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Discover Oman

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Experience the natural delights and golden desert landscapes, camp overnight in the Wahiba Sands and explore Nizwa, one of the oldest cities in Oman
  • Product Code 29400
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, New Holidays, Pioneer Holidays
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Moderate, Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 9 Nights

From Muscat, we follow the coastline southwards where wadi (valley) walks take us along river beds, some running with water, and through narrow gorges surrounded by flora and fauna.

The dunes of Wahiba Sands reach from the eastern Hajar Mountains to the Arabian Sea offering a landscape rich in colour and starlit skies, home to Bedouins for centuries. From our desert camp we’ll explore in 4x4 vehicles, including some dune bashing, see camel trains, and watch the sun set in breathtaking surroundings.

In the Hajar mountain range, from Nizwa, we explore the impressive Jebel Akhdar Mountain, rich with fruit orchards, Wadi Ghul - the Grand Canyon of Arabia - and Jabal Shams, the highest and most impressive of mountains in the region. The healing warm springs of Ayn A’ Thowarah brings this memorable journey to an end.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the contrasting terrains of green valleys and barren mountains, white beaches and amber hued desert dunes.
  • Walk through the villages and wadis of the Jebel Akhdar plateau with stunning views at every turn.
  • Watch the sun set and stars in the night sky from our tented desert camp in the majestic Wahiba Sands.
  • Explore the old capital of Nizwa with its winding streets and ancient fort.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Muscat (Oman Air)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation with one lunch
      Knowledgeable local English speaking walking and sightseeing guides
      All entrance fees
      All local transport including coach and 4x4 vehicles.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5/SS

  1. Day 1

    Travelling on a comfortable day flight, we arrive into Muscat, Oman's capital, and transfer to our hotel for check in and dinner at the hotel

  2. Day 2

    After breakfast, we explore Muscat visiting the Grande Mosque (dress code applies), see the Sultan's Palace flanked by the 16th century forts of Jalali and Mirani and glimpse the old town and see the Muttrah Souq which is located on the Corniche. Later this afternoon, we'll transfer to the pier to take a sunset cruise along the coastline in a traditional style Dhow., before dinner at a local restaurant.

  3. Day 3

    We leave Muscat this morning (travelling in 4x4 vehicles) travelling along the coast road to Wadi Al Arbyeen, a quiet place that lends itself for a walk (approx 1 hour) past isolated villages on the river banks. We arrive at our next accommodation with time for lunch (included) before an afternoon exploration of Wadi Tiwi, a spectacular deep and narrow gorge cut into the mountains. Our walk (approx. 1 hour) takes in emerald pools, date and banana plantations and gurgling falaj (or springs). We return to our accommodation, which has its own beachfront, for dinner and overnight.

  4. Day 4

    We travel  slightly further south this morning to the city of Sur, famous for its Dhow building. The shipyards still function today and we may be lucky to see dhows being built by hand as we visit. After time for lunch, we leave the coast behind and head inland to the magnificent desert of Wahiba Sands, whose dunes cover an area of over 200kms.  Bedouin desert camps come into view as we travel and the dunes change colour as the sun sets, with hues of reds, oranges and browns and are a spectacular sight to see. After exploring the dunes by our 4x4 we overnight at the camp enjoying traditional Bedouin cuisine and hospitality.

  5. Day 5

    After exploring the dunes some more this morning, and having our Bedouin breakfast, we leave the desert  for the historical capital of Oman, the city of Nizwa. En route we visit Sinaw Souq (or market) and see the village of Birkt Al Mauz, (walk of approx. 30 minutes) which lies in the foothills of Jabal Akhdar, in lush plantations of dates irrigated by the falaj system. We continue to Nizwa with dinner at our hotel.

  6. Day 6

    Today is a day to explore Jebel Akhdar, or Green Mountain. Here the cooler mountain air and greater rainfall creates a verdant landscape in the Hajar mountian range. Our hike will take approx. 3.5-4 hours (with opt out points) at higher altitude from the village of Al Aqur to Sayq following old mountain paths which link villages showcasing terraced farms, ancient irrigation systems and with wonderful views over Wadi Muhaydin. The changing seasons are clearly seen in the mountain villages with the variety of crops and fruits. Today's walk can be described as one of the best in Oman.

  7. Day 7

    We take our transport today and head out after breakfast for Jebal Shams, Oman's highest mountain at just over 3000m. Our walk from the village of Al Hamra takes us along the W6a route for approx 3 hours where we then take transport up to the mountain peak. We'll see the village of Misfah, built into the side of the mountain and see Wadi Gul, known as the Grand canyon of Arabia as we make our way back to Nizwa.

  8. Day 8

    We visit Nizwa town and its souq this morning before exploring the fort with its 360 degree citadel tower. The fort's museum has an interesting timeline comparing the history of Oman and the Middle East with the rest of the world. After time for lunch, we take our 4x4 vehicles and driver to Jebel Misht to see the impressive beehive tombs of BAT dotted along the impressive backdrop of Jebel Misht, or comb mountain. BAT, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an ancient necropolis with over 100 burial sites

  9. Day 9

    We leave the desert town of Nizwa to make our way back to Muscat. En route we travel via Mussanah enjoying the tapestry of mountain colours at Wadi Bani Auf as we go. At Nakhal we see the 17th century fort, one of the most impressive in Oman, dramatically located at the edge of the Jebel Akhdar mountains, surrounded by an oasis. Here it is reported that the oasis has healing warm springs with waters running up to 45'C, and we will have the opportunity to take a dip! We arrive into Muscat with time to enjoy our farewlell dinner at a local restaurant.

  10. Day 10

    With a relaxed morning, perhaps with time for a dip in the hotel pool or a late breakfast, we make our way to Muscat's Seeb airport for our flight back to the UK. Again, taking advantage of a day flight, we arrive back into London with time to connect home.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Muscat (Oman Air)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.30mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Falaj Daris

The Hotel Falaj Daris is located on the edge of the city of Nizwa, Oman's historical capital. All 55 rooms are en suite with mini bar, in room safe, wi-fi, climate control, and satellite TV. Hairdryers are available on request. Rooms can be offered as twin bedded or double. Hotel facilities include a multi-cuisine restaurant, bar and a swimming pool and terrace. Perfect after a day of walking and sightseeing!

 

 

 

 

 


Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp

The Sama Al Wasil camp is in the heart of Wahiba Sands and is an exciting experience. Surrounded by sand dunes all around it gives the feeling of remoteness from the outside world.Accommodation consists of  simple but comfortable chalets with en suite facilities (shower only), air conditioning, towels, outside and seating area. You will find a shared lounge to retreat to after a dinner, which is cooked onsite. Eating under the stars is a great experience!

 

 

 

 

 


Wadi Shaab Resort

Situated on the coast overlooking the Sea of Oman and with the Hajar Mountains as a backdrop, the Wadi Shaab Resort has a private beach, an outdoor pool, and complimentary wifi in all areas. All rooms are ensuite (with shower) and have TV, mini-fridge,  climate control, and hairdryer. Rooms are in individual buildings throughout the resort and there is a restaurant in the grounds, which overlooks the sea