Highlights of Oman
Duration: 7 nights escorted tour
Price from: £2759pp
Muscat 1 night
Ras Al Junaiyz 1 night
1000 Nights Camp 1 night
Jabal Akhdar 1 nights
Nizwa 2 nights
Muscat 1 night
Day 1: Fly to Muscat.
Day 2 Muscat: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Muscat/Ras Al Junaiyz: Morning departure by 4WD to Ras al Junaiyz along the scenic coastal route with glimpses of the Gulf of Oman and the pristine white beaches bordering it. The journey includes stops at Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue-green water at the bottom, Wadi Shaab, with its breathtaking entrance and views of aquamarine pools, waterfalls and terraced plantations and Wadi Tiwi, with its lush green plantations. The drive continues through mountain terrain towards Ras al Junaiyz, a sanctuary for green turtles.
Day 4 Ras Al Junaiyz/1000 Nights Camp: Drive to the historic city of Sur and visit the dhow factory before heading to Wadi Bani Khalid which is made up of pretty villages carved into the mountainside. Continue to the edge of the Wahiba Sands, a vast sea of undulating red and white sands and dunes, which are also host to a variety of flora and fauna. Experience a roller coaster of a ride as the drivers take you over the sands which are also home to a traditional Bedouin tribe renowned for their hospitality and local knowledge.
Day 5 1000 Nights Camp/Jabal Akhdar: After breakfast visit one of the Bedouin houses to learn about their lifestyle. Later on you will drive back to Muscat stopping en route at the village of Ibra to enjoy the old architecture. Drive on to the pretty village of Birkat al Mauz and enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations then continue to Wadi al Madeen the gate into Jabal Akhdar village (The Green Mountain). From here, a stretch of winding road takes you to Jebel al Akhdar, the jewel of the Al Hajar mountain ranges. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains and see Al Jebel al Akhdar which is famed for fruit orchards typically laid out in terraces along the mountain slopes and irrigated by falaj, traditional water systems. The villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib and Al Ain dot the landscape and overlook a spectacular landscape of peaks, gorges and wadis.
Day 6 Jabal Akhdar/Nizwa: Morning departure and stop at Al Hamra, a 400 year old town built on a titled rock slab. Many of the houses have two storeys, with ceilings made of palm beans and fronds topped by mud and straw. From here, head for Jebel Shams, the highest peak in the Jebel Akhdar range, for spectacular views over Oman's equivalent to the Grand Canyon. Proceed to Nizwa.
Day 7 Nizwa: Explore Nizwa today, which is famous for its 17th century Round Tower Fort and the souq with its Friday cattle auction, ornamental silver jewellery and intricately hand-carved 'khanjars' (daggers). You will also visit the historic town of Bahla, which is encircled by a winding wall and known for pottery as well as a large UNESCO World Heritage listed fort. Finally visit 17th century Jabrin, the finest of Oman's castles, with beautifully executed woodcarvings. Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
Day 8 Nizwa/Muscat: Depart for Birkat Al Sharaf, a waterhole, where you'll trek to the highest point for stunning valley views. From here drive down into the Wadi Bani Awf, one of the most fascinating and astonishing mountain valleys. Pass the little village of Hat and reach the beautiful mountain oasis of Bilad Said, famous for its terraced farming. Drive through the date palm plantations and pass the sparkling springs to visit the fort at Nakhl before continuing to Muscat.
Day 9 Muscat: Day at leisure to explore independently or relax at your hotel.
Day 10 Muscat: The tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Why not extend your stay?
See our selection of beach hotels. which are an ideal way to extend your tour.
Accommodation: Sundus Rotana, Muscat; Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Ras Al Junaiyz; 1000 Nights Camp; Time Reversal Resort & Spa. Jabal Akhdar; Golden Tulip, Nizwa.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch and dinner also included on days 3-8.
Tour Price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, private airport transfers, private tour by 4WD on days 3-8, accommodation as outlined, private services of an English speaking guide, sightseeing as stated and entrance fees.
Also available with 5* hotels. A variety of optional excursions are available in Muscat at a supplement. Please ask for details.