CULTURAL OMAN TOUR 9 Days/ 8 Nights

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS - CULTURAL OMAN TOUR

DEPARTS MUSCAT DAILY ON A PRIVATE BASIS

 

Day 1   Arrive Muscat

Arrival at Muscat International Airport then meet and assist transfer to your hotel. Check-in then rest of day at leisure.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel 4*
 

Day 2   Half-Day Muscat City Tour

At 0900 you’ll be met by your English speaking guide in the hotel lobby to start your half day city orientation tour. Startwith a drive to the Grand Mosque, one of the largest in the world. Marvel at the rich Arabian architecture which is a must for all tourists to Oman. (Open daily for visitors between 0800-1100 except Fridays). Dress codeWomen should wear attire covering their arms and legs and should cover their head with a scarf. Men should wear normal shirt and trousers).
From here continue to the fish and vegetable markets in Muttrah. Feel free to mingle with the crowd and bargain the latest of the day’s catch. Proceed to the old city of Muscat and catch a glimpse of the old quarter through the eyes of bygone travellers who left their marks and images now collected and on display in the fine Bait Al Zubair Museum. Have a photo stop at the Sultan’s palace flanked by the 16th century Portuguese Jalali and Mirani forts. After, visit Oman’s largest indoor shopping market - Muttrah Souq - built in traditional style. There you will find exquisite silver jewellery, intricately hand-made ‘Khanjars’ (daggers) and other handicrafts. Your guide will take you to the best of the old and new shopping outlets and help you bag a few bargains. After the half-day tour transfer back to the hotel for the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel 4* (B)
 

Day 3   Muscat – Nakhl – Wadi Bani Awf – Nizwa

0900: After breakfast, check out of the hotel and start your journey to Nizwa via Wadi Bani Awf. First stop is the town of Nakhl which lies at the foothills of the mountains near an abundant source of natural spring water which irrigates extensive date palm plantations. Visit the 17th century Nakhl Fort set on a rocky outcrop surrounded by date palms. The origin of this fort is pre-Islamic with major contributions by the Yar’ubi and Al Bu Said dynasties.
The adventurous Wadi Bani Awf drive is very picturesque and involves off-roading and mountain driving. It is considered to be one of the best off-road driving terrains in Oman and takes you past the scenic local mountain villages of Hat and Blad Sayt which lie in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. The palm groves and terraced gardens between stone walls in these beautiful villages are a treat to eyes as you ascend. You’ll come across some of the locals living in these mountains and understand their day to day lifestyle in the harsh climate. Break for a picnic lunch in this beautiful landscape. After this full day program, we reach Nizwa, Oman’s cultural heart and check-in at the hotel. Rest of the evening on your own.
Overnight: Falaj Daris Nizwa 3* (B/PL)
 

Day 4   Nizwa – Bahla – Jabrin – Wadi Tanuf – Nizwa

0900: After breakfast at hotel head out for a full day heritage tour. Nizwa clusters around its historical buildings, traditional Souk and the imposing circular-towered fort built during the mid-17th century by Imam Sultan bin Saif Al Yar’ubi. At the Souk, built in traditional style, you will find exquisite silver jewellery, intricately hand-made “Khanjar” (daggers), copper and other handicrafts. Then travel to the village of Bahla known for its rich tradition of pottery and weaving. Visit the famous Pottery Centre and Bahla Fort, one of the oldest in Oman, built in the late 17th century on much earlier Persian foundations. More notably, Bahla has been placed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites for its cultural antiquity. Continue towards Jabrin Fort, also built in the late 17th century and originally designed as a residence. It displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting and beautifully executed woodcarvings. It is one of the most magnificent forts of Oman with its painted ceiling, dungeons and hidden passages. Break for lunch at a local restaurant (cost excluded). On the way back to Nizwa, visit the beautiful Wadi Tanuf known for its scenic location and surrounding landscape.
Overnight: Falaj Daris Nizwa 3* (B)
 

Day 5   Full Day Grand Canyon (Jebal Shams) Tour

After a relaxed breakfast, start your journey from Nizwa towards the mighty Jebal Shams. After reaching the Al Hamra region you see the old abandoned Persian village of Ghul. Then visit Misfat Al Abrein, a picturesque village strapped to the side of a mountain. As you walk around this beautiful village where time has come to a standstill, you will be moved by the simplicity and friendliness of the people. Proceed to Wadi Nakhr which is the river bed emerging from a canyon alongside the village. This is the start of the Wadi Nakhr Gorge which winds for several kilometres into the Jebels to become the Grand Canyon of Oman. After the Wadi Nakhr off-road, ascend to Jebel Shams, the tallest peak in Oman at 10,000 feet. From the rim of the canyon you can see Nakhr village, 2km directly below. You will meet the Shuwawis (mountain people) hawking blankets and carpets. Later descend and see the beautiful mountain sunset before returning to Nizwa. Evening on your own at leisure.
Overnight: Falaj Daris Nizwa 3* (B)
 

Day 6   Nizwa – Ibra – Mansfah – Mudhayrib – Wahiba Sands

After breakfast, check out and start your journey towards the mighty Wahiba Sands. Proceed to the old town of Ibra which is famous for its old mosques and castles. Ibra is also one of the oldest cities in Oman and was once a centre of trade, religion, education and art. Visit the ruins of Al Mansfah located in Ibra. Continue to the abandoned village of Mudhayrib for some photos before breaking for lunch at a local restaurant (cost excluded). After lunch; proceed to the majestic Wahiba Sands, a romantic desert with rolling sand dunes varying from deep red to a rich honey colour and stretching as far as the eye can see. The desert is the traditional home of the Bedouin, hardy spirited people who know how to survive in these harsh desert conditions. Visiting a local Bedouin family house gives you with the opportunity to learn about their lifestyle and the challenges of living in the Sands. Traditional Omani coffee and dates will be served during the visit.
Later, enjoy some exciting dune bashing over the mighty sand hills before checking in at the Safari Desert Camp where you will experience a traditional BBQ style dinner at the camp under the starlit sky.
Overnight: Safari Desert Camp (B/D)
 

Day 7   Wahiba Sands – Wadi Bani Khalid – Al Ayjah – Sur

After breakfast, check out of the camp and the desert and head for some fun and adventure at enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman’s most scenic wadis. We’ll drive past the village’s endless palm plantations to reach the magnificent cool, deep and absolutely stunning pools with their crystal clear waters. A swim in this cool stretch of water provides rejuvenation. Lunch (cost excluded) will be either at the Wadi or at a local restaurant en route. Continue to the old African port of Sur and stop there at the old village of “Al Ayjah” to see some beautiful Omani architecture. Continue to Sur and visit the famous Dhow building yards where these traditional boats are built by hand by expert craftsmen without the aid of drawings. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening on own.
Overnight: Sur Plaza Hotel 4* (B)
(Optional evening Turtle Watching Tour at Ras Al Jinz Centre)
 

Day 8   Sur – Coastal Road – Muscat

After breakfast, check-out and start your return journey to Muscat along the scenic Coast Road offering ample photo opportunities. Visit Wadi Tiwi, known for its location and great surrounding landscape. After breaking for a picnic lunch en route, drive past Fins Beach – one of Oman’s most beautiful white sandy beaches and a popular camping spot. Next stop is at the Bimah sink hole - a geological formation and natural wonder. Later, proceed through the town of Quriyat to reach Muscat by early evening. Check-in at your hotel. Rest of the evening on your own at leisure.
Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel 4* (B/PL)
 

Day 9   Depart Muscat

Breakfast at hotel then transfer to Muscat International airport for your departure flight. (B)    End of tour.
 
AUD Rates per person based on -
1 Passenger
2 Passengers
in twin/double
3** Passengers
4 Passengers
in 2 twins/doubles
Single Supplement
1 October 2017 - 30 April 2018 7652 3990 3179 2790 990
1 May - 31 August 2018 7474 3890 3090 2690 950
1 - 30 September 2018 7625 3950 3170 2770 990

**There are no triple rooms so single supplement applies to the third passenger using a single room.

  • (B/L/D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • All rates per person unless otherwise stated
  • Seasonal supplements may apply.
TIMELESS OMAN TOUR
Cost includes:
  • Accommodation (or similar) as mentioned in the itinerary in standard rooms
  • 6 days guided tour by 4WD, half-day Muscat City tour and airport transfers by saloon car  or 4WD
  • All tours with an assistance of English speaking guide cum driver
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – breakfast, PL – Picnic Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Entrance Fees to forts and Bait Al Zubair Museum
  • Soft drinks and bottled water during all the tours
  • Guide meals and accommodation during the tour
  • Applicable taxes and fuel costs
Cost excludes: Expenses of a personal nature; visa fees; meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Important NOTES:
  • All services are subject to availability at the time of actual booking
  • The rates are subject to Festival / Holiday supplements if any (such as EID, Christmas, New Year etc.)
  • Normal hotel check-in time 1400, check-out time 1200. Early check-in, late check-out subject to availability, cost
Program is operated daily on a private basis and can be adjusted as necessary.
Validity: until 30 September 2018
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  • We reserve the right to change all prices and programs without notice
  • All prices are per person unless otherwise stated
  • All prices on this website are in Australian Dollars unless otherwise stated