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Oman and Dubai: An Arabian Adventure
Commences Dubai 15 November and ends Dubai 30 November 2020

  • Muttrah Corniche, Muscat, Oman
    Muttrah Corniche, Muscat, Oman
  • Nakhal Fort
    Nakhal Fort
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
  • Program Status Postponed until 2021
  • Price $9,440
  • Program Code GCTOMA20
  • Single Supplement $2,620
  • Activity Rating Moderate
  • Program Leader TBA

Tour Itinerary

  • 15 Nights
    • 3 Dubai
    • 2 Khasab
    • 2 Muscat
    • 1 Ras Al Hadd
    • 1 Wahiba Sands
    • 2 Jebel Akhdar
    • 1 Hail Al Shas
    • 3 Salalah

Commences Dubai 15 November and ends Dubai 30 November 2020

 Tour Highlights

  • Explore Dubai, including a visit to the dazzling gold souk and spice market and chance to absorb the amazing architecture of Dubai with a visit the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building
  • Discover nearby Abu Dhabi and a visit to the impressive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
  • Cruise the spectacular fjords of Musandam Peninsula at the northern tip of Oman on a traditional dhow
  • Stay in Muscat, the capital of Oman, nestled between rugged mountains and the Arabian Sea, with visits to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, lively Mutrah Souk and grandiose Royal Opera House 
  • Enjoy a guided excursion to the beach of Ras Al Jinz to see giant sea turtles nestle in the sand.
  • Travel the scenic mountain road to the Jebel Akhdar, the ‘green jewej’ of the Al Hajjar Mountain Range and admire the breathtaking scenery of dramatic peaks and deep gorges.
  • Visit Jabreen Castle in Nizwa, the most striking castle in Oman
  • Venture into the Wahiba Sands region to visit a Bedouin village and learn about these nomadic tribes
  • Experience Salalah’s temperate climate in southern Oman surrounded by spectacular mountains and pristine white beaches

Tour Overview

From the desert sands to the ultra-modern cities, lush oases to man- made islands, we encounter the Arabian Peninsula in all its traditions and contrasts. We hear tales from a Thousand and One Nights come to life on this intriguing journey from the enchanting Sultanate of Oman through to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE.

Home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, Oman is steeped in history. Our journey commences in the north, where the mountains rise straight out of the sea, giving rise to a fjord-like coastline. We next visit Muscat, Oman's confident, low-rise capital, home to the breathtaking Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, wonderful Mutrah Souk, 16th century fortresses and the grandiose Royal Opera House.

Heading inland to the spectacular Wahiba Sands, a long and narrow strip of high dunes and woodlands located along an unspoilt coastline of eastern Oman, we travel through scenic mountain villages and visit Wadi Bani Khalid, considered to be one of Oman's most beautiful valleys. We also view the oasis city of Nizwa, once the ancient Omani capital, in an important agricultural region, where we visit the city's imposing Fort, as well as Jabreen Castle, high in the Jebel Akhdhar Mountains.

In Dubai, we learn about the city's amazing architecture, including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. We have the opportunity to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the 124th floor. We also visit the dazzling gold souk, take a ride on a monorail, see the massive new Dubai Marina, and view the Palm Islands. In nearby Abu Dhabi, we visit the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Our 15-night program is designed to learn about traditional crafts, local cuisine, ancient and modern architecture, and sacred landmarks of the Arabian Peninsula. 

This fascinating program is restricted to 16 participants.

Tour Inclusions

    • 14 nights in en-suite hotel accommodation
    • 1 night in an exotic tent with Bedouin
    • Typical local breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
    • 3 internal flights: Khasab - Muscat, Muscat - Salalah, Salalah - Dubai
    • Touring by comfortable coaches, mini-coach and 4WD
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Visa fees, applicable entry fees and services of local guides
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet


This program includes places which can only be explored on foot and where walking tours may be a little longer and not always on the flat. Accommodation may have some stairs and or have some rooms which may involve some walking to access.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover bet­ter the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.
If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Make an Enquiry

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining and make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD14).
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.co.nz. If you prefer you can fax your form to +44 (0) 1494 431 144, or post it to our New Zealand postal address at:

  Golden Compass, P O Box 3452 Shortland St. Auckland 1140, New Zealand.

Please note we require a deposit of NZD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 70 days prior to the start of your program or programs in the UK, Europe, North Africa or Asia. 

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 70 days prior to the start of your tour. 

If you need any assistance please call our Freephone number on 0800 132 385.