Overview 

Muscat - 1 night
Nizwa - 1 night
Wahiba Sands -1 night
Muscat - 3 nights
Salalah - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets

FRANKINCENSE AND FORTRESSES

Discover the Sultanate of Oman – Famed for its frankincense and date palms, Bedouin hospitality and blissful beaches, palaces and souks. Authentic Arabia, ancient and modern

Oman is a corner of Arabia, quite off the beaten track with a colourful charm and a historical heritage. Blessed with outstanding rare natural beauty, it boasts a pristine and extensive coastline, the majestic Hajar Mountains and vast swathes of desert interspersed with wadis and lush vegetation. The country combines unspoilt desert landscapes with a chance to experience authentic Arabian culture.

The charming coastal capital Muscat has a colourful history dating back to 2500 BC and features modern hotels, ancient souks, cosmopolitan malls and resplendent mosques. Beyond Muscat, antiquity and tradition can be observed in ancient trading towns built around oases replete with forts and souks.

Nizwa, the erstwhile capital, has an immense palm oasis and a giant castle. In the extreme south, coastal Salalah is both a city and leisure resort set amongst coconut groves and banana plantations with stunning sandy beaches.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
6 Lunches and 3 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Group Size 4 - 18

Special Event

Coffee & Dinner with Omani Locals

Visit a culture museum, built in the style of a traditional Omani house, and meet the locals to learn about daily life and their traditions. Enjoy dinner with an Omani family.

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Muscat. Transfer to the 4-star Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC for overnight.

Day 2 Scenic drive to Nizwa via Birkat al-Mawz for a tour of the ancient aflaj irrigation systems. View Nizwa’s dramatic 17th-century fort and explore the souq. Overnight at the 3-star The View in the mountains. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Enjoy coffee with Omani locals at the living museum Bait al Safah, travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site Bahla and its fort. Continue to the 17th-century Jabreen Fort which affords a commanding view of the mountains of the Jabal Ahkdar. Drive by 4x4 to Arabian Oryx Camp in Wahiba Sands for overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Return to Muscat via Wadi Bani Khalid. Visit the old town of Al Kamil, the Sur dhow factory, Wadi Tiwi and the Bimmah sinkhole. Three nights at the 5-star Hormuz Grand. (B, L)

Day 5 Tour of Muscat includes Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House, Bait al-Baranda Museum, Bait al-Zubair Museum, the Sultan’s Palace and Jalali and Mirani forts. Drive to the Corniche and visit the Muttrah Souk. Dinner with an Omani family. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit the Barka fish market, pass along picturesque wadis to Nakhal boasting the highest fort in Oman. Travel via the natural springs at Al Thowara to al-Hazm fort and Rustaq. (B, L)

Day 7 Fly to Salalah and start a tour of East Salalah including Taqah, the old frankincense port of Sumharam and Mirbat, the beginning of the ‘Frankincense Trail’. Followed by a visit to Salalah including the Museum of the Frankincense Land, a photo stop at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Al Husn Palace and stroll through the Haffah souq. Transfer to 5-star Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara for two nights. (B, L)

Day 8 Morning visit to West Salalah including the natural spring of Ayn Razat Job’s Tomb, Khor Mughsail and see first-hand how frankincense is extracted. Afternoon optional drive into the Dhofar mountain range (bookable locally). (B)

Day 9 Return flight via Muscat arriving Heathrow later the same day. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2019

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
Oman Air from Heathrow

Date Price
November 15 £2475
December 6 £2445

2020

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
Oman Air from Heathrow

Date Price
January 17 £2675
February 14 £2695
April 3 £2675

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £845
(2020 £965)

Accommodation Upgrades

Sea view (2 nights Salalah) £60
Single supplement sea view £60

Flight Options

Oman Air Business Class from £1875 

Extension Options

Extension - Zanzibar
4 nights £945
Single supplement £285
Optional tour of Stone Town £70
(Not available for April & Oct departures)

Extra Nights - Muscat 
Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC Hotel
(per night) £65
Single supplement £60

Extra Nights - Salalah
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
(per night) £185
Single supplement £185
Sea view £215
Single supplement  £215

Privately Guided

Add £595 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £500
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £30

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 3 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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