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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to the Salalah airport for homeward-bound flights.
Leave it to MT Sobek to find excellent hiking and combine it with the cultural and historical highlights of the country.
MT Sobek experts guide intimate groups through some of Oman's most striking landscapes.
On this trip we combine luxury hotels with boutique eco-resorts and a desert camp.
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.
Scenic drives, local market visits, archeological tours, and desert adventures featuring camel rides, Bedouin tribe encounters, and camping under the stars.
Luxury resorts and boutique hotels provide high-class amenities and services, while Bedouin-inspired camping offers extraordinary lodging in deluxe desert camps.
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
An MTS representative will meet you on arrival at Muscat International Airport in Muscat.
Yes, American citizens need a visa to travel to Oman. You can obtain an e-visa online for travel to Oman.
Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airlines fly to 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.
Yes, there is Wi-Fi at all of the accommodations on this trip.
As crime and acts of terrorism are nearly nonexistent in Oman, it is considered a safe destination for travel.
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