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Breath-Taking Oman

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the Sultanate of Oman, 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 in the evening.

Enjoy a unique experience filled with hiking, scuba diving, fishing, kitesurfing, caving and so much more – the list of memorable activities one can enjoy while in the Sultanate is endless. 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.

What's more, a big part of the Sultanate’s unique charm is the hospitality of the Omani people, who will welcome you with open arms. This is one of the most beautiful and fascinating countries in the world.

Marhaba to the Sultanate of Oman.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

From March 16, 2021
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To March 30, 2021
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Nights 14 nights
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16 - 19 March

Muscat

Muscat is unique, with a character quite different from neighboring capitals.

There are few high-rise blocks, and even functional buildings are required to reflect tradition with a dome or an arabesque window. The result is an attractive and whimsically uniform city – not much different in essence from the ‘very elegant town with very fine houses’ that the Portuguese admiral Afonso de Albuquerque observed as he sailed towards Muscat in the 16th century.

Muscat means ‘safe anchorage’, and the sea continues to play a role in city life, sustaining the fishing industry and providing opportunities for visitors to swim along sandy beaches or dive with turtles in nearby lagoons.

The opening of the Royal Opera House in 2011 and a fine new national museum in 2017 are other attractions that ensure Muscat acts as a beacon for those who live in Oman's interior, and as a model of calm in a region of conflict.

*Please find below a list of possible activities in the region. We are more than happy to book these for you ahead of time, simply let us know what interests you.

Accommodations: Centara



Destination Information

Weather

Warm, sunny and dry

Accommodation

Mid Range

Travel Logistics

Flight Booked Per Your Own Arrangements + Taxi into City Center

Scenery

Beach, Coast, Desert, Urban

Activities

Beach, City Walks, Cultural Excursions, Day Trips, Market Visits, Museums, Musical Performances, Restaurant Scene, Temples

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19 - 21 March

Nizwa

The historic town of Nizwa lies on a plain surrounded by a thick palm oasis and some of Oman’s highest mountains.

Marked by a grand double-arched gateway, the town forms a natural access point for the historic sites of Bahla and Jabrin, and for excursions up the mountain roads to Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Shams.

The seat of factional imams until the 1950s, Nizwa, or the ‘Pearl of Islam’ as it’s sometimes called, is still a conservative town, and appreciates a bit of decorum from its visitors. It was named the Capital of Islamic Culture in 2013 for good reason.

*Please find below a list of possible activities in the region. We are more than happy to book these for you ahead of time, simply let us know what interests you.

Accommodations: Sama Hotel Jabal Al Akhdar







Destination Information

Weather

Warm, sunny and dry

Accommodation

Mid Range

Travel Logistics

Car Rental (~2 hour drive)

Scenery

Desert, Mountains

Activities

Camel Riding, Hiking, Historical Sites, Market Visits, Nature Walks, Restaurant Scene, Ruins, Traditional Cuisines

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21 - 23 March

Jebel Shams

Oman’s highest mountain, Jebel Shams (Mountain of the Sun; 3009m), is best known not for its peak but for the view into the spectacularly deep Wadi Ghul lying alongside it.

The straight-sided Wadi Ghul is known locally as the Grand Canyon of Arabia as it fissures abruptly between the flat canyon rims, exposing vertical cliffs of 1000m and more.

Until recently, there was nothing between the nervous driver and a plunge into the abyss but now an iron railing at least indicates the most precipitous points along the track and a couple of rough car parks along the rim pick out some of the best viewpoints into the canyon.

*Please find below a list of possible activities in the region. We are more than happy to book these for you ahead of time, simply let us know what interests you.

Accommodations: Sama Heights Resort







Destination Information

Weather

Warm, sunny and dry

Accommodation

Mid Range

Travel Logistics

Car Rental (~2 hour drive)

Scenery

Mountains

Activities

Camping, Cultural Excursions, Hiking, Historical Sites, Market Visits, Scenic Road Trip, Shopping

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23 - 25 March

Wahiba Sands

A destination in their own right, or a diversion between Muscat and Sur, these beautiful dunes, still referred to locally as Wahiba Sands, are a sight to behold.

Home to the Bedouin, the sands offer visitors a glimpse of a traditional way of life that is fast disappearing as modern conveniences limit the need for a nomadic existence.

The sands are a good place to interact with Omani women whose Bedouin lifestyle affords them a more visible social role. They are also skillful craftspeople and sell colorful woolen key rings and camel bags at some of the camps.

It is possible to visit the sands as a day trip, but the majesty of the night sky and the pleasure of dawn in the dunes makes a stay at one of the desert camps a better bet.

*Please find below a list of possible activities in the region. We are more than happy to book these for you ahead of time, simply let us know what interests you.

Accommodations: Safari Dunes Campe





Destination Information

Weather

Warm, sunny and dry

Accommodation

Mid Range Glamping

Travel Logistics

Car Rental (~4.5 hour drive)

Scenery

Desert

Activities

Camel Riding, Camping, Cultural Excursions, Horseback Riding, Scenic Road Trip, Star Gazing, Traditional Cuisines

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25 - 26 March

Ras Al Jinz

Ras Al Jinz, the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula, is an important turtle-nesting site for the endangered green turtle. More than 20,000 females return annually to the beach where they hatched to lay eggs.

Oman has an important role to play in the conservation of this endangered species and takes the responsibility seriously, with strict penalties for harming turtles or their eggs. The area is under government protection and the only way to visit the site is by joining an escorted tour.

A maximum of 200 people, including those staying at the guesthouse, are given entry each evening and 100 in the morning, so booking in advance is a must.

*Please find below a list of possible activities in the region. We are more than happy to book these for you ahead of time, simply let us know what interests you.

Accommodations: Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve







Destination Information

Weather

Warm, sunny and dry

Accommodation

Mid Range

Travel Logistics

Car Rental (~2 hour drive)

Scenery

Beach, Coast, Desert

Activities

Beach, Nature Walks, Star Gazing, Swimming, Turtle Conservation, Wildlife Sightseeing

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26 - 28 March

Masirah Island

With its rocky interior of palm oases and gorgeous rim of sandy beaches, Masirah is the typical desert island.

Flamingos, herons and oyster-catchers patrol the coast by day, and armies of ghost crabs march ashore at night. Home to a rare shell, the Eloise, and large turtle-nesting sites, the island is justifiably fabled as a naturalist’s paradise.

63km long, 18km wide and lying 15km from the mainland coast, the island is still remote, with minimal facilities. As such, it continues to offer a rare chance to see nature in the raw.

A sealed road runs around the entire island but without a 4WD it is hard to get a close-up of the coast without a long walk. The northwestern tip of the island is a military zone and is off-limits.

*Please find below a list of possible activities in the region. We are more than happy to book these for you ahead of time, simply let us know what interests you.

Accommodations: Masira Island Resort





Destination Information

Weather

Warm, sunny and dry

Accommodation

Mid Range

Travel Logistics

Car Rental (~4 hour drive) + Ferry

Scenery

Beach, Coast, Desert

Activities

Beach, Cultural Excursions, Kite Surfing, Scenic Road Trip, Swimming, Turtle Conservation, Wildlife Sightseeing

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28 - 29 March

Sur

Sur is a sunny seaside town.

With an attractive corniche, two forts, excellent beaches nearby and a long history of dhow-building, there is much to commend Sur to the visitor.

In addition to its own attractions, Sur is a convenient base for day trips to Wadi Tiwi and Wadi Shab, two stunning gorges with emerald green water. It also makes a good halfway rest point on the trip from Ras al Jinz, back up towards Muscat.

*Please find below a list of possible activities in the region. We are more than happy to book these for you ahead of time, simply let us know what interests you.

Accommodations: Sur Grand Hotel









Destination Information

Weather

Warm, sunny and dry

Accommodation

Budget

Travel Logistics

Car Rental (~5.5 hour drive)

Scenery

Beach, Coast, Desert

Activities

Beach, Day Trips, Hiking, Historical Sites, Museums, Nature Walks, Restaurant Scene, Turtle Conservation

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29 - 30 March

Bandar Jissah

End your trip with a relaxing night in Bandar Jissah.

One of Oman's most stunning beaches, and just a short drive from Muscat, this destination is home to relaxing resorts and some excellent water sports facilities.

Located in a secluded hidden cove, this is a haven on the shores of the Gulf of Oman. A visionary blend of architecture inspired by Oman’s rich heritage and natural landscape, sets this region apart as a truly beautiful destination.

Carefully crafted buildings are situated in perfect harmony with the surrounding cliffs, gazing down onto the marina where bobbing ships ply the same waters where ancient dhows once sailed.

*Please find below a list of possible activities in the region. We are more than happy to book these for you ahead of time, simply let us know what interests you.

Accommodations: Barr Al Jissah Resort







Destination Information

Weather

Warm, sunny and dry

Accommodation

Mid Range/ Luxe

Travel Logistics

Car Rental (~2.5 hour drive)

Scenery

Beach, Coast, Desert

Activities

Beach, Boat Trip, Dolphin Watching, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Spa, Swimming, Water Sports

Culture Shocks

English Level:

Good

Foodborne Illness:

Medium Risk

Petty Crime:

Extremely Low

Local Infrastructure:

Unreliable

So What’s Included?

  1. Flights, accommodations & transfers
  2. Your Jubel Atlas:
    • A curated shortlist of insider recommendations for you to check out -including restaurants, bars, nightlife, attractions, and day trips. Common best practices and precautions are also shared so that you can safely enjoy your adventure.
  3. Customer support 24/7
  4. Concierge services
  5. All taxes & fees
  6. Changes at no extra cost (where possible)
  7. Money-back guarantee (restrictions apply)

Cost

Car Rental (Automatic, 4WD, Basic Insurance) $525.00
14 Night's Accommodations $1,545.00

Total price per person

$2,070.00 USD*

* Please note, your price is guaranteed for the next 48 hours
and is subject to change thereafter.

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