An Annular

Solar Eclipse from Oman

Located just south of Dubai on the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman is a country filled with an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains, wind-blown deserts and a pristine coastline.  It is home to the legendary Sinbad the Sailor and the Queen of Sheba, and it's a country that casts a spell on you from the moment you arrive.

 

The oldest independent state in the Arab world, it is one of the more traditional countries in the Gulf region and was, until the 1970s, one of the most isolated.  Its low-rise towns retain their traditional charms and Bedouin values remain at the heart of an Omani welcome. Oman is the obvious choice for those seeking out the modern face of Arabia while still wanting to sense its ancient soul.

Day 1 – 16th June 2020 - Arrive in Muscat and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

 

Day 2 - After breakfast, join a half day city sightseeing tour.  Visit the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Bait Al Zubair Museum.  En-route see the Royal Opera House, the Al Alam Palace and the picturesque Corniche and take a stroll through Muttrah Souq, famous for its handicrafts and silver items. Overnight stay in Muscat.

 

Day 3 – Leave Muscat for a visit to the Bimah sinkhole, then continue to Wadi Shab and Wadi Tiwi. From here we go to Sur and visit of the traditional Omani dhow building factory. Traditional Arab sailing vessels (dhows) have been built here for centuries.  Tonight there is an optional excursion to go to Ras Al Jinz for Night Turtle Watching

Price with Flights from London £2,299 / US$2,999*

*Flight prices will only be available 11 months prior to the tour departure - a flight price indicator of

  £450 / $500 has been calculated into the above price with flights from London

Tour Only Price £1,849 / US$2,499

Single Room Supplement £550 / $725

Day 4 - Travel to the mountain region today, visiting Wadi Bani Khalid one of the most beautiful oasis in Oman. It is a lush valley oasis with date palms and pools surrounded by steep cliffs. Then continue to Nizwa visiting Al Manzifah en route.

 

Day 5 – Start with a visit the traditional souq today then on to Nizwa Fort, one of the most visited monuments in Oman and the largest fort in the Arabian Peninsula. Then on to the UNESCO listed Bahla Fort and the the impressive 17c Jabrin Castle where there are fine examples of Islamic architecture. Then we proceed to the mountainside village of Misfat Al Abreen, characterized by its alleys, traditional high mud buildings, and agricultural terraces that wrap around the mountain, along with the old buildings. Misfat Al Abreen rises a thousand meters above sea level. The homes of its inhabitants are at the top of the mountain and their farms are on the slope. Its decorated houses standing side by side in close proximity like terraces waving down with the mountain. Continue to Jebel Shams, the Sun Mountain and see the Grand Canyon of Oman.

 

Day 6 – Early departure for the site to observe the annular eclipse. Returning to the hotel for breakfast. Travel back to Muscat this afternoon, en route visiting Birkat Al Mouz, a large oasis with bananas and date palm and an old village that wanders up the side of a small mountain.

 

Day 7 – 22 June 2020 - Transfer to the airport for your return flight

Upon receipt of your Provisional Reservations we will invoice you for a deposit of 15% of the Tour Only cost.  This deposit is due within 2 weeks of making the Provisional Reservation. The final balance will be due 3 months before departure.