Welcome to Oman
Experience the beauty of the Middle East in traditional Oman, a country not yet touched by the extravagance of its neighbours. Situated on the Arabian peninsula, Oman is a unique blend of vast rolling deserts, grand architecture and lush, vibrant scenery.
Uncover the hidden wonders that Oman has to offer by exciting four-wheel drive, from the infamous damask roses of the green mountains to the plethora of archaic forts that are sprinkled across these immense lands. As we journey through this ancient country, experience the geniality and warmth of the locals, whose pride and love for their homeland shines through. A country teeming with tradition and rich heritage, Oman is a cultural hotspot, with a story to be found on every twist and turn.
- Experience the majesty of the Grand Mosque
- Explore Oman’s magnificent deserts and mountains by Jeep
- Visit the breath-taking Grand Canyon of Oman
- Bask in the natural beauty of the lush valley Wadi Tiwi
- Relax on the tranquil sands of Fins Beach
Dates & Prices
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March 12 - March 21, 2019 (10 days)
Standard Blind Price: £2499 Book Now
Discounted Sighted Price: £1599 Contact us for availability
The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .
Standard Blind Price: 2049 GBP Book Now
Discounted Sighted Price: 1149 GBP Contact us for availability
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- Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
- 4 nights hotel accommodation at Haffa House Hotel in Muscat
- 3 nights hotel accommodation at Al Diyar Hotel in Nizwa
- 1 night accommodation at Safari Desert Camp in Wahiba sands
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
- Specified excursions
- Services of local guides
- Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
- City tour of Muscat
- Bait Al Zubait Museum
- Nakhl Hot Springs
- Mountains of Oman tour
- Nizwa Fort visit
- Jebel Shams Canyon
- Jabrin Fort
- Wahiba Sands
- Swim in the Wadi Tiwi and the Bimmah sinkhole
Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.
Tuesday 12th March
Today we depart the UK to begin our Omani adventure.
Overnight in Flight.
Wednesday 13th March
Arrive in Muscat and transfer to our hotel. The day is yours to relax after our journey.
Overnight in Muscat.
Thursday 14th March
Today we will start our discovery of Muscat with a city tour. Experience the opulence of the Grand Mosque and the embassy district of Muscat. We will then journey on to Muttrah, taking time to wander through the infamous souk and get a flavour of the sounds and fragrances of this infamous market. The tour will also take us past the Corniche water front, to Sultan’s Palace and Bait Al Zubair museum. Our city tour gives us a flavour of Muscat and the culture that thrives within the city. Be sure to take some time throughout the day to note the splendour of some of the buildings and their stark contrast to the scenic deserts and mountains we visit later in the trip.
The afternoon is yours at leisure to relax after a busy few days, or take this time to delve further into the fascinating history of Muscat.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Muscat.
Friday 15th March
Today we embark on a journey to explore the mountains of Oman. Along the way we will stop at Barka, a coastal town with a fort along its shoreline. We will then continue onto Nakhal, where we will explore the fortress that remains here. Nakhal means ‘palm’ and you can see where its name came from, with date palms stretching as far as the eye can see. Note how scenic the area is, with its own subterranean water supply meaning it is home to luscious greenery and tempting hot springs. Take a dip into the rejuvenating water and admire the natural beauty of your surroundings. Following on from this we will begin our journey to Nizwa, the old capital of Oman. On route we will travel through the Sumail Gap, a natural break between the western and eastern Hijars. The Gap is subject to myths and stories behind its origin and is an important part of the country’s history. We will arrive at Nizwa and settle into our hotel.
Breakfast and picnic lunch included. Overnight in Nizwa.
Day 5: Journey through Jebel Akhdar and the infamous Diana’s Point
Saturday 16th March
Today we visit Jebel Akhdar, which translates as ‘The Green Mountains’. On the way, we will drive through Birkat Al Mawz, one of the most well-known ruin villages in the Sultanate. This historic stop is home to a banana plantation and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will then continue to the Green Mountains, making stops along the way at local towns such as Wadi Bani Habib, Saiq and Al Ayn. Explore the abandoned villages and marvel at the intricate work that went into these now neglected buildings. We will also make a stop at “Diana’s Point’, named after the late Princess Diana. This stands at the top of Jebel Akhdar, where you can see the stretch of the Green Mountains and the villages that lie within while taking in the breath-taking scenery. We will end the trip with a lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel. Spend the afternoon recuperating after a busy morning, relax by the pool or take a stroll around the local town.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Nizwa.
Sunday 17th March
We begin our day by visiting the Nizwa Souk, known for the freshest of local produce. Here you can find anything from livestock, frankincense or a traditional Khanjar. The Nizwa Souk is one of the oldest market places in the country and remains authentic, not yet over run with touristy trinkets. Upon leaving the souk we will visit the Nizwa Fort, Oman’s most visited monument. We then make our way to the mountains, where we experience the warmth and geniality of the people of Misfat Al Abrein. Take in the simple beauty of this village before we head for lunch at a restaurant in Al Hamra. From here we will carry on with our tour to Jebel Shams, the highest mountain in Oman, famed for its ‘Arabian Grand Canyon’. Let yourself be transfixed by the beauty of these barren lands and the vastness of the plunging canyon. We will then return to our hotel for the evening, where the night is yours.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Nizwa.
Monday 18th March
Today our journey begins at the Jabrin Fort. This impressive castle boasts splendid painted ceilings, grand architecture and hidden passages. This magnificent fort dates back to 1675 and has a rich history, full of mysteries to discover. We will then visit Bahla, the pottery capital of Oman, Bahla has plenty to offer and is listed on UNESCO’s list of heritage monuments. Once our time is completed here, we journey onwards to the Wahiba Desert, breaking for lunch at Bidiya on route. We now head into the boundless sands of this immense desert, which stretches across 200km of land. Here we will meet with a Bedouin family, these desert nomads survive under the harshest conditions and will give an insight into life in the golden sands. Our travels for the day end at the Safari desert camp, where we will spend the night. Here we can really experience life in the desert, with the stillness of the night and the never-ending sky.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Wahiba sands.
Tuesday 19th March
Today we continue with our discovery of Oman, stopping at Wadi Tiwi, an oasis of emerald pools and lush greenery. Once again, be surprised by the flourishing vegetation that juxtaposes the emptiness of the rolling deserts. Spend your time here soaking up the tranquillity and peace of the waterfalls before we move on for lunch at the Wadi Shab Resort. After our lunch with a view overlooking the azure blue waters, we continue on to Fins beach. Take this time to relax on the glistening white sands and let sounds of the ocean transport you away from the stresses of day to day life. Our last visit of the day takes us to Bimmah sinkhole, the Hawaiyat Najm which translates to ‘Falling star’, as local legend says it was formed by a meteorite. The sinkhole itself is filled with tantalising blue waters, surrounded by layers of limestone. Once we have taken in this wonder we commence our travels back to Muscat, where we will spend the evening. On route we will pass through more wonderous mountain scenery and coastal views. Once we arrive at the hotel, the evening is yours at leisure.
Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Muscat.
Wednesday 20th March
Today is yours to unwind and reflect on the time we have spent in Oman. Use the day to repose by the pool, basking in the heat of the Arabian sun or take one final trip into Muscat for a final dose of culture.
Breakfast included. Overnight in Muscat.
Thursday 21st March
Today we depart from Muscat and head back to the UK.
An e-visa is required to travel to Oman for UK passport holders- additional information regarding this will be sent to you closer to departure.
- Grand Mosque – Women should wear attire covering their arms and legs and should cover their head with scarf. Men should wear normal shirt and trousers).
- Swimming in Wadis – Wadis are a public tourist area and hence, it attracts both tourist & locals equally. Keeping in mind the country’s culture, all women are requested to wear clothes up to the knees. T-shirts & shorts are fine. However, bikinis only are not recommended.
- Trekking – Take as little as possible as conditions are usually steep and hot. Boots are required and it should be lightweight but beware of the aggressive nature of the rocks. Trekking shoes and light coloured clothes are advisable.
- During other tours – Smart casuals are suitable especially if visiting local villages and meeting local people.
Single rooms are available at an additional cost of £300, subject to availability.