TOUR CODE: MFDOMAN
Trip Type: Independent Journey
This 7-day adventure takes you to the Sultanate of Oman, a country on the Arabian Peninsula southeastern coast in Western Asia. Immerse yourself in the smells, sights, and sounds of this stunning country. Visit impressive fortresses, stroll through bountiful souq markets, camp in the desert, admire the picturesque mountainous landscapes, and much more.
ARRIVAL IN MUSCAT
On arrival at Muscat International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
MUSCAT/NAKHL/WADI BANI AWF/BILAD SAYT/NIZWA (B)
Start the day with a brief stop at the Amouage Factory to learn about the world’s most expensive perfume manufacturing process. Then, head south to reach the Oasis of Nakhal. After a photo stop at the splendid Nakhal Fort, we drive into the Wadi Bani Awf. The road leads us through the Wadi. We will pass by impressive Wadi Canyons (snake canyon) and small villages. Proceed to Bilad Sayt, a town famous for its clay houses and the Oasis in which the village population lives. Continue driving to the historic old city of Nizwa and check in to the hotel.
NIZWA/TANUF/BAHLA/JIBREEN/WADI GHUL/JEBEL SHAMS (B/D)
Drive via Tanuf for a stop in the charming town of Bahla. From there, we head to Jabreen, where we will visit one of the most impressive forts in the Sultanate, famous for its wall and ceiling murals. Continue to Jebel Shams, traveling through Wadi Ghul on the way. Admire the fantastic views of Jebel Shams, the highest mountain in the Jebel Al Akhdar range, standing at more than 9,800 feet above sea level.
JEBEL SHAMS/NIZWA/BIRKAT AL MAUZ/WAHIBA SANDS (B/D)
Often called the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Oman, Jebel Shams sits in the Western Hajar mountain range at 9,800 feet. These mountains are best known for breathtaking views of Wadi Ghul and Al Nakhr Canyon.
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. Then, travel to the beautiful village of Birkat Al Mauz, a traditional town at the foothills of Jabal Akhdar, home to the falaj irrigation system dates back to 5,000 years. 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/SUR/FINNS BEACH/BIMMAH SINKHOLE/MUSCAT (B)
After breakfast, enjoy the sunrise at the Wahiba Sands. Wahiba Sands is 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. Catch a glimpse of the pretty villages scattered all over Wadi Bani Khalid as they cling precariously to the slopes of the rugged mountainside. Enjoy the clear waters of the Wadi and the sight of palm trees all around. (Please bring along your swimwear; bikinis not allowed. Also, please note that light clothing and walking shoes may be more suitable for this trip). Continue our journey to Sur, the historic old port town famous for its Dhow Building Yard. Walk along the seaside and visit the Dhow Building Yard, then proceed to Finns’ white beaches. See the limestone sinkhole in Bimmah before heading back to the capital.
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). The imposing structure is a fine example of modern Islamic architecture. The grand mosque’s five minarets symbolize the five core values of Islam. Admire the architectural beauty of its sandstone domes, minarets, courtyards, and the main prayer hall is truly stunning. Explore the excellent Bait Al Zubair Museum, followed by a photo stop at the Al Alam Palace. Head to Muttrah, a peaceful and vibrant quarter of Muscat. Here you can stop by the fish market for a look at the daily sales, and stroll along the Corniche, past old merchant houses and lovely side streets. There’s plenty of chances to catch a good deal shopping here and pick up your perfect souvenir! Enjoy some free time this afternoon to relax 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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