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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 1600kms including 450kms offroad 
  • Estimated 28 hours behind the wheel, half of it offroad
  • 3 nights Hotel 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 6 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 Muscat
  • Farewell dinner at Rosna

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

  • Sunday 16th – Sunday 23rd October 2022
  • Saturday 25th March – Saturday 1st April 2023
  • Other dates upon request

Please note: children should be a minimum of 5 years old at the time of the trip.

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

**special new terms and conditions for UAE/Oman/Saudi Expats

Bookings for all dates open now

 

 

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Day One: Muscat to Adam

the old city of Adam
Ar Rahals garden
adam oasis
the newer part of adam
narrow oasis roads
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Join us before 12 noon at Muscat Airport where we’ll set you up with your Nissan Patrol Y62 (if you don’t have your own 4×4) and go through the essential controls. Next, once we’re all gathered, we’ll head for a coffee and a pre-trip briefing going over everything you need to know. Our convoy sets off for the old city of Adam where we’ll drive around the oasis showing you what a little water can do to bring life to the desert. Our overnight rest is at a camel farm, where we will camp but with all modern conveniences, where we’ll introduce you to some traditional Omani dishes.

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Day Two: Al Huqf Escarpment

the magnificent Al Huqf escarpment
fossils galore,
rudists
time for a picnic
perfect for photographers
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After a 100km road drive it’s time to leave the blacktop far behind. We’re heading for the Al Huqf Escarpment and our route takes us through some spectacular rockscapes where millennia of winds have carved the rocks into fantastic shapes. We’ll find a picturesque place to stop for a picnic lunch before heading further down the wadi. Having covered 80kms offroad, we’ll set up camp as the sun sets, cook our barbeque and wait for the night sky to fill with thousands of stars as we enjoy some tea and coffee in the inky blackness. 

so many rocks

Day Three: Al Huqf to Duqm

easy offroading
historic route
whats over there
water and clouds in the desert
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We’ll start the next day with a little breakfast before setting off for a 100km offroad drive not only covering gravel plains and tracks but tackling some easy rock crawling along the way. We’ll leave the canvas in the cars and enjoy the comforts offered by the Crowne Plaza at Duqm. Time to wash the sands from your hair, although best to do that in your room rather than at the poolside. After dinner, spend the time as you please, perhaps enjoying a walk along the shore enjoying the sea breeze.

We will encounter many seabirds

Day Four: Duqm to Barr Al Hickmann

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Today we’re heading for Barr Al Hickman via the Sugar Dunes after breakfast at the hotel. If the tides allow, we’ll get our group onto the beach and enjoy a drive over the damp sands. The rest of the day will be spent near the Indian Ocean Stopping for lunch; we’ll take a break to dip our toes in the water and cool off as the sun sinks low in the sky.  Overnight we will wild camp in the area known as the “Maldives of Oman”, have our camp supper and relax round the campfire. 

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Day Five: Masairah Island

traditional fishing boat
fresh catch
ghost crab
turtle tracks
sunset over dhows
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A leisurely start to the day with a walk along the beach or an early morning swim. Breakfast on the beach before we’re on the road again heading for the old ferry to sail us over to the island of Masairah. Disembarking, we’ll head for our hotel and settle in before heading out to catch the sunset over the tied-up dhows and the opportunity to sample some of the local seafood. 

beach all to ourselves

Day Six: Masairah To Sharquiya Sands

picnic time
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We’ll start the day with breakfast at a local café while we watch the islanders go about their daily business. Then we’re off again to drive round the island finding a shoreside spot for a picnic lunch. We’ll return to the ferry port but this time, catch the National Ferries catamaran for our return to the mainland. Our evening destination is the Wahiba Sands where we’ll have a short offroad drive to reach our camp spot and enjoy our evening meal in the quiet of the desert. 

photo op - camel caravan on the move

Day Seven : Sharqiya Sands to Muscat

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Time to pack away the tents for the last time as we cross the Wahiba Sands heading for Muscat. At Bidayah we’ll say farewell to our guests who’ve opted for the 6 night package, while the rest of us will head for the Mysk Al Mouj Hotel in Muscat. We’ll officially end our trip with a visit to the lovely Rozna Restaurant; Omani food served in a beautiful building reminiscent of an old fort. Time to exchange email addresses and share pictures taken along the way. 

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Day Eight: Wake Up in Muscat

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No more scheduled times to meet; enjoy breakfast at your leisure and relax at the poolside. We’ll arrange a late checkout if you want and wish you a safe trip home.

Oman Rocks, Sea and Sand What's Included

DetailsPackage APackage BPackage C
Hire of Nissan Patrol Y61yesnono
Extra Driver£60 eachn/an/a
Petrolyesnono
Airport Meet & Greetyesnono
Hire Car delivered/picked up to hotel£15 each wayn/an/a
Ferry faresyesyesyes
Camping Equipment Rentalyesoptionaloptional
Crowne Plaza OCEC/Duqmtwo nightstwo nightsone night
Hotel Apartment, Masairahyesyesyes
Glamping at Omani Farmyesyesyes
Wadi Campingone nightone nightone night
Beach Campingone nightone nightone night
Desert campingone nightone nightone night
Breakfasts, lunch, dinneryesyesyes
water, tea and coffeeyesyesyes
accompanied by Scottish Guideyesyesyes
Accompanied by Omani Guideyesyesyes
Oman Visanonono
Flightsnonono
Souvenirsnonono

Oman Rocks, Sea and Sand Accommodation and Catering

Oman Rocks, Sea and Sand Prices in USD (payment also possible in GBP, EUR, AED)

DetailsPackage APackage BPackage Ccomments
7 Nights including car hire7 nights with own car6 nights with own car
Two Adults in One car, sharing hotel rooms/tent4132 USD (equivalent to 2066 USD per person)*3146 USD (equivalent to 1573 USD per person)*2924 USD (equivalent to 1462 USD per person)**minimum charge is for 2 adults in one car
Children aged 5-11246 USD each**246 USD each**220 USD each****sharing existing bedding in hotels. One extra bed per room available for a small charge
1st Extra Adult** 678 USD ***678 USD ***568 USD ******extra bed in exisiting hotel room. Separate rooms available for a supplement
2nd Extra Adult851 USD ****851 USD ****629 USD ********cars with 4 adults in them will have two rooms allocated to them
Payment Options: Mastercard/visa in GBP/EUR/AED OR Bank transfer in GBP

Oman Rocks, Sea and Sand Prices in AED

DetailsPackage APackage BPackage Ccomments
7 Nights including car hire7 nights with own car6 nights with own car
Two Adults in One car, sharing hotel rooms/tent15178 AED (equivalent to 7589 AED per person)*11554 AED (equivalent to 5777 AED per person)*10738 AED (equivalent to 5369 AED per person)**minimum charge is for 2 adults in one car
Children aged 5-11901 AED each**901 AED each**811 AED each****sharing existing bedding in hotels. One extra bed per room available for a small charge
1st Extra Adult** 2492 AED ***2492 AED ***2084 AED ******extra bed in exisitng hotel room. Separate rooms available for a supplement
2nd Extra Adult3126 AED ****3126 AED ****2310 AED ********cars with 4 adults in them will have two rooms allocated to them
Payment Options: Mastercard/visa in GBP/EUR/AED/USDOR Bank transfer in GBP

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