Muscat City Tour Arrival at Muscat International Airport
TBA – Meet and Assist upon arrival with our English Speaking airport representative, guest will be transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel
TBA – Guest will pick–up from the hotel and start their tour Muscat Tour by visiting Muttrah Souq, one of the most popular souqs in the Middle East. Take a walk in its labyrinthine alleyways beckoning with a myriad of merchandise, from imported fabrics to exotic Oriental spices, perfumes and richly handcrafted Artifacts. A visit to this frenetic, pulsating hub of Muscat‟s old quarter makes for a delightful experience. Next, guest will be taken for a visit to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said the ruler of Oman. The palace is an architectural marvel for both its design and its location between the twin Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali (A brief photograph stop from outside only). Any one of the Muscat Museum, after the tour, back to hotel
Overnight at Muscat Hotel
Breakfast and check out from the hotel
09:00 Hrs – Guest will pick–up from the hotel and start their tour by visiting Nizwa, tourist site par excellence and the first capital of the Sultanate of Oman in the sixth and seventh centuries. Nizwa has managed to retain its charm through the centuries with its strong and its guard tower that protects the city against invaders. This is the land of Imam Ibn Al Julanda first democratically appointed imam in the seventh century. Visit the fort surrounded by palm trees. This fort built in the seventeenth century by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’ruba. Nizwa Souq is the city, famous for its handicrafts and agricultural products, has an expansive souq with an array of products. The souq bustles with vendors selling everything from meat, fish, fruits and Nizwa is renowned for its silver jewelry which is considered to be the best in the country. Its people are masters in Khanjar making (curved dagger), recognized for its distinctive style and patterns. They also make copper ware, coffee pots, swords, leather goods and pottery. We continue our drive to Bahla. It is a town in Ad Dakhiliyah, Oman. It is famous for its ancient fort and its pottery. The town is 40 km away from Nizwa and about 200 km from Muscat the capital. The old Bahla Fort with its 12 km (seven miles) wall is the oldest fort in Oman. The fort is believed to have been built in pre-Islamic times and is now undergoing reconstruction sponsored by UNESCO and the site is included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage site. All area rounded by the old wall is called Bahla Oasis and it is listed as an old area. Bahla pottery is famous throughout Oman, and is in great demand from tourists. A short distance beyond Bahla lays the Castle of Jabreen. This massive three-storied was built during Al Ya’ruba dynasty in the mid-17th century. It is a fine example of Islamic architecture with beautiful wooden inscriptions and paintings on the ceilings. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then our last stop will be at Wahiba Sand. (Dune bashing, enjoying the sun set view and will visit Bedouin family will have dates & traditional coffee with them). The Wahiba Sands or Ramlat al-Wahiba (also called Sharqiya Sands) is a region of desert in Oman. The region is named for the Wahiba tribe. The area is defined by a boundary of 180 kilometers (110 mi) north to south and 80 kilometers (50 mi) east to west, with an area of 12,500 square kilometers (4,800 sq mi). The desert has been of scientific interest since a 1986 expedition by the royal geographical society documented the diversity of the terrain, the flora and fauna, noting 16,000 invertebrates as well as 200 species of other wildlife, including avifauna. They also documented 150 species of native flora. Dinner at the camp
*Overnight at Wahiba sand Camp
TBA – Client will pick up from the camp and transfer to RAKKA area
Breakfast and set off early. A short drive to, Al Raaka gateway to the desert. The horses, which will have arrived“. Set off riding on a sand track, firstly along a valley past Bedu homesteads where camels are penned. A picnic lunch and after a siesta under thorn tress, ride on in the cool afternoon to find camp which will be set up ahead by the back up team.
*Overnight in a mobile tented camp
Day 4 – 7
Over the next 4 days you cross the Wahiba, a huge desert of 10,000 square km.
This is a real challenge for all but the perfect place to spend time with the Bedu who have inhabited this desert for centuries. The Omanis Bedus are very proud and hospitality is an important part of their way of life. You will be invited into nomadic camps, made of palm leaves, and perhaps meet some of the camel caravans that still traverse this desert – the Omanis are famous for breeding the best camels of the middle east. The ride follows the same route as the caravans, the route of the wells or ‘Tiwis’ where a few Bedu families still live, the most famous of which is Tiwi Amal, owned by Hamal who is over 90 years of age. To avoid the heat of the day you will copy the Bedu and ride in the early morning and late afternoon / evening (or even at night), with long mid-day siestas. You ride south eastward for the most part, along tracks of compact sand which allow good progress, the Arab horses showing you what great stamina they have. Every day is different offering stunning multicolored landscapes and encounters with wildlife before the heat of the day are possible. Every evening the team of Wahiba Bedu will set up the mobile camp and prepare the food. The last camp is close to the sea and hopefully grilled fish will be on the menu! Here you will see fishing Bedu of the coast, who wear green and white ‘kefirs’ (like the turtles) rather than the red and white of the desert Bedu.
*Last camping night with sea view!
10:00 Hrs – Guest will pick-up from the Guheid and drive to Sur;
it is an ideal location in the northeast province of Sharquia and is a seafaring town, a fishing village and a trading port all in one. The highlight of the town is the dhow builder‟s yard on the coast just beyond the town. Sur started trading activities with the African coast as early as the 16th century A.D. a drive through its labyrinthine streets reveals many fine old houses with caved doors, arabesque windows and other intricate details. We continue our drive to Wadi Tiwi. It is spread over an area of 36 kilometers (22.37 miles) at the foot of the mountain village of Mibam. It is a fertile wadi that meanders through a number of agricultural villages which grow dates and bananas overlooking the majestic mountains. You can also see the valley below, and the azure waters of the sea from some elevated locations. Wadi Shab; Wadi Shab literally means „Ravine between the cliffs‟. The green pools and abundant shade give Wadi shab an almost ethereal aura.
Lunch at a local restaurant Our last stop will be at Bimmah Sink Hole, it is a spectacular limestone crater created many years ago by a collapsing mountain and filled with blue-green sea water – a real wonder of nature that is definitely worth a look. After the tour back, to Muscat Dinner at the hotel
*Overnight at Muscat Hotel
Breakfast and check out at the hotel
12:00 noon – Standard check out time
TBA – Guest will pick-up from the hotel and will be transferred to Muscat International Airport