The land of Oman, which overlooks the trade routes leading into the Persian Gulf, has attracted the attention of foreign powers from the ancient Persians, to the Portuguese and the Ottomans. The old town of Oman’s capital, Muscat, is dominated by two great stone forts, Al Jalali and Al Mirani, which were built by the Portuguese in the late 16th century. Nestled between the two forts is the imposing royal palace of Al Alam and the contrast between the buildings provides the perfect visual demonstration of Oman's compelling history. Your visit will also include a tour of Salalah, an ancient city famed for the production of frankincense, which boasts both the ruins of the fortified town of Sumharam and the Tomb of Job.
Celebrate the festive winter season on this unforgettable voyage to ancient sites, fabled lands and vibrant cities. Along the way, we'll explore rose-red Petra, the temples and tombs of Luxor, and India's iconic Golden Triangle.