1001 Arabian Nights Camel Trek Package YB02

12 Days From £0 (3,131 USD)

Explore Oman on this private tour which includes a five day camel trek and private 4x4 vehicle as we visit two of the most important regions in Oman; Dhakiliya and Sharqiya.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Muscat, Oman
End Location: Muscat, Oman
Accommodation: Hotels & Camps
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

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On this tour, you will visit two of the most important regions in Oman, Dhakiliya and Sharqiya. In the heartland of the Sultanate lies the Dhakiliya region, the location of the ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa. The Dakhiliya region creates a link between the coastal region around the capital, Muscat, and the interior of the country, through the Sumail gap. The gap forms a natural break in the backbone of the country, the Hajar Mountains, dividing them into Western and Eastern Hajar. It is regarded as a highly strategic artery for communication and trade between the coast and the interior. It has always been so, with the road from Muscat to the region’s ancient capital of Nizwa running along an old trade route. The multitude of forts and watchtowers in the Sumail area testify to its historical importance.

In the Sharqiya region, the Hajar mountain range stretches 400km in a sweeping curve from Ras Al Hadd in the south to Musandam in the north. It divides into the Western and Eastern Hajar at the Sumail Gap, 65km from Muscat, where the Sharqiya region begins. The Eastern Hajar, with gravel plains and valleys lying on the inland side of the mountains, is the northern border of the region. To the southeast lies the Jaalan, a vast sandy plain that stretches to meet the Arabian coast at Sur and Al Ashkharah and to the south are the vast Sharqiya Sands and to the southwest lays the towns of Al Mudaybi and Sinaw.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-12 Day Program from arrival in Muscat to departure from Muscat
-Includes all transportation in air conditioned TOYOTA 4x4
-All 3-star or 4-star hotel accommodations
-Breakfast (B) and Dinner (D)
-Services of one English speaking guide for the ENTIRE tour
-Camel Trek
-Normal entrance fees
-Restaurant gratuities
-Airport transfers

NOTE: During the actual camel trek, all meals are included in the in the cost of this tour package. However during the 4x4 aspect of the tour, lunch is not included as it is considered free time in which the clients are able to explore the areas we are visiting. At any time during the tour and if the clients wish, they are not obligated to have meals when or where Operator says that they must. The clients are free to go somewhere else if they choose, but there will be NO REFUND or REDEDUCTION to the price of the tour package should the clients choose to have their meals on their own and that are not supplied by Operator.

Excludes
-Additional entrance fees: Not able to quote, depends on where you go. However, the average price is $6.50 USD to $15.50 USD PER PERSON.
-Lunches unless provided by Operator: $13.00 USD to $26.00 PER PERSON. This is considered as free time for the clients to explore the towns and villages that we visit.
Incidentals: such as soft drinks, alcohol, wine or beer with meals; personal purchases.
(NOTE: Alcohol is readily available ONLY in hotel lounges and bars or through approved Government outlet stores with a Government issued ALCOHOL PERMIT. You may NOT simply buy alcohol, of any type, in food stores, etc.)

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival at Muscat International Airport. Welcome and assistance. You will be taken to your hotel where you may relax after your long flight. Your tour will begin in the morning.
Day 02. Muscat – Wadi Shab – Qalhat and Bibi Maryam – Sur. Qalhat is one of the oldest towns and seaports in Oman. The original town stood on a cliff overlooking the sea, but today only remnants of the city walls remain, giving an impression of how large the old town. must have been. In the 13th century, it was the main port of trade with the interior and was famous for its export of horses to, and import of spices from India. In the 14th century, Ibn Batuta, the famous Arab explorer made a reference to the city as a trade center for horses. In the same century, the town was destroyed by a major earthquake. In the early 16th century, the Portuguese took over the area, first devastating, then occupying the town. They made it their southernmost stronghold until they were evicted towards the end of the 16th century. The town soon delined to become an outpost of Sur. The tomb of the holy lady, Bibi Maryam, stands high upon the cliff top. Now crumbling, it was once a splendid edifice, its domed interior covered in glazed and colorful tiles. As the legend goes, a severe earthquake destroyed the land, but the mosque stood erect, because the angels had protected the House of God. Visitors should be careful not to disturb devotees who still come to the site, though only from time to time, to seek help from Bibi Maryam’s spirit in fighting the evils of problems and diseases. This is an archeological site and visitors are advised to refrain from collecting mementos. Wadi Shab is known for its beauty and greenery. The road dips as it crosses the bed of the ravine and rises steeply on the other side where the houses of Tiwi cling to the cliffs. At the mouth of the wadi is a single beach dotted with fishing boats. Water flows all year round, so to begin the walk you first need to cross the water flowing along the wadi bed. There is a small boat which village boys will pull across the wadi by rope for a small fee. It is possible to wade but you would need to know the location of the shallowest point. The walk takes you through a narrow gorge with date plantations, restful pools, and lush vegetation. Oleander bushes attract butterflies and the singing of the birds is delightful. The walk to the villages of Wadi Shab can take several hours along steep paths worn shiny by the constant tread of villager’s feet as they travel between the villages and the coast. Along the way are freshwater pools in which you can dip. Note: the last pool enters a cavern; be prepared to duck under the water for a few moments. Be careful coming up on the inside of the cavern: the gap is narrow at first, and then opens into a large chamber. When swimming remember to stay covered to avoid offending the villagers. Sur is an ancient port and seafaring town that lies on the east coast 310km from Muscat. The wilayat has a population of 53,500 making it the largest in Shaqiya. The Portuguese, who ruled the Gulf in the 16th century, occupied Sur until it was recaptured by Nasser Ibn Murshid, first Imam of the Ya’aruba dynasty, in the 17th century. The town played a major part in the trade between Oman, East Africa, and India. Avariety of good were imported and exported through its port. It was one of the renowned centers for shipbuilding in the country, with great ocean going, high-sterned baghala, and ghanja ships in continuous production. In 1861, when Zanzibar and Oman split to become two separate Sultanates, Sharqiya still boasted a fleet of more than 100 large ocean-going boats. The separation had far-reaching effect in Oman. Trade suffered in Sur and this, coupled with the arrival of the British India Steamer Navigation Company, which operated between India and the Gulf, meant that Omani boats were less in demand. With the decline of the shipbuilding industry, Sur gradually became a less prosperous town. The advent of better roads and services, new teachers’ training and technical colleges, and improved fishing practices mean that Sur is well on the way towards regaining the position as the capital of Sharqiya. Sprawled along the bay, it once again has taken on the air of a busy and vibrant town, with new housing making it bigger by the day.
Day 03. Sur – Ras Al Jinz – As Suwayh – Al Ashkharah – Al Kamel. From Sur, you will drive to Ras al Jinz and overnight at the Scientific & Visitor Center which is at Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve. Ras Al Jinz is a fishing village located in the Ras al Hadd Turtle Center on the eastern shores of the Arabian Penisula. The Ras al Jinz beach is world renowned for the endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas), probably the most important nesting concentration in the Indian Ocean. This is the only place where the public can watch the nesting process of these amazing sea creatures. The green turtles visit all year round to lay their eggs during the night and they leave just before the rising of the sun. In the early morning you can see baby turtles scrambling to reach the sea. In the morning, you will continue on to Al Kamel where you will meet your camels and those who will accompany you on your camel trek.
Day 04. Camel trek. Begin your camel trek to Bidiyah late in the afternoon. During this camel trek you will travel from the town of Al Kamel, to the town of Bidiyah, a distance of approximately 40 miles. The 1001 Arabian Nights Camel Trek will be a unique opportunity to trek with the local Bedu peoples of the Shariqya Sands and experience the traditional Omani way of life while enjoying the grandeur of the desert environment. You will travel in the traditional Bedu way, trekking through the desert on camels, traveling by moonlight and setting up wild desert camps under the stars. On this 5 day/4 night trek, in the romantic, yet haunting light of the moon and in the mornings before it gets too hot, you will discover the dreamlike quality of the desert at night and the pleasure of traveling on the 'ships of the desert.’ Finally, at the end of your trek you will head to the stunning coastline between Al Ashkarah and Ras al Hadd. The Sharqiyah Sands are dunes 200 km long and 100 km wide and running south to the Arabian Sea. The dunes reach 100-150 meters high in shades of orange to amber. You get a real appreciation of the scale and beauty of these dunes while you are trekking by camel. Sometimes you will pass a Bedu camp in this isolated desert. A surprisingly wide array of flora and fauna call the sands home, and your guide will always be on hand to spot and identify any of the birds of prey, insects or foxes you encounter along the way. Your days trekking start at around 9am when you rise for breakfast and break your camp. Then you set off for approximately a 4 hours walk with the aim of finishing around 2pm. After tending to the camels, you will put up shade and take lunch before resting through the afternoon heat. Once the sun has set and the moon has risen once again, the trek will set off once again for a 4 hour walk.
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Day 09. Bidiyah – Ibra – Al Manzifah – Nizwa (150km) Leave Bidiyah at 8:00am and begin your journey to Nizwa. On the way to Nizwa, we will stop in Ibra which is the gateway to the Sharqiya region and lies 147km from Muscat on the main Muscat-Sur road. As you approach it, the many watchtowers sited on the surrounding hills give some idea of its past strategic importance. It is a busy, large and sprawling town with a relatively small population of about 20,000 residents in the wilayat. The souq of Ibra is off the main road to the right at the BP petrol station. Al Manzifah is another place of interest, in the lower part of Ibra (Sufalat). Although the town is abandoned and the buildings are crumbling, it is clear what an impressive town this was. There are four storied houses with elaborately designed crenellations. The arches and plasterwork display fine craftsmanship. The wooden doors are substantial with handmade bolts and nails complementing the intricate carvings.
Day 10. Dhakiliya region and Nizwa. Nizwa centers around the historical fort and souq. The fort is among the oldest in Oman, one of several built by Imam Sultan bin Saif bin Malik al Ya’arubi, who was famed for driving the Portuguese from Oman in 1650. Its strategic position guarded the route from the Sumail Gap through the interior of the country. The fort took many years to build and was completed in 1668. Like many Omani forts, it was subjected to a constant process of addition. For example, the main feature of the forts, its enormous tower, took over 12 years to build, its central core measures more than 150 feet in diameter, with a height of 150 feet. It is filled mostly with earth and stone and has a staircase, leading up to a platform, from where there is a wonderful view of the town and plantations. Nizwa Souq is clearly visible on the left as you enter the town, surrounded by a sturdy wall with beautiful large wooden doors opening on to the courtyards and shops. Built in traditional style with arches, alleyways, and wood fret worked windows, the buildings of the souq have been incorporated into the old walls with trees left in place to provide a happy mix of old and new. Here you will find locally crafted goods such as traditional silver jewelry, khanjars, copper and weaving. You will see people at work in small workshops. The newly constructed market was designed to meet the needs of the growing city. Livestock sales take place daily with a grand sale every Thursday and Friday mornings. It covers an area of 7,600 square meters and includes buildings for vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, dates, and handicrafts. It was built from the same gypsum material that was used for building the fort. Nizwas Mosque with its blue and gold domes lies close to the fort in the center of the city and is visible from the road. It was built in the second century of hijri by Abdulla bin Mohammed al Ibadi. It was here that Imam Warith bin Ka’ab first gave orders to teach students, recognizing the society’s need for scholars and intellectuals. The Imam’s Mosque, as it was known, was reconstructed in the 1970’s and is now called Jasjid Sultan Qaboos. It is an imposing structure although non-Muslims are not permitted to enter its confines.
Day 11. Nizwa – Muscat (143km) The Wilayat of Muscat runs along the Gulf of Oman across a long mountain range that stretches from Bandar Najih adjacent to the Wilayat of Muttrah on the northwestern side between the villages of Muttrah and Riam. Here the villages and mountains of Muscat extend as far as the village of Al Sifa at the borders of the Wilayat of Quriyat in the south east. Muscat has nine villages attached to it, these being Sidab, Haramel, Al Bustan, Al Jussa, Qantab, Yankat, Yiti, Al Khayran Al Sifa and Sifat Al Sheikh. The city of Muscat is counted one of the older cities in history having been built at the outset of the Arab migrations which preceded and followed the destruction of the Maarib Dam. We can safely say that its history predates the arrival of Islam by several centuries. Muscat is distinguished by the presence of citadels, forts, towers, walls, gates and historical houses. The municipality of Al Sifa is home to Al Sifa Fort which overlooks the sea from its coastal position and backs onto a valley.
Day 12. Departure day! Transfer to Muscat International Airport for your flight home. We hope you have a safe trip and that you have memorable days of Oman. We hope to see you again soon!