“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”

John Steinbeck

Oman, 10 Days 

____ - ____ 2020

$6,880 AUD*


Standard occupancy 2 persons, inclusive

Optional Extras listed below

"A desert jeweled with emerald pools, wadis, and sparkling canyons...this is truly a desert paradise.

frequently overlooked; largely unexplored/has not yet truly opened up to the western world; small but welcoming population"

The allure of the Sahara has called to writers and artists for generations. From the colours to the expanse to the mysterious rolling sand dunes, the Sahara and its people have been a source of curiosity and inspiration. It is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site that Camel Treks Australia has the privilege to explore.

We will travel on camel back to desert dwellings with Berbers, the indigenous people of North Africa that make up nearly half of population of Morocco. They refer to themselves as "Amazighe" or "free people" and continue to reside in the desert's interior, living simply, and sharing stories with travellers. 

Once guests arrive in Morocco, they will be met at the airport by a crew member. We provide multi-lingual guides and private transportation for the duration of the entire journey. Languages you can expect to hear during your time with us are English, French, Darija Arabic, and several Berber dialects.

Guests will experience the incomparable luxury style of riad accommodation throughout the trip. Riads are comfortable bed and breakfast style hotels that frequently overlook the city with courtyards or gardens in the interior. In the desert, we will stay in well-established and fully furnished tent dwellings as well as wild camp sites where there will always be evening entertainment and chances to explore "The Great Desert."

Day 1: DAY, DATE - MUSCAT

Summary: Arrive in International Airport where you will be picked up by Camel Treks Australia crew and transported to your hotel where you can relax and recover from the long travel with an orientation and Moroccan tea.

Casablanca is the capital of Morocco and home to The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquée Hassan II. This architectural feat is a relatively recent accomplishment, as the mosque was declared completed in 1993, after seven years of around the clock construction and art installation. It is believed that the mosque has the tallest minaret (at over 200 metres) and the mosque itself is the largest in Morocco and 13th largest in the world. At the very top, a light shines towards Mecca. Depending on individual flights, guests may have the opportunity to visit the site.

Meals Included: Dinner (D) this evening will be at Rick's Cafe...just like in Casablanca!

Accommodation: TBD

Day 2: DAY, DATE - From MUSCAT to ___

Summary: We meet for breakfast (07:00-08:30) and go over the day's itinerary before departing for Chefchaouen at 09:00. Once a great fortress and now a colourful spectacle, Chefchaouen is an unmissable city renowned for its blue hues that adorn everything from the houses, to government buildings, public spaces, and more. It’s no wonder why its name translates to “Blue Pearl!”

Along the way, we will drive through the Rif Mountains, the first of two ranges we will experience, and make various stops throughout the day for photos, lunch, and a chance to see the Royal Palace in Rabat.

Meals Included: B, D

Accommodation: TBD

Day 3: DAY, DATE  - __ to __

Summary: Today is an exciting day of independent or guided exploration. We take a leisurely breakfast that is available from 07:30 to 10:00

We meet up again at the riad at 17:00 to walk together to the Spanish Mosque for sunset.

Meals Included: B, D

Accommodation: TBD

Land Price includes:

Tour cost inclusions:

 

  • Stay in single / double sharing rooms as per the requirement.

  • Traditional welcome at hotels

  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

  • All airport pick-up's and drop-off's 

  • All private drivers and multi-lingual guides for trip's duration

  • Bottled water

  • All monument entrance fees

  • Cooking demonstration

  • All ground transportation

  • Luxury taxes and government service tax of 5% as additionally mentioned in the tour quotation. ​

Land Price does not include:

 

Tour cost exclusions:

  • International flights

  • Personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills, camera fees, porterage, etc.

  • Camera charges at applicable monuments.

  • Extra meals if desired.

  • Activities outside the tour's itinerary

  • Personal insurance

  • Any change in the service tax slab from Government of India.

  • Any unavoidable changes during the actual run of the tour e.g. unlikely weather conditions during camel safari requiring guests to seek accommodation.

  • Tips for drivers and tour guides. If you enjoyed your experience, let our India team know at the end of the trip!

What to Know About This Trip

Who is Travelling With Us? 

Our ground crew for this tour will include the following...

Karen
Sam
Nat

Final Payment


We will notify you two months prior to the departure date for final balances.




Weather in Oman, February


Climate (Weather) of Rajasthan in January:

Avg Rainfall during January: 7mm

Avg Maximum Temperature in January: 23ºC

Avg Minimum Temperature in January: 7ºC

Avg Humidity in January: 40%

Rajasthan in February has sunny days with temperatures around 15-25 degrees Celsius. The evenings can be close to 2-5 degree Celsius. Similarly Delhi and Agra may be pretty cold in the night but day temperature are above 10 degrees normally.




What Should I Pack?


Your packing list should include the following:

  • A warm jacket, beanie and socks for cool mornings and evenings.
  • Walking / Riding boots that are waterproof / closed shoes; we usually often purchase a cheap pair of shoes in India that we leave in India.
  • Layered clothing - Ensure you have several layers of clothing such as t-shirts under long and short sleeve shirts.
  • Long pants or jodpuhrs for riding and walking; we do not recommend shorts for riding.
  • Padded pants for those who like to do extra riding!
  • Broad brimmed sun hat / Head scarf for visiting temples if desired.
  • Gloves for the desert evenings on Camel Safari.
  • Pyjamas
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand Sanitisers
  • Toiletries (Tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, moisturizers, lip balm/ chapstick, please keep in mind nothing over 100ml will pass through customs )
  • Towel
  • Although bedding is provided throughout the camel trek, persons who feel the cold are welcome to bring their own compact sleeping bags which may be especially enjoyed during nights in the desert.
  • 1 litre drink water bottle; Karen travels with a Life Straw which filters water if you have a sensitive digestive system.
  • Sunscreen / insect repellant.
  • Basic toiletries including hand sanitary wipes and anti-bacterial gel.
  • Camera with fully charged batteries and spare batteries for the Camel Safari component of the journey; extra memory cards for the camera never go unused!
  • Head torch and larger touch if desired.
  • Swimming costume ; some accommodation options may provide a swimming pool and or day spa.
  • We also recommend guests bring an additional back pack for carrying day inclusions - water bottle, sunscreen, hand wipes, camera, hat, beanie, jacket, snacks etc.
  • Coffee is not always easy to purchase, if you love coffee we suggest bringing some ground coffee and a small percolator in your checked-in luggage. Delicious Chai tea is readily available in India!
  • Putting apps such as Facetime, WhatsApp and SnapChat on your mobile are excellent ways to keep in contact wherever we come into Internet service. Please note that obtaining a sim for your mobile phone is not often possible in India. Advise your family before departure that you will not be in contact during the Camel Safari component of the journey.
  • Garbage or rubbish bags are always handy to wrap your luggage and store used clothing
  • You are required by law to carry your passport (with a valid visa) at all times and you will need your passport to check into hotels and check in for flights.
  • Spare batteries and chargers. In Oman, the power sockets are type G with a standard voltage of 200 to 240. We recommend purchasing a universal adapter and a voltage adapter.

We highly recommend wearing your passport on your body throughout the journey. Better still is to invest in a Go Travel RFID Passport Pouch, soft and comfortable to wear, the RFID neck pouch features an innovative protective lining designed to stop illegal scanning of RFID chips embedded in modern-day passports and credit cards.




Culturally Appropriate Clothing


There is no dress code for most of the monuments, however some religious places prefer you dress modestly, so no shorts, no tank tops or revealing clothes. Jeans, below the knee skirts, dresses with sleeves are all fine for women and tees, shirts, jeans, kahkis etc are all fine for men.

When walking around the cities, you can dress totally as you wish. When dining out, it is not necessary to be dressed for the red carpet, but a nice dinner jacket won't hurt. Restaurants etc. do not have any dress codes. Dress as you like.




Laundry


Our trip is over two weeks and it stands to reason that guests may wish to have some of their clothes laundered. Most of the hotels have laundry and dry-cleaning facilities. They will wash and press all garments. Be sure to ask when your garments will be returned so that you will receive them in time before your departure; clearly specify when you would like your garments returned.




Tipping in India: A Brief Guide


Tipping in India is culturally expected and greatly appreciated by staff at hotels, eateries and places of interest such as temples. Tejvir will offer 'tipping' advise throughout the India journey, and the below information offers some guidelines.

IN HOTELS

The following information has been sourced from relevant India culture web sites -

For hotel staff, a blanket figure does not apply. The hierarchy of employees and the category of hotel determine the amount to be paid. For doormen and bell boys, if it's a budget hotel, the tip should be in the range of `20-50 INR'(approx.$1 AUD). For 5-star hotels, the tips could be `100-250 INR'(approx. $3 AUD). Housekeeping staff should also be tipped in the same range. Tipping front desk executives is not the norm. But the concierge deserves a special extra. Concierges should be given generous tips. After all, they are the ones who run errands. A concierge at a luxury hotel should get `200-300 INR'. At a budget hotel, the amount could be between `100-150 INR'.

IN RESTAURANTS

When it comes to tipping service staff at restaurants, many get it wrong. "People usually leave 6-7% of the bill amount as tips," says Mumbai-based restaurant owner Tanu Narang. This is far below international standards, which calls for 15-20% of the bill. Says Pria Warrick, a Delhi-based corporate etiquettes trainer, tip for restaurant staff must be 10-15% of the bill in India. However, many restaurants levy a service charge, a compulsory tip, in the range of 5-10% of the bill amount and it is perfectly all right to not leave a tip if there's a service charge. The tip amount also depends on how the bill is being settled. Liji Thomas, Director, Nouvo Image Consultancy, says: "Indian customers tip better when they pay through their corporate credit cards.

IN SALONS AND SPAS

Tipping at a salon or spa can be tricky as most customers get multiple things done and cannot determine how much each staff member should be paid. Warrick says 10% of the bill should be divided among the staff serving you and you must pay each individual separately. If you are only getting your hair done, then 10% of the bill for the hairdresser is acceptable.

Finally, "If you don't like the service, it's perfectly all right not to pay anything at all. You should never feel obligated to tip."

1 AUD = 48.49 INR

1 USD = 64.39 INR

1 GBP = 82.10 INR

1 Euro = 72.09 INR

( June 2017 )

Spending Money

Foreigners are permitted to exchange foreign currency up to 5,000 rupees (around $100 AUD) per week at banks and foreign exchange bureaus. Be aware that some travellers have reported difficulties in exchanging Australian $100 notes for local currency in India. Hotels and most shops accept credit cards; be sure to advise your bank that you intend to travel to India. Be aware that some travel cards do not work in India.




Flights to Oman


There are many flights routes and airlines to Muscat from Australia and other international capital cities. We recommend booking your flights in advance to receive the best rates. We have personally travelled to Oman via Singapore, Dubai, New York, and London with multiple airlines.




Looking to arrive early or linger longer?


Let us know, and we'll tell you how to meet us at the tour's starting location or how to best continue your journey.

We will be starting and concluding our journey at the ___ hotel in Muscat (Address).




Visa Information


Oman is very accessible and visas are easy to obtain. Apply for a Tourist eVisa HERE.

Passports must be valid for six months after departure date, and have a minimum of one empty page for an entry stamp.




Health


It is essential that travellers on this tour arrange comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.

It is also important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas as we will be unable to cater for individuals in need of medical support.

We encourage all of our guests to consider having a medical check-up before booking and then again at least eight weeks before departure, make an appointment with a travel Doctor / clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition.

We highly recommend registering your travel plans with Smartraveller.gov if you are an Australian resident.




Embassies


Australia Embassy in Saudi Arabia*

Abdullah bin Hozafa Al-Sahmi Avenue
Diplomatic Quarter
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Telephone: (+966) 11 250 0900

Website

U.S. Embassy in Oman

P.C. 115
Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos
Muscat, Oman
Telephone: (+968) 2464 3400

Website

*The Australian embassy in Saudi Arabia is responsible for Oman




Travel Insurance / Travel Doctors & Considerations


We highly recommend guests seek advice from a specialist travel Doctor regarding their en route and return places of travel, especially if you have a known health challenge. Please seek advice from your local General practitioner prior to booking for any current health issues. It is absolutely essential and a condition of travel with Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd is that appropriate health insurance is obtained for the specifics and location of this Oman journey. In the rare event of a negative weather pattern affecting flights in the location / travel route you might be coming from it offers peace of mind to be insurance covered. Personal illness and family illnesses cannot be planned for either and travel insurance covers you for the unexpected, so you can reschedule without a loss.




'Cover More' Health Insurance


We have used and highly recommend travel insurance through 'Cover More' for ease of fast application, comprehensive cover, International and Domestic Travel plans.

Camel Treks Australia Pty Ltd has discussed our itinerary with the 'Cover More' sales team and they are able to provide cover for the full itinerary including riding the camels whilst in Oman. Please make certain that whatever cover you choose that you are covered for the itinerary as detailed above. For further information please call 'Cover More' Insurance and ask for a sales consultant ph. 1300 72 88 22 or this LINK.




Food and Diet


Western food is available in larger hotels. Indian food is delicious and varied, and vegetarian food is widely available. Eat hot, freshly cooked food. Avoid salads, cut fruit, any food, which is not cooked, and anything made with water or milk, which has not been boiled (tea and coffee are usually safe). Avoid yogurt and lassi unless milk has been boiled. Ice cream is only safe if produced using a heat treatment method. Rice, which is not freshly cooked, is a common cause of food poisoning. Hotel buffets can cause problems if food is left standing for a long time (if in doubt, order freshly prepared food from the a la carte menu).

Those with special dietary needs, such as vegetarian or low-fat diets, can be easily accommodated. However, food choices may be somewhat limited. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary needs.

Most of our guests experience no digestive problem during their tour. A mild upset can sometimes be simply the result of a change of diet, so go easy for the first few days if you are not used to spicy foods. Bring a supply of ORS (oral rehydration salts) and if you do experience any symptoms, take these immediately, rest and drink plenty of water. Seek medical advice for any severe or persistent symptoms. It is useful to bring Loperamide, but this should not be taken unless absolutely necessary. Ciprofloxacin is a good antibiotic for bacterial diarrhea but is not effective against other types so is best taken under medical advice. ‘Preventative’ antibiotics are not effective.

Dehydration is a common and serious problem in hot climates, especially in children; make sure you drink plenty of water. Tap water is not safe to drink. You should drink only bottled mineral water, which is widely available. You should also use mineral water when brushing your teeth. Ice is not safe unless made with boiled or mineral water, which is rarely the case, so is best avoided.

We recommend purchase of a Life Straw, a portable filter, if you are concerned about water quality while traveling or have sensitive digestion.





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Before You Go

Did you remember...

  • To review the packing list?

  • To email Camel Treks Australia your flight details?

  • To print a copy of your waiver form to give to the crew in Oman?

  • To print copies of your passport details page?

  • To alert your bank that you will be travelling overseas?

  • To obtain health and travel insurance? 

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