POST CONFERENCE TOUR
13 - 21 FEBRUARY 2017
After your Arctic adventure, take a few days to warm up in the Sultanate of Oman, one of the oldest civilisations in the middle east. Oman had notable periods of greatness in the ancient world and in medieval times. Enjoy the tangible traces of its former glory, imposing sand dunes, lush oases and thriving modern cities.
A great opportunity to visit one of the world’s up and coming tourist destinations.
Monday 13 February 2017
Arrive in Dubai late at night and stay overnight.
Tuesday 14 February 2017
Take a great journey from Dubai to port-city of Muscat nestled in the foothills of the mountains.
This afternoon enjoy a tour of the walled city of Muscat – an interesting juxtaposition of medieval houses and shops on winding alleys, alongside modern buildings and markets. It is a tasteful, clean and understated city. Admire the 16th century Portuguese fortresses of Merani and Jalali with their crenelated parapets. Stroll along the historic waterfront and mosey through the bustling souk.
Discover the geographical and human history of Oman with a visit to the Bait Baranda Museum, housed in a delightfully restored 1930s mansion.
Enjoy a welcome dinner at the Bait Adam Museum.
Wednesday 15 February 2017
This morning embark on an exciting 4wd journey through the mountains, arriving at the dramatic Nakhal Fort, built around an irregularly shaped outcrop of rocks. Enjoy the nearby crystal clear hot springs in the shelter of a small oasis. Travel through the barren, rugged mountains to quaint villages of mud huts surrounded by lush farming land and date palms.
Thursday 16 February 2017
Explore the imposing Round Tower Fort at Nizwah. Wander through the souk to barter for intricately handcrafted silver jewellery and ceremonial daggers. Admire the beautiful hand painted ceilings and carved door frames of the Jabrin castle, dating from the 17th century.
Take a turn off the main road to the scenic Wadi Bani Khalid with its deep blue pools of water fringed by the date palms - an ideal spot to relax or enjoy a refreshing swim.
Travel through the undulating dunes of Wahiba Sands to glimpse traditional Bedouin nomadic life and watch the ever-changing colours of the sunset before settling in for your night under the stars.
Friday 17 February 2017
After breakfast at the camp, travel to the attractive seaside town of Sur to observe the building of dhows. See the watchtowers, balanced on rocky outcrops, that formed part of Sur’s defences 300 years ago. Enjoy the pristine green waters of one of nature’s little wonders – the Bimah sinkhole. Drive across the mountains to the tranquil Wadi Arbayeen before travelling back to Muscat via the fishing village of Qurayat – its charming appearance hides a gruesome past.
Saturday 18 February 2017
Spend today exploring Muscat. Drive along the Corniche visiting the fish markets. Admire the imposing, Al Aalam Palace, the official residence of the Sultan of Oman. Tour the modern Grand Mosque. The main prayer hall is breathtakingly rich. The Persian carpet alone measures 70m by 60m wide, making it the second-largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet in the world; it took 600 women four years to weave.
The rest of the day is free for you to luxuriate around the hotel before having a final dinner together at a local restaurant.
Sunday 19 February 2017
Return to Dubai and connect with flight to Australia.
Please note that this itinerary and costs may be subject to change.