Silversea Luxury Cruises A MUSCAT

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Muscat, Oman
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Muscat, Oman

Oman’s capital rests overlooking the coast of the Gulf of Oman, tucked away among the country’s mountains. Discover a city surrounded by neat gardens - with streets lined by palm trees and crumbling Portuguese forts providing a tangible link to the past. Explore an elegant array of domes, minarets and marbled Arabic archways, as you’re immersed in a city where a traditional conservative outlook mingles with a pragmatic modern approach. Despite a relative boom in recent years, Muscat has clung to its old-world Arabian charm. View more

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the main mosque and an iconic landmark of Muscat. No fewer than 20,000 people cram inside below its towering minaret, which soars upwards for a stunning 90 metres. In the evening, lights shine on the exterior, and the dome glows like a mirage floating above the city’s rooftops. White and grey marble gleams inside, and you won’t miss the showpiece chandelier - which weighs in at a staggering eight tonnes. The handwoven carpet is no less impressive, created using 1.7 million knots. The Mutrah area is rich with local culture. Wander among the groaning tables of the lively fish market and busy Mutrah souk. Mutrah Fort was constructed during the Portuguese occupation of the 16th century and offers views back down over the harbour. Things can get a little sticky in this humid climate, so head to the beach to enjoy a gentle breeze and unwind. Nearby, you’ll find plenty of indulgent stretches of soft sand, met by pristine water. Swim with fish and turtles or relax below the palm trees. Or take a cruise to spot spinner dolphins playing in the waters offshore.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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ATHENS (Piraeus) A DUBAI
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    nov 05 2020
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DUBAI A MUMBAI
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    nov 22 2020
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    9 Días
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    Silver Spirit
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ATHENS (Piraeus) A DUBAI
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Excursiones en MUSCAT

Arabian Night Experience in the Dunes

Indulge your senses with the expansive beauty of the Wadi Abhyad Dunes during this scenic and exhilarating, half-day, dune-bashing evening excursion with dinner.


Muscat, Wadi Abhyad Dunes, Dunes by Al Nahda Resort

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive by 4x4 jeep to the Wadi Abhyad Dunes. The sand dunes here remain pristine and wild, and all care is being taken to maintain their unspoilt beauty. The Wadi Abhyad Dunes are a favourite among the Omani locals, families and expatriates for the day outs, night grills and adventure-seeking experiences they offer. Dunes by Al Nahda Resort is set to welcome all guests who wish to discover this unique destination.


Wadi Abhyad Dune-Bashing, Private Barbecue Dinner at the Dunes by Al Nadha Resort

Upon arrival at the Wadi Abhyad, your driver takes you for a scenic and exhilarating 'dune-bashing' ride around the dunes. Following your exciting dune-ride, a barbecue dinner is served at the dunes. After dinner, re-board your 4x4 jeep and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Dolphin Watch & Snorkeling Adventure

While Muscat offers numerous cultural attractions, the rugged coastline and sparkling waters are equally appealing. During this water-oriented outing, spend approximately two hours looking for wild dolphins and other marine life, with an hour to snorkel.


Leaving the port, a 20-minute drive brings you to the Marina Bander Al Rowdha where the boat stands ready for boarding. Head out to sea in search of dolphins known to frequent this area. Watching their playful antics is a thrilling experience. If lucky, you may catch a glimpse one of the many species of whales that can be found a short distance from Muscat's rugged coast.


Next, cruise to Bander Khiran where the boat drops anchor at a spot known for its colourful coral beds inhabited by large varieties of exotic fish. From the boat, enjoy easy access into the water to swim and snorkel amidst this wonderful sea world.


Then, relax on the return cruise to the marina, where the coach is ready to take you back to Port Qaboos and the ship.

Grand Mosque & Al Hazm Fort

Visit one of Muscat's most impressive sites, the Grand Mosque, and discover the beauty of the Omani countryside on this full-day outing to Nakhl Fort.


Depart from the port and head directly to the Grand Mosque for a visit to this splendid house of worship.


Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Construction on the mosque complex began in early 1995 and was completed six years later. Inauguration followed in May 2001 by His Majesty the Sultan. The invested patronage of Sultan Qaboos plus his instructions to the team overseeing the project at the Diwan of the Royal Court, has endorsed the spiritual and architectural role of the largest mosque in Oman, able to accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. Then, proceed with the drive past the airport and along the Batinah Coast.


Barkha Fish Market

Arriving at the small town of Barkha, stop for a brief walk through the fish market to see an interesting display of the freshly caught fish and seafood. There is time if you wish to take a stroll along the beach or check out the local souq with its general purpose products.


Al Hazm Fort, Nakhl Springs & Lunch

Al Hazm Castle is one of the most magnificent castles in Oman. Located in Al Rustaq in Al Batinah Governorate, about 160 km away from Muscat, the designer of this castle is Imam Sultan bin Saif al Yarubi. Al Hazm Castle is a fortified structure and at the same time it was a palace in which the Imam live in. Leaving the fort, proceed to the nearby Nakhl Springs, a tranquil oasis surrounded by green vegetation and framed by the majestic Jebel Mountains. Following a short stop here, depart for the Al Nahda Resort (or similar) where a buffet lunch of international specialties is served.


At the conclusion of your tour, re-boarch your coach and transfer back to the pier.

Omani Culinary & Cooking Experience

Discover the secrets to preparing delicious Omani cuisine during this interactive, half-day culinary excursion with lunch.


Muscat, Muttrah Fish & Vegetable Market, Shopping for Fish & Produce, Muttrah Souk, Spices

Depart the pier with your chef/guide for the short transfer to the Muttrah Fish & Vegetable Market. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the market. Along the way, you can choose from the fresh produce and catch-of-the-day; your chef/guide recommends to you the best local fish varieties. Afterward, a brief stop is made at the Muttrah Souq to purchase local spices before heading to the National Hospitality Institute.


National Hospitality Institute, Interactive Cooking Class, Lunch

Upon arrival, begin your interactive cooking class utilising the ingredients you have purchased from the market. These fun-filled, hands-on and informative classes were designed to enhance your culinary skills and confidence in the kitchen. In addition, take an opportunity to meet with the Omani students at the Institute and interact with them during the cooking session. Following your memorable cooking class, enjoy a lunch consisting of the seafood and other dishes you have helped to prepare. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your minivan and commence the short drive back to the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Muscat at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Muscat at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Muscat at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Muscat at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Splendors of Muscat

Get a first-hand introduction to Oman's capital, an exciting mix of medieval, traditional and modern architecture that lends Muscat an ambiance all of its own.


Meet your guide on the pier, board the coach and drive directly to the Grand Mosque.


Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Construction on the mosque complex began in early 1995 and was completed six years later. Inauguration followed in May 2001 by His Majesty the Sultan. The invested patronage of Sultan Qaboos plus his instructions to the team overseeing the project at the Diwan of the Royal Court, has endorsed the spiritual and architectural role of the largest mosque in Oman, able to accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. The whole interior is panelled with off-white and dark grey marble. The ceilings are inspired by those of Omani forts and a Swarovski crystal chandelier with gold-plated metalwork hangs down for a length of 46 feet (14 metres). Your visit to this splendid house of worship will be an impressive experience. Please note mosque can only be viewed from the inside in the morning and on days other than Fridays/religious holidays.


Re-join the coach and continue to the Kargeen Café for refreshments.


Muttrah Souq

This colourful market, boasting scores of traditional shops, is one of the most frequented spots in Muscat. During a stroll through the narrow alleys, experience the unique atmosphere and see many authentic items, including frankincense, exotic perfumes, gold and silver jewellery, handicrafts in copper and camel bone, Omani designer products, and antiques (items over 50 years olds cannot be exported). A visit here is a mind-boggling experience.


Then, heading toward the old town, visit one of Muscat's most outstanding museums.


Bait Al Zubair

This museum contains one of Oman's finest and most comprehensive collections of artefacts from all over the Sultanate. Built in 1914 by Sheikh Al Zubair bin Ali, it was opened as a museum in 1998 by his son Mohammed Al Zubair as an integral part of the city's heritage. The museum is an important showcase for traditional Omani crafts and culture. Displays include antique jewellery, costumes, domestic utensils, Omani weaponry and recreated urban and rural environments.


Old Town & Al Alam Royal Palace

Following your visit to the museum, the guide leads you on a walk through the winding streets of the old town. The main attraction is the Al Alam Royal Palace. Nestled between the Al Jalali and Al Mirani Forts, the palace's fairy-tale façade of gold and blue pillars make it one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. As the official estate of Oman's ruler, no inside visit is possible. However, seen from the gate the view of the exterior is quite impressive and you are welcomed to take photos.


At the end of your walk, re-join the coach for your way back to Port Qaboos and the ship.

Traditional Dhow Cruise

Experience the waters around Muscat as the ancient mariners did on this half-day cruise aboard a traditional dhow.


The sight of the graceful sail of the dhow is synonymous with being in an exotic and far away land. For thousands of years Omanis have plied a sea-trading thoroughfare on trusty Dhows, their travels stretching north to Mesopotamia, east to India, and southwest to Africa.


From the pier, a 20-minute drive brings you to the Marina Bandar Al Rowdha and your awaiting dhow. The 'Lubna' provides interior and exterior seating. Indoors, overlooking the sea is an Arabic style saloon with stained glass windows and outside is 'majlis' or Arabic-style floor seating, all surrounded in traditional Omani ambience. The voyage is a carefully selected route along old Muscat, taking in scenes of Omani history from Portuguese architecture at the cornice to the modern wonders of the Al Alam Palace.


During the cruise, fresh dates, Omani coffee, and assorted soft drinks are offered. After the two-hour journey return to the marina where you are transferred back to the port to re-join the ship.

Wadi Walk & Jeep Adventure

Experience Oman's scenic beauty during this full-day adventure by 4x4 with pic-nic lunch.


Scenic Drive by 4x4, Bimah Sinkhole, Wadi Tiwi

Depart the pier by 4x4 for your approximate one hour scenic drive along the coast. Arrive at Bimah Sinkhole, a limestone crater of turquoise waters, it is 50 by 70 meters wide and approximately 20 meters deep. The sinkhole was formed by a collapse of the surface layer due to dissolution of the underlying limestone. However, locals used to believe this sinkhole in the shape of a water well was created by a meteorite hence the Arabic name Hawiyyat Najm which means 'the deep well of the falling star'. Enjoy a quick stop at spectacular Wadi Tiwi for photo opportunity. Wadi Tiwi offers another variant of those deep gorges cut in the mountains and running to the sea: capture in your pictures the pools of emerald waters, the old villages and lush plantations.


Wadi Shab & Picnic Lunch

Proceed to the pretty Wadi Shab. It is a very popular outdoor attraction for both locals and tourists. Upon arrival, begin your walk right up to the source of the Wadi through lush green plantations of lemons, banana, and dates. The fairly easy walk on a rocky path is dotted with pools and waterfalls. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the nature and relax your mind in these serene surroundings.


After lunch, commence one and half hour drive back to the ship.

Programas en tierra en MUSCAT

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Oman Desert Camp Experience

The Gulf of Oman desert and semi-desert, a coastal ecoregion located on the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, features a diverse mix of habitats, including mangrove swamps, lagoons, dunes, and mudflats on the coast. Inland are gravelly plains and savanna, with thorny acacia trees in the foreground of the Musandam and Al Hajar mountains. In addition to its expansive nature splendour, this ecoregion offers a unique opportunity to experience the Bedouin lifestyle by embracing its people and traditions. Experience the spectacular natural beauty and Bedouin lifestyle of the Oman Desert in a unique new way during this fun-filled and exciting overland adventure, and an evening under the stars. After disembarking the ship in Muscat, you are met and transferred to the Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in Oman. Following a guided tour, visit the picturesque Wadi Arabayeen, with its deep pools of water set among the date palms, and Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue-green-coloured water at the bottom. Next, proceed for an Arabic lunch at the Sur Plaza Hotel in Sur, then visit to a traditional dhow-building factory. Your tour continues with a scenic and exhilarating dune-ride at the beautiful and expansive Wahiba Sands. Afterward, transfer to the 1,000-Night Camp for check-in and some free time before heading out for a spectacular sunset dune-ride. Following your dune-ride, return to the camp for a barbecue dinner and an overnight stay in a Sheikh Tent at the 1,000-Night Camp. After breakfast the next morning, check-out, board your 4WD vehicle and return to Wahiba Sands, home to the traditional Bedouins. Upon arrival, stop by a local Bedouin home for coffee and a unique opportunity to interact with a local family. Following your visit, proceed for an Arabic lunch at the 'Kargeen' restaurant in Muscat. After lunch, your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Two with transfer to the port of Mina Sultan Qaboos. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


01MIDMCT-A: Oman Desert Camp Experience

Duration: 1.5 Day/1 Night

Departs from: Muscat

Re-join ship: Muscat

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Land Adventure is a small group luxury tour, providing bespoke cultural and sightseeing experiences. We limit the tour to a small group in order to ensure your experience is a high-quality one. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If the program fills up, you'll be accommodated on a space-available basis. Advanced booking is required at least 90 days prior to sailing date via Silversea Reservations. We suggest booking early to secure your spot(s).

Please be advised that a minimum number of participants is required for this program to run as described. In rare cases when the minimum number of participants is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at an increased rate based on private arrangements or to cancel your specific departure for a refund. The self-cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, is 90 days or sooner to initial sailing date at the rate of 100% program fare per person. The payment for your Land Adventure is due in full on the same date as your final payment due for your cruise. Per Silversea's general payment terms, bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner.

All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 120 days of sailing, with the exception of cancellation by Silversea. Our family-friendly land programs require adult accompaniment of any guests under the age of 18. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your land program runs as described. Our local operators reserve the right to modify tour sequence, sites visited and venues mentioned due to operational reasons.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Oman Visa. Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Oman. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is Omani Rial; however Euros and US dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. (There is no shopping stop planned during the program.)




DAY ONE - Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Muscat/Grand Mosque/Wadi Arbayeen/Sur/Dhow Factory/Wahiba Sands


Transfer to the Grand Mosque, and a guided walking tour inside the mosque

After disembarking the ship and immigration clearance, meet your guide, board your 4WD vehicle and transfer to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the nation. The instructions for building the Grand Mosque were issued by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The invested patronage of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, accompanied by his instructions to the team overseeing the project at the Diwan of the Royal Court, has endorsed the spiritual and architectural role of the Grand Mosque in marked tribute to the distinguished and noble Islamic heritage. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the Grand Mosque's interior.


Visit to the picturesque Wadi Arabayeen and spectacular Bimah Sinkhole

Leaving the Grand Mosque, re-board your jeeps and continue on for a visit to the picturesque Wadi Arabayeen, with its deep pools of water set among the date palms. Following your visit, head to the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue-green-coloured water at the bottom.


Arabic lunch at the Sun Plaza Hotel in Sur, and a visit to a traditional dhow-building factory

Next, proceed to Sur for an Arabic lunch at the Sur Plaza Hotel. After lunch, transfer to Wahiba for a brief stop at a traditional dhow (wooden ship-building) factory; Sur is famous for its dhow-building.


Scenic and exhilarating dune-riding at the beautiful and expansive Wahiba Sands

Following your visit, re-board your 4WD vehicle and head to the Wahiba Sands. The Wahiba Sands is a long, narrow strip of high dunes and sketchy woodland approximately 110 miles (about 177 kilometres) from north-to-south, and approximately 50 miles (about 80 kilometres) from east-to-west along the pristine coastline of eastern Oman. Upon arrival at the edge of the desert, deflate your tires and begin your fun-filled and exciting dune-ride. Afterward, transfer to the 1,000-Night Camp.

The 1,000-Night Camp

The 1,000-Night Camp features very authentic, Bedouin-style tents with attached toilet and shower, and an open view to the sky. The 'Sheikh' tent is one of our traditional Bedouin tents, and made with the original wool of goats and sheep to offer guests a taste of elegant Bedouin living in the desert. The 'Sheikh' tent is equipped with a dim electric lamp, and an electric-charging plug for camera, mobile phones and laptops. Table and chairs are also available to enjoy the camp's romantic atmosphere under the green tree outside the tent.


Late-afternoon check-in, free time and a sunset dune-ride

Following check-in and some free time to relax, meet your guide and depart for some sunset dune-driving. During this scenic and exhilarating, roller coaster-like ride over the dunes, discover why the ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer's delight.


Barbecue dinner under the stars at the 1,000-Night Camp

Following this unforgettable sunset dune-ride, return to the 1,000-Night Camp for some free time to freshen-up before dinner. This evening, the wafting aromas of a barbecued meal being prepared greet your arrival prior to sitting down for a relaxing dinner under the stars.


Overnight in a Sheikh Tent at the 1,000-Night Camp - Wahiba Sands


Please note: Proper attire is required to enter the mosques; women must wear modest clothing that covers the body and head, including the hair. Arms and legs must be covered to the wrists and ankles, and one must also take a scarf to cover your head. Men must wear modest clothing befitting the sanctity of the mosque. Shorts, transparent/see-through clothing, shorts and skirts, sleeveless shirts, clothing with profanity, tight clothing, swimwear, and beachwear are not permitted inside the mosque. Food, drinks and smoking are strictly prohibited. Slip-on shoes are recommended, as guests are required to remove their shoes before they enter the mosque. The Grand Mosque is open Saturday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. only. The dhow factory is closed on Fridays.



DAY TWO - Friday, November 27, 2020 - Wahiba Sands/Bedouin House/Muscat/Kargeen Café/Mina Sultan Qaboos


Breakfast, a drive to Wahiba Sands and visit to a local Bedouin home

After breakfast at the 1,000-Night Camp, check-out, board your 4WD vehicle and return to Wahiba Sands, home to the traditional Bedouins. Those who choose to live in the harsh desert environment of Wahiba Sands must be hardy and resilient to tolerate its harsh climate, and the Bedu are just that. Today, over 3,000 Bedu of varying tribal origins live here amidst the woodland on the fringes of the sands. Upon arrival at the Wahiba Sands, a visit is made to a local Bedouin home for coffee and a unique opportunity to interact with a local family.


Arabic lunch at the Kargeen restaurant in Muscat, and a transfer to the pier and ship

Following your visit, proceed for an Arabic lunch at the Kargeen restaurant in Muscat. After lunch, transfer to the port of Mina Sultan Qaboos. Upon arrival, embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, bumpy, rocky, sandy, grassy, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the 4WD vehicles and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket for cool weather after sunset. The visit to the mosque requires both ladies and gentlemen to have their legs and ankles totally covered and wear long sleeve shirts/blouses. Ladies also need to bring a scarf to cover their head. Shoes must be removed at the entrance to the mosque; bring socks for comfort. Any food, drinks, and smoking are strictly prohibited at the Grand Mosque. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


The local currency is the Omani Rial (OMR); however, US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (a shopping stop is not planned during this programme).


Programme Includes:

  • One-night stay in a Sheikh Tent at the 1,000-Night Camp - Wahiba Sands
  • One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner with drinks included
  • Arabic lunch at the Sur Plaza Hotel in Sur
  • Day and sunset dune-riding via 4WD vehicles at Wahiba Sands
  • Barbecue dinner at the 1,000-Night Camp
  • Visit to a local Bedouin home for coffee and interaction with a local family
  • Arabic lunch at the Kargeen restaurant in Muscat
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: The Best of Oman Discovery

From the peaks of its towering mountains to the depths of its scenic valleys, and from its expansive deserts to its coastal ecoregion on the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf, Oman offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to explore the wonderfully diverse topography, history and traditional village life of this scenic Arabian nation. After disembarking the ship, your one-night overland adventure begins with a drive to the expansive Nizwa Souq, one of the oldest souqs in the country. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to browse the endless array of items at your leisure. After a shopping stop here, take a guided tour the Nizwa Fort, an amazing example of old Omani architecture. Following a document check at Wadi Al Madeen, transfer to the verdant, towering Jebel Al Akhdar, the green jewel of the Al Hajjar Mountain range. Upon arrival, take in spectacular panoramic vistas of surrounding mountains, valleys and natural springs, then proceed for lunch at the Sama Al Jebel Akhdar Hotel. After lunch, brief stops are made at the villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib and Al Ain en route to The View, a luxury eco-resort tucked away in a picturesque valley high above sea level. Following dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast at The View, check-out, meet your guide and visit the pretty mountain village of Misfah, then head for a guided tour of Jabrin Castle, the finest castle in Oman. Next, stop by Wadi Nakher and the terraced farming village of Wadi Ghul en route to Jebel Shams, which features the highest peak in the Jebel Akhdar Mountain range, and offers spectacular panoramic vistas of your surrounds. Upon arrival at Jebel Shams, proceed for lunch at a local hotel. After lunch, your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Two with a transfer to Muscat, and the port of Mina Sultan Qaboos. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


The Best of Oman Discovery

Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Departs from: Muscat

Re-join ship: Muscat

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.

VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Oman. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is the Omani Rial (OMR); local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in larger shops and hotels (a shopping stop is not planned during this programme).


Experience the spectacular mountains, wadis and villages of Oman during this unforgettable, one-night overland adventure.


DAY ONE - 18 March 2020 (Wednesday) - Muscat/Nizwa Fort & Souq/Birkat Al Mauz/Wadi Madeen/Saiq/Al Ain/Jebel Akhdar/The View Camp


Drive to the Nizwa Souq, with some free time for shopping

After disembarking the ship, meet your guide, board your 4WD vehicle and depart for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to the Nizwa Souq. The site of one of the oldest souqs in the country, this expansive marketplace is dedicated mostly to fruit and vegetables, and meat and fish, all of which are housed in separate blocks behind the great, crenelated piece of city wall overlooking the wadi. Part of the souq (nearest the fort) is dedicated to handicrafts, and caters specifically to the passing tourist trade. Upon arrival, some free time is made available for shopping at your leisure.


Visit to the Nizwa Fort, an amazing example of old Omani architecture

Leaving the Nizwa Souq, walk to the Nizwa Fort. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Oman due to the fact that it is an amazing example of old Omani architecture, the Nizwa Fort provides an illustration of the way Omani people used to live in ancient times. The oldest part of the Nizwa Fort was originally constructed by Imam Al Sultan bin Malik Al Kharusi in the 9th century, and later renovated by Imam Sultan bin Saif Al Yarubi in the 17th century. Imam Sultan bin Saif Al Yarubi is known as the imam responsible for removing the Portuguese from Oman.


Document check at Wadi Al Madeen and a visit to the verdant, towering Jebel Al Akhdar

Next, transfer to Wadi Al Madeen. After a document-check, drive along an approximately 22-mile (about 36-kilometre) stretch of winding road leads to Jebel Al Akhdar. Located approximately 6,562 feet (about 2000 metres) above sea level, it is green jewel of the Al Hajjar Mountain range, a truly unique spot on the Arabian Peninsula. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains, and breath-taking views in all directions. Al Jebel Al Akhdar is also famed for its fruit orchards, which are typically laid out along terraces along the slopes of mountains, and endowed with natural springs and aflaj.


Lunch at the Sama Al Jebel Akhdar Hotel

Upon arrival at Al Jebel Al Akhdar, proceed for lunch at the Sama Al Jebel Akhdar Hotel.


Brief stops at the villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib and Al Ain en route to The View camp

After lunch, re-board your 4WD vehicle and head for brief stops at the villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib and Al Ain. Leaving Al Ain, an approximately 1.5-hour drive takes you to The View camp.


About The View, a luxury eco-resort tucked away in a picturesque valley high above sea level

Away from the hustle bustle of the city, on the road between Al Hamra to Hail Al Shas, lies The View. Tucked away in a scenic valley approximately 4,593 feet (about 1,400 metres) above sea level, this luxury eco-resort offers an exclusive vacation experience. Your arrival is greeted with breath-taking panoramas of the surrounding valley.


Comfortable sit-out areas, an infinity pool, beautiful sunsets over dinner at the restaurant's terrace

The View combines spectacular vistas of nature and excellent amenities with unparalleled hospitality, making it one of the finest luxury resorts in Oman. With comfortable sit-out areas, provisions for bonfires and outdoor dining, an infinity pool, and beautiful sunsets over dinner at the terrace of the in-house restaurant, the resort is the perfect destinations to relax and unwind amidst this mountaintop camp.


After check-in, some free time is made available to relax and freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at The View.


Overnight accommodations in a Superior Room at The View


DAY TWO - 19 March 2020 (Thursday) - The View Camp/Misfah Village-Jabrin-Wadi Ghul/Jebel Shams/Muscat


Breakfast and a visit to Misfah Village

After breakfast and check-out, meet your guide and depart for the short transfer to Misfah Village, a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings that have stood the test of time.


Guided tour of Jabrin Castle, the finest castle in Oman

Following your visit, head to Jabrin Castle. The finest of Oman's castles, Jabrin was built in the late-17th century, and became a seat of Omani learning. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the castle, which displays the highest quality Omani ceiling-painting, and beautifully-executed woodcarvings.


Stop by Wadi Nakher and the terraced farming village of Wadi Ghul en route to Jebel Shams

Next, transfer to Wadi Nakher located in the depth of Oman's deepest canyon, then head for Jebel Shams.

En route, a visit is made to the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul.


Proceed for spectacular panoramic vistas and lunch at a local hotel in Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams features the highest peak in the Jebel Akhdar Mountain range, and offers spectacular panoramic vistas of your surrounds. Upon arrival at Jebel Shams, proceed for lunch at a local hotel.


Drive to Muscat, transfer to the port of Mina Sultan Qaboos and embark the ship

After lunch, re-board your coach, commence the approximately 2.5-hour drive to Muscat and transfer to the port of Mina Sultan Qaboos. Upon arrival, embark the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, bumpy, rocky, sandy, grassy, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the 4WD vehicles and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket, raingear, an electric socket convertor that fits Middle East plugs, a camera, and local currency for purchases from the ship; avoid wearing sandals, as most of the sites visited are dusty. Proper attire is required to enter the mosques; women must wear modest clothing that covers the body and head, including the hair, and arms and legs must be covered to the wrists and ankles. Men must wear modest clothing befitting the sanctity of the mosque. Shorts, transparent/see-through clothing, shorts and skirts, sleeveless shirts, clothing with profanity, tight clothing, swimwear, and beachwear are not permitted inside the mosque. Food, drinks and smoking are strictly prohibited inside the mosque. Slip-on shoes are recommended, as guests are required to remove their shoes before they enter the mosque. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Programme Includes:

  • One-night stay in a (Superior room) at The Camp
  • One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner with drinks included (please note that the consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited)
  • Free time for shopping at the Nizwa Souk
  • Guided tour of the Nizwa Fort
  • Lunch at the Sama Al Jebel Akhdar Hotel - Al Jebel Al Akhdar
  • Visits to the mountain villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib, Al Ain and Mishfah
  • Guided tour of the Jabrin Castle
  • Stop at Wadi Nakher, located in Oman's deepest canyon
  • Scenic views of the terraced farming village of Wadi Ghul
  • Lunch at a local hotel - Jebel Shams
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items. All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Mysterious Mountains

01MIDMCT-M: Mysterious Mountains

Duration: 1.5 Day/1 Night

Departs from: Muscat

Re-join ship: Muscat

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Land Adventure is a small group luxury tour, providing bespoke cultural and sightseeing experiences. We limit the tour to a small group in order to ensure your experience is a high-quality one. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. If the program fills up, you'll be accommodated on a space-available basis. Advanced booking is required at least 90 days prior to sailing date via Silversea Reservations. We suggest booking early to secure your spot(s).

Please be advised that a minimum number of participants is required for this program to run as described. In rare cases when the minimum number of participants is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at an increased rate based on private arrangements or to cancel your specific departure for a refund. The self-cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, is 90 days or sooner to initial sailing date at the rate of 100% program fare per person. The payment for your Land Adventure is due in full on the same date as your final payment due for your cruise. Per Silversea's general payment terms, bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner.

All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable within 120 days of sailing, with the exception of cancellation by Silversea. Our family-friendly land programs require adult accompaniment of any guests under the age of 18. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Silversea and our local operators make every effort to ensure your land program runs as described. Our local operators reserve the right to modify tour sequence, sites visited and venues mentioned due to operational reasons.

VISA INFORMATION:

Guests must be in possession of Oman Visa. Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Oman. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency is Omani Rial; however Euros and US dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited. (There is no shopping stop planned during the program.)




DAY ONE - Thursday, November 26, 2020 - Muscat / Nizwa Souq / Nizwa Fort / Bait Al Safah / Lunch at Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel / Alila Jebel Akhdar Hotel


Your voyage adventure commences with a drive by 4WD to Nizwa where soem time to visit the Souq is made available.


As you approach Nizwa at dawn, a scene straight from the pages of 'The Arabian Nights' greets you.

Continue to Nizwa Fort and visit of the fort. The 17th century round tower fort nearby is Oman's most impressive tower. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. From the top, a superb panoramic view gives visitors a bird's eye view all around Nizwa and the surrounding plains - a sure delight for all avid photographers!


Depart for the Al Hamra village date plantations. The point of attraction will be Bait Al safah which is the main tourist and visitor attractions and the most outstanding site in the Willayat. It was over five hundred years old. It is built on three floors, with the ground floor used solely for storage - of dates and date honey. It has more than 20 rooms. In the house you will enjoy the essence of Omani traditional life by watching some handcrafts and customs.


After lunch Golden Tulip Nizwa, continue to Jabal Akhdar. Upon arrival check-in to Alila al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort and enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring at your leisure.

Dinner and overnight stay Alila Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort.


DAY TWO - Friday, November 27, 2020 - Alila Jebel Akhdar Hotel / Saiq / Wadi Bani Habib / Al Ain / Lunch at Sama Hotel / Muscat


After breakfast, board your 4WD vehicle and travel to Al Jebel Al Akhdar, the Green Mountain. The area is famous for its labyrinth of wadis and terraced orchards, where pomegranates, apricots and roses grow in abundance due to its mild Mediterranean climate. It is also the site of honey bee breeding for much of Oman. Agricultural production is improved by the use of Falaj irrigation channels and their associated terraces system devised by the local farmers, who have lived on this mountain for hundreds of years. Visit the abandond villages of Saiq and Wadi Bani Habib with their local old houses. It is neither green nor a single mountain, but a large grey-brown massif covering more than 1,800 square km with several peaks, rising to nearly 3050 metres The villages overlook a spectacular landscape of dramatic peaks, gorges and wadis.


After lunch at Sama Hotel, check-out from Jabal Akhdar Hotel and drive to Muscat to join back the ship.


Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, at times over uneven, cobblestone, bumpy, rocky, sandy, grassy, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the 4WD vehicles and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a sweater or light jacket for cool weather after sunset. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


The local currency is the Omani Rial (OMR); however, US Dollars are well-accepted by most vendors; local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (a shopping stop is not planned during this programme).


Programme Includes:

  • One-night stay at the Alila Jebel Akhdar Hotel Resort
  • One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner with drinks included
  • All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

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