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For 200 years, Zanzibar, now Tanzania, was under the control of the Sultanate of Oman, becoming a principal centre for the ivory and slave trade in the mid-19th century. Its importance was such that the Omani capital was moved there from Muscat. This 12-day itinerary travels to Stone Town in Zanzibar to retrace the legacy of Omani rule, before continuing to Oman to explore today’s capital city of Muscat, picturesque fishing villages along the coast, the desert dunes of Sharqiya Sands, and Nizwa on the edge of the Hajar mountains.
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Fly overnight to Zanzibar, via Muscat, with Oman Air. (N)
Afternoon arrival into Zanzibar and transfer to the Serena Inn (or similar) in Stone Town for 4 nights. (N)
Morning walking tour of Stone Town. Follow the trail of the sultans, slaves and explorers through the winding streets, stopping at the former slave market, the Anglican cathedral, the House of Wonders palace, the Sultan’s Palace Museum, the Arab Fort and the Old Dispensary. Wander through the markets, packed with fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. (B)
Days at leisure. (B)
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to Muscat with Oman Air. Transfer to the Hormuz Grand Muscat (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Morning visit to the Grand Mosque*, followed by a tour of the city including Bait Al Zubair Museum and the forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani.
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. In the evening, visit the green turtle nesting site at Ras Al Jinz beach. Overnight at the Sur Plaza Hotel. (B)
Scenic drive through the eastern Hajar mountains to Sharqiya Sands. En route, stop at Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque river valley. Overnight at 1,000 Nights Camp. (B, D)
After a buffet breakfast, depart for Jabal Shams, Oman’s highest peak, stopping en route at Wadi Ghul farming village. Continue to Wadi Nakher, located in Oman’s deepest canyon, before arriving in Nizwa. Evening at leisure. Stay 1 night at The View (or similar). (B, D)
Leave for Muscat. En route, visit the Unesco-listed Bahla fort before driving through the Sumail Gap to Muscat. Late afternoon arrival in Muscat and stay overnight at the Hormuz Grand Muscat. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Women visiting the mosque must cover their head with a scarf and should not wear shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits. Men must also be fully covered.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Available on request.
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