: 6N Muscat
DAY 1 : Welcome to the Sultanate of Oman
Our representative awaits you at the airport from where you will be driven to your hotel. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore and relax a pleasant leisure time before embarking on adventure filled days from tomorrow!
Overnight Hotel Royal Tulip, Muscat.
DAY 2 : Highlights of Muscat
Today you visit the 5th largest mosque in the world, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Passing by the diplomatic quarter, you will be taken to the oldest and largest market in the country, Muttrah souq. This is the time for you to shop for your Omani souvenirs. Walk through its narrow alleys where the air is filled with the smell of frankincense and sandalwood. Next stop is the Al Alam Palace where the Sultan receives his state guests. The palace is flanked by two Portuguese fortresses. At a museum, you will witness traditional artefacts and traces of history and pre-history of Muscat.
Finally, see Muscat on a boat cruise while sipping your first ever Omani kahwa – a way to wrap up the day!
Overnight Hotel Royal Tulip, Muscat (B/L/-)
DAY 3 : Coast, Wadis and Turtles
What separates Oman from other Gulf States is its diverse geography and nature. We start the day with a leisure hike through the twin wadis of Shab and Tiwi. You and your guide will determine the best suited itinerary for the day. There is a possibility for swimming along the clothes! You will pass by Bimmah way so prepare some change of Sinkhole with its azure saltwater pool. Arriving to the fishing town of Sur, the home of Omani traditional Dhows (boat), you can visit the Dhow factory in the open-air museum (optional). At night, an extraordinary experience awaits you at the Turtle beach reserve, where you will get the opportunity to witness sea turtles coming to the shore and laying eggs!
Overnight Turtle Beach Resort (B/-/D)
DAY 4 : Sand & Stone
We embark on a stunning coastal drive this morning before reaching Wadi Bani Khalid where water flows all year round. This most loved wadi of the country features large pools of turquoise and emerald colored water, lined with lush green palm trees inviting you to jump into and refresh. And for the main destination of the day, you traverse through the elevations of the vast Wahiba desert. The stay at the authentic desert camp, with local cuisine and entertainment is an experience everyone will enjoy. Sama Al Wasil Camp (B/-/D)
DAY 5 : The Green Mountain
Get in your 4WD and drive towards the nearby town of Ibra. Ibra Old town, with its retro appearance, is worth visiting. The drive now takes you to Jebel Al Akhdar, the home of Omani old village of As Sab on top of the rosewater. It is considered as one of Mountain. the most fertile places inland with Your rugged route to Muscat different fruits and flowers blooming, consists of a stop at the village of From Saiq plateau, you will have the Bilad Sayt, followed by one of the perfect view of the terraces. If time most exhilarating off-road rides permits, there is a chance to walk through Wadi Bani Awf. Visit the hot around the mountain villages. springs of Nakhal and stroll around Just at the foot of the mountain is Birkat Al Mauz, a magical place particularly during sunset. Stroll through the deserted ruined village, surrounded by date plantations and Aflaj, the ancient irrigation system that is UNESCO the night. heritage site. Continue to Nizwa for the night stay. Overnight Nizwa Hotel Apartment (B/-/D)
DAY 6 : Nizwa, The Cultural Capital
Explore the cultural capital of the country, Nizwa. As it is a Friday, you have the opportunity to watch the bargaining at the animal market where the herders bring their cattle to be auctioned once a week. This is followed by a visit to the most visited national monument, Nizwa Fort. Another beautiful castle, Jabreen (optional), and another UNESCO site, Bahla Fort (photo stops only) are on your way before driving to Al Hamra. Here, the village women demonstrate old practices such as milling, coloring, cooking and more. A truly enriching experience. To the west of Al Hamra lies the road winding up Jebel Shams, mountain of the sun. It is the highest mountain of the Arabic world and reaches 3030 m above sea level. The drive to the peak is adventurous, you pass the old village Ghul with its green terrace fields. Some kilometers further you reach the abyss of the Omani Grand Canyon. Enjoy the breathtaking views before checking in at your mountain resort. Jebel Shams Resort (B/L/D)
DAY 7 : Wadi Bani Awf to Muscat
Another reason to get up early: a picturesque "balcony walk" to the old village of As Sab on top of the Mountain. Your rugged route to Muscat consists of a group at the village of Bilad Sayt, followed by one of the most exhilarating off-road rides through Wadi Bani Awf. Visit the hot sping of Nakhal and Stroll around its fort before heading towards Muscat, where our unforgettable journey ends. (B/-/-)
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