Arrive in the city of Muscat where you will meet with your guide who will take you to your hotel. Once checked in you will embark on a half day city tour beginning with the old sector of Muscat. Visit the Bait Zubair Museum which was originally founded as a house by a rich merchant whose hobby was to collect antiques and take photographs, he converted the house into a museum to showcase the cultural artefacts of Oman. Continue on to Al Alam Palace, the official palace of the Sultan Qaboos, which is flanked by two forts; Jalali Fort and Mirani Fort. Jalali Fort is a refurbished fort that is now used as a museum for guests of state and royalty only. Later, drive along to the Muttrah Souq, one of the oldest souq’s in Oman whose mystical scents fill the narrow alleyways and is an ideal location to purchase souvenirs before returning to the hotel for the evening.
Today you will meet with your guide to explore the coastline after a visit of the Grand Mosque, one of the largest Mosques in the world, adorned with beautiful artwork, intricate chandelier and one piece carpet. After visiting the mosque, continue on to Quriyat fishing village, whose daily catch goes on to be sold at the local market along the beach. After stopping for photo opportunities, continue on along the black top road to Wadi Arbyn where an off-road drive leads to the Bimmah sinkhole, a limestone crater with pure emerald azure water pooled at the base. The next stop is to the white sands of Fins Beach. Afterwards, drive on to Wadi Tiwi, an old village surrounded by date, mango, papaya and banana trees. After walking through the village and farms you will continue on to Sur where, after check in, you can head over in the evening to a Turtle reserve where green turtles travel to for nesting purposes, keep on the lookout for any turtles in the area. Return afterwards to the hotel.
Please Note: In order to visit the Grand Mosque guests have to be dressed conservatively, meaning no transparent clothing and guests should be covered from head to toe. Ladies must cover their heads with a scarf and children younger than 10 years cannot enter.
- Standard: Sur Plaza Hotel (B,L)
Enjoy breakfast and head out for the Wahiba Sands, an orientation drive of the city will be conducted with a visit to the Dhob building yard and local souq. Continue on to Wadi Bani Khaled, a beautiful oasis whose lush landscape contrasts strongly with the arid setting of the Wahiba Sands. Take a walk around the area or go for a swim in the clear green natural springs before moving on through the Wahiba Sands, traversing the golden undulating sands on a dune bashing tour. After the exhilarating tour, you will visit a Bedouin house and meet some of the local ladies who willshare their tales of desert life. In the evening you will arrive at camp for dinner.
- Standard: Desert Nights Camp or Arabian Oryx Camp (B,D)
Wake up to a camp breakfast before journeying on along the road to Nizwa, stopping en route at Birkat al Mauz where the locals grow date palm trees in the village and farms, your guide will explain the cultivation process and irrigation system of Oman before arriving in Nizwa city.
- Standard: Golden Tulip (B)
Today you will get to see the wonders of the city of Nizwa, cultural capital of Oman, whose historic buildings and ancient forts attract tourists from all over. Visit the lively cattle market of Nizwa Souq where the locals sell their cattle at auctions. Head afterwards to the Nizwa Fort which features an enormous round tower built by a sultan in the 17th century as a means of defence. The fort dominates the area, with the town being built around the vast structure. The top of the tower is accessed by narrow winding stairs and through heavy wooden doors. From atop the tower, travellers can see amazing views over the Nizwa cityscape. Proceed to Jabrin, where you will bear witness to an amazing castle which later went on to become the seat of Omani learning. The painting that is displayed along the ceiling consists of beautifully intricate wood carving designs. The next landmark on your journey is the castle of Bahla, a 12th century mud fort once known as a mystical village. Journey next from Nizwa to the off-road terrains of the Western Hajar Mountains, where you can marvel at the views from the cliff sides and villages along the way. Continue on through Wadi Bani Awf, set in the middle of steep mountain walls where we stop for a picnic. In the afternoon you can enjoy the scenes of Nakhl, where a 350 year old fort resides at the top of a rock mountain cliff. The winding road through the town works its way to hot springs, a popular picnic stop.
- Standard: Al Falaj Hotel (B,L)
Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Muscat International Airport for your return flight home.