Highlights of Oman

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Highlights of Oman

  • Guided tour of Muscat’s Royal Opera House
  • Incredible scenery of Wadi Ban Auf
  • Climbing the Round Tower & Fort at Nizwa
  • Overnight in the Wahiba Sands

Spend five nights discovering the highlights of Oman on this tailor-made tour.

Oman is all about stunning landscapes from emerald-coloured wadis and deep ravines to desert dunes and towering mountains – and you’ll get to experience them all on this itinerary! A great introduction to this Arabic destination, you will visit ancient fortresses, take a guided tour through the capital and spend a night in the middle of the desert dunes – thrilling 4x4 drive included.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Muscat

Muscat

Touch down! You’ll arrive into Muscat and be met at the airport by your driver before being transferred to your hotel – standard check-in time is 2PM but please speak to our travel experts about requesting an early check-in (if possible). Once you’ve settled in, the day is yours to do what you wish, whether sight-seeing or resting following your flight.

Day 1: Arrive Muscat

Day 2: Muscat City Tour

Muscat

Your Highlights of Oman itinerary really kicks off today with a half day city tour of Muscat. Be picked up after breakfast and get ready to explore the capital, visiting the Royal Opera House with its stunning interiors, the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the privately owned Bait Al Zubair Museum, which houses a collection of handicrafts, traditional weapons and much more. Your morning continues with a drive along the Corniche, stopping off at the fish market and colourful – and bustling – Muttrah Souk, a great place to pick up souvenirs from jewellery to slippers. After a photo stop at the Al Alam Palace, home of the Sultan, you’ll enjoy an Arabic-style lunch. Once you’ve been dropped back to your hotel, the rest of the day is for your leisure time.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 2: Muscat City Tour

Day 3: Muscat - Al Hamra

Muscat - Al Hamra

It’s an early start today as you leave the capital behind and head into the mountains. Your final destination: the 400-year-old town of Al Hamra. Along the way you’ll have a memorable – and perhaps hair-raising – drive through the spectacular Wadi Bani Auf with its sharp bends and steep climbs rewarding you with breathtaking views. Pass through the village of Bilat Syat, an oasis in the middle of the mountains surrounded by date palms and stop off to visit the impressive Jabrin Palace Fort, built in the late 1600s and one of the best preserved fortifications – inside are elaborately painted ceilings, while outside are latticed windows and battlements. Your day ends by checking into your hotel in Al Hamra.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Muscat - Al Hamra

Day 4: Al Hamra Leisure Day

Al Hamra

Sitting at the foot of the Hajar Mountains, you have an entire day to explore the town of Al Hamra, one of the oldest in Oman with a collection of mud-brick houses in the Yemeni style. The winding streets are best explored on foot, whether visiting Bait al Safah, a ‘living’ museum of a fully restored building filled with artefacts and traditional furnishings, stumbling across ruins or simply sitting in the shade of one of the many date palms.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Al Hamra Leisure Day

Day 5: Nizwa & Wahiba Sands

Al Hamra - Nizwa - Wahiba Sands

The first stop on today’s itinerary is Nizwa. Here you’ll have time to explore the 17th century Round Tower & Fort with its 40-metre high tower, zigzagging stairways and connecting rooftops providing excellent views. There’s also time to explore the local souq, one of the oldest in the country – you can haggle for bargains over silver, antiques or pottery. One of the real highlights of the trip, is the chance to swim in the emerald waters of Wadi Bani Khalid, a series of deep pools – we recommended heading to the upper pools, smaller but quieter. Then you’ll head into the Wahiba Sands, visiting a local family and learning a little about their way of life before arriving at your luxury desert camp where you’ll spend a night in one of the Bedouin-style tents.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Nizwa & Wahiba Sands

Day 6: Wahiba Sands - Muscat

Wahiba Sands - Muscat

Before leaving the desert, you’ll have the chance to experience ‘dune bashing’ in a 4WD – a thrilling adventure driving up and down the golden dunes. You’ll then be driven back to Muscat, either in time for your flight, to check in to your hotel or to carry on your travels with a relaxing beach break – it’s really up to you!

Day 6: Wahiba Sands - Muscat

Pricing

All prices shown represent a FROM price per person based on low season travel, (unless otherwise stated).
Availability of tour components and flights seats change continually, affecting the final price. The lead-in price given is therefore for guidance only.
To obtain a tailored quote for you and your party, please call one of our travel experts today.


Standard 1st October 2019 - 31st October 2019

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