Handpicked Oman

Spectacular mountain ranges and wadis, shifting sand dunes and enchanting fortresses.

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DAY 1Dubai or Abu Dhabi to Khasab

You’ll be picked up from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi and transferred by road to Oman.

On arrival in Khasab you will be taken to your hotel. This afternoon, drive to Jebel Harim, the tallest peak in the region. During your journey enjoy incredible vistas, including terraced mountain villages, lush acacia forests and wadis (dry river beds). Visit a Bedouin village located at an elevation of 3,000 feet. The village of Sayah is one of the most picturesque villages on the Musandam Peninsula. After a stop for photographs, continue with your drive to Jebel Harim.

There will be time to admire the grand panorama from the mountain’s summit.

The return drive takes you past Khawr Najd, a stunning sea view point overlooking the Indian Ocean. Drive to Al Khalidya Nature Park before concluding your trip back in Khasab.

Khasab: Overnight at your choice of Khasab hotel

DAY 2Khasab

This morning, board a traditional dhow and sail along Telegraph Island, the Strait of Hormuz and the Fjords, also known as the Norway of Arabia. Swim and snorkel in the pristine blue waters of the Arabian Ocean.

After lunch onboard, cruise back sipping on some Omani coffee or tea mesmerised with another spectacular day in the land of Sindbad the Sailor.

Khasab: Overnight at your choice of Khasab hotel

DAY 3Khasab – Muscat

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Muscat. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of Muscat hotel

DAY 4MUSCAT

Today enjoy Muscat’s highlights. The morning begins by visiting the Grand Mosque which stands exquisitely against the skyline. Once you have taken in the brilliance of the Grand Mosque head to Muttrah where you will visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum with a photo stop by Qasr Al Alam (His Majesty’s Palace) before heading to the lively Muttrah Souk. Bargain with locals and see what treasures you can find lying around the twisting and winding walkways. Grand Mosque is closed for tourist visits on Friday & any local holiday.

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of Muscat hotel

DAY 5Muscat - Ras al Hadd

Travel on the coastal road to Ras Al Hadd. En-route stop at Bimah Sinkhole before continuing to Wadi Abayeen, with its deep pools set among the date palms, and Bibi Miriam’s ancient tomb. Most of the small towns along this route make their livelihood from fishing.

Tiwi, a small fishing village, and Sur, a much larger town with an ancient harbour, house some of the original dhows that are still used today.

Later this evening you will head to Ras Al Jinz for an unforgettable evening watching giant sea turtles make their way slowly up the beach to within metres of where they were hatched, up to 50 years before, to continue their legacy. The beach is one of the largest turtle reserves in the world so make sure you take everything in for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Stroll back to the hotel to the sound of the small Ghost crabs scuttling across the beach scavenging for food.

Ras al Hadd: Overnight at your choice of hotel

DAY 6Ras al Hadd - Sharqiya Sands

After breakfast, head to Sur visiting its main attractions and the Dhow Making Factory before driving to Wadi Bani Khalid.

Continue onto Sharqiya (Wahiba) Sands for an adventurous dune drive before heading to your desert camp. Enjoy this unforgettable night under the stars in the desert. Stare up at the radiance of the starry sky and be warmed by the fire crackling beside you before retiring for the evening.

Sharqiya Sands: Overnight at your choice of desert camp

DAY 7Sharqiya Sands - Nizwa - Jebel Akhdar

Travel to Nizwa, one of the oldest cities and a previous capital of Oman. Nizwa is home to the famous Nizwa Fort, a fabulous silver souk and markets.

Visit Jabrin Fort which has been called the most beautiful fort in all of Oman. It was still in operation up until the last century before being renovated for an amazing visitor experience. Continue the journey to Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain).

Jebel Akhdar:  Overnight at your choice of hotel

DAY 8Jebel Akhdar

Spend the day exploring the area. You will have the option of doing a Rock Rose walking experience which takes you through to some of the old villages around the region and learn how they distil the rose water and rose oil. Or walk on some of the mountain treks through this mountain range which stands just under 2,600 metres above sea.

Jebel Akhdar:  Overnight at your choice of hotel

DAY 9Jebel Akhdar – Muscat

This morning return to Muscat where your tour concludes.

ITINERARY INCLUDES

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Bottled water daily
  • Transportation by private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle
  • Dedicated local English-speaking driver/guide
  • Sightseeing as specified with entrance fees
  • Domestic flight Khasab/Muscat
  • Pick up from either Dubai or Abu Dhabi

NOTES

Vehicle Type: Private deluxe air-conditioned vehicle
Touring Style: Private tour with your own dedicated Omani Guide/Driver. Tour operates June-Oct.