OMAN Heritage & Adventure
9 days / 8 nights
A journey to admire the most important cultural attractions of Oman, but at the same time to live dynamic experiences surrounded by nature: swimming in Wadi Shab pools up to a hidden cave, riding a camel at sunset among Wahiba Sands golden dunes, trekking along the majestic Grand Canyon of Arabia.
from 530 Omani Rials per person
– Airport transfers on arrival and departure
– Transport by 4WD with English speaking Omani driver from day 2 to day 8
– 8 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 – Wadi Shab – Sur
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 a photo stop at Bimah Sinkhole, a crater carved in the rock and filled with crystal clear water. Lunch. In the afternoon, trek into Wadi Shab gorge to reach its famous natural pools and swim until an amazing waterfall hidden in a cave. Arrive in Sur. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Sur – Woodland – Wahiba Sands
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the morning in the nice town of Sur and visit the traditional shipyard for dhows, the typical Omani boats. 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 – Wahiba Sands
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, return to the desert dunes and time at leisure for extra activities, like a camel ride at sunset. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Wahiba Sands – Birkat Al Mawz – Jabreen – Bahla – Nizwa
Breakfast at the lodge. Transfer north to 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. Lunch. In the afternoon, 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. Arrive in Nizwa. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Nizwa – Misfah – Jebel Shams
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. Later departure to Misfah, a village perched on the steep mountain sides, where you can see the old stone houses and the ancient system of agricultural terraces. Lunch. In the afternoon arrive on Jebel Shams. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Jebel Shams – Muscat
Breakfast at the lodge. In the morning, trekking along the Balcony Walk to admire the stunning panorama of 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, drive back to 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 - Wadi Shab - Sur - Woodland - Wahiba Sands - Wadi Bani Khalid - Birkat Al Mawz - Jabreen - Bahla - Nizwa - Misfah - Jebel Shams - Muscat