Adventures in the Land of Frankincense and Myrrh

Overview

With its jagged peaks, dazzling mosques, mystical ruins, and lively souks laden with incense and fragrant oils, it’s easy to fall under the spell of Oman. We’ve designed a captivating expedition that immerses you in this enchanting realm, from opulent sultan’s palaces and historic Islamic forts to the towering Hajar Mountains, where mudbrick villages are nestled amid emerald palm forests and ancient irrigation channels spiral magically through the arid landscape. You’ll mingle with village traders at a spirited goat auction, stay at a remote desert camp for unforgettable visits to Bedouin camps and optional camel rides, ply the Arabian coast aboard a traditional dhow, watch tiny sea turtles hatch by moonlight, and savor a rich cuisine of succulent kebabs, saffron-infused rice, and cardamom coffee served with sweet dates—this is a true adventure into the heart of a mesmerizing land!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Muscat / Western Hajar Mountains

After exploring Muscat, head to the rugged Western Hajar, where traditional cliff-hugging villages sit amid gardens and date palm forests. Here we meet a traditional beekeeper, explore historic forts, see vast Wadi Nakhr, Oman’s “Grand Canyon,” and hike to isolated villages.

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Days 6-8
Wahiba Sands / Desert-to-Sea Crossing

At Wahiba Sands, we’ll experience the life of a nomad—in WT style!—with camel rides amid the golden sand dunes, visits to Bedouin tribes, and an unforgettable evening under the stars, with the hypnotic sounds of Bedouin musicians transporting you back in time. A 4WD expedition carries us across the desert to the edge of the Arabian Sea, where we visit a turtle reserve and enjoy a cruise aboard a classic dhow, the vessels that once carried frankincense as far as India and Africa.

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Days 9-12
Salalah and the Frankincense Trail

Along Oman’s Frankincense Trail, we’ll join an archaeologist in Salalah for in-depth discoveries of the nearby mythical ruins of Al Baleed, explore Nabi Ayub, storied resting place of the prophet Job, and visit the blowholes at Mugshail Beach, known to spout sea water as high as 100 feet during high tide. Depart on Day 12 via Muscat.

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Highlights

Highlights

Visit colorful fishing harbors and ancient trading ports, meet a local archaeologist
Encounter Bedouin tribes, explore golden dunes by camel and 4WD vehicle
Roam the narrow alleys of Oman’s traditional markets, enjoy a private dhow cruise
Explore the cliff-hugging villages, lushly terraced gardens, and historic forts of the Hajar Mountains

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $7495  
Arrive: Muscat, Oman
Depart: Muscat, Oman
Lodging: 9 nights hotels, 1 night deluxe desert camp, 1 night comfortable ecolodge
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural adventures with walking tours, light hiking, rugged off-road travel, and optional swimming and camel riding