OMAN Dunes & Waves
10 days / 9 nights
A tour designed for curious travelers who want to discover Oman in depth: the itinerary starts from Muscat and Nizwa and then leaves the most known places behind, crosses Wahiba Sands desert from north to south until the ocean and reaches the wild Masirah Island with its remote beaches.
from 660 Omani Rials per person
– Airport transfers on arrival and departure
– Transport by 4WD with English speaking Omani driver from day 2 to day 9
– Ferries to and from Masirah Island
– 9 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 – Nakhal – Wadi Bani Awf – Birkat Al Mawz – Nizwa
Breakfast at the hotel. Start driving north towards Batinah region. Visit of Nakhal Fort, which for centuries has been standing majestically on a rock spur, guardian of the access to the mountains. Afterward 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 reach Birkat Al Mawz, a picturesque village known for its lush palm grove and Falaj Al Khatmeen, a 17th century irrigation canal declared Unesco World Heritage Site. Arrive in 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 – Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands
Breakfast at the hotel. 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, 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 – Ras Ar Ruways – Shannah – Masirah
Breakfast at the camp and start crossing Wahiba Sands: an authentic and exciting experience in the desert until the coast, through ever-changing landscapes in a succession of dunes, acacias, and Bedouin tents. Arrival at Ras Ar Ruways cliffs, where layers of sandstone rocks meet the blue of the ocean, creating a unique and fascinating landscape. Lunch. In the afternoon arrive in Shannah and board the ferry to Masirah Island. Arrival in Masirah. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day to discover Masirah Island. Masirah, about 80 km long and 15 km wide, is the largest island in Oman and is the biggest nesting center in the world for Carretta sea turtles, who come to lay their eggs on its coasts from July to October. Masirah is a remote location, still little known to tourists, with pristine beaches and isolated fishing villages. Lunch. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Masirah – Al Ashkhara – Ras Al Kabbah – Ras Al Hadd
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning board the ferry to the mainland. Drive north along Sharqiya wild coast. Lunch. In the afternoon photo stops along the way in Al Ashkhara and Ras Al Kabbah to admire cliffs, salt flats and remote beaches. 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 – Sur – Fins – Bimah Sinkhole – Muscat
Breakfast at the lodge. Spend the morning in the nice town of Sur and visit the traditional shipyard for dhows, the typical Omani boats. Lunch. In the afternoon, photo stops at Fins Beach and Bimah Sinkhole, a crater carved in the rock and filled with crystal clear water. 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 - Nakhal - Wadi Bani Awf - Birkat Al Mawz - Nizwa - Jebel Shams - Al Hamra - Wadi Bani Khalid - Wahiba Sands - Ras Ar Ruways - Shannah - Masirah - Al Ashkhara - Ras Al Kabbah - Ras Al Hadd - Sur - Fins - Bimah Sinkhole - Muscat