Best of Oman
14 Day Private Oman tour with hand picked English speaking driver. Enjoy peace of mind that your tour is being handled by Oman experts. Enjoy quick & thorough communication: avoid surprises in Oman.
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Day 1 Arrival / Muscat
Upon arrival into Muscat, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may begin your tour of Muscat City. Dinner will be served in the hotel.
Day 2 Muscat City
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be able to explore the beauty of a modern Oman techat still honors traditional culture. The day will start with a tour of the Grand Mosque, followed by a visit to the Bait Al Zubair museum, which gives a fascinating introduction to Oman’s rich heritage. Next you’ll drive along the breathtaking waterfront Corniche, visiting the Fish Market and the charming Mutrah Souq. Along the way, you can stop for photos at Al Alam Palace, the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Afterward, you will return to your hotel for the night.
Day 3 Khasab
After breakfast you will take a short transfer flight to Khasab, also referred to as the “Norway of Arabia” due to extensive fjord-like inlets and mountainscapes. Upon arrival you will have a tour of the city, with a chance to see Khasab Fort, as well as tour the local museum. Afterward you will be given the chance to explore the guardian mountains, viewing village life, and high-altitude sea fossils. Dinner served in a local restaurant.
Day 4 Khasab
After breakfast at the hotel you’ll be taken on a day-long Dhow (boat) adventure to view the beautiful Omani fjords and splash in the ocean alongside pods of dolphins. Scuba and snorkeling are also available. Lunch will be served on the water, and after a day in the sun and breeze you’ll enjoy dinner in your hotel.
Day 5 Fanja / Birkat Al Mouz / Nizwa
Depart shortly after breakfast for your return flight to Muscat. Upon arrival, you will depart by the mountain road to Nizwa. Enjoy a photo stop in beautiful Fanja, known as the “Gateway to Oman’s Interior.” Continue on to Birkat Al Mouz, a village nestled against side of a mountain, and home to oases and plantations. There you can see definitive examples of Oman’s ancient and unique Falaj irrigation system. We move from there to Nizwa, the original capital of Oman, and home to famous souk markets. Take a break to browse, or purchase some of Nizwa’s famed Omani silver crafts and other handmade items. Nearby, we will pay a visit to the Nizwa fort, a masterpiece of defense architecture. Spend the night in Nizwa. Dinner served at a local restaurant.
Day 6 Jebel Shams / Jabreen
Today you will have the opportunity to explore the mountain villages surrounding Nizwa and enjoy the breathtaking Wadi Ghul, known as “Oman’s Grand Canyon,” and the beautiful Wadi Nakheer. Hiking enthusiasts will have an opportunity to explore, while those who prefer a more laid-back experience have the opportunity to park and take in the beauty from different vantage points. Lastly you’ll be driven a short distance away to Jabreen, home to one of Oman’s most beautiful forts. Decorative wood carvings, along with impressive wall and ceiling paintings make this fort unforgettable. You’ll spend the night in a hotel in Nizwa or Jebel Shams.
Day 7 Wadi Bani Khalid / Sharqiyya Sands
Today you will set out into the vast Sharqiyya Sands desert. Also known as” Wahiba Sands “ after the local Bani Wahiba tribe, this locale provides ample opportunity to enjoy Oman in her purest form. Along the way you’ll have the chance to visit Wadi Bani Khalid, distinctive in the beauty of it’s year-round flow of water, and definitive of the myriads of ancient riverbeds lacing Oman’s landscape. After resting a short while in the wadi, you’ll carry on to Wahiba sands, where you’ll unwind in the quiet of the dunes, experience sunset in the desert, and enjoy a traditional bedouin meal at your desert accommodations.
Day 8 Wadi Tiwi / Wadi Al Shab / Bimmah / Muscat
After a bedouin breakfast you will embark on a day of relaxation, and swimming adventures, so put on your swimsuit and walking shoes! First stop is Wadi Tiwi, a village nestled in the coastal mountains. After a brief photo stop, you’ll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Afterward, continue up the coastal road a short way, and finish the day with a short hike into Wadi Al-Shab where you’ll discover a waterfall hidden behind a keyhole entry. Finally, you’ll experience one of Oman’s hidden gems – the deep blues and aquas of the Bimmah Sinkhole near the town of Dibab, before ending the day at a beautiful white sands beach. Return to Muscat where dinner will be served at your hotel.
Day 9 Flight to Salalah
After breakfast you’ll transported to the airport for your transfer to Salalah. Upon arrival in Salalah,you’ll begin your tour of the city with a visit to Al Baleed Archaeological park and museum for a sweeping overview of both national and local history. In this charming museum you’ll find a vast array of local antiquities, including a hall dedicated to Oman’s famous seafaring history. Afterwards, spend your afternoon navigating the alleyways of Haffa souk laced with the characteristic aroma of frankincense and peruse handicrafts that preserve age-old Omani tradition. After your shopping, end your afternoon sipping fresh coconut milk from the stands that line the road near the beach, before heading to dinner served at a local restaurant.
Day 10 Salalah East
After breakfast, you will be driven east to explore the history and heights of Dhofar. First follow the mountain road past the grizzled “Travertine Curtain” over which water plummets during the Monsoon, to the serene Wadi Darbat, which sourced the ancient port city of Samaharam below. Meander a bit further in the mountains before finally arriving at Jebel Samhan, one of the highest points in Dhofar. You’ll feel on top of the world as you take in the coastal plains of Eastern Salalah from atop 1000 meter cliffs. Then begin your decent down the mountain to the fishing village of Mirbat where you’ll view the remnants of Portuguese occupation at the harbor fort guarded by triple cannons, and passing through Mirbat’s eery “ghost town” where you’ll glimpse a picture of the past in the deserted market and houses. After lunch, follow the coastal road back to Salalah, stopping by the ancient city of Sumhuram. You’ll have the opportunity to walk the excavated city streets of this fabled residence of the Queen of Sheba and historical capital for Frankincense trade under the brooding gaze of the twin cliffs that guard over this legendary harbor. As the sun begins to set, return to Salalah where Dinner will be served at your hotel.
Day 11 Salalah West
Today you’ll be treated to the wonders of the west. Head out early after breakfast passing Mughsail and into the Qara mountains along the hair-pin turns of Wadi Aful, finally arriving at the legendary beaches of Fazaya for a full day of soaking up the sun and swimming in the turquoise surf. After reflecting on your time in Oman at the beach, continue back along the coast, where you will take in the beautiful scenery and white sands of Mughsail Beach. There you’ll discover the the famous “blowholes” of seawater that spout up through the rocks during high tide, and take on the semblance of wave-powered geysers during the Monsoon. Lunch will be served picnic-style on the beach, and your dinner will be served at a local restaurant.
Day 12 The Empty Quarter
Today you’ll take off from Salalah and enter the Empty Quarter, the longest contiguous sand desert in the world. Experiencing the vastness of this sand sea is exhilarating and refreshing in the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle. Dinner will be cooked over a camp fire, and you’ll be sleeping in a tent under the stars.
Day 13 Salalah
For your last full day in Oman, you’ll wake up with the morning light in the desert and make your way back to Salalah and the sea. On your way back, stop for lunch in the bedouin city of Thumrait, then say goodbye to this beautiful country in style by taking a trip into the pristine water surrounding the city and cruising about with pods of dolphins and tropical fish. Snorkeling and Scuba opportunities are also available. You’ll spend your last night in Salalah, where dinner will be served at your hotel.
Day 14 Salalah / Departure
Say goodbye (for now) to the land of Frankincense. You’ll transfer from your hotel back to Salalah airport to gather up the memories you made experiencing the Best of Oman and make your way home.
Best of Oman Sample Pricing – Private Tour:
Because we believe each Oman Tour is a trip of a lifetime, we create custom packages & pricing for each of our valued clients.
|3 star – Economic
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* All prices are in US Dollars, per person.
Prices based on 2022 pricing tours.
3 people pricing based on 1 double room and 1 single room.
For single rooms, a single supplement fee will be applied.
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