Scenic Oman 1220 , 7 Days

Discover the magic of the Sultanate of Oman - history, desert and sea. From high mountains and vast deserts to historic forts and dazzling mosques, Oman has it all. Situated on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula, this country can offer a cultural heritage that is older than 6000 years, warm waters, where dolphins and turtles live, deep fjords to be explored by dhow and desert landscapes with tempting possibilities for trekking or camel riding.

On this amazing tour you will have the chance to enjoy the open desert landscapes of Wahiba Sands, home to isolated settlements of semi-nomadic Bedouin; to explore the lively capital Muscat, voted Arab capital 2012, with its lovely port and bustling souq, where you can buy anything from spices to shoes; to discover historic events in Nizwa; to witness the birth of a new life at Ras al Hadd, and to experience sailing on a traditional dhow. Oman’s diversity of landscapes, wildlife and heritage means that there is truly something for everyone, who comes to visit this extraordinary country.

Highlights:
♦ Muscat - the bustling capital of Oman with its beautiful bay
♦ Ras al Jinz - the scientific center for observation of giant turtles
♦ Oman's beautiful nature - Wahiba Sands and the wadis
Nizwa - the cultural capital of the country


Itinerary:   

Day 1. Arrival in Muscat
Arrival at Muscat International Airport. After proceeding through immigration and collecting your luggage you will be met by your driver in the arrivals hall. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Overnight in Muscat. -/-/-

Day 2. Batinah tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will visit the Barka fish market - a traditional local Omani fish market situated in Barka. Here you will see many varieties of fish - tuna, prawns, king fish and many more, being sold in traditional Omani environs. We will then continue to  Ain Thawara hot spring which sits among the date farms in the foothills of the Al Hajar Mountains. We will visit the Al Hazm Fort, one of the most beautiful Omani forts. The fort does not contain any ceiling rafters with the roofs being are held up by columns. The width of each wall is no less than three metres. After that we will return to Muscat and visit The National Museum, Oman's flagship cultural institution, showcasing the nation’s heritage from the earliest human settlement in the Oman Peninsulasome two million years ago through to the present day. Overnight at Muscat hotel. B/L/-
Distance: appr. 325km

Day 3. Full day Muscat tour and sunset boat trip
At 09:30 we will depart for the city tour which begins with a visit to the magnificent Grand Mosque, built with sandstone and marble. A beautiful Swarovski chandelier and a huge handmade Persian carpet adorn the main prayer hall. Then we will continue to Muttrah Souk, a traditional market. We will get to enjoy the lively atmosphere and the scent of frankincense and spices. Our next stop is Bait Al Zubair museum. This privately owned museum, located in the old town of Muscat, is known for its fine collection of traditional costumes, antique jewellery and weapons. Lunch is included in a local restaurant during the tour. Afterwards we will have a photo stop at AlAlam Palace, the palace of the Sultan, followed by a 2-hour sunset boat ride along the coast of Muscat. On the way back to the hotel, photo stop at the Royal Opera House and drive through the ministry and embassy district back to the hotel. Free time for dinner and overnight at the Muscat hotel. B/L/-
Distance: appr. 80km

Day 4. Muscat – Jabrin – Al Hamra – Jebel Shams – Nizwa
After breakfast we will leave Muscat and depart towards the interior of Oman. We will visit Jabreen Castle, Oman’s most beautiful castle with its winding hallways, hidden staircases and beautifullydecorated interior. Later, we will reach Al Hamra and visit the village. Afterwards we will switch to 4x4 vehicles and go further up to Jebel Shams, the ‘mountain of the sun’, where we will enjoy the spectacular view from the Grand Canyon. Lunch during the tour is in a local restaurant. Afterwards, we will proceed to Nizwa, the former capital of Oman. Here we will visit Nizwa Souq, which lies in the vicinity of the walls of the famous Nizwa Fort. Its building embraces both traditional and modern architectural lines through its many alleys and divisions. Nizwa Souq has remained for hundreds of years home to a number of local industries, such as daggers, copper, spinning, livestock, fish, vegetables and handicrafts. Overnight in Nizwa. B/L/-
Distance: appr. 350km

Day 5. Nizwa – Sinaw – Al Mansfah – Wahiba
After breakfast, we will proceed to Sinaw Thursday Market, held every Thursday. It is a very busy market due to its proximity to the Bedouin communities, who head there to buy staples and sell their livestockand handicrafts. After that we will continue with a visit to a local house where we will meet the family and enjoy a homemade lunch. After lunch, we will see the ruins of the old mercantile community of Al Mansfah near Ibra. Later arrival  in Wahiba Sands. 4x4 vehicles will take us to the camp. Dinner and overnight at the desert camp. B/L/D
Distance: appr. 220km

Day 6. Wahiba – Wadi Bani Khaled – Sur - Ras Al Hadd
After breakfast the 4x4 vehicles will take us back to the bus. We will then visit Wadi Bani Khaled, which stands in strong contrast to the desert with its natural pools and greenery. Afterwards we will continue to the coastal town of Sur and visit a Dhow factory. Drive to Ras Al Hadd and check in to the hotel . After dinner (included in the price) , night excursion to Ras Al Jinz turtle resevre, where you can see the nestling turtles.Return for overnight stayB/L/D
Distance: appr. 210km

Day 7. Ras Al Hadd – Wadi Tiwi -Bimah sinkhole - Muscat
After breakfast we will drive to Sur for a short city tour. After that we will start our journey back to Muscat along the coast. We will stop at the beautiful Wadi Tiwi and have lunch at the Wadi Shab Resort. We then head towards Bimah sinkhole,a geological formation of the karst topography and a scenic wonder. We then continue our drive to Muscat and transfer (witout tour guide)  to the airport for departure . Highly recommended to book departure flight after 18:00 h.B/L/-
Distance: appr. 250km

Visa: All arrivals to Oman (By Air or by road) should apply for visa online prior to the arrival: Check if your country is eligible and apply here: https://evisa.rop.gov.om.

Practical information: Visitors should ask permission before attempting to photograph people or their property. ‘No Photography' signs exist in certain places and must be observed. Women should dress modestly beyond the hotel grounds, i.e. long skirts or dresses (below the knee) with covered shoulders; men should wear trousers and shirts with sleeves. Tight-fitting clothes should be restricted to hotel restaurants to avoid giving offence although this is not strictly followed by some Westerners. Shorts should not be worn in public and beachwear is prohibited anywhere except the beach. Women should cover their head with a scarf when visiting a mosque. Collecting seashells, abalone, corals, crayfish and turtle eggs is also prohibited. Avoid tap water and dairy products, which are likely to have been made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Travelling during Ramadan: 

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which fasting (eating, drinking or smoking) is observed from dawn to sunset by Muslims. Dates for 2024: from the evening March 10th to 8th of April  (+/ - 2 days). Non Muslims are advised to eat, drink or smoke only in dedicated areas and not in public.
♦ Dress code: Men and women are expected to dress more modestly during Ramadan. Revealing and tight clothing should be avoided. Women should keep chest, knees and shoulders covered out of respect. This includes when people are heading for a night out. Swimwear is still acceptable at public beaches and hotels, which will all be open as usual. Children are exempt.
♦ Hotels: Hotel beaches and pool areas will not serve food and drinks in swimming pool areas or any other open space. 4 *or lower category hotels/restaurants,won’t be serving alcohol during the month of Ramadan.Clients can bring alcohol from home/duty free shops and consume in the privacy of hotel room.
♦ Cafes and restaurants are closed during the day . If there are lunches included during tours/excursions, they will take place at hotels . In case there are not hotels in the area, clients will be provided with a picnic lunch box and guests will eat inside the vehicle to avoid the public.

Recommended period of travelling: September - April


Price Includes:
accommodation at standard hotels in Muscat; Nizwa and Ras Al Hadd; camp in Wahiba in a double standard room
English speaking local guide (excl. transfers)
airport transfers with a local driver
meals as per the program
transport and entrance fees according to the program
drinking water during excursions
local VAT
Nizwa Fort visit

Not Included:
flight tickets
insurance
visa
Meet & Greet Muscat inside the airport/transit
drinks and meals not mentioned
personal expenses
tips

Additional Services:
extra night in Muscat at 4* hotel: on request
This tour can also be arranged with superior accommodation - hotels with higher standard: on request
Christmas & New Year supplement: on request


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We recommend flights with Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Emirates etc.  

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