The very best of Oman...
This spectacular trip showcases the very best of Oman. From mountain to sea, with desert on the way, it provides a unique insight in to this wonderful country.
While we tailor the trip specifically to your wants and requirements, this sample trip will whet your appetite and give you a very good idea of the exceptional experiences Oman can offer. This is a self-drive tour as driving in Oman is very safe, with the roads a very high standard, and it provides a unique way to discover this wonderful country for yourself.
Day 1 - Arrive at Muscat International Airport where you will pick up your 4WD vehicle. Drive to Nizwa, approximately 2 hrs away. Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and it was once a center of trade, religion, education and art. Set amid a verdant spread of date palms, it is strategically located at the crossroads of routes linking the interior with Muscat and the lower reaches of the Dhofar region. Nizwa is a great introduction to Oman, having diverse historical sites and an agricultural focus as it remains a centre for date growing. Spend the rest of the day enjoying Nizwa, soaking up its amazing atmosphere and visiting sites such as the Nizwa Fort and Jabreen Castle and of course, not forgetting the spectacular souk.
Day 2 - Nizwa is also the gateway to Jabel Shams, eastern Arabia's highest mountain, which is also known as the 'mountain of the sun' because it is the first place to receive the sunrise in Oman. Located within the Al Hajar mountain range, it is approximately 45 minutes drive from Nizwa and harbours views of the Al Nakhr Canyon, so spectacular it is called 'Oman's Grand Canyon'. Travel here today and trek the Al Nakhur Rim hike, an easy hike through the rim of the canyon towards an abandoned village of Al Say. It takes around 2.5 hours, leaving plenty of time to explore Al Khitaym village (the starting point) which is the last remaining traditional villages in the area. The fascinating village of Misfat Al Abriyeen is also en route, and is well worth a visit. A unique, mountainous village located 1000m above sea level, it has amazing agricultural terraces, beautiful alleys and stone houses built on top of solid rocks. Overnight in Nizwa.
Days 3 & 4 - Prepare for your desert adventure! After leaving Nizwa, drive to Wahiba Sands where you will camp (glamp) in a desert camp for two nights and learn about Bedouin culture. Explore the desert in a dune buggy, let an expert take you dune bashing in a 4WD vehicle, or simply relish being in the solitude of the desert, it is up to you. One site we really would recommend seeing is Wadi Bani Khalid, approximately 1.5 hours drive from camp. In the wadi, experience unique rock formations, crystal clear blue pools and beautiful waterfalls. Return to camp to eat traditional Omani food under the spectacular desert night sky.
Day 5 - Leave Wahiba Sands for Ras AI Jinz, a fishing village located in the Ras AI Hadd Turtle Reserve, on the eastern shores of the Arabian Peninsula. The Ras AI Jinz beach is world renown for the nesting endangered green turtle, Chelonia mydas, probably the most important nesting concentration on the Indian Ocean. This is the only place where the public can watch the nesting process of these amazing sea giants. The Turtle Reserve was established by Royal Decree in 1996. The Ras AI Jinz Turtle Centre, an ecotourism project, was established in 2008 to help monitor the fascinating and amazing nesting processes of these giants of the marine turtle world. At night, watch the turtles drag themselves out of the water to the beach. Strenuously and with great difficulty, they dig a hole in the sand using the tips of their paws to bury their eggs and then return to the sea. After about 55 days, the eggs hatch and baby turtles come out to start the most dangerous journey of their lives, pushing their way towards the sea where they can find safety in the waters. Depending upon the time of year, you may be privy to this amazing sight. Overnight in Ras Al Jinz.
Day 6 - After breakfast, proceed to Sur where you can visit the shipyards that still make the traditional Omani Dhow boats. Then drive to the hidden gem that is Fins Beach. White sand, azure sea...need we say more? Well, we can. This is where you will sleep tonight, wild camping (well, glamping) in spacious Igloo tents. Relax on carpets and cushions, watching the sun set while our team cooks you a traditional Omani feast, and go to sleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore.
Day 7 - After breakfast, break camp and drive to Muscat for your flight home. Alternatively, extend your stay by a few days and relax.
Days 5-7 alternative - As a less busy alternative, leave Wahiba Sands for Muscat, where you can spend a few days relaxing in one of the luxurious resorts. Whatever level of indulgence you seek, we can arrange your perfect retreat.
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