Explore Oman

A 11 day exploration of the countryside. On this exciting journey in Oman, discover diverse attractions while enjoying your holiday with local hospitality. Explore the best places to visit with this classical round tour in North and South Oman

Day 1. Muscat City – Batina Region

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 go past the Opera House, the Gulf′s only concert hall, and reach the old town. 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 Sultan Qaboos. Visit Bait Al Zubair 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. The small oasis Nakhal located at the foot of Al Hajar Mountains. Amidst the beautiful palm groves is one of the most spectacular stone castles in the world. A little further, between the countless date and banana plantations, is one of the most famous hot springs in this region; Ayn Thowara. The water that flows through a small canyon creates a Wadi and an adjacent irrigation system (Al Falaj) channels the water in to the Plantations nearby. Drive back to Muscat and overnight. B

Day 2. Wadi Bani Auf

Drive to the spectacular world of rocks at Wadi Bani Auf. Enjoy the landscapes with panorama views, old villages and nature around the area. After having a picnic, proceed to Nizwa. Overnight in Nizwa. B/L

Day 3. Jebel Shams – Al Hamra

Drive to the Jebel Shams (Mountain of the Sun), a mountain in northeastern Oman north of the town of Al Hamra. It is the highest mountain in the country and is part of the Al Hajar Mountains. From here you can enjoy a fantastic view of the “Grand Canyon” of Oman. On the way, visit Al Hamra. The place is located in the Ad Dakhiliyah and its origins date back to 400 years. It is also known under the name Al Hamra Abryeen which refers to the resident Al Abri tribe. The city was built on an overturned stone slab and there are some of the oldest surviving houses in Oman. Many of these houses have two floors, the ceilings are wooden beams and palm fronds, and sealed with mud and straw. Drive back to Nizwa and overnight. B/L

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. Wahiba

Early in the morning set off for the adventure of Wahiba Sands, the sandy desert in northern Oman. Wahiba Sands is one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions of Oman. Enjoy a cup of Omani coffee (Khawa ) and dates at the House of a Bedouin. Go for an adventures desert ride. Experienced drivers will drive up and down the dunes and this experience will certainly always remain in your memory. Stay overnight at a camp in Wahiba. B/L/D

Day 6. Wadi Bani Khalid – Sur

Continue your journey to one of the most visited Oasis in the region; Wadi Bani Khalid. The large natural pools are often a cordial invitation to take a dip. Proceed to the East coast and visit a famous Dhow factory in Sur. Sur was once famous for its dhows (Traditional ships) and east African trades. Stay overnight in Sur. B

Day 7. Back to Muscat – flight to Salalah

Drive along the scenic coast towards Muscat. You will have ample opportunities to have photo-stops along the route between coast and the mountains. Afternoon flight to Salalah. Arrival in Salalah and transfer to the desired hotel. Overnight in Salalah. B

Day 8. Salalah city tour

Proceed to visit “The Museum of the Frankincense Land”. Opened in July 2007 at Al Balid Archaeological Park, a UNESCO heritage site located in Salalah, the Frankincense Land Museum is the latest addition to Oman’s heritage and cultural scene. 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. This gives us an ample opportunity for shopping, before we return to the hotel. Afternoon leisure. Overnight in Salalah. B

Day 9. Jebel Safari

Start the tour in the morning by 4X4 vehicles, on a full day safari into the Dhofar Mountains. Drive through the scenic village of Taqa making a photo stop at the village for a panoramic view from above a cliff, well known as Taqah Plateau. Then drive into the ‘ever green Wadi Darbat’ for a relaxing stroll along the Wadi bed, surrounded by herds of Camels, Goats & Cattle. Next stop is one of the world’s largest Sink Holes (211 m deep & 150 m in diameter), situated at Tawi Attair – also known as the “Well of Birds”, who frequent this location, the year through. Continue journey into the mountain range of Jebel Samhan to a breathtaking plateau at a height of almost 1700m. This location is commonly known as the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Dhofar, gives one a complete view of the east coast to the one side & the vast ‘Qara’ mountain range to the other. Continue the journey from the plateau into the adjacent ‘Qara’ mountain range & drive through scenic Jebali villages & landscape, with numerous photo stops at interesting locations. Drive back to Salalah and overnight. B/L

Day 10. East and West Salalah

Visit the century old ‘Taqah Castle’, the former official residence of the ‘Wali’ (Governor) of the region & obtain a glimpse into the rich history of the region. Continue onto the ancient ruins of the once famous city of Sumharam (Khor Rohri). Khor Rori was an important port on the coast of Dhofar, and one of the major trading cities with frankincense, believed to have been the hub & harbour for the shipping of Frankincense (UNESCO World Heritage site). 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. Continue along the ‘Hair-pin-bend’ road towards West to enjoy the panoramic sceneries before you return to Salalah. Overnight in Salalah. B

Day 11. 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. On the way back to Salalah, drive into Wadi ‘Dawka’ (UNESCO World heritage site) known as the ‘Frankincense Wadi’, which is also well-known as the biggest collection of the naturally grown Frankincense trees in the region. Experience the Frankincense and its use in the past as well as in the modern World. Overnight in Salalah. B

End of Tour

Highlights and Route

Muscat – Nakhl – Wadi Bani Auf – Nizwa – Jebel Shams – Al Hamra – Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba – Sur – Salalah – Taqa – Sumhuram – Wadi Derbat – Jebel Samhan – Job’s Tomb – Mughsail – Ubar – Rub Al Khali Desert – Wadi Dawka

Tour code: AFT44

Duration: 11 days / 11 nights

Services included:

  • Visits to the places of interest as per the program
  • Accommodation in selected hotels as per the program
  • Entrance fees according to the program
  • Transfers as per the program
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver cum guide
  • Still drinking water on board
  • Meals according to the tour program as mentioned above (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch/Picnic Lunch, D = Dinner)

Please send us your inquiry along with your travel details to get the seasonal rates for this tour!

Minimum number of participants: 6

Maximum number of participants: 22


  • Please pay attention to the local customs of taking photographs. No photography/filming allowed at the Museum. Your guide will advise you the particulars.
  • Guests should wear comfortable but decent cloths (No sleeveless or No shorts) by visiting religious places. All guests must remove their shoes before visiting religious places inside. Please pay attention to the specified dress code by visiting Grand Mosque from inside.
  • This tour can be done as two separate modules; 7 days round tour in north and/or 4 days round tour in south. Please do write to us to tailor your program.



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