ENQUIRE
A visit to Muscat is fun-packed, cultural and extremely civilised, yet a 4x4 journey into Oman's beautiful interior provides even richer rewards. The wadis and high plateaux of the Al Hajar range hide a way of life that has changed little, whilst the fortress and souqs at Nizwa, the ancient capital, and the superb fort at Jabrin are magnificent. Then head down into desert sands for a night under the stars.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Contrasting modern-day Muscat with the ancient forts, mud-house villages and historic souqs of Oman's interior.
  • Rolling desert sands, glorious high mountain scenery and deep wadis
  • Dune driving, wadi-swimming, snorkelling with turtles, meeting the dolphin
  • Relaxing in the stylish and sophisticated setting of the Chedi Hotel.
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£2,360
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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive in Oman

    Arrive in the welcoming city of Muscat, by the warm, fish-rich waters of the Gulf Oman.

    Overnight: The Chedi Muscat

  3. Day 2 Muscat

    Muscat is a complete contrast to neighbouring Dubai and the benign, modernising presence of the Sultan can be felt everywhere - in the amazing Grand Mosque, in glistening Opera House and even in the port at Muttrah, where a vast private yacht sits proudly amongst the myriad of small fishing boats bringing in the daily catch for sale at the busy fish market. A tour of the city also takes in the bustling, frankincense-perfumed souq, and the Bait al Zubair Museum.

    Overnight: The Chedi Muscat

  4. Day 3 Snorkelling and Dolphins

    Potter down to the marina and set off on a privately chartered motor-boat to the quiet coves down the coast, where the fish life is particularly abundant and where the water is clear. See the resident pods of dolphin and also try some fishing on the way, then spend time snorkelling and trying to spot turtles.

    Overnight: The Chedi Muscat

  5. Day 4 Nizwa & the Al Hajar Mountains

    Travel out of Muscat by 4x4 vehicle through the high, wadi-riven Al Hajar mountains to the stunning, UNESCO-restored city of Nizwa, the old capital of Oman and a renowned seat of learning, surrounded by extensive date palm groves. It houses a beautifully restored old quarter and souqs, as well as two mosques that date back to the very early days of Islam. But the crowning glory is the superb fortress - part castle, part royal palace, part Islamic school - which is not to be missed. See too the traditional mud-house village and the extraordinary "falaj" watercourse system at Birkat Al Mauz, before heading into the high Al Hajar mountains to the village of Jabal Akhdar. After lunch, explore on foot the dramatic wadis and traditional Omani villages that are scattered amongst the fertile terraces, where roses and pomegranates grow in abundance. There is also time to cool your feet in the hotel's swimming pool, which is perched spectacularly on the edge of a canyon-like wadi.

    Overnight: Alila Jabal Akhdar

  6. Day 5 Jabrin & the Wahiba Sands

    Head down the mountain to the impressive fortress of Jabrin. Visit the fort and castle, Oman's finest, with exquisite woodcarvings, beautiful painted ceilings, a mosque on the top floor and any number of protective murder-holes, escape hatches and other fascinating intricacies. After lunch, drive south to the rolling sand dunes of the Wahiba Sands, home to Bedouin herdsmen and prize camel-breeders. Enter the desert before sunset and enjoy some exhilarating dune-driving before arriving into your lodge amongst the dunes.

    Overnight: Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands

  7. Day 6 Sur to Muscat

    Early risers can scale a dune to watch the sun rise over the rolling sea of sand. In the dawn light, a short nature walk reveals the tracks of all the creatures that were out on the dunes during the night. After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy some time driving through the dunes before heading towards the coast and the fishing and dhow-building port of Sur. See the dhow-building factory where magnificent wooden vessels are crafted by hand to traditional designs and if lucky, see the flamingos wading in the lagoon, before heading up the coast to Wadi Shab where the very presence of water, let alone such inviting clear pools, seems like a minor miracle. Cross the wadi in a rowboat, then walk upstream through majestic scenery to find a clear deep pool of translucent water, fringed with palms. After a swim and a picnic, continue on back to Muscat for 2 more nights by the sea.

    Overnight: The Chedi Muscat

  8. Day 7 At leisure

    Time to relax in the lovely surrounds of the hotel, where the beautiful spa and 103m infinity pool prove extremely attractive to travellers emerging out of Oman's wild interior.

    Overnight: The Chedi Muscat

  9. Day 8 Depart

    Transfer to the airport and fly home.

  10. Depart

Currency
Low £ 2,360 $ 3,296 € 2,792
Mid £ 2,950 $ 4,120 € 3,490
High £ 3,400 $ 4,749 € 4,022

BOOKING NOTES

  • Prices are per person sharing a room
  • Desert Nights Camp is closed from June to August

INCLUSIONS

  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Dinner when staying in the desert and a picnic lunch the next day.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • 4x4 with chauffeur-guide when touring outside Muscat.
  • Private baot charter.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.

EXTRAS

  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance and visa fees.
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