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OMAN

‘SESAME, OPEN YOURSELF'

a week and a half in
a very different world

do you really not believe in fairy tales?

strenuous, yes; relaxing,
much more!

Some photos were taken during our own exploration, without guests; in the group tours, the luggage transport is by support vehicle.

'Sesame open yourself', with that magical password Ali Baba managed to open the treasure room of the forty robbers in the well-known Arabian fairy tale. Great wealth then awaited him, but not without a struggle.
Oman has the slogan 'Beauty has an Address', according to us it could also have been 'Sesame open yourself': what a fairy-tale country!

The capital Muscat immediately surprises you, with its balanced mix of Arabian authenticity and modern prosperity. There is greenery everywhere, on the coast of a desert land. The low and light-colored buildings give Muscat the nickname 'White City'. There is no trace of metropolitan arrogance or aloofness, hospitality is everywhere. This is Islam in a contemporary, moderate form.

The treasure room will only open fully when you leave for the countryside: what an impressive nature, what a space, what a variation as well.

The wadis, dry river valleys, are our favorite cycling routes. Usually they are dry, but they also have something of an oasis, because a (small) part of the year (much) water flows through it.

For me, Oman is above all:
- sleeping in a wadi in the open air, under a clear starry sky;
- cycling through beautiful rugged mountain scenery, with challenging climbs and descents on dusty paths;
- the traditional goat market.

Rien

The mountains in Oman have their own characteristic, what a diversity.
And what a very relaxed population: hospitable and friendly!

Annemiek

I remember Oman a lot, it is a great country. I found the landscape feerique, mainly due to the alternation of lunar landscape and beautiful green wadis, an occasional village. The residents were super hospitable, I have never been offered so much food & drink (and overnight stays😉).

Ingrid (& Vasco)

For both of us, the few nights of wild camping were a whole new experience!

Werner & Lenieke
Cycling holiday as intended: strenuous, through the unknown, a beautiful rugged and sometimes desolate landscape ('cycling on the moon'), a surprisingly friendly population and well organized! 
Vasco (& Ingrid)

The mountain paths are what Ali Baba had to cope with for his wealth: a power to overcome. Swinging through the most beautiful areas, these paths are sometimes so steep, we have never been to a country with such sharp gradients. With all the packs on the bike - during the group tours we have jeeps for the luggage - we had to get off the bike regularly. But always with that feeling of having ended up in a fairy tale, 'away from the world', of being one with nature. Wadi Bani Awf is different from Wadi Mailas and that is different from Wadi ...: there is so much variation in Oman.
In addition to the wadis, Jebel Shams is literally and figuratively the highlight of Oman for cyclists. 'The Grand Canyon of Oman' is a term not without pretention, but for sure the area is so impressive that we stay there two days.
To further increase the variation, we conclude with two days along the coast, southeast of Muscat.

'Sesame open yourself', when you have arrived in Oman, the door no longer closed, the country stays in your heart.
Beauty has left an address.

ITINERARY CYCLING HOLIDAY OMAN

  • Day 1: welcome to Muscat, with a visit to the old bazaar ('souk') of Mutrah.
  • Day 2: after an early transfer, we cycle into Wadi Bani Awf. The low number of (mostly unpaved) kilometers of 45 is confusing: this is one of the toughest days. But certainly one of the nicest! The resort where we stay is beautiful on the top, at almost two thousand meters.
  • Day 3: downhill more than 20 km to Al Hamra, then climb 35 km to Jebel Shams, 'The Grand Canyon of Oman'. Mainly asphalt, but with a few very steep parts.
  • Day 4: the 'Balcony Walk' offers the most beautiful sights Jebel Shams has to offer in a 3-hour walk. In the afternoon possibly a (unpaved) bike ride, but the resort is also a great place to take a rest.
  • Day 5: back down to Al Hamra and on to Nizwa, the former capital of Oman (95 km).
  • Day 6: visit of the weekly goat market, the souk and the Nizwa fort. After lunch, 50 km cycling and wild camping for the first time: a true thousand-star accommodation in Oman! The cook will tell more Arabic fairy tales at the campfire 😉
  • Day 7: after a short transfer - which can also be cycled - 100 km to Ismaiyyah, asphalted and relatively flat. Again 'bush camp'.
  • Day 8: the scenic ‘Queen's ride’. After 10 km 'false flat', unpaved, a 'wall' of 6 km follows. Vehicles are available for this climb. The 20 km on the plateau show a completely different landscape from the days before. There is really no one here. In the last 15 km we descend steeply to the sea, more than a mile down. A 45 km long asphalted coastal road brings us to the comfort of a comfy hotel in Sur.
  • Day 9: 70 km asphalt along the coast to Qurayyat, where we drive 15 km into the Wadi Mailas, a gem. Our last 'bush camp'.
  • Day 10: 90 km to Muscat, via Wadi Al Luhlu, a true final stage.
  • Day 11: rest, enjoy, say goodbye.

CYCLING OMAN, PRACTICAL

In 2020 the date of welcome in Muscat is: October 4.
The farewell in Muscat is on 14 October 2020.
The group size is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 18 participants.
Mountain bikes are the most suitable, due to their multi-purpose nature. A hybrid or a randonneur with fat tires is an alternative, but less comfortable on the unpaved parts.
The paved roads are perfectly paved, generously proportioned and quiet.
Smooth gravel roads run through the wadis, but some unpaved mountain roads are very steep.
The best travel period for Oman is October-April.
The temperatures in October are around 25 C at night, around 35 C during the day. The nights 2 to 4 are at 2,000 meters, where it is colder at night. The chance of precipitation is low, the sun is shining abundantly.
We spend the night in good hotels and we camp three times in the wild, which is very common in Oman.
The Omani food is a very tasty mixture of Indian and Arabic cuisine.
Vaccination against yellow fever is only mandatory if you come from a yellow fever country, we recommend vaccinations against DTP and hepatitis A.
There is no malaria risk.
Oman requires a visa that can be easily applied for online (€ 50). The passport must be valid for another 6 months.

PRICES CYCLING TOUR OMAN

Our combination of small groups, foreign areas and full care cannot possibly be low-budget, certainly in an expensive country like Oman. On the other hand, the price for participating in a trip covers almost all costs on the spot, because included are:

  1. all overnight stays
  2. the full supply of drinks and food in the hotels and restaurants (in Oman without alcoholic drinks)
  3. the cycling Dutch- and English-speaking guidance and that of a support vehicle that transports the luggage and possibly people & bicycles
  4. all transport and logistics between the starting and finishing place Muscat
  5. the complete equipment for comfortable camping in the wild, incl. a field kitchen with cook
  6. all entrance fees

Participation in the tour costs 1,695 euros per person. For those who want a single room/tent, the price is 295 euros higher.

In practice, pocket money spent will be less than 5 euros per day.

Optional is:

  • the daily cleaning, maintenance and repair of clothes and bicycle. In other words, in cycling terms: the care of mechanic and soigneur. This option costs 130 euros once, and then also applies to all future (hopefully many) Tropical Cyclist trips.

There are excellent flights of, for example, Turkish Airlines for just over 400 euros.

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David

Oman?! Oman was al jaren een droombestemming, maar hoe te gaan? Rondreizen met auto? Rondreizen met een groep in een bus? Per toeval kwam ik op de website van Tropical cyclists en dacht…’dit is het’. Een week voor staat van d reis alles kunnen regelen met Pascal……fantastische reis, alles top geregeld, het heeft ons aan werkelijk waar niks ontbroken. Prachtig land, mooie omgeving, veilig, vriendelijke mensen, lekker eten, goed weer……en lekker fietsen! Twijfel je om te gaan? Niet doen……..ik zeg gaan!

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Na 20 jaar met zijn tweeën op fietsvakantie te zijn geweest, uiteindelijk een fietsvakantie bij TC geboekt met als bestemming Oman. Het was in een woord geweldig . Alle highlights van Oman hebben we gezien omdat er heel slim wel eens een auto werd ingezet om saaie of onbegaanbare stukken te overbruggen. Zo bleef het een zeer afwisselende tocht met nauwelijks verkeer. We genoten van de prachtige hoge bergen in verschillende kleurschakeringen , het overnachten in tentjes in een wadi ver van de bewoonde wereld. De begeleiding en verzorging was meer dan perfect zodat we alleen maar hoefden te fietsen en te genieten.

Geert
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Geert

Met een groep Belgische vrienden een top-vakantie beleefd in Oman… Al op heel wat plekken in de wereld gaan fietsen…maar Oman staat toch in het rijtje van ‘jawadde’ !!’ Prachtige natuur en bergen, biking met pit, en lekker gegeten. Begeleiding ook top! Het blijft natuurlijk een ‘Hollander’, maar toegegeven…het klikte prima! Bedankt, Pascal! Ons advies? Hoog tijd om Oman van je lijstje af te vinken !!!