The secret of Oman’s great untouched beauty is out. Peaceful and stable Oman has miles of beautiful empty sandy beaches. Inland the rugged mountainous terrain remains so remote in parts that only wolves and other creatures inhabit it. In recent years Oman has caught up with its more affluent neighbors but prefers to maintain a more traditional and conservative demeanor. By contrast, visitors to the United Arab Emirates like Dubai and Abu Dhabi are dazzled by the fantastic man-made real estate projects and the upscale shopping. Yet, here too we find contradiction with modernity in the daily observance of Islam and the continuation of the Bedouin tradition and life style.
Kutrubes Travel can also design custom itineraries to Oman, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the other emirates of the region.
2017 Land Cost Per Person (double sharing in BB bases)
Available Anytime – $2676 (4 travelers), $2760 (3 travelers), $2922 (2 travelers), $3500 (1 traveler)
Single Supplement – $558
- Transportation in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle for 8 days.
- Accommodation on twin sharing BB basis as per program.
- Services of our English speaking chauffeur.
- All entrance fees.
- Fuel charges and soft drinks.
Price Does Not Include:
- International airfare
- Departure and custom fees
- Gratuities for guides and drivers
- Travel Insurance, Trip Cancellation Insurance and Medical and Luggage Insurance
- Cost of lunches or dinners not mentioned above
- Any expenses of personal nature
- Porterage in Hotels
Day 1: ARRIVE MUSCAT
After your arrival at the Muscat International Airport in Muscat, your airport representative will assist you in obtaining the entry visa to Oman. An English-speaking guide will assist you with your transfer to the Ramee Guest Line Hotel. (B)
Day 2: MUSCAT CITY TOUR
Muscat offers the visitor a unique opportunity to witness a modern commercial center existing in harmony with its traditional culture. With its natural harbor, Muscat means “Anchorage” and lies in a natural volcanic bowl. Our tour of the Grand Mosque (except Thursday and Friday), the Natural History Museums (which houses flora and fauna and a giant fossil) and Bait Al Zubair Museum (except Friday) is a brief introduction that traces Oman’s history and development. Drive along the waterfront Corniche visiting the Fish Market and the colorful Muttrah Souq. We proceed for a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, flanked by the 16th century Portugese forts Mirani and Jalali. (Ladies fully covered with a scarf and men in trousers).
Day 3: MUSCAT – NAKHL – AL HAMRA – JABREEN – NIZWA
Depart from the Muscat hotel. Proceed to visit the Seeb fishing village and drive to the sparkling springs at Nakhl. Drive through the spectacular Wadi Bani Auf. This stretch of graded road is very adventurous and for the physically fit only as it involves steep bends and bumpy roads. Visit the charming mountain village of Bilad Sayt where one is awestruck by the beauty of the landscape. This 70 km stretch of road continues unto the village of Al Hamra, famous for its date plantations. Drive a little further to Jabreen to visit Oman’s most famous castle built in the 17th century, which boasts some of the finest examples of Omani achievement in wood carvings and ceiling paintings. Overnight at the Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel.
Day 4: NIZWA – AL AIN
After breakfast, you will depart for the United Arab Emirates. After completing border formalities, continue to verdant Al Ain for a full day tour. Al Ain, known as the “Garden City” is an approximately 1½ hour drive from Dubai. Its ancient underground irrigation system fed by springs is more than 2000 years old and brings the water to the date groves. The tour includes a visit to the Al Ain Museum, the Camel market, Animal market and the beautiful Al Ain Oasis. We also visit the Hili Gardens where there is a reconstructed tomb that dates back to 2500 BC adjoining the recently excavated remains of a Bronze Age settlement. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 5: AL AIN – ABU DHABI
After breakfast, you will depart for Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. It is a high-rise cosmopolitan metropolis, which dynamically combines the roles of State and Federal capitals. Abu Dhabi is a worldwide renowned booming business center and a blossoming tourist destination. Today’s tour includes a visit to the Petroleum Museum with exhibits illustrating the process involved from start to finish in the production of oil. Following the museum you will visit the Fishing port center and the Dhow Yard. See the traditional Gulf sailing crafts still being built by hand as they have been for thousands of years. Continue to Dubai, the World’s largest man-made port. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight at Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
Day 6: ABUDHABI – DUBAI
After breakfast, drive to Sharjah, the third largest emirate for a full day city tour of Ajman. Visit this cultural metropolis of the Middle East with its museums, galleries and theaters. It is an approximately 15 minutes drive from Dubai. We start our visit with the Al Majara souk, the Al Naboodah house and the traditional Al Arsa souk. We end our tour with a visit to Souq al-Arsa with its domed roof and intricate mosaics. It houses more than 600 shops selling jewelry, antiques, carpets, clothing and a variety of other items. Opposite the souk is the biggest mosque in the U.A.E., “the King Faisal Mosque.” Return to Dubai for overnight at Hotel.
Day 7: DUBAI CITY TOUR
On our fascinating excursion through the city of Dubai, also referred to as the City of Gold, we will explore the contrast between the past and present. The journey begins at the magnificent Jumeirah mosque and continues through the most luxurious urban area in Dubai. We pass the Mercato-themed shopping mall and stop for photographs at the Burj Al Arab Hotel. We continue towards the skyscraper area of Sheikh Zayed Road and pass by the Emirates Towers and Dubai World Trade Center. We head towards the Dubai creek, and stop for photographs. Setting out on foot we navigate through the bustling alleys towards the spice and gold souks. It is impossible not to see Dubai’s growth and importance as a major trading center.
In the afternoon, experience the magical essence of the desert. Our vehicle will collect you at the hotel and drive into the desert on a ride through the majestic dunes of Arabia. Late in the afternoon you will reach one of the highest dunes and stop to experience the beauty of a sunset in the desert. After sunset, drive to the campsite for a traditional BBQ Dinner. A feast of barbecued meats, fresh salad and fruits will be laid out around a bonfire. Entertainment consists of Camel Rides and a performance by a Belly Dancer while smoking a Shisha Pipe.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Early departure from your hotel and transfer to the airport to be there two hours in advance for shopping at the new Duty Free area.
If you have any questions or you’d like to book this trip, please contact us.
Custom itineraries available to this or any of the destinations we travel to.
Kutrubes Travel has SPECIAL AIRFARES – Contact us for details.
Kutrubes Travel also offers a variety of other tours throughout this region. Contact us for detailed itineraries and descriptions.