A Week in Oman

A Week in Oman

Start: Muscat Finish: Muscat

Visiting: Muscat , Omani Women Association جمعية المرأة العمانية , Bait Al Zubair Museum , Sultan's Armed Forces Museum , Mutrah Souq , Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque , Bimmah Sinkhole , Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve , Wadi Bani Khalid , Nizwa , Jabrin , Bahla Fort , Jebel Shams , Misfat al Abriyyin , Tanuf , Nizwa Fort , Nizwa Souq , Bald Sayt , Nakhal Fort, Oman

Duration: 6 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: AXV

Trip Styles: Active , Adventure

Activities: 4WD , Sightseeing

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 15

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English

Interests: Beaches , Cultural , History


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Tour Overview

Oman, the most beautiful of the Gulf States boasts a rich culture and ancient heritage waiting to be discovered during this one week cultural adventure. Starting off in the capital of Muscat, here we gaze in awe at the Grand Mosque, wander through the colourful Mutrah Souq and see the Omani capital and coastline through seafarers eyes on a traditional dhow cruise. No visit to Oman is complete without exploring their magnificent landscapes on offer; camp and 4WD in the dunes of the Wahiba Sands; marvel at stunning views over the 'Grand Canyon of Arabia' from Jebel Shams, Oman's highest mountain; wade in the cooling, turquoise waters of some of the land's most idyllic desert oasis' and uncover the historic forts before witnessing the weekly live auction cattle market in Nizwa, an event not to be missed!

Highlights

  • iconSee Muscat's Grand Mosque and colourful Mutrah Souq
  • iconEnjoy spectacular views from Jebel Shams over the Grand Canyon of Arabia
  • iconWitness the unmissable weekly live auction cattle market in Nizwa
  • iconVisit a Bedouin family and enjoy Kahwa (Omani local coffee)
  • iconTake a cruise on a traditional Dhow boat
  • iconSwim in the turquoise, cool waters of Wadi Bani Khalid
  • iconCamp and 4WD in the dunes at Wahiba Sands
  • iconDiscover Nizwa's 17th Century fort 
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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Muscat; afternoon Dhow cruise and visit Mutrah Souq

Location: Muscat, Omani Women Association جمعية المرأة العمانية, Bait Al Zubair Museum, Sultan's Armed Forces Museum, Mutrah Souq

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramee Guestline Hotel or similar

Meals Included: No Meals

Land only clients should arrive into Muscat and at the start hotel before
midday in order to ensure you are able to join the main group briefing and
the dhow cruise later in the afternoon.

Later in the afternoon after the main group briefing, we will be picked up
from our hotel and travel through the old part of Muscat to visit the Siban
Women's association where there is the opportunity to interact with the local
woman and enjoy a coffee together. Next, we pay a short visit to the Bait Al
Zubair Museum before having a photo stop outside the gates of the Sultan's
palace. After a short transfer to the marina, we'll embark on a relaxed dhow
cruise (traditional fisherman's boat) to see the Muscat coast through the
eyes of ancient seafarers who plied this route for centuries. During the
cruise, soft drinks, tea, coffee and dates will be served on board.

In the evening, we stop at a local restaurant for dinner and will be
transported back through the centuries on a visit to the bustling, colourful
Mutrah Souq. Here there will be lots of photo opportunities and chance to
observe the local way of life whilst wandering around this vibrant
traditional Arab market.


icon Day 2 : Visit Muscat's Grand Mosque; onto Sur via beautiful Wadi Shab. Evening visit to Turtle reserve

Location: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Bimmah Sinkhole, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sur Plaza or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel, we check out and visit the Grand Mosque, the
highlight of the Omani capital.

Completed in 2001, the Grand Mosque is a beautiful building which looks
modern but shows that modern craftsmen have retained the skills necessary to
create this wonderful traditional environment. The handmade carpets, the
chandeliers, the ceiling of the great dome in the main prayer room are
absolute 'must-sees'.  Kindly note, ladies should be fully covered and
please carry a headscarf and men should wear trousers.

We then drive (approx.1.5 hours) to the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular
limestone crater with blue-green water at the bottom, and Wadi Tiwi where we
enjoy a walk and picnic lunch before transferring (approx. 1 hour) to our
hotel in Sur, where we will be spending the night.

This evening after an early dinner, we’ll drive (approx. 1 hour) to Ras Al
Jinz Turtle Reserve. Oman is a vital area for Green turtles in the Indian
Ocean and the Green Back turtle are heavily protected by the government of
Oman. In fact, over 275 of the Sultanate's beaches double-up as nesting
grounds for five of the seven recognized species of sea turtles, the most
common being the Green Back turtle.

Here we are led to the beach by an ecologist to see the female turtles
return to their beach to lay eggs. (Please note that the main nesting season
is June-August, at other times of the year, there may or not be turtles every
night but a visit to the reserve is still worthwhile).


icon Day 3 : Drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, swim in the turquoise pools and enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue to Wahiba Sands and explore the spectacular dunes. Overnight in desert camp

Location: Wadi Bani Khalid

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: 1000 Nights Camp / Arabian Oryx or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning after breakfast, we first transfer (approx. 1 hour and 45 min)
to the desert oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid to relax a bit and enjoy a swim in
the beautiful turquoise pools and a picnic lunch before continuing (approx.
1-1.5 hours) to the Wahiba Desert.  

Here, on the edge of the desert, we change vehicles from the minibus to 4WDs
to begin our desert experience.

The Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and
dunes rising up to 200 meters are also host to a variety of flora and fauna.
The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. We
further drive towards the dunes and our desert camp (approx. 1 hour) to
check-in for the evening.

During our time at the camp, there is the chance to take a camel ride
(optional- extra cost).


icon Day 4 : Morning visit to a Bedouin family and enjoy Omani coffee; visit Birkat al Mouz and walk through its oasis and date plantations; onto Nizwa

Location: Nizwa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Al Diyar Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast at camp before checking out and driving towards the ancient city of
Nizwa, Oman's former capital. En-route we visit a Bedouin family, and enjoy
Kahwa (local Omani Coffee) and spend some time with them learning about their
customs and traditional way of life.

We’ll continue our drive via Birkat al Mouz, one of the region's most
well-known village ruin. We’ll walk through its oasis and date plantations
before continuing to Nizwa. With the 2 sets of ruins, a large banana
plantation and the scenic surroundings, the site is also home to the old
Falaj irrigation system listed as UNESCO World heritage.

Upon arrival in Nizwa, we check into our hotel where we will spend the next
two nights.


icon Day 5 : Transfer to Jabrin, one of Oman's finest castles; stop at historic Bahla Fort; enjoy a walk and picnic lunch in Wadi Nakher. Visit Jebel Shams for amazing views

Location: Jabrin, Bahla Fort, Jebel Shams, Misfat al Abriyyin, Tanuf, Nizwa

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Al Diyar Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast at the hotel, we take a short drive (approx. 30 minutes) to
visit Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles built in the late 17th century,
which became a seat of Omani learning. The castle displays the highest
achievement in Omani ceiling painting & beautifully executed woodcarvings.

We also pause at the Bahla Fort for a photo, the only UNESCO listed fort in
the country and lovingly restored over many years before transferring
(approx.1.5 hours) to Wadi Nakher. Here we enjoy a picnic lunch
before proceeding to Jebel Shams, Oman's highest mountain and where we can
enjoy spectacular views of the 'Grand Canyon of Arabia.'

Later in the afternoon, we visit (transfer approx. 45 minutes) to the village
of Misfat Al Arbayeen, passing the ruins of an old fort on the way. We
continue through narrow alleys between old stone houses and take a short
walk in the Tanoof old abandoned village before returning back (approx. 30
minutes) to Nizwa for the evening.


icon Day 6 : See Nizwa's famous cattle auction market, fort and Souq; continue to Nakhal fort and hot spring; back to Muscat for final evening

Location: Nizwa, Nizwa Fort, Nizwa Souq, Wadi Bani Khalid, Bald Sayt, Nakhal Fort, Oman, Muscat

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ramee Guestline Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is a longer day and we start our morning with a visit Nizwa's famous
live cattle auction market, the one day of the week where this ancient city
truly comes alive which sees farmers and traders arrive from near and afar to
barter and trade in one of the Middle East's most renowned markets.

We’ll visit the impressive Nizwa Fort, built in the 17th century to
defend the city’s natural wealth and its strategic location. Later we visit
Nizwa's renowned Souq,  famous for intricately hand-carved “Khanjars”
(daggers) & ornamental silver jewelry and live-stock trading.

Departing Nizwa, we continue to Wadi Bani Auf; this stretch of graded road
is very adventurous as it involves steep bends and bumpy roads. When there is
wet weather conditions, it may not be possible to drive this section of
graded road due to safety. If this occurs, an alternative stretch of road
will be driven.

Then stop at the charming mountain village of Bilad Sayt where one is
awestruck by the beauty of the landscape. 

This afternoon we stop for a photo stop at the Nakhal Fort and hot spring.
The exact date in which this ancient fort was built is unknown, but many
believe that it was built in pre-Islamic times, more than 1500 years ago. 

We then transfer back to Muscat for our final evening in Oman's capital city.


icon Day 7 : End Muscat

Location: Muscat

Meals Included: Breakfast

For land only clients the tour ends this morning after breakfast.

What's Included

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    Arrival & departure transfers for group flights

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    All transport and listed activities 

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    All accommodation 

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    All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners included

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    Tour leader throughout

What's Not Included

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Travel insurance

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Optional Camel ride at camp

Food

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners are included. Omani cuisine is influenced by Arab, Persian, Indian, Asian, Eastern Mediterranean, and African cuisine. Rice is a staple dish and often includes a variety of flavours and ingredients and meat such as chicken, fish and lamb feature prominently. Dishes are full of rich mixtures of spices, herbs and marinades. Dates are much loved and are an essential part of the Omani diet. Curry, soups, fresh salads, and vegetable dishes are all very common. Coffee is the national beverage but tea is also drunk. Yoghurt drinks and softs drinks are also popular. Alcohol is not readily available but can be purchased in some hotels and likely to be quite expensive.  During the tour, you will have the opportunity to taste and experience a variety of dishes and eat in local eateries and restaurants. Included lunches will be picnic lunches and other meals will be eaten in local cafes/eateries. The night spent at the desert camp will also include a BBQ with traditional dishes. Non-Muslims are permitted to bring in two litres of alcohol by air only. Alcohol may be purchased at Muscat airport after having cleared immigration. Care must be taken not to cause offence through the use of alcohol and should not be consumed in public places apart from licensed premises, such as hotels & restaurants. It is generally not a problem to bring your own alcohol into hotels but please always ask the hotel first out of courtesy. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Check out our Q&As

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for Oman. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Yes.

What is the maximum group size?

15

Do you require a visa for this holiday?

Visas are required by all non-Arab nationalities. British nationals need a visa to enter Oman. You should apply for an e-visa before you travel. Applications can be made through the Royal Oman Police Portal.

    Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Visas are required by all non-Arab nationalities. British nationals need a visa to enter Oman. You should apply for an e-visa before you travel. Applications can be made through the Royal Oman Police Portal. If you’re travelling as a tourist, you can apply for an unsponsored visa. E-visa applications are usually approved within 1-3 working days but we suggest applying 1-2 weeks before your t

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 16 years and above passenger can go on this tour.

    Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews

Fantastic Oman holiday
This holiday was a fantastic mix of ancient sites (castles, forts, ruined mud brick villages) and natural wonders - The Grand Canyon of Arabia (Jebel Shams), the endless sand dunes ....more This holiday was a fantastic mix of ancient sites (castles, forts, ruined mud brick villages) and natural wonders - The Grand Canyon of Arabia (Jebel Shams), the endless sand dunes of Wahiba Sands, swimming in wadis etc.

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