Itinerary Highlights
  • Explore the sultanate's major natural and cultural sites, including millennial city, wadis, desert and impressive mountains
  • Some Omani activities include visiting Muscat with a local and a private tour of Misfat Al Abriyeen
  • A selection of accommodation makes it possible to enjoy this unique setting to the fullest
  • You'll have access to all of our additional services, including our local Concierge

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In the land of Sinbad

Oman is a jewel with an emerald sea, mighty mountain ranges, deserts of sand dunes, oases and palm groves in a territory slightly larger than half of France. In addition to these many natural assets are cities such as Muscat and Al Hamra, which are now complemented by a decidedly modern atmosphere that respects this great heritage. There's a balance of traditional and modernity. The souqs are always rustling with the sounds of bartering. The mosques, markets, forts and UNESCO World Heritage-listed irrigation projects bear witness to a long history and ongoing international relationships. All these places stay in your thoughts while splashing through the natural pools of the Wadi Shab, scrambling
up the slopes of Jebel Shams or savouring the incomparable tranquillity of a night in the Sharqiya Sands desert. Oman definitely impresses.

Your trip to Oman

From assistance with formalities upon arrival, hire of a 4x4 vehicle with GPS provided, everything is done to ensure that there are no logistical problems and all the necessities are provided to enjoy this surprisingly attractive country in peace. Driving conditions in Oman are pleasant and stress-free and the days aren't taken up by long periods of travelling. This also means that there's no travel fatigue to contend with after covering long distances by road. There's always enough time for exploration and relaxation. Both options are available everywhere. The hotels are usually simple and like a home away from home. Visit the village Misfat Al Abriyeen and the terraced crops, and take a gentle walk for a chance to meet the villagers. The contact details of our local Concierge service are always available, and they can help with any slight setbacks and fulfil unexpected wishes.

Route

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DAY 1

Flight to Muscat

Fly to the sultanate in the evening and arrive the next morning. There will be a personalised welcome, priority customs clearance and private transfer to the hotel nestled at the foot of the mountains and bordering the clear waters of the Gulf of Oman. Three-night stay in this idyllic setting; the perfect base camp for exploring the area.

DAYS 3 & 4

Muscat

Included in the itinerary - A chance to independently explore Muscat. Consider starting with the two most important establishments: the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (1995-2001) and the Royal Opera House Muscat (2007-2011), both emblematic of contemporary Islamic architecture. Continue on to the Bait Al-Zubair Museum, which features a valuable collection of ancient art and handicrafts. Conclude in the shopping district of Muttrah, where the souq was once one of the most active on the Arabian peninsula and participated in trade with China and India. There are no longer dry mud walls or palm roofs, but Al Dhalam (the Darkness) has retained its shady, popular and busy atmosphere. The souq is the place to find dates, mother-of-pearl handicrafts, traditional clothing, 'khanjars' (the curved-blade dagger that makes a man an Omani), 'bakhoors', which perfume the house and keep the 'jinn' (evil spirits) away.

DAY 5

Sur

Sur is a historic city located in the north-east of the sultanate, on the shores of the Gulf of Oman. In ancient times, this city was a port of call for sailors and pirates heading for Africa. Situated between a lagoon and the mountainous foothills of the Hajar mountains, Sur is renowned for its harbour and shipyards. Not far away is the charming village of Al-Ayga, the birthplace of the famous traditional dhows. The stretch of coastline, dotted with fishing villages and magnificent beaches, is quite spectacular. Make sure to visit the mausoleum of Bibi Maryam in the Persian village of Qahlat.

DAY 6

Sharqiya Sands

Then, drive to one of the deserts that make up the Arabian legends. Overnight stay in the middle of the sand dunes, in a tent camp in the shade of the rare ghaf trees (flowering evergreen trees). Although having an authentic experience under the canvas, there are modern conveniences to ensure you can be comfortable. The tents are reminiscent of authentic Bedouin life, with the continual presence of the desert and the gigantic scale of the heavenly dome. However, there's an excellent and most-welcome surprise in this arid environment: a swimming pool available to guests. The exotic meals extend the pleasure of the trip, even the taste buds are tantalised. Explore the camp surrounds on horse, on an Arabian camel, in an all-terrain vehicle or on foot. Discover the Bedouin way of life by enjoying sandboarding, volleyball and billiards; or visit the gazelle and oryx enclosures.

DAY 7

Al Hamra

Drive to Al Hamra. Some of the sultanate's oldest buildings can be seen in Al Hamra. In the souq, those with a sweet tooth will be interested in the halva fabrication. See how this delicious oriental confection made of sesame is created. The surrounding mountains are the central part of the Hajar mountains, and the Jebel Akhdar is known as the Green Mountain with three hundred wadis. There is staunch authenticity everywhere, with spectacular reliefs, small villages, old forts, orchards and terraced crops.
Included in the itinerary - Visit Misfat Al Abriyeen, a pretty village in Hajar surrounded by a huge palm grove hanging on the side of a canyon. The village presents a fine example of 'falaj', an ingenious irrigation system based on small furrows dug into the ground, into which water flows, from groundwater or wadis, which then supplies water to homes. This stop is also an opportunity to meet the inhabitants of the village, to discover their work in terraced crops and take part in some agricultural activities.

DAY 9

Al Hamra - Muscat - Return flight

Return to Muscat, return the hire car and catch your flight home.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is £3,400 to £4,300 per person. A fixed price would not make sense for a bespoke journey. The cost varies according to several factors, including level of service, duration of the trip and how far in advance you book. The exact price will be provided in your personalised quote. The average price for this trip is £3600 per person.
  • Return flight to Muscat with a scheduled airline
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Welcome and assistance with formalities at Muscat airport
  • Private transfers included in the itinerary
  • Car hire for five days, with GPS
  • Three-night stay in Muscat in a double room with breakfast included
  • Overnight stay in the Sharqiya Sands desert in a double tent with half board
  • Overnight stay in Sur in a double room with breakfast included
  • Two-night stay in Al Hamra in a double room with half board
  • Half-day tour of Muscat including transfer in a 4x4 vehicle and admission to the sites
  • Day boat trip with dolphin watching and snorkelling
  • Half-day tour of Misfat Al Abriyeen village, with a private guide
  • Our local Concierge service
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
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