NEW YEAR´S EVE IN OMAN - ARABIA FELIX BIKE TOUR

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OVERVIEW

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.

Refund and cancellation
Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Projecting Adventure Cyclism.
Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
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Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
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Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.
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Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
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After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Projecting Adventure Cyclism (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip. Traveler acknowledges that the Projecting Adventure Cyclism shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Projecting Adventure Cyclism in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

The price includes

  • 8 overnight (2 in Hotel, 5 in Camp, 1 in Resort on the beach)
  • Vehicles for luggage transportation
  • Logistic team with bike guides and drivers, cookers and helpers
  • Full-board during the bike stages.
  • Arrival Airport Transfer on December 28, 2020
  • Departure Airport Transfer on January 5, 2021

The price does not include

  • Flight ticket and overbaggage
  • Visa on arrival (about €15)
  • Lunch on the arrival day (December 28)
  • Extra services and alcoholic drinks in hotels and resort.
  • Extra services and transportation before December 28 and after January 5.
  • Single room or single tent supplement
  • Everything not present in “The price include”
  • Dates
    ON DEMAND
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Stages
    5
  • Length
    350 km
  • Elevation
    4.900 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Price
    2.190 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

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.

DAY 02 – STAGE 01

Wadi Dayqah Dam – Fins – 70 km | 650 m

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.

DAY 03 – STAGE 02

Fins – Beehive Tombs – 40 km | 2.200 m

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.

DAY 04 – STAGE 03

Beehive Tombs – Wadi Bani Khalid – 100 km | 1.050 m

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!

DAY 05

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.

DAY 06 – STAGE 04

Wadi Bani Khalid  – Camp – 72 km | 500 m

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.

DAY 07 – STAGE 05

Camp – Al Hadd – 68 km | 100 m

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.

DAY 08

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)

YOUR GUIDE

Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 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, 2018, 2019 & 2020 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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