Oman’s Bronze Age, Iron Age, pre-Islamic, and Islamic sites are spectacular. This custom-designed itinerary with seasoned study leader Trevor Marchand delves into the historical monuments and cultural history of Oman, while also sampling the country’s great geographical diversity, from spectacular deserts and wadis to pristine coastlines, including a reserve for the endangered green sea turtle. On this program, maximize your time in-country with group flights between Muscat in the far north and Salalah in the far south.
Oman was historically the link between Arabia, Africa, and south Asia. For centuries, Oman dominated the Indian Ocean’s commerce, governing Gwadar (on the coast of modern-day Pakistan) and Zanzibar. Indeed, Oman dominated the trade routes from Moorish Spain to Canton (modern-day Guangzhou, China); her ships and seafarers sailed into harbors worldwide, and her merchants traded in the commodities of civilization, such as frankincense, myrrh, silk, gold, spices, and coffee. Today, the country takes pride in sharing its rich history with visitors, as demonstrated in its world-class museums.
- Visits to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Oman’s aflaj irrigation systems; the protohistoric archaeological complex of Bat and Al-Ayn; the immense fort at the oasis of Bahla; the coastal, medieval trade city of Qalhat; and the Land of Frankincense
- Four 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
- Three 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
- Opportunities to wander through lively souks in Muscat and Nizwa
- Limited to just twelve travelers, plus a dedicated local guide/tour manager and Professor Marchand
Tour Prices per person (12 nights)
Double Occupancy (10-12 participants) $9,795
Single Supplement $1,895
Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability). With fewer than 10 participants a small group surcharge may be applied.
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