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Oman: Sea, Desert and Canyons

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Oman: Sea, Desert and Canyons

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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

WADI WANDERLUST ADVENTURES
Ponds overflowing with life- swim among rocks and navigate into the nearby caves.

EXTREMELY PHOTOGENIC DESERTS
Deserts here are filled with so much life and great photo opportunity at sunset and sunrise.

Enjoy the view from the fort, watching Dhows boats passing by the estuary separating two suburbs of Sur. A relaxing day under the sun during our Oman tour.

THE GRAND CANYON OF OMAN
Another must-see in Oman; holding one of the most famous wadis in the Al Dakhilya Region.

SULTAN QUABOOS GRAND MOSQUE 
Two unique features are the second largest in the world; its chandelier, and its prayer carpet.

PRISTINE COASTLINE BEACHES
No beach will ever look the same. The sand varies in color and its coastlines mesmerizing.

FRANKINCENSE
A staple for the Omanis- it was more valuable than gold in the past.

THE FRIENDLY LOCAL OMANIS
The culture is simple yet peaceful; strict on tradition and limited to western influences.

BUSTLING MARKETS & CITY OF NIZWA
Some traditions never change- see what life must have been like in a much older time.

400-YEAR-OLD AL HAMRA VILLAGE
See what remain of this old traditional village. The villagers here are proud of their way of life.

CASTLE & FORTS
The best of castles are found in Oman- most of which are restored in keeping up with history.

LIVE LIKE A TRUE BEDOUIN
Desert camping in a Bedouin camp is an experience to treasure for a lifetime.

TRADITIONAL DHOW BOAT FACTORY
Where artisans today still use centuries-old techniques to build traditional Arabian Ships.


YOUR JOURNEY


    1

    Muscat (MCT)

    Upon arrival into Muscat, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day or explore this bustling capital city on your own.

    2

    Muscat | Muscat City Tour

    Experience the influence of Persians, Portuguese and Ottomans on Muscat.
    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    3

    Muscat - Ras Al Hadd | Wadi Dayqah, Wadi Tiwi, Sur, Turtle Beach, Boat Factory

    Today is all about water!
    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).

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    4

    Ras Al Hadd - Wahiba Sands | Sand Dune Bashing, Camel Ride, Desert Camp

    Our Sand & Stone day!
    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.   Lunch  Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    5

    Wahiba Sands - Nizwa | Local Market, Wadi Bani Khalid

    Enjoy a breakfast in the desert before leaving for the chance to have a swim or to take a walk in the evergreen Wadi Bani Khalid.  Wadi Bani Khalid where water flows all year round. This most loved wadi (a gorge between cliffs) of the country featuring large pools of turquoise and emerald water, lined with lush green palm trees inviting you to jump in to refresh.
    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    6

    Nizwa - Jabel Shams | Livestock Market, Nizwa Fort, Al Hamra Village, Jebel Shams, Misfat al Abryeen

    After breakfast and hotel check out.
    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

     
    7

    Misfat – Muscat | Wadi Bani Awf, Canyon, Al Hazm fort

    After breakfast and check out.
    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.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    8

    Muscat (MCT)

    The tour comes to an end after breakfast.  Hotel check-out and transfer to the departure airport.

    Please provide details of your flight home so we can schedule your airport transfer.

    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

    Hotel Information

    DestinationHotelsRating
    MuscatCity Seasons★★★★
    Ras Al HaddTurtle Beach Resort★★★
    Wahiba SandsArabian Onyx Camp★★★★
    NizwaFalaj Daris★★★★
    Jabel ShamsJabel Shams Resort★★★★
    MuscatMillennium Resort★★★★
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.  

    Dates & Pricing

    Private Tour, Daily departures except Thursdays.
    Tour Date2 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
     Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    * Price per person, based on double occupancy. 
    ** Price per person, based on triple occupancy.

    Deposit

    ‣ $500

    Booking Your Flight

    We can find the best flights and airfares for your tour. Buying your own air tickets? No problem.

    Inclusions

    • ‣ 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

    Exclusions

    • ‣ 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