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Oman, Land of Contrasts

Accommodation

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Al Falaj HotelMuscat

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Nights2

Golden TulipNizwa

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Nights2

Intercity HotelSalalah

Tour Details

Enjoy a 7 days round tour including Oman’s most iconic attractions. Visit the northern Oman as well as the southern Oman in a comfortable way. This tour is an ideal choice for those who want to get a glimpse of this beautiful country during their visit.

Highlights

Following services are entitled to your holiday package

  • Muscat City tour including Grand Mosque, Opera House, Al Alam Palace, National Museum and Mutrah Souq
  • Jebel Akhdar mountains including trekking and traditional villages
  • Nizwa including Nizwa fort, Souq, Jebreen Castle and Bahla Fort
  • Salalah including the visits of Ubar, Rub AL Khali Desert, Job’s tomb, Mughsail beach and Frankincense trees
DAY 1 – Arrival – transfer to the hotel

Arrival in Muscat international Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Muscat. [No meals]

DAY 2 – Muscat city tour

Drive through the beautiful embassy quarter of Muscat en route to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Visit the grand mosque, a religious landmark of Muscat and splendor of unique Islamic architecture (Islamic dress code is compulsory). On your way back to the city center you will visit the Opera House, the Gulf′s famous concert hall, and drive to the old town thereafter. Visit the 16th -Century forts Jalali and Mirani. Stroll around the old city quarter and have a photo-stop at the Qasr Al Alam, the official Palace of HM The Sultan Qaboos. Visit the National Museum with its wealth of information and exhibits on the country’s culture, tradition and heritage. Muttrah souq is one of the most beautiful oriental markets in the Gulf States. Step into the fish market, stroll along the Corniche to admire the beautiful merchant houses and experience the shopping in the busy souk. The largest and oldest bazaar of Oman is traditionally divided into zones for selling a variegated array of shops with souvenirs, antiques, frankincense, gold, textiles, leather goods, jewelry, traditional sabers and many other goods. Overnight in Muscat. [B]

DAY 3 – Jebel Akhdar

Visit one of the most astonishing landscapes of northern Oman, Jebel Akdhar, the green Mountains. Explore the rural life of Oman and witness the beuty of Saiq plateau. We start the tour from Muscat driving to the Saiq plateau in Jebel Akdhar. Famous not only for its rose water, Jebel Akhdar boasts some of the largest terraced gardens in the country and is home to approximately one quarter of all flora in Oman including over 437 animal species! Visit several small traditional villages and terraced farms. Enjoy the stunning views of the valley and gardens below. Hike along the trail which is approximately 4km one way. Overnight stay at Nizwa.[B]

DAY 4 – Nizwa

Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman. The old part of the city can be recognized with its dominant stone castle and the towers of the mosque amidst the vast plantations of date palms. Visit the traditional souq and the Fort of Nizwa. Bahla is famous for its old adobe houses and pottery. The old Bahla Fort with its 12km (seven miles) wall is the oldest fort in Oman. The fort is believed to have been built in pre-Islamic times and is now declared as UNESCO world heritage site after the renovation. The Castle of Jabreen is situated within a short distance of Bahla. Three-storied castle of Jabreen, an impressive example of Islamic architecture with beautiful wooden inscriptions and paintings on the ceilings, is one of the most beautiful stone castles of Oman. Overnight in Nizwa.[B]

DAY 5 – Back to Muscat – flight to Salalah

Leave Nizwa in the morning and return to Muscat. Proceed to the airport to get the flight to Salalah. Arrival in Salalah and in the afternoon a short city tour in Salalah. Proceed to visit “The Museum of the Frankincense Land”. Drive through lush green plantations of vegetables & fruits. Make a brief stop to taste a fresh coconut water drink at fruit stalls (at own cost) lining the streets within the periphery of the old Salalah town (Haffah). Make a Photo stop at the impressive Sultan Qaboos Mosque. View the Official Palace of His Majesty the Sultan (Al Husn Palace) & stroll through the old Haffah souk, famous for the sale of high quality Frankincense & numerous other Dhofari traditional souvenirs. Check in to the hotel and overnight in Salalah.[B]

DAY 6 – Desert Safari

Start the tour in the morning hours by 4×4 vehicle and drive towards Ar Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter), Dhofars most remarkable and popular site with its untouched and magical sand dunes. Visit the ‘Lost City of Ubar’ (UNESCO World heritage site), 175km away from Salalah. This legendary ancient kingdom, known as Ubar, was said to have existed in one of the most inhospitable places on earth – a vast and forbidding Rub Al Khali desert, appropriately known as the Empty Quarter. According to myth, the desert swallowed up Ubar. Quite literally, it sank without trace -becoming the fabled “Atlantis of the Sands.” This once buried city, which was spotted by satellite, gives you a glimpse of the value of work carried out by a team of explorers in 1992, led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. After walking around the site proceed to the Empty Quarter to experience the “biggest sand desert in the World” by rambling on fascinating sand dunes. A breathtaking overview of the vast desert awaits you on the top of the dunes. Visit Wadi Dawka on the way back to Salalah, where the frankincense trees grow in their natural habitat. Drive back and overnight in Salalah.[B|L]

DAY 7 – Job’s tomb – Mughsail beach – Departure

Visit the ancient tomb of ‘Prophet Job’ situated in the scenic green mountains of the Salalah Plains. Experience the legendary story of Prophet Job and his devoutness. Proceed to the beach of Mughsail where the white sand touches the deep blue of the ocean & at high tide, where waves burst through the natural titanic ‘Blow Holes’, at the far end of the ‘Rocky beach’ with a cave-like entrance. We thereafter continue along the ‘Hair-pin-bend’ road towards western side of Oman to grasp some photogenic scenes. Drive back to Salalah.
Departure transfer to the Airport in the evening. [B|L]

Season: This tour has specific departure dates for public tours. Free booking available for private tours from September to December and from January to April.

Tour Specifications: Tours start generally at 8:00 am • B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner • This tour is customizable for private tours • Minimum group size of 6 • Maximum group size of 26 • Minimum age 6 years old • Tour guides in different languages are available for private tours • 4×4 Jeep tours on days 3,4,5 and 6

Accommodation:
Al Falaj Hotel ***, Muscat, 2 Nights
Golden Tulip ***, Nizwa, 2 Nights
Intercity Hotel ***, Salalah, 2 Nights

Included: 6 nights’ accommodation as per the program including Breakfast • Accommodation in double rooms/twin rooms with Bath/Shower & WC • Domestic return Air-ticket Muscat – Salalah in economy class • All Entrance fees • Air-conditioned vehicle • English speaking driver cum guide (separate guide for groups above 10 participants) • 3 bottles of water per day • Meals according to the tour program as mentioned above in the itinerary

Not Included: Gratuities • Extra transfers • Visa • International flights

Please Note: Please pay attention to the local customs of taking photographs • No photography/filming allowed at Museums. Your guide will advise you the particulars • Grand Mosque & Sultan Qaboos Mosque are only opened for visitors from Saturday to Thursday from 8:00 – 11:00 am • This tour involves walking over rough and inclined ground • Maximum number of Pax in a 4×4 vehicle should be 4, due to the safety regulations • The jeep safaris may not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy rides. Pregnant women and children under 6 may not participate

What To Bring: Sunscreen • Steady shoes
What To Wear: Please ensure you dress respectfully. Knees and shoulders should be covered at all times when you go out of the hotel to the public. • Guests should wear comfortable cloths and avoid jewelry or expensive watch and cell phones during the desert tour as there is no signal in the desert • Please pay attention to the specific dress code by Visiting Grand Mosque and Sultan Qaboos Mosque • Warm clothing is recommended for Jebel Akhdar due to its high altitude