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Oman: From the Empty Quarter to the Ocean

Mar 11-21, 2023

11 days | Oman | alumni UBC Travel Club

One of Arabia’s undiscovered gems, Oman’s rise as one of the most interesting travel destinations in the Middle East is not surprising. Blessed with vast deserts, breath taking mountain gorges, and rugged coastline, the country remains blissfully tranquil.

Home to the legendary Sinbad the Sailor, Oman combines traditional Arabic and Islamic styles with ancient fortifications and architectural treasures that set it apart from its flashier peninsular neighbours. The land is rich in both natural and manmade attractions. Impressive wadis (valleys) formed by ancient rivers cut through mountains contrast with barren desert dunes and the luscious green of the south. There are gleaming mosques and lively souqs in the capital and traditional villages with ancient fort ruins in the interior.

From the rustic peace of the capital Muscat, we set off through the ‘Empty Quarter’, the largest sand desert in the world, to visit carefully restored forts, discover traditional villages, and get off-road in the lush green wadis perfumed with the scent of damask roses. In the southern city of Salalah, a surprisingly lush Eden in a land of 80% desert, we’ll explore the land of frankincense.

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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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.

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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