4 Days 3 Nights Tour - Mountain & Desert

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4 Days 3 Nights Tour - Mountain & Desert

 

DAY 01: HALF DAY MUSCAT CITY TOUR

Whether you are arriving at Muscat International Airport or staying in a nearby hotel, our guide will be able to meet and collect you for a half day tour of Muscat. The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. You will then visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, home to a unique collection of Omani art, artefacts and historical photographs. Afterwards, you will stop for photo opportunities at His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ residence, Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Please note that it is not possible to enter the residence. Our final stop will be the Muttrah Souq, a traditional style market where you can bargain with local vendors for souvenirs, spices, silk scarves, handicrafts and silver items.

DAY 02: MUSCAT-NIZWA-JEBEL SHAMS

The day starts with an 8.00am departure from your hotel. The first stop is the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar where you will enjoy a walk through its oasis and dense date plantations. Then we will depart for Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles built in the late 17th century which became a seat of Omani learning. The castle displays the finest examples of Omani ceiling painting and beautifully executed woodcarvings. We will visit the picturesque mountain village of Misfah where traditional stone dwellings are still in existence. While heading for Jebel Shams, the highest peak in Oman and offering a spectacular view of its surroundings, we will stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul and Wadi Nakher, located inside our deepest canyon.

Our final stop before entering the mountain is Nizwa, the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman, where we will visit Nizwa Souq, a market renowned for its intricately hand-carved ‘Khanjars’(ceremonial daggers) and ornamental silver jewellery.

We will stay overnight at Jebel Shams High Resort.

DAY 03: JABEL SHAMS-WADI BANI KHALID-WAHIBA DESERT

After breakfast, we will depart Nizwa for the Wahiba Sands at 8.00am. The Wahiba Sands is a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 metres which are home to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight, and while there we will visit a traditional Bedouin house in this wilderness. In stark contrast to the desert is Wadi Bani Khalid, a valley comprising several small picturesque villages embedded in the mountains. The Wadi has clear deep blue water where you can stop to relax, cool off, swim or paddle.

Our journey will continue into the desert where our experienced drivers will guide you through the sand dunes to give you a thrill of ‘dune bashing’. After having enjoyed the roller coaster ride over the lovely dunes you will have the chance to meet the Bedouin family and find out more about their lives in the desert. We will then bid goodbye to the desert and drive to reach the campsite. Dinner will be a buffet at Desert Wahiba Sands camp and an overnight stay.

DAY 04: WAHIBA DESERT-SUR DHOW FACTORY-BIBI MIRYAM TOMB-WADI ARBAIYEEN-MUSCAT

After breakfast, we will leave the desert at 8.00am and depart for Sur, a small coastal city renowned for its Dhow shipbuilding and fishing. The road leads through scenic countryside and rugged mountains to the small fishing towns. On the coastal road, you will be able to stop at the Bibi Miryam Mausoleum in Qalhat. Later you will visit Wadi Tiwi, an oasis well known for its lemon and date plantations, and then proceed to Fins beach to relax and have lunch. From there, we will visit the picturesque Wadi Arbayeen with its deep pools of water set among the date palms. We then proceed to the Bimmah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with clear blue-green water at the bottom. On clear sunny days, it is possible to see sharks in the deep blue waters or fleet-footed Gazelles sprinting across the landscape.

 

 

INCLUSIONS:

 

  • One Night Accommodation at Muscat
  • One Night Accommodation ar Jebel Shams Resort
  • One Night Accommodation at Arabian Oryx Camp
  • Omani English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Water / Soft Drinks / Omani Karak
  • First Aid Kit
  • All Entrance