Splendours of Oman: City, Mountain & Desert - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Discover the extraordinary culture and landscapes of unique Oman.

Journey Overview

Explore Oman’s every aspect from the coastal capital Muscat, to the mountains of Jebel Akhdar, through to the desert area of Sharqiya Sands. Herein lies culture, nature, and relaxation.

Journey Highlights

  • Spend a night under the stars in a desert camp.
  • Watch traditional dhow building in Sur.
  • Spend two nights at the celebrated Alila Jabal Akhdar hotel.
  • Visit the Grand Mosque and National Museum in Muscat.
  • Marvel at the changing colours of Sharqiya Sands.
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Muscat

Arrive in Muscat, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
Grand Hyatt Muscat | Meals: D

Day 2: Muscat

Muscat is a unique city where modern commerce co-exists with traditional culture. Today explore the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the National Museum in a brief introduction to Oman’s fascinating history. After visiting the Fish Market and colourful Muttrah Souk, take your photo at the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Spend the afternoon at leisure discussing Muscat’s marvels.
Grand Hyatt Muscat | Meals: B

Day 3: Muscat

Today, Design your Day – giving you the freedom to choose the experience that is best suited to you. Select from the following options:

Option 1: Backstage at the opera. Choose to visit the Royal Opera House Muscat – a fusion of Omani tradition and modernity. Culture is high on the Sultan’s agenda – take your chance to indulge with a backstage tour.

Option 2: Omani cooking masterclass. Choose the best catch of the day with your chef at Muttrah Fish Market and sample spices at Muttrah Souk. Cook up your Omani-style dish, then savour the flavours at lunch.
Grand Hyatt Muscat | Meals: B

Day 4: Muscat – Jebel Akhdar

Leave Muscat by 4x4 to see Barka’s fish market and souk, before passing the Batinah Plain and on to Nakhal and its fort. Turn off to Wadi Bani Auf to see the sedimentary mountains and canyon. Stop at Bilad Sayt – one of Oman’s quaintest villages – and explore its streets on foot. The patchwork of terrace farming and traditional houses laid out against the rocky slopes is breathtaking. Follow the mountain roads from here to Al Hamra and its mud houses and date plantations, before arriving at the resort of Alila Jabal Akhdar.
Alila Jabal Akhdar | Meals: BD

Day 5: Jebel Akhdar

This day is all about experiencing the best of the region with a visit to the necropolis of Al-Ayn, and the picturesque abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib. From here, you can gaze across spectacular scenery of terraced farms and valleys, and follow trails around the wadi or farmlands, through the ancient walnut trees and fragrant pomegranate bushes. If you need some R’n’R, you might prefer to spend time at the wonderful hotel soaking up the views, meals, and relaxing spa. The choice is yours.
Alila Jabal Akhdar | Meals: BD

Day 6: Jebel Akhdar – Sharqiya Sands

Today you’ll visit Nizwa, capital of the interior and the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Discover Nizwa’s famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and its souk. Renowned for its cattle auction, hand-carved khanjars (daggers), and ornamental silver jewellery, be prepared to be wowed. Relax at Wadi Bani Khalid with its deep blue pools fringed by palms. Head to Sharqiya Sands, and see a variety of flora and fauna. Practice your photography skills on the patterns of the dunes, then check in at Desert Nights Camp for sunset.
Desert Nights Camp | Meals: BD

Day 7: Sharqiya Sands – Muscat

Take time this morning to enjoy camp activities such as camel riding or quad biking (additional cost to be paid at the resort). Then see how traditional dhows (sailboats) were made in the fishing town of Sur when you visit the dhow factory. Relax on Fins Beach or discover the pearl-white villages of Wadi Tiwi, before visiting the mysterious Bimmah Sinkhole where you can enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to Muscat, where tonight you’ll join together for a farewell dinner.
Grand Hyatt Muscat | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Depart Muscat

Say goodbye to magical Muscat as you transfer to the city’s stylish new airport.
Meals: B

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Grand Hyatt Muscat

Splendours of Oman: City, Mountain & Desert - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Grand Hyatt Muscat is a striking example of Arabian architecture. Located in the heart of the diplomatic district of the city in Shatti ... Read more

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Splendours of Oman: City, Mountain & Desert - An Immersive Small Group Journey

Nestled high in the majestic Al Hajar Mountain range on the A'roos plateau, Alila Jabal Akhdar's location is second to none. Situated i ... Read more

Desert Night Camp, Omani Desert

Splendours of Oman: City, Mountain & Desert - An Immersive Small Group Journey

The luxurious Bedouin styled tents are ready for those seeking the ultimate desert adventure. They are equipped with a bedroom and sitt ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Feb 9, 2020 - Feb 16, 2020
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Mar 1, 2020 - Mar 8, 2020
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Mar 15, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
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Apr 19, 2020 - Apr 26, 2020
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