Discover Oman
Discover Oman

Alternate dates - 05 May 2018 – 12 May 2018

Other Departures : Manchester £2689, Birmingham £2679, Glasgow £2669, Edinburgh £2779, Belfast city £27479, Bristol £2759, Norwich £2749, Southampton £2659, Newcastle £2649

Day 1: Muscat
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the
hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that
will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy
to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late,
please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin
information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your
You will be treated “to warm Omani Welcome” with coffee and dates after which your Leader
will provide you with a short orientation to point out the facilities and services around your
The rest of the day is free for you to make you own discoveries, or try one of the
recommended restaurants for a local dinner
Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
Muscat-Dolphin Watching Cruise (2 Hours) (8am-10am,10am-12pm) - USD50
Muscat - Sunset Cruise in Muscat Harbour (appx 2 hours including transfers) - USD50
Muscat- Snorkeling Trip (2 Hours) (12pm-2pm) - USD50
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Muscat
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Then proceed to
the Natural History Museum, which offers a brief introduction to Oman’s colorful past. Driving
down to the busy fishing harbour at Muttrah, with its quaint wooden dhows and fishing boats,
stop at the bazaar (souq) where you can mingle with the locals and browse the silver and
spice shops. Also see the two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani, which guard
the entrance to the city, before returning to your hotel. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Muscat - Natural History Museum
Optional Activities
Muscat - Sunset Cruise in Muscat Harbour (appx 2 hours including transfers) - USD50
Meals Included

Day 3: Ras al Jinz
Your adventure starts this morning. As we will be returning to the starting point hotel you may
want to consider storing some of your luggage at the hotel in Muscat and packing lighter for
your five day 4x4 Tour.
Drive through the spectacular rugged landscapes to Hawiyat Najim Park the location of the
Bimmah Sinkhole a picture-perfect sink hole formed due to limestone erosion. The turquoise
waters make an excellent stop to paddle the feet. We spend 30 minutes here before
continuing to Wadi Shab. Due to accessibility issues, we will only be stopping at Wadi Shab for
a photo stop and to enjoy a refreshing break, we will then continue to Wadi Tiwi
Wadi Tiwi is known as the wadi of nine villages, emerald pools and thick date plantations; we
drive to the viewpoint to enjoy incredible vistas of the wadi before taking an easy walk past
pools and palms and through the village.
We continue Ras al Jinz for the evening. Check into our hotel located on the beach and enjoy
some free time before an early dinner.
This evening we make the short journey to Ras All Jinz Turtle Reserve. The easternmost point
of the Arabian Peninsula, is an important turtle-nesting site for the endangered green turtle.
Over 20,000 females return annually to the beach where they hatched in order to lay eggs.
Our excursion this evening is conducted in conjunction with the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
and Research Centre by their experienced guides the area is under government protection
and the only way to see the turtles is to join this tour. Upon arrival at the centre we will be
advised if the activity will commence or not, this is a reserve and the turtles are not captive so
it is up to mother nature if there will be turtles for viewing or not. Most nights there are at least
one or two turtles with many more present between July and September. We don’t like to
disappoint but there is a small possibility that the tour will not commence in which case your
tour Leader will inform our office and an alternative activity will be arranged during your tour.
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Ras Al Jinz - Turtle Reserve
Hawiyat Najim Park - Bimmah Sinkhole
Wadi Tiwi Visit
Meals Included

Day 4: Wahiba Sands
Pack you swimmers and towel this morning. After breakfast, we make a stop in Sur, and
important city in Oman's maritime past before driving to the palm-lined Wadi Bani Khalid.
Follow a well-worn path into the heart of this rocky oasis and discover a big pool that offers
both visual and physical refreshment, particularly in the hotter months, enjoy some free time

here and perhaps some lunch in the local restaurant. For those who want adventure of the
more active type you can make the short 20 minute hike to Muqil cave, the path can be
slippery and your Tour Leader will let you know conditions at the time; we do not recommend
entering into the cave but the walk itself is very scenic and offers some more deserted pools.
After departing the Wadi we make a brief stop to deflate our tyres a little as we make our way
to Wahiba Sands, we check into our camp and make the exhilarating drive over the dunes to
watch a desert style sunset. In the evening, enjoy some traditional music over dinner, around
an open fire, under the stars.
Notes: Activities are arranged at the discretion of camp management, and some may not be
available during low occupancies and off-season periods.
Desert Camp (1 night)
Included Activities
Wadi Bani Khalid Excursion
Wahiba Sands – Desert Dune Sunset
Meals Included

Day 5: Nizwa
Head north to Ibra, which was one of the oldest cities in Oman, and once the centre of trade,
religion, education and art. Wednesday is Women’s Market in Ibra, we take a stroll through the
market which is predominantly operated by women, stalls offer fabrics, dresses, dressmaking
materials, henna, honey and much more. Continue to old Ibra and take a walk through the old
crumbling mud brick houses for a taste of historical life.
Then its over to Jabrin Castle, which is considered one of the finest and most picturesque
Castles in the whole country. Often referred to as Jabrin Fort, it is indeed a castle as it was
designed as a residence, with beautiful carved wooden doors and ornate lattice work.
Continue to Nizwa with a stop at Bahla viewpoint.
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Jabrin - Fort visit
Ibra-Old Village Walk
Meals Included

Day 6: Jebel Shams
Check out the Nizwa Fort and Souk this morning. Nizwa Fort was built over a span of 12 years
in the 17th century by Sultan bin Saif al Yaruba, the first imam of the Ya’aruba dynasty, the fort

boasts a 40m tall tower with stellar views of the date palm plantations.
Spend some free time in the souk before travelling to Misfat Al Abyreen a unique mountainous
village located 1,000 m above sea level on the mountain foothills. The village has amazing
agricultural terraces, beautiful alleys, and old houses built on top of solid rocks.
Enjoy a short trek into the village where you can see the famous falaj network (the old Omani
water distribution system. We continue to Al Hamra one of the oldest villages in Oman at the
foot of the Hajar Mountains we take a walk around the mud brick houses before continuing our
journey onwards and upward to Jebel Shams, stopping on the way for amazing views of the
Hajar Mountains and Omans highest point. Even on the hottest days, it's nice and cool up
here. On arrival, check into your hotel.
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Misfat Al Abyreen -Village Walk
Nizwa - Fort and Souk Visit
Al Hamra - Village Walk
Meals Included

Day 7: Muscat
After breakfast, check out Jebel Shams, the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman’, with a short soft trek
along what is referred to as the balcony walk which circumferences the “Grand Canyon of
Oman” then it’s back in the vehicles as we make our accent to Wadi Bani Awf, the end point of
the canyon and what is called the ‘snake gorge’ in the middle of the steep mountain cliffs.
This is a stunning part of Oman, with fantastic views of the surrounding scenery. The 36 km
scenic drive is over gravel road with twists and turns and offers off road adventure but at a
relaxed and soft pace.
Please note this drive through “snake gorge” is subject to weather conditions and if wet it may
not be possible in which case an alternative route will be taken.
Drive to the town of Nakhl, and see its fully restored fort on a rocky outcrop, before arriving in
Muscat for the night.
Today we spend a lot of time travelling off road and due to road conditions and weather timing
may change at short notice, this means that lunch may be a little later. We recommend
grabbing some snacks for the journey.
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Jebel Shams – Grand Canyon visit
Meals Included

Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with KLM
  • Airport taxes
  • 7 nights accommodation as per the itinerary