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Experience Oman’s natural wonders on this essential tour. Over these four days, you’ll discover the small villages of the Hajar Mountains, visit centuries-old forts and souks, live among the Bedouin in a desert camp, and admire the delicate wildlife of the Oman Sea at the Turtle Reserve of Ras al-Jinz.
You can easily cancel this tour based on the policies mentioned in the following sections down below.
You can fully customize your plan and change it’s duration, route, and included services, all tailored to your needs.
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Meet your guide early in the morning, to leave Muscat for the villages of the Hajar Mountains. Your first destination is the picturesque Birkat al Mouz. This village is perched on the mountains and offers a great opportunities for a quiet walk. After that, drive for 45 minutes to arrive at Al Hamra. This 500-year-old mudbrick town makes a perfect environment for lunch break. After lunch, walk for an hour before starting an off-road journey to the top of Jebel Shams, Oman's highest peak. The breathtaking view over Wadi An Nakhr, Oman's Grand Canyon, will make a prefect place for taking photos. Before reaching Nizwa, your last destination of the day, stop by Misfat Al Abriyeen and walk into this authentic mountain village to discover the lifestyle of its locals. Finally, you'll get to Nizwa, where you'll stay for the night.
Accommodation: Nizwa Heritage Inn or similar
If your journey to Nizwa takes place on a Friday, go to the Cattle Market to see how traders and buyers negotiate. While in the market, you can also shop for local delicacies at Nizwa Souk before climbing up on its ancient Fort. Continue east to enter the Ash-Sharqiyyah region. The visit starts with Ibra, one of Oman’s oldest cities and a gateway to the desert. Walk into the historical city center and explore its traditional market, dating back to when Ibra was an important trading center. Then, leave the city behind to enter the land of Bedouins, Wahiba Sands, and meet members of this Arabian nomadic tribe in their desert camp, where you'll be spending the night. If you request, you can also ride camels or have fun doing other activities in the sands (extra). In the evening, share a traditional barbecue and enjoy the twinkling of the stars in the sky.
Accommodation: OYO 107 Al Areen Hotel Apartment or similar
After a traditional breakfast in the desert, say farewell to the Bedouin family and drive for two hours towards the east coast to explore Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman's most famous wadis. You can swim in its large natural pools and relax under its palm trees. It takes two hours to reach the fishermen's city of Sur. Facing the sea, the city of Sur is the perfect place for a picnic before visiting its Dhow Boat Yards. After that, drive to Ras al Hadd, the Turtle Reserve where the endangered green turtles find refuge. They come to lay their eggs on the beach at night, a show you might be lucky enough to attend.
**Note: The high season for turtle watching is between May and August. Therefore, this activity is not always available.
Accommodation: Al Ayjah Plaza Hotel or similar
Leave early in the morning for your last day of exploration. It starts with the discovery of Wadi Shab. The best way to explore it is on foot, so be ready for an easy 45-minutes hike. Don’t be afraid to get wet as you’ll encounter many waterfalls and natural pools. Swim and relax in this unique natural landscape. As you return to the car, quickly stop by the nearby Fins Beach and its pristine white sands. Driving some 20 minutes north, discover the natural wonder of Bimmah Sinkhole, a large and deep cave with a natural pool. The legend says that it was formed by the fall of a star. On your way to the capital city, explore one last natural splendor, the Wadi Arbyaeen. For two hours, explore the valley and appreciate its large natural pools. Return to Muscat to reach the city by the end of the day.
During your tour, you will stay at the hotels mentioned in the itinerary. In case any of the mentioned hotels were not available, we'll book you another similar hotel after confirming it with you. If you would like to change any of the accommodations, send us an email at [email protected]
The mentioned price is based on a twin or double room. If you do not want to share your room with your travel companions and prefer to stay in a single room, please contact us.
All our tour guides are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and have between 18 to 20 years of experience. By default, the price includes the service of an English-speaking Omani guide, but we also support French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and many other languages. Please, contact us for more information.
You don't need to have a visa before booking your services. However, depending on your nationality and the duration of your stay, you might need a visa for entering Oman. You can check out our blog post about Oman's visa for more information.
As of March 21st, 2018, e-Visa has been the only available option to enter the Sultanate of Oman for tourism purposes. The embassies no longer issue the “classic” visa in order to reduce waiting times at the embassies and airports. Since December 2020, around 100 nationalities have been exempt from visa requirements for stays of up to 14 days.
As of December 2020, 102 nationalities don't need to have a visa for stays of up to 14 days: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bhutan, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, South Africa, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Spain, United States, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Uzbekistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, El Salvador, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Vietnam.
The Omani e-Visa requires entry into the country within six months of issue date.
With a valid visa to Dubai, you can enter the Sultanate of Oman without needing any additional visas and you can stay for up to three weeks. Eligible countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, UK, Sweden, Greece, Austria, Ireland, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, South Korea, Japan, Brunei, Malaysia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Vatican, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino.
The e-Visa allows one or more entries with up to 30 days of stay in Oman. In some cases, the duration of stay can be extended. Once your e-Visa is issued, you'll have six months to arrive in Oman.
Generally, e-Visas for Oman are issued within 72 hours from the time you submit your documents. This time frame is only an estimation and not something we can guarantee, as the process depends on the Sultanate’s administrative services.
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