Muscat and Musandam

Immerse yourself in Muscat before heading north to the fjords of the Norway of Arabia. **Please note that Bait Al Bilad is closed for renovations** Alternative options for this day include a day trip to Nizwa Fort, Nizwa Souk, Jabrin Castle and Bahla Fort.

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DAY 1MUSCAT AT LEISURE

Arrive into Muscat and transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Make the most of the facilities at your hotel, or even take a cab to the waterfront at Mutrah, take a seat at a café and enjoy the best of the afternoon as it fades into evening.

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of Muscat Hotel.

DAY 2MUSCAT

After breakfast transfer from your hotel to the charming fishing village of Qantab, a short drive from Muscat. Here join a cooking class at Bait Al Bilad, a fully restored and authentic village house on the beach. Learn to prepare local specialities like coconut kingfish curry, traditional flat bread, and the tiny and deliciously honeyed lokhaimat for dessert.
In the mid-afternoon, board a luxury vessel for a stunning sunset cruise around Muscat before returning to your hotel or exploring some of Muscat’s emerging culinary hot-spots for dinner.

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of Muscat Hotel.

DAY 3MUSCAT

Enjoy the highlights of Muscat on a half-day city tour. Start the morning with an unforgettable visit to the welcoming Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which stands proudly against the skyline. Head to Mutrah to visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum with a photo stop by Qasr Al Alam (His Majesty’s Palace) before heading to the lively Mutrah Souk in the afternoon. Explore the tangle of frankincense-filled laneways, bargain with friendly store-holders, and see what treasures you can find.

Enjoy the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of Muscat Hotel

DAY 4MUSCAT TO MUSANDAM

Up early for a morning flight to Khasab in Oman’s northernmost enclave of Musandam. On arrival, meet your driver/guide and transfer to your hotel. Musandam is home to some of Oman’s most spectacular scenery. The stunning peaks of the Fjords of Arabia plunge up to 2000m into the blue sea waters, where tropical reefs provide shelter for an abundance of colourful fish.

Dolphins also make regular appearances, following the local fishermen as they go in search of tuna and other local species. Enjoy a Dhow cruise through the fjords here in the evening. Return to hotel for dinner.

Khasab: Overnight at Atana Khasab | Atana Musandam | Esra Apartments.

DAY 5MUSANDAM

After breakfast, enjoy a morning mountain safari around Khasab and environs. Whilst the waterways of Musandam are the main attraction here, the mountainous interior runs them a close second. Here you’ll find some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in Oman, comprising a string of great limestone peaks and massifs.

Drive to Jebel Harim (2087 meters), the highest mountain in the region and enjoy the fantastic scenery of Musandams’ mountains, speckled with fossils dating back several million years.

Return to your hotel for lunch, freshen up and check out. Commence your vehicle transfer to Abu Dhabi or Dubai or fly back to Muscat for your onward journey.

ITINERARY INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers
  • All in-destination transport/touring
  • Local, English-speaking driver/guide
  • Bottled water
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts daily and meals as specified by the tour operator upon enquiry

NOTES

Vehicle Type: 4WD on tour and/or Sedan Car in Muscat
Touring Style: Private tour with your own dedicated Omani Guide/Driver