5th - 14th March 2023
9 Days / 9 Nights
Max 7 participants
All skill levels
Easy / Moderate
Type of Tour: Small Group
Lead Photographers - Andy Yee and Daniel Nahabedian
Cost: $8750 (AUS), €5450 (Euro), $6000 (USD)
Magical and mystical, Oman is a beautiful corner of the Arabian Peninsula that is warm and welcoming. Steeped in Bedouin and Arab history and hospitality it is the place to engage with the Arab world without the distorted lens of the opulent wealth of its neighbours.
Oman is bursting with photographic opportunities, from the capital Muscat, to the deserts, riverbed oases, labyrinthine souks. It's long coastline that is home to turtles and flamingos.
This nine-day intensive workshop encapsulates the most exceptional locations that Oman has to offer, and the chance to see some camels as well!
Lead by award-winning official Sony Digital Imaging Advocate Andy Yee, and accompanied by Daniel Nahabedian, the man behind the award winning website Canvas of Light. This tour will push your photography to the next level. The intimate group size is designed for personal attention to develop your photographic vision.
Accomodation will be 3-4 star and booked based upon location convenience and comfort.
Days 1 & 2 — Muscat
We begin our adventure in the port capital, Muscat. After picking you up from the airport, and sharing a welcome dinner together, we will explore the city that is scenically wedged between the ocean and the mountains.
It boasts old fortifications that look down over the port and protect the massive, contemporary Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque as well as the old waterfront Muttrah quarter, with its labyrinthine-like souk and busy fish market. Flower-rich parks fill this gentle city and when the opera house lights up at night, you can not deny its beauty.
Day 3 — Al Hajar Mountains
We will pass by the 17th Century Nakhal Fort for some stunning views from the battlements. Our 4WD cars will navigate the steep pass to Wadi Bani Awf. Deep in Oman's countryside are many villages still retain their traditional charm. Perhaps the most appealing of these is Bilad Sayt, a tranquil mountain hamlet tucked away in the mountains. The road, or should I say the track, is steep, but it is worth the nail-biting. We will stop off at Misfat Al Abreen, set in a stunning landscape above terraced plantations of date palms; a rare sight in Oman as most palms are grown on the plains. The ancient houses and ruined watchtower perched on the mountain complete the scene. We will sleep at the top of Jebel Shams, “Sun Mountain”, Oman’s highest peak. The cooler temperatures will surprise as you reach the top to get a spectacular view of the “Grand Canyon”.
Day 4 & 5 — Nizwa
Nizwa is Oman’s cultural capital and launch pad for the region filled with castles, forts, date plantations, Wadi and some prime markets. The 17th Century Jabrin castle is one of the finest of its kind. Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman dating back to the 12th century was the capital for the tribe living in the region and famous for its pottery even today. We will make a special trip to the Sinwa market, which will host its incredibly Camel market during our trip. The intense auction brings people from across the country to this amazing spectacle.
Day 6 & 7 — Sharqiya Sands
The Sinaw Souq is amongst one of the oldest preserved souqs in Oman and it is a hive of activity where you can see immaculately dressed men and delicately decorated ladies selling their wears, from date, spices, silver and livestock sold frantically by auction and it is wonderful to see Bedouins bidding for a goat or a camel. No trip to Oman would be complete without a trip to the desert! We will track across the ribbed sands to rub shoulders with camels being headed by Bedouins as we sleep in an unpowered luxury desert camp where the sky will show us a display of thousands of stars.
Days 8 & 9 — Arabian Coast
Our final days will be spent along the natural landscape and unspoiled shorelines of the Arabian coast as we animal watch. Filim has a shallow bay that is a haven for flamingos and Ras Al Jinz is world renown for the nesting of the endangered green turtle, probably the most important nesting concentration on the Indian Ocean. This is the only place where the public can watch the nesting process of these amazing sea-giants and is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We follow the coast back to Muscat passing some spectacular oasis, such as Wadi Shab one of the most beautiful wadis and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip.
Omani Cuisine and Accommodation
Oman is a gastronomic destination in and of itself mixing Arab, Persian, Indian, Asian, Eastern Mediterranean, and African cuisine, reflecting Oman's position as a vast trading empire at the intersection of traditional spice trade routes. All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinners, as well as water and soft drinks, will be offered, but the alcohol is on you (where available).
We will be staying in three-star or greater hotels or luxury desert tents during our trip. Each hotel has been selected for their quality and offers a comfortable stay in well-equipped rooms or elaborate desert tents. All rooms on the workshop will be provided as dual occupancy, but there are limited spaces available as a single room for a $1000 (AUS) supplement.
For Terms and Conditions click here
* Two professional photography guides
* Nine nights accommodation
* Dual Occupancy (Single Supplement for additional $1000 available on request)
* Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner
* Transportation in private vehicles
* All entrance fees to photography locations
* Post-Processing sessions during the tour
* Airfare to/from Oman
* Alcoholic beverages
* Travel insurance
* Equipment and baggage insurance
* Visas (if applicable)
To reserve your spot for this workshop, a deposit of $1000 (AUD) can be made via Paypal.
Remaining workshop tuition amount will be due 60 days before workshop. A reminder invoice will be sent out 90 days before the workshop commencement
Tour will be guided by professional photographers Andy Yee and Daniel Nahabedian.
Andy Yee is a professional photographer who specializes in travel/tourism, architecture and commercial projects. He is a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate and the winner of the Sony Alpha Landscape Award. Andy has travelled extensively in all seasons of the year and worked on projects with several tourism agencies and publications.
Daniel Nahabedian is a French-Armenian freelance professional photographer, specializing in Travel, Culture and Landscapes. He is also a photography instructor, teaching in group and private workshops around the world about basic and intermediate photography, as well as post-processing in Lightroom.