Oman: The Delights of Arabia

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Depending upon availability, the tour can be arranged on dates of your choice.


The Sultanate of Oman is a land of breath-taking natural beauty and fascinating heritage.  Most Omanis live on quiet stretches of coast dotted with fishing boats and shaded by swaying palm trees.  Villages nestle amidst rolling date and frankincense plantations.  A few miles inland, mountain canyons and rocky river beds give way to the vast majesty of the Arabian desert.

The country’s recorded history stretches back well over 5,000 years.  Copper and frankincense brought what is now Oman into contact with the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Persians.  The waters around Oman are rich with marine life.  Thousands of turtles nest on shores around the country each year.  The coastal lagoons and salt flats are home to many migratory bird species.  Arabian onyx and the elusive Arabian leopard can be found in the desert and mountains of the interior.

The Omani people are cosmopolitan.   From the 16th century on, Oman vied with Portugal and Britain for influence in the Gulf and Indian Ocean.  Oman has long-standing ties with the United Kingdom and the United States and is one of the most stable countries in the Arab world.

Oman: The Delights of Arabia begins in the picturesque coastal capital of Muscat.  You visit the Grand Mosque, the Opera House, the harbor and market, and Oman’s National Museum.  Muscat includes the engaging port district of Muttrah, Old Muscat, and Ruwi, a seafront lined with old Portuguese forts and traditional Arabian buildings.

You stay for three nights at the  Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace, a luxurious five star resort set on the Gulf of Oman between dramatic mountains and a white-sand beach.  Here, you enjoy swimming and some of the region’s finest diving and snorkeling.   

You then travel into the mountains and experience the historic walled city of Nizwa.  Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman, and is strategically located at the crossroads of trade routes and unusually abundant water resources.  You walk the ramparts of Nizwa’s historic fort, explore its sprawling palm oasis, and browse the local souk.  You visit Al Hamra, Jabrin Fort, and Misfat al Abryeen.  You travel further and visit Jebel Shams, the country’s highest peak.  Cutting into Jebel Shams is the Wadi Nakhr, Oman’s version of the Grand Canyon. Near Nizwa you stay in the boutique Sahab Hotel for two nights with its gorgeous views.

Eventually, this majestic rock formation gives way to the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands desert.  You spend two nights in the delightful, luxury five star Desert Nights Camp in the desert.  Have an unforgettable experience of watching the sun go down and dining out under the stars.  Then enjoy the comfort and elegance of your tent as you enjoy first hand the beauty of the desert.

On the way back to Muscat, you stop in the old port town of Sur.  In the 16th century, Oman emerged as a major trading and maritime power, shipping goods to and from India and East Africa.  The sailing craft that made this possible was the long, thin-hulled dhow, a design that is believed to have originated in China in 600 B.C. and that is used to this day throughout the region.  Sur is one of the few places in the world where one can still see traditional methods used to construct the sailing dhow.

The price per person for the ten day tour, with double occupancy, includes five nights at the five star Ritz Carlton Al Bustan, two nights at the five star Desert Nights Camp and two nights at the boutique hotel,  Sahab in Nizwa with breakfast daily; airport transfers; entrance fees; private guides, driver and private vehicle; and gratuities.  There are also a number of single accommodations available for an additional fee.

Airfare is not included.

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