TRAVEL TO OMAN

Once you’ve completed Oman by UTMB® you’ll want to explore The Sultanate’s hidden treasures.

Go the extra mile whilst you’re in the Sultanate.

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Grand forts, exquisite palaces, mystical souqs…undulating dunes, fresh water wadis, breathtaking mountainous regions…miles upon miles of unspoilt sandy beaches…

November in the Sultanate offers ideal weather conditions for combining sport, adventure and discovery. Stay, relax and experience the Sultanate’s unrivalled hospitality before or after the ultra trail, enjoying first class accommodation and all that this beautiful country has to offer.

Your Runners’ Package

The official Oman by UTMB® event hotels are the Golden Tulip, in Birkat Al Mouz, and Nizwa Hotel Apartments. Both hotels are situated close to the start line.

To keep thing simple, an exclusive runners’ accommodation and transport package has been arranged, which includes:

  • 4 Nights Accommodation (28thNov to 2 Dec) at The Golden Tulip Hotel or Nizwa Hotel Apartments.
  • Shuttle bus to start line and returning from the finish.
  • The post event party and BBQ feast.
  • Free transfers from Muscat to the event hotels on the 28th November and returning to Muscat on the 2nd December.

Places at the official event hotel and nearby apartments are limited and we recommend booking early*. All competitors booking the Runners’ package will be offered return trip transfers from Muscat. Anyone who has not taken advantage of the accommodation packages will be able to book transfers for OMR 20 return. All UTMB registered runners will be contacted directly regarding this offer to determine their travel needs.

*Please note that these hotels will show up as full on Booking.com and other hotel sites – but don’t worry! Rooms are being held for Oman by UTMB participants booking directly with hotels.

To book the Golden Tulip, contact: rsvn@goldentulipnizwa.com or fom@goldentulipnizwa.com, quoting UTMBGT18.

To book Nizwa Hotel Apartments, contact: reservations@nizwahotelapartments.com or gm@nizwahotelapartments.com, quoting OS-Nov/NHA18.

Runners can register for transfers and the after party by clicking here

Runners’ Package Accommodation

Inclusive price for 4 nights, race shuttles & party

Golden Tulip Hotel near Birkat Al Mouz Single Bedroom

OMR 280 (plus 17% tax)

Twin Bedroom

OMR 320* (plus 17% tax)

Double Bedroom

OMR 320* (plus 17% tax)

Nizwa Hotel Apartments Twin or Double Bedroom in Shared Apartment OMR 190 plus 17% tax One Bedroom Apartment OMR 280 plus 17% tax Two Bedroom Apartment OMR 340 plus 17% tax

Ready for sport, adventure and discovery?

Oman by UTMB® is committed to offering you and your family the very best travel deals, promising to take care of every aspect of your visit.

If you are seeking accommodation that’s conveniently located near to Muscat airport, we recommend the Mysk Hotel at Al Mouj and the Holiday Inn in Al Seeb, which are both a 90 minute drive from the race’s start line. A shuttle bus will operate from Muscat to Nizwa on 28th – 29th November, returning on 1st – 2nd December. Timings and booking information will be sent to registered runners well in advance of the event.

omanair

National Carrier

Promo code: Oman2018

The Sultanates’ official carrier Oman Air is now offering discounts of up to 25% on direct flights for guests travelling to Oman by UTMB from Europe (direct destinations only), UK, China and the GCC. The promo code: Oman2018 is applicable to air travel during the event period, from 25th November 2018. This offer runs from 8 July and bookings must be made by 22nd July 2018, online at omanair.com.

Your exclusive tour & travel packages

Be inspired and book a tour, or create your own custom adventure in the Sultanate, by contacting Renita at our travel partner Zahara Tours, on +968 24400864 or Renita@zaharatours.com.

MYSTICAL MUSCAT
(Duration: 4 Hours – 100 KM – am Tour)

A city tour around Muscat offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness a modern commercial centre, which exists in harmony with traditional Arabic culture. With its natural harbour, Muscat, which means “Anchorage”, lies in a natural volcanic bowl. Tours of the Grand Mosque (daily except Friday) and Bait Al Zubair Museum (daily except Friday) offer a brief introduction that traces Oman’s history and development. Driving along the waterfront Corniche, the tour then visits the Fish Market and the colourful Muttrah Souq before proceeding to a photo stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace, the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali. (Ladies must be fully covered and carry a head scarf and men must wear in trousers.)

Cost OMR 50 per saloon car (Maximum 3 Persons)
MUSCAT BY NIGHT (INCLUDING DINNER)
(Duration: 4 Hours – 80 km – pm Tour)

Pick up will be from your hotel at 1800 Hrs and the tour will proceed to Muttrah. Driving along the waterfront cornice, the first stop will be the bustling Muttrah Souq, which transports visitors back least a century to discover the true essence of Arabia. After having enjoyed some time at the Souq, a short walk along the cornice will offer many photo opportunities. With its full illumination, the “Frankincense burner” is a delight to watch at night. The next photo stop is at the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali. After that the tour pauses at the Kargeen restaurant for a delicious Middle Eastern dinner, where the Lemon Mint is the highlight of the menu! (No alcohol is served). After dinner, the tour returns to the visitor’s hotel at around 21:30 Hrs.

Cost: OMR 97 Per Saloon Car (Maximum 3 Persons)
FASCINATING FORTS
(Duration: 08 Hours – 500km)

Nizwa, capital of the interior, is the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Boasting the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, Nizwa is also home to a Souq, which is renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) and ornamental silver jewellery. En route to Jabrin, the tour visits the Bahla Fort, which has been declared as a World Heritage site. Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles, was built in the late 17th century and features stunning interior features, including ceiling paintings and beautifully executed woodcarvings. En route to Muscat is the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz, which is situated in the foothills of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains) and the opportunity to enjoy a walk through the area’s oasis and dense date plantations.

Cost OMR 100 per saloon car (Maximum 3 Persons)
A WADI WALK
(Duration 8 hours – 425 km by saloon car)

An ideal choice for those wanting to experience Oman’s scenic beauty, the Wadi Walk tour starts with a coastal drive along the quaint fishing village of Quriyat, offering great sea views. The tour’s next stop is the Bimah sinkhole, a limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom, followed by a photo stop at Wadi Tiwi. The tour then proceeds to the pretty Wadi Shab. For those inclined, it is possible to walk right up to the source of the Wadi through lush green plantations of lemons, bananas and dates. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the fairly easy walk on a rocky path and for exploring all the area’s pools and waterfalls, before enjoying a picnic lunch in the serene surroundings.

Cost: OMR 110 per saloon car (Up to 3 Persons) (Not recommended in summer)
JEBEL AKHDAR TRAIL
(Duration: 08 Hours – 475 km by 4WD)

Departing from Muscat, the tour heads for Nizwa’s Round Tower Fort and Souk. The pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz, offers a walk through the area’s lush green date plantations. The tour proceeds to Wadi Al Madeen, where there is a check post. From here, a 36 km stretch of winding road leads to Jebel Akhdar, which, at 2000 metres above sea level, is the green jewel of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges, a unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula. Jebel Akhdar is famed for its refreshing cooler climate and fruit orchards, which are typically laid out in terraces on the mountain slopes, endowed with natural springs and aflaj. Its villages overlook a spectacular landscape of dramatic peaks, gorges and wadis. The roses of Jebel Akhdar fill the air with fragrance when in full bloom (March / April), and rose water is distilled in the homes of the villagers. (It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes during the tour).

Cost OMR 130 per 4WD (Picnic lunch incl.) (Maximum 4 Persons)
WAHIBA WILDERNESS
(Duration: 09 Hours 550 km by 4WD)

Oman’s Wahiba Sands are a vast mass of undulating red and white dunes that rise to 200 metres. They are also host to a variety of flora and fauna, offering ever-changing patterns of the sand dunes that are a photographer’s delight. The tour will visit a Bedouin house in this incredible wilderness. In stark contrast, the trip also visits Wadi Bani Khalid, which is home to clear, deep blue water and comprises small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. (It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes to fully enjoy the tour).

Cost OMR 130 per 4WD (Picnic lunch incl.) (Maximum 4 Persons)
1001 NIGHTS PACKAGE: 1 Night & 2 Days
Day 1:

At 08:00 the tour departs in 4WD vehicles, via the scenic and rugged coastal route, to Wahiba Sands. This tour offers breathtaking glimpses of the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman which are offset by pristine white beaches. Driving past the fishing village of Quriyat, there is a good chance of spotting flamingos and eagles at an inland stream. The tour will visit the picturesque Wadi Arabayeenu, which features deep pools of water set among the date palms, before proceeding to the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. While driving along the coast on clear sunny days, one might chance to see sharks in the deep blue waters or fleet footed gazelles sprinting across the rugged landscape. Arriving in Sur, the tour visits a traditional dhow factory and then continues along mountainous terrain offering breathtaking glimpses of the ocean. The tour progresses to Wahiba Sands, where a drive over the area’s vast mass of undulating red and white dunes offers the experience of a lifetime.


A night in tents at Thousand Night Camps, or similar.

Day 2:

08:00 Breakfast at the camp. Wahiba Sands is also home to the traditional Bedouin tribe, known for their hospitality and knowledge of the Sands. The tour will visit one of their houses situated in this incredible wilderness. In stark contrast, the trip also visits Wadi Bani Khalid, which is home to clear, deep blue water and comprises small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. (It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes to fully enjoy the tour). A Set Menu Lunch will then be served at Al Sharqiyah Sands Hotel before the return to Muscat. Drop off to an individual’s hotel in Muscat is not included and must be booked independently.

Validity

Package Price in OMR

15th Nov – 15th Dec 1 SGL Room 1 TWN Room 1 TRPL Room 2 TWN Rooms
1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
Twin Sharing Per Person Price 365 416 495 604

Package Price Includes:

  • Two days 4WD with English speaking chauffeur
  • Set menu lunch at Sur Beach Hotel (Day 1)
  • Dinner (Day 1) and Breakfast at Wahiba Sands (Day 2)
  • Twin sharing accommodation at The Thousand Nights Camp.
  • Set menu lunch at Al Sharqiyah sands hotel (Day 2)
  • Children 8 – 12 years are adults
TURTLES BY NIGHT PACKAGE: 1 Night & 2 Days
Day 1:

At 0800 the tour departs by 4WD, via the scenic and rugged coastal route, to Ras Al Junaiz . Sights of pristine white beaches are enjoyed, alongside breathtaking glimpses of the Gulf of Oman.

Driving past the fishing village of Quriyat, there is a good chance of spotting flamingos and eagles at an inland stream. The tour proceeds to the picturesque Wadi Arabayeenu, which features deep pools of water set among the date palms, then on to the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater featuring blue green water at the bottom. While driving along the coast on clear sunny days, one might chance to see sharks in the deep blue waters or fleet footed gazelles sprinting across the rugged landscape.

Arriving at Sur, the tour will take in a visit to the fish jetty and traditional dhow factory. After a set menu lunch at Sur Beach Hotel, the tour continues to Ras Al Junaiz, a sanctuary for green turtles in Oman, and group members check into the hotel.

Following dinner, there is a short night drive to the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre, where trained guides provide an escort to the beach to watch the turtles coming into nest on the sands.


Overnight stay at Ras Al Jinz Scientific and Visitor centre or Similar.

Day 2:

Day 2 starts at 08:00 with a visit to Wadi Bani Khalid, home to clear, deep blue water and comprising small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. (It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes to fully enjoy the tour).

The tour continues, arriving at Oman’s Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white dunes that rise to 200 metres. They are also host to a variety of flora and fauna, offering ever-changing patterns of the sand dunes that are a photographer’s delight. The tour will visit a Bedouin family in their traditional and simple habitat in this incredible wilderness.

A set menu lunch will be served at Al Sharqiyah Sands Hotel, before the return to Muscat at approximately 17:30.

Please note: the drop off to an individual’s hotel in Muscat must be booked independently.

Validity

Package Price in OMR

15th Nov – 15th Dec 1 SGL Room 1 TWN Room 1 TRPL Room 2 TWN Rooms
1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
Twin Sharing Per Person Price 404 492 606 752

Package Price Includes:

  • Two days 4WD with English speaking chauffeur
  • Set menu lunch at Sur Beach Hotel (Day 1)
  • Dinner (Day 1) and Breakfast at Wahiba Sands (Day 2)
  • Twin sharing accommodation at The Thousand Nights Camp.
  • Set menu lunch at Al Sharqiyah sands hotel (Day 2)
  • Children 8 – 12 years are adults