This 6-day tour shares an opportunity to engage and be mesmerized by traditional Arabian charms and Bedouin hospitality. Oman unravels at a much slower pace, in contrast to the modern skyscrapers in its neighboring country. It is filled with much history (dating as far back as the third millennium BC), bustling markets and magical sightseeing attractions, all which will simply take your breath away.
Roam around this desert country without the rush with a privately guided tour. Soak up the atmosphere, chat with the locals and really absorb the culture. From its high mountains to its deep valleys, secluded beaches and long pristine coastlines, not forgetting the delicious Omani dates and fragrant famous frankincense, there’s just so much for both residents and visitors to explore in every corner of Oman.
6 Days, 5 Nights: Muscat, Jabel Akhdar, Nizwa, Wadi Abiyad, Musannah
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Muscat (MCT) | Muscat City Tour
Pass by the diplomatic quarter and enjoy a guided tour through the beautiful Royal Opera House (inside tour available if there is no rehearsal on stage). Visit the Bait Al Baranda Museum. Let’s drive along the cornice (near the main Mina Al Sultan Qaboos port of Oman) to the oldest and largest market in the country, Muttrah souq (bazaar). This is an opportunity to shop for your Omani souvenirs. Walk through its narrow alleys where the air is filled with the aroma of frankincense and sandalwood. Don’t forget to bargain!
Next is a photo stop at the Al Alam Palace where the Sultan receives his official guests. The palace is flanked by two Portuguese Forts, Al Jalali (1578) to the right and Al Mirani (1581) to the left. At the museum, you will witness traditional artifacts and traces of the history and pre-history of Muscat.
Afternoon of leisure, enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day or explore this bustling capital city on your own.
Dress code for the mosque: Women require a long sleeve top with a scarf to cover the hair and long trousers or a full length skirt. For men, long trousers and a top with sleeves. Sleeveless tops are not acceptable.
Photographers: In Oman, do not take photos of local Omanese women. If you want to photograph Omanese men, ask for permission first before taking photos of them.
Muscat - Jebel Akhdar | Amouage Fragrance House, Ruined Desert Village, Green Mountain
Before you leave Muscat, visit the Amouage factory. Founded over a quarter of a century ago, Amouage is a niche luxury fragrance house that draws inspiration from its birthplace of Oman. Discover many different incenses and get to know more about how one of the most expensive perfumes in the world is produced.
You leave for the Hailer mountains. Stop in Birkat al Mauz (Banana Pool), a deserted ruined village at the foot of the Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain). Birkat Al Mauz was a village in the kingdom (sultanate), surrounded by lush banana and date plantations, home to a classic example of the ingenious ancient falaj irrigation system which sees waterways channel water through the village. Birkat Al Mauz is also a UNESCO heritage site and is a magical place particularly during sunset.
You then drive up to around 2,000 meters above sea level. Enjoy the beauty of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain), and then check in at your hotel.
Jebel Akhdar | Nizwa, Live Stock Market, Souq (Bazaar), Bahla Fort, Jabreen Castle
On Friday, farmers bring their cattle, goats and other animals to be auctioned at the weekly livestock market. Watch the farmers and traders from as far as Salalah (the other end of Oman) barter and trade at one of the finest traditional markets. Another Instagram worthy moment!
Proceed to the fort of the old capital and learn more about its interesting history.
Leave Nizwa and continue to Bahla, a mystic city which is one of the four UNESCO world heritage sites in Oman. At Bahla Fort you can walk around the picturesque old village for wonderful photos.
The last sight of the day is the most beautiful castle in Oman, Jabreen castle. Jabreen Castle was built by Imam Sultan bin Saif Al Ya'arubi in 1670 as a defensive stronghold and living accommodations for the Imam. It has two huge towers with walls two meters thick. Let’s visit the inside of the fort and hear the story of the Sultan and his tragic history.
Jebel Akhdar – Mussanah | Traditional Villages, Snake Gorge, Mountains
First stop is Al Hamra. In the middle of this old village is a beautifully renovated museum which gives a glimpse of how Omanis used to live, and some still live like that today.
Next stop will be a traditional mountain village Misfat al Abryeen which has existed since ancient times. It is not possible to go through the village by car so we take the opportunity to have a nice walk around the area.
Your journey will lead you to Wadi Bani Awf. where the main attraction are the old houses nestled on the slopes of the mountain. This Wadi is also well known as the snake gorge because of its amazing twists and turns.
An adventurous drive through the mountains with lots of mesmerizing views and the beautiful village, Bilad Said. Enjoy walking around their green terraced fields. Today's tour will end at the coastline of the Bathina region.
Mussanah | Wadi Bashing, Nakhal Fort, Hot Springs, Wakan
First, you will explore Wadi Abiyad.
Depending on the water level you will enjoy the excitement of wadi bashing, being driven on a 4-wheel drive vehicle through river bed, water and rocks. Perhaps also enjoy swimming or a walk around that area.
From there you will continue to one of the oldest settlements in this area, Nakhl with the impressive Nakhal Fort, built on a 60 meter high rock. Your guide will show you around the different areas of the fort and you will have a glimpse of how the Omanis used to live. Drive through the old part of Nakhl, where mud houses are surrounded by gardens and reach Ain Thowarah, the hot springs system of Nahkl.
In the early afternoon, you will leave the city and proceed to the Hajar mountains. A small village called Wakan, where locals still living the traditional Omani way, invites you to walk through its fruitful gardens and enjoy panoramic views over the mountain area. After the walk you will return to your hotel.
Dates & PricingPrivate Tour, Daily Departures except Fridays.
|Tour Date||2 Persons *||3 Persons **||4 Persons*||Solo|
|2019: Jan 15 - Apr 30 & Sept 15 – Nov 23, Dec 1 - Dec 20||$3,550||$3,030||$2,835||$5,180|
|2020: Jan 15 - Apr 30 & Sept 15 – Nov 21, Nov 29 - Dec 20||$3,730||$3,180||$2,975||$5,440|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.
** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.
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- ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
- ‣ 4 Star Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Amouage Perfume Factory
- ‣ Wadi Bashing
- ‣ International Air Fares To And From Oman
- ‣ Travel Insurance
- ‣ Medical Expenses
- ‣ Visa Fee For Oman
- ‣ Gratuities
- ‣ Laundry Service
- ‣ Personal Expenses and Telephone Calls
- ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
- ‣ All other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions