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The Frankincense Trail: Oman

Mar 11-21, 2023

11 days | Oman | alumni UBC Travel Club

The opportunities to travel to little visited locations are increasingly rare. Oman stands out for its spectacular landscapes of desert, coast, and mountain and its diverse and welcoming people who favour of a healthy balance of tradition and modernity.

Oman was a hub for trade and commerce before the first century AD, and it is this history as a bastion of trade by land, but especially by sea, that has shaped the culture of the Sultanate, and its trade partners, from the Far East to Europe.

Join Paula Swart as we follow the Frankincense Trail from Muscat to the Empty Quarter and onward to Dhofar where the frankincense trees grow among the remains of abandoned caravan oases. We’ll see too other UNESCO sites including the immense ruined Bahla Fort a– a mud-walled oasis in the desert. In the souqs we’ll discover a maze of tightly packed, narrow lanes filled with merchants still trading the gold, silver, silks, and spices as they did in the 10th century.

Unbroken sunshine, a friendly and fascinating culture, atmospheric forts, vast deserts, and dramatic mountains are all part of this relaxed exploration of Oman.
 
 

 

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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$5995  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; all meals; transportation by air-conditioned private coach and 4x4 vehicles; flight from Muscat to Salalah; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by Worldwide Quest study leader.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Muscat
2Traditional Muscat
3Modern Muscat
4Drive to the Wahiba Sands
5Exploring Nizwa, Birkat Al Mauz
6Scenery and villages of Al Hamra, Al Ayn, Wadi Ghul
7The citadels of Bahla and Jabrin
8Return to Muscat, fly to Salalah
9Salalah, Land of Frankincense
10Excavations at Khor Rori, Wadi Dawkah
11Depart Salalah
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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alumni UBC Travel Club Cultural Explorations Alumni Expeditions
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$5995  Includes all taxes and gratuities.
Group Size:
12 - 16 participants

What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodation based on double occupancy; all meals; transportation by air-conditioned private coach and 4x4 vehicles; flight from Muscat to Salalah; all activities and entrance fees; services of specialized English-speaking guides; taxes and gratuities; fully escorted by Worldwide Quest study leader.

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