More about Muscat: Private 9-Day Tour of Oman
DAY 1: MUSCAT (ARRIVAL)
Arrival at Muscat International airport, after visa and immigration formalities our representative will meet and escort the guests to a waiting air-conditioned vehicle to transfer them to the hotel. Overnight in Muscat.
DAY 2: MUSCAT
Breakfast at the hotel and then depart from the hotel to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque that’s considered a remarkable architectural achievement. We continue after that to Bait Baranda museum, which showcases the history of Muscat. Lunch will be served in the city. After lunch, we will visit Old Muscat, surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by twin 16thcentury forts ‘Jalali’ & ‘Mirani’, also see the Al Alam Palace, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ residence. We will then proceed to Bait Al Zubair Museum. Bait Al Zubair is itself a part of Muscat heritage. Sheikh Al Zubair who served three former Sultans founded the house in 1914 and his son Mohammad Al Zubair opened it as a museum in 1998. The museum includes traditional Omani weaponry, jewelry, costumes, domestic utensils and recreated urban and rural environments. Then drive through the scenic beauty of the corniche, stop at Muttrah - the main port & commercial center, and explore the colorful historic souk. This is a real souk with winding alleys and backstreets and stalls selling all manner of textiles, jewelry, traditional Omani perfumes (bukhoor - made of frankincense), souvenirs and antiques. After that long tour, we will drive back to the hotel. Dinner at a traditional oriental restaurant, where you will savor a delicious Omani meal. Overnight in Muscat.
DAY 3: MUSCAT – SUR – RAS AL HADD
After breakfast, we continue our journey to Sur, a sea-faring town and a trading port bustling with activity throughout the year, and famous for the fascinating architecture of its old town and shipyards where traditional dhows have been built for centuries at the edge of the bay. On the way enjoy a picnic lunch, and arrive in Sur in the late afternoon. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Ras al Hadd.
DAY 4: SUR – RAS AL HADD
After breakfast, we take on a tour of Sur until a simple lunch will be served en route. We will continue to explore more on this region, before proceeding to Ras Al Hadd. Dinner in the hotel. At night, one of the highlights of our trip is waiting for you, a unique experience that will happen only in the middle of the night. We will visit the turtle reserve with the possibility of watching the turtles laying their eggs at night. Overnight in Ras Al Hadd.
DAY 5: RAS AL HADD - WAHIBA
Early morning to enjoy the sunrise and a swim on the beach. After breakfast, we depart to Wadi Bani Khalid – a lush green valley surrounded by rugged mountains. Enjoy an incredible view and a chance to capture the scenic beauty with your camera. Investigate the surrounding area on foot. A picnic lunch will be organized in the WADI around trees and water. After lunch, we will continue to Wahiba Sands – one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions of Oman. Wahiba is also home to a few thousand Bedouins, who are known to have inhabited this inhospitable region for at least 7000 years. Go dunes bashing as our experienced drivers show their skill on the dune drive which is a thrilling experience. Dinner & Overnight in Wahiba Sands.
DAY 6: WAHIBA SANDS - AL HAMRA - NIZWA
This morning after breakfast we will proceed to Nizwa. We will start our exploration of Nizwa area by proceeding to the palm groves at Al Hamra. Al Hamra is also noted for its extraordinary ancient mud houses. We will visit one of the oldest houses “Bait Al Safa”, which has been restored, decorated and transformed into a museum. We will stop for lunch where we will enjoy a typical Omani meal, on the menu the traditional Kabsa which is chicken or meat combined with rice and a mixture of perfumed spices from the orient.
In the late afternoon, you have an opportunity to explore the souk of Nizwa. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Nizwa.
DAY 7: NIZWA
After breakfast, we continue our visit in Nizwa. As the ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa was the birthplace of Islam in Oman. The 17th-century souq famous for the silver jewelry is the major attraction of Nizwa. Lunch in Nizwa before we move on to Bahla. Famous for its handmade pottery, Bahla is listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. We will continue to visit the famous Jabreen Castle, built as a defensive stronghold, The Jabreen is perhaps the finest of Omani castles. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Nizwa.
DAY 8: NIZWA – JEBEL SHAMS – WADI BANI AWF – MUSCAT
Breakfast at the hotel, proceed with the journey and prepare yourself for another adventure, cross the Hajjar mountains range onwards to Nakhl via Wadi Bani Awf. Driving on the mountain is a very interesting section for thrill lovers, through which we will be stopping for a photo-taking opportunity on the way to Wadi Bani Awf. We drive to the ancient fort of Nakhl, which was built in the pre-Islamic era. After a look around the fort, we will visit Nakhl Hot Springs then proceed to Muscat. Lunch will be served en route. Arrive late afternoon in Muscat. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Muscat.
DAY 09: MUSCAT (DEPARTURE)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning free at leisure. Check-out from the hotel before 12:00 (noon). 04 hrs prior to your scheduled flight, transfer to Muscat Int’l Airport for your departure flight.