Luxury Oman Exploration Tour

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Oman

One of the Middle East’s mellowest and most sublime destinations, Oman has endless charms to offer the visitor: a rich heritage reflected in its ancient mosques and historical sites, incredible dive sites, beautiful sandy beaches and an exotic Arabian culture. It is set on the Arabian Peninsula, featuring a magnificent landscape of vast desert, endless coastlines and undulating dunes. Highlights include: the elegant, evocative capital of Muscat; the friendly port town of Sur; the charming mountain settlement of Misfat Al Abryeen; the prehistoric tombs bordering the Western Hajar; diving around the Daymaniyat Islands Marine Reserve; and watching hundreds of green turtles emerging from the ocean at Ras Al Jinz to lay eggs.

Muscat

Days 1 - 3

Fringing the Gulf of Oman, Muscat is sandwiched between the desert and ocean, featuring a dramatic mix of pristine coastline, rugged mountains and hauntingly beautiful sandscapes. It is a prime example of ancient history blended seamlessly with contemporary charms. The city has done an admirable job of preserving its old-world splendour, age-old Bedouin culture and traditional values while simultaneously embracing the modern and cosmopolitan. Visit bustling markets permeated with the fragrance of frankincense; feast on shawarmas at local cafes or streetside stalls; catch a world-class performance at the Royal Opera House; or wander the streets of Mutrah at sunset for beautiful views of Arabian architecture and fishing boats against a backdrop of mountains. Muscat’s opulence and vibrance is complemented by its striking scenery.

Accommodation

Muscat Hills Resort

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Muscat

Ras al-Jinz

Days 3 - 4

The sandy bay of Ras Al Jinz is located at the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula in eastern Oman. The area is home to Turtle Beach Nature Reserve, an important conservation area administered by the Omani Ministry of Tourism. Here, more than 20,000 female greenback turtles come to shore to lay eggs, returning to the very beach where they once hatched. The main nesting season is July to September, though turtles can be viewed all year round. Be forewarned: only a limited amount of people are admitted to the beach at any one time, so advance booking is essential. For this reason, many visitors opt to stay in the lodgings available within the Reserve, though Ras Al Jinz can also be accessed from scenic Wadi Bani Khalid.

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Ras al-Jinz

Ibra

Days 4 - 5

Ibra is a city in Oman’s Ash Sharqiyah Region, set roughly two hours’ drive from Muscat, and known for its rich heritage. The second-largest city in the region, the city was once a flourishing hub of art, education, and trade, and is decorated with numerous attractions. Primary drawcards are the enthralling watchtowers, the bustling traditional marketplace (souk), and the Falaj Al Afrit. The town is also famous for its finely crafted silver jewellery, known as the best in the country, and its delicious locally-produced bananas, mangoes, and dates. The old town area is an atmospheric place to wander, with its remnants of luxurious colonial buildings. Notably, Ibra is also the home of the massive and powerful Al Harthy Tribe, who led numerous rebellions against the Muscat sultans in the early twentieth century.

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Ibra

Jebel Akhdar

Days 5 - 7

Jebel Akhdar, meaning ‘Green Mountain’, is a rugged mountainous region in the central Al Hajar Mountains. It serves as a gateway to learn about the area’s natural wonders, rich history and cultural heritage. Perched 2000 metres above sea level, Jebel Akhdar provides a respite from the desert heat and is a welcome retreat for nature lovers and adventurers with its mild Mediterranean climate. Dubbed, 'The Fruit Bowl of Oman', the landscape is peppered with lush orchards of prize pomegranates, apricots, other local fruit, walnuts and Oman’s famed damask roses; as well as deep canyons, numerous caves, a collection of charming hamlets, and ancient abandoned villages. Visitors can enjoy views of the eponymous, Jabal Akhdar Mountain, and the majestic Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain.

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Jebel Akhdar

Jebel Shams

Days 7 - 8

Towering over the impressive Wadi Ghul Canyon, Jebel Shams, meaning ‘Mountain of the Sun’, is Oman’s highest mountain and a popular tourist destination. It forms part of the northeastern Al Hajar Mountain Range which is the highest mountain range on the eastern Arabian Peninsula. The remarkably scenic surrounding area boasts rich historical, cultural and geological sights. Visitors can enjoy adventurous tours into the Wadi Al Nakhur Canyon, dubbed the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Arabia, it is the deepest canyon in the Middle East. Other popular activities include: hiking to the top of the soaring mountain peak, camping under the stars, exploring the deserted mountain villages dotting the landscape; as well as rock climbing, trekking, canyoning, and off-roading.

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Jebel Shams

Muscat

Days 8 - 9

As previously described

Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Muscat

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Muscat
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