Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

Overview

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. Drive up to the terrace-style orchards of Al Jebel Al Akhdar Mountains and Prophet Job's Tomb. Visit abandoned 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.

  • 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

  • Drive high up the striking mountains to biblical "Nabi Ayoub," or Prophet Job's Tomb

  • Arrive: Muscat, Oman
  • Depart: Salalah, Oman
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Group Size: 10-15
  • Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Muscat

    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 Kargeen restaurant.

  • Day02

    Tour Muscat & Take a Sunset Cruise

    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: Hotel Shangri-La
    • Activity: Scenic drive and heritage tour, plus a traditional 2- hour dhow cruise
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day03

    Explore Nakhl Fort & the Al Hajar Mountains

    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. Visit the beautifully restored Narhal Fort, built atop a huge rock in the 16th century. Today it hosts a permanent museum and a weekly goat market. 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, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike Rugged Jebel Akhdar

    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: 5-6 hours/4.5 miles hiking
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Hike to Wadi Al Muyadin & Discover Nizwa

    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: A 3-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Visit Wadi Bani Khalid & Ride a Camel

    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.

  • Day07

    Visit Sur & Transfer to Muscat

    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 Resorts
    • Activity: Scenic drives and heritage tours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day08

    Tour Ancient Sites of Taqa & Salalah

    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 Resorts
    • Activity: Scenic drives and heritage tours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day09

    Depart from Oman

    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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  • AvailableMar 01 - 09, 2020
  • AvailableApr 05 - 13, 2020
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Leave it to MT Sobek to find excellent hiking and combine it with the cultural and historical highlights of the country.

Reason #02

MT Sobek experts guide intimate groups through some of Oman's most striking landscapes.

Reason #03

On this trip we combine luxury hotels with boutique eco-resorts and a desert camp.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Scenic drives, local market visits, archeological tours, and desert adventures featuring camel rides, Bedouin tribe encounters, and camping under the stars.

  • Lodging

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

  • Climate

    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

FAQ

  • 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.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Mar 01 - 09, 2020
  • Available
    Apr 05 - 13, 2020
  • Available
    Oct 05 - 13, 2020

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$5,595.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $250.00 Internal Airfare
  • $1,925.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner, except on nights 1 and 7
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary gear for activities in the itinerary
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • 3 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Travel protection other than the basic medical and evacuation protection noted above

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  • "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!"

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