Essence of Oman

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Essence of Oman

The 5-night/6-day tour of Oman is your chance to understand the Arab world as well as its art, architecture, culture and traditions. You will travel through ancient villages still untouched by consumerism, quaint architectural mosques and monuments and tombs standing as testaments to ancient Arab beliefs and philosophies as well as enjoy country’s abundant natural beauty reflected in its spectacular mountains, deserts and coastline. As you come aboard this tour, be prepared to be transposed to otherworldly terrains where the time flows steadily, giving you a chance to enjoy the mesmerising beauty you are surrounded with.


Tour Nights

  • Muscat: 2 nights
  • Nizwa: 1 nights
  • Wahiba Sands: 1 nights
  • Sur: 1 nights
  • Tour code: AWO07
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Group Tour
  • Fixed Departure

Tour At a Glance

  • Explore the key tourist attractions in Muscat
  • Visit the famous Nizwa Fort and Jabrin Fort
  • Enjoy dune bashing in Wahiba Sands and visit the Al Raha Camp
  • Explore the wonderful oasis like paradise, Wadi Bani Khalid
  • Visit white beaches along the gulf of Oman
  • Marvel at the Bibi Mariam’s shrine in Qalhat 

Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 Arrive In Muscat
    Arrive In Muscat

    Early morning arrival in Muscat. Meet your guide here and make a visit to the Grand Mosque. Drive through the seaside residential area of Qurum to reach the Bait Al Zubair Museum. Explore the Royal Al Alam Palace surrounded by the 16th century forts of Jalali and Mirani later in the day. Visit the quaint and charming Muttrah Souq before you make your way back to the hotel. Get aboard a sunset cruise at 1530 hours and explore the magnificent coastline of Muscat for two hours. Return to your hotel post the cruise. Overnight stay at the hotel in Muscat.  Read More

  • Day 2 Nizwa-Jabrin-Nizwa

    After breakfast, check out at around 0830 hours and proceed toward Nizwa, the capital of the Julanda Dynasty between the 6th and 7th century AD. The imposing Nizwa Fort is the major attraction and impresses with its enormous round tower built by Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'rubi in the 17th century. Once you cross the narrow, twisting staircase barred by heavy wooden doors (meant for slowing down the enemies in event of an attack) to reach the top of the tower, you can have the bird’s eye view of the Nizwa City. Procee d to the Nizwa Souq from here, known for its intricately hand-carved “khanjar” and ornately designed silver jewellery. Drive toward the Jabrin Fort later, stopping on the way at the Bahla Fort, a World Heritage Site. Admire the well-planned layout, the ornate ceilings decorated with beautiful paintings as well as Islamic motifs at the Jabrin Fort, one of the finest castles in Oman built in the 17th century. End the day’s exploration by visiting the ruins of Tanuf and seeing the Falaj System. Overnight stay at the hotel.
    Meals: Half Board 
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  • Day 3 Nizwa-Sinaw-Ibra-Wahiba Sands
    Nizwa-Sinaw-Ibra-Wahiba Sands

    Check out after breakfast and proceed toward the beautiful village of Birkat Al Mauz. Enjoy a walk amidst the lush date plantations here. Continue driving to Nizwa via Sinaw. Visit the Sinaw Souq on the edge of the town. Arrive at your desert entry point, and board a 4x4 that will embark with you on the drive to the desert camp site for the exploration of the great desert of Oman known as ‘Rumlat Al Wahiba” or the Wahiba Sands. Undertake an adrenaline pumping dune bashing adventure with an expert driver here. Make way for the Al Raha Camp aft er your adventure and enjoy the evening in the desert under the star-lit sky. Dinner and Overnight stay at the Camp. 
    Meals: Full Board 
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  • Day 4 Wahiba Sands-Wadi Bani Khalid-Sur
    Wahiba Sands-Wadi Bani Khalid-Sur

    After breakfast, spend some time exploring the desert. Thereafter, continue your drive towards Wadi Bani Khalid, a stunning valley that stands like an oasis in the desert, blessed with clear green natural springs. Next, make way toward the port city of Sur, located on Oman’s eastern tip. Admire the shipyards that played a pivotal role in Oman’s maritime past and the traditional wooden vessels still docked on the ports in Sur. Overnight stay at hotel. 
    Meals: Half Board 

  • Day 5 Sur-Qalhat-Wadi Shaab-Bhima Sinkhole-Quriyat-Muscat
    Sur-Qalhat-Wadi Shaab-Bhima Sinkhole-Quriyat-Muscat

    Take the tour along the coastline from Sur to Quriyat today and be treated to breathtaking glimpses of the blue water of the Gulf of Oman and its pristine white beaches. Start at Qalhat for visiting the tomb of Bibi Mariam, also called the Mausoleum of Lady Mariam. The underground corridors beneath the floor of the shrine are accessible through a crypt at the shrine entrance. Later, visit the stunning Wadi Shaab, aptly named ‘Gorge Between Cliffs’. Admire the turquoise pools, waterfalls and terraced plantations here. Continue your journey to Muscat, driving past Quriyat, a small fishing village southeast of Muscat where the major attraction is the Port of Quriyat, still guarded by a watchtower. Arrive in Muscat and check in your hotel. 
    Meals: Half Board 
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  • Day 6 Muscat - Fly Out
    Muscat - Fly Out

    Have a buffet breakfast at the hotel. You have the day free for optional excursions. Check out at 12.00 and be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.  
    Meals: Breakfast 


  • Sur Plaza Hotel
    Sur Plaza Hotel
    Star Rating Sur
  • Al Diyar Hotel
    Al Diyar Hotel
    Star Rating Nizwa
  • Sama al Wasil Desert Camp
    Sama al Wasil Desert Camp
    Star Rating Wahiba Sands

Sur Plaza Hotel

  • Sur Plaza Hotel

220 km from Muscat, in the picturesque town of Sur, well-known for its old fishing village and traditional manufacturing of dhows, sits one of Oman’s top hotels – Sur Plaza Hotel.

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Al Diyar Hotel

  • Al Diyar Hotel

Nizwa Fort at the heart of the city centre can be reached by car in 10 minutes. Muscat International Airport is 150 km from Diyar Hotel. Nizwa is about 140 km (1.5 hours) from Muscat.

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Sama al Wasil Desert Camp

Wahiba Sands
  • Sama al Wasil Desert Camp

The Camp is located in a flat valley 192 km (2 hours drive) from Muscat in the heart of Sharquiya Sands.

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What's Included?

  • Meet and greet services.
  • Arrival/departure transfers.
  • Tour by saloon car/mini-coach/7 seater car depending upon the group size.
  • Accommodation and meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • English speaking driver cum guide or accompanying guide.
  • 4WD vehicle for visit to Wahiba Sands (from Bidya to Bidya).
  • All Entrance fees to places of interest mentioned in the itinerary.

What's not Included?

  • Return Int. Flights and applicable airport taxes.
  • Visa fees.
  • Any personal expenses such as telephone calls, laundry, drinks, mini bar.
  • Tips to guides, drivers hotel staff.
  • Supplements for Christmas, New Year and Easter period.
  • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing. 
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