Contact us now to secure your dates for next season. We are already receiving enquiries and bookings for our GECO Camps in Oman, and other overseas destinations. The GECO Camps Oman season is due to open its doors mid October 2018 until June 2019. Remember we have the mountains which offer us a summer destination plus our new location in the south of Oman – Salalah!
World-wide: our current selection of destinations is always available as are new countries we have introduced this season: Morocco and Japan. Popular this past year have been Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Tanzania, Finland and Europe. Visit our destinations page for more details on what we can offer.
Also available for 2018-19 is Salalah, our new destination in the Dhofar region of southern Oman. Offering year round availability, the seasonal contrast to the rest of Oman is very apparent particularly in the summer months of the Khareef (monsoon) season. The focus of our programmes in Dhofar is more on the cultural, historical and geographical travel experience, with various trekking and water based activities available, making it a good choice for Duke of Edinburgh Award groups.
The first time for some of the group to see snow, this was the extreme, with temperatures dropping to -20 degrees Celsius on most days, but offering superb sunny conditions for most of the week.
The group had a spectacular trip taking part in a range of activities: Husky dog sledding, reindeer sledding, ice-fishing, snow-mobile safari, northern lights safari, skiing and snowboarding, snow-shoe safari, a trip to the Arctic Circle to visit Santa’s Village and a final day in Helsinki!
For more details on our trips to Finland and winter activities programme, please contact us for details and pricing.
The Mountain biking group started their ride from Wadi A’ala on a 26km tail on graded roads to their camp near to Al Hamra town. The following day saw the group ride in to the foothills of Jebal Shams and Wadi Ghul. Day 3 was devoted to the Jebal Shams downhill, a 21 km downhill ride on graded tracks with a descent of over 1000metres. from the highest point of 2300m.
The group also took part on the Jebal Shams Resort track, developed by GET a couple of years ago. Here the students helped repair some sections and improve a new route on the track offering a range of difficulty and technicality.
A wonderful group and full of enthusiasm, everyone developed in their own skill and confidence. For more details about our biking trips for groups please contact us.
With the development of our Camp at Sifah, we are receiving more enquiries for the coming 2019 season from schools in Oman and the GCC.
Development of our newly opened office in France is also a step forward to breaking into the European market of International schools.
The season ahead sees us traveling with groups not only to Oman, but to Germany, Japan, Finland, Nepal, Morocco (NEW!), Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Returning and new schools continue to acknowledge the depth of support and quality of trips GET are offering and we look forward to welcoming them this season!
The first group of 50+ young and enthusiastic edventurers camped at the Jebal shams Resort for four days whilst taking part in a range of outdoor activities from climbing, abseiling, trail biking and bush-craft to orienteering and team challenges. The cooler altitude of the mountain provided the perfect escape from the summer temperatures of Muscat.
The second group consisting 40+ year 8 students ventured to the more remote Jabal al Akdhar where they took part in a variety of activities offering a first experience of the Duke of Edinburgh International Award which many of them will join when they enter Year 9 in the next academic year. Amongst a couple of other outdoor activities, including climbing and mountain biking, the group participated in hiking, navigation exercises, camping wild and demonstrating camp-craft skills, all in small groups to develop personal and team experiences in an outdoor setting. The programme is hoped to promote the popular Duke of Edinburgh International Award which the school has been running for a number of years.
The group finished with a wonderful stay at the local Time-Reversal Spa to round-off an exciting and memorable trip.
GET offer a number of programmes in Oman with our GECO Camps and site specific location at Jebal Sifah, plus our newest camp setting of France, with the opening of GECO France Sarl earlier this year. Our programmes are tailored to schools and all ages, and being a licensed ITAP for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, we are able to offer a range of options for the Expedition component of the Award to various locations worldwide. Contact us for more details.
Visits to the following sights and business linked topics coupled both the educational and cultural side of the trip:
A wonderful group and trip and many lasting memories to take home from the city of Amsterdam.
GET offer a number of European city tours for curricular purposes, including: Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Helsinki, Oslo, London, Madrid, Rome, and more! We are always open to new suggestions and always tailor our trips to the needs of your group! Contact us..
Our most recent trip for one of our regular school clients took the group to Finland for a Winter Edventure exploring new culture, activities and environment!
Finland offers a fantastic range of activities for schools and adult groups alike, and with our new found destination in the southern most fjells of the country, it provided the perfect setting for our school tour. Iso Syote is one of the few winter activity areas in Finland, and with the support of the resort of the same name, offers groups a multi-activity programme: husky-dog sledding, reindeer farm and sledding, fat-bike winter mountain biking, ice-fishing, tobogganing, snow-shoeing, ski and snowboard on pristine slopes, and a northern lights safari by snowmobile. There are more activities on offer and can be tailored to all groups depending on number of days, age and focus.
There are other side-trips available for which our group opted for: a trip to Lapland to see Santa Claus (the real one!), Ranua Zoo and time in Helsinki city to round-off a very memorable trip for everyone.
If you would be interested in a trip to Finland please contact us for more details. As part of the EU it has Euro for its currency and is somewhat less-expensive than its neighbours: Sweden, Norway and Iceland. A good time of year to visit is December through to end of March (April marking the end of the winter season). The months of December through February are colder and have longer nights but the activities on offer are provided throughout the season and well managed to cope with the cold and limited light during these periods.
Ski & Snowboard camps for schools offering a range of dates for the Winter Season opening January 2018.
Contact us for further details and visit our GECO Camps webpage for further details.
You can also view our Winter Camps specific GECO Winter brochure.
An additional policy to cover all participants on tours for the coming season. For Medical and Security emergencies providing additional peace of mind for your school or group travel. This cover does not replace normal travel insurance. More details click here or contact us. Also offering individual membership.
Whilst the temperatures soar to nearly 50 degrees celsius in Muscat and the lower regions, the Hajar Mountain range offers an ideal location to continue with our GECO Camps. With temperatures maxing at approximately 30 degrees celsius and dropping to nearly 12 degrees at night, both Jebal Shams and Jebal al Akdhar offer the perfect climate for our summer programmes.
Once again the local British School ventured into the mountains for two weeks of adventure activities for their Year 7 and Year 8 students. Our first camp setting for the Year 7 group provided four days of adventure while camping in tents and having the comfort of the facilities at the Jebal Shams Resort (2000m amsl). The group participated in a variety of activities, from abseiling and via ferrata, trail biking and team challenges, to bush-craft, survival and GPS navigation.
A special evening complemented the trip with the addition of a highly successful star-gazing event led by the Oman Astronomical Society and the use of their newly installed telescope providing a glimpse of the stars and planets.
Our second camp location was Jebal al Akdhar (2350m amsl) for a two night wild camp and adventure activity programme, followed by a final night at the newly renamed Time Reversal Spa (formerly known as the Sahab Hotel). This group of Year 8 students focused on a development of those skilled learned on previous camps in a variety of activities: mountain biking, climbing and abseiling, team problem solving and challenges, navigation and a final hiking and bush-craft challenge to finish the weeks programme.
A fantastic couple of weeks for all of those involved, returning home and to school with new friends, experiences and skills.
Our summer camp locations and activities are open to all groups and are offered from May to June, and from September to October. We also offer these locations during the winter season. Our GECO Camp Sifah opens in November through to April. Contact us for more details.