Oman - Desert to the coast

Oman - Desert to the coast overview

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Prices from: £1,799.00
Single supplement from: £295.00
Duration: 8 days
Maximum group size: 12 people
First available departure: 16 Feb 2014
Last available departure: 12 May 2020
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Oman - Desert to the coast

On this short trip we take in the very best of the country, visiting the towns of Muscat and Nizwa, packed full of history before heading further inland. Follow ancient spice trails, tackle the dunes of the Wahiba Sands, meet traditional communities and enjoy superb coastal scenery in this enigmatic corner of Arabia.

Maximum Group size 12 - Regular departures


Day 1 – Muscat

Arrive in Muscat and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, there may be time to explore the city. Overnight Haffa House Hotel or similar.

Day 2 – Sur – Ras al Hadd

Visit the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the Middle East. Then drive through spectacular scenery of rugged mountains to the small fishing town of Quriyat, then continue to a gorgeous oasis with inviting pools where it is possible to take a dip. After lunch continue to Sur, renowned in the past for its dhow shipyards, before reaching Ras al Hadd on the coast. After an early dinner visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where at night green turtles, after a journey of thousands of kilometres will come ashore to lay their eggs. Overnight Ras al Hadd Beach Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 3 – Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands

Drive to Wadi Bani Khalid – an oasis spot in the middle of barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip. In the afternoon we head into the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. After some exciting sand dune driving we reach our desert camp for the night. (BLD)

Day 4 – Jabrin Castle - Bahla - Nizwa

Morning drive to the historic town of Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital. Before reaching Nizwa we visit Jabrin castle, built in the 17th century and one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings make this castle very different from others in Oman. Afterwards continue to Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman and in the 12th century the local tribal capital. We stop to see its magnificent fort before continuing to Nizwa for the night. Overnight Al Diyar Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 5 - Nizwa – Jebel Akhdar

This morning we visit Nizwa souq as well as its famous fort, built in the 17th century. We then drive to Jebel Akdhar. In Arabic Jebel Akhdar means green mountains, and the area is famous for its gardens, farms and terrace plantations. We visit Wadi Habib to see one of the remote villages and fruit plantations, and also visit one of the private terrace rose plantations. Return to Nizwa for the night. Overnight Al Diyar Hotel or similar. (BLD)

Day 6 - Jebel Shams – Wadi Bani Awf – Muscat

After breakfast drive to Al Hamra and Misfah, to see one of the oldest villages of this region. The traditional mud houses dating back from 400 years are still occupied. We also stop at Wadi Ghul, a farming village in the mountains before we reach Jebel Shams, the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman’. After a picnic lunch we head to Wadi Bani Awf, the end point of the canyon and with what is called the ‘snake gorge’ in the middle of the steep mountain cliffs. This is a stunning part of Oman with fantastic views of the surrounding scenery. We drive to the town of Nakhl with its fully restored fort on a rocky outcrop, before arriving in Muscat for the night. Overnight Haffa House Hotel or similar. (BD)

Day 7 - Muscat

Explore Muscat on a half day city tour, visiting the old walled district of Muscat. We also visit Muttrah Souq, where you can bargain for handicrafts and silver items. In the afternoon we take a sunset cruise, before transferring to Muscat airport for your return flight. (BL)

B = Breakfast , L = Lunch, D = Dinner (Meals included)