Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change.

DAY 0 - Tuesday , Feb 5 - Arrival day

Airport pickup in Salalah(arrival times vary based on flight times)

Overnight: Salalah / Juweira or similar
Transport: Private Bus

DAY 1 - Wednesday, February 6 - Dhofar - Salalah City

Lecture #1 - Anthropology of Oman - Dr Jeff Rose

Al Baleed - We start with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Baleed, a medieval port that was once part of the vast Indian Ocean trading network.

Haffa Souq - After a quick stop for a refreshing coconut water straight from the source, our next location is the Haffa Souq.

MEAL 1 - Welcome lunch aboard Omani Dhow

Dinner at your leisure / not included

Overnight: Salalah / Juweira or similar
Transport: Private Bus

DAY 2 - Thursday, February 7 - Dhofar - Coast & Mountains

Wadi Darbat - Start the day on a picturesque walk through the lush green Wadi Darbat valley, a favorite for all the locals, including camels, cows, and goats.

Ancient Port of Khor Rori - Khor Rori is a freshwater estuary at the mouth of Wadi Darbat, upon whose banks towers the ancient city of Sumhurrum.

MEAL 2 - Lunch / picnic lunch

MEAL 3 - Dinner / The Oasis Club - the favorite hangout for archaeologists and expats in Salalah

Overnight: Salalah / Juweira or similar
Transport: 4WDs

DAY 3 - Friday, February 8 - Dhofar - Nejd Plateau

Lecture #2 - Prehistory of Oman - Dr. Jeff Rose

Nejd Plateau - Off-roading through a canyon, along the way we'll see prehistoric stone tool workshop sites reaching back tens of thousands of years

Triliths - mysterious stone monuments leftover from the Iron Age frankincense trade.

Ribkhut - a small village and home of our Mahri guide and his tribesmen, to experience local cuisine, music, dancing, and storytelling.

MEAL 4 - Lunch / picnic lunch

MEAL 5 - BBQ Dinner with Mahri Tribe

Overnight: Salalah / Juweira or similar
Transport: 4WDs

DAY 4 - Saturday, February 9 - Dhofar/Muscat - Travel Day

Lecture #3 - Neolithic Mythologies / Lost people of Aad - Dr Jeff Rose

Tomb of Job - Visit the alleged burial site of the profit Job up in the hills overlooking the city of Salalah, before catching early evening flight to Muscat.

MEAL 6 - Lunch / Restaurant Salalah

MEAL 7 - Group Dinner at the hotel / Included

Overnight: Muscat / Muscat Hills Resort
Transport: Salalah & Muscat Bus, Airplane

DAY 5 - Sunday, February 10 - Muscat - Rest Day

Optional included Activities: Wadi Shab hike, Snorkeling, dolphin trip

Optional extra activities: Scuba Diving, Opera House, Henna for ladies

This is a free day to rest. Spend the day with a good book under the shade of a palm tree on the beach.

For anyone interested, Jeff will take a group on a moderately difficult hike up the Wadi Shab, ending in a spectacular waterfall inside an underwater cave.

MEAL 8 - Lunch or Dinner at the hotel included (at your leisure)

Overnight: Muscat Hills Resort
Transport: Bus

Day 6 - Monday, February 11 - Muscat - Souq and Museum

Qantab - Start the morning with a visit to the nearby fishing village and say hello to local fishermen.

Mutrah Port - the waterfront area with itspicturesque townhouses and bustling souq.

Mutrah Souq - Where travelers will be free to wander the labyrinthine alleyways.

Lunch / not included - there are plenty of cafes and small restaurants in Mutrah to chose from

Old Muscat - Which houses both the Sultan's Palace and the newly built National Museum.

MEAL 9 - Dinner / Sultans Restaurant at the Opera House

Overnight: Muscat Hills Resort
Transport: Bus

DAY 7 - Tuesday, February 12 - Muscat / Nizwa / Hajar Mountains

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque - a personal tour led by local volunteers to present Oman's peaceful sect of Islam called Ibadism.

Nizwa - The old capital of Oman

Wadi Tanuf - Rock art site, where a mural of five thousand year old petroglyphs lies hidden behind an ancient waterfall.

Jebel Shams - After Wadi Tanuf, we continue our way up into Jebel Shams - The mountain of the sun.

MEAL 10 - Lunch / Restaurant in Nizwa

MEAL 11 - Dinner at the hotel / Included

Overnight: The View Hotel, Jebel Shams
Transport: 4WD

DAY 8 - Wednesday, February 13 - Hajar Mountains

Misfat al Abryeen - a traditional mountain village located in Jebel Shams.

Wadi Al Ain - Archaeological site, which is a series of Bronze Age tombs nearly perfectly preserved along the ridge of a narrow hill.

MEAL 12 - Lunch / Local Restaurant / Bahla

MEAL 13 - Dinner at the hotel / Included

Overnight: The View Hotel, Jebel Shams
Transport: 4WD

Day 9 - Thursday, February 14 - Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Desert - our final night amongst the Arabian sands.

Sinaw - A Market Town that every Thursday, Bedu and mountain folk travel here to sell or buy their livestock.

MEAL 14 - Lunch / Restaurant in Al Wasil or similar

MEAL 15 - Dinner at Desert Nights Camp

Overnight: Wahiba Desert, Desert Nights Camp
Transport: 4WD

Day 10 - Friday, February 15 - Wahiba Sands - Late checkout from the camp - Departure Day

Sunrise Camel Safari - travelers can chose the sunrise or sunset (the night before) safari.

Departure to Muscat

Stop at the boatyard in Sur on the way

MEAL 16 - Lunch Sur / Local Restaurant

MEAL 17 - Farewell Dinner in Muscat

Distance to Muscat - 200km - around 3h
Overnight: Muscat near airport
Transport: 4WD

About

The Archaeology Channel Tours: Cultural Wonders of Oman

An Educational Tour Designed for Archaeological Legacy Institute (ALI)

Led by National Geographic Exporer Dr. Jeff Rose


This 11-day tour crosses Oman to seldom-seen but fascinating cultural (and natural!) wonders. Lodgings are high-end, even in the Desert Camp. The journey will begin in Salalah, the old, charming, capital of Dhofar Province, with a lecture about Oman by Dr. Rose, followed by a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Baleed, a port once linked to the vast medieval Indian Ocean trading network.

The Land of Frankincense Museum will give a taste of the rich archaeological history of southern Arabia, lunch will be aboard an Omani dhow, and we'll visit the Souq to pick up some frankincense. Day 2 begins with natural wonders and takes us to Sumhurrum, the heart of the Iron Age frankincense trade. Then we off-road to see stone tool workshop sites tens of thousands of years old, mysterious Iron Age stone monuments, and a Mahri village to experience local cuisine, dancing, and storytelling.

After seeing the Tomb of Job, we fly to Muscat, Oman's capital and our base for more adventures and optional activities (e.g., hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, dolphin watching, opera house). Muscat stops include a fishing village, the waterfront area, the Souq, the Sultan's Palace, the National Museum, and the Grand Mosque. Then we drive into the interior, stopping in Nizwa, the old Omani capital, and off-road into breathtaking Wadi Tanuf Canyon to an enigmatic site where a mural of 5000-year-old petroglyphs lies hidden behind an ancient waterfall.

We spend two nights at a hotel nestled on the side of a mountain, overlooking the plain a thousand meters below. From here, we explore a mountain village, visit spectacular Bronze Age tombs and stop at a medieval fort with a reputation for black magic. Our path then takes us through a local market town and into sands of the Wahiba Desert, where we camp and enjoy a camel ride and dinner under the stars.

Our final day leads through the boatyard in the legendary port city of Sur, where traditional wooden vessels are still built, before our return to Muscat and a farewell dinner.

Lodgings: 4-star & 5-star hotels and 5-star Desert Camp

Meals: All breakfasts plus 16 meals included (lunches & dinners as per itinerary)


Total Price: $6500 - $6700 depending on number of participants. (assuming double occupancy; single lodging fee $800 will be added)

Registration fee: $1000 to ALI by registration deadline of November 8th, 2018. (included in total price)

Costs not included: tourist visa, personal travel insurance, airfare to & from Oman, alcoholic beverages.

Date: February 5 - 15, 2019

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