New Year’s Eve in Oman – Arabia Felix Bike Tour

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It’s been a while since we wish to add the Arabic Peninsula to our tour’s catalog.

Looking for the right place we finally choose Oman, a country that has a stable polical situation, a good whaeter for riding in the winter season and a variety of landscape really surprising.

This little Sultanate is located in the south east side of the Arabic Peninsula, facing directly the Indian Ocean. This area was called by the Romans “Arabia Felix” that means Happy Arabia, this area is partially influenced by the Monson Season and it’s always been rich of aromatic drugs, like incenso.

From the seventies, under the guide of the Sultane Qaboos the country has developed in an armonic way, without the arctitectonic excess of the bordering countries line the EAU. The economy is not just linked on petrol (that is anyway available) but also on tourism, especially in the last years.

On our bike tour we will cross the Hajar Mountains. This mountain range cross the country from north to south. With its 3,000 meters peaks is a natural barrier that divides the white beaches facing the Indian Ocean and the Wahiba Sands Desert.

We enjoy a variety of landscapes: amazing sandy beaches, impressive canions rich of water (Wadi), sand dunes, savannah and rocky area to reach again the sea.

After one overnight in hotel in the capital Muscat, we will start our expeditions in a nomadic style, sleeping each night in tents in very special places. We will end our adventure on the beach, in the very east point of the arabic peninsula.

Finally, going back to Muscat we will have the chance to enjoy a pleasent night in this quiet and fascinating city.

8 days 4900
350 km Medium
€ 2.190
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Good to know

Your tourguide

Willy Mulonia

We have over 5 Years
of experience

Always fitting
support

Guides & helpers speak
multiple
languages

sultan qaboos grand mosque

December 28, 2018
Arrival in Muscat must be whitin 2.00 p.m. on this day. We will organize your hotel/airport transfer. Bike need to be set up. In the late afternoon we will have a briefing to introduce the staff and all the participants. Dinner in the hotel.

Fins Beach Oman

December 29, 2018: Wadi Dayqah Dam – Fins
1st Stage – 70 kilometers -Elevation+ 650 meters
We leave Muscat early, to move to the beginning of our first bike stage (approximately 120 km of transfer). Our starting point is placed in the presence of the imposing Wadi Dayqah Dam. From here we start pedaling heading towards the sea, along a dirt road that winds through the mountains. Once we arrive at the coast we continue south until we reach our camp on the beach near Fins.

Beehive Tombs Oman

December  30, 2018: Fins – Beehive Tombs 
2nd Stage – 40 kilometers -Elevation+ 2,200 meters
This stage is as challenging as it is spectacular. We continue a little bit along the coast before start our crossing of the Hajar mountains to reach the plateau overlooking the sea. The initial part of the climb is really tough, a continuous series of hairpin turns allow us literally to climb the mountain, leaving the sea below us. Once we reach the plateau we will cross some solitary villages before reaching our final destination: the camp located near a number of ancient tombs dating back to 2000 BC and declared World Heritage.

December 31, 2018: Beehive Tombs – Wadi Bani Khalid
3rd Stage – 100 kilometers -Elevation+ 1,050 meters
We continue for about 5 km on the plateau before starting a long downhill that allows us to complete the crossing of the Hajar Mountain Range. Once in the valley, we will leave soon the main road to ride in a spectacular trail that develops between multi colored rock formations. The last part of the day, on asphalt, will take us to get to the special place that we chose to spend the night.

Do not forget your swimsuit!

January 1, 2019: Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands
Day off from bike. We can spend the morning trekking on the Wadi and it’s cave, or just swimming in the amazing natural pools. After lunch we will move with the 4×4 to reach the sand dunes of the Wahiba Desert and enjoy the sunset.

January 2, 2019: Wadi Bani Khalid  – Camp
4th Stage – 72 kilometers – Elevation+ 500 meters
The day begins with a transfer of about 70 km. We start riding the bike near a village and cross an area of low shrubs coasting the southern end of the Hajar Mountains. The desert will be far away to our right and to our left the mountains. The mountains will leave places to a vast plan where the spaces and distances will expand considerably. The fast track will lead us towards the north to our camp.

January 3, 2019: Camp – Al Hadd
6th Stage – 68 kilometers – Elevation+ 100 meters
Last stage of our bike tour. We continue all day riding north, through fast tracks where on the bikes we will suffer  the presence of the typical road corrugations caused by 4×4 cars. The points of reference will be made up of rocky masses of different colors that we will  see in the distance. Gradually we will feel the presence of the sea.  Our track ends near a lagoon; from here we miss the last kilometers of coastal road, to reach the end of our adventure.

January 4, 2019 
Morning by the sea with possible extra activities. In the early afternoon transfer to Muscat, dinner and night in hotel (or direct transfer to the arport for early departure)

 

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About your guide

 

Expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 20 years.
He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska).
He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous IditaBike (Alaska) in 1999 & 2000, as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world.
In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Projecting Adventure Cyclism.
In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cyclism he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world.
Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Projecting Adventure Cyclism.

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