Arrival in Muscat. You will be met on arrival by our representative and transferred to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel in Muscat.
Morning, you will be met at the hotel by our representative for a half day City Tour. The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East.
Visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, exhibiting the wealth of Oman’s history and thus imparting knowledge about the country’s rich culture and traditions to the visitor. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once walled district of Muscat. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Later, you will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you can bargain for handicrafts and silver items. Overnight at the hotel in Muscat.
Dress code for Ladies to enter Grand Mosque is - Full sleeves shirt, with head fully covered with scarf. And for Men shorts are not allowed.
Grand Mosque Opening timings: Saturday - Thursday from 08:00 - 11:00
Bait Al Zubair Opening timings: Saturday - Thursday from 09:00 - 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
Today you will visit the historic town of Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital. You will proceed to Jabrin castle built in 17th century and is one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceiling makes this castle amazingly different.
Thereafter continue to Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman which in the 12th century was the capital for the tribe living in the region. Bahla is also famous for its pottery.
Overnight at the hotel in Nizwa.
Morning we will drive to Jabal Akdhar. In Arabic, Jabal Akdhar means green mountains. Jabal Akdhar is famous for gardens, farms and terrace plantations. Then visit Wadi Habib to see one of the remote villages and fruit plantations.
Also visit one of the private terrace rose plantations (April- May is the season). Back to Nizwa. Overnight at the hotel in Nizwa. /p>
Your first destination today is Wadi Bani Khalid, an oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip. The afternoon is reserved for your desert experience. You drive into the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand.
The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. After some exciting sand dune driving which offers excellent thrills and chills for all, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Maybe, you may even feel like going on a short camel ride (own cost), before checking into the Camp.
Overnight at the Camp in Wahiba.
Today you will drive to the coastal town of Sur, which in the past was renowned for its dhow shipyard in former times. Unfortunately, the operation at the yard has completely been shut down. Now check-in at the hotel. After an early dinner you will visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where at night the Green Turtles, after a journey of thousands of kilometers will come ashore to lay their eggs.
You then return to hotel for the overnight in Sur.
Turtle-hatching season in Oman
Annually, lots of turtles migrate to the beaches of the Arab Peninsula to lay their eggs. In Oman, the peak time for the turtles’ migration is between April and August of every year. (rest of the year it could be seen by chance.)
Drive along the coast to Muscat. You will visit Wadi Tiwi, an oasis well known for its lemon and date plantations and then proceed to the Bibi Miriam Mausoleum in Qalhat. The road leads through scenic countryside and rugged mountains to the small fishing town of Quriyat. We will drive further to Wadi Shab, En route you see lush green villages surrounded with dates, lemon & mango plantations. You will have a photo stop at each place.
You finally reach Wadi Shab - an oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip. On the coastal road you will stop at the limestone Sinkhole in Bimah and then continue to Fins. Your guide will drop you to your hotel in Muscat for a beach leisure stay.