CULTURE AND HISTORY (CLASSIC TOUR)

  • 8

    Nights
  • &

  • 9

    Days

Destination Covered :

THE CAPITAL, MUSCAT - AL BATINAH SOUTH - NORTH & SOUTH ASH SHARQIYAH REGION

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DAY 01

ARRIVAL IN MUSCAT

Meet & greet upon arrival at Muscat International Airport by Jebel Shams Travel representative and assist you to the comforts of our vehicle to your hotel for check-in. This day you can relax and explore the down town, and be prepared for magnificent trip on the next day.

Overnight in Muscat - Breakfast included

DAY 02

MUSCAT CITY TOUR (WITH DOLPHIN WATCHING)

After breakfast, you will be met at the hotel with our tour guide for a  Muscat city tour. We will drive to Marina Bandar Ar-Rowdha for 2 hour Dolphin Watching tour. Then you will continue to drive along the picturesque Corniche with a photo stop at Al Alam Palace, the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos. This palace is surrounded by the 16th century twin Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Visit to Bait al Zubair Museum, a private collection exhibiting the wealth of Oman’s history and thus imparting knowledge about the country’s rich culture and traditions to the visitor. Take a short walk in the Corniche visiting the fish market and then reach the Muttrah Suq, Oman's largest traditional souq where you can bargain for souvenirs like handicrafts, frankincense, Omani khanjar and silver items.

Overnight at a Hotel in Muscat - Breakfast included

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DAY 03

MUSCAT AMOUAGE FACTORY - NAKHAL FORT AND HOT SPRING - WADI BANI AWF - NIZWA.

The journey starts with a visit of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in the Middle East. Later on tour we advance towards Amouage Factory it is a niche luxury fragrance house in Oman. Renowned for making some of the most finely crafted and exotic franrances around the world. The tour continues driving through the new Batinah Expressway. Next stop is the Oasis of Nakhal and the "Ain Al Thowarah" where you can witness the natural hot springs. This hot springs have medicament importance, complete with a visit of Nakhal fort which is the highest fort in Oman. We then drive through the spectacular Wadi Bani Awf. This stretch of graded inroad is very adventurous. Overnight stay in Nizwa.

Overnight at a Hotel in Nizwa - Breakfast included

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DAY 04

BAHLA - MISFAT AL ABRIYEEN - AL HAMRA - JEBEL SHAMS

This day we will drive towards Bahla which is famous for its ancient fort and its pottery, a delightful old town that preserved its traditions. The whole site is surrounded by a protective wall of 12 km long which still stands. Next, you will visit the famous Pottery Centre and Bahla Fort which was built in the late 17th century (UNESCO Heritage Site). We will head down the mountains towards Misfah Al Abriyeen, which is an ancient village that you can walk though ancient falaj system with a pleasant different shade of fruits. We will stop then at the Bait Al-Safah, a heritage house at Al Hamra, where local woman show the real Omani life style. Then we will continue driving to the Jebel Shams mountain (the highest point in the Arabian Gulf 3005 m) – which is known as the Grand Canyon of Oman. This evening you can relax and explore the Jebel Shams Mountain.

Overnight at a Resort in Jebel Shams - Breakfast and Dinner included

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DAY 05

GRAND CANYON - AL AYN ANCIENT TOMBS - JABREEN CASTLE - NIZWA

After breakfast we travel to the Jebel Shams Grand Canyon and make a stop at Wadi Nakhr, which is a narrow canyon. It is geologically spectacular, being one of the deepest canyons on the planet. Passing by the local village where the main activity of weaving is carried out over this region. After that the journey continues towards “Ancient Al Ayn Tombs” which is a remarkable area of (UNESCO World Heritage) and then a visit to the Jabreen Castle which was a famous learning science center of Islamic Law, History, Arabic, Medicine and Astrology. This day's tour ends in Nizwa, which was once the ancient capital of Oman.

Overnight in Nizwa - Breakfast included

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DAY 06

NIZWA - BIRKAT AL MOUZ - JEBEL AKHDAR

In the morning we will discover Nizwa city by visiting its powerful Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, one of the most powerful and impressive fort in Oman. Then you will be strolling through Nizwa Suq. The journey continues towards Birkat al Mouz and its ancient ruins - a real ghost town located at the bottom of Jebel Akhdar. It is an oasis immerse in a lush green banana and date plantations.  Follow a nice road to reach the Sayq Plateau at the top of Jebel Akhdar mountain where there are interesting terraced gardens. A variety of fruits like pomegranates, apricot, and lemon are grown here. Rose gardens are also present and they bloom in April. After a short tour inside one of the oldest village in the area, you will return to Nizwa at your hotel.

Overnight in Nizwa - Breakfast included

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DAY 07

IBRA OLD TOWN - WADI BANI KHALID - WAHIBA DESERT

Morning after breakfast the tour starts with a walk through the remains of the old Ibra village with its style of clay houses. These houses show a deep history testimony to its past close trading links with East Africa influential merchants that were residing in Zanzibar. Proceed then to Wadi Bani Khalid and its refreshing natural pool. Take the lunch there before drive deep into the heart of Wahiba Sands. We arrive at your hotel (camp with all the comforts) before sunset to ensure you experience of the camel riding, as you wish and enjoy the sunset from the top of the dunes. Afterwards we will enjoy a typical Bedouin dinner with traditional music (music is provided by the camp and depend on the number of the guests at the camp).

Overnight in Wahiba Sands - Breakfast and Dinner included

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DAY 08

WAHIBA - AL HAMOUDA MOSQUE - RAS AL HADD

After breakfast leave the Wahiba Sands and continue driving towards the Arabian Sea. The first stop is Ja’alan Bani Bu Ali to visit from outside the old mosque Al Hamouda, unique in its genre. Proceeding along the coastal road you will reach Ras al Hadd. Check-in  your room, take the dinner and reach the turtle reserve to watch thegiant  Green Turtles in their breeding ground.

Overnight at a Resort in Ras Al Hadd - Breakfast and Dinner included

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DAY 09

SUR - COASTAL WADIS - WHITE SANDS BEACH - MUSCAT AND DEPARTURE

Today in the morning we will drive towards the village of Sur which is an ancient sea port famous for building Arabian dhows in the traditional way. We then have a short stop at Qalhat where there is the Mausoleum of Bibi Maryam Tomb (This Mausoleum was built for Baha al-Din Ayaz, successor Mahmud b. Ahmad al-Qusi al-Qalhati the founder of the Hormuz Empire which flourished in the 8th/14th century. The mausoleum was built by the wife of Baha al-Din, Maryam, and is thus calling the Bibi Maryam mausoleum). Then drive further along the coastal towards Wadi Tiwi, at its entrance you can take lovely picture, then proceed to Wadi Shab with its green pools and lush plantations, here we’ll enjoy a walk through the Wadi.
Then we drive to Muscat via Quriyat, which is a quite fishing village and famous of it resistance to Portuguese invasion. Rooms in day-use to take a shower before the departure.

Terms and conditions

    The package is inclusive of:

  • Transfers
  • A/C Vehicle
  • Guide

    The package is exclusive of:

  • Visa Entry
  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature