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Oman Desert Adventure

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
From: $ 3,550 $ 323 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Oman’s picturesque capita
  • Visit the immense Sultan Qaboos Mosque
  • Discover the contrasting landscapes of the Hajar Mountains and Wahiba Sands
  • The fantastic deserts of the Empty Quarter
  • The 17th century forts of Nizwa and Jabrin

Short Description

Oman is one of Arabia’s true gems - a land of rugged coastlines and vast deserts where tradition and progress go hand in hand. This wonderful adventure takes us from the heart of its picturesque capital, deep into mountains and deserts of the Bedu and the old Omani Imamate.

We will take in the breathless landscapes of the Hajar Mountains and the shifting sands of Wahiba, explore the old forts of Jabrin and Nizwa and journey into the vast emptiness of the Rub Al Khali, the Empty Quarter. It is a journey of incredible contrasts, following in the footsteps of the pioneering explorers of old and taking in some of the richest natural and cultural highlights that Arabia has to offer.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Muscat
End City Salalah

Travel Theme

Cultural High Adventure

Destinations

Oman

Cities & Attractions

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Trip Includes

  • Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • All transport included (Minibus & 4WDs)
  • 10 nights accommodation (1 in a hotel, 2 in beach villas & 7 in beach & desert camps )
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Tour starts in Muscat

On arrival into Muscat we will visit the magnificent mosque of Sultan Qaboos, before heading into the city itself.

Day 2: Muscat – Al Hamra

This morning we will head out of the city in 4WDs, heading towards the Hajar Mountains, following the Batinah coast through the foothills to the picturesque setting of Wadi Bani Awf.

Day 3: Drive to Nizwa via Jabrin

Drive down to the oasis city of Nizwa. Once the capital of the powerful Omani Imamate, Nizwa's imposing 17th century fort and bustling souk provide a wealth of scenic and cultural diversions.

Day 4: Drive to Wahiba Sands

This morning our desert journey takes us on towards the vast, open landscapes of the Wahiba Sands, over 10,000 square kilometres of shifting sands and towering dunes that are home to isolated settlements of semi-nomadic Bedouin.

Day 5: Drive across Wahiba Sands to Khaluf

This morning we 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.

Day 6: Drive to Ras al Madrakah

Today provides an ideal opportunity to make the most of Oman’s rugged coastline. A drive from Khaluf to Ras al Madrakah provides an ample array of viewpoints and photo opportunities, as we pass through a picturesque collection of fishing villages.

Days 7-8: Drive into the Empty Quarter

Day 7: This morning we head towards the vast emptiness of the Rub al Khali, 250,000 square miles of waterless desert that covers much of the southern half of the Arabian Peninsula.

Day 8: Today we will continue on through the hypnotic landscape and head further south, heading towards Al Hashman.

Days 9-11: Drive to Salalah

Day 9: The journey on to the coastal city of Salalah today takes us from the desert to the Indian Ocean by way of the barren landscapes of the Qara Mountains. A fascinating journey, it takes in the Jabal Al Qamar (Moon Mountain) and the homelands of the Bait Kat

Day 10: This morning we will have a guided tour of the city and the local area before returning for lunch and an afternoon to either relax on the beach or head back into town to spend more time in the souks.

Day 11: The tour ends after breakfast today.

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  • Deposit Price: $ 544
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 333

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 12

Accomodations

The View, Jebel Shams

The View is located at 1,400 metres above sea level, driving through 8 kms of winding road from Al Hamrah to Hail Al Shas. There are 30 comfortable bungalows all ensuite with terrace or verandha. There is a restaurant to enjoy evening meals after a day exploring the surrounding desert.

Empty Quarter Wild Camp

Your wild camp will be set up this evening in a remote area of the desert in a truly epic location

Falaj Daris Hotel, Nizwa

The three star Falaj Daris Hotel lies 4km outside the historic town of Nizwa. Set in landscaped gardens with two outdoor swimming pools this is a quiet place in which to relax after a day's travelling or sightseeing. The guest rooms are simple but comfortable all have individual air-conditioning, minibars and satellite TVs. The hotel has a restaurant and a poolside bar, small gym and steam room and children's play area.

Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat , Muscat

This 3-star hotel in Muscat provides luxurious modern services within a distinctive architecture, evoking a traditional architectural Omani fortress, and an interior imbued with rich colours and patterned textiles. Set in the business district in the centre of Muscat, the Ruwi hotel makes a great base for exploring the city with good access to the sights as well as shops and restaurants. There are 100 rooms, all spacious and elegantly designed with modern decor. There is a small bar in the basement along with a restaurant and an outdoor pool. The resturant serves itnernational cuisine and hosts themed evening entertainment. Work up a sweat in the hotel's full-service gym and wellness centre, or challenge a friend to a match on the squash courts.

Salalah Beach Resort & Villa, Salalah

Situated 5ks from the centre of Oman’s second city, the Salalah Beach Resort and Villa is two hotels combined into one with shared swimming pool and dining area. The resort is a four story perfunctory building with large en suite rooms, a large reception area and a nice dining hall. While the villa property next door is smaller with only a limited number of rooms. Both properties face directly onto the beach and ocean and are a short walk from the more upmarket Crown Plaza, at which dinner can be taken. All in all these properties represents a great place to relax and enjoy the sites of this ancient town.

Khaluf Wild Beach Camp, Khaluf

Camp in the desert in modern dome tents. All camping equipment is provided although you might like to bring your own sleeping bag. Your camp will be in the desert dunes close to the coast, spend the evening by the fire and enjoy the dinner prepared by your guide before doing some star gazing.

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Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 10 Dinners

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