Discover the exotic, old-world charms of Oman

Oman could very well be the fort capital of the world. Nearly every Omani city has at least one fort, with some dating back to the ninth century. Five hundred forts in one country may sound like a lot, but the grandeur and ancient significance of these ruins is a big part of Oman’s history, especially since it has more 1,700 km of coastline to protect. But don’t worry, there is plenty more to do on this little seaside corner than fort-hopping from town to town. Getting happily lost in winding souqs, dining on delectable Asian-infused dishes and exploring ancient history is just part of the Taste of Oman experience.

Start
Muscat, Oman
Finish
Muscat, Oman
Countries
Oman
Themes
Explorer
Code
ELKO
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
379kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat
  • Sleep overnight in the desert
  • Sample some uniquely processed dates in Lisq
  • Explore the immense Bahla Fort

Itinerary

After arriving in Oman’s capital, visit the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which houses the second-largest carpet in the world; it took more than 400 women weavers four years to make. For an insight into Oman’s colourful past, take some time out at the interesting Natural History Museum, and later browse the silver and spice shops at the local bazaar before checking out the two 16th-century Portuguese forts that guard the city’s entrance. Take a day-trip to the forts of Al Hazm, on the northern slopes of the Jebel Akhdar, and Nakhal – the best preserved of all Oman’s forts.
Escape the scorching heat of the desert and make for the cool waters of Wadi Bani Khalid. Perhaps cool off with a swim in one of the natural pools or laze beneath the palm trees that surround this oasis before journeying on to the overnight desert camp. Sleep under the stars, sing around the campfire and enjoy some traditional food and music.
Journey north to Lisq and be greeted by an oasis town brimming with ancient buildings and even a castle. Explore the city, grab a bag of dates (uniquely processed in the area) and head to Nizwa, one of Oman’s oldest cities. Meander around the fort and souqs before viewing the spectacularly fruity Jebel Akhdar mountain range.
Marvel at the huge walls and towers of Bahla's remarkable fort, then explore the maze-like fortress of Jabrin on foot to discover its supremely elegant and detailed woodwork. Enjoy the cool air on Jebal Shams, the 'Mountain of the Sun', before returning to Muscat where the adventure comes to an end.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Minibus, Private Bus
Accommodation
Desert camp (1 night), Hotel (5 nights)

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Important notes

An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

A single supplement is available on this trip.

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Reviews

Our Taste of Oman trips score an average of 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Taste of Oman , April 2015

Taste of Oman , April 2015