Nature and Culture
NATURE AND CULTURE HIGHLIGHTS
YOUR OMAN EXPERT
Day 01 Muscat – Wadi Al Arbeieen (off road) – Wadi Tiwi – Sur – Ras Al Jinz - Overnight at Ras Al Hadd (Private vehicle with Guide) (300 KM)
Meet the tour guide and start the journey. You will experience off-road crossing of Wadi Al Arbeieen; one of the most wonderful wadis in Oman, it is located about 90 minutes from Muscat. It is an authentic natural soundtrack, formed by the sounds of running water, birds and the wind that flows through the narrow channels.
Visit Wadi Tiwi. It has been visited by explores for centuries. Ibn Battuta described its following streams, which still course through the valley today as carefully controlled Aflaj (the plural for Oman’s Falaj water system). Several small villages are overlooked by the valley’s cliffs; their inhabitants have carefully managed the water to create small farms with date palms, papaya, banana and more.
Visit Sur, a placid seacoast town with its striking traditional dwellings, is a pleasant getaway and one of the most important towns in the Eastern region. A trip through Sur’s labyrinth of streets reveals many fine old houses with carved doors and arabesque windows. From the corniche, the dhows in the harbour can be seen against the scenic backdrop of the Gulf of Oman.
Later in the evening, visit the Ras AI Jinz turtle reserve, famous throughout the world for the nesting of the endangered green turtle, Chelonia mydas. Probably the most important nesting concentration on the Indian Ocean
Overnight at Ras Al Hadd
Day 02 Hotel in Ras Al Hadd – Jalan Bani Bu Ali – Jalan Bani Bu Hassan – Wadi Bani Khalid - Overnight at Wahiba Sands (Private vehicle with Guide) (250 KM)
Breakfast at the hotel in Ras Al Hadd.
Jalan Bani Bu Ali is a town steeped in history with old watchtowers, an old fort and ornate carved wooden doors at every turn. However, it is most famous for the Souq, which is open every Friday morning and sells a variety of modern and traditional goods.
In the past Jalan Bani Bu Ali and Bani Bu Hassan were neighbouring rivals, today both settlements flow into each other amongst the date palm plantations. Jalan Bani Bu Hassan Fort is one of the oldest in the region and a must-visit when in Ash Sharqiyah.
Visit the enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid, past the village with its endless date plantations. You reach the magnificent Wadi. The pools are cool, deep and absolutely breath-taking. Free time to dive and try the crystal-clear waters.
Arrival at the beginning of the Wahiba Desert. The dunes reach 200 km in length and 100 km in width to the Arabian Sea and have been the land of the Bedouins for 7,000 years. Possibility to venture into the high dunes and watch an unforgettable sunset in the desert, and then safely reach the camp.
Overnight at Wahiba desert.
Day 03 Camp in Wahiba Sands – Ibra - Bahla – Jabreen Overnight at Nizwa - (Private vehicle with a guide) (290 KM)
Breakfast at the camp in Wahiba Sands.
Visit Ibra Wednesday Market takes place every Wednesday in Ibra and is dedicated to women only (Tourist men and women can visit the market), Every Wednesday, women head to this market to buy all they need.
Photo stop at the imposing Bahla Fort (UNESCO site). It was built in the third millennium BC. The length of the south facade is approximately 112 meters, while the east facade is approximately 114 meters.
Visit of Jabreen Castle, a large rectangular building consisting of five floors and containing 55 rooms. This castle stands out for the inscriptions and frescoes that adorn its rooms. The castle’s ceilings are decorated with Islamic-era paintings and inscriptions, and its doors are beautifully carved. A Falaj runs through the centre of the castle.
Overnight at Nizwa
Day 04 Hotel in Nizwa – Birkat Al Maouz – Jabal Akhdar - Overnight at Nizwa (Private vehicle with a guide) (300 KM)
Breakfast at the hotel in Nizwa.
Photo stop at Birkat Al Maouz, one of the most famous ruined villages in Oman. With a large banana plantation and picturesque surroundings, the site is also home to the traditional Falaj irrigation system listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a lovely stop that will transport you back in time.
Jabal Al Akhdar ‘The Green Mountain’, is part of Al Hajar Mountains range in Ad Dakhiliyah Governorate of Oman. Visit the Saiq Plateau at 2,000 m above sea level. Jebel Akhdar is famous for its labyrinth of wadis and terraced orchards, where pomegranates, apricots and roses grow in abundance due to its mild Mediterranean climate.
Overnight at Nizwa
Day 05 Hotel in Nizwa – Nizwa visit with Cattle market (Friday market) – Jabal Shams – Misfat – Muscat (Private vehicle with a guide) (300 KM)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Early in the morning visit to the traditional cattle market held only on Friday, then continue with a visit to the city, the former capital of Oman. It rises around the walls of the famous Fort. Its construction embraces both traditional and modern architectural lines. Visit the Souk, which has remained for hundreds of years and home to many local industries. Omani daggers (khanjar), copper, silver jewelry, sale of livestock, fish, vegetables and handicrafts can be found at the souk.
Visit Jabal Shams, ‘Mountain of Sun’. From a height of nearly 3000 meters is high making it the highest mountain in Oman. The view from the top over the Grand Canyon is absolutely breath-taking.
Photo stop at Misfat Al Abriyeen, the village boasts wonderful agricultural terraces, beautiful alleys and old houses built on massive rocks. The old dwellings of Misfat Al Abriyeen are traditional mud houses with palm roofs and are unique in that they are built on solid rock foundations. Here you will also see the traditional Omani irrigation canals (Falaj system) where water is channelled from underground sources to support agriculture and domestic use. Return to Muscat and drop off at your hotel or at Muscat Airport.
Per person sharing a double / twin room
Inclusions & Exclusions
- English, Italian, German, French, Spanish speaking guide during all the excursion days.
Hotels and meals:
- Accommodation in selected hotels on Bed & breakfast, Half board or Full board basis.
Air-condition transportation with professionals drivers:
- Airport transfers with English speaking drivers
- Saloon Car/4x4/Van/minibus/Coach as per the program (vehicle according to the number of pax and the locations)
- 4x4 Jeep Shuttles if required
- Supply of drinking water in the vehicle
- All entrance fees as per the program
- International flights
- Visa charges
- Early check-in & Late check-out.
- Any other meals not mentioned as included
- Any item of personal nature.
- All beverages unless stated otherwise.
- Tips and porterage (if the service is good, we recommend clients to tip as follows):
Guide: 6-8 usd/pax/day
Drivers: 3-4 usd/pax/day
Availability at hotels is subject to confirmation of the tour and travel dates
Please note we require 50% of the payment on confirmation and the balance 4 weeks prior to arrival or the full payment can be settled on confirmation.
- 45 days prior to the arrival = 60% of the total amount
- 44 – 30 days prior to the arrival = 80% of the total amount
- 29 – 00 days prior to the arrival = 100% of the total amount