8 Days & 7 Nights
Travel with OD Travels for 07 Nts/08 Days. In this trip you will cover most of the places such as Muscat city, major touristic destinations Amouage Factory , Nizwa fort & Souq, Jabreen castle, Bahla fort, Jabel Shams, Mountain, Hiking, Grand Canyon, Wahiba Sands (Desert), Ras al Hadd, Ras al Jinz (Turtle watching), Sur Costal route.
After arriving at the Muscat International Airport, you will proceed directly to the Immigration. Customs and immigration are very quick and simple to deal with. Once you get there at the arrival lounge you’ll be met by our smart and friendly chauffeur who’ll guide you to our comfortable vehicle for hotel transportation.
Be picked up by our tour guide and driver from your Muscat hotel around 08:00am. The trip encompasses a visit to the famous Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the fifth biggest masjid in the planet, with Swarovski chandelier & a piece of carpet covering the entire male prayer hall. Then you’ll drive pass the Royal Opera House and the diplomatic quarter. Also, explore the fish market, Bait Al Baranda museum & Muttrah Souk – the largest and oldest marketplace in the nation. Then you will be driven around Old Muscat to witness Sultan Palace with its 2 side-by-side Portuguese forts. Finally you’ll be driven back to your Muscat hotel.
On day 3 your tour guide will be there at your hotel to pick you up at 8:30 and from there we will continue to Quriyat which rests on the east-coast at end of a sandy plain overlooked by the Eastern Hajar Mountains. Close to Dibab lies Bimah sinkhole that attracts visitors with its crystal clear water. We continue along the coastline and we will stop at Fins with its popular “White Beach” enfolded beneath the cliffs, sandy beaches with amazing turquoise sea. The tour proceeds along the shore & through the picturesque seaside village of Tiwi. Then enter to Wadi Tiwi to admire its blue green pool enclosed by palm trees. Then visit Qalhat – one of the oldest town & seaports of Oman.
In the afternoon, you will arrive at Ras Al Hadd where you can loosen up before dinner & then move for turtle viewing.
Overnight Stay in Ras al Hadd Resort.
After having a delicious breakfast your journey will start towards the massive Wahiba Sands. Your driver will take you on a ride along the Eastern coast, popular for its immaculate beaches & fascinating migratory bird watching locations. The drive offers some awe-inspiring views of the enclosing landscape. Explore the colonies of Jalan Bani Bu Hasan and Jalan Bani Bu Ali which are recognized for typical Arabic architecture & culture. There’re also many wadis which feature different kinds of trees & interestingly shaped sand dunes with pools of standing water between them. The twin towns of Jalan Bani Bu Hasan and Jalan Bani Bu Ali are 17 kilometers from Al Kamil & 36km to Al Ashkarah and make a great diversion to or from Ras al Jinz. Now its time to back to your hotel!
Overnight stay in Al Ashkara Resort
After having your breakfast, your tour guide will take you on a journey of lifetime. From vast sand dunes to wadis and beautiful coastlines this tour includes everything. In between, we’ll take you across the popular Wahiba Sands & Empty Quarter Deserts along isolated wadis leading into the Hajar Mountains. The 2 desert regions you’ll visit have some stark contrasts. Rub Al Khali, or the Empty Quarter Desert is the biggest sandy deserts on the planet, inhabiting an area larger than France.
One of the fondest desert experiences here will be walk alone over a sand dune, out of sight of your vehicle or any indication of humanity and just imagine what it’d be like to be left alone here.
Overnight lodging at Desert Camp
After breakfast and hotel check-out, your tour guide will escort you to our 4x4 comfortable vehicle to proceed to Wadi Bani Khalid which is Oman’s most gorgeous Wadis with unlimited date palms & crystal clear water. You can proceed to hike up further into the wadi to discover more pools & eventually a cave with an underwater stream. If swimming is not your cup of tea you can always relax & see the local boys cliff dive.
After a great afternoon soaking up some sun & discovering Wadi Bani Khalid, proceed northwest on Highway 23 to Ibra. Let your tour guide help you explore many of the ancient mud buildings still active in Ibra. Ibra also has souq to check out that stays pretty active on Wednesday mornings. If you proceed past the souq & turn right you will arrive in Al-Munisifeh, the washed-up village of Old Ibra. This is the part of the city that is still stacked with the crumbling old mud buildings from days past. This’s the part of the city that’s still piled with the crumbling ancient mud buildings from days past.
Your next stop will be Nizwa where you will check out the popular Nizwa Fortress & Nizwa’s Souq. The Fortress is the most visited national monument of Oman, so expect it to be pretty busy. Most of the time there will be food stalls where you can try out all types of traditional Omani food & other stalls where you can witness Oman handicrafts being made live & in action. The Souq is also worth roving around to buy traditional garments, spices and memento. Now its time to get back to your hotel and wait for the next morning adventure.
Overnight Stay In Nizwa.
Day 07 will start with a morning breakfast and then you will proceed to Bahla, west of Nizwa, and see its own fortress, which is inscribed a UNESCO- listed World Heritage Site. Marvel at its huge dimension, an evidence to the potency of persian people who constructed it. We have a photo stop of grand Bahla fort.
Then we will continue to Wadi An Nakhr which is a remarkable 600km stretch of mountains and also home to pulsating activities such as trekking in the wadis, walking in the Snake Gorge and climbing up to the highest peak. En route you will notice the special synopsis of Jebel Misht standing proudly on the west. The last few kilometers are especially remarkable, with wonderful views down into the magnificent hole of “Wadi An Nakhr”.
Your next stop will be at Jebel Shams – Oman’s highest mountain – best known for its peak and the view into the stunningly deep Wadi Ghul lying alongside it. While there’s nothing ‘to do’ precisely at the zenith, the area makes an excellent place to take photographs, trek the balcony trail and have a picnic. We will back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight Stay at Jabel Shams Resort.
Your driver and tour guide will meet you around 8.30 am to escort you to our jeep to board on a gentle adventurous journey. Your first stop will be at the picturesque mountain village Bilad Say which is enclosed by a few spectacular mountains. Then we drive through the magnificent Wadi Bani Auf. This route is pretty adventures and means only for the physically fit as it involves many steep bends & uneven roads. The tour continues to Nakhal & its seventeenth century fort constructed in the crest of a mountain.
Recognized as one of the most spectacular forts of Oman, Nakhal Fort is located beautifully at the edge of the Jebel Akhdar Mountains and enclosed by a gorgeous Oasis. There’s a region with therapeutic warm springs, and most noteworthy being Ayn A’ Thowarah whose water run at 45°C & are considered as a remedy for rheumatism & skin diseases because of its heavy sulfur content.
Later on will be transported to Muscat International Airport to catch your flight back home. Good-Bye! Wish you a safe journey.