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Travel to Oman’s Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali), the world's largest sand desert.
Destinations > Oman > Crossing the Empty Quarter
4 nights hotel accommodation, 3 nights camping, 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, transportation in 4x4 vehicles, sightseeing as specified with English speaking guide.
01 Jan - 06 July; 06 Sep - 08 Sep; 15 Sep - 31 Oct '16
Culture & Heritage
Follow in the footsteps Sheikh Saleh bin Kalut and Bertram Thomas who made the first recorded legendary crossing in 60 days in 1930. The scale of the desert is jaw-dropping: a thousand kilometres long and five hundred wide and the largely pristine natural environment (particularly when compared to the Wahiba Sands) is as memorable a taste of the desert as you’re likely to get anywhere.
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The beautiful colours of the shifting desert sands.
The spectacular sunsets over the dunes
The serenity and solitude
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On arrival you will be met and transfered to your hotel.
Today is spent exploring East and West Salalah. Drive past the Royal Farm and the Mamura Palace to arrive at Taqa. Visit Samhuram with it's famed port from where the frankincense trade used to take place, see the remains of Queen Sheba's Palace on top of a small hill overlooking the KhorRawri. Visit Job's tomb marking the place where the remains of the Muslim Prophet known as Job in the Old Testament can be found. Visit Mughsail beach which stretches from several kilometers with high cliffs on either side.
After breakfast, drive towards Shisr, the old Ubar. Ubar situated in the middle of the desert, was reportedly a very rich city around 2800BC. Due to the presence of water, it was an important hub for caravans that carried speices, frankincense and copper.
After a short visit of the ruins of Ubar, drive into the Empty Quarter desert, the largest sand desert in the world.
Tonight is spent camping in the dunes.
We leave the noisy world behind us and walk like a caravan through the vast expanse of the Arabian desert discovering the fascinating dunes of the Empty Quarter in the large sandy area of Ramlat Al Hashman! Some dunes are quite high, others low. The surrounding landscape is very dry. At the end of the day, we set up camp in the magnificent dunes. Enjoy sunset in the sea of sand and sleep under the spectacular starry skies of the Orient.
Tonight is spent camping in the dunes.
Because of the sandy expanses, not to mention the profound heat, few people settle in the Empty Quarter, however the nomadic and enterprising Bedouin, also known as Bedu, have survived here since before recorded time. Today is spent experiencing the extremes of the desert.
We enjoy our last night in the Empty Quarter and under the stars.
Time to say goodbye to the sea of sand and head towards ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa. The drive will take you pass many ancient villages and wadis before arriving late in the evening.
Today we explore Nizwa visiting the 17th century round fort of Nizwa and the famous Nizwa souk famous for it's silver jewellery. Continue onto beautiful Jabreen Castle built as a defensive stronghold and perhaps one of Oman's finest castles. Continue onto Muscat stopping at Bahla a UNESCO World Heritage site which is now open to the public after almost a decade of renovation.
This morning we take a City Tour of Muscat visiting the Grand Mosque, Bait Al Zubair Museum and stopping for a photo shoot by Qasr Al Alam (His Majesty's Palace) before heading to the fish market and lively Mutrah souk. The afternoon is at your leisure.
After breakfast you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to the Airport for your onward journey.
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