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Oman: Land Of Arabia
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Oman: Land of Arabia

8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey

Muscat, Wahiba Sands, Jabal Akhdar & Nizwa

Little-visited Oman is one of the most beautiful countries of the Arabian Peninsula, offering the adventurous traveler a combination of breathtaking natural landscapes and fascinating cultural heritage. On this journey, visit the ancient Muttrah souq in the intriguing capital of Muscat and explore the historic inland walled town of Nizwa. Discover magnificent forts, colorful local markets, the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands and the stunning spectacle of Wadi Ghul, the Grand Canyon of Oman.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Muscat

    Upon arrival in Muscat, you will be escorted to your luxurious seaside resort.

    Al Bustan Palace & Resort - 3 Nights
  • Day 2
    Muscat

    Discover Muscat's enchanting blend of ancient and modern. Explore the grand Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Wander the narrow, covered alleys of Muttrah's souk where the exotic fragrances of enticing perfumes and aromas of ground coffee and other spices fill the air. Delve into Omani culture at the fascinating Bair Al Zubair Museum. And finish your travels with a walking tour of the old city, a fascinating place to wander around. This evening, indulge in a convivial dinner at the private home of an Omani family.

    Al Bustan Palace & Resort (B, D)
  • Day 3
    Muscat

    Rise early to visit the bustling Seeb fish market and Barka souq. Today's journey takes you from the country's agricultural heartland through scenic valleys dotted with historic forts, including the strongholds of Bait Na'am and Nakhl. You may continue through the white valley of Wadi Abyad to the village of Wakan to learn about the old
    traditions in this harsh mountain environment. Alternatively, return to Muscat and relax in the hot springs of Thowarah.

    Al Bustan Palace & Resort (B)
  • Day 4
    To Wahiba Sands

    Embark on a journey to the desert - once the hub for trade with Zanzibar, India and China - stopping at the women's market at Ibra on the way. This afternoon, visit Al Mansfah village, a community of mansions once owned by prosperous merchants of the 19th century. Proceed to the beautiful Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque river valley, which stands in stark contrast to the surrounding desert. Late this afternoon, head out into the desert for a night under the stars at a deluxe tented camp.

    Desert Nights Tented Camp - 1 Night (B, D)
  • Day 5
    To Jabal Akhdar

    Experience the magnificent Wahiba Sands, a vast sea of undulating red and white sand dunes rising up 600 feet. Walk over the dunes or enjoy a short camel ride. Later, immerse yourself in the ancient world of the nomads as you meet one of the Bedouin families to learn more about their lives in the desert. Visit the Sinaw cattle market, and then continue to the rich plantations of Birkat al Mauz. Walk through a mountain village to see the intricate systems of irrigation and agriculture.

    Alila Jabal Akhdar - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 6
    Jabal Akhdar

    Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Nizwa's weekly cattle market. See the city's tower fort before continuing to the charming old town of Al Hamra to walk among the old mud houses, one of which is thought to be 400 years old, and to Misfah, one of the most picturesque villages in Oman. Tour the interior of Jabrin Castle, an excellent example of Omani residential architecture, and view the huge fort at Bahla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the outside. Then stand in awe at Wadi Ghul, the Grand Canyon of Oman before visiting some traditional villages.

    Alila Jabal Akhdar (B)
  • Day 7
    To Muscat

    En route to Muscat, pass through spectacular scenery and local villages.

    Al Bustan Palace & Resort - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 8
    Depart Muscat

    Return to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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