• Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Discover Oman

Witness the true beauty and culture of the Middle East during your eight day Discover Oman tour. Experience traditional Omani hospitality, explore ancient ruins and bustling markets where life has remained unchanged for centuries. From cityscape to desert dunes, this tour will take you on a journey from dramatic mountain scenery to pure white sand beaches.

Beginning in Muscat, you’ll visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, witness the stunning architecture of the esteemed Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM), and spend some time in the fragrant alleys of Muttrah Souk. If you love history then you will especially enjoy the excursion of the old town, where you’ll stop at Bait al Zubair Museum to learn of Oman’s history.

Your Discover Oman tour then takes you on an adventure along the coast of Oman towards the city of Sur, visiting the freshwater pools of Wadi Arbaeen and Bima Sinkhole. Moving onto Wadi Tiwi, you’ll pass through traditional villages and lush date plantations before ending your day, watching turtles nest on the beach at Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve.

Heading inland to enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid, embark on a dune drive across the orange dunes of Wahiba Sands, followed by a night spent camping under the stars. Your final few days will be spent learning about the history of Nizwa, exploring iconic landmarks such as Nizwa Fort and Jabrin Castle. The panoramic views of Green Mountain will provide a delightfully memorable end to your Discover Oman tour.

Duration
8 days
Best time to go
October to March
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
a bed in the sand

Trip highlights

  • Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, admire Oman artefacts at Bait al Zubair Museum, and wander through the narrow alleyways of Muttrah Souk and Nizwa Souk
  • Explore the beautiful desert oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid, see the sparkling natural pools of Wadi Tiwi and enjoy an exhilarating 4x4 dune drive across Wahiba Sands
  • Sleep under the stars in a Bedouin desert camp, visit the picturesque village of Birkat al Mouz and see turtles nesting on the beach in Raz al Jinz
  • Soak up the natural beauty of the Al Hajar Mountains range, including the ‘Green Mountain’
Muscat

Upon arrival at Muscat International Airport, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. Following check-in, spend the rest of your day at leisure, enjoying the hotel facilities.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Chedi Muscat
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Grand Mosque, also known as Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The Grand Mosque is aptly named, as it is one of the largest mosques in the world and is able to accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers. Prepare to be spellbound by the bright and beautiful intricate artwork, chandeliers and a one-piece carpet that covers the entire sprawling prayer hall. Please ensure you are dressed conservatively for this visit: long trousers and covered shoulders for men, covered head, covered arms, and long trousers or floor-length skirts for women.

You will then proceed to the Royal Opera House Muscat, famously known as the musical arts and culture centre of Oman. This opulent venue is designed to resemble an Omani Palace and its architecture will not disappoint. Finish your day visiting the Amouage Perfume Factory, where you can discover the origins of this luxurious world-renowned fragrance. Have a cup of traditional Omani coffee and fresh locally-grown dates before returning to your hotel to enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Chedi Muscat
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Following breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up and taken on a tour around the old town of Muscat. Your first stop will be Bait al Zubair Museum, where you’ll find a fascinating collection of traditional Omani weapons as well as traditional jewellery and costumes from various regions of Oman.

Following a photo stop outside the Al Alam Palace, the official ceremonial palace of Sultan Qaboos, continue to Muttrah Souk. Haggle with the locals as you wander the ancient alleyways of Muttrah Souk, rich with the smell of spices. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel where you are welcome to spend the rest of your day at leisure.

If you wish, you can enjoy an optional unique experience at Bait Adam Museum where you can enjoy lunch with the curator, who will share with your stories about the museum’s exquisite collection of artefacts.

You have the option of setting sail before the sun goes down along the Muscat coast in a traditional wooden dhow ship. On water is a delightfully romantic way to enjoy the wonderful sunset, as you sip on rich Omani coffee and tuck into locally-grown dates.


For dinner, why not romance in Middle Eastern style at the city’s legendary Kargeen Cafe, where you can enjoy delicious homemade shisha, Omani and international cuisine? It’s a popular venue, so we can arrange this unique dining experience in advance so that you’re not disappointed.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Chedi Muscat
Sur

After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and driven in a 4x4 towards Sur, along the magnificent Omani coastline. On the way, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to admire the scenic beauty of Oman’s mountains, beaches and traditional villages. Passing through Quriyat Village, a large traditional Omani-fishing village, your journey continues to Wadi Arbaeen, a beautiful wadi (valley). Enjoy the freshwater pools, which are in abundance here, and experience the serenity of walking through a wadi that feels untouched.

Your next stop enroute to Sur is Bimmah Sinkhole, a breath-taking limestone crater filled with turquoise water. Enjoy a rest stop at this magical location before moving onto Wadi Tiwi. Wadi Tiwi is a spectacularly deep and narrow gorge carved out of the mountains, with crystal clear pools of emerald water, traditional Omani villages and lush fruit plantations. Your guide will introduce you to the ‘falaj’ system provide some interesting facts about this ancient cultivation process which the villagers still use to maintain their plantations today.

You’ll then proceed to Ras al Hadd to visit Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve. Ras al Jinz Beach is a famous nesting spot for the endangered green turtle and you’ll have the opportunity to view the turtles nesting in their natural habitat. Stay in the beautiful, air-conditioned, luxurious Eco-Tents, which are wind and rain proof and come with en suite facilities, a dressing table, and all the amenities you need, including complimentary internet access, an LCD TV and a mini refrigerator.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Raz Al Jinz, Eco Tents
Wahiba Sands

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from the hotel to continue your 4x4 drive to the city of Sur. After a short visit of Sur, you’ll be taken to Wadi Bani Khalid, weaving up across the eastern Al Hajar Mountains to Bida Village. From this location, you can enjoy spectacular views of fertile valleys, dotted with huge trees and sparkling waterfalls that lead to pristine swimming holes, perfect for a refreshing dip while you enjoy some leisure time in this area.

Continue towards Wahiba Sands, the original homeland of the Bedouins, where you can explore the tall and undulating sand dunes. An experienced driver will take you on an exhilarating soft dune drive tour. After dune driving, you will then be taken to the desert camp, where you will stay for one night, after you’ve tucked into a delicious sunset dinner.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Desert Nights Camp, Deluxe Tent
a large tree surrounded by palm trees

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up and taken to Jabrin Castle. Dating back to 1670, Jabrin’s design and construction was supervised by the AlImam BilArab bin Sultan Al Y`arib, who now rests on the left side of the castle’s main entrance. Jabin Castle was built to resemble the most beautiful palaces of the world during that period.

The next leg of your tour includes a visit to Nizwa Souk, which lies in the vicinity of the walls of the famous Nizwa Fort. The winding alleyways of Nizwa Souk have remained for hundreds of years and you’ll find a wide variety of local industries selling fish, livestock, fresh vegetables, and traditional handicrafts. Moving on to Nizwa Fort, this iconic landmark was built over 12 years in the 17th century by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’ aruba. Famed for its distinctive 40 metres tall round tower, you’ll be treated to impeccable views if you climb to the top to look out over the city.

Your next stop is the abandoned village of Birkat Al Mouz where you’ll have a chance to climb Jabal Akhdar Mountain, otherwise known as ‘Green Mountain’. The rest of your evening can be spent at leisure, enjoying the hotel facilities.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Alila Jabal Akhdar
Jebal Akhdar

After breakfast, you will be picked up and driven to the nearby village of Al Jabal al Akhdar. Due to its location and unique weather, Jabal Akhdar Mountain produces a variety of fruits, nuts and spices, such as apricots, plums, figs, grapes, apples, pears, almonds, walnuts and saffron. The pomegranate that grows here is classified among the finest of its kind in the world.

After a mountain walk, you’ll spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Alila Jabal Akhdar
beach in Oman

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up and driven the two hour and a half hour ride back to Muscat International Airport for your onward arrangements. You might wish to extend your time in Oman, and head south to Salalah, known for its delightful beaches overlooking the Arabian Sea, or spend longer high up in the wonderful mountains, which are a wonderful oasis from the desert heat.

Included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 7 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis is Breakfast at Chedi Muscat (in a Serai room), Raz Al Jinz (in an Eco tent); Half Board at Desert Camp (in a deluxe tent), and at Alila Jabal Akhdar (Mountain view room)
  • Bottled water during tours
  • Private, air-conditioned, transport and transfers
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • English-speaking local driver-guide for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary

Not included

  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for local driver-guide, and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)