|6 days and 5 nights|
Oman (Muscat, Sur, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa)
Muscat International Airport - Muscat Hotel
Arrival Muscat International Airport. Meet & Greet upon arrival.
Transfer from Muscat International Airport to Muscat Selected Hotel. Check in Muscat Hotel and Free Rest of the day.
Muscat - Sur
Breakfast at the hotel. 0830 Hrs: Check-out from hotel. Our tour begins with the visit of the Grand Mosque (except Friday) & Bait Al Zubair Museum (except Friday) which is a brief introduction that traces Oman’s history and development.
1030 Hrs: Drive to Ras Al Jinz. Our first stop will be at Bimah Sinkhole, a large limestone crater which has become a famous weekend getaway for locals too. From here we proceed to Wadi Shab or Wadi Tiwi and explore the wadi.
Upon arrival in check-in at the hotel. Post an early dinner (By own), we’ll drive to Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve. Oman is a vital area for Green Turtles in the Indian Ocean and the Green Back Turtle are heavily protected by the government of the country. In fact, over 275 of the Sultanate's beaches double-up as nesting grounds for five of the seven recognized species of sea turtles, the most common being the Green Back Turtle.
We are led to the beach by an ecologist to see the female Turtles return to their beach to lay eggs. (Please note that the main nesting season is Jun-Aug, at other times of the year, there may or not be turtles every night).
Overnight stay at Sur Plaza. (Breakfast & Picnic lunch)
Sur - Wahiba
Breakfast at the hotel. 0830 hrs.- Check-out and first visit Dhow Building Yard. You can experience building process as traditional dhow is still build and we can have a close look on manufacturing process.
Post visit we drive to Wadi Bani Khalid. We stop here to relax a bit and enjoy a swim in the beautiful turquoise pools.
Change the Coach/Coaster to 4WD for your trip to Wahiba.
The Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and White Sea of sand and dunes rising to 200 meters are also host to a variety of flora and fauna. We further drive towards the dunes. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Wahiba Camp of your choice. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Wahiba - Nizwa
Breakfast at camp. 08:30 Hrs: check out from the camp and proceed to Nizwa. Change the vehicle to Coach for your trip to Nizwa.
We continue our journey to the oasis village of Bahla, the center of the pottery art in northern Oman. The village is surrounded by 12 km mud wall that protects the palms and the fort (UNESCO world heritage site - photo stop from outside). Subsequently, visit the castle of Jabrin during Palms. It displays the Islamic art in perfection, and it was the residence of the Imam Bilarab in 17 Century.
In Oman there are numerous caves, earlier of just as numerous Adventurers were visited. Afterwards we visit the village Al Hamra, which is famous for its dark red clay two-story houses. On the surrounding one still sees on hills the isolated watch towers. In the evening arrive Nizwa, the old capital in 6th and 7th century with its Fort. We will visit "Bait Al Safah" at Al Hamra Al Bait, a castle built during Al Yaaribah era, hundreds of years ago, consisting of four storey and well described in a book by the Omani scholar Yousuf Al Sharouni. Bait Al Safah exhibits of Omani traditional handicrafts reflecting the cultural variation of the Sultanate throughout its rich history. The traditional handicrafts are displayed in such a way as to reflect the changes and developments witnessed through time as well as their connection with the various daily life requirements.
Arrive Nizwa and check in to hotel.
Overnight stay at Nizwa Hotel of your choice. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Nizwa - Muscat
Breakfast at the hotel. 0800Hrs: Group departs to visit cattle market (only on Fridays). Every Friday morning (only), the paved area in front of the souq is a bustle with people and activity. Reluctant goats, sheep and pale brown cows brought to the market by their owners; impromptu stalls piled high with Kaleidoscopic colors of dresses, toys, pots and pans. Follow the crowd and you will invariably be led to the open-air goat market under the palm trees. Pretty longhair Omani goats and woolly sheep are tethered, waiting patiently – or not so patiently – to be walked around the circle of potential buyers. Walk to the famous Fort of Nizwa lies in the center of the City.
We’ll continue our drive to Muscat via Birkat al Mouj. We’ll walk through its oasis and date plantations before continuing to Nizwa. With the 2 sets of ruins, a large banana plantation and the scenic surroundings, the site is also home to the old Falaj irrigation system listed as UNESCO World heritage.
Arrive Muscat and late lunch at local restaurant.
Check in at Muscat Hotel of your choice.
Pickup from your hotel at 1630 Hrs. and proceed to the Muttrah. Drive along the waterfront corniche and take our first stop at the bustling Muttrah souq. The colorful souq will take you at least a century back. After having enjoyed your time at the Souq, you have short walk along the corniche with lots and lots photo opportunities. The “Frankincense burner” is a delight to watch in the night with its full illumination. We proceed for a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali.
Overnight stay at Muscat Hotel of your choice. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel and proceed to Muscat International Airport for Departure.
- Meet & Greet upon arrival
- Accommodation at the Selected hotels or similar
- Meals as mentioned in Program, meals with only water (Breakfast at Muscat hotel, Lunch at Local restaurant/Picnic Lunch on day 2 & Dinner at Camp on day 3)
- Sightseeing/tours as program
- Services of an Italian Speaking guide
- All entrances where applicable
- 02 bottles of water during tours/drive
- All currently applicable taxes
- Any airfare
- Any entry or exit fee for UAE
- Any other meals/beverages
- Any other personal expenses
- Hotels peak season special supplements and policies such as Christmas and new year dinner new year minimum stay etc..
- Anything not mentioned as included
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|2||Sur Plaza Hotel or similarSur|
|3||Safari Desert Camp Wahiba or similarWahiba Sands|
|4||Tanuf Residency Nizwa or similarNizwa|
|5||Al Falaj Muscat Hotel or similarMuscat|
|6||Muscat International Airport (MCT), Muscat|
|Place||4 Stars Superior Hotel||5 Stars Hotel|
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|Sur||Sur Plaza Hotel or similar||Ras Al Jinz Hotel or similar|
|Wahiba Sands||Safari Desert Camp Wahiba or similar||Desert Nights Cam or similar|
|Nizwa||Tanuf Residency Nizwa or similar||Golden Tulip Nizwa or similar|