Ultimate Oman

  • destination Oman
  • traveltime10 days
  • moneyFrom € 3545,- pp

This fully arranged 10-day trip takes you past the most beautiful areas of one of the most authentic Arab countries, Oman. During this holiday you will visit the highlights of Oman. Your journey starts in the capital Muscat. This city is also known as the white city. You will be introduced to the Arab culture by visiting various local markets and eateries.

From Muscat you travel on off-road routes while you will pass various beautiful wadis. The Omani people often seek relaxation here, it is the perfect place in the middle of nature for a swim or a walk. On the way you will visit several cultural and historical cities such as Rustaq and Nizwa. Energetic souks, historic buildings and a cattle market will take you back to the Middle Ages.

Oman has the most beautiful desert in the world, called Wahiba Sands. We will arrange a special night under the stars. From this vast desert, you continue your way to the Hajar mountains. In Jebel Akhdar, one of the two famous mountains in the Hajar Area, you will stay in one of the most beautiful accommodations of Oman at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters.

During this 10-day trip you will discover breath-taking flora and fauna, authentic culture and amazing hospitality of the local population.

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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 including 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. For more than 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 causin, 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 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, beautiful 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 its 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 snorkling.

The last stop before arriving at your new destination is Wadi Shab. With a tiny boat you will cross the river in less than five minutes before arriving 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. In the evening you can visit the sea turtles in Ras al Jinz, the reason why you are visiting this area. A unique experience to see the turtles hatching from their eggs at the beach.

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

You will wake up at the coast, after a last stroll 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 you can swim down from there. Going back down this way 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 cup of coffee from the only café near the Wadi.

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

Wahiba Sands - Ibra - Nizwa

In the morning you will wake up in the desert. After breakfast it is time to head back to civilization, today you will continue your journey to the conservative city called Nizwa. Along the way you 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, it is nice to visit the fortress of Nizwa in the center of the city. This is one of the oldest forts of the Sultanate.

Nizwa - Al Hoota Cave - Bahla - Jebel Akhdar

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 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 point of Oman, about 3000 meters high. You continue driving to Jebel Akhdar. 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 Akhdar

Jebel Akhdar is also known as the green mountain. It is 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 terrace shaped farmland and ancient falaj irrigation systems, a great way to experience the western Hajar mountains. You can also visit several special places in the area such as the Diana Point or the Saiq Plateau.

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

Today you will drive the Rustaq route, a beautiful mountain route through the off-road parts of Wadi Bani Awf. You descend from Jebel Akhdar and head for the deserted town of Misfat Al Abriyyin. This unique town is known for her clay houses and the beautiful views. Continue for the Snake Canyon, it will start 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 Nakhal you have a beautiful view over de palmtrees. Optionally you can 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 be back in Muscat. We recommend you to leave early this day so that you can fully enjoy this beautiful route.

Muscat optional excursion to Daymaniyat Islands

It is time to relax after your round trip. We can arrange a diving or snorkeling tour to the famous Daymaniyat 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 Islands an absolute must for everyone who loves to dive or snorkel. Afterwards you can visit the Bank Beach Club, just outside of Muscat. This beach club is the newest hotspot with international and asian-inspired dishes. Relax at the pool and enjoy the view.

If you want to attend a performance at the opera house, we can make a reservation for you. In the evening you can have dinner at the Caramel restaurant close to the Opera.

Flight to home country 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 departure. You will be picked up by our local representative and taken to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

Private glamping

Al Wasil During this exclusive experience, you will sleep in a traditional, luxurious Arabian tent. Of course, this is a completely private accommodation. Your dinner will be served under the stars next to a crackling campfire.

Grand Hyatt Muscat

MuscatLocated directly on the sandy Al Qurm Beach, the Grand Hyatt Hotel offers spacious rooms with balconies. The hotel rooms have panoramic views over the Gulf of Oman or the Hajar Mountains.

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.

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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Add-ons

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Details & Prices

Ultimate Oman

  • destination Oman
  • traveltime10 days
  • moneyFrom € 3545,- 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
  • Snorkeling or diving Daymaniyat Islands
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