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Arabian Sands OM

Visiting: Oman
Trip Duration 8 Days
 

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Arabian SandsScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 43 reviews
(7 out of 10)

Rachael

Southampton
The tour was good - no massive highlights but a good mixture of experiences and a slower pace. Highlights the being the Market in Nizmir and the last day 4 wheel drive trip down the canyon. Also the camping in the desert. The food the guys made was great.
Confirmed traveller: 01 January 2017
Published on: 06 January 2017
(9 out of 10)

Tessa

Nr Marlborough
An excellent week packed full of adventure, and surprises. Extremely well organised, with courteous and friendly Leader and Drivers. Water available in bottles for us all the time. Only thing missing was a hot drink on arrival at camp!
Confirmed traveller: 01 January 2017
Published on: 04 January 2017
(9 out of 10)

Stephen

Yateley
A day in Muscat sight seeing. Souk, traditional old house, palace and old forts (from a distance as still in use). The Souk is disappointing and aimed at cruise ships the rest were very good. Also went into the Grand Mosque as only one you can do so in Oman. A very clean city.

Drive down the coast to camp next to near deserted beach with a couple of stops to admire scenery. Note camping next to beach can mean everything could be damp in the morning if left outside.

Sur the next day. Went to the Dhow ship yard. Everything I expected. Loved more time to get an in depth view of how they build. A short tour of Sur itself. Plenty of atmosphere here. Another stop by a beach. This time no other tourists around. This time the cleanliness of Muscat has gone. However just looking at tracks left in the night made you wonder what you missed.

Drive into middle of desert to camp. Lots of goats and camels and the odd Bedu tent. Climbed a huge sand dune. 1 step forwards, half a step back.

Onto Nizwa. Fort tour (which is impressive). The hotel is very good. However the pool is freezing even though it was 30 during the day. (We had a mid winter heat wave).

Next day was Nizwa market which means everywhere night before is packed as is the car park in town. However not to be missed. Effectively over by 10am. It starts 6:30ish but didn't get there until 8:20. Lots of guns and goats.

Off to see the Grand Canyon. Impressive but a lot drive. Visited 2 deserted villages on way back. Al Hamra reminded me of Yemen (now unfortunately very off limits).
Next day we drove back to Muscat via the scenic route. Not for the faint hearted as a dirt track clings to the side of the mountain. Finally most of group did the Dhow cruise. Expensive for 2 hours but relaxing and a different view of Muscat.

Travelling was in luxurious 4*4 Land Cruisers taking turns to rotate. Arab drivers who were having great fun. Most of the roads are excellent except obviously when off road in desert or the final day.

The camping was good. A separate 4*4 sorts tents out before you arrive. Food was excellent given the circumstances.

Your day is determined by sunrise (6:40) and sunset (17:35) and you are in bed asleep by 9:00 and up just before dawn.

Lunches were either lunch boxes with fruit, or local Indian restaurants. So I hope you like Indian food. The alternative was kebabs / omelettes.

Tour leader was Sunil. Exceedingly helpful at all times. Plenty of advise. Can't praise him more highly. A change from recent experiences with local guides.

There is alcohol to be found in some hotels if your are desperate.

Tents are good but not if it rains. Then you will be stuffed. I brought own sleeping bag and inner but what was on offer looked adequate. Head torch essential, boots not needed unless you want to avoid the sand between toes.

I would love to do the extreme South west as the country is greener and different again. Also the fjords in the extreme north. However you only have 7 days. I think these were covered when the tour was 2 weeks many years back but obviously not as popular
Confirmed traveller: 01 January 2017
Published on: 03 January 2017
(8 out of 10)

Jeremy

Oman has no standout world famous must sees, however it has lots of nice things to see, this leisurely trip around a very small amount of the sultanate has it's highs, usually when camping and very few lows, although some days we found ourselves just 'filling in time'.
The local organizer and team do a cracking job and the 4x4's are a great way to travel if you are used to the 'coaster bus' most tours use. Expensive for the week, but worth it for winter sun.
Confirmed traveller: 01 January 2017
Published on: 03 January 2017
(10 out of 10)

Lorna

Ashford, Middlesex
Oman is a fantastic country to visit with great culture and lovely people. The trip was extremely varied with something different every day from the Grand Mosque in Muscat to driving down sand dunes in the desert. The Grand Mosque was stunning, the cattle market & souk in Nizwa was very interesting and driving through the desert up and down sand dunes was extremely good fun. Even the camping, although basic, was great as was the food.
Confirmed traveller: 04 December 2016
Published on: 06 December 2016
(10 out of 10)

Sheila

Edinburgh
Highlights :
1.Nizwa market
2.The day and night in the Wahiba sands
3.The Grand mosque
4.Al hamra village
5. The wonderful drivers , chefs and tour leader .

It was a fabulous trip with surprises and great things each day . Sunil worked hard to make sure everyone was happy .

Tips :

The rubbish in the camps - all in one bag ? Is separating recycling ( cans, plastic etc) an option ?
Confirmed traveller: 28 November 2016
Published on: 30 November 2016
(8 out of 10)

Graham

Tavira, Portugal.
Don't take too much stuff, the tents are a bit cramped . Take a head torch.

Highlights: Riding the dunes, stary nights, football in the mountains, markets, walking through villages.
Confirmed traveller: 27 November 2016
Published on: 03 December 2016
(8 out of 10)

Henry

Nijmegen/Netherlands
I had a great tour; very well organised and nothing went wrong despite of 2 flat tires in the desert. My highlights were; camping in the desert , cattle market in Nizwa and the "of the road" trip from Nizwa to Muscat. I would have loved if there would have been a few walks/hikes in this trip because nature calls for it. Leave out some of Muscat and the visit of Sur and do the hike in wadi shab!
Confirmed traveller: 27 November 2016
Published on: 30 November 2016