Oman: Land of Arabia8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Muscat
Upon arrival in Muscat, you will be escorted to your luxurious seaside resort.Al Bustan Palace & Resort - 3 Nights
Discover Muscat's enchanting blend of ancient and modern. Explore the grand Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Wander the narrow, covered alleys of Muttrah's souk where the exotic fragrances of enticing perfumes and aromas of ground coffee and other spices fill the air. Delve into Omani culture at the fascinating Bait Al-Zubair Museum. And finish your travels with a walking tour of the old city, a fascinating place to wander around. This evening, indulge in a convivial dinner at the private home of an Omani family.Al Bustan Palace & Resort (B, D)
Rise early to visit the bustling Seeb fish market and Barka souq. Today's journey takes you from the country's agricultural heartland through scenic valleys dotted with historic forts, including the strongholds of Bait Na'am and Nakhl. You may continue through the white valley of Wadi Abyad to the village of Wakan to learn about the oldAl Bustan Palace & Resort (B)
traditions in this harsh mountain environment. Alternatively, return to Muscat and relax in the hot springs of Thowarah.
Day 4To Wahiba Sands
Embark on a journey to the desert - once the hub for trade with Zanzibar, India and China - stopping at the women's market at Ibra on the way. This afternoon, visit Al Mansfah village, a community of mansions once owned by prosperous merchants of the 19th century. Proceed to the beautiful Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque river valley, which stands in stark contrast to the surrounding desert. Late this afternoon, head out into the desert for a night under the stars at a deluxe tented camp.Desert Nights Tented Camp - 1 Night (B, D)
Day 5To Jabal Akhdar
Experience the magnificent Wahiba Sands, a vast sea of undulating red and white sand dunes rising up 600 feet. Walk over the dunes or enjoy a short camel ride. Later, immerse yourself in the ancient world of the nomads as you meet one of the Bedouin families to learn more about their lives in the desert. Visit the Sinaw cattle market, and then continue to the rich plantations of Birkat al Mauz. Walk through a mountain village to see the intricate systems of irrigation and agriculture.Alila Jabal Akhdar - 2 Nights (B)
Day 6Jabal Akhdar
Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Nizwa's weekly cattle market. See the city's tower fort before continuing to the charming old town of Al Hamra to walk among the old mud houses, one of which is thought to be 400 years old, and to Misfah, one of the most picturesque villages in Oman. Tour the interior of Jabrin Castle, an excellent example of Omani residential architecture, and view the huge fort at Bahla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the outside. Then stand in awe at Wadi Ghul, the Grand Canyon of Oman before visiting some traditional villages.Alila Jabal Akhdar (B)
Day 7To Muscat
En route to Muscat, pass through spectacular scenery and local villages.Al Bustan Palace & Resort - 1 Night (B)
Day 8Depart Muscat
Return to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners. Flight delays have become more commonplace, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport/overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally, in local currency. Departure taxes vary in each country and the rates will be advised before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change and if they do so when you are traveling, your tour leader or our ground handler will advise you.
Generally, the road conditions in the Middle East & North Africa are fairly good. However, please be aware that some tours involve off-road driving, which can be uncomfortable, dusty and quite strenuous. The distance covered in some of our tours is also considerable, especially in Libya. If you have any problems with protracted road travel, please discuss this with your consultant. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour, but generally the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 2-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruiser / Land Rover vehicles.
Flights to the Middle East arrive/depart early in the morning and early check-in/check-out times may be required. Most domestic flights are scheduled early in the morning and can be prone to schedule changes. This is beyond our control. To avoid the heat during the warmer months, early morning starts are often made for sightseeing.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Middle East and hotels should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours in the Middle East, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. We may upgrade hotels featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Christmas and New Year dinners are compulsory at some hotels - these will be charged as a supplement. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard unless specified; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a deluxe, pyramid view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
In most cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. The supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Many of the sites in the Middle East are quite spread out and our tours consequently necessitate a reasonable amount of walking. While the walking is mostly easy going, a full-day sightseeing can be tiring and sometimes strenuous. At monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
At certain times of year, particularly during winter, sightseeing during the Nile cruise is subject to change, based on navigational conditions and the captain, at time of sail. Due to the large numbers of cruise boats operating on the Nile, delays can occur, sometimes necessitating sailing at night. Embarkation and disembarkation of cruise boats usually involves descending and ascending a flight of steps. Cruise itineraries are based on full board, but all alcoholic beverages will be charged as extras. Star Goddess suites and Alexander the Great Yacht cabins are based on availability at time of booking. Children under 12 years are not allowed on the Alexander the Great Yacht.
Certain monuments and tourist attractions in the Middle East are closed on certain days for religious/holiday reasons. If in the event your visit to any of these cities falls on a day when these sites are closed, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
Location: Middle East, southeastern tip of Arabian Peninsula
Capital: Muscat Population: 3.69 million (2011)
Official Language: Arabic. English is widely spoken.
Religion: Predominantly Muslim, including Shi’ite Muslim, Sunni Muslim and facilities for the worship of other religions.
Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz.
Official Currency: Omani Rial (OMR). US Dollars as well as major credit cards are accepted.
Visas: For American passport holders, a valid passport is required. A single entry ‘Visit Visa’ valid for one month, or one year multiple entry visa (for maximum of three weeks stay per visit is required. This can be obtained on arrival at Oman’s International Airport. Other citizens should check with the Oman Embassy regarding visa requirements.
Social Conventions: Shaking hands is the usual form of greeting. It is important that women dress modestly i.e. long skirts or dresses (below the knee) with covered shoulders; men should wear trousers and shirts with sleeves. Shorts should not be worn in public and beachwear is prohibited anywhere except the beach. Collecting seashells, abalone, corals, crayfish and turtle eggs is also prohibited. Dumping litter is forbidden. It is polite not to smoke in public. Homosexual behavior is illegal.
Photography: Visitors should ask permission before attempting to photograph people or their property. ‘No Photography’ signs exist in certain places and must be observed.
Oman: Land Of Arabia
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