Explore Oman

5 day tour with English speaking driver/guide

Day 01 Muscat – Nakhl – Wadi Bani Awf – Jabal Shams
At 9:00am you will meet your tour guide and escort you to the 4 wheel drive for your journey along the Batinah coast. Batinah is the most fertile region of Oman. Your first stop will be in Nakhl to see a 17th century fortress that is spectacularly perched on a rocky prominence in the foothills of the Western Hajars and the village. Nakhl is also famous for its mineral-laden hot springs. Lunch packets can be arranged at optional cost. You make your way through Wadi Bani Awf to Bilad Seyt one of the most beautiful remote villages. The path through the narrow gorge is a connection between two little settlements. It is a spectacular drive through the mountains to Al Hamra. From here you proceed to Jabal shams mountains and check in at hotel. Dinner and overnight at Jebel Shams resort. (D)

Day 02 Jabal Shams – Nizwa – Sayq Plateau – Nizwa
After breakfast, you will leave the hotel at 9:00am and proceed to Misfat Al Abrein, a picturesque village strapped on to the side of a mountain. As you walk around this beautiful village where time has come to a standstill, you will be moved by the simplicity and friendliness of the people. You will then drive towards Jebel Akdar via Birkat al Mawz. Lunch is at your own expense. Jebel Akdar in Arabic means “Green Mountains” and this region of the most verdant outside of Salalah and the Batinah Coast. One of the most scenic areas in Oman, coupled with the friendly local inhabitants, this region is a natural spot for tourism. Points of interest include the towns of Wadi Bani Habib, Saiq and Al Ayn, where local farmers raise grapes, pomegranates, apricots and walnuts. The climate is moderate year round as the mean altitude is about 1800 meters. Also of interest is the lookout over the canyon recently named Diana’s Point, for the late Princess of Wales who spent time here in the late 1980s. Return to Nizwa. Overnight in Falaj Daris Hotel. (B)

Day 03 Nizwa – Wahiba Sands
Breakfast in the Hotel. At 8:30am you continue the tour and your first visit is the souq showcasing a wonderful array of handicrafts – coffee pots, swords, leather goods, silverware, antiques, and household utensils. Then visit Nizwa fort, which was completed in the 1650’s, and was the seat of power during the rule of the Al Ya’ruba dynasty and is Oman’s most visited National monument. Later you drive to undulating golden dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Lunch is at your own expense. The great Wahiba sands are longitudinal dunes 200 km long and 100 km wide running south from the Eastern Hajars to the Arabian Sea. This is the traditional home of the Bedouin, hardy spirited people who know how to survive in these harsh desert conditions. You are invited to meet with a Bedouin family and gain an intimate insight into their traditional lifestyle. Dinner and overnight at Safari desert camp. (B/D)

Day 04 Wahiba – Wadi Bani Khalid – Ras al Had
Breakfast at the camp site. At 8:30am continue your tour towards Wadi Bani Khalid. Reach the magnificent Wadi. The pools are cool, deep and absolutely stunning and the silky water perfect for a long swim. After spending some time here, proceed to Sur and visit the dhow yards where the dhow is still being made by hand. Lunch is at your own cost. Continue the journey to Ras Al Jinz and check in at the hotel. Overnight at Turtle Beach Resort (King Fish rooms). After dinner around 10:00pm leave for the famous turtle beach to watch turtles laying their eggs and nesting. (B)

Day 05 Sur – Wadi Shab – Fins – Bimah – Muscat
After breakfast you leave the hotel at 8:30am and proceed along the coastal road. You will make stop in Wadi Shab. Take a hike up one of Oman’s scenic wadis. At the end of Wadi Shab there is a swim through the famous keyhole into the secluded swimming hole. After spending some time there, you continue to Fins Beach where you have a picnic lunch on the white sandy beach. After lunch you will visit the Bimah sinkhole, a geological formation of the karst topography and a scenic wonder, before you pass through some spectacular mountain scenery up the coast as you make our way back to Muscat and drop off at your hotel in Muscat. (B)
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Prices:

1st Feb to 30th April 2016
2 – 4 people $1498
5 – 8 people $1415
Single room supplement: $275

1st May to 30th Sep 2016
2 – 4 people $1490
5 – 8 people $1400
Single room supplement: $260

1st Oct 2016 to 30th April 2017
2 – 04 people $1515
5 – 08 people $1430
Single room supplement: $290

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, land only, in US dollars.

PRICE INCLUDES:
4 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis (1 night at Jebel Shams resort, 1 nights Falaj Daris Hotel, 1 nights Safari desert camp and one night at Turtle beach resort )
Breakfast on day 2, day 3, day 4 & day 5
Dinner on day 1 & day 3
4×4 Land cruiser for 5 days as mentioned
English speaking guide cum driver
Entrance fee at the forts & turtle watch
Water & soft drinks

NOT INCLUDED:
Air fare
Any items of personal nature such as alcohol, laundry, telephone etc.
Visa charges if any
Any meals other than mentioned
Trip insurance
Accommodations in Muscat