Classic Oman

  • destination Oman
  • traveltime10 days
  • moneyFrom € 1390,- pp

A holiday in Oman is a journey through a country filled with culture, beautiful nature and very hospitable people. It is one of the most authentic Arab countries and it houses a variety of flora and fauna. You will find extensive deserts such as the Sharqiya desert in the northeast and the much larger Rub al-Khali in the south of Oman. From the plains of the Sharqiya desert you look up to the Hajar mountains where you will find Jebel Shams, the mountain of the sun, and Jebel Akhdar, the green mountain. These mountain peaks are up to 3009 meters high. In the Hajar Mountains you will find what is called the Grand Canyon of Oman. An area where you can drive beautiful off-road routes, go mountain biking and take extraordinary walks. Afterwards you can marvel at the green wadis which you will find throughout the country between the mountains and the coast. These wadis give you the opportunity to undertake exciting hikes and fun adventures.

In addition to all this natural beauty, you will find picturesque villages such as Rustaq, Bilad Sayt and Ibra. Wandering through those streets will introduce you to the daily arabic life and you will learn about many Omani traditions.

During a trip through Oman, an extensive visit to the capital Muscat cannot be missed. It is best to plan a full day to explore the white city. Muscat is a vast city located on the Gulf of Oman. The souq of Muttrah is a must-visit and the Grand Mosque can of course not be missed.

This 10-day trip gives you a complete picture of the country and invites you to think about your next trip to this special destination.

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Itinerary

Flight to Muscat, Oman including airport transfer

After your flight you will meet one of our local representatives at Muscat International Airport. You will be welcomed and the driver will take you to your accommodation in Muscat.

Muscat optional with city tour

Muscat is the capital of Oman and is characterized by the many white houses, which is why Muscat is also called the “white city”. Over the centuries Muscat has been ruled over by various indigenous tribes and foreign powers such as the Portuguese and the Persians. During the past 50 years Qaboos bin Said was sultan of Oman until he died in January 2020. Sultan Qaboos was well loved in Oman. He was never married, didn’t have children and he hadn’t appointed his successor in the event of his death. The Omanis feared for their future without a leader who would follow in the footsteps of the Sultan. After 50 family members debated who would become his succesor, his cousin, 65 year old Haitham Bin Tariq minister of Heritage and Culture, was elected to take his place.

Today you can visit various highlights of the city such as the souq in Muttrah and the Sultan Qaboos Mosque. In this centrally located area of ​​Muscat you can also visit the work palace of the sultan and the royal opera house. If you want to attend a performance at the opera house, we can make a reservation for you. A visit to the Royal Opera House is a chance to be among the local, upper class, citizens who are dressed elegantly for one of the performances. In the evening you can have dinner at the Caramel restaurant close to the Opera House.

Muscat – Bimmah Sinkhole – Finns Beach - Wadi Shab – Sur or Ras al Jinz meeting local representative & pick up rental car

After breakfast, your 4WD-jeep is ready and you will meet one of our local representatives. He will give you a brief instruction about the car and the route you are going to drive. May the roadtrip begin! You will drive south along the coast, towards Wadi Shab. This road takes you past the most beautiful scenery, white beaches, lush valleys and picturesque fishing villages.

On the way you can make a short stop at Quriyat, a famous horse trading town near the Bimmah Crater. Bimmah Sinkhole, by the locals known as “Hawaiyat Najam”, is a large hole in the earth crust created by erosion and filled with clear water, perfect for a refreshing dip. The local legend says that is was created by a meteorite. This is why it name “Hawiyat Najm” translates to “The falling Star”. After Bimmah Sinkhole drive on towards Fins beach. From Fins Beach you can also visit Bandar Al Khairan, a beautiful place for snorkeling.

The last stop before arriving at your new destination is Wadi Shab. With a tiny boat you will cross the river and arrive at the wadi. Wander through the wadi where you can swim from time to time while enjoying the view. After visiting Wadi Shab you will drive to Sur or Ras Al Jinz, depending on your accommodation for the night. From Sur you can visit the sea turtles in Ras Al Jinz.

Sur / Ras al Jinz - Wadi Bani Khalid - Wahiba Sands

You will wake up in the harbor town of Sur or on the coast of Ras Al Jinz, after a last stroll through the city you continue your journey. You drive towards Wadi Bani Khalid. This Wadi is known for its clear waters and green nature. You walk all the way up here and are able to swim back down from where you started. This way down is a lot faster and above all it is a lot of fun! You can take some time to relax and enjoy the view with a cop coffee from the only café near the Wadi.

In the afternoon it is time to drive towards the Wahiba Sands where you can enjoy the sunset in the Desert Camp. The Wahiba Sands is one of the most beautiful deserts in the world. You will drive to the desert village of Al Wasil or Bidya and go deep into the desert for the night.

Wahiba Sands - Ibra - Nizwa

After a night under the bright stars it is time to head back to civilization, today you will continue your journey to the conservative city called Nizwa. You can make a short stop in Ibra. This is a small village known for the women’s market that takes place on Wednesdays. Only women are allowed to buy and sell here, which is quite special for a country like Oman.

From Ibra you will go to Nizwa, this city was the capital of Oman until the 12th century. The old historic center of the city has been preserved in its original state. It will feel like you have travelled in time and ended up in the Middle Ages. In this city you will also find the famous goat market which only takes place on Friday. Thanks to modernization, this city has become the center for trade, religion, art and education for this area. Later in the afternoon, we advise you to visit the fortress of Nizwa in the centre of the city. This is one of the oldest forts of the Sultanate.

Nizwa - Bahla Fort - AL Hoota Cave - Jebel Shams / Jebel Ahkdar

From the trading city of Nizwa, you will travel towards the village of Al Hamra, a traditional village at the foot of the Al Hajar Mountains. In Al Hamra you will also find the Al Hoota cave, definitely worth a visit!

Afterwards you travel through Bahla where you may visit the Bahla fort. Bahla fort is Built in the third century BC, the fort includes an oasis of traditional souks, old alleys and mosques. Bahla is an outstanding example of the medieval Islamic period, exhibiting the water engineering skill of the early inhabitants for agricultural and domestic purposes.

From Bahla you will drive into the mountains and travel towards the highest peak of Oman, about 3000 meters above sea level. Depending on your accommodation, you continue driving to Jebel Akhdar or Jebel Shams. This part is considered as one of the most beautiful routes of the trip, due to the delirious nature and deserted villages along the way.

Jebel Shams / Jebel Akhdar optional balcony walk

Today you will have a day at leisure in the Hajar Mountains. Jebel Shams is in terms of nature perhaps the most beautiful area in Oman. Jebel Shams has the nickname ‘mountain of the Sun’ because there are always rays of sunlight somewhere in the gaps of the gorges. In the morning you can start with te balcony walk, a hike along the cliffs with a spectacular view. If you are afraid of heights then you might have to think twice before starting this walk, because the gorge is 1500 meters deep! The total duration of the walk is around 3 hours.

Jebel Akhdar is also known as de green mountain and a great place for rock climing or walk the three village trail; an easy hike at high altitude, following old paths that link mountain villages. Admire terraced farmland and acient falaj irrigation systems, a great way to experience the western Hajar Moutains. You can also visit several special places in the area such as the Diana Point or the Saiq Plateau.

Please keep in mind that the driving distance to Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Shams is roughly 2,5 hours.

Jebel Shams / Jebel Akhdar - Wadi Bani Awf Route - Rustaq - Nakhal - Muscat hand in rental car

Today you will drive the Rustaq route, a beautiful mountain route through the offroad parts of Wadi Bani Awf. You descend from Jebel Shams and head for the deserted town of Misfat Al Abriyyin. This unique town is known for the clay houses and the beautiful views. Then head for the Snake Canyon that starts after the village of Bilad Sayt. The snake canyon is the most exciting part of the off-road route. You drive through the rugged valley towards Rustaq.

You will pass the Town Nakhal, home to one of the most famous forts of Oman. From Nakhl you have a beautiful view over the palmtrees. You could make a stop at Al Thowarah hotspring, the name ‘Thowarah’ derives from the Arabic word ‘boil’ although there is no danger of burning here as the springs are pleasantly warm.

At the end of the day you will arrive back in Muscat. We recommend you to leave early this day so you can fully enjoy this beautiful route.

Muscat optional excursion to Daymaniyat Islands

This day is at leisure. You can visit various highlights of the city such as the souq in Muttrah and the Sultan Qaboos Mosque. In this centrally located area of ​​Muscat you can also visit the work palace of the sultan and the royal opera house. If you want to attend a performance at the opera house, we can make a reservation for you. In the evening you may have dinner at the Caramel restaurant close to Opera.

It is also possible to arrange a diving or snorkeling trip to the famous Daminyat Islands. This is one of Oman’s snorkeling hotspots. The coral reefs with many colored fish, many many sea turtles and the regular visit of Whale shark along it coasts make the Daymaniyat an absolute must for everyone who loves to dive or snorkel. Afterwards you can visit the Bank Beach Club, just outside of Muscat. The bank beach club is the newest hotspot with international and asian-inspired dishes. Relax at the pool and enjoy the view.

Muscat - Flight back home including airport transfer

Unfortunately this is your last day in Oman. Depending on your flight choice, you will have some free time in Muscat before your flight. You will be picked up by our local representative and taken to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

Levatio Hotel Muscat

MuscatLocated in Muscat, 5 kilometres from the famous Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Levatio Hotel Muscat features an outdoor swimming pool.

Al Bustan Palace

Muscat Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel is located in the Al Hajar Mountains, overlooking the Gulf of Oman. Here you can enjoy a unique palace experience with Omani hospitality.

Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel

NizwaThe Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel is a luxurious 4-star hotel with a heated outdoor pool. You have a view over the Al Hajar mountains.

Alila Jabal Akhdar

Hajar mountains Alila Jabal Akhdar is a luxury resort 2000 meters above sea level. It offers beautiful views of the Hajar mountains.

Desert Nights Camp

Al Wasil The Desert Nights Camp is located between the silky dunes of the Omani desert.

Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

Sur The Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve is located in Ras Al Jinz, the breeding site for green turtles.

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Details & Prices

Classic Oman

  • destination Oman
  • traveltime10 days
  • moneyFrom € 1390,- pp
Included
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Meet & assist local representative
  • Overnight stays in selected hotels
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Car rental with full insurance and without excess
  • Excursions as mentioned in the program
  • Overnight stay in the desert including dinner
  • All taxes and fees
  • Personal travel app with travel route and information
  • An unforgettable experience!
Excluded
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses & tips
Optional
  • Desert expedition with guide
  • Snorkling or diving Daymaniyat Islands
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