Highlights of Oman
Get to know this Middle Eastern gem on a Highlights of Oman escorted tour. Your adventure begins in the capital, Muscat and travels through Ras al-Jinz, Wahiba Sands Desert, Al Hamra and Nizwá, Visit mosques, castles, fortresses, souks, stay in a desert camp, a turtle sanctuary, the mud house and the Grand Canyon of Oman, among other wonders.
Oman is one of the many jewels of this captivating region. Many fascinating moments await in this sultanate. Seafood lovers will love the delicious options throughout the trip. Take part in the fascinating cattle market in Nizwá. Witness the famous stone houses of Misfat Al Abriyeen and learn about Oman's ancient water supply system. Visit fascinating Bait Al Zubair Museum. See the 16th century Al-Mirani and Al-Jelani forts. Scenic coastal drives show off natural beauty. Picturesque views include Bimmah Sinkhole, the East Hajar mountains and spectacular desert sunsets. Unexpected beauty, rich culture, and delightful scenery provide a unique vacation leaving you with years of smiles and memories.
8 Days • fr. $2,337
Tour Highlights & Offers
- OVERNIGHT in the dramatic Wahiba Sands desert
- VISIT Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve
- CITY TOUR of Muscat
- TOUR the cattle market in Nizwá
- MARVEL in the canyon views of Jebel Shams
- ADMIRE sunset from a desert camp
- STROLL along Mud houses of Misfat al Abyreen
- EXPLORE Bimmah Sinkhole and Sur dhow shipyard
- VISIT Bait Al Zubair Museum
- SEE the Grand Mosque
- SHOP at the historic souk in Muttra
- EXPLORE Jabrin castle
- STOP at the historic fortress of Bahla
- LEARN about Falaj network, Oman's ancient water supply system
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Walking, private bus, 4x4 vehicle
- CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides
- AGE REQUIREMENT: 12+: All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
- All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
- All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
- 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ: Allow USD$210-$275 for meals not included
- Ramee Guestline Hotel in Muscat, Oman (3 nights)
- Hotel Sur Plaza in Ras al-Jinz (1 night)
- Desert Safari Camp in Wahiba Sands Desert (1 night)
- Nizwa Hotel Apartments in Nizwá (2 nights)
MUSCAT Location Information Description
Arrive at any time. Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travelers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.
Ramee Guestline Hotel
MUSCAT Location Information Description
Explore some of the highlights of the city including the Grand Mosque, the Bait Al Zubair Museum, and the historic souk in Muttrah, before heading to Old Muscat and view the 16th century Al-Mirani and Al-Jelani forts from outside.
Ramee Guestline Hotel
MUSCAT/RAS AL-JINZ Location Information Description
Ras al-Jinz, Oman
Leave Muscat behind and drive along the coast towards the picturesque Bimmah Sinkhole. Continue to Sur, renowned in the past for its dhow shipyards, before reaching Ras al-Jinz on the coast. After an early dinner, visit the turtle sanctuary, where green turtles come from thousands of kilometers away to lay eggs at night.
Hotel Sur Plaza
RAS AL-JINZ/WAHIBA SANDS Location Information Description
Wahiba Sands Desert, Oman
Drive towards Wādī Banī Khālid, a rocky oasis nestled in the East Hajar mountains filled with natural pools. Later, begin your desert adventure through the dunes towards the desert camp, just in time for a sunset, then enjoy a traditional dinner. At Wahabi Sands you will stay at a desert lodge with restaurant and cafe. You will overnight in comfortable tents with beds and private bathrooms, there is no A/C in the tents.
Desert Safari Camp
WAHIBA SANDS/NIZWA Location Information Description
Leaving the desert behind, we head towards Ibra and visit the impressive Jabrin castle. Continue towards Nizwá, stopping at the historic fortress of Bahla along the way.
Nizwa Hotel Apartments
NIZWA Location Information Description
Wake early to take part in the Nizwá cattle market. Watch locals buy and trade the best livestock, from goats to cattle directly from the herders.
Continue to the town of Al Hamra and visit the renowned stone houses of Misfat Al Abriyeen and learn about the Falaj network, Oman's ancient water supply system. Return to Nizwa via Jebel Shams and take in view of Wadi Nakhr known as the Grand Canyon of Oman.
Nizwa Hotel Apartments
NIZWA/MUSCAT Location Information Description
Drive through Wadi Bani Awf and take in the beauty of the steep mountain cliffs before reaching the end point ("Snake Point") of the gorge. Continue to Muscat for the evening.
Ramee Guestline Hotel
MUSCAT Location Information Description
Depart at any time.
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