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Oman, a country full of contrasts - immerse yourself in the world of traditional souks and natural beauty. You are in for a treat.
During the city tour of Muscat, you will see the biggest sights of the city. The Sultan Qaboos Mosque is your first destination.
On the way there, you can also take a great photo of the Royal Opera House, the largest opera house in the Arab world.
You will stroll through the old town until you reach Muscat's harbor. See how the sellers bargain for fresh fish at the fish market.
Incense, spices and lots of jewelry. At the oldest market in Arabia, the Muttrah Souk, you can haggle for a souvenir or two.
The Al-Alam Palace of the Sultan serves exclusively representative purposes. Pull out your camera, because the luminous facade is a real eye-catcher.
In the Wadi Shab riverbed, an exciting hike and a magnificent scenery await you.
Wadi Shab boasts small natural pools that you can relax in.
On the way to the Wahiba Desert, you will make a short stop in the picturesque harbor town of Sur and visit the dhow shipyard.
Wahiba Desert - a seemingly endless, remote expanse.
See the intimate connection between human and animal right here.
The mysterious oasis known as Wadi Bani Khaled is a mandatory stop. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit!
Relax in the natural pools of Wadi Bani Khalid and unwind.
Nizwa is the spiritual center of Oman and served as its capital until 1789.
Of course a visit to a local souk has to be included in your itinerary. Look at everything and haggle for a typical souvenir.
Climb the fortress of Nizwa, because from its observation deck you can enjoy a great view over the city.
Jabrin Castle was built in the 17th century and is a must-see during your stay in Nizwa.
Another highlight in Nizwa is the Bahla Fort. It is the oldest and largest of all Omani castles.
View of Misfat Al Abriyeen - a small mountain village in the middle of a fascinating landscape.
Shortly before Muscat, you will make a last stop in Nakhal and visit the 350-year-old castle.
Enjoy a magnificent view of the mountainous countryside from your viewing platform.
Explore the contrasts: from the capital to the Wahiba Desert and the Hajar Mountains
Discover the "real" Oman: traditional souks & authentic villages
Relax at the mysterious oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid
Stay in a Bedouin tent and experience a fairy tale from 1001 Arabian nights
Experience Omani hospitality: Lunch with a local family
The perfume of numerous spices and incense is in the air - typical Oman! Immerse yourself in the world of the Omanis and experience the city of Muscat in all its splendor through its traditional souks and sights. On this trip, we will also take you to the golden Wahiba Desert and the stony Hajar Mountains, where you will experience your personal 1001 Arabian Nights fairy tale.
Once you land at the Muscat International Airport, you will be greeted by an English-speaking employee of our partner agency, who will accompany you to the Premium Plaza Lounge. After completing all entry formalities, your personal 1001 Arabian Nights fairy tale will start. Your destination today is the 5-star luxury hotel called The Chedi Muscat. A representative of our partner agency will take you to the transfer vehicle and you will check into your hotel.
After freshening up in your room, the first highlight of your trip awaits you: a 90-minute-long Arabian Sea Wave massage in the Chedi Muscat’s famous spa. Here you can recover from your journey to the sounds of classical music.
Feeling fresh from your pampering session, you will join a boat cruise in the afternoon, which will take you along Muscat's coast with a local captain. Experience the capital of Oman as night falls and savor its glorious sunset.
2 nights at The Chedi Muscat***** in Serai Room with breakfast and lunch, Muscat, Oman
After a rich breakfast at the hotel’s buffet, your tour guide will be waiting you for a discovery tour of Muscat. Life in the east, settlements, magnificent mosques and many green spaces make up this capital of millions. Your first stop on the city tour is the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world and the main mosque of the Gulf state of Oman. Completed in 2001, the Sultan Qaboos Mosque is one of the most impressive and important sights in the country. In addition to its white marble facade and its enormous murals with floral patterns, the mosque boasts a beautiful garden. Stroll along numerous bushes, temple trees and other deciduous trees and take in the imposing structure. And don’t forget to take some spectacular photos of the "Great Mosque".
Next on your itinerary is the embassy district, where you can catch a glimpse of the largest opera house in the Arab world, the Royal Opera House. Together with numerous locals (called Omanis), you will stroll through the busy streets until you reach the old town and Muscat's harbor, where you will visit the fish and vegetable market. Experience Oman in its unfiltered state. Watch the traders and buyers haggling and see how the freshly caught fish from the Gulf of Oman are scaled and taken apart.
Afterwards, today’s journey leads you to the Muttrah Souk, one of the oldest markets of Arabia. Varied, colorful and bustling, this traditional market is the perfect place to dive into the world of spices and haggle for a typical souvenir - it is really worth it!
After your first impressions of Oman, visit the Al Alam Palace. Built in 1972, the royal palace is one of the most famous buildings in Oman and nowadays serves exclusively representative purposes. Although Sultan's Palace is not open to the public, it is definitely worth a visit and beautiful to look at. Its facade shines in bright blue and gold, surrounded by the Jalali and Mirani forts built by the Portuguese.
From here you can easily get to the Bait Al Zubair Museum. Have you always wanted to learn about Omani culture, customs and traditions? Then this is the right place for you! Learn everything about the history of the Gulf state of Oman and its typical clothes, weapons and traditional jewelry.
Around noon, you will depart for the luxurious Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah - Al Bandar hotel complex. The Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah is situated in a dreamy setting, on a 500-meter-long private beach. It offers a wide range of first-class international and local dishes. On what is arguably Oman's most beautiful terrace, enjoy a delicious lunch with a magnificent view of the Gulf of Oman before reaching your hotel in the early afternoon. (B/M)
Duration of the journey: approx. 100 km
After breakfast at the hotel, leave the megacity of Muscat and drive over the mountain ranges of the eastern Hajar Mountains to the fishing village of Fins. Relax on the white sandy beach and enjoy a refreshing dip in the Arabian Sea surrounded by magnificent scenery. After refreshments, continue to the Wadi Shab riverbed - where a hike through a gorge with small date plantations and steep rock walls awaits you. Afterwards, look forward to the pools filled with crystal clear water and enjoy yourself here.
On the way to the Wahiba Desert, stop in the harbor town of Sur and visit the dhow shipyard. Learn here how traditional boats are still made today without nails or glue, according to ancient custom.
After the short stop in Sur, continue along the coast and pass small fishing villages, colorful shimmering stone fields and golden sand plains. Always keep your camera handy: With a little luck, camels, goats and donkeys will cross your path.
In the course of the afternoon, you will reach your destination for today, the 1000 Nights Camp in the middle of the Wahiba Desert.
Duration of the journey: approx. 350 km
2 nights at 1000 Nights Camp *****(or similar) in Ameer Tent with breakfast and dinner, Wahiba Desert, Oman.
In the morning, take the opportunity to fully enjoy the silence of the desert. Later, you will have the opportunity to experience Omani hospitality while having lunch with a Bedouin family.
Just a few kilometers from the Wahiba Desert is the famous oasis known as Wadi Bani Khalid, a turquoise natural pool up to two meters deep. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit: it’s time to unwind in the pleasant natural pool and relax with a good book under shady palm trees.
In the afternoon, you will drive back to the camp and have the chance to experience the sunset from an unforgettable perspective: You will climb a lonely dune and can watch the unique play of colors in peace and quiet - a dream come true.
Duration of the trip: approx. 120 km
Today your itinerary takes you further towards the Hajar Mountains. On your way there you will make a stop in Ibra, a medieval village, and learn more about Omani hospitality during lunch with a Bedouin family. After refreshments, set off for Sinaw and visit the original souks there. Follow the smell of fresh spices and incense in the air of the winding alleys and watch Bedouin and Omani families selling their goods.
Afterwards, continue to Birkat Al Mauz, an abandoned mud village at the foot of Mount Jebel Akhdar. You will walk past date plantations and water channels (Aflaj) to the old village center and experience one of the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Oman, the Aflaj system.
In the breathtaking nature of this green oasis, enjoy a delicious picnic prepared for you by your guide.
Duration of your trip: approx. 260 km
2 nights at Alila Jabal Akhdar ***** in Mountain View Room on full board basis, Jabal Akhdar, Oman.
The city of Nizwa is the spiritual center of Oman - and also its capital until 1789. Come by and explore the traditional souk, known for its silverware and Bahla pottery. But the souk also offers everything from antiques to numerous spices and fresh meats. Stroll along individual stalls and sample dates and Arabic coffee.
A mandatory experience for everyone getting to know Oman trip is a visit to the fortress of Nizwa. Climb the observation deck and enjoy a great view over the entire city and the surrounding mountains - just spectacular!
Afterwards, you will visit the castle of Jabrin. Built in the 17th century and lovingly renovated, it is considered the most beautiful in all of Oman. Feel transported back to a bygone era and see how people used to live here.
Another highlight of your Nizwa tour is the UNESCO-listed Bahla Fort, the oldest and largest of all Omani castles. Take in the magnificent fort and don’t forget to take some great photos.
At Bait al Safa, you will dive back into the life of an Omani family for an authentic experience where you will learn about the lifestyles, customs and traditions of the Omanis.
Duration of the trip: approx. 270 km
In the late afternoon, you will drive back to the hotel and end the day with a cool drink.
After breakfast at the hotel, pack your bags for the very last time and start the day with a walk through the picturesque mountain village of Misfat Al Abriyeen. Stroll through its traditional alleys and experience multi-story mud houses surrounded by a fascinating mountain landscape.
You will leave your 5-star mountain resort and pass the small village of Bilad Sayt. Far away amidst the protective mountains of Rustaq, the village embodies a traditional charm and sense of rural solitude. Green date palms and terraced fields define this beautiful region.
Enjoy an exclusive picnic here amid stunning surroundings.
Before you finally drive towards Muscat, make a last stop in Nakhal. Here you will visit the 350-year-old castle, located on a small hill. Take in the imposing fortress and enjoy the fascinating view of the mountainous surrounding countryside.
Once you get back to Muscat, you will be transported to the international airport of Muscat and start your return flight with all kinds of new, impressions and an insight into a previously unknown culture. If you wish to extend your stay in Oman, we will be happy to assist you.
Duration of the trip: approx. 340 km
The Chedi Muscat *****, Muscat, Oman (2 nights)
The luxurious Chedi Muscat is located on a 370-meter-long private beach on the Gulf of Oman. Due to its ideal location and first-class service, it is a dream come true for all travelers in the Middle East. Look forward to 158 country-style rooms and villas equipped with all amenities, including a rain shower, a flat-screen TV, and a complimentary minibar. Food-wise, you will also get your money's worth at The Chedi Muscat: from national specialties to Japanese delicacies and international dishes, you'll be completely spoiled here. The spa also leaves nothing to be desired. Relax in the largest spa in Muscat and enjoy individual and discreet service.
1000 Nights Camp *****, Wahiba Desert, Oman (2 nights)
The 1000 Nights Camp is located in the heart of the Wahiba Desert, surrounded by impressive dunes. Built in the Omani Bedouin style, the camp has 30 Bedouin tents, all furnished with an Arabian rug. The luxurious Amer Tent rooms offer a private terrace, a private bathroom, a refrigerator and coffee and tea facilities. The in-house restaurant serves traditional dishes as well as international meals. The outdoor pool invites you to relax with a cool drink after an eventful day in the Wahiba Desert.
Alila Jabal Akhdar *****, Jabal Akhdar, Oman (2 nights)
Located on a plateau 2000 meters above sea level, this luxurious mountain resort is the ideal base for exploring the spectacular mountain scenery of Al Hajar. All 78 rooms and suites are located in the main building of the resort and are furnished in modern Arabian style. The in-house restaurant, Juniper, will spoil you with culinary delights. Sample local dishes and international delicacies here. In the resort's modern spa area, you can expect special treatments that will bring your body and mind back into harmony.
Duration of the trip: 7 days / 6 nights