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WONDERS OF OMAN – 10 DAYS TOUR

DAY 01: ARRIVAL MUSCAT

You will arrive at the Muscat International Airport. Upon your arrival you proceed straight to the Immigration. Immigration & customs are quick & simple. Upon arrival at the General arrival lounge you will be met by our friendly & efficient AFAQ Travel & Tourism chauffeur who will assist you to the comforts of our vehicle to drive you the hotel.

Overnight stay at Muscat Hotel

DAY 02: FULL DAY MUSCAT CITY TOUR

Morning, you will be met at the hotel for a full 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. Later you drive to visit Seeb fish Market. There after drive to Natural History Museum, exhibiting the wealth of Oman’s history and thus imparting knowledge about the country’s rich culture and traditions to the visitor.

Afternoon, drive to Quantab, One of the pristine beaches in Muscat. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once walled districtMuscat. Visit Bait Al Zubair Museum. 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. Evening you will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you will be bargaining for handicrafts and silver items. Overnight stay at Muscat.

DAY 03: MUSCAT-BARKA-NAKHAL FORT-HOT SPRING-WADI BANI AWF –NIZWA

This morning we embark on an exciting 4wd journey through the mountains. Our first stop is the hot springs at Nakhal . We then drive through the spectacular Wadi Bani Auf . This stretch of graded road is very adventurous & for the physically fit only as it involves steep bends and bumpy roads. Stop at the quaint mountain village of Bilad Sayt framed by the dramatic mountains. The route winds through mountains all the way unto the village of Al Hamra characterized by its mud houses and date plantations, Proceed to visit the Jabrin Palace where the visitor is able to capture the medieval atmosphere and view the beautiful handpainted ceilings and carved door frames.
Overnight stay at Nizwa.

DAY 04: NIZWA FORT-SOUQ-AL HAMRA-MISFAH-BAHLA FORT-JABEL SHAMS

Morning visit the powerful Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, one of the most impressive forts in Oman and the traditional Souq. Thereafter continue to Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman and in the 12th century the capital of the tribe living in the region. As the monumental fort is closed for renovation only a photo stop is planned. Bahla is also famous for its pottery.Later on proceed towardsAl Hamra and Misfah to see one of the oldest villages of this region. The traditional mud houses dated back from 400 years are still occupied. The falaj system used in this village one of the oldest of this kind (UNESCO site). Thereafter drive to visit Wadi Gul & Wadi Nakhar the remote villages exactly at the drop point of great canyon. Continue your journey to the top of Jebel Shams, “Sun Mountain”, Oman’s highest peak, 3009 m. The cooler temperatures will surprise as you reach the top to get a spectacular view of the “Grand Canyon”. Sleeping in high altitude will get you closer to the stars.
Overnight stay in the mountain Jabel shams.

DAY 05: JABEL SHAMS-TANUF VILLAGE-BIRKAT AL MAUJ-JABEL AKHDAR-JABREEN

After Breakfast tour proceed towards Tanuf. Visit the ruins of Old Tanuf, a relic from bombings during the Jabal War. Walk in the middle of this palm plantation in Birkat Al Mauz and visit the old village where you can see the mud houses. The view point will give you the opportunity to take a great picture of Oman’s natural beauty.
Visit Jabel Akhdar or “Green Mountain” …. This mountain offers discovery and adventure. Experience a sense of awe as you witness nature’s primordial beauty as seen in the soaring peeks and plunging canyons. The rise of terraces on extremely steep mountain slopes …. There is a trek that goes from one village to another through the terraces and along the falaj system.
There is a splendid view of the hanging terraces and continue to the village of Wadi Bani Habib. Later on Jabrin and visit the castle which was once the home of the Imam and was built to be a Palace at first, before being used for military purposes.Overnight stay at Nizwa.

DAY 06: NIZWA –IBRA VILLAGE-WADI BANI KHALID- WAHIBA SANDS

After breakfast in HotelNizwa proceed towards Izki and stop for traditional Market in Ibra.Later on continue towardsWadi Bani Khalid one of Oman’s most beautiful wadis. The wadi has clear deep blue water and counts among the few wadis of Oman that hold water all year round. From the mountain springs, the water is led to the oases where it sustains the typical date palms. The pretty villages of Wadi Bani Khalid cling precariously to the rugged mountainside.
But now the nature of the landscape will change dramatically – we reach the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating dunes rising up to 200 meters and stretching as far as the eye can see. It is also host to a variety of flora and fauna and one of the largest areas of pure sand desert in the world and the traditional home of the nomadic Bedouin. Camels are a common sight moving through the sands. Evening watch spectacular sunset from top of the dunes.
BBQ dinner and Overnight stay at Wahiba Sands.

DAY 07 : WAHIBA SANDS – BEDUIN-SUR-DHOW BUILDING – RAS AL HADD-TURTLE

Leave the golden sand dunes behind you visti one of Bedouin family then your next stop will be in Sur, another town famous for its trading and Dhow BuildingYard. The sheltered lagoon is a perfect picture ….
The turtles come to lay their eggs at night and this experience is a memorable one. Overnight Stay at Ras Al Hadd.

DAY 08: RAS AL HADD – AL AYJA VILLAGE-QALAHAT-WADI TAWI-FINS BEACH. 

8h30 AM After Breakfast your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you for an incredible journey. Start the tour by going towards Al Ayja Village in Sur then tour will continue to Qalhat famous for its history of exports to and imports of spices from India. Looking over at Qalhat is the Bibi Mariam Tomb stop for photo.(closed for archaeological searches). You will then stop and enter Wadi Tiwi with its green pools and lush plantations.
Overnight stay at Wadi Shab.

DAY 09: WADI SHAB-BIMMA SINKHOLE-WADI ARBYEEN-MUSCAT 

After Breakfast in Hotel tour proceed to Wadi Shab which means a “wadi between the cliffs”, enjoy a walk through the wadi, walking shoes are strongly recommended. Going up the wadi you will soon see pools appearing before you and you may also enjoy a refreshing swim in those pools. Later on explore the beautiful Wadi Arbayeen which can only be accessed after an exciting drive through the mountains. Tour continue towards to Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with inviting blue-green water, concrete steps lead down the side making swimming possible.Proceed to Muscat via Quriyat and check into the hotel of your choice.
Overnight stay at Muscat.

DAY 10: MUSCAT DEPARTURE 

Transfer from hotel to airport for final departure.