Explore vast deserts, lush oases and lost cities in one of the most beautiful countries in Arabia, on a journey that includes privileged exploration of one of Oman’s foremost archaeological sites.
In a brand new tour for 2014, ACE Cultural Tours is offering unrivalled insight into Oman’s current scholarly developments with a special excursion to the archaeological site of Ra’s al-Hadd. Our Tour Director Dr Politis, the site’s project director, will guide us through the excavations and explain its history and recent discoveries.
Oman was ancient Magan, host to the Queen of Sheba, Marco Polo and Wilfred Thesinger. Epitomised by Sinbad the Sailor, it is a sea-faring nation where traditional fishing and boat-building still take place today. Our excursions take us across the desert to the capital of the Dhofar province, Salalah, to explore the UNESCO sites of Al Balid and Khor Rori. We also venture north into the Empty Quarter, a vast desert stretching through Oman and Saudi Arabia, to uncover the ancient lost city of Ubar, often referred to as the ‘Atlantis of the sands’.
Our tour will be led by Dr Konstantine Politis. An archaeologist, previously based for two decades at the British Museum, specialising in the early Byzantine and early Islamic periods. He leads continuing excavations of Zoara, modern Safi in Jordan, and at Ra’s al-Hadd in Oman.
Oman: Lost Cities in the Land of Frankincense, November 19–28, 2014, £2795
For more information and a full itinerary please see our website: http://www.aceculturaltours.co.uk/tourdetails/4207
NOTES TO EDITORS
Established in 1958, ACE Cultural Tours is the most experienced cultural tours travel operator in the UK, offering more than 200 worldwide tours annually.
Owned by the charitable organisation, the ACE Foundation, all of our surplus is used to support educational projects in the UK and worldwide.
Our ATOL number is 10204, and our ABTOT number is 5237.
Visit the ACE Cultural Tours website here: www.aceculturaltours.co.uk
Visit the ACE Foundation website here: http://www.acefoundation.org.uk
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