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Oman and Dubai: An Arabian Adventure
Commences Dubai 27 November and ends Dubai 12 December 2022

  • Al Ayjah
    Al Ayjah
  • Muttrah Corniche, Muscat, Oman
    Muttrah Corniche, Muscat, Oman
  • Al Alam Royal Palace and Al Jalali Fort
    Al Alam Royal Palace and Al Jalali Fort
  • Ayn Athum waterfall, Salalah
    Ayn Athum waterfall, Salalah
  • Nakhal Fort in Al Batinah Region
    Nakhal Fort in Al Batinah Region
  • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
    Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
  • Jabal Akhdar in Al Hajar Mountains
    Jabal Akhdar in Al Hajar Mountains
  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat
    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat
  • Nakhal Fort
    Nakhal Fort
  • Program Status Places Available
  • Price AUD TBA
  • Program Code GCTOMA22
  • Single Supplement AUD TBA
  • Program Leader Mark Goodwin
  • Activity Rating Moderate

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 27 November and ends Dubai 12 December 2022

 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 fjordlike coastline. We next visit Muscat, Oman's confident, low-rise capital, home to the breath-taking 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, 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.

Tour Inclusions

    • 14 nights in en-suite hotel accommodation
    • 1 night in an exotic tent with Bedouin
    • Typical local breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 9 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

Mark Goodwin

Mark Goodwin has been in the travel profession for over 35 years, first as a tour guide, then rising to Director of Operations with SAGA Holidays, the UK's leading tour operator for the senior market, as Commercial Director with Rank Education, one of Britain's leading educational operators, as Director of Operations with the Travel Organisation, the UK's then leading conference and incentive Operator and the last 20 years as President and CEO of Golden Compass. Mark has now retired from his role as CEO but still enjoys arranging and leading specialist groups for Golden Compass Tours.

Mark is double Honours graduate from King's College London in Modern Languages – French and German, an Associate of Kings College (Divinity) and a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, as well as a past Member of the Institute of Directors.

He has taught in France as well as spending significant periods of time in Germany, Italy and Austria as well as travelling extensively through almost all of Europe and North Africa. He has led a number of tours through Scandinavia, the Baltics and the Balkans. 


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

Golden Compass’s Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

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, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  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.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

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 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

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