In this itinerary you have a wonderful opportunity to experience the delights of Oman. It includes spending time in the capital, Muscat, sailing on a traditional dhow, spending time in a Bedouin-style camp in the desert and even watching turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.
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Prices are per person using economy class flights based on two people travelling together and sharing a room.
- Spend a star-filled night in a Bedouin-style camp.
- Take a tour of Muscat, which includes a dhow cruise off the coast.
- See the "grand canyon" of Oman at Wadi Ghul.
- Spend the night near the turtle beach at Ras Al Jinz. In the evening you have the opportunity to view the turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
You begin with a couple of days in the sleepy capital of Muscat, where you will explore the magnificent Grand Mosque as well as Muttrah souq, which still retains a bustling atmosphere as all manner of spices, together with frankincense and gold are bartered and haggled over. There is also the chance to venture out into the Arabian Gulf on a traditional dhow, where you can admire Muscat’s imposing coastline from the water on a lunchtime cruise.
Thereafter the tour heads inland towards the old capital of Nizwa, crossing the towering Hajar mountain range which is interspersed by remote villages, date plantations and medieval forts. Famed for its weekly livestock market and circular fort, Nizwa itself is the perfect base for exploring the local area, home to dramatic peaks, gorges and wadis.
Beyond lies the desert expanse known as the Wahiba Sands, where you will spend a star-filled night in a Bedouin-style camp before hitting the coast once more. A small cove called Ras al Jinz is a traditional nesting site for green turtles, and you will have the chance to watch this extraordinary natural ritual for yourselves.
The tour finishes with a few days in Salalah, capital of the southern Dhofar region. Once the starting point of the frankincense caravans that would cross the Empty Quarter up to the Mediterranean and Egypt, this is now a relaxed and undeveloped enclave that retains a tropical feel, and is the perfect place to unwind after this fascinating tour.
Accommodation will be in a mix of modern hotels in Muscat and Salalah, and will also feature a mix of tented camps and lodges elsewhere.
What makes an Audley Group Tour?
We design each of our group tours with the same philosophy as our tailor-made journeys - trips that allow you to explore the highlights of a country, while getting beneath the surface to discover the real people, places and cultures.