If you have ever traveled to Middle East you know that it is inevitable to enjoy its distinctive charm, unique culture, intense smells, music, spices, rich mixes, very hospitable people and, of course, the vastness of the desert!
On my recent trip to Oman, I wandered endlessly through the ruined villages of Birkat al Mawz and I also visited Muscat and the well known Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. On this article I will share my unique 4x4 Jeep Safari experience at Wahiba Sands Desert. All of my experiences in the Sultanate of Oman, can also be found in my comprehensive 5 day Oman travel guide!
The desert, also known as Sharqiya sands, stretches 180 kilometers from north to south. It is easily accessible from Muscat and in about 3 hours and hassle free at all you will be able to experience this incomparable desert magic!
Drive among the 200m high - golden Wahiba Sands sand dunes, especially at sunset, it is an experience that is really worth living! You can combine the safari with a visit to Wadi Bani Khalid oasis with its turquoise waters, palm trees and white rocks to be the highlight of your trip!
There are no permanent structures in the Wahiba Sands desert except for the wandering Bedouin, but I would hardly miss the opportunity to spend the night there as it is on the list of experiences you need to have at least once in your life!
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The best time to visit Italy are the months of May, June, and September. Compared to the peak summer months of July and August, these months offer more comfortable temperatures and there are fewer crowds ( except around Easter ). The country experiences four classic seasons per year, although there is a marked difference between the wetter, cooler North and the drier, warmer South. The rainiest months pretty much everywhere are usually October and November.
Fall ( September – November ) : temperatures cool down gradually, although September is usually still very pleasant. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too. Fall carries many of the same benefits as spring, but with slightly less predictable weather.
Winter : temperatures in the South remain mild in winter, while Northern Italy is normally wet and cold. Winter in the Italian Alps is fantastic though for skiing and snowboarding, but the ski resorts do get crowded so book early.
Travelers wishing to visit Italy can use a bus, train, plane, or boat to get there. Most tourists arrive by plane though, often landing in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the country’s busiest airport. This is the preferred point of entry in Italy when you want to visit Rome, or saut the entire country. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Rome.
Although Rome is the main getaway for most visitors to Italy, it’s often easier and cheaper to fly directly to/from one of the country’s other airports. It can also save you a lot of time to book a multi-city ticket, hereby arriving in one airport and leaving from another ( for example fly in via Milan in the north and fly out via Naples in the south ). The following airports are of interest for most tourist itineraries :
Milan Malpenza Airport ( north ) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy ( and also the main getaway to the Italian Lakes ). Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Milan.
Venice Marco Polo airport ( north ) is the international airport of Venice. It offers flights to many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada, South Korea and the Middle East. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Venice.