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Oman: Sea, Desert and Canyons

$2940

per person

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 as it covers the Sea, Desert, and Canyon landscapes. 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 campfire, 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

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Oman from All Angles

A country that has it all, this journey takes you into the three best ways to experience and engage Oman; from Sea, Desert and Mountain. It’s majestic heritage and culture will not only have you mesmerized but Oman is also all about natural beauty.

Lifestyle in the Desert

Rewind back over 100 years ago pre-1920’s before there were cars or any modern amenities in the desert. This experience takes you on a cultural and historical adventure into a bygone era and gives you the chance to live a day in the life of a true Bedouin.

Camel in the Oman desert
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See the Ancient City of Nizwa Come to Life

On Fridays, watch as farmers and traders from all over Oman come together to barter and trade their livestock and handicrafts for a living. Located at one of the finest traditional markets that exist today, there are some traditions that never change. See what life must have been like in a much older time!

    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.

    WITNESS THE SERENITY IN MUSCAT
    Muscat is wedged between mountains and ocean with old forts and castles in between.

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

    TASTE THE LOCAL DELICACY
    A trading empire at the intersection of traditional spice trade routes. 

    2

    Muscat | Muscat City Tour

    Today you will experience the influence of Persians, Portuguese and Ottomans in Muscat with your tour guide. You will get to explore the city on a more personal level for an in-depth feel of the culture.  Walk through its narrow alleys where the air is filled with the aroma of frankincense and sandalwood. Don’t forget to bargain!
    • 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

    ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
    Embodies one of the most beautiful and technically advanced opera houses in the world.

    AL ALAM PALACE
    A flamboyant, contemporary Islamic design-where the Sultan receives his official guests. 

    MUTTRAH SOUQ (BAZAAR)
    Visit the oldest and largest market in the country for some amazing local gems and find.

    3

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

    Today is all about water as we head to Sur, dubbed the port city of Oman. Along the way, we will visit the largest freshwater reservoirs in Oman. Then, in the evening a chance to see 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
     

    WADI DAYQAH
    One of the largest freshwater reservoirs in Oman.

    THE COASTLINES OF SUR
    The sea plays a big part of life in Oman and is the main source for all serenity.

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

    4

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

    Our Sand & Stone day! After breakfast and hotel check out, we leave the city and head to Gaheid for a unique desert experience! This experience takes you on a cultural and historical adventure into a bygone era of the past and gives you the chance to live a day in the life of a true Bedouin.
    • 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
     

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

    SAND DUNE BASHING
    A thrilling 4-wheel ride through the desert sands by a skillful driver.

    LIVE THE DESERT LIFESTYLE
    A true experience that every traveler should try at least once.

    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. 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. 
    • 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
     

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

    BIRKAT AL MAUZ (BANANA POOL)
    Now a ghost town, the Al Falaj irrigation system still runs through the village streets.

    THE NIZWA WAY OF LIFE
    Some traditions never change. See what life must have been like in a much older time!

    6

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

    After breakfast and hotel check out we visit the old part of Nizwa. We will then 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”.
    • 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

    CASTLE & FORTS
    The best of castles are here and restored in keeping up with history.

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

    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.

    7

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

    Today, we are headed for another adventurous ride through the mountains to see more of nature's wonders. On your way to the next 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
     

    MISFAT AL ABRYEEN
    A mountain village since ancient time- not possible to go through the village by car.

    WADI BANI AWF
    This Wadi is known as the snake gorge because of its amazing twists and turns.

    AL HAZM FORT
    Special due to its collection of cannon of British, Portuguese and even Omani origin. 

    8

    Muscat (MCT)

    The tour comes to an end after breakfast. 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

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    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.  
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    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
      
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices