Be dazzled by the dreamlike world of Oman.

Adventure from portside Muscat and Muttrah into the heart of Oman's richly coloured past. Discover the awesome Islamic forts, age-old mud-brick houses, and silver- and spice-filled souqs that makes this Middle Eastern jewel such a feast for the senses. The treasures aren't all man-made: trip to the blazing remote landscapes of Wahiba Sands for a desert getaway with the Bedouins, and soak up breathtaking canyon views at Jebel Shams and Wadi Bani Awf before returning to the seaside capital.


Start
Muscat, Oman
Finish
Muscat, Oman
Country
Oman
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
ELSO
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Experience some traditional Omani hospitality with a one-night camping getaway under the stars in Wahiba Sands

  • Discover Oman's most phenomenal fortresses and mosques, including the beautifully preserved Jabrin Fort

  • Explore the busy fishing harbour of Muttrah and mine the bustling souq for hidden treasures – anything from unique silverware to frankincense

  • For a capital city, Muscat sure packs a lot of charm. Explore the tranquil waterfront and visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Is this trip right for you?

  • When visiting a mosque, it's important to show respect by dressing appropriately, even in the heat. Ladies should cover their arms and wear a head scarf; trousers or a long skirt are recommended. Gentlemen are required to wear trousers and long sleeve shirts.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

The rest of the day is free for you to make you own discoveries.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Then proceed to the Natural History Museum, which offers a brief introduction to Oman’s colorful past. Driving down to the busy fishing harbour at Muttrah, with its quaint wooden dhows and fishing boats, stop at the bazaar (souq) where you can mingle with the locals and browse the silver and spice shops. Also see the two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani, which guard the entrance to the city, before returning to your hotel. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muscat - Natural History Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your round trip starts in the morning. Board a 4x4 vehicle and drive through the spectacular rugged landscapes to the small fishing town of Quriyat. Then visit Wadi Shab, a gorgeous oasis with inviting pools where it may be possible to take a dip. Continue to Sur, renowned in the past for its dhow shipyards, before reaching Ras al Jinz on the coast. After an early dinner, visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where green turtles come from thousands of kilometres away to lay eggs at night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, drive to the palm-lined Wadi Bani Khalid. Follow a well-worn path into the heart of this rocky oasis and discover a big pool that offers both visual and physical refreshment, particularly in the hotter months.  After deflating the tyres a little, make the exhilarating drive over the dunes to your desert camp. In the evening, enjoy some traditional music over dinner, around an open fire, under the stars.

Notes: Activities are arranged at the discretion of camp management, and some may not be available during low occupancies and off-season periods.
Accommodation
  • Desert Camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Head north to Ibra, which was one of the oldest cities in Oman, and once the centre of trade,religion, education and art. Drive through the quaint roads to see the ancient houses and mosques.
Continue to Jabrin Fort, which is considered one of the finest and most picturesque forts in the whole country. It's one of the few forts designed as a residence, with beautiful carved wooden doors and ornate lattice work. On the way to Nizwa you will stop at Bahla to snap a photo or two of the immense ruins and perhaps check out some of the town's famous pottery. On any day of the week, except Friday, you might find a metal worker toiling next to his red-hot furnace, or a weaver assembling a goat hair cloak.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jabrin - Fort visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive to the traditional old town of Al Hamra. Visit Misfat Al Abyreen, one of the oldest villages in the region. The traditional mud houses are as old as 400 years and are still occupied. Enjoy a short trek into the village where you can see the famous falaj network (the old Omani water distribution system). You’ll also enjoy a traditional Omani lunch before proceeding to Jebel Shams. Even on the hottest days, it's nice and cool up here. On arrival, check into your hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast, check out Jebel Shams, the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman’. Then it's over to Wadi Bani Awf, the end point of the canyon and with what is called the ‘snake gorge’ in the middle of the steep mountain cliffs. This is a stunning part of Oman, with fantastic views of the surrounding scenery. Drive to the town of Nakhl, and see its fully restored fort on a rocky outcrop, before arriving in Muscat for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon and you will be free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Muscat.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Mini Bus, 4x4

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Desert Camp (1 night)

Included activities

  • Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muscat - Natural History Museum
  • Jabrin - Fort visit

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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