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Essential Oman
   
Holiday Length: 4 days/3 nights
Departs: Daily
Start/End City: Muscat
Type of Holiday
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  For people with a short amount of time this  4 day tour allows you to begin unearthing the secret wonders and highlights of Oman : Nizwa, Muscat, the Desert & beaches.



ITINERARY
 
                                   
 
Day 1 Muscat – Jabrin – Nizwa
 

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 highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting and beautifully executed wood carvings. Our next stop takes us to Wadi Nakher located in the depth of Oman's deepest canyon. While heading for Jebel Shams stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul. In the Jebel Akhdar range Jebel Shams the highest peak offers a spectacular view. Visit Misfah, a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings still in existence. Dinner & overnight (B,D)

   
Day 2 Nizwa – Wahiba Sands 
 

Visit the Nizwa Round tower Fort famous for its large collection of traditional silver jewellery and the Nizwa Souk. Then drive to the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz. Enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations.

Proceed to Wadi Al Madeen.   From here a 36 km stretch of winding road takes one to Jebel Al Akhdar (2000 Mts above sea level) the green jewel of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges, a truly unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains. Al Jebel Al Akhdar is famed for its fruit orchards typically laid out terrace style along the slopes of mountains, which are endowed with natural springs and aflaj. The villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib (the village of the old houses) & Al Ain dot the landscape.

Continue for the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 metres which are host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer's delight. Dinner and overnight stay in Bedouin tents. (B,D)

 

Day 3 Wahiba Sands – Ras Al Had 
 

After breakfast at the camp, enjoy a spot of dune driving in the Wahiba Sands, Take a turn off the main road to the scenic Wadi Bani Khalid with its deep blue pools of water fringed by the date palms which is an ideal spot to relax or enjoy a refreshing swim. Proceed to Ras Al Hadd and check into the hotel.

At night you will be guided down to the beach of Ras Al Jinz for an unforgettable evening. See giant sea turtles make their way slowly up the beach to within meters of where they were hatched, up to 50 years before, to continue the legacy they have inherited. The beach is one of the largest turtle reserves in the world. (B)

   
Day 4 Ras Al Had – Sur - Muscat 
 

Breakfast departure towards Muscat. The drive to Muscat is definitely a postcard moment so don't forget to have your camera handy. Sitting in the back of your air conditioned vehicle you will have time to take in all that you see as you pass through a number of small towns on the way to Muscat. Most of the towns along the route make their livelihood from fishing and allow for picturesque settings of small fishing villages perched on the land that rises out of the ocean. Arrive in Sur, a large town with an ancient harbour that still houses some of the original Dhows that are still used today to catch the pride of the Omani oceans and Tiwi being a small fishing village.

Continue to the beautiful Fins beach for a swim. The next stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom.

Proceed to Wadi Arbayeen with its refreshing deep pools of water set among the date palms. Arrive in Muscat late this afternoon. (B)

   

INCLUSIONS

 

 

 

 

  • Accommodation in Tourist Class hotels (Nizwa and Ras Al Had) and desert camp with private facilities
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Private A/C transportation (4WD)
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • Sightseeing
  • Entrance fees
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