JOURNEY TO OMAN

JAN 5 - JAN 13, 2020

 

TRAVEL TO OMAN ON AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME WITH A SMALL GROUP OF CURIOUS TRAVELERS

 

ⵆ WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?

Our travelers come from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, but what unites them is humility, curiosity, an open mind, love for travel, and a sense of adventure.

 
  • Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

    Hike in Oman’s Grand Canyon and get off-road into Oman’s many canyons and valleys

  • Experience Childlike Wonder

    Escape from your routine and find magic all around you in Muscat and in the beautiful Jabal Shams mountains

  • Explore a New, Beautiful Culture

    Discover the smells, sights, and sounds of Oman at the traditional Nizwa souk and share meals with local Bedouin families

  • Find a Sense of Stillness

    Dip in the incredible emerald waters of the Bimah sinkhole and disconnect from your devices in the Wahiba desert

  • Unplug from Your Daily Routine

    Hug a frankincense tree, watch Nizwa market goers do their weekly trading of goats, sheep, cows, and camels, and sit with the Bedouins in the Wahiba desert

  • A solo traveler?

    Meet interesting people with stories to tell from all over the world and leave the countless hours of planning to us, expert travelers and organizers with insider knowledge of Oman

 
You will have a magical, awe-inspiring, unforgettable experience with memories to savor from the trip of a lifetime.
— Jody B., Jordan Nov 2018

ⴾ TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1: JAN

5, 2020

We arrive to Muscat airport where a car awaits to take us to our hotel (transfer included). We get to know our fellow travelers during our first dinner together at Turkish Diwan.

Overnight: Coral Hotel Apartments

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2: JAN

6, 2020

Today we explore Muscat, the beautiful city on the Arabian sea. We start the morning with the visit to the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Mosque and have grilled fish lunch by the seaside Corniche. Later, we explore the Mutrah fort, the old downtown souk and the sultan’s palace. We finish the night with a traditional dinner in an Omani house.

Overnight: Coral Hotel Apartments

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

DAY 3: JAN

7, 2020

After breakfast, we leave for Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest mountain range. We go off-road to Wadi Beni Auff, one of many beautiful canyons that surround this area, and hike 2 hours on the famous Balcony Walk, a narrow ledge path that follows Oman’s Grand Canyon (second largest in the world after the US Grand Canyon!). Later, we drive to Misfat l’Abreen village and stay in the Misfah Old House traditional Omani guesthouse.

Overnight: Misfah Old House Guesthouse

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

DAY 4: JAN 8, 2020

After breakfast, we drive to Nizwa, an important city in Oman’s history and its intellectual center. We visit a traditional clay factory that’s been making pottery for generations and explore all the hidden pathways in the nearby Jibreen Castle. We enjoy shuwa, a traditional Omani lamb and rice meal for lunch and later, visit a dates plantation and try to spot the elusive Blue Bird of Oman that inhabits this area. We finish the night with a chill session in our gorgeous hotel.

Overnight: Golden Tulip

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5: JAN 9, 2020

Today we explore the stunning architectural wonder that is the Nizwa Fort. We wander through the many stalls of the Nizwa souk and try the delicious Omani halwa, the best in the country. We relax the rest of the day either in town or back at our hotel (and its two pools!)

Overnight: Golden Tulip

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6: JAN 10, 2020

It’s Friday and in Nizwa, that means only one thing: the Nizwa cattle market! Everyone and anyone will be at this weekly event where goats, sheep, camels, and cows are traded. After the market, we rise up to the nearby Jebel Akhdar mountains for a traditional Omani lunch and a short walk through the area’s farms. Later, we drive to the incredible Wahiba desert and settle into our camp.

Overnight: Bedouin desert camp

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

DAY 7: JAN 11, 2020

Today is the day we spend in the desert! We visit a traditional Bedouin home for lunch and do some dune bashing in the afternoon. We drive to Wadi Beni Khalid for a refreshing dip into its emerald waters.

Overnight: Bedouin desert camp

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8: JAN 12, 2020

In the morning, we say goodbye to the desert and head back to the capital city, Muscat. On the way, we stop at the incredible Bimah sinkhole, visit the coastal city of Sur and have freshly caught and grilled fish for lunch in the village of Qurayat. We finish the day with the farewell dinner in Muscat at the Muscat Kargeen restaurant.

Overnight: Mutrah Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

DAY 9: JAN 13, 2020

Today we leave Oman (transfer to Muscat airport included) and prepare to miss it as soon as the plane takes off.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

ⵆ TRIP DETAILS

 

DATES:

Jan 5 - Jan 13, 2020

Journey price:

  • Early booking: $2,984 per person (book by Nov 5, 2019)

  • Regular booking: $3,184 per person (after Nov 5, 2019)

  • Payments are accepted by credit card or by ACH / bank transfer

All accommodations are in three-star hotels or higher (double-occupancy rooms; if you'd like some privacy, single-occupancy rooms available for an additional lump sum payment of $439).

What's included:

✔ 8 nights accommodations in three-star hotels or higher, including 2 nights in a desert bedouin camp, 2 nights in the deluxe 4-star Coral Hotel Muscat, and 2 nights in the deluxe 4-star Golden Tulip Nizwa (double-occupancy rooms; if you'd like some privacy, single-occupancy rooms available for an additional lump sum payment of $439)

✔ 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners (including a traditional farewell dinner on Day 8)

✔ All in-country transportation (we will have our own driver and a 4x4 4WD vehicle and explore Oman - on and off roads - at our own pace), including airport transfers on days of arrival and departure

✔ A professional local guide to accompany us throughout the trip

✔ All entrance fees to all sites we will visit

✔ All excursions:

  • Hiking the Balcony Walk in Jabal Shams

  • Dune bashing with the 4x4

  • A Bedouin family experience in the desert

  • Muscat city tour

What's not included:

  • Airfare to/from Muscat

  • Personal expenses + drinks

  • Meals not mentioned above

  • Tips for service personnel (driver, local guides, etc)

  • Mandatory travel insurance

 
 

Explore Oman with our founder and a published travel photographer and writer, Yulia Denisyuk

 OUR GROUPS ARE INTIMATE.

OUR JOURNEYS ARE INTENTIONAL.

OUR EXPERIENCES (WE HOPE!) WILL BE TRANSFORMATIVE FOR YOU.

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READY TO BOOK?

To guarantee your spot, please submit your information below.

A non-refundable $150 deposit is required to confirm your spot.

The last day for early bookings is Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019.

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BOOKING POLICY

A $150 non-refundable deposit is required to guarantee your spot. The remaining balance is due within 30 days of booking request but not later than 30 days prior to the start of the trip. All payments by you are non-refundable. We encourage you to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers cancellations (travel insurance is required to take this trip; see more here).

View our full booking terms and conditions here.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Do I need to be a photographer (or a social media influencer) to join you on this tour? No. Our focus is on making sure we travel at our own pace and getting to know the places and people around us. We have a passion for photography and we want to share this passion with the group - but it is not mandatory by all means to be a professional photographer or have an interest in photography/social media. All we ask is that you come with an open mind and heart.

  2. Who fulfills the trip on the ground? We've partnered with a wonderful local tour company that has a passion for same things we do to make this happen. We have used this company's services (including guides, 4WD drivers, hotels) in the past and we loved their services so much that we decided to partner with them. We will always partner with local tour operators to ensure that we have the best, most current in-country knowledge.

  3. What gear do I need to bring? Whatever gear you are comfortable with or want to learn more about: your phone, your DSLR, or no gear at all - all options are just fine (see #1). If you want to learn more about astrophotography, we'd recommend bringing a DSLR and a tripod.

  4. How much cash do I need on the ground? You should expect to need not more than a total of ~110 OMR for the trip (that's ~$280). This would cover tips, lunches, and any small miscellaneous expenses.

  5. Do I need to arrive and depart at a specific time? We have included transfers to/from airport as part of the trip, so you will have flexibility in choosing the flights that work for you. Afternoon arrival and morning departure are ideal - but we can work with other schedules as well.

  6. What about visas? For US citizens: we will need a visa to enter Oman. Visa types available: on-arrival + e-visa which should be applied for within 30 days of travel. If you will be traveling with any other passport, please email us so we can advise on visas.

  7. What about travel insurance? Starting September 2019, we will require all travelers to provide proof of current and adequate travel insurance 30 days prior to departure. We strongly recommend that travel insurance addresses trip cancellation coverage. The bookings (including the deposit and the remaining payment) are non-refundable; Trip cancellation insurance may be the only means of receiving reimbursement for flights and other non-refundable travel expenses should the trip be cancelled for any reason by you. There are many options of travel insurance to choose from; see more here.

  8. Is it safe to visit Oman right now? Yes. Our founder, Yulia, has recently returned from a one week research trip in Oman (Aug 2019) and it is safe there. The situation on the ground is often less extreme than what media portrays. We will of course take every precaution to travel safely, as we should anywhere we go on the planet.

  9. More questions? Reach out to us at any time at info@nomadandjules.co