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Tour the 3 major regions of Oman on this extensive tour
Oman is divided into 3 distinct regions. This tour covers all three and includes internal flights to reach Musandam in the far north as well as Salalah in the far south. No other tour brings you so much of Oman in 10 days.
Accommodation in Muscat, Khasab and Salalah are not included in the package price.
We have a huge range of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels available for you to choose from so let us find the ones right for you.
Day 01 - Arrival Muscat
Once you have passed through Immigration and Customs, proceed outside where your driver/guide will be waiting. Easy to find, he will be holding a placard with your name on it.
Transfer to your hotel of choice for overnight (hotel not included in package price).
Day 02 - Morning tour of Muscat
8:30am: meet your driver/guide in the lobby of your hotel to start your tour of Muscat, a modern commercial centre existing in harmony with its traditional culture.
Our tour of the Grand Mosque*** (except Fridays) and Bait Al Zubair Museum (except Fridays) is a brief introduction to Oman's istory and development.
Drive along the waterfront Corniche to visit the Fish Market and colourful Muttrah Souq.
We then travel to Al Alam Palace for a photo stop. This is the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and is flanked by the two 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalall.
Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Muscat hotel
*** dress code for mosque: ladies fully covered and to carry a head scarf; gentlemen in trousers.
Day 03 - Hinterland
8am: after breakfast and check-out we embark on an exciting 4WD journey through the mountains. Our first stop is the ot springs at Nakhl. We then drive through the spectcular Wadi Bani Auf. This stretch of graded road is very adventurous and the physically fit only as it involves steep bends and bumpy roads.
Stop at the quaint mountain village of Bilad Sayt. The route winds through mountains all the way to the village of Al Hamra characterized by its mud houses and date plantations.
Drive to Jabrin Palace to view the beautiful handpainted ceilings and carved door frames of this medieval building.
Overnight: Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel (included in package price)
Day 04 - Nizwa and Wahiba Sands
8:00am. This morning we visit the imposing Roundtower Fort at Nizwa. The neighbouring souq is an interesting shopping venue with its intricately handcrafted silver jewellery and khanjars. From here we head towards Izki and Sinaw.
Take a turn off the main road to the Scenic Wadi Bani Khalid with its deep blue pools of water fringed by date palms, an ideal place to relax or enjoy a refreshing swim.
We then drive to Wahiba Sands where you cross the undulating sand dunes to reach your desert campsite.
Enjoy the spectacle of the sun setting over the dunes before returning to camp for dinner.
Overnight in Bedouin tents and dinner at The 1000 Night Camp (included in package price).
Day 05 - Sur and the Oman coastline
7:00am. Early breakfast at the campsite before heading to Sur, a seafaring town on the coast. Visit the dhow factory and Sineslah fort before taking the highway for Muscat.
We will make photo stops at Bibi Miriam's tomb and Bimah Sinkhole.
Explore the beautiful Wadi Arayeen which can only be accessed after an exciting drive through the mountains.
Proceed to Muscat via Quriyat and check into your Muscat hotel for overnight.
Day 06 - north to Musandam
This morning, transfer from your Muscat hotel to the airport for your flight to Khasab in the far north of Oman.
Depart for a city tour to view the Khasab Fort and the prehistorical rock paintings at Wadi Tawi.
In the afternoon proceed on a half day mountain safari in a 4WD. Drive to Hebel Harim which is the highest mountain in Musandam at 2,087m. Enroute stop at "Sayh" village, located at 1,100m above sea level. From the Khawr Al Najid, view the gorgeous coastline of turquoise blue waters lapping the shores. Proceed to visit Birkhat Khalidiya Park with its acacia trees before heading to your Khasab hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Atana Khasab Hotel (not included in package price)
Day 07 - Dhow cruise
Following breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Khasab Port for a full day dhow cruise to the spectacular fjords of Musandam, exploring small fishing villages and the famous Telegraphic Island. Keep a look-out for dolphins which abound in these waters.
Lunch is served onboard.
Swimming and snorkelling are possible on this cruise so make sure you bring your bathers and a towel.
Cruise back to Khasab and transfer back to your hotel for overnight.
Day 08 - Flight Khasab to Salalah
Breakfast then transfer to Khasab Airport to board your flight to Muscat. Arrive in Muscat and after a short layover, board another flight to travel south to Salalah.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Salalah.
Rest of day is at leisure.
Overnight: Salalah hotel
Day 09 - Exploring Dhofar
9am: visit the fishing village of Taqa, an old town with an interesting castle surrounded by watchtowers and Taqa stone houses. Head onward to Khor Rori Creek, the site of the ruined city of Samhuram and capital of ancient Arabia's frankincense trade. Excavations have produced evidence of an ancient city with trade links by sea to Far Eastern destinations and west to Greece.
Mirbat, the ancient capital of Dhofar, was an important town as early as the 9th century for it's trade in frankincense, horses and slaves. See some of the old houses famous for their woodcarvings. If lucky, see boatloads of fish arriving into the harbour.
One of Dhafar's best-known historic sites is Bin Ali's Tomb. The twin domed structure, the tomb of Mohamed bin Ali who died in 1135 AD, is a fine example of medieval architecture.
Stop for lunch (not included in package cost).
At 2:30pm visit the blblical "Nabi Ayoub" (Prophet Job's tomb), perched high up in the "Jebels" (mountains). Enroute are spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscape and emerald green pastureland, so different from the rest of Oman.
Proceed to Mughsail Beach where blow-holes shoot sea water high into the air at high-tide.
Experience the hairpoin bend roads for approx. 15-20kms to reach a wadi and bird sanctuary. Along the way see the stark shape of leafless frankincense trees dotting the landscape. Once traded as a commodity more precious than gold, frankincense harvested in Dhofar is rated the best in the world.
Overnight: stay at Salalah Hotel of your choice (hotel rate not included in package)
Day 10 - Farewell Oman
Breakfast at your hotel, then check-out.
Transfer to Salalah Airport for your flight to Muscat. Arrive in Muscat and remain "in transit" until your international flight departing Oman.
Day 10 - Muscat International Airport
Location : Muscat International Airport, Muscat, Oman
We are pleased to offer our guests access to a departure lounge at Muscat International Airport. Relax in comfortable chairs, have access to food, beverages, tv, etc.