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Classic Oman

Tailor Made Itinerary

8 Days From £2,925

Overview

One of Arabia’s undiscovered gems, Oman is a land of rugged coastlines and vast deserts where tradition and progress go hand in hand. Blessed with a dazzling array of natural and cultural highlights, the country that spawned the legends of Sinbad the Sailor is also home to shifting sands and towering mountains, colonial forts and the rich azure waters of the Arabian Sea. This wonderful adventure takes you from the heart of its picturesque capital, deep into the mountains, deserts and tribal ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the turtle nesting site at Raz Al Jinz
  • Camp in the depths of the remote desert of the Wahiba Sands
  • Discover the breathtaking landscapes of the Hajar Mountains
  • Explore the stunning 17th century forts of Nizwa and Jabrin
  • Walk and swim in the beautiful oasis of Wadi Bani Khaled
  • Visit picturesque Muscat, framed by the Hajar Mountains to the south and the Gulf of Oman to the north

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE MUSCAT

DAY 1: ARRIVE MUSCAT

Arriving in Muscat the journey to your hotel will take in the magnificent setting of the Grand Mosque, built to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the reign of Sultan Qaboos. Please be aware that to enter the Grand Mosque ladies should be fully covered, including a head scarf, and men are not allowed in wearing shorts. A guided tour of the capital this afternoon then provides an opportunity to visit the excellent Natural History Museum and the Al Alam Palace, before taking a wander around the Muttrah Souq.

Crowne Plaza Muscat Hotel

DAY 2: MUSCAT - RAS AL JINZ

DAY 2: MUSCAT - RAS AL JINZ

Turning south this morning, your journey takes you towards the turtle nesting grounds of Raz Al Jinz, passing by the Bimh Sink Hole and the popular setting of Finn Beach. A stop amongst the beautiful landscapes of Wadi Shab provides a chance for a walk through one of Oman's most spectacular wadis, before continuing on past the historic old port town of Sur. Arriving in Raz Al Jinz later this afternoon, there will be time to freshen up before heading out this evening to search for turtles.

Carapace Lodge
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: RAS AL JINZ - WAHIBA SANDS

DAY 3: RAS AL JINZ - WAHIBA SANDS

Following the coast back towards Sur this morning there will be an opportunity to take in this pretty port town and wander through the old dhow shipyards, before turning inland towards the picturesque setting of Wadi Bani Khaled, easily one of Oman's most beautiful wadis. After a chance for a walk and a swim, the journey then continues into the desert, towards the rolling dunes and shifting sands of Wahiba where, after a bit of dune-bashing, you'll settle down for a peaceful night under the desert sky.

1000 Nights Camp
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: WAHIBA SANDS - JEBEL AKHDAR

DAY 4: WAHIBA SANDS - JEBEL AKHDAR

The adventure turns west today, towards the Hajar Mountains and the limestone slopes of Jebel Akhdar (the Green Mountain). Stopping off at the town of Ibra en route, you'll have a chance to visit the local market, before spending the rest of the journey soaking up the rich natural and cultural diversity of village life. A fascinating insight into local Omani culture, the morning is filled with wonderful scenery, captivating villages, ancient labyrinthine water systems and orchards of walnuts, pomegranates and damask roses. Free afternoon.

Sahab Resort & Spa
Breakfast

DAY 5: JEBEL AKHDAR - NIZWA - JEBEL SHAMS

DAY 5: JEBEL AKHDAR - NIZWA - JEBEL SHAMS

The first stop of the day will be in the historic old city of Nizwa, home to an imposing 17th century fort and a bustling souk. You will also visit the impressive fort at Jabrin, possibly the finest of Oman's 17th century fortresses, whose exquisite painted wooden ceilings provide an eloquent testimony to the skills of the fort's original builders. Following a brief photo stop to take in the UNESCO World Heritage setting of Bahla Fort, you'll then head into the spectacular mountain landscapes of Jebel Shams.

The View
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: JEBEL SHAMS

DAY 6: JEBEL SHAMS

At over 3,000 metres, Jebel Shams (The Mountain of the Sun) is one of the highest points on the eastern Arabian Peninsula. Often called the 'Grand Canyon' of Oman, these mountains stretch in a 700 kilometre arc that is filled with hidden valleys and fertile oases. This morning you will take a walk along the rim of the canyon, enjoying the views out across Wadi Ghul, before driving down to the stunning hillside town of Misfah and continuing on to the atmospheric old village of Al Hamra. Return to your hotel for the evening.

The View
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7: JEBEL SHAMS - MUSCAT

DAY 7: JEBEL SHAMS - MUSCAT

The drive back to Muscat today takes you through Wadi Bani Awf and Bilad Sayt, an idyllic mountain village with a wealth of picturesque terraces. Enjoying one of the most scenic road trips in the country, the drive then takes you by way of the beautifully restored fort at Nakhal. The views from the roof are particularly impressive, whilst Nakhal's famous springs provide a wonderfully sheltered spot to take in the lush plantations and mountain peaks before continuing the journey back to the capital.

Crowne Plaza Muscat Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 8: DEPART MUSCAT

DAY 8: DEPART MUSCAT

Transfer to the airport for the return flight back home.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CLASSIC OMAN (8 DAYS) £2,925

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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Meet the expert, Dan

Dan is our Middle East expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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+44 (0)20 3944 6258

Omani food is often overlooked which is a shame as it's a sumptuous blend of South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. My favourite dish and bit of a national icon is the wonderfully fragrant Shuwa.

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