Oman Extension

Optional Cultural Extension Registration

SULTANATE OF OMAN

The land of Sultan Qaboos bin Said and Sinbad the Sailor

03 Nights & 04 Days: $1550 based on double occupancy, $275 single supplement

INTRODUCTION

Discovering some of the world’s most exciting and most majestic places is what life is all about, and some of the very best experiences wait in the hidden extremes of Oman.

Oman is considered to be the gem of Arabia, with diverse landscapes that rival some of the world’s most popular travel destinations. From the mystifying openness of the Rub’ al Kali desert, to some of the most breathtaking canyons and caves that can be seen anywhere in the world, Oman is a country full of surprises, a fascinating mix of Arabic traditions, modern technology, and comfort.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival in Muscat & PM City Tour

The Optional Cultural Extension Program will begin on the departure day (last day) of your Professional Program.  Your Guide will assist with your transfer to airport, and you will fly to Muscat, the capitol city of the Sultanate of Oman. Following check into the hotel , you will be introduced to Oman during City Tour by night.  The tour begins with a photo stop at the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once walled district Muscat. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. You will then stroll through Muttrah Souq, where you can practice your bargaining skills for local handicrafts.

Day 2 Muscat – Nizwa – Jabal Akhdar – Muscat

This morning, following breakfast, you will drive to Jabal Akdhar, the mostly limestone green mountain, which is one of the highest points in Oman. This area is known for its history and culture.  Continuing on, we will visit the Village of of Birkat al Mauz ,  one of the most famous ruins in the Sultanate,  and enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations. This area of Oman is known for the cool mountain climates and is famous for fruit orchards typically laid out in terraces along the mountain slopes and irrigated by ‘falaj’, traditional water systems. A wide variety of fruit including peaches, pomegranates, apricots, figs, grapes, apples plums and pears are cultivated here from July to September.

We will then travel to the villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib (a village of old houses) and Al Ain, all which dot the landscape and overlook a spectacular landscape of peaks, gorges and wadis. The scent of roses fills the air from March to April, when they are in full bloom and rose water is distilled in the homes of the villagers.

Leaving the mountain region, we will drive to the historic town of Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital. You will visit the historic Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, one of the most impressive forts in Oman and the traditional Souq.

Day 3 Muscat – Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands – Muscat

This morning, following breakfast, we will  board 4 Wheel Drive vehicles and head southwards. Crossing the Hajar Mountains, the scenery is not only beautiful, but also spectacular. You reach Wadi Bani, a desert oasis, where the mountain streams flow through large pools and boulders.   We will visit a second beautiful oasis, Khalid, in the middle of the barren and dry mountains.

Later drive to Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red & white sea of sand dunes is also host to a variety of flora and fauna. On arrival we will take a  sand dune ride in our Land cruisers, as we go deeper into the sands of Wahiba.

Day 4 Departure from Muscat

Departure for Dubai and connecting flights home.