Highlights of this itinerary
OverviewDay1: Welcome to Maskat!
Day 2: Magical Muscat and Oman’s Gold Coast
Day 3: Trekking through Wadi Tiwi
Day 4: Let`s go to the desert of Wahiba!
Day 5: Desert Trekking before sunrise
Day 6: From the desert to the mountains of Oman
Day 7: Hike up to Jebel Akhdar
Day 8: Nizwa city of oasis – explore the mud village Al Hamra on a bike
Day 9: Across Canyons and picturesque mountain villages back to the capital of
Includes8 overnight stays in the mentioned hotels/camps or similar
8 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 4 x dinner
Individual private transfer at arrival
Entrance fees for the described sights
Continuous drive with a 4WD Jeep and an english speaking guide
1 camel at the desert trekking tour
Biking tour through Al Hamra
Any other item which is not listed above
Day 1 (Welcome to Maskat!)
Your personal driver awaits you at the airport and will escort you to the Ramada Qurum Beach Hotel where you can spend the rest of the day.
Enjoy the perfect location of the hotel and go for a walk on Muscats most beautiful beach promenade. A selection of cafes and restaurant invite to simply linger. On request we can arrange a small picnic on the beach.
Day 2 (Magical Muscat and Oman’s Gold Coast)
After breakfast our guide welcomes you to a tour of the capital Muscat. The first highlight of the day is the magnificent Mosque of Sultan Qaboos, one of the biggest mosques worldwide. On your way to the old town and the port you pass the ministry district and also the Opera House. At the port you also get to explore the fish and vegetable market.
While walking along the Corniche you will reach Muttrah Souk, one of the oldest markets of Arabia. Enjoy the oriental smells and bargain for a good price for your souvenirs. The Al-Alam Palace of the Sultan, which is situated in the historic old part of Muscat is an unique example of the royal architecture from the 1970s. The palace is flanked by the portuguese forts Jalali & Mirani from the 16th century.
Afterwards you drive along the panoramic coastal road towards Sur. The white sandy beach of the fishing village Finns is the perfect spot for a picnic and a swim in the fresh waters of the Arabian Sea before you check in at Wadi Shab Resort and enjoy your dinner with the views over the ocean.
Day 3 (Trekking through Wadi Tiwi)
Today’s first stop is the village of Saymah. Walk through a small oasis of palms along the river and the Falaj system. Enjoy your picnic at a beautiful natural water pool sourrounded by palms where you can go for a swim as well. Before you return to the jeep you will hike to the village of Mibal, along a steep incline which leads through terracced fields and offers stunning views down to the valley of the Wadi. Here you can admire once more the surroundings and scenery.
The drive continues to the Port of Sur followed by Check In at Turtle Beach Resort This resort is situated in a private bay and where you will stay for the night. In the evening you will get to experience a unique encounter. Oman is the nesting site for five out of seven of the most common turtles. Accompanied by the rangers of the reserve you have the chance to watch these impressive animals when laying their eggs.
Day 4 (Let`s go to the desert of Wahiba!)
After a relaxed breakfast we set out for the desert of Wahiba. Before we feel the sand under our wheels we explore the famous Wadi Bani Khaled. We have plenty of time to enjoy a swim in this evergreen oasis. This oasis is filled with tourqouis and green sapphire coloured water. Take this chance to have a picnic in an area sourrounded by palms. Then the adventurous part of the day starts. Enjoy the crossing of these breathtaking dunes. The dunes change their form with the drift of the wind. After our arrival in the camp we climb up on a lonely dune to see the unique sunset. Up on the dune you enjoy the play of different warm colours in absolute solitude which lets you forget everyday stress.
While sitting around the campfire under the starry sky you taste specialities of Oman and go through the information for the next hiking day. You will be also informed about the camels in Oman which will be your campanion from the early morning on....
Day 5 (Desert trekking before sunrise)
You start your day before sunrise with a typical bedouin desert breakfast. We boost our energy with some arabic coffee or tea, fresh bread and dates which give us strength for the day ahead. Afterwards we get ready for the day and get to know the camels.
A bedouin guide and one of his camels escort us for the whole day during our trek through the Wahiba desert inclusive our delicious pcinic which we’ll enjoy in a shady place. During the sunset at the camp we discuss the special events of that day.
Day 6 (From the desert to the mountains of Oman)
After a hearty breakfast we leave the desert for the Hadjar Mountains where a new adventure awaits you. Along the way the medieval village of Ibra, surrounded by innumerable watchtowers, is well worth a visit. In Sinaw a visit to the original Souq takes us back to times gone by. Here the trading of
products is not done by tourists but by the local bedouins and families and you can smell the flavor of fresh spices and frakinceces wafting through the narrow alleys. A little bit later we reach the deserted village of Birkat Al Mauz which is situated at the foot of Jebel Akhdar. We will stroll along the plantation of dates and the water canals (Alfalaj) towards the old town center. The falaj system is one of the listed cultural UNESCO world heritage sites in Oman.
Jebel Akhdar means green mountain and is one of the most fertile regions of the Sultanate. In the vast fruit orchards and terraced fields you can find sweet corn, pomegranate, apricotes, peaches, almonds, walnut, grapes and roses, which are used for the famous Jebel Akhdhar rosewater.
The Saiq plateau, located 1,900 m above sea level offers wonderful views over the plain
below. We continue our drive to the so called Diana Point. It is named after the late Princess of Wales, who landed here in 1990 with a helicopter to marvel at the extraordinary vista. Here we enjoy the surroundings during a short walk.
Day 7 (Hike up to Jebel Akhdar)
After our breakfast we gather our hiking equipment and set off on a beautiful nature trek 2000m above sea level. On the way to our first picnic stop we pass through an abandoned mud village and walk along narrow paths and the stunning views over the deep and evergreen planted villages of Jebel Akhdar will charm you. Far away from everyday stress you can feel how completely isolated people used to live over the centuries.
After a while we reach a green oasis with a small stream which enables insects, birds and plants to survive there. During our picnic close to the summit we have a fantastic overview of the Hadjar mountains and the highest mountains of Oman. Full of energy and with lots of beautiful impressions we head downhill towards Nizwa and our hotel, where we will spend the night. We will reach our hotel in the early afternoon.
Day 8 ( Nizwa city of oasis – explore the mud village Al Hamra on a bike)
On our way to Jebel Shams we will visit Jabrin Caste, built in the 17th century and known as the most beautiful castle of Oman.It almost seems as if every artist and architect of this era contributed something to the magnificence of this building. Al Hamra is an old mud village, which was restored by the government to show visitors Omani life in earlier years.
A visit at Bait Al Safah gives you the opportunity to understand everyday life of an Omani family. This experience offers an exclusive, private and authentic way to experience their way of life, customs and traditions.
Beforehand however we explore the city of oasis with a bicycle tour of 2 hours.
Jebel Shams is one of the highest mountains in Oman and reaches 3009 m above sea level. The drive to the peak is adventurous, you pass the old village Ghul with its green terraced fields. The inhabitants of this wadi are known for their artistic weaving of goat hair rugs. Some kilometers further you reach the abyss of the Omani Grand Canyon. Enjoy the breathtaking views before you return to Nizwa. Here you will spend the last night of your roundtrip.
Day 9 (Across Canyons and picturesque mountain villages back to the capital of Oman)
Bilad Sayt is one of the small villages, which has kept its traditional charm and the feeling of rural solitude. It’s located hidden away within the protecting mountains of Rustaq. Collections of green date trees and patches of designed fields like terraces characterize the beauty of this region. Falaj, which originate in the nowhere of the surrounding mountains, provide the region with crystal clear water. This water is distributed by the falaj-system of the village. The overflow ends in the adjacent Wadi which is situated about 7 km meandering within the mountains.
Wadi Bani Awf is situated inside a deep gorge. The rich green date trees generate an amazing contrast to the rough mountains, which surround the Wadi.
Collections of green date trees and patches of designed fields like terraces characterize
the beauty of this region.
On the other side of the mountain we reach Nakhal, where we’ll explore the 350 year old castle, which is situated on a small hill with fantastic views over the mountainous surroundings. Very close to the castle is a picturesque oasis where we will stop to freshen up in the famous hot springs before we continue our journey back to Muscat.A short while later we reach Muscat, where your unforgettable short trip through Oman comes to a conclusion.