Discover one of the most fascinating and beautiful countries of the Arabian Peninsula!
Combining breathtaking natural beauty with a well-preserved cultural heritage, the Sultanate of Oman is one of the least known, yet most exciting and safe, tourist destinations in the Middle East.
Join our intrepid Middle East expert, Kristy Larson, as she explores the intriguing capital of Muscat, the magnificent forts and palaces of Oman, the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands by camel, the beautiful walled city of Nizwa, and the land of frankincense and forgotten caves near the port city of Salalah.
Be sure to join Kristy for a 3-day pre-trip extension tour of the United Arab Emirates, exploring Dubai and Abu Dhabi, before every Oman trip (contact us for details)!
Hiking, cultural touring, short camel ride
- Discover Oman’s breathtaking mountains, dunes, and coastline on this authentic Arabian experience!
- Visit medieval forts, stroll through souks and cattle markets, ride a camel in the great Wahiba Sands, and trek through mountain villages near Oman’s Grand Canyon, Wadi Ghul
- Sleep under the stars in a traditionally-styled, but ultra-modernized Bedouin tent (with air conditioning, en suite facilities, and cozy patios)!
Duration: 10 days Start Location: Muscat End Location: MuscatDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive Muscat
Arrive Muscat in the morning, then enjoy an afternoon dhow cruise before exploring the Bait Adam Museum's unique collection of Omani antiques, followed by a traditional dinner with an Omani family. *Also be sure to ask us about the 3-day pre-trip extension to Dubai and Abu Dhabi that Kristy will lead before each Oman trip!
Day 2 : Muscat
Full day tour of Muscat, including the Fish Market, the Grand Mosque, the Bait Al Zubair Musuem, the Al Bustan Palace Hotel, the perfume House of Amouage, and the Mutrah souk.
Day 3 : Nizwa and Jebel Akhdar
We drive to Nizwa early in the morning to witness the Friday cattle market and stroll through the souk. We'll also visit Nizwa fort before heading to Jebel Akhdar or Green Mountain, where we enjoy our first 2 hour village hike.
Day 4 : Hiking in the Wadis of Oman
We spend a full day hiking in the mountains and canyons (wadis) of Oman, visiting local mountain villages and stepping back in time.
Day 5 : Mountain Hike
We begin our longest hike (5 hours, 5.5 miles), descending from 6,500 feet to 3,000 feet, down old stone staircases built into the canyon walls, over the high plateau, and down the southern slopes of Wadi Bani Awf, passing many mountain villages along the way.
Day 6 : Wahiba Sands
Visit to the Sinaw souk before driving to Wahiba Sands, a vast sea of undulating sand and dunes reaching 650 feet. We'll try our hand at camel trekking and spend a night in the desert at our deluxe Bedouin-style camp.
Day 7 : Wahiba to Sur to Salalah
Drive back to Muscat along the coast, visit Bibi Miriam's Tomb, the Bimah Sinkhole, and Wadi Arbayeen. Then we head to the airport for our flight to Salalah in southern Oman.
Day 8 : Salalah
Explorations around Salalah and Dhofar, including the fishing village of Taqa, the ancient ruins of Samhuran (former capital of ancient Arabia's frankincense trade), the ancient city of Mirbat, Bin Ali's Tomb, Prophet Job's Tomb, and the blowholes and hairpin turns of this scenic region by the sea.
Day 9 : Salalah
We continue our exploration of Salalah, the "garden city" of Oman
Day 10 : Depart Muscat
Fly back to Muscat this morning and connect with flights home.
DATES: Best time to go: January - March, November - December Departures: Nov 26, 2014 - Dec 5, 2014
Shangri-La Bandar HotelMuscat
Al Bandar is one of the three hotels at Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Sultanate of Oman. The five-star deluxe property provides 198 sea-facing guestrooms. Deluxe Rooms offer expansive space with a modern, Arabian-inspired décor that expresses the spirit of Oman in a contemporary setting.
Sahab is a unique and tranquil luxury boutique hotel situated on the Saiq Plateau which is located 2,004 meters above sea level on Jebel Al Akhdar in the western Hajjar Mountains, overlooking a canyon that contains ancient villages and famous terraced farms/gardens. The hotel is designed and built in tribute to the charm of the mountain, linked with the modern style. Over 5000 sqm of native plants and 270 million year-old marine fossils are located in the garden surrounding the 27 luxurious hotel rooms and suites.
The ViewAl Hamra
Perched on a ridge high above the town of Al Hamra, a little way outside of Nizwa, the View Eco-Lodge has 15 tents, seven of which have views over the valley. All the tents have laminate flooring, a basic air conditioner and heater, and private bathroom shower rooms.
Desert Nights CampWahiba Sands
Set in the Wahiba Sands, the Desert Nights Camp offers luxury tented accommodation. Each air-conditioned tent includes a lounge, bedroom, bathroom and is equipped with all the facilities of a luxury hotel.
Crowne Plaza Resort SalalahSalalah
The Crowne Plaza Resort is situated in 45 acres of gardens and coconut groves, overlooking the Indian Ocean, and located on a long stretch of white sandy beach. The hotel has two restaurants, and has a range of sport and leisure facilities, including a nine-hole golf course.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Kristy has also explored extensively throughout the Middle East, including 9 trips to Oman! In her own words, "Oman is an incredibly beautiful undiscovered Arabic country where one can experience an ancient civilization and a diverse landscape. I found the Omani people incredibly gracious, friendly and hospitable and lacking the arrogance that can be found in neighboring countries. I look forward to sharing the magic of Oman with each of you!"
Kristy fell in love with Morocco about 20 years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer. After all these years she is still startled by its seemingly endless mountains and desert valleys, and the colorful, exotic Berber culture living in a long-forgotten age. Kristy has a passion for traditional Moroccan arts and handicrafts, speaks some Arabic and Berber dialects, has a great rapport with the Moroccan people, and will open the doors of understanding for you.