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Fly to Muscat. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza for 2 nights, located in the city centre with its own private beach on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman. (N)Day 2: Muscat
Morning city tour of Muscat including a tour of the Bait Al Zubair museum and its collection of ancient weapons and costumes, the Sultan’s Palace and the twin forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani. Afternoon at leisure. (B)Day 3: Nizwa • Al Hajar mountains
Morning drive to Jabal Akhdar, the highest point in Oman and part of the Al Hajar mountain range. Stop en route to visit Nizwa souk and Nizwa fort with its immense round tower. Take a leisurely, guided afternoon walking tour through the mountains and picturesque villages. Stay 2 nights at the Sama Heights Resort, Jabal Shams, an ecoresort overlooking Jabal Misht, Wadi Ghul and the famous Wadi Nakhr, also known as the Grand Canyon of Arabia. Explore the rugged surrounds on a gentle hike or bike ride. (B)Day 4: Al Hajar mountains
Morning visit to Jabrin fort. Built in 1675, its well-preserved rooms, courtyards and fortifications make it easy to imagine what life was like here. Continue to the village of Al Hamra, where there will be an opportunity to ride Arabian horses; these nimble and hardy little horses have a good temperament and are sure-footed with great stamina. Afternoon at leisure. (B)Day 5: Sharqiya Sands
Set off this morning for a scenic drive to Sharqiya Sands. Early evening sunset camel safari and stay overnight at 1,000 Nights Camp. (B, D)Day 6: Sharqiya Sands • Sur
Morning dune bashing excursion, an exhilarating ride across high sand banks in a 4×4. Drive to Sur to see how traditional wooden dhow boats are built and visit the Sanseela fort. Continue to Ras Al Jinz beach for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the green turtle nesting site. The reserve is world renowned for the nesting of the endangered green turtle and is the only place where the public can watch the nesting process of these gentle giants of the sea. Overnight at Ras Al Jinz Scientific & Visitor Centre. (B)Day 7: Wadi Shab • Muscat
Drive to Muscat via Wadi Shab with its sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater holding turquoise waters, waterfalls and terraced plantations. Swim in the upper wadi and duck into a partially submerged cave. Stay at the Crowne Plaza, where you can enjoy its facilities for the next 3 nights. (B)Day 8: Bandar Al Khayran
Take a boat cruise to spot dolphins and whales as you pass rocky mountains and small whitewashed houses overlooking the sea. Moor at Bandar Al Khayran, a picturesque inlet with sheltered bays lined by mangrove forests. After lunch, return to Muscat. (B, L)Day 9: Muscat
Full day at leisure. Alternatively, take part in a range of activities that can be pre-booked including a visit to the National Hospitality Institute for a cooking class with local Omani students or trekking. (B)Day 10: Fly home
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 Standard tour
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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 as a location for nesting endangered green turtles (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 with a restaurant serving meals throughout the day. The hotel's gift shop displays local handicraft items, pictures and postcards. Guests can enjoy an included night-time guided turtle viewing excursion with the visitor centre. Morning excursions are also available, and should be booked and paid for locally. Features: 14 rooms, restaurant, gift shop. ...
The Sama Heights Resort is situated at the foot of Jabal Shams Peak at an altitude of 2,100 metres, overlooking what is known as the Grand Canyon of Arabia. The location has cooler temperatures year round, making it an ideal escape from the heat and a great way to experience the natural beauty surrounding the resort. The eco resort is the first of its kind in Oman, offering mountain view private villas and bungalows, all made with local Omani stone and recycled materials. The resort also offers Bedouin-style tents which have an open sky view and separate private bathrooms with colourful soft furnishings. The restaurant offers a rustic atmosphere with excellent views of Jabal Shams and a sophisticated, locally sourced menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At night the resort can provide a traditional dance performance to accompany dinner. Features: 43 rooms & tents, restaurant, terrace. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, tea ...
The Crowne Plaza is located within the Qurum Heights area of Muscat, on a clifftop overlooking the Gulf of Oman and approximately 20 minutes' drive from Seeb International airport and 10 minutes' drive from Muttrah souk. Set within a beautifully landscaped garden, the hotel has its own private beach. The hotel also provides a shuttle service to the Grand Mosque, Muttrah souk and the city centre twice daily. Features: 208 rooms, 4 restaurants, 2 bars, swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, spa. Room amenities: Air conditioning, safe, satellite television, hairdryer, minibar, Wi-Fi, tea & coffee facilities.
The 1,000 Nights campsite is located in an isolated area of Sharqiya Sands in the Omani desert, surrounded by endless sprawling red dunes and set among cineraria trees. From November until March, early mornings and evenings can be very cold in the desert, so guests should bring warm clothing. This camp does not serve alcohol. Features: 42 traditionally-styled, black goat-hair tents - all Cox & Kings clients are accommodated in Sheikh tents, which have a private bathroom - small restaurant serving Omani cuisine, barbecue, swimming pool. Tent amenities: Private bathroom, bathrobes, slippers, electric lamp, electric plug for charging cameras.
Low season from £3745 per person
High season from £3895 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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