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Be ready for a quest through Oman’s mountains! With this 6-day guided tour, you’ll go off the beaten tracks to discover Oman’s most famous historical forts and explore its hidden mountain villages. In this untouched environment, you can appreciate how Omanis have learned to adjust their lives to rules of nature. Along with these hidden gems, you can also enjoy some of Oman’s most famous landmarks: The pristine desert of Wahiba Sands, the wildness of Wadi Shab, and the crystal-clear waters of the Oman Gulf.
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Meet your guide in the morning and drive towards the Hajar Mountains via the northern coast. Your first stop is Nakhal, where you can relax at Ayn Thawarra Hot Springs. Go a bit further into the lands to enter Wadi Bani Awd, one of Oman's most famous wadis and enjoy its beautiful scenery with great cliffs and canyons.
For lunch, you'll reach the picturesque Bilad Sayt. It is one of Oman's most beautiful villages which is located in the mountains and is reachable only with a 4WD vehicle. You can have a walk through the town while meeting the locals, and eventually you'll reach Misfat Al Abriyeen, another lovely village, by the end of the day. Wander into its beautiful alleys to admire the view over its gorgeous agricultural terraces and have an overnight stay in one of its traditional mud houses built on top of the rocks.
Accommodation: Misfat old house or Similar
Today, explore Jebel Akhdar all the way down to Nizwa. Your first destination would be the old town of Al Hamra, a 400-year-old village, famous for its mudbrick houses. Surrounded by palm trees, walnuts, and pomegranate trees, Al Hamra offers stunning views. After a pleasant walk in the village, get back on the road to discover Oman's most famous forts. You can stop for taking photos at Bahla Castle, a UNESCO site which is an outstanding example of a fortified oasis. After Bahla, you'll discover Jabreen castle which dates back to the 17th century. Last but not least, you'll visit Nizwa's fort, one of the best examples of ancient Omani castles. For the night, you will be staying in the quietness of Jebel Akhdar.
Accommodation: OYO Al Areen Hotel Apartments
Today is full of mountain exploration and adventures in Jebel Akhdar! This day starts with a photoshoot at Suwajara, the intriguing village which is famous for its hidden houses carved into the cliffs. Suwajara has been home to a remote tribe for more than 500 years. After that, you'll continue driving to reach Juniper Tree Park and admire the mesmerizing scenery the trees create.
After lunch, reach the abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib. Explore its streets on foot, and discover the traditional architecture of the houses, which contain many stories to be told.
Continue to Saiq town and the traditional villages of Al Aqr and Al Ayn. You can admire the view over the traditional agricultural terracing below from their high level. In Al Ayn, discover a unique Unesco site: the Beehive Tomb. For the evening, go back to the peaceful atmosphere of your hotel nestled in the Jebel Akhdar.
Accommodation: Nizwa Heritage Inn or similar
It's finally time to leave the mountains for the desert! Say goodbye to Hajar Mountains with a quick stop at Birkat al Mawz. This picturesque village is full of banana plantations, irrigated by the traditional irrigation system called Aflaj (UNESCO listed). For lunch, you will stop at Ibra, an ancient city located at the gate of the desert and visit the Old Quarter and the ruins of Al Munisifeh.
After that, you'll get to Wahiba Sands' desert. Enjoy the scenery of a horizon of dunes, and experience some light dune bashing with your guide. You will have an overnight stay at a traditional Bedouin camp for the night, where you can also experience a camel ride if you are interested. Watch the sunset over the dunes as you're having a delicious dinner with your hosts and then relax under the stars.
Accommodation: Shorfet Alalamin Hotel or similar
Say farewell to the Bedouin family and drive to the east coast to xxplore Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman's most famous wadis. You can swim in its large natural pools and relax under its palm trees. After exploring the valley, drive towards the sea where you'll reach Sur, the city of fishermen. There, you'll visit the Dhow Boat Yards, where boats are still being built in the traditional way.
In the evening, go to Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, where the endangered green turtles find refuge. At night, they come to lay their eggs on the beach: A show you might be lucky enough to attend. Note: The high season for turtle watching is between May and August. Accordingly, this activity is not guaranteed.
Accommodation: Al Ayjah Plaza Hotel or similar
For your last day, enjoy the natural splendors of the eastern coast.
First, hike to the famous Wadi Shab. The best way to explore this valley is on foot and an easy 45 minutes hike will unveil its caves, natural pools, and waterfalls. After your walk, what's best than best than relaxing by Fins Beach? This beach offers the perfect setting to swim and unwind.
Leave Fins to end your trip with visiting Bimmah Sinkhole, one of Oman's most impressive natural wonders. This large and deep natural cave contains a pool of blue water. Legend says that it was formed by the fall of a star. By the end of the day you'll reach Muscat, and your driver will drop you off at the location of your choice.
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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