Oman & Zanzibar (land tour)

Dates: Saturday, October 5, 2019 to Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (19 days)
Tour Leader: Trevor Marchand

Oman & Zanzibar - October 5-23, 2019 (19 days)

This inaugural 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) $12,745
Single Supplement $2,495
Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability).
With fewer than 10 participants a small group surcharge may be applied.




Saturday, October 5, 2019: Depart home
Sunday, October 6: Muscat, OMAN | Welcome dinner
Monday, October 7: Muscat: Mutrah Souk, Beit Al Zubair Museum, Al Alam Palace, Oman National Museum, Al Mirani Fort
Tuesday, October 8: Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House | PM at leisure
Wednesday, October 9: Seeb Fish Souq | Nakhl Fort | Al Hazm Castle | Rustaq Fort | Wadi Bani Awf | Balad Sayt | Al Hamra
Thursday, October 10: Misfat Al Abriyeen | Hasat bin Sult | Al Hamra | Bait Al Safah | Bat, Al-Khutm & Al-Ayn | Nizwa
Friday, October 11: Nizwa: weekly market & souk, Nizwa Fort | Samail village | Samail Hosn | Manal
Saturday, October 12: Castle of Jabrin | Bahla Fort and Friday Mosque | Salout Fort
Sunday, October 13: Birkat Al Mawz | Samad Al Shan | Ibra | Al Mudhaireb | Wahiba Sands
Monday, October 14: Dune driving | Wadi Bani Khalid | Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
Tuesday, October 15: Sur fish market | Qalhat | Muscat | Fly to Salalah
Wednesday, October 16: Taqah | Sumhuram Archaeological Park | Mirbat | Wadi Darbat
Thursday, October 17: Tomb of the Prophet Job | Hanun | Ubar | Empty Quarter (Rub’ Al Khali Desert) | Wadi Dawkah
Friday, October 18: Salalah: Al-Baleed Archaeological Park & Museum | Museum of the Frankincense Land | Garden Farm  | Al Husn Souq | Mughsayl Beach & Blowholes
Saturday, October 19: Fly to Zanzibar, TANZANIA | Stone Town
Sunday, October 20: Stone Town walking tour | Palace Museum | National Museum
Monday, October 21: Palace of Dunga  | Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park | Unguja Ukuu |
Stone Town sunset cruise
Tuesday, October 22: Mtoni Palace | Kidichi Persian Baths | Maruhubi Palace | Spice Tour | Farewell dinner
Wednesday, October 23: Fly home

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