Hampshire Hikes & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
Experience the natural delights and golden desert landscapes, camp overnight in the Wahiba Sands and explore Nizwa, one of the oldest cities in Oman
In Muscat, Oman’s coastal capital, which sits scenically wedged between the mountains and sea, we’ll discover a world of tradition as we meander through the old souk, see the Sultan’s Palace and visit the Grand Mosque. Modern city architecture converges with the historic aspects of the city.
We follow the coastline southwards to Wadi Shab, where wadi (valley) walks take us along riverbeds, some running with water, and through narrow gorges surrounded by plantations, flora and fauna. Our stay on the coast allows us to dip our toes in the Arabian Sea.
The dunes of the majestic Wahiba Sands reach from the eastern Hajar Mountains to the Arabian Sea offering a landscape rich in colour and starlit skies, home to Bedouins for centuries. From our desert camp we’ll explore in 4x4 vehicles, including some dune bashing, see camel trains, watch the sun set and see the dunes change colour with hues of red, oranges and browns in the most breathtaking of surroundings. We overnight here, enjoying traditional Bedouin dishes and hospitality.
In the Hajar mountain range we’ll explore the impressive Jebel Akhdar Mountain, rich with fruit orchards, here the cooler mountain air creates a verdant landscape. We’ll discover small villages, lush oases, an ancient necropolis as well as green hills and orchards. Wadi Ghul, the Grand Canyon of Arabia and Jebal Shams, the highest and most impressive of mountains in the region await.
In Nizwa, we’ll spend time exploring the majestic fort with its 360 degree citadel tower, discover the interesting museum, visit the weekly market and wander the small and fascinating streets of the old town.
Returning to Muscat, we have time to relax and enjoy our hotel, before returning to the UK.
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Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.