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Oman - Pearl of Arabia

Muscat 6 nights Prices on request

Known as the Pearl of Arabia, Oman simultaneously surprises with its diversity – of landscape, history and culture – and encapsulates the epitome of the Arabian experience. This itinerary combines the best of the country in a leisurely tour: from azure sea to jagged mountains and the vast dunes of the Wahiba Sands. You will learn about the fascinating mediaeval history of the region, see modern Muscat’s astonishing architecture, and absorb the natural environment, including the hustle of traditional souqs, the colour and sounds of local fishing villages, and the unique atmosphere of the desert at night. In a Middle East largely overwhelmed by 21st century tourist resorts, the Omanis are rightfully very proud of the traditional culture that they have carefully nurtured in one of the last remaining authentic destinations in the region.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Six nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Five dinners
  • Five lunches
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer and a local guide.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Muscat

    We will fly out to Muscat on the daytime flight this morning, arriving late afternoon, and will be transferred to our hotel, the Radisson Blu (4*) in the centre of Muscat, where we will stay for the first two nights.
  • Day 2 - Muscat & Muttrah Souq

    This morning we will begin with a tour of Muscat itself, starting with a visit to the magnificent Grand Mosque built with sandstone and marble and home to the second largest chandelier, and handmade Persian carpet in the world. After a drive through the Embassy area we will stop to see the Royal Opera House before arriving at Al Alam Palace, the residence of the Sultan. We shall visit the Mirani and Jalali forts briefly and explore the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a privately-owned museum in the old town of Muscat which provides an insight into old Oman. In the afternoon we continue to Muttrah Souq, which is one of the oldest markets in Oman, dating back about two hundred years.
  • Day 3 - Quriyat, Wadi Tiwi & Sur

    Checking out of our hotel this morning, we will travel along the coast, pausing at the picturesque fishermen’s village of Quriyat, known for its stocks of kingfish and tuna, and then at Bimmah Sinkhole, a deep natural depression filled with water. At Wadi Tiwi, a spectacularly narrow gorge carved out of the mountains, we will see traditional villages surrounded by lush plantations of date and banana. In the afternoon we will arrive in the coastal city of Sur, where we can still see the traditional dhow manufacturers at work. We stay at the 3* Sur Plaza Hotel this evening.
  • Day 4 - Wadi Bani Khalid & Wahiba Sands

    Leaving Sur in the morning we will visit the enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid, where there will be time to cool off in the crystal clear waters for those who wish to swim. We will then continue to the vast dunes of Wahiba sands, a region of sandy desert stretching 200km to the Arabian Sea. This area has been home to the Bedouin for 7000 years and we will spend an unforgettable night watching the sun set over the dunes before a barbecue dinner under the stars.
  • Day 5 - Bahla Fort & Jibreen Castle

    We will visit the local Bedouin market this morning before heading up into the historic interior of Oman. There will be a brief visit to Bahla Fort, begun in the third millennium BC, followed by the carefully-reconstructed Jibreen Castle, notable for the frescoes that adorn its rooms and ceilings decorated with paintings and Islamic-era style inscriptions. We will then stay tonight in the old capital of Oman, Nizwa, at the 4* Golden Tulip Hotel.
  • Day 6 - Nizwa & the "Grand Canyon"

    This morning we will venture into the Cattle Market of Nizwa, which takes place every Friday, before exploring the famous Nizwa Fort and the vibrant souq which has remained in use for hundreds of years. In the afternoon we will see some of Oman’s most well-preserved towns and villages, including traditional mud houses with palm frond roofs, built on solid rock foundations, as well as the UNESCO -listed Omani irrigation channels (known as Falaj) which feed ancient agricultural terraces.We will finish the day at Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest point at 3,009m, with panoramic views of the “Grand Canyon”, before returning to our hotel in Muscat in the early evening.
  • Day 7 - Free time & fly home

    The final morning will be at leisure before we are transferred to Muscat airport for the flight home.

Flight Details

Flights with Oman Air:

Depart London Heathrow 08.25, arrive Muscat 18.50
Depart Muscat 14.30, arrive London Heathrow 19.10

Departure Dates and Prices

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