Adventure, Culture and Luxury in Wild Arabia

If the BBC’s Wild Arabia series has fired up your taste for a Middle Eastern adventure then look no further than Corinthian Travel’s private Oman tours.  Corinthian Travel are one of the UK’s leading tour operators to Oman where we offer luxury tailor-made tours complete with private guides and accommodation at some of Oman’s best hotels.

Rub Al Khali, Oman
Rub Al Khali, Oman

Corinthian Travel’s 8-day Classic Oman Tour closely reflects the most recent screening of Wild Arabia and highlights include two nights in Muscat at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, spending two nights under canvas in the Wahiba Sands (a genuine Thesiger-style desert experience, crossing the sands to the coast at Ras Al Ruwais), attending the lively weekly Camel market and Bedouin market at the village of Sinaw, plus the weekly Cattle market at the cultural capital, Nizwa.

The Classic Oman Tour also offers a chance to discover hidden villages on a guided walk through the Jebel Akhdar Mountains, to peer down Oman’s Grand Canyon of Wadi Nakhr (over 1,000 m deep) on Oman’s highest peak Jebel Shams (3,009 m), a dramatic off-road drive through the mountains, a walk through the mudbrick village and oasis of Al Hamra, a visit to a living museum in the 400 year old Bait Al Safah House (where traditional domestic skills are demonstrated) and an opportunity to go dolphin spotting in the Gulf of Oman or diving in the Damaniyat Islands (near Muscat).

Green Turtle, Ras Al Jinz, Oman
Green Turtle, Ras Al Jinz, Oman

An exciting tailor-made option which could be added to the Classic Oman Tour is a visit to the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. Ras al-Jinz is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on the Indian Ocean.  Here, thousands of turtles  return annually to the beach where they hatched  to lay their eggs thereby creating what is arguably the finest natural spectacle in Oman. Turtles visit Ras Al Jinz beach throughout the year with July being the peak month for egg laying and September through to November the best months for seeing both hatching and laying.

If you are intrigued by the idea of experiencing a lush and verdant Arabia complete with lush grassy meadows, running streams, waterfalls and mountains swathed in thick mists, a visit to Oman’s southern province of Dhofar is a must.  In many ways, Dhofar is one of

Dhofar during the Khareef
Dhofar during the Khareef

the most curious parts of Arabia as by a climatic quirk the monsoon touches the province between June and August (a season known as the ‘khareef’) transforming what would otherwise be a total desert into a semi-tropical land.

Oman is ‘Wild Arabia’ at its finest and is a hugely rewarding destination to discover.  The Classic Oman Tour costs from £1650 pp (two sharing), which includes 8-nights’ B&B in luxury hotels and a desert camp (plus 3 lunches and 4 dinners), all land transportation, entrance fees and private tours with a guide throughout. Flight-inclusive prices and tailor-made Oman tours are available on request. Other recommended private Oman tours are suggested on the Corinthian website.