Jewels of Arabia – Oman
Experience the warmth of traditional Bedouin hospitality in a luxury desert camp. Explore ancient ruins (dating as far back as the third millennium BC) and bustling markets where life has remained unchanged for centuries. This spectacular 8-day tour welcomes you with an array of adventures and charms like no other.
This has to be one of our more exciting Oman tours filled with unique experiences that everyone will enjoy. Oman wouldn’t be complete without sand dune bashing through the desert (a bumpy and thrilling ride on a 4-wheel drive) and folk dancing around a camp fire, under an incredible starry-night sky.
In contrast to its more popular neighbors like Dubai and UAE, Oman embodies a more humble and refreshing take to its attractions. Bring home beautiful aromatic Arabic perfumes and incense, silverware and the famous Omani sweets as souvenirs of your Arabian adventure!
8 Days, 7 Nights: Muscat, Ras Al Hadd, Sur, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa, Misfat, Mussanah
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Muscat | Muscat City Tour
Today we visit the 5th largest mosque in the world, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, replete with huge Swarovski chandeliers and a gigantic one piece carpet covering the whole mens’ prayer hall.
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.
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 - Ras Al Hadd | Wadi Dayqah, Wadi Tiwi, Sur, Turtle Beach, Boat Factory
After breakfast and hotel check out.
Leave the capital of Oman to explore the beauty of the country. To Wadi Dayqah, one of the biggest freshwater reservoirs in Oman. Enjoy a walk along the dam before heading to Wadi Tiwi (Wadi of Nine villages) with its string of emerald pools and thick plantations. And then proceed to Sur along the coastline.
Arrive at Sur and visit one of the rare traditional dhow (boat) factories, an open-air dhow museum and enjoy a walk through Al Aygah with its beautiful old wooden doors.
In the evening you have the possibility to visit the turtle beach (Ras Al Hadd) where turtles can be seen laying their eggs, as well as baby turtles leaving their nests (please note there is no guarantee to see any turtles when visiting during the low season).
Ras Al Hadd - Wahiba Sands | Sand Dune Bashing, Camel Ride, Desert Camp
After breakfast and hotel check out, we head to the desert camp.
Leave the city and drive to Asyla, heading along white sandy beaches with mesmerizing views of the Indian Ocean. After a photo stop in Gaheid be ready for a unique desert experience!
You will traverse the elevations of the vast Sharqiya Sands on your 4-wheel drive, to be excited with the sand dune bashing (a bumpy and thrilling ride ) over the beautiful dunes and sparse desert landscape.
Trek the sand dunes on a camel and stay at an authentic Bedouin desert camp with local cuisine and cultural performance. This is a unique experience everyone will enjoy.
Wahiba Sands - Nizwa | Local Market, Wadi Bani Khalid
Next you will head to one of the desert cities, where locals from all over come to market day on Thursday in Sinaw with its camel and fish market. In both cities, you will also see the old abandoned districts.
On your way to Nizwa you will have the chance to visit beehive tombs near lzki. You will soon find yourself surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Oman. Walk among the banana and date trees in Birkat al Mouz or just enjoy the view of the village.
Swimming dress code: One piece swimsuit for females, no Bikinis.
Nizwa - Jabel Shams | Livestock Market, Nizwa Fort, Al Hamra Village, Jebel Shams, Misfat al Abryeen
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!
In the old part of Nizwa you will visit the silver souk. Nizwa is famous for traditional Omani handicraft such as silverware and jewelry, leather goods, pottery and woven palm tree leaf baskets! This is followed by a visit to the most popular national monument, Nizwa Fort.
Leave the busy main road to a smaller one passing some of the traditional, small villages, reaching the old mud city Al Hamra. Drive up the Jebel Shamsh, also called "mountain of the sun". Its plateau gives you an impressive view of the canyon, also known as "Oman's Grand Canyon”. This afternoon you can enjoy a walk in the beautiful old village Misfat al Abryeen.
Misfat – Muscat | Wadi Bani Awf, Canyon, Al Hazm fort
In the morning you will leave the sun mountain heading for another adventurous ride through the mountains. You will cross Wadi Bani Awf, one of Oman's most memorable landscapes. A short walk through the canyon close by the mountain village Bilad Said and a picnic lunch before you leave this region.
On your way to the hotel you will stop at Al Hazm fort, which you shouldn't miss! It might be not the biggest or the oldest fort but the elaborate renovation makes it one of a kind! Continue to the seaside for an overnight stay.
|Ras Al Hadd||Turtle Beach Resort||★★★|
|Wahiba Sands||Arabian Onyx Camp||★★★★|
|Jabel Shams||Jabel Shams Resort||★★★★|
Dates & PricingPrivate Tour, Daily departures except Thursdays.
|Tour Date||2 Persons *||3 Persons **||4 Persons*||Solo|
|2019: Jan 15 - Apr 30 & Sept 15 – Nov 23, Dec 1 - Dec 20||$3,780||$3,035||$2,940||$5,980|
|2020: Jan 15 - Apr 30 & Sept 15 – Nov 21, Nov 29 - Dec 20||$3,970||$3,185||$3,085||$6,280|
* Price per person, based on double occupancy.
** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.
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- ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
- ‣ 3 & 4 Star Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Sand Dune Bashing
- ‣ Desert Camel Ride (if time allowed)
- ‣ Cultural Performance
- ‣ 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