Days
7
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CHF 2,560

Get a taste of old-world Arabia shopping for spices in Muttrah bazaar, exploring Portuguese forts and spending a night in the Wahiba Sands

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. Browse 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  Sleep at a rustic desert camp under a blanket of brilliant stars in Wahiba Sands and explore the beautiful oasis at Wadi Bani Khaled, all before a further wander around the wonderful maze of Muscat.


Start
Muscat, Oman
Finish
Muscat, Oman
Destination
Oman
Style
Peregrine
Code
PGTO
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
5 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Immerse yourself in Omani cultural history as you wander among the exhibts of Muscat's Bait Zubair Museum

  • Stand in awe of gorgeous landscapes and visit centuries-old mountain villages on a journey into the foothills of Oman's highest peak, Jebel Shams.

  • Get a glimpse of the 'real' Oman in the charming fishing village of Barka, a lovely spot to watch the day's catch being hauled in

  • Treat yourself some some traditional Omani hospitality in our Feature Stay property;  a one-night camping getaway under the stars in the Wahiba Sands

  • In the lively souks of Nizwa, you'll see locals turning their traditional trades, much as they have done for centuries

  • Break bread, trade tales and share dates during lunch with a local Bedouin family on the edge of Wahiba Sands.

  • This trip visits Oman's most phenomenal fortresses and mosques, including the beautifully preserved Jabrin Fort

Is this trip right for you?

  • When visiting a mosque, it's important to show respect by dressing appropriately, even in the heat. Ladies should cover their arms and wear a head scarf; trousers or a long skirt are recommended. Gentlemen are required to wear trousers and long sleeve shirts.

  • As tourism is a developing industry in Oman, it is possible your driver will not speak English.

  • 4x4 vehicles are used on most parts of the trip as we travel around Oman. You will travel in convoy style and due to the configuration of the vehicles there may be times where you are not travelling with your leader.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

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. There will be an important welcome meeting in the evening, usually at around 5 pm. 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.
Accommodation
  • Park Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Be met by your guide at the hotel this morning, ahead of a full day tour of Muscat City. The skyline of this ancient settlement is quite different to its glitzy Gulf neighbours, with the Sultan ordering all modern construction to fit with classical Arabic architecture styles.

You’ll see this in the dazzling Indian sandstone of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world, and home the second largest carpet in the world, a vast weave covering the prayer hall. Continue on to the relatively new Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque and appreciate its architecture. Set high on a hill in the valley of Boushar Sands, its beautiful domes have become an essential part of the Muscat skyline. Afterwards, drive to Old Muscat, the walled part of the city, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Dig into the exhibits about Oman’s cultural history at the Bait Zubair Musuem, then drive along the picturesque Corniche, stopping to see the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Pass the busy fishing harbour at Muttrah, with its quaint wooden dhows and fishing boats, then stop into the bazaar. There you can mingle with the locals and browse the silver and spice shops.

Conclude your day with a visit to the Sidab Women’s Group to learn about Omani culture and support a local women’s initiative. Enjoy your  Omani coffee and dates from the center before you drive back to the Hotel


Accommodation
  • Park Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muscat - Jalali & Mirani Fort visit
  • Muscat - Muttrah Souq visit
  • Muscat - Bait Zubair Museum
  • Muscat - Sidab Womens Corporation with Coffee
Optional Activities
  • Muscat - Sunset Cruise in Muscat Harbour (appx 2 hours including transfers) - USD50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
A dress code is applicable to visit Grand Mosque. Ladies should wear full sleeves shirt & head should be covered with scarf. Men should wear full pants, not allowed to wear shorts. Similar attire is recommended at Al Ameen Mosque.
Leaving Muscat, you'll head north along the coast to the fishing village of Barka. Here you'll see the daily catch being hauled onto the sands from tiny fishing boats. Afterwards, continue to the Bait Al Na’aman for a visit to the beautiful old fortified houses. The tall, narrow houses alternating with square and round towers are thought to have been built in 1691-92 by Iman Bil’arab bin Sultan. The house was restored in 1991 with a lavish selection of traditional fittings and furnishings to give visitors an insight into the domestic livelihood of its former inhabitants.
Continue then to the splendid fort at Nakhal, which sits atop a rocky spur and vaunts commanding views of the surrounding countryside. This 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. There will be time to explore the various rooms and chambers before returning to Muscat. (Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours.)
Accommodation
  • Park Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Al Hazm - Fort visit
  • Nakhal - Fort visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today we move from our mini bus to comfortable 4WD vehicles and head North East towards Nizwa via some marvelous forts and villages, not to mention some lovely mountain scenery.

Arriving in Jebel Shams the highest peak in Oman, this is popular spot for Omani's on the weekend to escape the heat of the city. Often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Oman a stop here and a stroll along the balcony walk, reveals some magnificent mountain scenery.

Continue to the villages of Misfah and Al Hamra. Enjoy a short trek into the village of Misfah where you can see the famous falaj network (the old Omani water distribution system and Al Hamra one of the oldest villages in Oman at the foot of the Hajar Mountains we take a walk around the mud brick houses before arriving in Nizwa

(driving time today 6 hours)
Accommodation
  • Falaj Daris Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Misfat Al Abriyeen - Village visit
  • Jebel Shams - Grand Canyon visit
  • Al Hamra - Village Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
It is often difficult to secure our preferred hotel in Nizwa our alternative hotel in Nizwar is Al Diyar Hotel. If you would like to confirm in advance which hotel is available for your tour please check with your booking agent 30 days prior to departure.
This morning we explore Nizwa. The Nizwa Fort was built over a span of 12 years in the 17th century by Sultan bin Saif al Yaruba, the first imam of the Ya’aruba dynasty, the fort boasts a 40m tall tower with stellar views of the date palm plantations. The central fort is surrounded by ancient traditional souqs where the locals trade in traditional and imported merchandise. Here you can browse for some of Nizwa's famous silver jewelry, or simply watch expert craftsmen in action as they fashion exquisite silverware and other artefacts.

Continue to Ibra, one of the oldest cities in Oman. This charming, traditional old town was once a centre of trade, religion, education and art. You will also head to Jabrin Fort, this may well be the finest and most eye-catching of Oman's forts. See its elegantly carved wooden doors, and the delicate and ornate lattice work of the windows.

Continue your 4WD journey and arrive 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.

Watch sunset over the sand dunes of our desert camp and feature stay in Wahiba Sands. Enjoy an evening of traditional food and music (seasonal) this evening, sitting around an open fire under the stars. Drift off to sleep tonight in your simple tent among the desert ambiance.

Your accommodation this evening is our Feature Stay Property; you will stay in the Sheikh Tents in the desert camp with private bathroom facilities including hot showers adjoining each tent.

(Total driving time today is approximately 4 hours.)
Accommodation
  • 1000 nights Desert Camp or similar (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jabrin - Fort visit
  • Nizwa - Fort visit
  • Wahiba Sands - included Dinner
  • Nizwa - Souq visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travelling through rugged landscape, we arrive a  the Wadi Bani Khaled. With turquoise waters, lush vegetation and palm trees, this is a slice of paradise. 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.

Enjoy some free time in the Wadi and a traditional lunch with a local Bedouin family today before arriving  back in Muscat in the late afternoon.  A farewell dinner is included this evening an opportunity to celebrate your journey in Oman with your travelling companions.
Accommodation
  • Park Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Bani Khalid - traditional lunch with Bedouin Family
  • Wadi Bani Khalid Excursion
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Your trip comes to an today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon, and you are 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.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (5 nights), Comfortable tented camp (1 night) (Feature Stay)

Included Activities

  • Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muscat - Jalali & Mirani Fort visit
  • Muscat - Muttrah Souq visit
  • Muscat - Bait Zubair Museum
  • Muscat - Sidab Womens Corporation with Coffee
  • Al Hazm - Fort visit
  • Nakhal - Fort visit
  • Misfat Al Abriyeen - Village visit
  • Jebel Shams - Grand Canyon visit
  • Al Hamra - Village Walk
  • Jabrin - Fort visit
  • Nizwa - Fort visit
  • Wahiba Sands - included Dinner
  • Nizwa - Souq visit
  • Wadi Bani Khalid - traditional lunch with Bedouin Family
  • Wadi Bani Khalid Excursion

Reviews

Our A Taste of Oman trips score an average of 4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.

Taste of Oman, April 2018

Clare MCMILLAN

Taste of Oman, April 2018

Margaret Woodhall

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for more information.

IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION
As of March 21, 2018, Oman will only issue tourist eVisas. That means the only way to get a tourist visa to Oman will be online, and not at a consulate or on arrival in Oman. Applications for unsponsored single entry tourist visa have to be submitted individually through https://evisa.rop.gov.om/.

DEPARTURE PGTO 190317
Due to local availability the sequence of days on this itinerary will alter
Day 1: Muscat
Day 2: Nizwa    
Day 3: Wahiba Sands  
Day 4: Muscat   
Day 5: Muscat    
Day 6: Muscat    
Day 7: Departure Day
There will be no change to activities on this departure.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for more information.

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