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Omani Adventure

duration 7 Days / 6 Nights

priceStart from $1575

locationOman

Summary


The Sultanate of Oman is a little known jewel in the Arabian Peninsula and now you can experience its breathtaking diversity of incredible scenery and historical architecture. Visit Oriental markets and ancient forts, explore white beaches and lofty mountains, enjoy an evening cruise and then sleep under shooting stars in one, unforgettable  night in the desert . An incredible array of magical experiences - and all in one, stunning, week-long holiday.

Highlights of this itinerary

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Muttrah Souk, Al Alam Palace, the Bait Al Zubair Museum, Wadi Shab, Wadi Tiwi, Bimah Sinkhole, Sur, Fatah Al Khair, Turtle Beach, Wadi Bani Khalid, the Wahiba Sands, Ibra, Jebel Akhdar, Diana's Point, Birkat Al Mauz, Nizwa, Nizwa Castle, Jabrin Castle, Bahla Fort, Al Hamra, Bait Al Safa, Jebel Shams, Ghul, As Sab, Bilad Sayt, Wadi Bani Awf, Nakhal

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Highlights of this itinerary

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Muttrah Souk, Al Alam Palace, the Bait Al Zubair Museum, Wadi Shab, Wadi Tiwi, Bimah Sinkhole, Sur, Fatah Al Khair, Turtle Beach, Wadi Bani Khalid, the Wahiba Sands, Ibra, Jebel Akhdar, Diana's Point, Birkat Al Mauz, Nizwa, Nizwa Castle, Jabrin Castle, Bahla Fort, Al Hamra, Bait Al Safa, Jebel Shams, Ghul, As Sab, Bilad Sayt, Wadi Bani Awf, Nakhal


Overview

Day 1 (Muscat) Arrival in Muscat and hotel transfer;
Day 2 (Muscat) The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Muttrah Souk, Al Alam Palace, the Bait Al Zubair Museum (B, L);
Day 3 (Muscat–Turtle Beach) Wadi Shab, Wadi Tiwi, Bimah Sinkhole, Sur, Fatah Al Khair, Turtle Beach (B, D);
Day 4 (Wadi Bani Khalid–Wahiba Sands) Wadi Bani Khalid, the Wahiba Sands (B, D);
Day 5 (Ibra–Nizwa) Ibra, Jebel Akhdar, Diana's Point, Birkat Al Mauz, Nizwa (B, L, D);
Day 6 (Nizwa–Ghul) Nizwa Fortress, Jabrin Castle, Bahla Fort, Al Hamra, Bait Al Safa, Jebel Shams, Ghul (B, D);
Day 7 (Jabel Shams–Muscat) As Sab, Bilad Sayt, Wadi Bani Awf, Nakhal, Muscat (B).

Notes:

Trip might be shared with German-speaking guests;
Each 4x4 vehicle allows for four passengers in addition to the driver;
Luggage allowance is one suitcase per person;

Supplement:             250 USD NYE (3) / 150 USD Eastern (6)
Min. participants:      2
Max. Participants:    12       
Single Supplement:   USD 395 per person 
 

Includes

  • Meet and Assist service upon arrival and departure;
  • Two-night accommodation in 4-star Ramada Qurm Beach Hotel;
  • One-night accommodation in Turtle Beach Resort;
  • One-night accommodation in  Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp;
  • One-night accommodation in Nizwa Hotel & Apartments;
  • One-night accommodation in Jebel Shams Mountain Resort;
  • Chartered boat trip with Omani;
  • Turtle Watching with Omani Turtle Ranger;
  • All entrance fees for the above-mentioned sightseeing;
  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Meals as mentioned above: (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner;
  • English-speaking guide in one car, English-speaking drivers in the other cars.

Excludes

  • Oman entry visa
  • International flight ticket
  • Tipping kitty
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any optional trips or unmentioned items.
Day 1 (Muscat)

Day 1 (Muscat)

<span 13px;="" line-height:="" 20.7999992370605px;"="">Lady Egypt Tours representative will meet you at the Muscat International Airport and drive you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal – you can go exploring the city, walk along the beach, dine out or simply relax in your room. Overnight at Ramada Hotel. (No meals included)

Day 2 (Muscat)

Day 2 (Muscat)

Your day will start with a drive to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in the world. Its construction took six years (1995-2001), while the production of its 21-tonn carpet that covers an area of 4,343 square meters took four years. Another feature of the interior design is the 14-meter-tall chandelier above the praying hall of the mosque. You will then proceed to the Muttrah Souk, one of the oldest marketplaces in Arab world. Explore real Oman with its pottery, shisha pipes, khanjars, perfumes, sweets, spices and herbs. Al Alam Palace built two centuries ago will be your next stop. The palace is surrounded by Al Mirani and Al Jalali Forts built in the 16th century by the Portuguese. From here you will move to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which opened its doors for visitors in 1995. Here you can find an extensive collection of ancient weapons and costumes owned by Zubair family. In the evening you take a two-hour-long boat cruise and enjoy fiery sunset while drinking fragrant coffee on board. Overnight at Ramada Hotel. (B, L)

Day 3 (Muscat–Turtle Beach)

Day 3 (Muscat–Turtle Beach)

In the morning your guide will take you to the deep, narrow gorges of Wadi Shab and Wadi Tiwi, where you can swim for a little while and then proceed to the picturesque Bimah Sinkhole that appeared as a result of erosion thousands of years ago. The sinkhole filled with turquoise salt water is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The next stop will be at the city of Sur, a famous site for building traditional wooden ships (dhows). In the open-air museum of Sur you can find a restored dhow of Fatah Al Khair constructed in the 8th century. You will continue your way to the Turtle Beach, where the Green Turtles nest. You can take an optional turtle watching tour to see these sea creatures coming to the shore and laying eggs. Overnight at Turtle Beach Resort. (B, D)

Day 4 (Wadi Bani Khalid–Wahiba Sands)

Day 4 (Wadi Bani Khalid–Wahiba Sands)

Get ready for a morning drive along the scenic coastline and a stopover in evergreen Wadi Bani Khalid with its big green and azure pools. However, the main landmark of the day, the Wahiba Sands, is not yet reached. The desert, which is still inhabited by Bedouins, is famous for the uncommon diversity of the terrain, the flora and fauna. Here you can taste Omani cuisine and enjoy the flame-coloured sunset. This night you will spend in Sama Al Wasil Camp set up in the desert. (B, D)
 

Day 5 (Ibra–Nizwa)

Day 5 (Ibra–Nizwa)

Today you will drive to a small town of Ibra by a comfortable 4x4 vehicle. Here you will have lunch with a Bedouin family and go discovering the old town. Proceed then to Jebel Akhdar (the Green Mountain), one of the most fertile areas in Oman, where you can find large areas covered with walnut, peach, apricot and pomegranate trees, as well as vineyards and plantations of roses used for making famous Omani rosewater. A fascinating scenery opens in front of your eyes from Saiq Plateau. Later you will move to Diana's Point, where the Princess of Wales landed in 1986. A short walk in the nearby traditional villages can be included to the trip, if there is spare time. The most interesting among them is Birkat Al Mauz abandoned in 1959. Here you will see the ancient aflaj irrigation system, which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006. You will then head to the city of Nizwa, the capital of Oman until 1783. Overnight at Nizwa Hotel Apartment. (B, L, D)

Day 6 ((Nizwa–Ghul)

Day 6 ((Nizwa–Ghul)

At Nizwa you can start your day at the cattle market (if your visit falls on Friday) or visit the local souk for some shopping. The next stop will be made at Nizwa Fortress built in 1668 by imam Sultan Saif Bin Malik Al Yaruba. The impressive 17-century Jabrin Castle and the oldest Omani fort in Bahla included to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site await you, though at Bahla Fort you will be able to take some photos only. The way then lies to Al Hamra, an old village depicting rural life of antecedent period; some of its three-storey houses of nobles are hundreds of years old. At Bait Al Safa, a renovated building run by female villagers, you can see how Omani women used to cook, colour clothing and mill grains in past. At the end of the day you will take an adventurous drive to the summit of Jebel Shams (the Mountain of the Sun), the highest mountain in the Arab countries. En route you will pass another old village called Ghul. Overnight at Jebel Shams Resort. (B, D)

Day 7 (Jabel Shams–Muscat)

Day 7 (Jabel Shams–Muscat)

An early but worthy start – today you will go for a walk in a scenic village of As Sab located on the summit of the mountain. On the way to Muscat you will stop at another beautiful village – Bilad Sayt. Off-road drive will bring you to spectacular gorges of Wadi Bani Awf, where you will visit Nakhal hot springs and fort built in pre-Islamic era and extended in 1834. Here your travel ends. (B)

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