TOUR CODE: MAROMAN
Trip Type: Independent Journey
Oman is an endlessly fascinating destination replete with ancient history, rich culture, and a range of diverse and dramatic landscapes. We explore Muscat’s traditional markets, picturesque harbor, and city landmarks. Catch a glimpse of the ancient forts; go shopping at one of Arabia’s oldest souks, and head out into the beautiful Wahiba Sands desert. After a night camping amongst the shimmering golden dunes of Wahiba Sands, visit centuries-old paths in the beautiful Hajar mountains and stop at the port city of Sur. Admire the paradise-like wadi at Wadi Tiwi before heading back to the capital to enjoy some free time before the journey home.
ARRIVAL IN MUSCAT
On arrival at Muscat International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Meet your guide this morning for a half-day Muscat city tour. We drive toward the beautiful embassy quarter of Muscat en route to visit the magical Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (except on Fridays). Admire the architectural beauty of its sandstone domes, minarets, courtyards, and the main prayer hall is truly stunning. Explore the excellent Al Zubair Museum, followed by a photo stop at the Sultan’s Palace, before taking a wander around the Muttrah Souq.
* Please be aware that to enter the Grand Mosque, ladies should be fully covered (including a headscarf), and men are not allowed in wearing shorts.
MUSCAT/BIMMAH SINKHOLE/FINNS BEACH/WADI TIWI/SUR/WAHIBA SANDS (B/D)
Leave Muscat heading south along the coast towards the Wahiba Sands. We first stop at Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater created many years ago by a collapsing mountain filled with blue-green seawater. Proceed to Finns, where a beautiful white sandy beach beckons for a relaxing swim. Then off to Wadi Tiwi. Enjoy a deep and narrow canyon carved out of the mountains and lush green plantations with the comfort of your car. Stop at Sur, the historic old port town famous for its Dhow Building Yard. We walk along the seaside and visit the Dhow Building Yard. Continues into the desert, towards the rolling dunes and shifting sands of Wahiba where, after a bit of dune-bashing, visit a Bedouin home and experience the warm hospitality of a Bedouin family and enjoy Arabic coffee and dates. We settle down for a peaceful night at a desert camp. A camel ride (optional) offers a unique desert experience.
WAHIBA SANDS/WADI BANI KHALID/JIBREEN/BAHLA/JEBEL SHAMS (B/D)
Enjoy the sunrise at the Wahiba Sands, noted for one of the most fascinating and mysterious deserts in the Arab Gulf region. It is also home to a few thousand Bedouins known to have inhabited this inhospitable region for at least 7,000 years. One of the stunning features of Wahaiba Sands is the shifting colors of sand at different times of the day. Drive to the picturesque Wadi Bani Khaled, easily one of Oman’s most beautiful wadis. After a chance for a walk and a swim, the journey then continues to the impressive fort at Jabrin, possibly the finest of Oman’s 17th-century fortresses, whose exquisite painted wooden ceilings provide clear evidence of the skills of the fort’s original builders. After a photo stop at the UNESCO World Heritage setting of Bahla Fort, you’ll head to the charming Misfat Al Abriyeen in the foothills of Oman’s Hajar mountain range overlooking a steep valley, famous for its ancient irrigation system or falaj. You’ll then head into the spectacular mountain landscapes of Jebel Shams, home to famous Oman’s Grand Canyon.
NIZWA/BIRKAT AL MAUZ/MUSCAT (B)
The first stop of the day will be in the historic old city of Nizwa, home to an imposing 17th-century fort and the adjoining Nizwa Souk, famed for its Friday cattle auction. Drive back to Muscat through Birkat Al Mauz, a traditional village at the foothills of Jabal Akhdar, home to the traditional falaj irrigation system dates back to 5,000 years. We arrive at Muscat in the afternoon to enjoy some free time before the journey home.
MUSCAT DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye and fly back home.
Meals: B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
Per person, based on double occupancy
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