7 days

A Taste of Oman

A Taste of Oman

4WD safari, Bedouin desert camping, and traditional food and music in the Wahiba Sands

Nakhal Fort - Oman's best-preserved fort

Nizwa - former centre of trade, religion, education and art

Oman's capital Muscat

Palm-filled oasis of Wadi Bani

Trip rating
  • This is the Arabia of Aladdin’s dreams. Explore the historic city of Muscat and drive along the coast to the bubbling fishing village of Seeb. By 4WD, travel to the rugged interior and the splendid forts of Nakhal and Al Hazm, framed by the spectacular Jebel Akhdar Mountains. Continue on to explore the beautiful oasis at Wadi Bani Khaled, before entering the vast Wahiba Sands – where we sleep at a rustic desert camp under a blanket of brilliant stars. The charming oasis of Lisq and the village of Mudaibi, further reveal the local life of Oman, as does a browse of the fabulous souk of ancient Nizwa. Meet the people, learn of their delicate silverware, woodwork and embroidery, and unwind in the cool heights of the Mountain of the Sun, all before a further wander of the wonderful maze of Muscat.

    Why we love it

    • This is the Arabia of Aladdin’s dreams. Explore the historic city of Muscat and drive along the coast to the bubbling fishing village of Seeb.
    • By 4WD, travel to the rugged interior and the splendid forts of Nakhal and Al Hazm, framed by the spectacular Jebel Akhdar Mountains.
    • Continue on to explore the beautiful oasis at Wadi Bani Khaled, before entering the vast Wahiba Sands – where we sleep at a rustic desert camp under a blanket of brilliant stars.
    • The charming oasis of Lisq and the village of Mudaibi, further reveal the local life of Oman, as does a browse of the fabulous souk of ancient Nizwa.
    • Meet the people, learn of their delicate silverware, woodwork and embroidery, and unwind in the cool heights of the Mountain of the Sun, all before a further wander of the wonderful maze of Muscat.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Muscat

    • On arrival at Muscat International Airport (formerly Seeb Airport), you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Muscat at any time.
    • Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after 3 pm, so if you are arriving much earlier we recommend you pre-book an additional night's accommodation. The balance of the day will be free to explore your surroundings, but normally a welcome meeting is held at approximately 4.30pm where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.
    Hotel Al Falaj

    Day 2 - Muscat

    • After breakfast at the hotel you'll visit the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. You will then proceed to the Natural History Museum, which offers a brief introduction to Oman's colourful past.
    • Driving down to the busy fishing harbour at Muttrah, with its quaint wooden dhows and fishing boats, you will stop at the bazaar where you can mingle with the locals and browse around the silver and spice shops. You will also visit the two 16th century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani that guard the entrance to the city, before returning to your hotel.
    Hotel Al Falaj
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Seeb - Nakhal - Al Hazm - Muscat

    • Leaving Muscat, you'll head north along the coast to the fishing village of Seeb, where you will witness the daily catch being hauled onto the sands from tiny fishing boats. You'll then continue on to the splendid fort at Nakhal, which sits atop a rocky spur with commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
    • It is the best-preserved of all Oman's forts and the interior is still furnished, giving visitors an excellent feel for period life. A little further on is the fort of Al Hazm, situated on the northern slopes of the Jebel Akhdar, with its elaborate carved doors. Here you will have time to explore the various rooms and chambers before returning to Muscat.
    Hotel Al Falaj
    Breakfast

    Day 4 - Wadi Bani Khaled - Wahiba Sands

    • From Muscat you'll head southward and travel through rugged landscape before arriving at the palm-filled Wadi Bani Khaled, which is justly famed for its natural beauty.
    • You'll follow a well-worn path into the heart of this rocky oasis and discover a large pool fed by a natural mountain spring, before continuing your 4WD journey and arriing at the edge of the extensive Wahiba Sands.
    • After deflating the tyres you'll follow an amazing route across the sand dunes to a desert camp. Tonight you'll enjoy an evening of traditional food and music around an open fire under the stars and get to sleep in simple tents.
    Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5 - Lisq - Mudaibi - Nizwa

    • Driving north, you will come to Lisq, an oasis with ancient buildings with the ruins of a castle forming a backdrop. Lisq is famous for the unique way of processing dates. Dates are cooked and the dry fruit is a local delicacy – well worth a try!
    • Mudaibi, a village with an old quarter and an excellent souq nearby, makes an interesting stop on the way to Nizwa. Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and was once a great centre of trade, religion, education and art.
    • Its grand mosque was formerly a center for Islamic learning. The central fort is surrounded by ancient traditional souqs where the locals trade in traditional as well as imported merchandise. You can browse here for some of Nizwa's famous silver jewellery or watch expert craftsmen in action as they fashion exquisite silverware or a range of other artefacts.
    • Nizwa is an oasis enclosed by a series of mountains including the famous green mountain (Jabal Akhdar).
    Al Diyar Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Bahla - Jabrin - Jabal Shams - Misfah - Al Harma - Muscat

    • The ruins of the immense fort at Bahla, with its walls and towers of unbaked brick and its stone foundations, are a remarkable example of fortification. It's easy to find a metal worker toiling next to his red-hot furnace, or a weaver assembling a goat hair cloak. But the king of craft in Bahla is pottery. This exceptional art is famous throughout the Sultanate and beyond.
    • Jabrin Fort is 240 kilometres from Muscat and is also called the palace of Imam Bil 'Arub Bin Sultan, who built it in 1675. It is considered one of the finest and most picturesque of Oman's forts. Besides the famous Nizwa Fort, the Jabrin Fort is one of the few forts designed as a residence; its wooden doors are elegantly carved and the lattice work windows are delicate and ornate.
    • Jabal Shams, which literally means 'Mountain of the Sun', is Oman's highest peak at 3075 metres. Even on the hottest days, it's cool up there.
    • Misfah and Al Hamra are beautiful and historical villages that you'll explore before heading back to Muscat for your final evening.
    Hotel Al Falaj
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Muscat

    • Your trip will come to an today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon and you will be free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Muscat.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour, and professional local guides at some sites.
    • 4WD safari to Wadi Bani Khaled, the Wahiba Sands, Lisq Oasis, Mudaibi, and Nizwa fort and souq.
    • Overnight stay in a comfortable tented camp in the desert.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Natural History Museum, fishing harbour at Muttrah, and Jalali and Mirani forts; Seeb fishing village
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Nakhal and Al Hazm forts; Bahla and Jabrin fort; Shams mountain - Oman's highest peak; and Misfah and Al Hamra villages.
    • Arrival transfer.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Meals unless specified
    • Drinks
    • Departure taxes
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips (see below)
    • Spending of a personal nature
    • Optional sightseeing
  • Map Itinerary

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Trip Code PGTO
Group size 1 - 16
Start City: Muscat, Masqa?, Oman
End City: Muscat, Masqa?, Oman
Style: Small Group

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