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Fly to Muscat and transfer to the The Chedi for 3 nights. (N)Day 2: Muscat
This morning take a private tour of Muscat including visits to the Royal Opera House, the fish market, Muttrah souk, Bait Al Zubair museum and the Grand Mosque. Photo stops will be made at Al Alam Palace and the forts of Mirani and Jalali. Afternoon at leisure. (B)Day 3: Daymaniyat islands
Board your own private catamaran and sail north of Muscat towards the marine nature reserve of the Daymaniyat islands. Swim and snorkel in the clear waters with lunch served on board. Later, sail along the coastline to enjoy the sunset and return to your hotel. (B, L)Day 4: Wadi Shab • Sur • Sharqiya Sands
Drive to the desert via the fishing village of Quriyat; a limestone crater filled with turquoise water; and Wadi Shab, a palm-fringed lagoon. After lunch at Sur, continue to Sharqiya Sands for Omani coffee in a Bedouin camp and experience dune bashing. Stay overnight at the Desert Nights Camp*. (B, L, D)Day 5: Jabal Akhdar
Drive into the cooler climates of the Al Hajar mountains, stopping en route at an uninhabited village to explore its orchards and brick houses. Continue to the Alila Jabal Akhdar or Anantara Jabal Akhdar for a 3-night stay. Perched at 2,000 metres above sea level, these luxury resorts are a tranquil base from which to explore the area. (B)Day 6: Nizwa
Early morning visit to Nizwa’s cattle market† before exploring the round fort and the souk. Continue to the 17th-century Jabrin fort and have lunch near to Jabal Shams, the highest peak in the mountains. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)Day 7: Jabal Akhdar
Day at leisure. Relax in the infinity pool, go for a gentle hike, take in the spectacular views and enjoy the spa facilities (payable locally). (B)Day 8: Fly to Salalah
Transfer to Muscat airport and fly to Salalah. Transfer to Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara for 3 nights. (B)Day 9-10: Salalah
Two days at leisure. Relax by the pool or wander along the private beach. Alternatively, book an excursion to experience some of the local sights like the frankincense trail, Bin Ali’s tomb, the lost city of Ubar or tropical farms. (B)Day 11: Fly home via Muscat
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information *Accommodation in Sharqiya Sands:
Desert Nights Camp may be closed between June and August.†Nizwa cattle market
The cattle market in Nizwa is on a Friday only and finishes around 11am.Luxury tour
Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are based on the standard category, unless indicated otherwise.Single supplement
Available on request.Tailor-made travel:
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
The Chedi Muscat, designed in traditional Omani architectural style, offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Oman and the mountain ranges of Muscat. The hotel has a choice of modern rooms and private villas, offering access to two swimming pools, a water-garden, and a private stretch of beach. All 129 guest-rooms feature a mini-bar, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite television, two independent telephone lines, international direct dial service, electronic safe, hair dryer and bathrobe. The main restaurant is located adjacent to the lobby lounge overlooking the water garden and offers contemporary Mediterranean and Asian cuisine served brasserie-style. There are also two poolside cabanas serving an extensive range of hot and cold snacks. Evening meals at the Chedi are served in 2 sittings at 1930 and 2130. The restaurant is very popular and we strongly recommended reserving a table in advance.
The Desert Nights Camp site is set over 10 acres in the vast Sharqiya Sands desert. The camp has 30 luxurious air conditioned Bedouin style ‘tents’ with separate living room, en suite shower and toilet facilities. The camp has an air conditioned dining area or there is the option to eat 'al fresco'. A range of facilities are on offer for guests including camel rides through the desert.
Set 2,000 metres above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar, which means 'the green mountain' in Arabic, is set in part of Oman's Al Hajar mountain range. Overlooking a dramatic gorge, the hotel is just a couple of hours' drive from Muscat. All suites and villas have outstanding views of the surrounding mountains, and are decorated with Omani-inspired furnishings. The restaurant serves international cuisine with Middle Eastern influences and the Alila Spa has Asian-inspired treatments that feature Omani fragrances. The region's rugged landscapes are a haven for lovers of nature and those seeking an escape from the desert heat. Features: 78 suites and villas, restaurant, lounge, outdoor heated infinity swimming pool, spa, gym, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, balcony or terrace.
Located between the beach and a freshwater lagoon, the Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara is the first hotel complex in Salalah with the option of villa accommodation. The Middle Eastern design philosophy throughout the hotel reflects Dhofar's rich heritage, inspired by the region's coastal fortresses. Rooms are luxurious and comfortable with decor that reflects the Omani style, offering beach, sea or garden views. The villas all have a private pool. The hotel is surrounded by palm tree-lined walkways, manicured gardens and serene water features that lead to a private beach. The hotel's dining options all offerf equisite Middle Eastern flavours, including barbecue and gourmet dishes as well as Asian specialities. Features: 40 rooms, 96 villas, 3 restaurants, bar, spa, hammam, kids club, beach club, outdoor swimming pool. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, minibar, hairdryer.
Low season from £4695 per person
High season from £5995 per person
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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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