The Full Circuit

Take in the high mountain villages, Muscat, Nizwa, seaside towns and desert sands.

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DAY 1MUSCAT

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

Enjoy a half day tour of Muscat including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque before heading to Mutrah to visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a photo stop by Qasr Al Alam (His Majesty’s Palace) and the vibrant fish market and lively Mutrah Souk.

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of Muscat Hotel

DAY 3MUSCAT

Enjoy a day at leisure at your hotel. Spend some quality time by the pool or in the day spa. It is a holiday, after all.

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of Muscat Hotel

DAY 4MUSCAT TO RAS AL HADD

Depart Muscat and head south-east through picturesque towns towards the turtle sanctuaries around Ras Al Hadd.

Visit the small fishing village of Tiwi and the much larger Sur home to an ancient harbour that shelters traditional timber Dhows still in use today for fishing and regional trade. Later that evening you will be guided down to the beach of Ras Al Jinz for an unforgettable evening. By torchlight, watch giant sea turtles make their way slowly up the very same beach where they were hatched up to 50 years before, to lay their eggs in deep, sandy holes. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the largest turtle reserves in the world.

Sur: Overnight at Sur Beach Hotel | Sur Plaza Hotel | Al Ayjah Plaza Hotel | Rass Al Jinz Turtle Reserve | Turtle Beach Hotel.

DAY 5RAS AL HADD TO SHARQIYA SANDS VIA SUR

After breakfast, return to Sur to spend time in the waterfront Dhow yards where these enormous timber boats are still made by hand. Continue towards one of the finest fresh water swimming holes in Oman, Wadi Bani Khalid. Bring your swimmers and enjoy a refreshing swim, the perfect activity prior to continuing into the Sharqiya Sands desert. Your expert driver will drive the dunes like a surfer in giant sandy waves before you head to your comfortable desert camp for an unforgettable night under the stars in the desert.

Sharqiya Sands: Overnight at Desert Nights Camp | Desert Palm | Arabian Oryx | Safari Camp.

DAY 6SHARQIYA SANDS TO NIZWA

Leave Sharqiya Sands and enjoy a full day of touring. Drive through the spectacular Hajar mountains and arrive in Nizwa to explore the 17th century fort and souq. The fort was still in use until the end of the last century, and is famous for its traditional silver jewellery. After a traditional Omani lunch, head to the most beautiful castle in all of Oman, Jabrin Castle. Feast your eyes on the artistry that has gone into its construction, and marvel at the views from the castle rooftop perhaps even spotting a dust-devil or two as they spiral their way across the surrounding plains lifting dust to the heavens.

Nizwa: Overnight at Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel | Falaj Daris Hotel Nizwa | Al Diyar Hotel.

DAY 7NIZWA TO JEBEL AKHDAR

Continue the journey into the mountains of Oman as we head to one of the most majestic canyons in the Hajar Mountain ranges, Wadi Bani Awf. During the climb of over 2000 vertical metres in comfortable 4-wheel drive vehicle you will pass secluded farming villages and marvel at stunning views of the canyon. The landscape will change dramatically on this journey from the dry wadis (river beds) of the canyon floor to the fertile regions at altitude where pomegranates, apples, grapes, pears, stone fruit and roses for rosewater production are grown.

Jebel Akhdar: Overnight at Sahab Hotel | Alila Jabal Akhdar | Jabal Akhdar Hotel.

DAY 8JEBEL AKHDAR TO MUSCAT

Depart the cool mountains for Nakhal Fort, a soaring 17th century castle with richly carpeted rooms and sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and lush date palm plantations. Continue to Muscat via Rustaq – famed for hot springs which reputably soothe ailments like arthritis and rheumatism.

Muscat: Overnight at your choice of Muscat Hotel.

DAY 9MUSCAT

Enjoy a free day in Muscat for relaxation or some last minute shopping for local treasures, the perfect keepsakes of a journey through Oman. Tuck into some Omani delicacies at local restaurants and savour the final hours of this unforgettable journey.

ITINERARY INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers
  • All in-destination transport/touring
  • Local, English-speaking driver/guide
  • Bottled water
  • 8 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