6 Days / 5 Nights
|Places Covered||:||Muscat | Ras Al Hadd | Nizwa | Al Hamra|
|Days||:||6 Days / 5 Nights|
Day 01 :
On arrival at Muscat International Airport, meet & greet by QTR associate and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure for own activities. Check-in time is 1400hrs.
Overnight at Muscat | Meals included: None
Day 02 :
After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby for a half day city tour of Muscat.
Highlights of the tour: The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Visit the Bait Zubair Museum, exhibiting the wealth of Oman’s Cultural history and thus imparting knowledge about the country’s rich culture and traditions to the visitor. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once walled district of Old Muscat. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali. You will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you will be bargaining for handicrafts and silver items.
This afternoon is at leisure for own activities. You may choose an optional sunset cruise through the harbour of Muscat. Please contact us for details &price. Overnight at Muscat | Meals included: Breakfast
Day 03 :
MUSCAT – BIMMAH SINKHOLE – FINS – WADI TIWI – SUR/RAS AL JINZ
Check-out from the hotel in the morning & board the 4WD vehicles to start your fascinating round tour of Oman. Drive through beautiful countryside along the Eastern Hajar Mountains. Short before Quriyat, we turn off to the new highway along the coast. We pass by white sandy beaches and rocky coves, stopping at Bimmah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater, Fins Beach with its beautiful white sand, WadiShab, fed by fresh water that flows from mountain springs. By passing through Tiwi, a picturesque fishing village, we reach Qalhat, an ancient port and trading city. At the turn of the century Qalhat became Oman’s export port for Liquefied Natural Gas.
Our today’s destination is the fishing town of Sur, the eastern most town on the Arabian Peninsula, where until recently the famous Omani Dhows were built. Dhow building in Sur dates back centuries and is closely linked with the maritime heritage of Oman. From Sur too, in the old days, the Omanis were sailing the seas, mainly to India.
We will set out for a tour around town and later in the evening we will drive to Ras Al Jinz to see the endangered green sea turtles come to nest on the beach (2100 hrs – 23 00 hrs).
Overnight at Sur/Ras Al Hadd | Meals included: Breakfast
Day 04 :
SUR/RAS AL HADD – WADI BANI KHALID – WAHIBA SANDS – NIZWA
Check-out & leave Sur. Not too far away is Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman’s most beautiful wadis. The wadi has clear deep blue water and counts among the few wadis of Oman that hold water all year round. From the mountain springs, the water is led to the oases where it sustains the typical date palms. The pretty villages of Wadi Bani Khalid cling precariously to the rugged
Mountainside.Continue driving to Al Sharqiyah region. Now the nature of the landscape will change dramatically – we reach the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating dunes rising up to 200 meters and stretching as far as the eye can see. It is also host to a variety of flora and fauna and one of the largest areas of pure sand desert in the world and the traditional home of the nomadic Bedouin. Camels are a common sight moving through the sands.
After a short dune drive, proceed to Nizwa – the cultural capital of Oman.
Overnight at Nizwa | Meals included: Breakfast
Day 05 :
NIZWA – JABRIN – BAHLA – AL HAMRA
Morning we depart on a full day trip to the historical & heritage capital of Oman – visit the round tower Fort of Nizwa, probably the best fort architecture in Oman and Nizwa Souq where potteries, gold & silver wares are sold. There after proceed to visit Jabrin Castle built in 17thcentury, with magnificent plasterwork, wooden carvings; painted ceiling makes this castle amazingly different. Later drive onwards to visit Bahla, the mystical village, known for Arabian potteries. Visit one of the pottery making units. (Closed on public holidays and Fridays). You also visit the majestic Bahla Fort, recently opened to public after a long restoration.
Overnight at Al Hamra | Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 06 :
AL HAMRA – WADI BANI AWF – MUSCAT
After breakfast visit Al Hamra village, one of the oldest villages & up to 400 years old mud houses is still occupied. Also visit the Al Hamra Falaj system. Later drive to Muscat crossing the off road track of Wadi Bani Awf. We have photo stops at the villages of BiladSayt and Hatt en route.
Drop off to Muscat International Airport to connect the evening flight
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