Join me on a photo tour of one of the most mysterious, safest, and most welcoming countries in the Middle East: the Sultanate of Oman.
This is a 9-day tour (8 nights) from December 4 to December 12, 2017. The price includes all accommodations, local transportation with private 4×4 vehicles with driver, the assistance of a professional photographer, meals as noted in the itinerary below. International flights in and out of Oman are not included.
Bookings for 2017 are closed, but if you’d like to join me in 2018, I will be launching next year’s tour pretty soon. Get in touch with me using the form below and you’ll be amongst the first to know.
Although the phrase is overused, Oman really is an undiscovered gem of a country. Dwarfed on the global stage by its neighbour, Dubai, Oman actually has far more to offer the visitor looking for a genuine Arabian experience and a trip with some culture, as well as the chance to soak up the sun. Oman’s climate is very sunny, and while it does rain, this is a rare and normally brief occurrence. In spring and autumn, daily temperatures are in the mid to high 20s Celsius, and over the winter, a very pleasant low to mid 20s Celsius. Only the summer is extreme, from about May until September, when temperatures frequently climb as high as 45C or even above, with extremely high humidity.
Oman has much more to offer than just a great climate, however. Oil and gas revenues have allowed it to develop into a modern, forward looking state. For the visitor, Muscat certainly provides an easy introduction to the Arabian peninsula – there are banks, Western-style shopping malls, ATMs, good roads, fantastic restaurants and top quality hotels. These blend with the city’s graceful, traditional buildings, wonderful souqs, superbly restored forts and rugged mountainous vistas. Outside the capital, facilities are scarcer, but the main places of interest are still very accessible; with perfectly comfortable hotels joined by tarmac roads. Perhaps the aspect that makes travelling easiest is the natural friendliness and hospitality of the Omani people. Nearly everyone comments on this; they are always ready with a smile and will invariably do their best to help you out.
The natural attractions of Oman vary from the golden dunes of the Wahiba Sands to the one kilometre sheer drop of Wadi Ghul, carving its way through the Hajar Mountains. Culturally, there are numerous forts, expertly and painstakingly restored using only traditional methods, as well as smaller sites slightly off the beaten track, such as the 5,000 year old rock tombs at Bat and Al-Ayn. On the nature front, turtles can be seen nesting at Ras Al-Jinz almost all year round, or you can visit Salalah and marvel at the subtropical vegetation, flourishing due to the monsoon; which only reaches this southern outpost of the country. For relaxing, there are miles of wonderful beaches, a warm ocean and the chance to enjoy that year-round sunshine.
|Monday 04 December 2017||On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. You have the rest of the day to recover from your flight.||Crowne Plaza, Muscat, Breakfast is included.|
|Tuesday 05 December 2017||Today you take a tour of Muscat, taking in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the souqs and Bait Al Zubair Museum.
The tour will start around 8am when you go to the mosque. Before sunset you may like to take a taxi to Muttrah, when the souq is busier and the light hits the Corniche buildings in a pleasant way.
|Crowne Plaza, Muscat, Breakfast is included.|
|Wednesday 06 December 2017||You have a long day today with an exhilarating journey through Wadi Bani Auf to your accommodation near Al Hamra.||The View, Jebel Shams. Breakfast and dinner are included|
|Thursday 07 December 2017||Today you explore the region around the View, taking in the town of Al Hamra and the village of Misfah, and Oman’s “grand canyon” at Wadi Ghul and Wadi Nakheer.||The View, Jebel Shams. Breakfast and dinner are included|
|Friday 08 December 2017||This morning we go to Nizwa for the Friday market and then on to the Jebel Akhdar. You will need to start at around 7:30am.
Your visit of Nizwa will include time at the market, and then visits of the souq and the fort.
|Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Jebel Akhdar. Breakfast and dinner are included.|
|Saturday 09 December 2017||Your drivers will drive you around the Jebel Akhdar today, going to some of the small villages of the area.||Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Jebel Akhdar. Breakfast and dinner are included.|
|Sunday 10 December 2017||This morning you continue to the Wahiba Sands, where you spend a night in the desert.||1000 Nights Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands. Breakfast and dinner are included.|
|Monday, 11 December 2017||Today you make your way back to Muscat, passing via Sur and along the coastal road.||Crowne Plaza, Muscat, Breakfast is included.|
|Tuesday, 12 December 2017||This morning you will be collected and taken to the airport for your return flight.||–|
If you’d like to spend more time in the region, extensions to Salalah, Musandam, Dubai or any other destination nearby will be available through our tour operator.
The price of the tour includes:
- 8 nights accommodation, as detailed in the Itinerary section above.
- Some meals, as detailed in the Itinerary section above.
- Assistance and photography instruction by a professional photographer.
- All ground transportation, including to and from Muscat International Airport, on private vehicles with drivers.
The price of the tour does not include:
- Meals not indicated within your itinerary.
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, etc..
- Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
- Any camera or video fees at any sites.
- Entrance fees and other costs when on ‘free time’.
- Travel insurance.
- 20 OMR (about $53) entry visa to Oman, payable on arrival.
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From the impressive clifftop location of the Crowne Plaza in the Al Qurum Heights, the hotel commands stunning views of the Gulf of Oman. The attractive cove below, now the hotel’s private beach, is completely cut off from outside access at high tide, and can be reached by steps leading down from the pool and garden area of the hotel.
Perched on a ridge high above the town of Al Hamra, a little way out of Nizwa, the View Campsite consists of 30 individual rooms. Of these, 16 Premier rooms have unobstructed views over the valley, with the remaining 14 Superior rooms also offering commanding views of the region. Meals are served in the small dining area which also looks over the valley and Al Hamra. The View offers a comfortable and altogether different experience to most other options in the area.
Perched atop the spectacular Jebal Akhdar Mountain, overlooking a dramatic gorge 2,000 metres above sea level, the beautiful Alila Jabal Akhdar resort offers a perfect base for exploring Oman’s fascinating interior. Rooms and suites all boast awe inspiring views of the surrounding mountain scenery and are luxuriously appointed, reflecting the diverse culture of the region. The hotel also has a range of excellent facilities, including an outdoor infinity pool, indoor heated pool, spa and dining options to suit every mood, from formal meals in the Juniper Restaurant to casual dining by the pool or in the Rose Bar.
The 1000 Nights camp is a larger camp (60 tents in all and two permanent guest houses that make up the four ‘sand house’ accommodations), located in an impressive desert basin with dunes rising to either side. The camp consists of individual traditional black wool Bedouin tents, each furnished with a bed with sheets and blankets, rug flooring, a small table and chairs, towels, and bottled water. This is also the only camp in the area with a swimming pool.