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Oman: An Arabian Odyssey

Private Travel | General interest 9 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £3145 Current prices from: £3145

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
  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)
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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.

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  • Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve
    Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve

    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 for the nesting endangered green turtle (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. All of the 14 rooms are air conditioned and have an en suite bathroom, and are equipped with a mini refrigerator and flatscreen television. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, the evening meal usually being a three-course set menu. A gift shop displays a range of local handicraft items, pictures and postcards, and ...

  • 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.

  • Park Inn by Radisson Muscat
    Park Inn by Radisson Muscat

    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.

  • 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


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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