• 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
• Visit the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai
• 20 land days
• Start in Dubai, U.A.E. and finish in Salalah, Oman
• All meals included
• Includes 2 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 in the stunning Fjords of Musandam. Explore Oman’s thriving capital of Muscat. Visit the Grand Mosque, the largest in Oman and it's bustling Muttrah souq. We cross the "Grand Canyon of Arabia" and hike to the remote village of Wadi Nakhr in the Jebel Shams. 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 travel into the Great Wahiba Sands, where the amber-hued dunes meet the Arabian Sea and an overnight in a traditional Bedouin camp. 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.
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 traditional Omani mud houses. We explore the "Lost City of Ubar" spending a night in the dunes of the Empty Quarter, as described by adventurer Wilfred Thesiger, before ending our journey in Salalah, the "garden city" of the south.
Comfortable hotels/lodges. 1 night in Bedouin tents with twin beds and private bathrooms; 1 night in simple tented camps in Empty Quarter with 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, Muttrah Souk
Wadi Bani Auf; Al Hamra and Honey
Nizwa Cattle Market; Jebel Shams and Grand Canyon of Arabia
Bahla Fort, Jabrin Castle, Jabel Akhdar
Great Wahiba Sands & Bedouin Tents
Desert experience; Wani Bani Khalid; Turtle Watching
Sur, Dhow Building Yards; Wadi Tiwi
Wadi Shab, Qalhat
Nakhal, House of Amouage, Muscat by Night
Fly to Salalah; Tomb of the Prophet Job, Mughsail & Frankincense
Taqah Castle, Sumharam & Mirbat
The Lost City of Ubar ; Empty Quarter Camping
Return to Salalah