al Jinz

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)

DAY 6: Sharqiya Sands
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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)

Accommodation: Arabian Nights Resort
DAY 7: Nizwa
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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)

Accommodation: Sama Hotel
DAY 8: Nizwa & surrounds
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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)

Accommodation: Sama Hotel
DAY 9: Bahla fort - Muscat
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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 Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar). (B)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat
DAY 10: Fly to London
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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.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Spend a night under the desert sky in Sharqiya Sands
  • Travel in 4x4 vehicles from day 4
  • Visit the Ras Al Jinz Turtle reserve
  • Visit a traditional Omani home & watch local artisans at work

Important information

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 is by air-conditioned minibus and by 4x4 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.
Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)
  • 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
  • International flights
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Hotel porterage

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Year round from £3,445 

Single supplement from £595

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