OMAN 1001 Nights
8 days / 7 nights
The ultimate tour in Oman: a week between dunes, canyons, beaches, oases, palm groves, villages, mosques, fortresses and traditional markets. A complete itinerary to admire historical monuments and natural landscapes: the coast from Muscat to Ras Al Hadd, the natural pools of Wadi Bani Khalid, the crossing of Wahiba Sands desert, the forts of Nizwa, Bahla and Jabreen, the breathtaking off-road track on the mountains of Wadi Bani Awf.
from 480 Omani Rials per person
– Airport transfers on arrival and departure
– Transport by 4WD with English speaking Omani driver from day 2 to day 7
– 7 overnights in double room with private facilities
– Meals as per travel itinerary
– Water during meals and excursions
– Entrance fees to mentioned attractions and monuments
– Support to Treedom reforestation projects to offset CO2 emissions
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE
– International and domestic flights
– Health travel insurance (mandatory) and tourist visa fees (if applicable)
– Meals and services not mentioned in the travel itinerary
Once landed at Muscat International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. Time at leisure for extra activities. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your driver. Full day to discover the capital of the Sultanate. The tour begins at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque: it has been inaugurated in 2001 to celebrate thirty years of the Sultan's reign and it can host over 20,000 worshippers. The building is a true masterpiece of modern architecture, harmoniously combining various artistic currents of the Islamic world, from Maghreb to Central Asia. Later continue to the historic area of Mutrah and stroll through the alleys of the Souq and along the Corniche, admiring the Portuguese colonial houses. Lunch. In the afternoon visit the National Museum of Oman: the museum has opened to the public in 2016 and houses 12,500 artifacts telling the historical, archaeological, and cultural background of the country. Then photo stop at the Sultan's Palace (Al Alam Palace) and the Portuguese Forts of Jalali and Mirani. Overnight at the hotel.
Muscat – Wadi Al Arbaeen – Bimah Sinkhole – Fins – Sur – Ras Al Hadd
Breakfast at the hotel. Start travelling south-east, between the beautiful white beaches surrounded by the Gulf of Oman and the imposing range of the Eastern Hajar Mountains. In the morning, enjoy a scenic off-road drive of the lush Wadi Al Arbaeen and photo stops at Bimah Sinkhole, a crater carved in the rock and filled with crystal clear water, and Fins Beach. Lunch. Spend the afternoon in the nice town of Sur and visit the traditional shipyard for dhows, the typical Omani boats. Continue to the long beach of Ras Al Hadd, at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula, where sea turtles lay their eggs from May to November. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Ras Al Hadd – Ras Al Kabbah – Woodland – Wahiba Sands
Breakfast at the lodge. Drive south along the wild coast of Sharqiyah. Photo stop along the way at Ras Al Kabbah cliffs to admire the imposing rocks meeting the blue ocean. Continue to Woodland area, where trees and bushes surprisingly emerge from the dunes, creating a unique and evocative landscape. Lunch. In the afternoon, leave the paved road behind and enter the dunes of Wahiba Sands, the second largest desert in Oman, with an area of over 12,000 square kilometers. Sunset on the dunes. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Wahiba Sands – Wadi Bani Khalid – Nizwa
Breakfast at the lodge. Drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, a spectacular oasis of palm trees and natural pools nestled among the colorful rock formations of the Eastern Hajar Mountains. Free time to swim and relax. Lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Nizwa. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Nizwa – Jebel Shams – Al Hamra – Nizwa
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning live the authentic Omani atmosphere in Nizwa, capital during the Yaroubi dynasty and still an important cultural and religious center, known as the Pearl of Islam. Visit the Souq, which comes alive every Friday thanks to the traditional animal market, and the Fort, with its massive watchtower offering beautiful views on the Friday Mosque and on the date plantations surrounding the town. Continue to the Grand Canyon of Arabia, a breathtaking gorge about 1000 meters deep at the foot of Jebel Shams, the highest peak in Oman. Lunch. In the afternoon, visit Al Hamra village and an old mud house, today a museum, to learn about traditional cooking, ancient medicine, and typical handicraft. Back to Nizwa. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Nizwa – Jabreen – Bahla – Wadi Bani Awf – Muscat
Breakfast at the hotel. Head to Jabreen Castle, a true jem of fine stucco decorations and painted wooden ceilings dating back to 17th century. Later photo stop at Bahla Fort, another Unesco World Heritage Site, to admire its grandeur and imposing architecture. In the late morning, start crossing Western Hajar Mountains along the off-road track of Wadi Bani Awf, one of the most inaccessible and evocative canyons in the country. Lunch. In the afternoon, arrive in Muscat. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Time at leisure for extra activities. You will be transferred to Muscat International Airport according to your flight schedule. End of our services.
Muscat - Wadi Al Arbaeen - Bimah Sinkhole - Fins - Sur - Ras Al Hadd - Ras Al Kabbah - Woodland - Wahiba Sands - Wadi Bani Khalid - Nizwa - Jebel Shams - Al Hamra - Bahla - Jabreen - Wadi Bani Awf - Muscat