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Arabian Deserts of Oman

Tailor Made Itinerary

11 Days From C$5,941

Overview

One of Arabia’s hidden gems, Oman is a land of rugged coastlines and vast deserts, where tradition and progress go hand in hand. Blessed with a dazzling array of natural and cultural highlights, the country that spawned the legends of Sinbad the Sailor is also home to shifting sands and towering mountains, colonial forts and the rich azure waters of the Indian Ocean. This stunning adventure takes you into the heart of this remarkable country, journeying from its picturesque capital and deep ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit picturesque Muscat; framed by the Hajar Mountains to the south and the Gulf of Oman to the north
  • Discover the spectacular landscapes of the Hajar Mountains and small timeless villages that occupy the mountains
  • Explore the intricate 17th century forts of Nizwa, Jabrin and Bahla
  • Camp amongst the deserts and dunes of Wahiba Sands and the Empty Quarter, picture perfect ‘seas’ of undulating fine sand dunes
  • Take in the fertile splendor of Salalah, Oman’s tropical Dhofar Region, known for it’s huge banana plantations and Arabian Sea beaches
  • Swim in the Gulf of Oman from your private beachside camp

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE MUSCAT

DAY 1: ARRIVE MUSCAT

Arriving in Muscat the journey to your hotel will take in the magnificent setting of the Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the Arab world and capable of holding some 20,000 people. After a chance to freshen up, you'll then begin a tour of the Omani capital, taking in its engaging sea front and the Al Alam Palace, as well as the 16th century Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani. Heading back to the hotel, there will be a chance to stop and explore the renowned Muttrah souq.

Crowne Plaza Muscat Hotel

DAY 2: MUSCAT - WADI BANI AWF - AL HAMRA - MISFAH - JEBEL SHAMS

DAY 2: MUSCAT - WADI BANI AWF - AL HAMRA - MISFAH - JEBEL SHAMS

Departing Muscat after breakfast, today's long drive will take you along the Batinah coast towards Rustaq, before turning off into the rugged landscapes of the Hajar Mountains. Continuing on through the picturesque setting of Wadi Bani Awf, the journey takes you on to the atmospheric, but largely abandoned village of Al Hamra and Misfah, one of Oman's best kept secrets. After a chance to walk through Misfah's idyllic oasis, you'll resume the journey to Jebel Shams, following a winding track into the mountains to your overnight hotel.

The View
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: JEBEL SHAMS - JABRIN & BAHLA FORTS - NIZWA

DAY 3: JEBEL SHAMS - JABRIN & BAHLA FORTS - NIZWA

The morning adventures begin with a visit to the World Heritage Site of Bahla Fort, before continuing on to Jabrin, possibly the finest of Oman's 17th century fortresses. With exquisite painted wooden ceilings, the views from its battlements are simply mesmerising. Moving on to Nizwa next, you will have a chance to explore a little something of the once powerful capital of the old Omani Imamate, taking in its imposing 17th fort and a bustling souq renowned for its intricately carved Omani daggers and ornate silver jewellery.

Golden Tulip Nizwa
Breakfast

DAY 4: NIZWA - WADI BANI KHALID - WAHIBA SANDS

DAY 4: NIZWA - WADI BANI KHALID - WAHIBA SANDS

Turning south this morning, your journey takes you next into the shifting sands of Wahiba, a vast expanse of towering dunes and barren desert that covers over 10,000 square kilometres. Taking a small detour along the way, you'll stop first at Wadi Bani Khaled, one of Oman's most beautiful oases, where you will have an opportunity to enjoy a swim before lunch. Later you will resume the journey on towards the majestic sands of Wahiba and your overnight desert camp.

1000 Nights Camp
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5: WAHIBA SANDS - KHALUF

DAY 5: WAHIBA SANDS - KHALUF

This morning you will drive out across the shifting sands of Wahiba towards the coast, and the pink shell beaches and white dunes of Khaluf on Oman's eastern coast. The drive will take four to five hours and you will stop for lunch along the way, arriving in Khaluf in time to set up camp late this afternoon in readiness for another night camped out under a desert sky.

Khaluf Wild Beach Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: RAS AL MADRAKAH - THE EMPTY QUARTER

DAY 7: RAS AL MADRAKAH - THE EMPTY QUARTER

Breaking camp this morning you'll head away from the coast and turn towards the vast emptiness of the Rub al Khali, 250,000 square miles of waterless desert than covers much of the southern half of the Arabian Peninsula. This is the heartland of the nomadic Bedouin, made famous by Wilfred Thesiger in his book 'Arabian Sands' and its dramatic landscapes provide the backdrop for tonight's wild desert camp.

Empty Quarter Wild Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: THE EMPTY QUARTER

DAY 8: THE EMPTY QUARTER

This morning you will continue across the haunting landscapes of one of the largest sand deserts in the world, as you make your way further south and on towards Al Hasham. A wilderness of towering dunes and shallow lake beds, these seemingly barren wastes cover an area larger than France, Belgium and the Netherlands combined. Without doubt one of the most authentic desert experiences imaginable, it is a fitting place to pitch camp for a final night under the stars.

Empty Quarter Wild Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: THE EMPTY QUARTER - JEBEL AL QAMAR - SALALAH

DAY 9: THE EMPTY QUARTER - JEBEL AL QAMAR - SALALAH

The journey on to the coastal city of Salalah takes you through the barren landscapes of the Qara Mountains. A spectacular visual journey that takes in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the craggy slopes of Al Qamar (Moon Mountain), the drive through the homeland of the Bait Kathir Bedu passes groves of frankincense trees and descends by way of the remarkable hairpins of the 'Furious Road', an incredible (and at times hair-raising) feat of engineering that descends some 400 metres in just five kilometres.

Crowne Plaza Salalah
Breakfast

DAY 10: SALALAH

DAY 10: SALALAH

Today's tour begins with a visit to the old fishing village of Taqah, famed for its dried sardines and traditional old Dhofari houses. Continuing on to the ancient ruins of Sumharam (Khor Rohri), you'll then explore the easternmost outpost of the old Hadramawt Kingdom, once an important port on the frankincense trade routes. A relaxing stroll through Wadi Darbat is then followed by a drive up into the Qara Mountains, to enjoy some stunning views across western Salalah before heading to the white sands of Mughsail Beach.

Crowne Plaza Salalah
Breakfast

DAY 11: DEPART SALALAH

DAY 11: DEPART SALALAH

Today you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your onward flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

ARABIAN DESERTS OF OMAN (11 DAYS) C$5,941

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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Meet the expert, Dan

Dan is our Middle East expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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Omani food is often overlooked which is a shame as it's a sumptuous blend of South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. My favourite dish and bit of a national icon is the wonderfully fragrant Shuwa.

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