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Highlights of Oman

Oman remains one of the last great undiscovered parts of the Middle East. Here, ancient heritage melds beautifully with modern living. Overnight in the dramatic Wahiba Sands desert after visiting the Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve to observe the endangered species’ nesting process. Still looking for something off the beaten path? Visit Wadi Nakhr, also known as the Grand Canyon of Oman, to get even deeper into Oman’s ethereal beauty – natural and otherwise.

Middle East
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DQMM/205159
  • Starts: Muscat, Oman
  • Finishes: Muscat, Oman
You will Visit
  • Muscat
  • Ras al-Jinz
  • Wahiba Sands
  • Nizwá
  • Al Ḩamrā’

Itinerary

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Day 1: Muscat

Arrive at any time.

02

Day 2: Muscat

Explore some of the highlights of the city including the Grand Mosque, the Bait Al Zubair Museum, and the historic souk in Muttrah, before heading to Old Muscat and the 16th century Al-Mirani & Al-Jelani forts.

03

Day 3: Muscat/Ras al-Jinz

Leave Muscat behind and drive along the coast towards the picturesque Bimmah Sinkhole. 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, where green turtles come from thousands of kilometres away to lay eggs at night.

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Day 4: Ras al-Jinz/Wahiba Sands

Drive towards Wādī Banī Khālid, a rocky oasis nestled in the East Hajar mountains filled with natural pools. Later, begin your desert adventure through the dunes towards your desert camp, just in time for a sunset. In the evening, enjoy some traditional music over dinner, around an open fire.

05

Day 5: Wahiba Sands/Nizwá

Leaving the desert behind, we head towards Ibra and visit the impressive Jabrin castle. Continue towards Nizwá, stopping at the historic fortress of Bahla along the way.

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Day 6: Nizwá to Al Hamra

Wake up early to take part in the Nizwá cattle market. Watch locals buy and trade the best livestock, from goats to cattle directly from the herders. Continue to the town of Al Hamra and visit the renowned mud houses of Misfat Al Abriyeen. Learn about the Falaj network, Oman's ancient water supply system.

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Day 7: Al Hamra to Muscat

Explore Jebel Shams and take in view of Wadi Nakhr, otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of Oman. Drive through Wadi Bani Awf and take in the beauty of the steep mountain cliffs before reaching the end point ("Snake Point") of the gorge. Continue to Muscat.

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Day 8: Muscat

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque visit
    • Bail Al Zubair Museum visit
    • Muttrah Souq visit
    • Mirani and Jalali forts visit
    • Bimmah Sinkhole visit
    • Sur dhow shipyard visit
    • Raz al Jinz turtle sanctuary night visit
    • Nizwá cattle market visit
    • Overnight in Wahiba Sands desert camp
    • Mud houses of Misfat al Abyreen walk and visit
    • Wadi Nakhr (the "Grand Canyon of Oman") visit
    Accommodation
    • Hotel (6 nts), desert camp (1 nt)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Walking, private bus, 4x4 vehicle
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Time to explore the city highlights of Muscat
  • Visit a turtle sanctuary
  • Watch the sunset from a desert camp
  • Visit the cattle market in Nizwá
  • Marvel in the canyon views of Jebel Shams