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Explore Oman’s every aspect from the coastal capital of Muscat, to the mountains of Jebel Akhdar, through to the desert area of Sharqiya Sands. Enjoy culture, nature, and relaxation on this immersive 8 day tour.
Arrive in Muscat, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
Muscat is a unique city where modern commerce co-exists with traditional culture. Today explore the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the National Museum in a brief introduction to Oman’s fascinating history. After visiting the Fish Market and colourful Muttrah Souk, take your photo at the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Spend the afternoon at leisure discussing Muscat’s marvels.
Today, Design your Day® – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:
Option 1: Backstage at the opera
Option 2: Omani cooking masterclass
Leave Muscat by 4×4 to see Barka’s fish market and souk, before passing the Batinah Plain and Bait Naaman Castle. Turn off to Wadi Bani Auf to see the sedimentary mountains and canyon. Stop at Bilad Sayt – one of Oman’s quaintest villages – and explore its streets on foot. The patchwork of terrace farming and traditional houses laid out against the rocky slopes is breathtaking. Follow the mountain roads from here to Al Hamra and its mud houses and date plantations, before arriving at the resort of Alila Jabal Akhdar.
This day is all about experiencing the best of the region with a visit to the necropolis of Al-Ayn, and the picturesque abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib. From here, you can gaze across spectacular scenery of terraced farms and valleys, and follow trails around the wadi or farmlands, through the ancient walnut trees and fragrant pomegranate bushes. If you need some R’n’R, you might prefer to spend time at the wonderful hotel soaking up the views, meals, and relaxing spa. The choice is yours.
Today you’ll visit Nizwa, capital of the interior and the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Discover Nizwa’s famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and its souk. Renowned for its cattle auction, hand-carved khanjars (daggers), and ornamental silver jewellery, be prepared to be wowed. Relax at Wadi Bani Khalid with its deep blue pools fringed by palms. Head to Sharqiya Sands, and see a variety of flora and fauna. Practice your photography skills on the patterns of the dunes, then check in at Desert Nights Camp for sunset.
Take time this morning to enjoy camp activities such as camel riding or quad biking (additional cost to be paid at the resort). Then see how traditional dhows(sailboats) were made in the fishing town of Sur when you visit the dhow factory. Relax on Fins Beach or discover the pearl-white villages of Wadi Tiwi, before visiting the mysterious Bimmah Sinkhole where you can enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to Muscat, where tonight you’ll join together for a farewell dinner.
Say goodbye to magical Muscat as you transfer to the city’s stylish new airport.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
Book early and the first four solo places won’t pay any single supplement. The same journey, the same luxury, guaranteed at the same price.
On these days you have the freedom to pick an experience that is suited to you and your interests. See Day 3 for more details.
To provide you with flexibility and the latest flight offers, we don’t include international flights. Our specialists will be able to find the best travel options to suit you.
As long as we have at least two people booked on an A&K Escorted Tour, it will take place. So you don’t need to worry about a last-minute phone call saying your holiday has to be cancelled. If you’re committed to going, then so are we.
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