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Arabian Adventure

The Natural Delights of Oman...

Images of golden desert landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, glistening oases bursting with date palms and lemon trees, bustling market places, and magnificent sunsets assault the senses. The Sultanate of Oman is one of the most mountainous regions of Arabia, which coupled with an endless coastline of white sandy beaches, sand dunes that rise to 150 metres and superb views at every turn, it is a thrilling destination for any nature lover.

Your adventure starts in the capital Muscat, where we visit the Grand Mosque, before following the coastline south where Wadi (valley) walks take us along river beds, some running with water, and through narrow gorges surrounded by flora and fauna. At Ras al Hadd we take time to make a night visit to the beach, hopefully seeing turtles.

The dunes of Wahiba Sands reach from the eastern Hajar Mountains to the Arabian Sea, offering a landscape rich in colour and starlit skies and home to Bedouins for centuries. From our desert camp we’ll explore in 4x4 vehicles, including some dune bashing, travel by camel, and see the sun set in the most breathtaking of surroundings.

Leaving the dunes behind, travelling into Oman’s Hajar mountain range, we explore the impressive Jabel Akhdar Mountain, with its abundance of fruit orchards and An Nakhur Gorge and Jabal Shams, the highest and most impressive of mountains in Arabia.

The healing warm springs of Ayn A’ Thowarah, fed from the Silud Mountains and perhaps some Wadi bashing brings this memorable journey to an end.
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You love travel and dynamic experiences. You like to push yourself or experience something completely new because the rewards make it worth the effort. You enjoy discovering the wonders of the country, whilst at the same time finding out about yourself. Previous outdoor activity experience may be essential for some of these holidays. Some holidays may have a high degree of adventure but are not necessarily over energetic. These holidays involved a heightened sense of adventure for example on water or zip wire. Where walking is involved the climate might make walking more challenging and occasionally ascents may be up to 900m.



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    01 Nov 2017
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    12
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    24 Jan 2018
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    21 Feb 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    01 Nov 2017 - 13 Nov 2017

    Day 1 - Muscat
    Arrive Muscat in the early evening and transfer to our hotel.

    Day 2 - Muscat
    We start our day with a Muscat city tour with our local guide including a visit to the Grand Mosque. Note: Women are required to cover their arms, legs and wear a head scarf. Men are required to wear long trousers. An afternoon hike in the hills gives us an introduction to the area with good views. Approx. walking time is 2 hours, 2.5km with an initial steep ascent. We will have dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

    Day 3 - Wadi Shab
    Leaving the city behind, we take the coastal road to Falaj where we'll walk through green date palms and lemon trees to the village of Al Misfah. It will be a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of birds. Approx. walking time is 3 hours, 3kms. Following an Omani lunch in traditional leaf house we'll enjoy the serenity of a walk in Wadi Al Arabiyeen.

    Day 4 - Ras al Haad
    We'll walk in Wadi Shab this morning, possibly getting our feet wet! Approx. walking time is 2.5 hours, 3kms. Returning to the hotel we have time to relax before we continue south to Ras al Haad with a walk en route.

    Day 5 - Wahiba Sands
    Sur lies on the easternmost tip of the Sultanate and has a history of boat building. We'll visit the boat yards where we might see the Dhows being built, before we head into the desert. The Great Wahiba Sands are 200km long and 100km wide and stretch from the Eastern Hajar to the Arabian Sea. Rising to 150m in height, the dunes are shades of orange, red to amber depending on the sun. We do some dune bashing in our 4x4 vehicles and enjoy one of the many highlights of the trip - a desert sunset. Dinner is taken under the Arabian stars at our camp.

    Day 6 - Wahiba Sands
    Rising early rewards you with the spectacular morning sunrise across the desert. Camel ride across the desert is the plan for today, viewing Bedouin camps as we go and we will stop for lunch with a Bedouin family.

    Day 7 - Nizwa
    Leaving the desert behind, we travel to the old capital of Oman at Nizwa visiting Sinaw Souq en route. We stop at Birkt Mauz, a valley in the foothills of Jabal Adkhar mountain, rich in date plantations.

    Day 8 - Nizwa
    Today we hike on Jebel Akhdar, offering a walk through mountain villages with terraced farms, fruit plantations and ancient falaj irrigation systems. There are magnificent views over Wadi Muhaydi. Approx. walking time is 4 hours, 4kms but this can be extended. The walk follows a footpath and there are opt out points in the villages.

    Day 9 - Jabel Shams
    We leave Nizwa behind today and drive to Al Hamra for a walk that takes us past abandoned villages and along the western flank of An Nakhur Gorge, known as the "Grand Canyon". Views over the gorge and down to Al Hamra are wonderful. Approx. walking time is 3 hours. Later we drive to Jabal Shams - the Mountain of the Sun - for a visit to Misfah, one of only a few places built into the side of the mountain and a great nature experience. We overnight at Jabal Shams with impressive views over the mountains from our accommodation.

    Day 10 - Mussanah
    We travel north today, back to the coast at Mussanah. We travel through Wadi Bani Auf, with its rich tapestry of mountain views, towards Nakhl and its impressive 17th century fort, surrounded by a green oasis. Here we'll find warm sulphur springs, the most notable being Ayn A' Thowarah, whose waters run at 45'C.

    Day 11 - Mussannah
    We are in the Batinah region today, a relatively unvisited area of Oman. We'll walk Wadi Abyad, again with a chance to get wet feet and at the small village of Wakaan in the Hajar mountains, we'll experience a very traditional way of life as we spend time in the village.

    Day 12 - -
    There will be chance to enjoy the hotel facilities this morning before we depart for the airport.


  • Accommodation

    Muscat (2) Wadi Shab (1), Ras al Hadd (1), Wahiba Sands (2), Nizwa (2), Jabal Shams (1), Mussannah (2). We stay in a mix of hotels and camps all offering en suite, comfortable accommodation. Our coastal hotels all have access to a beach and most also have swimming pools. Our Wahiba Sands camp offers something extraordinary with traditional style tented accommodation complete with electricity, en suite facilities and outdoor seating. At Jabal Shams we stay in stylish eco-pods, the first of their kind in Oman, with spectacular valley views.

  • What's Included
    • Return air travel and transfers.
    • Half Board en suite accommodation plus three lunches.
    • All entrance fees.
    • Knowledgeable local walking and sightseeing guides.
    • All local transport including coach and 4x4 vehicles.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Traversing the contrasting terrains of green valleys and barren mountains, white beaches and amber hued desert dunes.
    • Walking through the villages and wadis of the Jebel Akhdar plateau with stunning views at every turn.
    • Watching the sunset and stars in the night sky from our tented desert camp in the majestic Wahiba Sands.
    • Explore the abandoned villages and “Grand Canyon” of Jabel Shams from our eco-pod base.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c.30mins)
    • Flights: Heathrow-Muscat (c7hrs 50mins), Oman Air.
    • Manchester flights may be available. Please ask for details.
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote

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Activity Level
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You love travel and dynamic experiences. You like to push yourself or experience something completely new because the rewards make it worth the effort. You enjoy discovering the wonders of the country, whilst at the same time finding out about yourself. Previous outdoor activity experience may be essential for some of these holidays. Some holidays may have a high degree of adventure but are not necessarily over energetic. These holidays involved a heightened sense of adventure for example on water or zip wire. Where walking is involved the climate might make walking more challenging and occasionally ascents may be up to 900m.



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