Days
7
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Get a taste of old-world Arabia shopping for spices in Muttrah bazaar, exploring Portuguese forts and spending a night in the Wahiba Sands

This is the Arabia of Aladdin’s dreams. Explore the historic city of Muscat and drive along the coast to the bubbling fishing village of Seeb. By 4WD, travel to the rugged interior and the splendid forts of Nakhal and Al Hazm, framed by the spectacular Jebel Akhdar Mountains. Continue on to explore the beautiful oasis at Wadi Bani Khaled, before entering the vast Wahiba Sands – where we sleep at a rustic desert camp under a blanket of brilliant stars. The charming oasis of Lisq and the village of Mudaibi, further reveal the local life of Oman, as does a browse of the fabulous souk of ancient Nizwa. Meet the people, learn of their delicate silverware, woodwork and embroidery, and unwind in the cool heights of the Mountain of the Sun, all before a further wander of the wonderful maze of Muscat.

TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017:
From 1 January 2017 this trip will depart on Sunday instead of Saturdays. This is so the trip dates can match up with our Explore Jordan trip (PGJE) and allow passengers to combine these trips together. There is no other changes to the itinerary or inclusions.


Start
Muscat, Oman
Finish
Muscat, Oman
Country
Oman
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure
Code
PGTO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Immerse yourself in Omani history as you wander among the relics of Muscat's Natural History Museum

  • Muttrah's excellent bazaar, laced with the aromas of frankincense and myrrh, offers the perfect first taste of Oman's ancient character

  • Get a glimpse of the 'real' Oman in the charming fishing village of Seeb, a lovely spot to watch the day's catch being hauled in

  • Treat yourself some some traditional Omani hospitality with a one-night camping getaway under the stars in the Wahiba Sands

  • In the lively souks of Nizwa, you'll see locals turning their traditional trades, much as they have done for centuries

  • This trip visits Oman's most phenomenal fortresses and mosques, including the beautifully preserved Jabrin Fort

  • Glimpse Oman's highest peak as you venture into the historic villages nestled in its foothills

Is this trip right for you?

  • When visiting a mosque, it's important to show respect by dressing appropriately, even in the heat. Ladies should cover their arms and wear a head scarf; trousers or a long skirt are recommended. Gentlemen are required to wear trousers and long sleeve shirts.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 May 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

On arrival at Muscat International Airport (formerly Seeb Airport), you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Muscat at any time. There will be an important welcome meeting in the evening, usually at around 5 pm. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after 3 pm, so if you are arriving much earlier we recommend you pre-book an additional night's accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Al Falaj (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel you'll visit the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It's a magnificent and relatively new structure of dazzling Indian sandstone. You will then proceed to the Natural History Museum, which offers a brief introduction to Oman's colourful past. Driving down to the busy fishing harbour at Muttrah, with its quaint wooden dhows and fishing boats, you will stop at the bazaar. There you can mingle with the locals and browse the silver and spice shops. You will also visit the two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani, which guard the entrance to the city. Return to your hotel afterwards. (Total driving time today is approximately 2 hours.)
Accommodation
  • Hotel Al Falaj (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leaving Muscat, you'll head north along the coast to the fishing village of Seeb. Here you'll see the daily catch being hauled onto the sands from tiny fishing boats. Continue then to the splendid fort at Nakhal, which sits atop a rocky spur and vaunts commanding views of the surrounding countryside. This is the best-preserved of all Oman's forts, and the interior is still furnished, giving visitors an excellent feel for period life. A little further on is the fort of Al Hazm, situated on the northern slopes of the Jebel Akhdar, with its elaborate carved doors. There will be time to explore the various rooms and chambers before returning to Muscat. (Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours.)
Accommodation
  • Hotel Al Falaj (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
From Muscat you'll head southward, travelling through rugged landscape, before arriving at the Wadi Bani Khaled. With turquoise waters, lush vegetation and palm trees, this is a slice of paradise. You'll follow a well-worn path into the heart of this rocky oasis and discover a large pool fed by a natural mountain spring. Continue your 4WD journey and arrive at the edge of the extensive Wahiba Sands. After deflating the tyres you'll follow an amazing route across the sand dunes to a desert camp. Enjoy an evening of traditional food and music this evening, sitting around an open fire under the stars. Drift off to sleep tonight in your simple tent amongst the desert ambience. (Total driving time today is approximately 6 hours.)
Accommodation
  • Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Heading north today, you will drive to Ibra, one of the oldest cities in Oman. This charming, traditional old town was once a centre of trade, religion, education and art. Drive through the narrow roads to see ancient houses and various mosques. Later on you will drive to Nizwa, an oasis enclosed by a series of mountains. Among these mountains is the famous green mountain (Jabal Akhdar). Its grand mosque was formerly a centre for Islamic learning. The central fort is surrounded by ancient traditional souqs where the locals trade in traditional and imported merchandise. Here you can browse for some of Nizwa's famous silver jewellery, or simply watch expert craftsmen in action as they fashion exquisite silverware and other artefacts. (Total driving time today is approximately 6 hours.)
Accommodation
  • Al Diyar Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you'll journey back to Muscat via some marvellous forts and villages, not to mention some lovely mountain scenery. Stop in at Bahla and witness the ruins of the immense fort there. With its walls and towers of unbaked brick and its stone foundations, this is a remarkable example of fortification. It's easy to find a metal worker toiling next to a red-hot furnace in this place, or a weaver assembling a cloak of goat hair. But the king of craft in Bahla is pottery. This exceptional art is famous throughout the Sultanate and beyond. You will also head to Jabrin Fort, the palace of Imam Bil 'Arub Bin Sultan who built it in 1675. This may well be the finest and most eye-catching of Oman's forts. See its elegantly carved wooden doors, and the delicate and ornate lattice work of the windows. Continue to the villages of Misfah and Al Hamra, nestled in the cool foothills of Oman's highest peak, Jabal Shams. You'll have time to explore these beautiful historic townships before returning to Muscat for your final evening. (Total driving time today is approximately 6 hours.)
Accommodation
  • Hotel Al Falaj (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Your trip comes to an today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon, and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Muscat.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (5 nights), Comfortable tented camp (1 night)

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on the trip. Please speak to your booking agent for more information.

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