The yin to the United Arab Emirate’s yang, the mysterious and slow-paced sultanate of Oman is “old” Arabia, harking back to the days before the distorting lens of gaudy wealth turned much of the Arabian Peninsula into glitz and glamor. Utterly photogenic, Oman has everything fabulous that the Arabian Peninsula has to offer: Traditional and affable Arab and Bedouin cultures… colorful carpet-filled souks teeming with spices… glittering gold markets… old Arabic and Portuguese forts… ancient Yemeni-style mud architecture… and abundant natural beauty, from rugged mountains and verdant wadis to vast expanses of sand perfect for camel safaris. Plus, Oman is safe!
We’ll visit when Oman’s wonderful winter climate is at its most perfect. Plus, we’ll stay at some of the region’s top hotels, including a luxury desert camp amid the dunes! We’ll also explore Muscat, the atmospheric capital city, with its spectacular mosque and souk, and where every building must feature a dome or arabesque window. Join renowned travel journalist and National Geographic photographer Christopher P. Baker on this memorable one-of-a-kind photo tour!
Other trip highlights include:
◾ Photograph a traditional cattle auction in Nizwah
◾ Roam fertile wadis and rugged mountains by 4WD vehicle
◾ Visit the Arabian gulf’s only remaining traditional dhow shipyard
◾ Enjoy a camel ride across the Sharqiya Sands
◾ Marvel as marine turtles lay their eggs in the sands at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
◾ Thrill to a trip aboard a traditional dhow as we explore the fjord-like coast of the Musadam Peninsula
Updated itinerary coming soon!