Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
Oman’s diverse terrain, fascinating blend of cultures and undeniable natural beauty are all wrapped up perfectly in this five-day trip, which takes you from Muscat to Al Hamra, Wahiba Sands, Ras al Jinz and then back to the capital. Perfect for the adventure seeker, three of the four nights here are spent away from the luxury of a hotel; let the ocean waves gently lull you to sleep in the decks of a catamaran, set up camp on the vast dunes of Wahiba Sands, and stay at Ras al Jinz’s scientific center in an effort to catch a glimpse of the elusive sea turtles frequenting the beach at night. Other highlights include stops at Sur, where you’ll explore ancient forts - not forgetting an afternoon spent visiting the long list of cultural attractions in the city of Nizwa.
Your trip commences upon arrival at the Wave Marina, where you’ll be met by trained team members and given a short introduction and safety briefing. Depart Muscat’s glistening bay for a leisurely sail towards the Ad Dimaniyat Islands. There’s diving and snorkeling opportunities on the way, with the best underwater excursions on the north side of the islands. Enjoy a sunset dinner and overnight stay on your catamaran.
Head to the Marina at Mussanah in the morning after a breakfast on the water. Back on dry land, the tour proceeds to Al Hamra via Wadi bani Auf - a gorgeous valley that sinks deep into the mountainside. The 50-mile route to Al Hamra passes some charming scenery and quaint local villages - remember to look out for the date plantations for which this region has become so famous.
Depart your hilltop hotel in the mountainous town of Al Hamra, making your way towards the built-up city of Nizwa, the second-most visited in the country. A half-day tour takes you to the famous Round Tower Fort and the main ‘souq’ for an unforgettable shopping experience. Continue on to Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of desert terrain characterized by flowing red dunes stretching for hundreds of miles. Enjoy dinner next to your campsite before tucking yourself in for the night under the stars.
Pack up your bags on the dunes and take a quick look at a nearby Bedouin house - a great opportunity to see how locals live in the vast desert wilderness. The route to Ras al Jinz, the final stop of the day, takes you past the coastal town of Sur, with visits to a popular fish jetty, a fort and a boat factory. Upon arrival at Ras al Jinz, check in at the local scientific center before making the short walk to the beach, escorted by trained guides ready to watch turtles coming to nest on the sands.
On this final day of the trip you’ll be returning to Muscat, although there’s plenty of time to squeeze in more activities before your departure, such as a quick swim at ‘Fins Beach’ and also a worthwhile stop-off at Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with turquoise water down below. The return to Muscat in the afternoon marks the end of this short but remarkable five-day trip across Oman.