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Country: Oman
City: Muscat
Duration: 12 Day(s) - 11 Night(s)
Tour Category: Family Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Muscat

 

Arrival BY WY 142 at 19.35pm in Muscat International Airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

 

Overnight stay in Muscat

 

Day 2 –  Muscat city tour

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Undertake Half a day Muscat City Tour. The tour includes a visit to the Grand Mosque where you can see the second largest handmade carpet in the world. Later, we visit the modern Muscat as well as parts of old Muscat. Visit of Bait Zubair museum or New Muscat Museum; a private museum with a rare historic collection or the New National Museum. Stops at Al-Alam palace, 16th century built Mirani and Jalali forts and the famous Muttrah Souq.

 

Overnight stay in Muscat

 

Day 3 - Muscat – Qyrayat – Tiwi – Sur – Ras Al Jinz

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the countryside tour. Proceed to Sur via the scenic and rugged coastal route. This route offers breathtaking glimpses of the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman offset by pristine white beaches. After we pass the fisherman village of Quriyat, we will stop at the Bima Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. The next stop is at Fins Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Oman. Then we drive ahead to Wadi Tiwi. The road to Tiwi winds between traditional houses. The sight is remarkable with its lush green palm tree plantations with water flowing all the year. Continue to Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve and check in. After the dinner, join a tour to see the famous Green turtles nestling on the beach.

 

Overnight stay in Ras Al Hadd or Ras Al Jinz

 

Day 4 – Ras Al Jinz -Wahiba Sands

 

After breakfast, start todays tour by visiting a Dhow building factory in Sur. Thereafter continue to Wadi Bani Khalid – a beautiful oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. Swimming the most beautiful Wadi is one of the interesting activities. Later, we move to Wahiba Sands. A breathtaking tour through the sand dunes, where we also have the chance to visit Bedouin families and have a coffee with them. Evening a dune bashing tour and enjoy the sunset. Dinner and overnight stay at one of the traditional desert camps, where guests can also book optional activities like camel riding.

 

Overnight stay in Wahiba Sands

 

Day 5  - Wahiba Sands – Jabal Al Akhdar - Nizwa

 

Breakfast at the camp and adventures drive out of the sand dunes. Then we move from the Al Sharqiah Region (East Region ) to the Al Dakhlyah Region, the interior part of the country. We continue to visit the “Green Mountain”, Jabal Al Akhdar, where you can see the growing of different kinds of fruits and trees. Jebel Al Akhdar is also the home of the famous Omani rose water. Later proceed back to Nizwa.

 

Overnight stay in Nizwa

 

Day 6 – Nizwa – Al Hamra – Jabal Shams

 

After breakfast, we visit Friday Cattle Market and lively Souq in Nizwa (a local Market place) where you can find potteries, silver & gold jewelries etc.  After the Souq, we will visit Nizwa Fort, which is one of the most beautiful Forts in Oman. Thereafter, continue to Al Hamra & Misfat Al Arbyeen which is famous for the unique way of growing and planting trees on the dried mountains. Later, continue to Jabal Shams see the life style on the mountain that is more than 3000 meters above the sea level.

 

Overnight stay in Jabal Shams

 

Day 7 – Jabal Shams – Bahla – Jabreen – Jabal Shams

 

After breakfast, start Guided Trekking tour (approximately 3 hours) in Jabal Shams and back to resort. Continue to Bahla Fort & Jabreen Castle. Thereafter, proceed back to Jabal Shams resort.

 

Overnight stay in Jabal Shams 

 

Day 8 – Jabal Shams – Wadi Bani Awf - Nakhal - Muscat

 

Breakfast at the hotel, continue to Muscat vi Wadi Bani Auf. Wadi Bani Auf, a beautiful wadi with plenty of spots for great pictures. Visit the village of Bilad Sayt, a mountain village set on a stunning point of view. We proceed to Nakhal and visit Nakhal Fort and Al Thowara Springs. Continue to Muscat.

 

Overnight stay in Muscat.

 

Day 9 –  Muscat - Salalah

 

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport for the flight to Salalah. Upon arrival, undertake city tour in Salalah covering Al Baleed Museum, Plantations, Traditional Souq, Sultan Qaboos Mosque outside visit and a visit to Al Baleed Archeological park

 

Overnight stay in Salalah

 

Day 10 – Salalah – East & West Salalah

 

After breakfast, undertake full day tour to see east & west Salalah. Start 8:30am to drive towards east. On the way to Taqa, you will pass by the Royal Farm and Marmura Palace the village is known for Dried Sardines, traditional & old  Dhofari Houses. A very interesting castle can be seen here in this spot the former official residence of the Waliâ (Governor) of the region & obtain a glimpse into the rich history of the. To the East of Taqa lies the ruin of Sumhurum (Khor Rori), The city was the easternmost outpost of the Hadramawt Kingdom on the ancient incense route between the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and India. Khor Rori was an important port on the coast of Dhofar, and one of the major trading cities with frankincense, believed to have been the hub & harbour for the shipping of Frankincense. Post this we depart to take the way across the Qara mountains where the beauty of Dhofar mountains Manifested. Herds of Camels & Cattle are a common sight which gives a scenic view of a traditional Dhofari rural beauty. At Jobs tomb a reputed final resting place of the Islamic prophet, Experience the legendary story of Prophet Job and his devoutness. Unparalleled Vistas of the Al Garbib Plain can be seen. Continue towards Mughsayl where the white sand touches the deep blue of the ocean.

 

Overnight stay at in Salalah

 

Day 11 – Salalah – Rub Al Khali Desert Tour (Empty Quarter)

 

Breakfast at the hotel and full day tour to discover Rubal Khali Desert. Start the tour in the morning hours by 4×4 vehicle and drive towards the „Qara‟ mountain range with its spectacular view of the Salalah plains dotted with thick shrub & woodland. After having a small break in Thumrait town, which was famous as a Bedouin settlement, proceed west on graded road crossing the huge gravel desert of „ Al Nejd‟.

 

Visit the “Lost City of Ubar” (UNESCO World heritage site), 175km away from Salalah. This legendary ancient kingdom, known as Ubar, was said to have existed in one of the most inhospitable places on earth – a vast and forbidding Rub Al Khali desert, appropriately known as the Empty Quarter. According to myth, the desert swallowed up Ubar. Quite literally, it sank without trace -becoming the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands.” This once buried city, which was spotted by satellite, gives you a glimpse of the value of work carried out by a team of explorers in 1992, led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. After walking around the site proceed to the Empty Quarter to experience the “biggest sand desert in the World” by rambling on fascinating sand dunes. A breathtaking overview of the vast desert awaits you on the top of the dunes. On the way back to Salalah, drive into Wadi “Dawka” (UNESCO World heritage site) known as the “Frankincense Wadi”, which is also well-known as the biggest collection of the naturally grown Frankincense trees in the region. Experience the Frankincense and its use in the past as well as in the modern World. Continue to hotel

 

Overnight stay in Salalah

 

Day 12 – Salalah - Muscat - Departure

 

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport for the flight to Muscat to take the connecting flight back home.

 

End of the services.

 

Tour Includes:

  • Return airport transfers in Muscat & Salalah
  • Accommodation at the mentioned hotels or similar with one sharing one double room
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinner Desert Camp & Jabal Shams resort
  • Round tour by air conditioned vehicle with an English speaking tour guide
  • Return Air tickets to Salalah on Economy class
  • Lunch during desert tour in Salalah
  • Water and soft drinks on board during tours

 

Tour Excludes

  • International airtickets
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch & dinner unless mentioned above
  • Entry fees to any of the attractions in the programme
  • Early check in and late check out charges
  • Cost of optional activities
  • Expenditure of personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry etc.
  • Other optional tours & meals that are not mentioned in the program
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