• Explore the sites of Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Muscat
• Sail in the Fjords of Musandam by Dhow
• Enjoy a desert adventure - Bedouin tents, camels and dunes
• Hike in the Hajar Mountains
• Visit the Grand Canyon of Arabia
• Watch sea turtles laying eggs on the beach
• Walk inside of Wadis (dry river beds)
• Explore the southern province of Salalah/Dhofar
• See famous frankincense trees
• 20 land days
• Start in Dubai, U.A.E. and finish in Muscat, Oman
• All meals included
• Includes 3 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2/3
Oman - a stunning contrast of beaches, mountains and deserts, is one of the hidden treasures of the exotic Middle East. Add over a thousand ancient forts, castles and watchtowers, lively souks, the Bedouin culture, and you have an unforgettable traditional Arabian experience. Add the extravagance and architecture of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and you have a unique Arabian experience filled with surprise and contrast.
We begin our journey in the United Arab Emirates, in the city of Dubai. We explore the city’s architectural marvels and also take in the sites of nearby Abu Dhabi. Travel by traditional dhow to the stunning Fjords of Musandam. Travel by ferry to Oman’s thriving capital of Muscat. Visit the Grand Mosque, the largest in Oman. Travel along the coast to Ras Al Jinz, where we have the unique opportunity to see the endangered Green Turtles coming ashore at night to nest.
We travel into the Great Wahiba Sands, where the amber-hued dunes meet the Arabian Sea and an overnight in a traditional Bedouin camp. We hike in the Jabal Akhdar - the "Green Mountains"- and visit a palm tree oasis and the town of Bahla, once known for its black magic and "jins", now a pottery making center. We visit the "Grand Canyon of Arabia" and hike to the remote village of Wadi Nakhr in the Jebel Shams.
Flying to Salalah, we explore the southernmost province of Oman, known for its frankincense, the tomb of the Prophet Job, the natural titanic blow holes at Mughsail, and the traditional Omani mud houses. Our journey ends back in Muscat. Join us as we explore interesting cities, the beauty of the coast, the desert, the mountains and culture of this wonderful Arabian destination.
Comfortable hotels/lodges. 2 nights camping in the desert in Bedouin tents with twin beds and shared bathrooms.
Travel is partially by microbus, 4 wheel drive landcruisers, & traditional dhows. Roads can be rough and some off-roading may be required.
Dubai, To Khasab, Fortress
Fjords of Musandam - Dhow cruise
Fly to Muscat, Mutrah Souk
Bandar Khayan Fjords by boat, Muscat Sites
To Sur via Wadi Shab and Qalhat
Bilad Sur Castle, Dhow yards, Turtle watching
Oasis, Great Wahiba Sands & Bedouin Tents
Desert experience, Camel Safari, Bedouin Village
Camel Farm, Ibra, Jabal Akhdar
Hike to Wadi Habib
Nizwa Fort, Souk, Bahla, Jarbin Castle
Wadi Ghul - the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Wadi Bani Awf, Mountain crossing
Fly to Salalah - Souks, Sites & Frankincense
Salalah - Taqah Castle, Ancient cities, Tomb of the Prophet Job