Ocean Crust & Mountains of Mantle


Exclusive small group tour, number of participants : 4-15
21 - 30 January 2025 *5 spaces*
10 days/9 nights
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 Includes 3 World Heritage Sites  and the world's best ophiolite
Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing a room, bed & breakfast accommodation, and picnic lunches. Single supplement applies, please make contact for details.

The geology of Oman is spectacular. Exceptionally well exposed rocks offer a fascinating outcrop experience, second to none. The scenery is unique and often breath-taking. The Semail Ophiolite (former sea floor you can walk on), mountain ranges of more than 3000 m altitude and deeply incised canyons, with turquoise-coloured perennial streams, contrast with dry but golden sand deserts. In addition to all this, the coastal areas also have kilometres of white beaches and the country as a whole boasts great archaeology and several world heritage sites.

A photograph of James Cresswell pointing to the Moho in Wadi al Abyad, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
James Cresswell pointing to the Moho in Wadi al Abyad (Day2)
A photograph of cap carbonates overlying Snowball Earth deposits, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
Tropical dolomites (cap carbonates) overlying Snowball Earth glacial deposits (Day 2)
A photograph of a man standing on a fossilized Black Smoker, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
Our local driver and the vent of a fossilized Black Smoker (Day 3)
A photograph of the Geotimes pillow basalts at Wadi al Jizzi, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
The 'Geotimes' pillow basalts at Wadi al Jizzi (Day 3)
A photograph of a copper mine taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
A copper mine that has been mined for most of the last 4,000 years (Day 3)
A photograph of Wadi Murri on an Oman geology tour
Cretaceous limestones plunge under the Hawasina & Semail ophiolite nappes on the Wadi Murri mountain road (Day 4)
A photograph of Jebel Misht and Al Ayn beehive tombs taken on an Oman geology tour
Jebel Misht mountain in the background. This mountain was asubmarine volcano with an atoll on top of it. In the foreground is the Al Ayn beehive tombs World Heritage Site (Day 4)
A photograph of four people at the Grand Canyon of Arabia Wadi al Nakhr, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
The Grand Canyon of Arabia, Wadi al Nakhr (Day 5)
A photograph of a cave formation which resembles a lion inside Al Hoota Cave, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
A cave formation which resembles a lion inside Al Hoota Cave (Day 5)
A photograph of an irrigation canal in the Aflaj Irrigation System of Oman World Heritage Site, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
The Aflaj Irrigation System of Oman” World Heritage Site (Day 5)
A photograph of six people standing on top of a desert dune in the Wahiba Sands, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
Our group at sunset in the Wahiba Sands (Day 6)
A photograph of eight people standing in front of red and white coloured folded rock, the Mother of All Outcrops in radiolarian chert, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
The 'Mother of All Outcrops' folds in radiolarian cherts (Day 7)
A photograph of Wadi Shab, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
Wadi Shab, one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman (Day 8)
A photograph of stacked up tsunami boulders, taken on a GeoWorld Travel Oman geology trip, tour and holiday
Stacked up tsunami boulders (Day 8)
A photograph of the world's largest mega sheath fold taken on a Oman geology holiday and tour
A part of the world's largest mega-sheath fold (Day 8)
A photograph of Wadi al Kabir, Muscat,  taken on a GeoWorld Travel geology holiday and tour of Oman
A view of the Wadi al Kabir area of Muscat. The rocks in the foreground are Permian-aged meta-sediments of the Arabian foreland and the rocks in the background are mantle rocks of the Semail ophiolite. The city is built on the fault line and is expanding by smashing away the mountains (Day 9).


Day 1. Arrive in Muscat, Oman. We will stay at a hotel within easy reach of the International Airport.

Day 2. The Moho, Snowball Earth and Precambrian stromatolites. Our first stop today is one of Oman's greatest geosites. We travel to Wadi al Abyad to see the world's best outcrops of the Moho. The Moho is another name for the Mohorovičić discontinuity and is the boundary between the Earth's crust and mantle. The Moho is visible here because a spreading ridge plate boundary (a place where the Moho is near the surface) was obducted onto the Arabian continent as part of the Semail Ophiolite. The Semail Ophiolite is the best exposed ophiolite anywhere in the world. To reach Wadi al Abyad we must drive off-road on a river bed, and the wadi is about an hour from Muscat. Once we arrive at our site can see mantle rock (peridotite) at the base of a cliff with a clear line separating them from layered gabbros above. We then move on to Wadi Haslan for our first picnic lunch and examine Snowball Earth deposits. These deposits formed at a time when it is thought that the whole Earth was glaciated. At this site we see 712ma tillites and glacial lake deposits with drop-stones (rocks that fall out of icebergs) immediately overlain by tropical dolomites. These tropical dolomites are known as the cap carbonates and can be found all over the world on Snowball Earth deposits, demonstrating the climate very rapidly warming at the end of Snowball Earth. Our final site of the day is an unconformity between Precambrian rocks and Permian rocks. The Precambrian rocks contain stromatolites while the Permian rocks showed a marine transgression from a beach to limestone. From here we drive to the coast where we spend the first of our two nights in Sohar. Total drive time: 4 hrs 30 mins.

Day 3. Mid-ocean ridge rocks of the Semail Ophiolite. Today is all about seeing rocks that formed at a mid-ocean spreading ridge, but have now been obducted on the continent surface as part of the Semail Ophiolite. We start the day by visiting a fossilised Black Smoker that was once on the ocean floor at a mid-ocean ridge plate boundary. At the smoker we view copper mineralisation and interesting umber sediments which are rich in metals. At our next stop, we see hexagonal cooling structures in thick sill, before having our picnic lunch at part of the sheeted dyke complex, which is so characteristic of ophiolites. These dykes were the feeders of lava that was erupting out onto the sea floor at the mid-ocean spreading ridge. Next, we visit one of Oman's most famous geosites, the incredible "Geotimes" Pillow Basalts at Wadi al Jizzi. It is considered to be the best pillow basalt outcrops in the world. These basalts were erupted out on to the seabed, and formed pillow structures as they were cooled by the sea water. We finish the day with a visit to a copper mine that had been mined for most of the last 4,000 years, and see what may be the only ziggurat (stepped pyramid) in Arabia, built by early copper miners from Mesopotamia. We spend a second night in Sohar. Drive time: 2.0 hrs

Day 4. A traverse of the Al Hajar Mountains with the Hawasina & Semail Ophiolite nappes, & the Al Ayn UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The first stop of our day is fossilised White smoker near to a place called Al Ghizayn. At Al Ghizayn we see pillow basalts, sills, dykes and a site of ancient copper smelting. Next we stop at the hospital in Wadi Hawasina. Here there is a fantastic view – mantle peridotites of the Semail ophiolite nappe behind us, and in front of us heavily folded marine sediments of the Hawasina nappe. The Hawasina nappe had first thrust over the Arabian continent and the Semail ophiolite nappe then thrust over both of them. The boundary between the two nappes is now thought to have been a former subduction zone, with the Semail ophiolite having formed at the spreading ridge of a back-arc-basin. A little further along the road we see granulite facies rocks known as the “metamorphic sole”. These rocks formed in the subduction zone. Furthermore, at this contact we see a hill made of marble. This was once an atoll which got jammed into the subduction zone! Soon after this stop we examine some beautiful chevron folds in the Hawasina sediments, that were deposited by turbidites. We continue on to our lunch stop,  a multi-coloured outcrop of Hawasina sediments in a road cut. This is followed by a spectacular mountain road through Wadi Murri, where we see Cretaceous limestones plunging beneath both the Hawasina & Semail ophiolite nappes. Finally we arrive at the beautiful Jebel Misht mountain & Al Ayn beehive tombs World Heritage Site. The tombs are early Bronze Age, and sit in front of Jebel Misht which is made up of Triassic aged limestone and dolomite sitting on top of volcanic rock. The mountain is known as an ‘Oman exotic’ because it was actually a submarine volcano with an atoll on top of it, which was scraped on to the continent as part of the Hawasina nappe! We then proceed on to the city of Nizwa where we spend the next two nights. Total drive time: 4 hrs 15 mins.

Day 5. Al Hoota Cave, the Grand Canyon of Arabia, & The Falaj Daris UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our first stop today is the Al Hoota Cave in the Hajar Mountains. The cave is the largest show cave in Arabia and sits in mid-Cretaceous aged limestones and dolomites. The cave has been formed by water flowing through tectonic fractures, it contains beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and has a geology museum in its visitor centre. The next stop is a view over the ruined town of Ghul which lies on Cretaceous limestone, and from our viewpoint it may be possible to find a few fossils preserved in pebbles. This is followed by a viewpoint of Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest peak (3,028m) and of Wadi al Nakhr, which is also known as the “Grand Canyon of Arabia”. The cliffs of the canyon are 1,500m high and are made of Jurassic and Cretaceous marine sedimentary rocks. The following stop is an archaeological one, to observe south eastern Arabia's most important Neolithic rock engravings, at Hasat Bin Salt also known as Coleman’s Rock.  Finally we stop at another World Heritage Site, “The Aflaj Irrigation System of Oman”. This irrigation system is up to 4,500 years old and is seen as one of the driving forces behind the formation of Oman as a nation as it provided the reason for nomadic societies to settle down. We then returned to Nizwa for a second night. Total drive time: 3 hrs 50 mins.

Day 6. Nizwa, plagiogranite, Oman exotics, a chromite pit, a Moho view & the Wahiba Sands Desert. We start the day with free time to explore Nizwa's famous fort and fascinating souk. We then head off in the late morning and our first geological stop is to see an outcrop of plagiogranite. This rock formed at the transition zone of the gabbro magma chamber and sheeted dyke complex by extreme fractional crystallisation of the mantle magma chamber melt. This was followed by our lunch stop at an outcrop of white reef limestone, an ‘Oman Exotic’ which is late Permian to Triassic in age and was scraped onto Arabia as part of an atoll or submarine volcano. The outcrop has additionally been weathered so it resembles a skull. Our next stop was near to this site is a chromite pit where it is possible to find chromite and serpentinized minerals.  The last stop in this area is a view the Moho on a mountainside, here the bottom three quarters of a mountainside is made up of peridotites from the mantle while the top portion is made up of gabbro from the crust. Finally we have an exhilarating high-speed drive into the Wahiba Sand dunes to reach a desert camp where we spent the night. Total drive time: 3 hrs.

Day 7. Precambrian basement, Kimberlite, the ‘Mother of All Outcrops’, and Climate Change. The first thing we do this morning is drive back through the desert dunes to reach the road. We then visit a site where we see rocks of the Precambrian crystalline basement (800-1,000 million years old). Here we see granites that formed as terranes, were accreted together and then cut by huge gabbro dykes that were intruded as the basement went through a later period of extension. All these rocks are themselves intruded by granitic pegmatite (containing large crystals) dykes. Our next stop is to see an ultramafic rock outcrop on the beach, which contained volcanic fragments (lapilli) that formed due to the ascent of magma. Some authors have called the rock a kimberlite, which is the deepest mantle derived volcanic rock of all, and sometimes contains diamonds, although this outcrop contains no diamonds. After our picnic lunch, we then visit one of Oman’s most photogenic outcrops, informally known as the ‘Mother of All Outcrops’. Here, red radiolarian chert is interbedded with white porcellanite. These sediments were deposited in water 4,000-4,500 metres deep, and were thrust onto Arabia as part of the Batain Nappe (along with Oman’s other ophiolite, the Masirah Ophiolite), 15-20 ma after the emplacement of the main Semail Ophiolite. Our next stop is nearby and is to see an outcrop of manganese ore which contained crystals of pyrolusite (MnO2). This is followed by an outcrop of carbonitite volcanic rock, which contains beautiful veins of amethyst. Our final stop on the edge of Sur, is a site 3.7m above current sea level, where marine erosion and marine organisms have carved a pitted notch into Eocene conglomerate. This level represents the high tide level in the Eemian interglacial (127,000 to 106,000 years ago), when global temperatures were several degrees warmer than today (and, for example, hippos lived in the River Thames in London). Today we have already exceed Eemian CO2 levels, so this outcrop is a stark warning of what sea level rise is to come. We spend the night in Sur. Total drive time: 4 hrs.

Day 8. Fossil Corals, Wadi Shab, the Bimmah Sinkhole and the World’s largest Sheath Fold. The first stop of the day is a series of Miocene wave-cut platform terraces which are overlain by Quaternary fossil corals. The terraces have formed due to tectonic uplift. We then arrive at Wadi Shab, a magnificent canyon cut into Eocene limestone, which is considered by many to be Oman’s most beautiful Wadi. We spent three hours hiking in the wadi enjoying the wonderful scenery, and have the opportunity to swim in the natural pools there. We also had our picnic lunch here. We then visit a fascinating site with a tsunami deposit. Here huge boulders are seen on top of a cliff. Some of the boulders are even stacked up, or ‘imbricated’, showing that they had been washed into place by a giant wave! Our next stop is the Bimmah Sinkhole a popular stop for geologists and the general public alike. The sinkhole is actually a doline. The surface rock is not soluble but the layer beneath is and, when a cave formed in it, the surface rock crashed through leaving a doline. There is the further opportunity for a swim here. Our final stop of the day is at Wadi al Mayh to see the world’s largest sheath fold, which also contains many smaller isoclinal folds. Sheath folds are associated with shear zones, in this case the plate boundary along which the Semail ophiolite obducted. They are normally only centimetre to metre in scale but this one is 15 km long! We then return to Muscat, where we began our tour and will spend the next two nights here. Total drive time: 2 hrs 30 mins.

Day 9. Mantle rocks of the Semail Ophiolite and the As Sifah Eclogite. Today is the final day of the tour and we spend it visiting sites in the Muscat area. Our first stop is in the harbour in the old city. Here we take a steep walk up to a viewpoint (600m in each direction with a 100m climb). On the walk we examine the rocks which are peridotites that originated in the mantle and are part of the Semail ophiolite. We then drive past the Sultan’s Palace and on to another viewpoint where we see a beautiful coastline of drowned valleys. From here we reach the beach of As Sifah, known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Oman. Here you can relax on the beach or take an optional (difficult) walk, 500 m each way, over large boulders to get to another beach where high-pressure low temperature metamorphic rock can be seen. This rock is eclogite, and formed as the Semail ophiolite was obducted onto Arabia. We then stop at a site where a large fold can be viewed. This fold is part of the same complex as the mega-sheath fold we saw on the proceeding day. Our final stop is a viewpoint over south-west Muscat. From here we can also see a strike slip fault, that may still be active, and of Eocene rocks lying unconformably upon the mantle rocks. We then return to our hotel for our final night. Total drive time: 2 hrs 30 mins.

Day 10.  Today we depart, but if you wish to see Muscat’s cultural sites, we recommend that you stay on an extra day. Our logitiscs company is able to arrange you a Muscat City tour as a one-day extension.


Geological guiding from James Cresswell
Local guide and driver
Transportation from destination to destination
Hotel accommodation
Breakfast in the hotels
Picnic lunches


Shuttles to and from airport
Alcohol and soft drinks

Semail Ophiolite PHOTO GALLERY

This trip visits the world's best preserved ophiolite, the Semail Ophiolite, and has stops in all parts of the sequence
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"I have just returned from my second trip with GeoWorld Travel, this time to the extraordinary geology of Oman. The meticulous preparation and the inspiring guideance by James to some of the best geological sites in the world were outstanding. Our group included a majority of geologists, working in various fields. Our collective contributions to the interpretation of some of the complex geology were welcomed and appreciated. A highlight were the social conversations within the group of participants and with the Omani drivers who were superb."

William S., Gloucestershire, UK
Review was posted to Google, February 2024


"I'm just back from a Geoworld Travel journey through Oman. The trip was outstanding! We saw top class geological sites such as the Grand Canyon of Arabia, black smokers, the best pillow lava outcrop in the world, the mother of all outcrops, cave, wadis, sinkholes, cap carbonate, dunes, and, of course, the Moho and ophiolites, to name but a few. We also saw fabulous archaeological sites such as petroglyphs and the beehives tombs. We had a very knowledgeable fantastic group too where everyone shared their expertise. James is as always a fantastic guide, leading us through earth history and keeping us in track, with a wonderful personality. And of course Abby is the best organiser one can dream of. The country is magnificent and the people some of the friendliest I ever met. And our Omani drivers were top class! This is my 5th geo trip with Geoworld Travel, and certainly not the last."

Sophie G., Oxfordshire, UK
Review was posted to Google, February 2024


"I have just returned from the 2024 Oman trip and am still experiencing the enthusiasm and mind-blowing landscape that shows the results of tectonism in creating nappes (thrust sheets), recumbent folds, magma intrusion and ophiolite production.  Honestly this has opened a new chapter in my geologic understanding.  I graduated in geology in 1972 and ophiolitic development was not part of the curriculum. James did a WONDERFUL job of explaining what we were seeing and provided research papers and travel log that supported his deliveries.  The tour participants were of a variety of ages, geologic knowledge, and physical abilities.  I would describe the level of excursion as moderate to strenuous.  I am a less fit person and there were still places I could sit out and still see excellent ophiolite and nappe examples.  James and the other trip participants were very kind and helpful to a member of our group that was less physically able.  James was also very patient and helpful to folks with less geologic knowledge and kept the stop background interesting to folks more knowledgeable, it was a grand experience on many levels.  The Omani drivers were excellent and experienced, and we had a fantastic, healthy lunch every day that they prepared.  Oman is a very friendly country with an interesting history. This was a trip of a lifetime for me and exceeded my expectations as to what it would be!!!!"

Kay W., Texas, USA
Review sent to us by email, February 2024


"We just returned from a fabulous Oman field trip with James. The geology is so complex and spectacular, but James was able to explain it in such way that we all could understand. The discussions with other geologists at the outcrops were always intriguing and left us eager to learn more. The trip was well organized and the hotels were great. We stood on mantle rocks, saw evidence of huge tsunami deposits, visited caves, drove along a giant anticline, saw fossil black smokers, and snowball earth deposits. There were so many outstanding geologic sites that everyday was exciting. We were also able to see a few of the tourist sites as well including a fort and even stayed in a Bedouin tent. I highly recommend Oman to anyone interested in geology."

Cindy L., Nebraska, USA
Review was posted to Tripadvisor, February 2023


"We saw the typical tourist sites in Oman, plus a ton of off-the-beaten-track geology sites. The geology of Oman is mind-bendingly hard to figure out. James patiently explained it (and for people like me he had to explain it more than once!). Accommodation was great, food was great, drivers were great. James is an experienced tour guide, everything went as promised. This was our second GeoWorld tour, I highly recommend it."

Lelia McD, Toronto, Canada
Review was posted to Tripadvisor, March 2023


"I have come back down to earth after returning from my fabulous holiday in Oman. I can’t convey to you how marvellous a time I had on the tour! I have seen and learnt so much. Plus this was my first trip to the Middle East... what a lovely introduction! The Omani people are so kind and welcoming. Thanks very much for all of your hard work. It is very much appreciated. I hope you have recovered James, and are ready for the next one!"

Michelle T., Powys, UK
Review sent to us by email, February 2023


"This is my third trip with Geoworld travel. I went on the trip to Oman to look at the Ophiolites and other geology. We saw so much over the holiday, the scenery is stunning the geological explanations were very good. We stayed in a variety of hotels from five stars to a desert camp. The organisation from booking the trip to the end was excellent. The group I travelled with were all really nice. Thanks for a brilliant trip."

Teresa H., Essex, UK
Review was posted to Tripadvisor, February 2023


"As to the title. For one, I am very interested in structural geology. As to the second part... Four years ago I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (High Risk). My hematologist told me I had another 5 years at the most given all treatments would work as intended. Severe side effects would become part of my life. During the first treatment (induction) no trace of this blood cancer could be demonstrated. Even my hematologist was flabbergasted; "our treatments work miraculously well on you". Ever since, I feel great. No severe side effects whatsoever. And my body pretty much functions wonderfully well.
So I considered this oppertunity to go visit Oman on a geological trip a truly devine gift. Little did I know it would exceed my wildest expectations. The outcrops we got to see were truly mesmerizing. Some group members apparently knew what we were in for. For three of them were professional geologists. Which, by the way, only added to the quality of the trip.
James – our guide - turned out to be extremely well versed in matters of structural geology. Yet he was not too proud to admit that he did not have an answer on all questions. As a matter of fact this also added to the quality of our sojourn. Lively discussions in which convincing arguments held sway developed. Mind you there were three professional geologist. Furthermore we had a lady on the trip who knew a rather lot about petrology. And that is an understatement.
The international group (Australian, Brazilian, American, Canadian, English, Italian, Dutch and.... Welsh) itself consisted of truly lovely people. We had a wonderful time together. We travelled in highly reliable Toyota 4 wheel cars. At James suggestion we changed places every day so we would get to mingle with everyone and have a chance to listen to the stories of our Omani drivers as well.
The only thing I am sorry for is that I can not think of any critical note. It might have made this review somewhat more balanced."

Siem V., Lombardy, Italy
Review was posted to Tripadvisor, February 2023


"We recently went to Oman with GeoWorld Travel. It could not have been better. James was an excellent leader, able to pull togther a good friendly group. He had excellent knowledge of geology, applying this to the remarkable features of northern Oman. The trip could only be described as spectacular, informative, and really good fun."

David & Jenny G., Lancashire, UK
Review was posted to GoogleMay  2022


"The Oman tour was my third trip with GeoWorld Travel and as spectacular as previous tours. James arranged a nice blend of unique geologic features-from individual fossil encounters to exposures caused by massive continental and oceanic forces with cultural revelations both past and present. The coastal desert is home to a wide array of birds, reptiles, insects, plants and marine life-some that I had not previously encountered in my travels. I enjoyed the company of fellow travelers who shared an interest in the stories revealed in the rocks and of peoples of antiquity who tamed the land. Moreover, the residents of Oman are welcoming and gracious to guests to their country. A wholly satisfying experience!"

Marcia M., Virginia, USA
Review was posted to Tripadvisor, March 2022


"I had a wonderful 10-day geology tour in Oman with James and a great group of fellow travelers. We were a group of 5, plus James and Salim, our English-speaking local guide/driver. Salim was incredible friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable, help making our tour run smoothly. James is fun to travel with, lets us provide input on our travel schedule, lets us make impromptu photo stops, but keeps us on schedule. He offers inciteful explanations of the local geology in layman's terms (most of the group had limited knowledge, but a keen interest in geology). The Omani people are very friendly and enjoyable, most speak English, and the country offers up most of what we have in the states - sometimes too much. I highly recommend this trip for anyone with even a bit of geological interest. Oman has some of the most unique, and well exposed geology in the world."

Randy H., California, USA
Review was posted to Tripadvisor, December 2021


"I joined the GeoWorld (GWT) Travel trip to Oman in December 2021. This was a unique experience, focusing on the amazing geology of the region. The trip was led by James Cresswell who has deep geological knowledge of the area and was both an excellent host and guide. We covered a lot of Ophiolite related geology during the tour without feeling rushed. This is my second GWT trip and I am booked on others. GWT tours are relevant for the complete geological spectrum from professional geologists to "beginner hobbyists" and James adapts his guiding style for each member of the group depending on their experience. I can highly recommend GWT and would award them 5 stars for trip content, guide leadership and value for money."

Andrew M., Warwickshire, UK,
Review sent to us by email, December 2021


"There were eight of us on this tour from four different English-speaking countries. Luckily we completed the tour and all of us got home just before the Coronavirus pandemic shut down tourist travel worldwide. James led us to one world-class geosite after another and presented them in a way that we could all understand and appreciate. James’ explanations of the sites that we visited left us all well-informed and he was very patient in explaining basic geological concepts to those in the group that didn’t have a background in geology. Geology aside, Oman is a beautiful and amazing country and this tour took us through remote places that the average tourist just isn’t going to see. Travel was in comfortable Toyota 4WD Land Cruisers. James drove one and a local Omani drove the other one. Our Omani driver Nasser was a pleasant man who spoke English well and was glad to tell us as much about Oman as we wanted to know. We stopped at six or seven geosites every day and had a nice leisurely picnic lunch in the shade I never felt like we were being rushed. The drives between stops weren’t too long and I never got tired of the mountain and desert scenery. Accommodations ranged from a five-star beach resort to tents at a Bedouin desert camp – which was by far my favorite overnight stop. My only regret is that I didn’t plan an extra day or two to spend in Muscat after the tour. James has a special thing going with GeoWorld Travel and I hope that this Coronavirus pandemic runs its course before much longer so that he can continue to offer us these unique tours."

Joseph M., Utah, USA
Review was posted to TripAdvisorJanuary 2020


"I was impressed by the trip, including the overall standard of the travel and accommodation. As ever, I enjoyed your company and will be viewing your website for future options."

Dennis C., Essex, UK,
Review sent to us by email, March 2019


"Thanks for the well-organised, informative, and very enjoyable tour around the geological highlights of Oman."

Nigel B., Birmingham, UK
Review sent to us by email, February 2019