Highlights of Oman
OMAN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Whether it’s exploring the stunning capital, spending a night under the desert stars, or the traditional Arabian charm that’s drawing you to up-and-coming Oman, this 8-day tour has something for everyone. Start your Highlights of Oman tour in the countries clean capital, Muscat, where traditional buildings and a lack of high-rise structures offer a refreshing contrast to neighbouring Arabian capitals. Travel along the Batinah Coast, dotted with beautiful beaches, fishing villages and of course, Oman’s most striking cultural landmarks, forts. Spend a night under the stars in Wahiba Sands and wake up to watch the colours shift and change over the dunes as the sun rises. Take a dip in the waters of Wadi Bani Khalid, before you head to the sunny seaside town of Sur, a popular place for a spot of turtle watching. You’ll then take the exciting coastal road back to Muscat for one last night, before this wonderful adventure comes to a regrettable end. On the plus side, you’ll head home having seen the very best Oman has to offer.
Price from: £1699.00
24 Mar 2018 – 31 Mar 2018
Day 1 – Arrive Muscat
Upon arrival in Oman, proceed to your hotel for check-in. Your local guide will meet you there, and a dinner will be arranged for your first evening. Overnight in Muscat.
Day 2 – Muscat
Kick-start your Highlights of Oman tour by exploring Muscat, the clean and green capital city. A unique blend of the ancient and the modern, Muscat is a beautiful city which lies between a maze of brown pleated mountains and the Arabian Sea. You will start your tour with a visit to the Grand Mosque, an architectural marvel and perhaps the city’s most famous landmark. You will also visit the Royal Opera House, which is the leading arts and culture organisation in the Sultanate of Oman. A special place awaits you in the fishing village of Sidab, which is situated in the old part of the city. After lunch at a local restaurant, you will drive to the ‘old Muscat’, the most charming part of the city. Here you will visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum and the magnificent Al Aalam Palace which is flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani & Jalali. Overnight in Muscat.
Day 3 – Muscat / Nakhl / Rustaq / Nizwa
Today, the fertile Batinah Coast, dotted with beautiful beaches, forts and fishing villages, awaits you. On your way to the town of Nakhl, you will stop at the Barka Fish Market, before reaching the town to discover the 350-year-old Nakhl Fort which is set in a gorge and surrounded by a mountain enclave. From here, you will continue to some hot water springs, were a picnic lunch will be provided. Next, you will drive to Rustaq to visit the Rustaq Fort and Al Hazm Castle both of which have been closed for the past few years for restoration and maintenance, so it’s a chance to see them in all their glory. From Rustaq, you will continue the journey to Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman, where you will spend the night.
Day 4 – Nizwa / Jabreen / Misfah / Jebel Shams / Nizwa
Forts and castles are Oman’s most striking cultural landmarks, together with its towers and city walls, and have historically been used as defensive bastions or look-out towers. It is estimated that there are over 500 forts and castles in Oman, and today you will visit some of the more remarkable ones. Your first stop is at Jabreen Castle where the ceilings are decorated with paintings and Islamic style inscriptions, and the doors are beautifully carved. You will also stop at the Bahla Fort and the Al Hoota Cave before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will be driven in 4×4’s for your tour of Jebel Shams, the tallest peak in Oman at 3010m, offering spectacular views of the surrounding area. As you drive down the Hajjar mountain ranges, you will stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul, the village of Misfah, and at Al Hamra, where 400-year-old mud houses are still standing and occupied. Overnight in Nizwa.
Day 5 – Nizwa / Fort & Souq / Wahiba Sands
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be visiting the 17th century Nizwa Fort and the Nizwa Souq, famous for producing intricate silver jewellery. Afterwards, you will begin your journey to the desert. Along the way you will see some fascinating diversity through Oman’s landscape; from the dunes of Wahiba to verdant wadis and some pretty oasis towns too. After lunch, you will once again be boarding 4×4’s to take you to your camp in the desert. On the way, you will stop at a local Bedouine house to meet some of the local people that live along the sands. In the early evening, you will enjoy a spectacular desert sunset from the dunes before heading back to your camp for a delicious dinner. Overnight at Wahiba Sands (desert camp).
Day 6 – Wahiba Sands / Wadi Bani Khalid / Sur
It is essential to wake up early if you want to catch the sunrise this morning… and highly recommended to watch the colours shift and change over the dunes. You will also have the opportunity for a short camel ride this morning, before saying goodbye to the desert and heading to the picturesque Wadi Bani Khalid. The Wadi has several beautiful mountain formations and landscapes and you will be able to swim in the waters here, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuits! From here, you will continue your drive towards Sur, a sunny seaside town where the rich and famous of Oman reside. Overnight in Sur.
Optional Activity to Turtle Reserve ($25pp) – Ras Al Hadd is where the first sunrise in the whole of the Arabian Peninsula is seen – the adjoining Ras al-Jinz houses one of the largest nesting areas for Green Turtles in the Indian Ocean. An exceptionally large amount of turtles nest here each year, with an average of 30,000 nesting on the beaches of Ras al-Jinz. The turtle reserve opens at night at 9pm, and at dawn at 4am for the public to see the turtles nesting on the sands, and depending on your luck, you might see a few of these incredible creatures. If you come back again early in the morning, you will be amazed at how the babies dig their way out from the sand and crawl to the ocean!
Day 7 – Sur / Coastal Road / Muscat
Today is the last full day of your Oman tour. After breakfast, you will start the long but thrilling drive back to Muscat. With stunning views of the Arabian Sea on one side and rocky cliffs on the other, this is an exciting drive along the coastal road. You will stop at Qalhat, one of the oldest towns and seaports in Oman, however only the remnants of the city walls remain here today. After stopping for lunch, you will make another stop at white sandy Fins Beach for a quick dip in the sea. Continue your drive to the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue-green water at the bottom. Overnight in Muscat.
Day 8 – Depart Muscat
After breakfast, you will have some free time before you are transferred to the airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE OMAN TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3 & 4-star hotels with breakfast
- 1x night in a desert camp
- All transportation in private vehicles (excludes airport transfers)
- All activities as mentioned in above itinerary
- 6x Lunches 1x Dinner
- Short camel ride in the desert
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE OMAN TOUR
- International flights
- Optional activities
- Visa fees (approx. £40 on arrival)
- Up to six weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Best of Egypt tour on payment of a deposit of £200.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- International flights are not included in the Oman Tour and will need to be organised separately. Please do not book flights until we give the go-ahead. If you would like flight suggestions or help with booking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Trip Type Discover
Group Size Maximum of 12
Physical Rating Moderate
Currency & Spending Money Omani Riel / Spending £30 and upwards per day
Hosts One of our local guides will be your main point of contact throughout this trip.
Clothing Oman is a year-round destination, with the best time to visit between October and April before the incredible heat of the summer months. You will need light, loose-fitting clothing to keep cool. Women will need to dress modestly in public areas; shoulders and tops of legs should always be covered. You also shouldn’t wear swimming attire when you’re not at tourist beaches or swimming pools.
Health Always seek medical advice from your doctor or travel nurse before you travel and make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date, especially when travelling to Asia. Remember that your travel insurance may not cover you if you do not have up-to-date vaccinations. The heat in Oman can be extreme, so make sure you always carry water with you, and drink plenty of it.
Single Supplement £349
Travel Advice We highly recommend that you read the foreign travel advice for Oman before your departure date.
Tipping A customary tip of 10% is suggested in restaurants if it has not already been added to the bill. You are not required to tip taxi drivers.