For 200 years, Zanzibar was under the
control of the Sultan of Oman, growing
to become a principal centre for the
ivory and slave trade around the middle
of the 19th century. Its importance was
such that the Omani capital was moved
here 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, 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 from London to Zanzibar via
Muscat with Oman Air. (N)
Afternoon arrival into Zanzibar and transfer to
the Serena Inn in Stone Town (or similar) 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 Sultans’ 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 Al Falaj Hotel (or similar) for
2 nights. (B)
Morning city tour of Muscat including a visit to
the Grand Mosque*. (B)
Drive south by 4x4 along the coast from Muscat
to Sur, passing the fishing village of Quriyat.
Stops en route include Wadi Shab, a palmfringed
lagoon, and Qalhat, an ancient city
visited by Marco Polo. In the evening, visit the green turtle nesting site at Ras al Junaiz 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 Jebel 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 Falaj Daris Hotel (or similar). (B)
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. Overnight at
the Muscat Holiday Hotel. (B)
A morning visit to the magnificent Royal Opera
House, the largest in the Middle East, before
transferring to the airport for an afternoon flight
from Muscat to London with Oman Air. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L:
Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour escort.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star
accommodation. Hotels outside Muscat are
comparatively basic, but are still comfortable,
providing good facilities and friendly service.
Transport will be by air-conditioned minibus and
by 4x4 vehicle from Day 8 onwards.
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 itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.
Please call 020 3930 5211 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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