Highlights of this itinerary
OverviewDay 1 (Muscat–Ghul) The Hajar Mountains, Nizwa, the Nizwa Fortress, the Museum of Nizwa, the Jabrin Castle, the Bahla Fort, Al Hamra, Bait Al Safa, Jebel Shams, Ghul;
Day 2 (Al Hamra–Muscat) Misfat Al Abriyeen, the Western Hajar, Bilad Sayt, Wadi Bani Awf, the Nakhal Fort
IncludesOne-night accommodation at The View Camp;
Bottled water during your trip;
Meals as mentioned above: (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner;
All entrance fees for the above-mentioned sightseeing;
All transfers mentioned in the itinerary by 4x4 Jeep;
English-speaking tour guide.
Any personal expenses;
Any optional trips or unmentioned items.
Day 1 (Muscat–Ghul)
Leave Muscat for the Hajar Mountains and visit the former capital of Oman – Nizwa, which now serves as cultural and spiritual center of the Sultanate. Huge ever-buzzing local souk is a site you definitely do not want to miss. Find the finest silver ware and famous Bahla pottery here as well as different souvenirs, perfume and food products. The marketplace is located around the Nizwa Fortress built in 1668 by imam Sultan Saif Bin Malik Al Yaruba. Today the fort houses the Museum of Nizwa that displays traditional handicrafts still practiced in the region. The impressive 17-century Jabrin Castle with its round tower and high wooden balconies will amaze you even if you are surfeited of castles. The next stop will be at the Bahla Fort, Oman's oldest and largest fortress built in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is included to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The way then lies to Al Hamra, an old village depicting rural life of antecedent period. At Bait Al Safa, a renovated building run by female villagers, you can see how Omani women used to cook, color clothing and mill grains in past. At the end of the day you will take an adventurous drive to the summit of the highest mountain in the Arab countries Jebel Shams (the Mountain of the Sun), which is offering the visitors spectacular bird's-eye views. En route you will pass Ghul, yet another old village, and return to Al Hamra to check in the mountain camp The View. (D)
Day 2 (Al Hamra–Muscat)
After breakfast you will set off for a walk in a mountainous village of Misfat Al Abriyeen and then you can cross the Western Hajar heading to Muscat or return to Nizwa and take the new express highway. You will stop at a small, beautiful village of Bilad Sayt, which preserved the spirit of rural life of bygone days and then proceed to green Wadi Bani Awf contrasting sharply with bald mountains, surrounding the wadi. On the other side of the mountains you will find the Nakhal Fort built in pre-Islamic era and extended in 1834 and hot springs inviting you to jump in and freshen up before you continue your way to Muscat. (B)