Itinerary

Fri 8 Feb

Evening arrival in Muscat and transfer to the sumptuous 5-star Grand Hyatt Hotel, a striking example of Arabian architecture which is located right on the beach. Light dinner at the hotel.

Sat 9 Feb

Join your guide this morning for a tour visiting the Grand Mosque, a gift to the nation from Sultan Qaboos to mark his 30th year of reign, and the Royal Opera House. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant, after which we visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, founded by the Zubair family to display their collection of Omani artefacts. In the early evening we enjoy pre-opera cocktails and canapés in the hotel before transferring to the Royal Opera House for the evening performance.

Sun 10 Feb

This morning we leave Muscat for the Bimmah Sinkhole and Wadi Tiwi, a spectacular gorge carved out of the mountains, before travelling on to Desert Nights Camp, a 5-star boutique hotel in the heart of the desert at Wahiba Sands and surrounded by endless red gold dunes. Lunch will be served en route. In the evening there will be the chance to experience some light ‘dune-bashing’ in a jeep and to see the sunset from the top of the dunes. Return to the camp for dinner accompanied by traditional Omani folkloric dance and music. After the concert retire to your luxurious Bedouin style tent for a memorable night in the desert.

Mon 11 Feb

Today we transfer by jeep to Jebal Akhdar, Oman’s Green Mountain. Lunch will be served at the home of a local family before checking in at the 5-star Anantara Jabal Akhdar retreat which is perched high on the plateau and is also the site of Diana’s Point, named after the visit of Princess Diana in 1986. Dinner at the hotel and evening at leisure.

Tue 12 Feb

This morning we return to Muscat via the city of Nizwa, where we see one of the country’s oldest souks. This is followed by a tour of Jabreen Castle, one of the most beautiful in Oman. Lunch is served in a local restaurant before continuing on to Muscat to check in at the 5-star Hormuz Grand Hotel close to the airport. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Wed 13 Feb

Transfer to Muscat airport for your homeward journey.

Programme

9 Feb 19.00

LA TRAVIATA Verdi Inc

D: Marta Domingo

C: TBC

Cast: Kristina Mkhitaryan, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Plácido Domingo

Venue: The Royal Opera House, Muscat

Flights

Oman Air

8 Feb London Heathrow – Muscat dep: 08.25 arr: 19.40

13 Feb Muscat – London Heathrow dep: 14.00 arr: 18.25

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £2720
Single room supplement £670
Business class flight upgrade from £1850
Land-only tour price £2240
Deposit required £500
Tour code MCT1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities as stated in the itinerary, accommodation, breakfast daily, pre-opera cocktails and canapés, four lunches, four dinners, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.

“Thank you for a wonderful holiday - we enjoyed every minute.”

Mr and Mrs F, Sussex