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Oman: Sea, Desert and Canyons

$3595

per person

This spectacular 9-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 Omani BBQ around a campfire, under an incredible starry-night sky.

As you travel through this vast land and meet the locals, you would be able to appreciate Omani’s down-to-earth and refreshing take to its natural beauties and attraction. Bring home fabulous photo, beautiful aromatic Arabic perfumes and incense, silverware and the famous Omani sweets as souvenirs of your Arabian adventure!

9 Days, 8 Nights: Muscat, Jebel Shamsh, Nizwa, Wahiba Sands, Ras Al Jinz ✦  Customizable Private Tour

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 dimensions of Oman; Sea, Desert and Mountains. 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 to over 100 years ago, pre-1920’s before there were cars or any modern amenities, and camels were ‘the ships of the desert’. This experience takes you on an adventure into the culture and history of a bygone era and gives you the chance to live a day in the life of a true Bedouin.

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

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)

    Welcome to Muscat, the capital of Oman! Your driver will meet you at Muscat International airport and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free.

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

    MUSCAT PROMENADE
    Stroll along the Muttrah Corniche with the backdrop of a pretty clifftop 16th-century Portuguese fort and the amazing marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

    MEET THE FRIENDLY LOCALS
    The culture is simple and peaceful; they are strict on traditions and limit western influences.

    2

    Muscat | Muscat City Tour

    Muscat has been an important ancient seaport since the 2nd century. Today you will experience the influence of Persians, Portuguese and Ottomans in Muscat with your tour guide. You will get to explore the city for an in-depth feel of the culture at: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque; Al Alam Palace; Bait Al Zubair; Royal Opera House; Al Jalali Fort; Mutrah Souq; National Museum; Mutrah Corniche; Fort Al Mirani.
    Walk through its narrow alleys where the air is filled with the aroma of frankincense and sandalwood.
    • 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 finds.

    3

    Muscat – Nizwa | Oman's Grand Canyon

    After breakfast, hotel check out and depart for Nizwa. Enroute drive up the Jebel Shamsh, also called "mountain of the sun". A gentle hike on its plateau gives you an impressive view of the canyon, also known as "Oman's Grand Canyon”. Continue to Nizwa.
    • 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
     

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

    4

    Nizwa | Nizwa Fort, Bahla Fort, Nizwa Souq, Livestock Market

    Discover the old capital of Oman, Nizwa and witness the traditional culture that still drives today's modern society. Visit Nizwa Fort (the most popular national monument). At Nizwa Souq, the traditions never change. If it is Friday, watch the bartering at the Livestock Market. Walk around Bahla Fort for the picturesque old village for wonderful photos.
    • 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
     

    NIZWA FORT
    Glance at the surrounding date plantations and the Hajar Mountains from its famed 130ft-tall round tower.

    BAHLA FORT
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site in the center of the most comprehensive walled cities in the world.

    THE NIZWA WAY OF LIFE
    The souq offers everything from exquisite sliver handicraft, grocery stalls to Friday livestock markets.

    5

    Nizwa - Wahiba Sands | Desert Towns, Camel Safari, Desert Camp

    Our Sand & Stone day! After breakfast and hotel check out, we head to the desert. We visit a desert city, Izki, the oldest town in Oman and Sinaw where locals from all over come to market day on Thursday to its camel and fish market. You will also see the old abandoned districts. Followed by a picnic lunch.
    Drive through the dunes to the desert camp in Wahiba Sands for a unique desert experience. 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.
    Enjoy a short camel safari, and watch the sunset over the dunes before a traditional dinner back at camp.
    • 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

    IZKI
    Ruin of an old Omani village.

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

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

     
    6

    Wahiba Sands - Ras Al Jinz | Sand Dune or Wadi Bashing

    Today is all about off-road adventures. Enroute to the coastline of Ras Al Jinz, your driver will take you over the sand dunes or through floodwater to see the best of the Arabian peninsula’s landscape on a 4-Wheel drive. It is all about location, location, location.
    • 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
     

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

    WADI BASHING
    Thrilling 4-wheel drive vehicle through Oman's river bed, water, and rocks.

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

    7

    Ras Al Jinz | Wadi Bani Khalid, Turtle Beach

    Enjoy a breakfast in the desert before leaving for the coastline, with a chance to have a swim or to take a walk in the evergreen Wadi Bani Khalid.  Evening excursion to Green Turtle Beach (Ras Al Jinz) 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
     

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

    RAS AL JINZ
    A turtle nesting site for 20,000 endangered green turtles annually.

    AN AWE-INSPIRING SIGHT
    See huge green turtles heading back to ocean.

    8

    Ras Al Jinz – Muscat | Sur, Bimmah Sinkhole

    Today is all about water as we head back to Muscat along the coastal road with a photo op at Sur, dubbed the port city of Oman. Along the way we will visit Bimmah Sinkhole, a peculiar 130 ft by 65 ft limestone hole filled with blue-green, brackish water. If time allows, enjoy a swim before returning to Muscat city. 
    • 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
      

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

    BIMMAH SINKHOLE
    One of the world’s most beautiful natural sinkholes in Oman.

    9

    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
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    Hotel Information

    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
    MuscatCallCall
    NizwaCallCall
    Wahiba SandsCallCall
    Ras Al JinzCallCall
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. Accommodation Classification
    • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • LUXURY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
     
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Dates & Prices

    Dates & Pricing

    PRIVATE TOURS

    YearTour DatesComfort PremiumLuxury
    2019Oct 1 to Dec 14Call$3,775Call
    2020Jan 16 to Apr 30Call$3,775Call
    2020May 1 to Sep 30Call$3,595Call
    2020Oct 1 to Dec 14Call$4,155Call
    2021Jan 16 to Apr 30Call$4,155Call
     

    Price Details

    • ‣ Daily departures except Thursdays
    • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.

    Deposit

    • A deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking. Full payment to be made 70 days prior to departure date.


    Flight Add-On

    • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • ‣ The nearest airport is MCT (Muscat International Airport).
    • ‣ Contact us for more details and pricing.
     

    Inclusions

    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣ English speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary

    Exclusions

    • ‣ Air Fare
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Visa Fee
    • ‣ Gratuity
    • ‣ Personal Expenses
     
    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels