Whether you have few days or few weeks, we will work with you to develop an itinerary that suits your needs and interests. Based on your wishes and our suggestions, your program will be exactly as you want it to be! As an example, you can already have a look at our “Discover Oman – 1 week-program”. Feel free to contact us to adapt it to your plans!
Day 1: Arrival to Muscat
Arrival in the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel. Free at leisure. Overnight in Muscat.
Day 2: Muscat city tour
Muscat is among the most important cities on the Sea of Arabia, having held this status and position from the 11th century. Today, the capital area is a prime example of intelligent and aesthetic development, blending ancient and modern.
A half-day tour in Muscat, the capital area, begins in the morning taking you to the Sultan Qaboos Grande Mosque, which features five minarets representing the five pillars of Islam, with the main minaret being more than 90 meters high. Built at His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ personal expense, the Grande Mosque houses a library and centre for the teaching of religious studies.
Then visit the Natural History Museum, exhibiting the flora and fauna of Oman. There is no better place for experiencing ‘Oman through time’.
From there, we will go to the traditional Souq (market) in Muttrah, one of the oldest preserved souqs in Oman. Gold and silver jewellery is found in abundance, as well as numerous wooden carvings, ornaments and spices.
To conclude the tour, visit the Old Town of Muscat and take a walk around Al Alam Palace and the 16th Century forts, Jalali and Mirani.
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Muscat.
Our packages include
Bed & Breakfast, half board or full board based accommodation in the hotels of your choice, transfers and excursions daily as indicated above and entrance fees, private transport by an English speaking guide (French, German, Japanese, Spanish … speaking guide available upon request).Furthermore you may ask for our 3 days , 7 days, 10 days & 14 day programs or explore Oman on a 21 day long adventure!
Day 3: Muscat – Wadi Shab – Ras al Hadd
After breakfast, leave from Muscat and reach Quriyat, one of the major tows in Muscat region.
Continuation towards Wadi Shab, on a rough and dusty road, where the color of the ground varies from white to rich red: there is exactly the place where the 4×4 vehicles were built for! On the way, discover the Sinkhole, a part of collapsed mountain filled with sea water. This huge cavity now contains peaceful turquoise water, inviting for a swim. There starts again a tarmac road, going along the white sand beaches. These beaches are also nice spots for swimming, or just for simple relaxation.
Then proceed to Wadi Shab, which is certainly one of the most gorgeous destinations in Oman. Beyond the breathtaking entrance, the wadi rewards you with views of aquamarine pools, waterfalls and terraced plantations; kingfishers add glorious splashes of colour. For the adventurous, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming and a visit to a partially submerged cave. This is a nice journey through this peaceful area, where oleander bushes attract butterflies and where the singing of birds is delightful.
In the afternoon, transfer to Sur and Ras Al Hadd, the rarest nesting ground of the Giant Green Turtles. Thousands of these animals haul themselves laboriously out of the water along the coastline every year. Seeing the turtles nesting is a fascinating experience and a rare opportunity since the government decided to control the access to the beaches in order to protect the turtles. After dinner, departure for the beach to have a chance to see the green turtles nesting.
Overnight in Sur.
Day 4: Ras al Hadd – Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands
After breakfast, departure for Wadi Bani Khalid, considered as one of the most beautiful wadies in Oman. It is set deep into the hills and is reputed to have more water than in any other place in the Sultanate. There you can see water cascading down the gorgerin waterfalls and have a chance to swim in the turquoise green and cool water of the rocky pools.
In the afternoon, transfer to the Wahiba sands, a vast mass of red and white sea of sand. Go for an exciting drive in dunes rising up to hundreds of meters. Traditionally, the Wahiba desert is the home of the Bedouin tribes, hardy spirited people who know how to survive in the inhospitable and tough terrain. Visitors have the chance to have a close look at the Bedouin life by visiting a Bedouin house, where they will also see various traditional handicrafts, and maybe choose to experience a camel ride.
Admire the magic of the sunset over the dunes and then reach the desert camp. After a short rest, enjoy an Omani evening around a traditional dinner before spending the night in the camp. A night in the silence of the desert will for sure leave you enjoyable memories!
Day 5: Wahiba Sands – Nizwa
After breakfast, departure for Nizwa. Nizwa is one of the largest cities in Oman and the capital of the Dhakiliya region. Former capital of the Sultanate of Oman, the city still has a wealth of cultural and ancient attractions. There, visit of the 17th century fort and the souq, where the locals trade in traditional as well as imported merchandise, from vegetables to jewelry.
After Nizwa, proceed to Bahla, where the pre-Islamic fort is part of the UNESCO worldwide culture heritage. This fort is for now on closed for renovation in order to make it accessible to the public in the future.
Only a few kilometers away, you will find the Jabrin fort, one of the finest and most picturesque forts of Oman. Built in the 17th century to be the Imam’s residence, it therefore has rich and beautiful ornaments, such as the delicately painted wooden ceilings. The Jabrin fort is certainly the most elegant example of the traditional Omani architecture
Back to Nizwa in the afternoon. Overnight in Nizwa.
Day 6: Nizwa – Jabal Shams – Muscat
After breakfast, departure from Nizwa. We will head to Wadi Ghul, a spectacular deep canyon in the mountain range out of which rises Jabel Shams, the highest pick in Oman at over 3,000m. Jabel Shams, the mountain of the sun, is home to weavers of heavy woolen rugs in distinctive red, black and brown geometric designs. Along the steep and windy road leading to the top of the mountain, you will discover small villages hiding within the mountains rocks and then reach the incredible Grand Canyon, where you can enjoy a walk in the cool atmosphere of the mountain.
From there, we will keep on our way through the mountains towards the Batinah plain. We will pass by Bilad Sayt, a mountain village set on a stunning point of view and cross through Wadi Bani Awf, a beautiful wadi with plenty of spots for great pictures.
Back to Muscat in the end of the afternoon. Overnight in Muscat.
Day 7: Muscat
Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport on time for your flight onwards.