Example Itinerary

Beautiful Oman: Jewel of the Middle East

Duration
9 days / 8 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Heritage
Destinations
Oman

Oman, once a great power and prominence in the Middle East, all but disappeared off the radar during the 20th century. However, the country still retains its former glory in the form of bustling souqs, magnificent palaces, ancient forts - not to mention the county’s plethora of natural wonders such as deep valleys that cut into towering mountains (wadis) and vast deserts stretching for hundreds of miles. This nine-day tour of Oman promises to rediscover it all. After exploring the capital of Muscat, you’ll head cross country to Al Hamra, over mountains to the vast sand dunes at Wahiba, all before ending this memorable journey in the lush southern city of Salalah. 

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Highlights

  • Desert Nights: Travelers can stargaze into the clear, quiet nights of the Omani desert and wake to partake in sandboarding or go dune-bashing in a 4WD.
  • History in Muscat: While staying in one of the ultra-luxe hotels of Oman’s capital, travelers can explore the history and spirituality of Muscat at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Al Alam Palace, and the whiter-than-white Royal Opera House Muscat.
  • Green Salalah: Known as khareef, from June to September Salalah turns green thanks to the dense fog and monsoon clouds from India, and during these months the brown countryside turns into a garden of Eden. All year round, though, the desert is alive with the picturesque wadis for which the region is so famous.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Muscat

Kick off this nine-day tour of Oman upon arrival in the capital of Muscat, where you’ll be met by your English-speaking guide at the airport. From there, it’s on to your hotel. The rest of the day has been set aside for recuperation – you can also get to know your new surroundings in the evening with a stroll around town or with a laid back dinner.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Al Bustan Palace is in a divinely-scenic location, nestled between the jagged Al Hajar mountain range and the sparkling Sea of Oman.

Services: Every whim is attended to here with a comprehensive and personal service, reflecting the Omani hospitality and cultural way of life.

History: Muscat has a rich history that is believed to date back to the 6th millenium BC. The authentic architecture found concealed down rustic winding roads are redolent of the past and a display of ancient cultural heritage.

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Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Facilities: The Jumierah Muscat has everything one could want from a seaside retreat, from relaxing spa treatments, three outdoor pools, and beach to salon, tennis courts, and a wide selection of food and beverage.

Cuisine: Unabashedly seafood-forward and elegant, the dining venues at Jumeirah Muscat marries its beachside location, cultural heritage, and stylish vibes on the plate.

Premium Amenities: Higher tier villas and summer houses are esconced on an exclusive stretch of white-sand beach and include luxurious amenities such as 24/7 butler service, private pools, whirlpools and Jacuzzis, private gym, and access to the Premium Leisure Lounge.

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Jumeirah Muscat Bay Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Overlooking the stunning turquoise water of the Sea of Oman, this incredible resort, which features three distinct luxury hotels, sits on 124 acres of rugged mountains and gorgeous beaches. And just 15 minutes from the bustling capital of Muscat, this resort combines the best of all worlds.

History: Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa opened in late 2005 and features Oman’s first family dedicated hotel, Al Waha.

Service: Throughout three hotels and multiple restaurants, the service at Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is nothing less than impeccable, in keeping with the high standards of the acclaimed Shangri-La brand.

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Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa Preferred Hotel

Day 2

Muscat

Start your day with the hotel’s buffet breakfast before embarking on a full day’s sightseeing tour of Muscat. Your first stop is the highly-revered Grand Mosque, a highlight of the city that takes on a distinctly classical Arab appearance, despite being constructed as recently as 2001. From there, it’s on to Bait Al Zubair Museum, as well as trips to a bustling waterfront souq and the magnificent Al Alam Palace.

Muscat
Muscat

Day 3

Muscat

The Royal Opera House, a towering beacon portraying the long history of Muscat, awaits on the morning of this third day, as well as a look at the Stal Gallery. Afterwards there’s further cultural excursions to the Natural History Museum and Baushar archaeological site that dates back to the Iron Age. The afternoon takes on a completely new twist - and change of scenery: head to the Marina and embark on a private cruise around Muscat’s coastline.

Day 4

Al Hamra

Watch as the scenery evolves into the stunning natural beauty of Oman’s desert terrain as you make your way along the meandering 50-mile route from Muscat to the village of Al Hamra. Pass sparkling springs, ancient forts and slowly roll though isolated mountain villages. The day’s final destination, Al Hamra, is famous for its date plantations as well as beekeeping; there’s ample opportunity to see both of these ancient productions still thriving in the village today.

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About

Located on the rocky slopes of Jabal Shams mountain, The View in Al Hamra boasts breathtaking views from its elevated platform of 4,593 feet. As the very first eco-luxe retreat of its kind in Oman, it features 30 unique and distinctively designed pod-style rooms, all enveloped in refreshingly exotic vegetation.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Al Hamra
Al Hamra

Day 5

Al Hamra

A whole host of cultural visits await on this fifth day. After breakfast, head out to Jabrin, one of the finest of castles in the country, dating back to the 17th century. There’s a photo stop at Bahla Fort before the trip proceeds to a quaint pottery village where there’s a chance to try your hand at the local art alongside local professionals. After lunch, hit the road again with a visit to the oasis fort of Bahla before returning to the superb ‘The View’ hotel, overlooking the mountains of Al Hamra. 

Day 6

Wahiba Sands

A morning drive departs Al Hamra, making the scenic journey to the 17th-century ‘Round Tower Fort’; here you’ll be able to explore the ancient building and its surrounding ‘souq’, selling everything from cattle to intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) and ornamental silver jewellery. The remainder of the day is set aside for the journey to the famous Wahiba Sands, an incredible sea of red sand dunes - some of which rise as high as 500 feet. No hotels here, so bed down for the night in traditional Bedouin-style tents. 

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Why We Love This Hotel

Remote Location: The camp is secluded in the desert, with endless silken sands in all directions and spectacular craggy mountains in the distance. Guests literally go off the beaten path to find this desert camp oasis which offers luxury in complete isolation.

Desert Experiences: A variety of experiences are offered to keep you busy, from sunset camel safaris and a visit to a Bedouin family’s home, to quad biking and dune bashing.

Family Friendly: A getaway to the middle of the desert can be fun for the whole family with exciting kid-friendly activities such as camel rides and sand boarding on the dunes, comfort food options at the in-house restaurant, and a children’s play area suitable for toddlers and recreation room for older children and teens.

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Desert Nights Camp Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Remote Location: Magic Camps - Wahiba Sands is situated right in the heart of Sharqiya Sands, a 40-minute drive from the nearest road. This seclusion immerses visitors in desert life and guests can enjoy a peaceful retreat in the "middle of nowhere."

Sustainability: Magic Camps has a number of eco-friendly and responsible initiatives, including minimal plastic use, solar and battery energy rather than using a generator, eco bath amenities and choosing local products, especially in design. Quad bikes and dune buggies are forbidden, as the camp aims to emulate an authentic desert experience akin to Bedouin nomads, who leave no trace in their environment.

Chic Design: Remote, authentic and sustainable doesn't mean that design can't be fresh, contemporary and homely. Decor uses neutral-toned palettes, juxtaposing textures (many from natural materials and artisan detailing such as textiles and weaving) and a distinct "rustic chic" theme.

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Magic Camps - Wahiba Sands Preferred Hotel
Wahiba Sands
Wahiba Sands

Day 7

Salalah

Set your alarm clocks for dawn to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over the glowing red Wahiba Sands. Enjoy a campsite breakfast before journeying out towards the magnificent Wadi Bani Khalid, a deep valley that cuts into the mountainside with clear blue water lying beneath. A valley-top picnic precedes visits to a fish jetty and dhow factory, and there’s also time to stop by the pretty coastal town of Sur on the way back to the Muscat. From there, catch a plane to the southern city of Salalah and check in to your hotel.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Separated from the World Heritage-listed Al Baleed archaeological site by a freshwater lagoon and pressed up against a pristine, white-sand beach, the Anantara Salalah is a must for leisure guests.

Luxury: Guestrooms feature opulent accommodations while guests of the villas can while away days undisturbed from their private pools.

Family Friendly: Children will be reluctant to part with the Youth Club activities, providing their parents with time to concentrate on themselves, whether that means basking under the sun or enjoying a spa treatment.

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Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Alila Hinu Bay is secluded on Oman's southwest coast, a stone's throw from the ocean, along a stretch of idyllic private beach.

Back to Nature: Dining is focused on Zenful energy, tranquil settings and homegrown farm-to-table cuisine, while the Alila Spa only uses pure, all-natural ingredients in treatments and therapies.

Unique Locales & Sustainable Values: The Alila brand is known for incorporating destinations into properties, bringing refreshing character to luxury spaces, while adhering to natural, physical, and cultural elements of responsible travel.

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Alila Hinu Bay Preferred Hotel
Salalah
Salalah

Day 8

Salalah

Wake up surrounded by the greenery of Salalah, the southern Omani city known for its lush vegetation and Mediterranean climate. An interesting visit to the fishing village of Taqa is first on the day’s programme, and here you can explore the old town’s castle, fort and traditional Taqa stone houses. Stop by Khor Rori creek, the site of the ruined city of Samhuram, before passing through Mirbat, the ancient capital of Dhofar, and end the day with visits to the Biblical “Nabi Ayoub” Prophet Job’s Tomb, a real highlight of Salalah that is perched high up in the “Jebels” (mountains). 

Day 9

Departure

A morning flight, after breakfast of course, takes you from Salalah Airport to your original starting point, Muscat. Arrival in the capital marks the end of this nine-day trip, and guests are free to head on to their next destination of choice. 

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