We’re Going Back To Oman!
After having led a wildly successful tour of Oman in 2017, I am ready to welcome you to this somewhat mysterious, but extremely safe and welcoming country in the Middle East.
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.
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.
Our guides will lead us to the most iconic spots in this diverse country and I will teach you how to take the photos of a lifetime!
Special Time-Limited Pre-Sale Offer
At this time, we’re in the pre-sale phase, which means you can reserve a seat now and make up your mind later. There won’t be charges, if you decide not to come when the pre-sale offer ends. However, booking during the pre-sale period is the only way to benefit from a discount of up to €500!
This offer expires on March 31st 2018, 12:00AM EDT.
So, if you book now and confirm later, you will get the discount. If you book now and cancel later, you won’t pay anything. There’s no way you can lose, but you must act fast, because this is a limited offer and seats will be reserved on a first come, first served basis and–given its zero-risk nature–I expect it to fill quickly, once we start promoting it in earnest.
The only thing you need to secure your spot is to pay a fully-refundable deposit of 300€ (or about USD 370.00).
Let me repeat this again: This is a fully-refundable, no-questions-asked money back guarantee. In a few weeks, I will publish a detailed itinerary, with prices and dates. If these are to your liking, you can confirm your booking and benefit of a 500€ discount.
Conversely, if the dates or the price don’t work out for you, you are welcome to cancel your booking and your entire deposit will be refunded immediately.
However, the 500€ discount is only available to those who reserve their spot during the pre-sale campaign. There will be no other discounts or promotions!
So, if you think this tour might interest you, reserve a spot now, because you have nothing to lose and everything to win. Click on the button below to send your deposit by credit card now.
Please not that the group size is limited to 12 participants. This means that only the first 12 people to sign up for the pre-sale campaign are guaranteed a seat. In case there are more than 12 adherents, those who sign up after the first 12 will only be offered a seat if one or more of the first 12 do not confirm their booking when the pre-sale campaign is over.
What You Can Expect
- The tour will take place during the winter of 2018-19, either in December or in January.
- The duration will likely be 9 or 10 days.
- We will be staying in some of the best hotels and resorts Oman has to offer. See Accommodations below.
- You will travel in a small group setting of no more than 12 people.
- You will have the assistance of a professional photographer who has already been to Oman twice.
- We will travel in private 4×4 vehicles with professional driver-guides provided by one of Oman’s foremost tour operators.
You also have a chance to influence my choice of dates for this tour. Use the form below to send me a message and tell me what dates would work best for you, keeping in mind it is going to be 9 or 10 days between December and January. I will use the suggestions I collect to pick the dates that work best for everyone.
What Will You Be Photographing
The type of photography you will doing during this tour can be classified as Travel Photography, meaning you will have a chance to shoot landscapes, cityscapes, people, food, architecture, bits of ancient history, traditional events, markets. This tour is recommended for those who are hungry for images and don’t disdain pursuing multiple subjects on a single outing.
Contact Me For More Information
If you’d like more information, get in touch with me using the form below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible
Some Words From Our Past Guests
“My husband and I were fortunate to travel on Ugo Cei’s photography trip to Oman. The country itself is an undiscovered treasure, filled with nature and welcoming people. Traveling with Ugo was a pure pleasure. He offered us a thoroughly researched itinerary and lots of photographic guidance. We shot portraits, landscapes, markets and all manner of subjects and Ugo was always there to offer tips. Do yourself a favor and try out one of his workshops!”
Susan Higgins Flickinger, Verona, WI
One of the highlights of the tour will be some adrenaline-inducing off-road drives, be it across the majestic Hajar mountains, down in the depths of the Wadi Nakhr canyon, or bashing the sand dunes of Sharqiya.
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.