Oman Desert Adventure: Wahiba Sands & Empty Quarter - Map & Itinerary

Tour starts in Muscat

Day 1

On arrival into Muscat we will visit the magnificent mosque of Sultan Qaboos, before heading into the city itself.

Muscat – Al Hamra

Day 2

This morning we will head out of the city in 4WDs, heading towards the Hajar Mountains, following the Batinah coast through the foothills to the picturesque setting of Wadi Bani Awf.

Drive to Nizwa via Jabrin

Day 3

Drive down to the oasis city of Nizwa. Once the capital of the powerful Omani Imamate, Nizwa's imposing 17th century fort and bustling souk provide a wealth of scenic and cultural diversions.

Drive to Wahiba Sands

Day 4

This morning our desert journey takes us on towards the vast, open landscapes of the Wahiba Sands, over 10,000 square kilometres of shifting sands and towering dunes that are home to isolated settlements of semi-nomadic Bedouin.

Drive across Wahiba Sands to Khaluf

Day 5

This morning we will drive out across the shifting sands of Wahiba towards the coast, and the pink shell beaches and white dunes of Khaluf on Oman’s eastern coast.

Drive to Ras al Madrakah

Day 6

Today provides an ideal opportunity to make the most of Oman’s rugged coastline. A drive from Khaluf to Ras al Madrakah provides an ample array of viewpoints and photo opportunities, as we pass through a picturesque collection of fishing villages.

Drive into the Empty Quarter

Day 7

This morning we head towards the vast emptiness of the Rub al Khali, 250,000 square miles of waterless desert that covers much of the southern half of the Arabian Peninsula.

Empty Quarter

Day 8

Today we will continue on through the hypnotic landscape and head further south, heading towards Al Hashman.

Drive to Salalah

Day 9

The journey on to the coastal city of Salalah today takes us from the desert to the Indian Ocean by way of the barren landscapes of the Qara Mountains. A fascinating journey, it takes in the Jabal Al Qamar (Moon Mountain) and the homelands of the Bait Kat

In Salalah

Day 10

This morning we will have a guided tour of the city and the local area before returning for lunch and an afternoon to either relax on the beach or head back into town to spend more time in the souks.

Tour ends in Salalah

Day 11

The tour ends after breakfast today.