Sultans Sojourn - Emirates & Oman - Great Safaris

Sultans Sojourn – Emirates & Oman

Dubai , Muscat, Nizwa, Jabal Ahkbar, Wahiba Sands &  Ras Al Jinz

This unique journey combines two of the Arabian Peninsula’s most fascinating countries. From soaring architectural wonders to Bedouin villages that have remained unchanged since time began – this tour combines ancient history with breathtaking modern masterpieces.

Daily departures by private vehicle and English speaking driver guide.

Tour length: 10 Days 

Land from: $3,695 per person

Dubai is a city that must be seen to be believed. Record-breaking architecture, an unparalleled coastline and delights for all ages await in this amazing city. Bedouin culture, camel rides and fast four-wheel-drives rolling over the dunes – Dubai’s desert landscape offers much more than you would ever expect. Two nights in the city include a private tour of Dubai’s highlights and a special Bedouin evening in the desert. Enjoy dune bashing, camel rides, traditional song and dance…as well as a delicious dinner under the desert stars.

The Sultanate of Oman is considered a hidden jewel at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman is a wonderful combination of ageless heritage and modern life. A place where one can explore a traditional souq in the morning and attend a world-class show at the renowned Royal Opera House Muscat in the evening.

From tall mountains and deep gorges, to water-filled wadis, endless beaches and some of the world’s most stunning desert landscapes, the diverse beauty of Oman is apparent in every part of the country. Our Oman itinerary includes Muscat, Nizwa, Jabal Akhdar, /Wahiba Sands…and the famous turtles at Ras Al Jinz!

Day 1- 2 Dubai (2 nights)
Discover Dubai during your morning city tour. Towering skyscrapers have risen from the sands through the years in the fast-growing city of Dubai but never has it forgotten a vibrant heritage and its golden traditions. Learn about the 19th-century life in Dubai as you weave through the alleys of the Al Fahidi Historical District then board an Abra, a traditional water taxi that ferried the locals across the Dubai Creek through the years. Walk through the gold and spice souk Stop by the city’s most photographed mosque, the Jumeirah Mosque. Take your must-have photo at the Jumeirah Beach with the iconic Burj Al Arab in the background

Later in the afternoon, depart on your desert adventure. Enjoy a ride on a 1950’s Land Rover across the desert along with a drive through the pristine Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve where you will find local exotic wildlife. The evening includes a falconry display, excellent photo opportunities, cultural entertainment, an exhibition of traditional Arabic coffee- and bread-making. The evening culminated with a luxury dinner under the desert stars.

Day 3 -4  Dubai  – Muscat, Oman (2 nights)
The first stop on the Muscat City Tour is the beautiful Grand Mosque before proceeding proceed to see the Sultan’s Palace surrounded by the two Forts of Mirani and Jalali built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The Muttrah souk – a traditional Omani market – offers a wide range of goods, especially typical Omani souvenirs like Frankincense, the Omani Daggeror Khanjar and beautiful silver handicrafts and Pashmina shawls.

Day 5  Muscat – Nizwa (1 night)
Today’s adventure showcases the sights, sounds, and even the smell of Oman’s best-kept secrets. Nakhl, the country’s highest fort, has been standing proudly on a hilltop for 350 years. Continue to the charming sights of old neighborhoods and clayhouses, including those at Wadi Bani Auf, Bilad Sayt, the 400-year-old town of Al Hamra, and Misfat Al Abryeen, a picturesque huddle of ochre-colored stone buildings. The day of touring comes to a close in the ancient city of Nizwa.

Day 6  Nizwa – Jabal Ahkdar Mountain (1 night)
Start the morning with a visit the Nizwa fort – strategically built atop a hill overlooking the ancient city with its colorful domes and bustling market below. The small town of Bahla is famous for its distinctive earthenware pottery – and it also has a certain reputation as the favored haunt of mischievous jinn’s and other supernatural phenomena. Proceed to Jabreen castle, the finest of Oman’s castles built during the late 17th century, before arriving at Wadi of Maedeen, located at the foot of the Mountain with a beautiful natural spring.

Day 7  Jabal – Ahkdar – Wahiba Sands (1 night)
Discover Wadi Bani Habib, a green deserted village on top of Saiq Plateau, and the popular Birkat Al Mauz, a village of clay ruins. From high up above, you will then have to brace for the second leg of the adventure—right in the heart of the glorious Wahiba desert. Bash the dunes, ride a camel, and lose yourself in the beauty of the ever-changing slopes of sand. The rest of the day will be dedicated to everything Bedouin—see their homes, have an authentic Arabic meal, and enjoy the warm Omani welcome of coffee and dates.

Day 8  Wahiba Sands – Ras Al Jinz (1 night)
One of the most sought-after parts of any Oman itinerary is the wadi day—where you will have the chance to take a dip and relax in the cool waters of a natural pool. Enjoy the calm, clear and deep waters of Wadi Bani Khalid. After the wadi escapade, it is on to Sur, where you will see fishermen in action. Just when you think the day is over, wait until nightfall. At 9:00 pm , rangers will take you on a 15-min walk to the turtle nesting site of Ras Al Jinz.

Day 09  Ras Al Jinz – Muscat ( 1 night)
Return to Muscat along the picturesque coastal road. Visit the dhow-building yard where traditional wooden boats are made by hand. Explore Wadi Tiwi, another deep and narrow gorge carved out of the mountains, running between towering cliffs right down the sea. Then off you go to the white beaches of Finns and the turquoise waters of Bimah Sinkhole.

Day 10 Depart Muscat
After breakfast and hotel checkout, transfer to Muscat International Airport for your departure flight.

 

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