DAY1,

MON ARRIVAL

MEAL – X, X, X

Arrival at Muscat International Airport by your flight

Transfer to hotel

Overnight in Hilton Garden Inn Muscat

DAY 2,

MUSCAT

MEAL – B, X, X

Breakfast at Hotel

This morning assemble at hotel lobby and depart for half day city tour of Muscat. We will start our tour with Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque the most exquisite Mosque in Oman. The developed part of the site, including the fully consolidated areas and landscaping, covers 416,000 square metres. The Mosque complex (covering 40,000 square meters) is constructed on a raised podium in keeping with the tradition of Omani mosques that were built elevated from street level. It can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers and consists of a main prayer hall, ladies prayer hall, covered passageways, a meeting hall, and library which will eventually contain up to 20,000 books. A major feature of the main prayer hall is the hand-made Persian carpet consisting of. 1,700 million knots, Weighing 21 tones and made in a single piece measuring 70 x 60 meters. From design stage, it took 4 years complete and 600 female weavers from province of Khurasan in Iran were involved.

Note: Ladies visiting the mosque are required to cover their heads with scarf and do not wear shorts, beachwear, or sleeveless outfits as they are to be fully covered. Men are required to wear long trousers. No shorts are allowed.

After Grand Mosque we drive towards Muttrah Souq – one of the most popular souqs in the Middle East. Take a walk in its labyrinthine alleyways beckoning with a myriad of merchandise, from imported fabrics to exotic Oriental spices, perfumes, and richly handcrafted artefacts. A visit to this frenetic pulsating hub of Muscat’s old quarter makes for a delightful experience. Here, scents of exotic Arabian perfumes and spices float through the air. Other shops specialise in famous Omani khanjars (daggers), antiques, traditional silver jewellery, and handicrafts in copper, camel bone, wood, leather, and hand-made Omani costumes. After Souq we then drive to Bait Al Zubair Museum. It consists of a concise collection reflecting the splendid Omani Heritage. The collection includes traditional Omani Weapons such as swords, daggers, rifles & their accessories, along with jewellery, cosmetics & costumes from various regions of Oman. We drive to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said the ruler of Oman. The palace is an architectural marvel for both its design and its location between the twin Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali (A brief photograph stop from outside only). Return to hotel

Overnight in Hilton Garden Inn Muscat

DAY 3,

MUSCAT – IBRA – WAHIBA SANDS

MEAL – B, X, D

Breakfast at Camp

Check out from the hotel

At 0700hrs drive to Ibra and Visit the Ibra Women’s Market.

Wednesday is women-only market day for Bedouin from the surrounding Sharqiya Sands. A dusty square, normally filled with camels, goats, and desert bric-a-brac become a ‘Designer`s Guild of the Desert` selling soft furnishings for the home or tent, together with clothing, textiles, make-up, and jewellery for brides-to-be.

Most of the women are dropped off by their husbands driving Toyota pick-ups. Others living in the sands may walk for hours to reach Ibra on a Wednesday.

We then drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, this is considered one of the most beautiful wadi’s in Oman. The drive to Wadi Bani Khalid is through the Eastern Hajar Mountains, which offers a panoramic view of landscape below. We pass many pretty villages embedded in the mountains. Here the road winds down to the wadi alongside a large, shallow pool fringed with vegetation and ends at a village. We park our vehicles at this point and continue on a short trek to the deep blue pools of the wadi. It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Enjoy a swim in the glorious grace of nature.

Later drive to Wahiba Sands. The Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters are also 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 drive 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.

Overnight in 1000 Nights Camp (B-D)

DAY 4,

WAHIBA SANDS – sinaw – NIZWA

MEAL – B, X, X

Breakfast at Camp

Check out from the hotel

At 0730 Hrs: We drive to Sinaw, the peaceful town of Sinaw, in A’Sharqiyah region is noted for its busy souq. In the open yard of the souk is the livestock market, where camels, goats, and calves are auctioned and bartered. Bedu women in traditional dress, complete with their burnished indigo-dyed or blackface masks (burqa’a), trade alongside men.

Besides its obvious economic purpose, the souk is an important meeting place for the Bedu to gather and socialize.

After Sinaw Souq, we drive to Jabrin and visit Jabrin Castle. A visit to Jabrin castle enables the visitor to recapture the atmosphere of medieval Oman. The 17th-century fort is one of Oman’s finest castles and has some exquisite hand-painted ceilings. (The Jabrin Fort has two floors of steps to climb in order to view all the rooms and the terrace). Islamic inscriptions combine with secret hiding places for soldiers in the dining room.

Later we visit Al Hamra Village nestled in the foothills of the Jebel Ahkdar; its multistory mud houses are among the oldest preserved in Oman. Later we then visit Misfah, a pretty village with stone houses, precariously clinging to the side of a huge mountain cliff. The village is laden with date, lemon, and banana groves.

Overnight in Falaj Daris Hotel Nizwa (B)

DAY 5,

NIZWA – JABAL AKHDAR

MEAL – B, X, D

Breakfast at Hotel

check out from the hotel and drive to Nizwa Souq

0730 Hrs: This morning we visit Nizwa Souq. The main highlight in the Souq is the Cattle Auction that takes place every Friday. The Auction is the traditional way of selling the cattle’s like sheep, goats, cows, and camels. These are brought by their owners from nearby villages. This is what cannot be missed out if you are in Nizwa on Friday. Later explore the Souq. The impressive New Souq complex has been sensitively designed using Omani fort architecture and elegant Islamic arches. The air-conditioned halls of this souq are full of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, huge stacks of dates, and freshly caught fish. This is still the best place to buy traditional silver “Khanjars” (hand-carved Omani daggers) and Bedouin jewellery, where silver is still sold by weight.

Later visit Nizwa Fort, The 17th century round tower fort nearby is Oman’s most impressive tower. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. From the top, a superb panoramic view gives visitors a bird’s eye view all around Nizwa and the surrounding plains – a sure delight for all avid photographers!

we then drive to visit the village of Barkat ul Mauz. Enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations. We continue our drive through Wadi Al Madeen. From here a 36 km stretch of winding road takes one to Jebel Akhdar (2000 mts above sea level) the green jewel of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges, a truly unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains. Al Jebel Al Akhdar is famed for its fruit orchards typically laid out terrace style along the slopes of mountains, which are endowed with natural springs and aflaj. The villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib (the village of the old houses) &Al Ain dot the landscape. The villages overlook a spectacular landscape of dramatic peaks, gorges, and wadis. The roses of Jabal Al Akhdar fill the air with fragrance when in full bloom (March / April). Rosewater is distilled in the homes of the villagers.

After the tour drive back to Nizwa

Overnight in Falaj Daris Nizwa (B )

DAY 6,

JABAL AKHDAR – WADI BAIN AUF – MUSCAT

MEAL – B, X, X

Breakfast at Hotel

After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart to Muscat via Wadi bani Auf. The route down Wadi Bani Auf is one of the Arabia’s great 4WD adventures and includes a visit to the village of Bilad Sait, a remote fortress village in the heart of the mountain range. These living landscapes are better than spectacular.

Later we arrive Nakhal and Visit Nakhal Fort, perched on a two hundred feet high hillock which offers a commanding and spectacular view of the entire oasis surrounding it. This famous pre-Islamic fortress used to be the stronghold of the well-known Bani Kharous tribe during the medieval times and offers the visitor the unique opportunity to step back into time and appreciate life as it was in those times. Later, stop at Nakhl springs, a tranquil and picturesque spot. Experience and enjoy the magnificent scenery by the springs. The charming surroundings around the warm springs are framed by the majestic Jebels (Mountains) and a dense green oasis.

Late in the afternoon, we then drive to Muscat

Arrive in Muscat and Check-in at hotel.

Overnight in Hilton Garden Inn (B)

DAY 7,

DEPARTURE TRANSFER

MEAL – B, X, X

Breakfast at Hotel

Check out from Hotel (Standard check out time by or before 1200 Hrs).

Departure Transfer to Muscat International Airport to board your flight back home.

END OF TOUR/ SERVICE

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50% payment upon the confirmation.

50% payment 15 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

If cancelled 21 days prior to the arrival, no cancellation charges apply.

If cancelled less than 21 days 100% of the total invoice will be applied as cancellation charge.