Oman is a land of delightful contrasts. From glittering coast to amazingly irrigated desert villages and dramatic canyons this destination richly rewards those who visit. The hospitality of the people is legendary and this compact itinerary allows you to experience the very best they have to offer.
- Explore Wadi Nakher – the Grand Canyon of Oman.
- Experience traditional fishing life at Tiwi village.
- Feel the exhilaration of a 4 wheel drive excursion over the Wahiba Sand Dunes.
Day 1: Muscat - Jabrin - Nizwa – Hamra (B D)
Depart Muscat this morning (around 10.00 a.m.) towards Nizwa the former capital of Oman. En route to Nizwa visit the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz with its unique Falaj system and date plantations. The Falaj irrigation systems were first designed over 5000 years ago and provide a fascinating insight to desert life.
Continue to Jabrin the finest of Oman’s castles. Built in the late 17th century it later became a seat of Omani learning. The castle displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting and beautifully executed wood carvings.
Our next stop takes us to Wadi Nakher located in the depth of Oman’s deepest canyon. While heading for Jebel Shams stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul with its stone dwellings. In the Jebel Akhdar range Jebel Shams the highest peak offers a spectacular view with a vertical drop of 1000 meters to the wadi below.
Then explore Nizwa. The city is dominated by the Round tower Fort completed in the 17th Century. The nearby traditional souk sells clay pottery silver jewellery and local produce.
Dinner and overnight stay at The View.
Day 2: Hamra – Wahiba Sands – Sur (B)
After breakfast drive to the Wahiba Sands a vast mass of undulating red and white. This sea of sand and dunes rises up to 200 meters and is host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Experience a roller coaster like feeling as our experienced drivers take you over the dunes. The Wahiba Sands is also home to the traditional Bedouin tribe who are known for their hospitality and their knowledge of the sands. We will stop by a Bedouin family in their traditional and simple habitat. Continue to Sur for overnight.
Accommodation: Sur Plaza Hotel
Day 3: Sur – Muscat (B)
This morning visit Sur a large town with an ancient harbour that still houses some of the original Dows that are still used today to catch the pride of the Omani oceans. While at the delightful fishing village of Tiwi be sure to visit the fish jetty and dhow factory. Later visit the Sineslah Fort for some amazing views. The ruins of Bibi Mariam’s Tomb can be seen at the village of Qalhat on coastal road to Muscat. Although almost completely destroyed now the ancient city of which the Tomb was the heart was once an important trade city for the Indian Ocean. Artefacts from as far away as Persia and China have been at this site.
The drive back to Muscat is definitely a postcard moment so don’t forget to have your camera handy. Sitting in the back of your air conditioned vehicle you will have time to take in all that you see as you pass through a number of small towns on the way to Muscat. Most of the towns along the route make their livelihood from fishing and allow for picturesque settings of small fishing villages perched on the land that rises out of the ocean.
Continue to the beautiful Fins beach for a swim. The next stop is the Bimah Sinkhole a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom.
Proceed to Wadi Arbayeen with its refreshing deep pools of water set among the date palms.
Arrive in Muscat late this afternoon and transfer to your hotel for overnight.
- Transportation by private A/C luxury 4WD car with driver
- Accommodation in listed hotels (or similar) with private facilities
- Meals as indicated
- Sightseeing and entrance fee
- Local private English speaking driver/guide
- Oman Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
- Oman Visa
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Type of vehicle used on your tour
Air conditioned 4WD Toyota Land cruisers or similar
Tourist Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Hamra: The View
Perched on a ridge high above the town of Hamra a 45-minute drive from Nizwa The View is Oman’s first-of-its-kind Eco Luxury retreat nestled in the lap of nature across a wide stretch of valley spanning the Jabal Shams Mountains.
The View provides luxurious accommodation in 30 exclusive rooms for a truly relaxed and comfortable stay and the restaurant’s terrace offer stunning views over the valley and the Jabal Shams Mountains.
Sur: Sur Plaza Hotel
Effective June 2018 Oman introduced a new E-visa system. If you are travelling on the passport of any of the countries in Country List 1 - in the link below you must apply for an E - Visa as visas will not be available on arrival.
RAMADAN ( 05 May - 06 Jun 2019)
Please find below some rules and important information for tourists during Ramadan:
During the month of Ramadan Muslims will not eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset. Although Non-Muslims are not expected to fast, they have to obey the laws regarding eating, drinking and smoking in public and should respect the local culture.
It is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours during Ramadan.
Cafes and restaurants are closed during the day, and hotel beaches and pools also instate the no eating, drinking, and smoking rule.
Some hotels have screened-off areas for Non-Muslim guests where food and beverages are served during the day. Room service will also be available in most hotels.
In case there are lunches included in tours and round trips, they will be mainly in form of picnic lunch boxes and guests have to eat in the vehicle.
If travelling with an Omani driver/guide, please avoid drinking or eating in their presence. (Breakfast and dinner at the hotels will take place normally).
Alcohol will only be available in 5* hotels and only in selected outlets (if any). Otherwise alcohol will not be available (guests can take from home/duty free shop and consume in the privacy of their hotel room).
Public life/services in hotels and elsewhere can be very slow and often patience is required even for getting simple service
All members of society are expected to dress modestly, women making special efforts to limit the amount of make-up worn and cover arms, legs and shoulders.
Working hours are reduced as a rule during this time period. The normal workday of 8am to 5pm changes to 8pm to 2pm in most companies.
Retail shops are usually only open in the morning hours and after 4pm, if at all.
Supermarkets remain open from around 10h00 – midnight and some stores will deliver also (mainly Muscat area).
No music or dancing is allowed during Ramadan. Please turn your car stereo down and be mindful about playing music loudly even in the comfort of your room.
Hotels sometimes use the quieter month of Ramadan to carry out minor repairs or maintenance work which can cause inconvenience for the guests.
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