AIA Tours: land

Oman & Zanzibar 2020

Tour Dates: September 26-October 14, 2020 in the planning stages (19 days)

Tour Leader(s): Trevor Marchand ,

The 2019 tour has just one single space available. To be notified first when the 2020 tour is finalized, before it is open to the public, or to reserve the space on the 2019 tour, please call 800-748-6262 or email

This AIA Tour with seasoned study leader Trevor Marchand explores the historical monuments and cultural ties between two fascinating but seemingly disparate destinations—the country of Oman and the island of Zanzibar—physically linked by the Indian Ocean, and historically linked by trade.


    • Visits to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites (Oman’s aflaj irrigation systems; early 18th-century Al Hazm Castle; the protohistoric archaeological complex of Bat, Al-Khutm, and Al-Ayn; the immense fort at the oasis of Bahla; the coastal, medieval trade city of Qalhat; and the Land of Frankincense; plus Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town)
    • Three nights in Oman’s capital city of Muscat, including a tour of its recently-opened Oman National Museum
    • Hasat bin Sult (a.k.a. Coleman’s Rock), site of Oman’s most significant rock art
    • Lunch at a local home in Al Hamra
    • Three nights in the ancient oasis town of Nizwa
    • A visit with a Bedouin family and an overnight at a lovely desert camp in Wahiba Sands, a 6,000-square-mile desert
    • Sur, where many of the trading fleets of Omani ships were built
    • Four nights in Salalah, including excursions to Sumhuram Archaeological Park, once an important conduit for the international frankincense trade network, and the 5,000-year-old fortress of Ubar
    • Four nights in Zanzibar, including visits to the Palace and National Museums; Unguja Ukuu, the oldest settlement on Zanzibar; and a visit to the ruins of the Mtoni Palace, constructed for the family of the first Sultan of Zanzibar after he left Muscat in the early 19th century
    • Opportunities to wander through lively souks in Muscat and Nizwa, Oman; plus take an evening cruise aboard a dhow and a spice tour in Zanzibar
    • Limited to just twelve travelers, plus a dedicated tour manager and Professor Marchand

Tour Prices per person (17 nights)
Double Occupancy (10-12 participants) $TBA
Single Supplement $TBA

Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability). With fewer than 10 participants a small group surcharge may be applied.

Nakhl Fort, Oman © Oudshoorn

The Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman © operator

The Nizwa market, Oman © operator

St. Joseph's Cathedral, Zanzibar © tato grasso

A Red Colobus Monkey at Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, Zanzibar © Hasin Shakur


Day 1: Depart home
Day 2: Muscat, OMAN | Welcome dinner
Day 3: Muscat: Mutrah Souk, Beit Al Zubair Museum, Al Alam Palace, Oman National Museum, Al Mirani
Day 4:
Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House | PM at leisure
Day 5: Seeb Fish Souq | Nakhl Fort | Al Hazm Castle | Rustaq Fort | Wadi Bani Awf | Balad Sayt | Al Hamra
Day 6: Misfat Al Abriyeen | Hasat bin Sult | Al Hamra | Bait Al Safah | Bat, Al-Khutm & Al-Ayn | Nizwa
Day 7: Nizwa: weekly market & souk, Nizwa Fort | Samail village | Samail Hosn | Manal
Day 8: Castle of Jabrin | Bahla Fort and Friday Mosque | Salout Fort
Day 9: Birkat Al Mawz | Samad Al Shan | Ibra | Al Mudhaireb | Wahiba Sands
Day 10: Dune driving | Wadi Bani Khalid | Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
Day 11: Sur fish market | Qalhat | Muscat | Fly to Salalah
Day 12: Taqah | Sumhuram Archaeological Park | Mirbat | Wadi Darbat
Day 13: Tomb of the Prophet Job | Hanun | Ubar | Empty Quarter (Rub’ Al Khali Desert) | Wadi Dawkah
Day 14: Salalah: Al-Baleed Archaeological Park & Museum | Museum of the Frankincense Land | Garden Farm  | Al Husn Souq | Mughsayl Beach & Blowholes
Day 15: Fly to Zanzibar, TANZANIA | Stone Town
Day 16: Stone Town walking tour | Palace Museum | National Museum
Day 17: Palace of Dunga  | Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park | Unguja Ukuu | Stone Town sunset cruise
Day 18: Mtoni Palace | Kidichi Persian Baths | Maruhubi Palace | Spice Tour | Farewell dinner
Day 19: Fly home

To be notified first when this tour is finalized, before it is open to the public, please call 800-748-6262 or email


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