AIA Tours: land

Oman & Zanzibar

Tour Dates: October 30-November 17, 2021 in the planning stages (19 days)

Tour Leader(s): Trevor Marchand ,

This tour is in the planning stages for the October 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or

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


Saturday, October 30, 2021: Depart home
Sunday, October 31: Muscat, OMAN
Monday, November 1: Muscat: Mutrah Souk, Beit Al Zubair Museum, Al Alam Palace, Oman National Museum, Al Mirani Fort | Welcome dinner
Tuesday, November 2: Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House | PM at leisure
Wednesday, November 3: Seeb Fish Souq | Nakhl Fort | Al Hazm Castle | Rustaq Fort | Wadi Bani Awf | Balad Sayt | Al Hamra
Thursday, November 4: Misfat Al Abriyeen | Hasat bin Sult | Al Hamra | Bait Al Safah | Bat, Al-Khutm & Al-Ayn | Nizwa
Friday, November 5: Nizwa: weekly market & souk, Nizwa Fort | Samail village | Samail Hosn | Manal
Saturday, November 6: Castle of Jabrin | Bahla Fort and Friday Mosque | Salout Fort
Sunday, November 7: Birkat Al Mawz | Samad Al Shan | Ibra | Al Mudhaireb | Wahiba Sands
Monday, November 8: Dune driving | Wadi Bani Khalid | Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
Tuesday, November 9: Sur fish market | Qalhat | Muscat | Fly to Salalah
Wednesday, November 10: Taqah | Sumhuram Archaeological Park | Mirbat | Wadi Darbat
Thursday, November 11: Tomb of the Prophet Job | Hanun | Ubar | Empty Quarter (Rub’ Al Khali Desert) | Wadi Dawkah
Friday, November 12: Salalah: Al-Baleed Archaeological Park & Museum | Museum of the Frankincense Land | Garden Farm | Al Husn Souq | Mughsayl Beach & Blowholes
Saturday, November 13: Fly to Zanzibar, TANZANIA | Stone Town
Sunday, November 14: Stone Town walking tour | Palace Museum | National Museum
Monday, November 15: Palace of Dunga  | Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park | Unguja Ukuu | Stone Town sunset cruise
Tuesday, November 16: Mtoni Palace | Kidichi Persian Baths | Maruhubi Palace | Spice Tour | Farewell dinner
Wednesday, November 17: 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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This tour is in the planning stages for the October 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or


For reservations or questions, please email us at (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884).

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