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City to Desert to Island: An Omani Adventure

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring.   Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately.  Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling.  Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $7,500 PER PERSON
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DURATION

10 days | 9 nights

COUNTRY

Oman

INTERESTS

Glamping

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ride a camel or surf down a sand dune at luxury camp Wahiba Sands
  • Check out breeding turtles on Masirah Island, wildlife capital of Oman
  • Hike the incredible Jabal Shams Mountains, enjoying sweeping vistas of the valley below
  • Explore the bustling city of Muscat, from the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to the forts of the old town 

DETAILED DECRIPTION

Welcome to Oman, a country small in size but overflowing with breathtaking experiences. This incredible 10-day itinerary showcases the best natural landscapes the country has to offer, from sandy beaches to red sand dunes, sweeping vistas to expansive fjords. But it’s not all trekking: this itinerary also focuses on the chic, from a luxury desert camp to an infinity pool overlooking an expansive valley, so you can relax and rejuvenate while enjoying new cuisines and an exotic culture. 

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Muscat

Welcome to Muscat! Today, your exciting Omani adventure begins as you arrive in the capital of Oman, unofficially dubbed “Norway of Arabia” for its incredible fjords and rugged mountain cliffs. Today, get settled in at either Al Bustan Palace or Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, and enjoy your hotel’s incredible facilities before a locally-prepared dinner.

DAY 2: Muscat

Spend the day exploring the city of Muscat and its surrounding areas, from its rugged mountains to its sandy beaches. Try out some watersports or hike the local hills, or sit back and relax by your hotel’s sprawling pool or luxurious spa.

DAY 3: Wahiba Sands

Today, you’ll head into the desert to enjoy a stay at Wahiba Sands, a luxurious desert camp in the heart of the golden red sand dunes of Oman’s Wahiba Sands. Enjoy your stay in a luxury tent and spend the day checking items off your bucket list, from surfing down a sand dune to riding a camel in the sunset. End the day with dinner at Two Dunes, the on-site restaurant, and some incredible star-gazing.

DAY 4: Masirah Island

From desert to island: today you’ll head across the Wahiba Sands to the coast, where you’ll take a ferry to Masirah Island. A wildlife lover’s dream, this island is a breeding nest for turtles as well as many other creatures. Settled in at Masirah Island Resort and enjoy a hearty dinner at the on-site buffet, gearing up for your next day.

DAY 5: Masirah Island

Spend the day exploring all the wildlife of Masirah Island: explore the resort’s wildlife museum and take advantage of the opportunity for Loggerhead turtle watching before hitting the beach or the pool. In the evening, enjoy a cocktail at the Sanctuary Bar or a live performance at Oasis Bar.

DAY 6: Hail al Shas

Today, you’ll head back to the mainland for a breathtaking stay at The View hotel in Hail al Shas, an incredible luxury ecolodge featuring stunning panoramas of the mountainous desert landscapes. After a long day of travel, relax and take in the stunning vista with a dinner at The View restaurant, before resting up for the day ahead.

DAY 7: Hail al Shas

Take advantage of the natural gymnasium surrounding you: today is a day of hiking! Enjoy treks through the Jabal Shams Mountains surrounding your hotel, and marvel at all the different viewpoints you can take in. Upon your return to the hotel, take a dip in the infinity pool, 4,600 feet above sea level, and enjoy a delightful dinner and campfire once the sky turns purple.

DAY 8: Muscat

On your way back to Muscat, you’ll take a delightful tour of the Omani countryside, visiting traditional mountain villages including Bilad Sayt, Wadi Bani Awf and Nakh. Taste the local cuisine and pick up some handicrafts while taking a peek into local life. Then, settle back at your hotel of choice in bustling Muscat.

DAY 9: Muscat

Spend your final day in Oman exploring Muscat, from the incredible Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to the Al Jalali Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1587. Then, take explore old Muscat or take a trip to the local beaches, before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant or at your resort.

DAY 10: Departure

Your Omani adventure has come to an end. Today, you’ll be transferred to Muscat airport to catch your flight home or onwards to your next destination.

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