A Journey Through Arabia
The tour starts with pickup at 8.00am. From there, we will head to the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated in the foothills of Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain.
While in the village, you will be able to enjoy a walk through the nearby oasis and dense date plantations. We will then depart for Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles and built in the late 17th century. The castle became a seat of Omani learning and displays the greatest examples of Omani ceiling painting and beautifully executed woodcarvings. The next stop is Misfah, a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings still in existence, and then on to the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul. Our next stop takes us to Wadi Nakher located inside Oman’s deepest canyon.
As we enter the Jebel Akhdar, we will arrive at Jebel Shams, Oman’s highest peak which offers a spectacular view, and then down the mountain to the city of Nizwa, the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Nizwa Souq is renowned for its intricately hand-carved ‘Khanjars’ (ceremonial daggers) and ornamental silver jewellery. You will enjoy an overnight stay at the Falaj Daris Hotel in Nizwa.
Please be advised that visitors should carry their own picnic lunch.
The second day begins with an early breakfast before departing at 8.00am. On the way to Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes which rise up to 200 metres, and home to a variety of flora and fauna, we will visit a traditional Bedouin home and experience the ever-changing patterns of the dunes, which are a photographer’s delight. Lunch is not provided but we will stop at the Al Sharqiyah Sands hotel where food can be purchased.
This wilderness is contrasted by the lushness of Wadi Bani Khalid with a series of small picturesque villages embedded in the mountains. From there, we will head to Sur in time for dinner and an overnight stay at Sur Plaza Hotel.
Breakfast will be available in the hotel, and we will depart at 8.00am before visiting the fishing jetty and Dhow factory in Sur. The next stop will be the Sineslah Fort and the ruins of Bibi Miryam’s Tomb in the village of Qalhat along the coastal road to Muscat. We will stop at the village of Fins beach for a swim before heading to our next stop at the Bimmah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom.
On clear sunny days while driving along the coast it is possible to see sharks in the deep blue water and fleet footed Gazelle sprinting across the landscape.
Our next destination is Wadi Arbayeen which has refreshing deep pools of water set among the date palms. We will visit the mango plantations at Hail Al Ghaf before returning to Muscat.
Visitors should carry own picnic lunch.
Tour cost includes
Important notes for the package
We depart from Muscat and proceed to visit the Nizwa Round Tower Fort and Nizwa Souk. From there, we will drive to the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz and enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations.
The next stop is Wadi Al Madeen, and from here a 36km stretch of winding road takes us to Jebel Akhdar, 2000 metres above sea level. The ‘Green Mountain’ is the jewel of the Al Hajar mountain range and a truly unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula. Here, we can enjoy the cooler climate and see for miles across the horizon.
Jebel Akhdar is famed for its fruit orchards in a terrace style along the slopes of mountains which are endowed with natural springs and traditional Aflaj irrigation systems. The villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib (the village of the old houses) and Al Ain dot the landscape and overlook a spectacular landscape of dramatic peaks, gorges and wadis. The roses of Jebel Akhdar fill the air with a fresh fragrance when in full bloom during March and April. Rose water from the area is distilled in the homes of the villagers and exported across the region. It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
You will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at the Jebel Akhdar Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will carry on towards the Wahiba Sands - home to the traditional Bedouin tribes who are known for their hospitality and knowledge of the Sands. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight.
In stark contrast to the desert is our next stop, Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises small pretty villages embedded in the mountains and features clear – and deep – blue water where you can enjoy a swim, paddle or just cool off next to the water. Dinner and an overnight stay will be at the Oryx Desert Camp.
After breakfast, we will experience the thrills of dune driving in the sand dunes before departing for Sur. Following a stop at Fins beach for a swim, we will head to the Bimmah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. On clear sunny days while driving along the coast it is possible to see sharks in the deep blue water or fleet footed Gazelle sprinting across the desert landscape.
We will then proceed to Wadi Arbayeen which has refreshing deep pools of water set among the date palms before returning to Muscat.
Tour cost includes
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, 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.
After breakfast, we will depart Nizwa for Wahiba Sands at 8.00am. 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 life 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.
After breakfast, we will leave the desert at 8.00am and depart for Sur, a small coastal city renowned for its Dhow ship building 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.
DAY 05: DEPARTURE TRANSFER
If you have flights booked, we can arrange transfers to Muscat International Airport.