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Oman Cultural Discovery Private Adventure Tour

Arabian Wonders from Muscat to Salalah


Venture across the mesmerizing Sultanate of Oman, a hidden gem of the Middle East. Enjoy camel rides and encounter Bedouin tribes in the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Take in Oman's fascinating heritage: walk through ancient Arabia's frankincense trade sites and souqs overflowing with fabrics and handicrafts. Take a spectacular canyon drive through the dramatic Wadi Bani Awuf and explore the wonders of Jebel Akhdar on foot. Visit well-preserved old villages, embark on a sunset cruise, and spend a night in a Bedouin-style tent. See the best of Oman - in just over a week.

9 Days

From: $6,895

Venture across the mesmerizing Sultanate of Oman, a hidden gem of the Middle East. Enjoy camel rides and encounter Bedouin tribes in the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Take in Oman's fascinating heritage: walk through ancient Arabia's frankincense trade sites and souqs overflowing with fabrics and handicrafts. Take a spectacular canyon drive through the dramatic Wadi Bani Awuf and explore the wonders of Jebel Akhdar on foot. Visit well-preserved old villages, embark on a sunset cruise, and spend a night in a Bedouin-style tent. See the best of Oman - in just over a week.

Highlights


  • Cross the rolling dunes of Wahiba Sands on camel and sleep in a Bedouin tent

  • Visit Oman's most exquisite mosque, made to accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers

  • Hike rugged Jebel Akhdar - Oman's premier outdoor hiking area at the center of the Al Hajar mountain range

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Oman Cultural Discovery Private Adventure

Start: Muscat, Oman  End: Salalah, Oman

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Muscat

    Day 1

    Welcome to Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, a millennial-old trading port between East and West. Meeting with your MT Sobek representative at the airport and transfer airport to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome group dinner and have an informative evening meeting with your guide at Bait Al Luban restaurant.

    Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Muscat

    Meals: Dinner

  • Tour Muscat & Take a Sunset Cruise

    Day 2

    Enjoy an action-packed city tour showcasing Muscat's exquisite Grand Mosque, built with sandstone and marble, and adorned with a Swarovski crystal chandelier and 27-ton handmade Persian carpet. Visit the magnificent Al Alam Palace, one of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos' six royal residences, and enjoy a visit to the National Museum. Here you will find a unique collection of Omani artifacts, some dating back to the earliest human settlement on the Oman Peninsula around two million years ago! Continue to Muttrah Souq, Muscat's famed market overflowing with fabrics, spices, and handicrafts. Weather permitting, take on a sunset boat ride along Muscat's spectacular coastline. Dinner is on your own this evening.

    Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Muscat

    Activity: Scenic drive and heritage tour, plus a traditional 2- hour dhow cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • View the Nakhl Fort & the Al Hajar Mountains

    Day 3

    Start the day at the traditional Barka fish market and then set off on a 75-mile drive from Muscat to the village of Nakhal, known for its hot springs and surrounding date palms. View the beautifully restored Narhal Fort, built atop a huge rock in the 16th century. Thrill-seekers can opt for a spectacular canyon drive through the dramatic Wadi Bani Awuf involving steep bends and bumpy roads through remarkable geological formations. Next, tour the charming mountain village of Bilad Sayt near Jebel Shams, Oman's highest peak, and stroll through Al Hamra-one of the best-preserved old towns in the country. Relax at the hotel and replenish over dinner.

    Accommodation: Alila Jabal Akhdar

    Activity: Scenic drives and village tours

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Hike Rugged Jebel Akhdar

    Day 4

    After breakfast, leave for Jebel Akhdar - Oman's premier outdoor hiking area at the center of the Al Hajar mountain range. Enjoy views of dramatic peaks as you traverse rugged landscapes, marveling at fruit orchards, ancient irrigation channels, wadis, and Omani villages along the way. Learn about the fragrant 'damascina' rosewater made from the region's prized rose varietals and visit Wadi Bani Habib, an interesting village located on the massive plateau.

    Accommodation: Alila Jabal Akhdar

    Activity: 3-4 hours/3-4 miles hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Hike to Wadi Al Muyadin & Discover Nizwa

    Day 5

    Rise today for a hike through beautiful Wadi Al Muyadin with its vast orange cliffs, limestone boulders and pretty trees, nourished by water below the wadi. Next, head to Nizwa, one of Oman's oldest cities nestled between palm trees and towering mountains. Stroll through the bustling souq stands selling traditional khanjars (silver daggers). Stop at the 17th-century Nizwa Fort, and continue to the desert of Wahiba Sands- home to the traditional Bedouin tribe where red and white dunes rise up to 650 feet. This is evening experience you'll never forget: dinner under the stars and an overnight in Bedouin-style tents beneath the dazzling night sky.

    Accommodation: Desert Nights Camp Omani Desert

    Activity: Cultural market tour and scenic drives

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Wadi Bani Khalid & Ride a Camel

    Day 6

    Wake for breakfast at camp before driving to the enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid. Its crystal-clear pools are cool and deep-just right for plunging in! Return to the desert camp, where you can enjoy a camel ride across the Wahiba Sands. The sands stretch over 80 miles and provide a real taste of the Arabian Desert, with their high dunes and traditional Bedouin encampments. Overnight again at Desert Nights Camp.

    Accommodation: Desert Nights Camp Omani Desert

    Activity: Camel ride and visit to a Bedouin family

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Visit Sur & Transfer to Muscat

    Day 7

    After breakfast travel 75 miles to the coastal city of Sur, known for its history of boat (dhow) making. See how dhows are crafted before heading to the pretty Al Ayjah lighthouse for a photo opportunity. The next stop is the Bimmah sinkhole, a deep natural depression filled with water. Legend has it that a meteor fell in this spot! In the afternoon, return to the Muscat Airport to fly to Salalah.

    Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Salalah

    Activity: Scenic drives and heritage tours

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Tour Ancient Sites of Taqa & Salalah

    Day 8

    Explore the old fishing village and 19th-century castle of Taqah, with a stellar fort museum, then head to the capital of ancient Arabia's frankincense trade and site of the ruined Samhuram city. From there, head to Mirbat and visit the twin-domed Bin Alis Tomb and see the natural spring of Ayn Razat. Overnight in Salalah.

    Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Salalah

    Activity: Scenic drives and heritage tours

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Depart from Oman

    Day 9

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the Salalah airport for homeward-bound flights.

    Transportation: Private 4WD transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


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  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

Go Private

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Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2023 Pricing

3 to 8 guests from $7,195 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Internal Airfare: $230

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Qais Abdul Aziz Haji Al Balushi

Qais Abdul Aziz Haji Al Balushi

Qais has been a guide for over 25 years and has extensive knowledge of Oman's history and culture. His favorite part of guiding is getting to meet so many different people from all over the world and learning about their cultures. He prides himself in providing the most enriching learning experience and warm hospitality on all his tours. Qais looks forward to sharing his beautiful country with you!

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 2. Scenic drives, local market visits, archeological tours, and desert adventures featuring camel rides, Bedouin tribe encounters, and camping under the stars.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

Scenic drive and heritage tour, plus a traditional 2- hour dhow cruise

Day 3

Scenic drives and village tours

Day 4

3-4 hours/3-4 miles hiking

Day 5

Cultural market tour and scenic drives

Day 6

Camel ride and visit to a Bedouin family

Day 7

Scenic drives and heritage tours

Day 8

Scenic drives and heritage tours

Accommodations


Luxury resorts and boutique hotels provide high-class amenities and services, while Bedouin-inspired camping offers extraordinary lodging in deluxe desert camps.

Alila Jabal Akhdar
Alila Jabal Akhdar

Nestled in the Al Hajar Mountains with breathtaking views, the Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel has the feel of an upscale mountain cabin. Head out for hikes through the mountains, enjoy morning and sunset yoga sessions, and refresh in the outdoor infinity pool. The Juniper Restaurant serves delectable meals, while the Rose Lounge provides more casual food and cocktails.

Desert Nights Camp Omani Desert
Desert Nights Camp Omani Desert

The luxurious Desert Nights Camp offers spacious Bedouin-style tents with A/C, sitting rooms, en-suite bathrooms, and Arabic-styled furnishing. Guests enjoy dune bashing, quad biking, sand boarding, camel riding, and sunset watching. Traditional cuisine including "Shuwa," Omani lamb barbecue, is served alfresco and accompanied by live traditional Arabic music.

Crowne Plaza Salalah
Crowne Plaza Salalah

The Crowne Plaza Salalah is located on over 40 acres of gardens and coconut groves with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. The property also offers a sizeable stretch of white sand beach. Onsite, guests have several options to unwind including two restaurants, a pub, lounge, and nightclub. The Crowne Plaza also has a fitness center and a large selection of leisure activities. This accommodation has all the amenities to make it a comfortable stop on an MT Sobek adventure.

Crowne Plaza Muscat
Crowne Plaza Muscat

The Crowne Plaza Muscat is centrally located and only 20-minutes from the international airport. Each room is comfortably outfitted with modern amenities, including Wi-Fi. Relax at the outdoor pool and sauna or dine at one of the four on-site restaurants.

Weather


Weather is warm with little annual rainfall. Temperatures range from the high 60's to high 90's F on the coast and cooler in the mountains

 
Mar
Apr
Oct
Nov
Muscat 
High
Low
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Low
High
Low
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Low
Muscat
85
69
94
76
94
76
86
69
Salalah 
High
Low
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Low
High
Low
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Low
Salalah
86
71
89
76
88
73
88
71

FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

An MTS representative will meet you on arrival at Muscat International Airport in Muscat.

Do I need a visa to travel to Oman?

Yes, American citizens need a visa to travel to Oman. You can obtain an e-visa online for travel to Oman.

How do I get to Oman?

Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airlines fly to Oman.

Do I need to follow a special dress code for Oman?

No, but we advise you to dress conservatively—wear long sleeved tops and pants or long skirts and only wear swimsuits on the beach.

Is there Wi-Fi at all the accommodations?

Yes, there is Wi-Fi at all of the accommodations on this trip.

Is Oman Safe to visit?

As crime and acts of terrorism are nearly nonexistent in Oman, it is considered a safe destination for travel.

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Guest Reviews


"I've taken six MTS trips and they have all exceeded my expectations. The staff, the food, the logistics and the communications have always been exceptional. Thank you for being my "go to" adventure travel company!"

Margaret I.
MT Sobek Guest

"I have traveled extensively around the world. The experience with MTS was by far the best I have ever had. Thank you for such excellence."

Marianne W.
MT Sobek Guest