- Accompanied by Oman expert Carl Phillips on an indepth exploration of Oman
- Visit local communities in the rose scented, mountain villages of the Hajar Mountains
- Dine under the stars and spend a night in the desert at Wahiba Sands
- Experience a dawn expedition to watch huge green turtles lay their eggs at Ras al Jinz
- Visit the beautifully presented ruins of the ancient Al Baleed and the museum in Salalah
The tour begins in the warm, welcoming city of Muscat, surrounded by mountainous peaks and the beautiful beaches of the Arabian Sea. This modern city has an excellent infrastructure with luxury hotels, exclusive restaurants and high-end fashion boutiques, but you will discover underneath its modern façade there exists a fascinating past. Enter the ancient Muttrah souq for an introduction to traditional Muscat life. This is Muscat at its most magical - an absorbing labyrinth of narrow, perfume-laden alleyways packed with colourful little shops stacked high with tubs of frankincense and bukhoor, old silver khanjars, Bedu jewellery and other exotic paraphernalia – one of the few markets in the world where it’s possible to buy gold, frankincense and myrrh all under a single roof.
Al Hamra, Jabrin and Bahla Fort
Outside Muscat is a dramatic jumble of peaks and wadis that look tantalisingly wild and undiscovered, and offer culture and history. This mountainous region has much to explore including the lush Wadi Bani Khalid where it’s possible to swim in deep, freshwater lagoons. Charming villages, such as Bilad Sayt and Al Hamra, famous for their extensive date plantations. The whole region is also known for its bee keeping and honey production. During this exploration, visit the finest of Oman’s castles at Jabrin, built in the late 17th century, which displays incredible ceiling painting and woodcarving. Inspect the unique falaj (irrigation) system at Al Hamra and meet a local farmer to discuss this old age farming technique. Continue to Wahiba Sands.
Experience complete peace and tranquillity with a night stargazing in Wahiba Sands. Rolling sand seas offer classic, photogenic shots of the golden dunes and have the opportunity to visit a Bedouin family to learn about their demanding way of life in the desert. Hike to the highest dune to watch the sun set over the desert.
Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
From Wahiba return towards the coast, visiting a Dhow building yard to learn how this traditional Omani sailing boat is still made. This coastal area of Oman is also well known for green turtle that migrate to its shores to lay their eggs. Green turtles drag themselves out of the water to the beach and with great difficulty, dig a hole in the sand in which they bury their eggs. They then return to the sea. The eggs hatch about 55 days later and baby turtles come out to start the most dangerous journey of their lives. Watching the turtles' night dash into the sea is an incredibly moving and memorable experience, knowing what they have to go through to survive. If you are lucky you may also experience a giant turtle laying its eggs as well.
For the final few days of the tour, the group heads south to the beautiful, tropical city of Salalah. Facing south over the Arabian Sea, it offers a flavour of Zanzibar, a one-time colony of Oman with its vibrant culture, coconut-fringed beaches and plantations of bananas and papayas. Stay 3 nights in Salalah to discover the area’s varied history, landscapes and culture. Visit the fishing village of Taqa, an old town with an imposing castle surrounded by watchtowers and stone houses. Explore the site of the ruined city of Samhuram and capital of ancient Arabia’s frankincense trade. Excavations have produced evidence of an ancient city with trade links to destinations in the Far East and even with distant Greece. You also visit the archeological site of Al Balid, an ancient merchant city that came to life between the 12th and 16th centuries.
Where does this group tour visit in Oman?
The tour begins in the warm, welcoming city of Muscat, surrounded by mountainous peaks and the beautiful beaches of the Arabian Sea. This modern city has an excellent infrastructure with luxury hotels, exclusive restaurants and high-end fashion boutiques, but you will discover underneath its modern façade there exists a fascinating past.
Enter the ancient Muttrah souq to experience Muscat at is most magical. The souq contains a labyrinth of narrow, shop-filled alleyways packed high with tubs of frankincense and bukhoor, old silver khanjars, Bedu jewellery and other exotic paraphernalia – one of the few markets in the world where it’s possible to buy gold, frankincense and myrrh all under a single roof.
A short stroll along the corniche at sunset is a wonderful experience and hugely popular with locals. Visit the Grand Mosque followed by a tour of the exquisite Opera House, constructed using only the best craftsmanship and materials. If you are interested in seeing a performance please ask us to check what is programmed and we will book you tickets. Visit private houses and museums with hosted dinners to learn about ancient Oman and modern lives.
Why should i join this tour?
During this group tour to Oman you visit the major highlights and along the way unveil some of the country's best kept secrets. Accompanied by our Tour Lecturer, Carl Phillips who has worked extensively in the Middle East specialising in the archaeology of Arabia, he offers an excellent view of the region's politics, culture and history. Along side Carl is Khushboo, our man on the ground who is highly experienced in leading groups and providing an excellent level of customer service.
Carl is also joined by guest lecturers and researchers who will all provide greater depth and insight to your understanding of Oman's incredible heritage and natural beauty. This tour offers huge value for money as in addition to our expert you are supported by a Tour Manager who will pay attention to all your individual requirements during your visit.
This group trip to Oman is designed to uplift, educate, delight the senses, titillate the taste buds and send you home with a warm heart and lasting memories.
Is this group tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
How long does it take to travel to Oman?
Getting to Oman couldn't be easier with a 6.5 hour direct flight and special assistance on arrival arranged for our group, with airside meet and greet, visa application and an escort to the front of the queue.
What is the maximum group tour size?
Unlike other group tours to Oman, Steppes Travel guarantee that you join a small group with a maximum of 15 people.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.