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Highlights of Oman

6 Days / 5 Nights

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Experience Oman like never before…​

Ancient towns, archaeological structures, historic ruins, picturesque water bodies, white-sand beaches, golden dunes of the desert, exotic green turtles that travel miles to breed, Bedouin traditions, and a lot more does this land of Arab has to offer to its visitors!

Oman, a country in the middle-east, is an amalgamation of nature’s beauty and cultural abundance. Located at the south-eastern coast of Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman represents the most strategic desert location to explore the nature’s divine beauty, where the lush mountains and the breath-taking beaches will rejuvenate your soul. Oman is enriched with the beauty of nature’s abundance. You are bound to get mesmerized by the most spectacular forts that speak some ancient glory through their architectures. On a 6-day expedition into the Arabian land with us, discover the rich heritage and culture of the ancient country, Oman.

Most exciting features of the tour:​

  • Experience the serene turquoise water-pool wedged between the rocks​
  • Immerse yourself in the serenity of the rippled sand waves of desert ​
  • Go on city tours and explore the ancient forts and mosques
  • Witness the real green turtle-watching activity​
  • Enjoy a spectacular view from the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Oman​
  • Visit the oldest market of the Arab world – Mutrah Souq​​​

Come, witness the magnificence and splendour of a heritage-rich ​Arabian land

Marhaba! Welcome to Muscat, the capital city of Oman! We’re sure you’ll be left awestruck by the low-rise buildings as you pass through the well-planned streets of this largest city in Oman. The beautiful city encompasses some of the world’s ancient heritages and attractions, that transport you to another world as you take a lazy walk through the streets of Muscat. Its now time to breathe in some fresh sea air whilst being surrounded by some enchanting hills in this magnificent city of Oman! ​

​You will be received at Muscat International Airport by our driver and then driven to the hotel. Check In to the hotel. You could spend the rest of the day in a relaxed way, exploring the city by own or by visiting some beaches around you. Overnight in Muscat.

Today, you would go around touring the capital city, Muscat. The first place of visit is the Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in Oman. The visit to the vibrant mosque is followed by a stop at the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a privately-owned museum where you could catch the glimpse of a wide display of authentic Omani craftsmanship. Enroute to the museum from Grand Mosque, you would halt at Al Alam Palace & the twin forts of Jalali and Mirani for some pictures. Following this, you would be taken to the Mutrah souq, a market sells a lot of eye-grabbing artefacts and other goodies that lure you into purchasing a thing or two. You finally end the tour of the day as you get back to the hotel. ​

​City tour duration: 4 hours.

Place of Visit Description Additional Information​
Muscat Kick-start early from the hotel to take a tour around the city of Muscat.​ You’ll go on a half-day city tour of the Muscat city.​​​
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque The Mosque of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said one of the landmarks of Oman. Pay attention to the intricate details of the exotic prayer carpet and the huge chandelier inside. ​ Closed on Fridays.​
Dress code needs to have adhered by visitors, both men and women.
women visitors must dress up in an attire that is long and covers legs. They must also ensure to cover their head, legs, arms, and shoulders .​
Men must wear long trousers and not shorts. They must also ensure that their shoulders are covered before entering the premises.
If required, you could borrow rented outfits found at the entrance.​
Al Alam Palace &​ Twin forts of Jalali and Mirani​ Continue to visit old Muscat and break for a photo stop at the official place of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Al Alam Palace. You might as well stop for taking some pictures at the entrance of Muscat Bay, the twin forts of Jalali and Mirani, the most famous among Muscat tourism places.​​ Get all your postcard-photographs clicked here. ​​​
Bait Al Zubair Museum Witness the fine display of Omani culture, artefacts, cultural experiences and its 200-year-old intellectual history managed privately by the oldest ruling Zubair family. ​​ Observe a fine display of traditional handicrafts, stamps, furniture, and coins.

Museum closed on Fridays. ​

Mutrah Mutrah Souq is one of the largest and traditional markets of Oman. It is surrounded by an old wall and boasts of an elegant waterfront. Just take a short walk along the alleys and indulge in some shopping.​​ Take home a few Omani artefacts, garments, jewels, spices, and oils. Don’t forget to bargain!​
Muscat Get back to the hotel and relax. ​ Spend the rest of the day at leisure or by engaging in some activities of your choice.​

Night stay: Overnight stay at the Muscat hotel.​​

Your day will start on a beautiful note, as you visit the Wahiba Sands where you could relish the beautiful waves of the desert sands and get a taste of the Bedouin values as well. The day ends on a blissful note by a visit to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the most popular wadis of Oman. You then would be driven back to Muscat where you spend the night.​

The duration of today’s journey: 8 hours​

Place of Visit Description Additional Information​
Muscat Enjoy a widespread breakfast at the hotel before setting off to explore Wahiba Wilderness. ​ Start early in the morning from Muscat. Ensure to dress in light clothing and a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
Wahiba Sands The Wahiba Sands is known for its exotic desert beauty. It is located at a distance of about 250 km from Muscat. You will travel from the hotel to the Wahiba Sands for a mesmerizing experience. You would go on a jeep-tour through the white, black, orange and golden dunes of the desert. ​

Sit back and enjoy your ride as our skilled driver maneuvers through the ever-changing colours of the desert sand!​

You’ll enjoy a scenic jeep drive through the shining, golden sand dunes of Wahiba Sands.​
Visit a Bedouin settlement Visiting the Wahiba Sands calls for a stopover by a Bedouin family. Bedouins are the group of nomadic Arabic people who consider themselves as ‘true Arabs’! ​ This stopover comes as an OPTIONAL one that includes added charges. If need be, you would halt for 30 min before proceeding to the next destination. ​
Wadi Bani Khalid Travel about 120 km further to reach Wadi Bani Khalid. Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque wadi surrounded by green palm trees, sets the perfect example for a true oasis. The wadi comprises of small pretty villages embedded in between the mountains. Stop for 30 min here. Carry your swimsuit as the Wadi has clear deep blue, cool water that tempts you into diving right in!​
Muscat Travel an approximate distance of 250 km to get back to Muscat, and enjoy a good night’s sleep in the hotel.​ Overnight stay​​

Overnight stay: The night-stay will be at the Muscat hotel.​

Day- 4 will begin on a high note as you reach Sur, the prominent port city of Oman. Sur was once famous for its Dhow Shipyards that are still functional. In Sur, you stop by at Ras Al Jinz to witness the live birthing cycle of the green turtles. Here, you get to experience the nesting process of endangered turtles at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve. The turtle reserve is one of the important tourist locations in Oman that provides its visitors with once in a lifetime opportunity to watch these turtles breed. This leg of the tour also covers the Azure saltwater pool, a charming valley of Wadi Shab, and an ancient heritage site called Qalhat.​

Place of Visit Description Additional Information​
Muscat Enjoy a widespread breakfast at the hotel and get ready for the day’s tour. Kick start the day by visiting the charming Bimmah Sinkhole. ​​
The Azure saltwater pool of Bimmah Sinkhole You’ll start the day on a refreshing note by visiting Azure saltwater pool of Bimmah Sinkhole, located at an approximate distance of 130 km from Muscat. A sea water-filled depression, which is 30m deep, is structurally called a sinkhole. It is locally known as, “PLACE OF POWER”. Here, you get to witness the most picturesque beauty of the desert while a cool breeze from the water, filled by limestone mountain rocks, splashes you with a dash of freshness.​ Sit and relax in turquoise-blue, magical seawater; also, be prepared as you never know when your feet get nibbled by the fishes!​

You could also carry your bathing suit, just in case you want to soak in the cool water.​​

Wadi Shab Continue the tour for the next 30 km as you will be taken to the beautiful valley of Wadi Shab. You could take a leisure hike through the oases. The flora and fauna will keep you refreshed as you view the most amazing Wadi (small water pools), and the mountains.​ A popular tourist spot. Spend a quality time of 30 min in complete tranquility here. ​​
Qalhat Proceed about 25 km further to reach Qalhat where you’ll stop-by for 30 min. Qalhat is an ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour continues as you proceed to Qalhat, that was once a trade center. You would take a stroll through the remains of the city. ​ Take a stroll across the city. This will be followed by a drive along the magnificent coastal strip of white sand beaches!!​​
Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve Sanctuary Reach your destination of the day, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve which is located roughly at a distance of 76 km from Qalhat, later this evening. Enliven your night as you watch the real Green Turtles LIVE! These turtles come from thousands of miles to this shore to lay their eggs. You will get a chance to see these creatures without endangering or disturbing their lives and birthing cycles. Also, you can visit the interactive museum, research laboratories and explore the plethora of information available if you are keen to learn more about these wonderful animals. You can click pictures and make videos BUT WITHOUT FLASH. You would spend about 1 hr 30 min in the turtle reserve before heading back to Muscat.​​
Muscat Travel an approximate distance of 250 km to get back to Muscat, and enjoy a good night’s sleep in the hotel. ​ Sound sleep to rejuvenate!​​

Overnight stay at Muscat: Enjoy your night stay at the hotel in Muscat as the Day-4 of the trip comes to a close.​​​

Today, you’ll embark on a significant part of the trip as you visit the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman’ at Jebel Shams. Located at the north-eastern part of Oman, Jebel Shams is the highest peak of the country and the third-highest of the Arabian peninsula. This rugged region is a must-see for the visitors as it gifts a grand view of the canyons from there. Also, get ready to witness some historic moments as you visit the ancient towns of Nizwa and Al Hamra, before reaching Jebel Shams. Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman, was once a center for trade and education. It is a conservative town that accommodates some of the renowned mosques and an ancient fort called the Nizwa Round Tower Fort which you’ll be visiting, today. On the way to Jebel Shams from Nizwa, you get to catch a glimpse of the beautiful village, Wadi Ghul, that is wedged in between the mountains. ​

The duration of today’s journey: 8 hours​

Place of Visit Description Additional Information​
Muscat Enjoy a widespread breakfast at the Muscat hotel before you embark on a day-long journey. ​ Leave hotel after breakfast​​
Nizwa You will be driven to the historic town of Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital as a first thing, this morning. It is located at a distance of about 160 km from Muscat. Nizwa is famous for its massive circular cannon tower, antiques and silver jewellery. You will visit the ancient Nizwa Fort whose history dates back to the 12th century. It was built by Sultan Bin Saif Yaruba, the first imam of the Yaruba Dynasty. When inside the fort, you’ll be thrilled to pass through its ancient doorways, narrow staircases and corridors, high-ceiling halls, and a maze of rooms. As Nizwa is a town that is surrounded by date palms, one can enjoy an amazing view of the entire town and its date plantation from the top of the tower. ​

You would then pass through the traditional Nizwa souq, a place where you find hand-carved ceremonial daggers, called the ‘khanjars’, and ornate silver jewelry. ​

Next, proceed roughly 70 km further to reach the town of Al Hamra.​

Fort timings:
Saturday to Thursday: Open from 9 am to 4 pm & Friday: Open from 8 am till 11 am. ​Look from the top of the tower to enjoy a glimpse of the gorgeous mountains. And when in Nizwa, don’t forget to get some souvenirs back home!​
Al Hamra Here, you will get to see 400-years-old, well-preserved, traditional mud houses, and experience the Falaj system. ​ You stop by for 30 min here before heading off to the canyons.​
Wadi Ghul Continue the journey for the next 15 km until you enter Wadi Ghul. Wadi Ghul is an abandoned village located in the north-western region of Al Hamra town of Oman. It a pretty village nearer to our next destination, Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest peak.  ​
Jebel Shams Move approximately 40 km ahead to visit the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman’. Jebel Shams is a mountainous region in the Al Hamra town. It nestles the highest mountains of Oman and is an important tourist destination. The word ‘Jebel Shams’ translates into ‘Mountain of the Sun’ since it receives the first sunrise of the region. A moderate temperature of the mountains during the summers make it an ideal location to beat the Arabian heat. People coming here indulge in various activities including hiking, exploring near-by villages, camping and star-watching, night photography, etc. The stunning view of Al Nakhr Canyon or The Grand Canyon of Arabia from Jebel Shams is sure to leave you spell-bound!​ You’ll stop by for 45 min. Take a deep look into the Wadi Ghul from the canyons to enjoy a spectacular view!​​
Muscat Travel a distance of about 240 km to get back to Muscat, and enjoy a good night’s sleep in the hotel.​ Overnight stay​

Night stay: Overnight stay at the Muscat hotel.​

On day-6, you will tour around the city, Muscat. You would leave the hotel early and head towards Marina Al Bandar, a junction for water-sports, and enjoy a dolphin-watching activity. Later, you head back to the hotel, from where you’d be picked up for the airport. ​

Place of Visit Description Additional Information​
Muscat Finish breakfast at the hotel. ​​ Pack and get the luggage ready before heading out.​​​
Marina Al Bandar A place where one can find a wide range of water-sport adventures. Here, you’ll find yourself engrossed in a 2-hour dolphin-watching activity. You’ll have the time of your life watching the dolphins that visit the Arabian sea, from here. Later head back to the hotel as your tour comes to an end.​ Every trip is not guaranteed of dolphin Sighting. Nevertheless, you would get a chance to view the scenic beauty of Oman’s capital area and experience the breath-taking views of some of its landmarks.​​
Muscat hotel Reach the hotel. You will be driven to Muscat International Airport for the flight back to hometown. ​ Check-out and go to the airport with all the memories of the trip etched in your heart. ​​

Have a great time in a land that reflects gold from the sparkling sands, and traditions through its ancient architecture! ​

TOUR ENDS. AU REVOIR!

* The timings mentioned in the itinerary are indicative it may vary according to the prevailing situation at that moment and other weather conditions.​

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