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Rocks, Sea and Sand: 7 (or 6) Night Oman Adventure

Take the wheel of a 4 litre Nissan Patrol and follow us on our fantastic Rocks, Sea and Sand Guided Self-Drive Adventure to explore a wide range of spectacular terrains in rural Oman.  Marvel at the millennia-old rocks carved by the wind and sand into fantastic and impossible shapes.  Venture over water to the mystical Masairah Island and walk along empty beached with the warm Indian Ocean lapping at your feet.  Camp under an inky black sky studded with millions of stars.  Traverse the enchanting Wahiba Sands where even to this day, camel farmers eke out a living in harsh conditions.

Once these remote places were only accessible to the most daring of adventuters who knew where the desert wells were located and had their trusty camel to carry all their provisions for their journey.  Today, we too can explore these amazing remote places and marvel at the skill and stamina of the ancient bedu; the landscapes will be no less magnificent, but our journey will be in the comfort of an air-conditioned car.

So, look out your driving licence, check your passport is in date and lace up those desert boots; come join Xpedition Arabia for the adventure of a lifetime.

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  • Approx 1750kms including 450kms offroad 
  • Estimated 28 hours behind the wheel, half of it offroad
  • 3 nights Hotel (including 2 Crowne Plaza) on our 7 night Adventure
  • 1 night “glamping” at a traditional camel farm
  • 3 nights wild camping
  • No previous offroad driving experience is required.
  • Maximum 5 guest cars.

Package A : 7 Nights

Includes

  • Car Rental Nissan Patrol Y62 4.0L Auto
  • Petrol
  • Hotels
  • Camping Equipment Hire
  • Breakfast/lunch/dinner
  • Soft drinks
  • Camping Equipment Hire

Package B : 7 Nights

As for package A, but excluding

  • Rental Car
  • Petrol

Aimed at GCC Residents

  • Using their own 4×4 OR
  • Independently rented 4×4

Package C : 6 Nights

As for package B, using your own 4×4 but excluding

  • Historical tour of Adam
  • Last Night at Crowne Plaza OCEC
  • Farewell dinner at Kargeen

Join us in the evening of day 1 at Adam

Leave us when we come off the Wahiba Sands at Bidayer on Day 7 approx 1300hrs 

Tour Dates*

Rocks, Sea and Sand runs during the winter, between October and April each year.

  • 16th-22nd October 2020 (provisional date)
  • 11th-18th December 2020 (provisional date)
  • 27th March-2nd April 2021
  • 17th-23rd October 2021
  • 26th March-1st April 2022
  • Other dates upon request

Other dates may be added; if you fill in our enquiry form we will email you updates

 

*subject to borders being open, tourist visas being issued

 

 

Day One

Package A and B:

  • Arrive in Muscat, any time before 1200hrs, collect hire car.
  • Coffee and pre-trip briefing.
  • Drive to the old city of Adam,
  • Historical Oasis Tour
  • Overnight at a genuine Omani Camel Farm (toilet & shower available)

Guests opting for package C (6 nights) should join us at Adam between 5 and 7pm

#oasis #glamping #camelfarm

Day Two

  • 200kms drive to our  desert entry point
  • This area, known as the Al Huqf (al Hoof) Escarpment is exceptionally remote
  • Dark skies at night ensures, subject to weather conditions, an amazing starscape.
  • 80km offroad wadi/plain driving til we reach our campspot

#rocks #fossils #darkskies #offroading #wadi

Day Three

  • Light breakfast at camp,
  • 100kms or so of offroad driving, including easy rock crawling, until we reach the road at Duqm.
  • Overnight accommodation in the beautiful Crowne Plaza Duqm 4* with dinner 

#rocks #fossils #offroading #remote

Day Four

  • Leave hotel around 0930hrs
  • Drive south to explore Fisherman’s beach
  • Head northwards to the white “Sugar Dunes” area
  • Overnight camp close to the beach
  • Dip your toes in the Indian Ocean!
  • Camp supper  

#rocks #fossils #offroading #remote

Day Five

  • Wake up and have a walk on the beach or a swim in the sea.
  •  We will have a further beach drive (subject to tidal conditions)
  • Catch the old ferry to Masairah Island (1hr 40mins crossing time)
  • Settle into our hotel then quick tour of Hilf town, try to catch the sunset behind a recumbent dhow

#beachdrive #ferry #masairahisland #vultures #goats

Day Six

  • Breakfast outside at local cafe and watch island go about its daily routine
  • Drive round the island, stopping at a beautiful beach for picnic lunch.
  • Catch the National Ferries Catamaran  back to the mainland approx 1500hrs,
  • Drive 70kms before entering the Wahiba Sands and driving approximately 25kms in the desert before stopping for the night.

#islandtour #wahibasands #desertcamping

Day Seven

  • A further 100kms driving through the Wahiba Sands until we reach Bidayah. 

  • Guests with their own 4×4 opting for 6 night package C will leave us here.
  • The rest of our party will take the road to Muscat, staying overnight at the Crowne Plaza OCEC. 
  • Farewell dinner at our favourite Arabic restaurant – Kargeen

 #desertdriving 

 

Day Eight

  • Hearty breakfast at hotel
  • Time to relax
  • Late checkout can normally be arranged

  #timetogohome

 

What’s Included/Pricing Tables

Empty Quarter Enterprises Ltd T/A Xpedition Arabia, 39/8 Hyvot View, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH17 8PQ

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Call/whatsapp us +971509478563   UK number +447565570827

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