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Experience the Arabian Heaven in Oman

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Muscat, Ras al-Jinz, Sur, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa, Al-Hamra, Wadi Bani Awf
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Duration

10 Days

Tour Type

Tailor-made

Group Size

1 - 6 people

Languages

English

About this tour

Starting in Muscat and ending in Dimaniyat Islands, with The Arabian Heaven in 10 days, you will have a 9-days tour, taking you through Muscat and 9 other destinations of Oman. During this tour, you will experience the lifestyle of locals while enjoying the amazing landscapes, impressive canyons & lush wadis, Incense-filled souks, desert sands of Wahiba & marine life of Ras Al Jinz & Dimaniyat islands.
 
Free Cancellation :

You can easily cancel this tour based on the policies mentioned in the following sections down below. 

Tailor-Made plan :

You can fully customize your plan and change its duration, route, and included services, tailored to your needs.

Need a piece of professional advice?

Contact Mohammad, our Oman travel consultant for planning your ideal trip.

Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Muscat

Upon arrival to  Muscat International Airport, your driver-guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.

After unwinding for some hours, the tour will start with a visit to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which was built to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the reign of Sultan Qaboos.

** Note 1: To enter the Grand Mosque, women need to be dressed modestly and a headscarf should be worn. Also men are not allowed to wear shorts.

**Note 2: Lunch is self-paid.

After that you'll visit Bait Zubair Museum and Al Alam Palace. On the way back to the hotel, you can visit the Mutrah bazaar.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Muscat Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 2: Explore Sur in depth

It's time to depart Muscat towards the southern parts of Oman to visit the turtle nesting site (2.5 hours road trip).On the way, you will visit Bimmah sinkhole and Finn Beach and enjoy lunch by yourself. Then we will drive to Sur and pass by the beautiful village of Wadi Tiwi. After checking in, we will visit Raz Al Jinz, the sea turtle reserve.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Ras Al Hadd Holiday Beach Resort or Similar

Day 3: Sur to Wahiba Sands

After a short visit to Sur, famed as a beautiful port city, we will first visit the Dhow building factory to see the process of building a ship. There is also a museum in the factory. You can also visit it if you are interested. After lunch, we will head to the Wahiba Sands. A picturesque oasis Wadi Bani Khalid on the way, will impress you. You will spend an unforgettable night in the desert camp.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: OYO 107 Al Areen Hotel Apartments or Similar

Day 4: Wahiba sands to Nizwa

Wake up early up to see the sunrise over the untouched sand dunes, stretching as far as the eyes can see. After breakfast, it's time to the desert and desert activities such as  camel riding. Then, leave the desert towards the ancient Nizwa (2hrs), which is famous for its C17th fort, and  explore it before having dinner in this beautiful town.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Nizwa Heritage Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 5: Nizwa in depth

After having breakfast in the hotel, it's time to drive for two hours towards the historic city of Nizwa. Nizwa Fort has been built in the 17th century, and it's been a bustling outdoor market then. You will also visit the impressive Jabreen Castle in Jabrin, where the exquisite wood-carved ceiling represents the extraordinary technique and the artistic creativity of its builders. Then you will have a short stop at the World Heritage Site, Bahla Fort.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Nizwa Heritage Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 6: Nizwa to Misfat Al Abriyeen

Continue your journey towards north and after passing Tanuf, follow the signs to Al Hamra and all the way to the car park above Misfat Al Abriyeen (49km). The terraced plantations below the village are a delight to wander through.


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Misfah Old House or Similar

Day 7: Misfat Al Arbiyeen to Jebel Shams

Jebel Shams, located at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, is one of the highest points of the eastern Arabian Peninsula. These mountains are also known as the Grand Canyon of Oman, stretching for around 700 kilometers. Many beautiful and secluded valleys and fertile oases are scattered over the mountains. This morning, you will walk along the canyon's edge while enjoying its beautiful scenery. Then, you will join your driver guide for an hour to visit the beautiful hillside town of Misfah and the ancient village of Al Hamra.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Shorfet Alalamin Hotel or Similar

Day 8: Snake Canyon, Bilad Sait & Muscat

Driving to Wadi Bani Auf (2hrs 15m), aka Snake Canyon, takes us via Al Hamra, along one of the most famous off-road journeys in the country, known for its spectacular views. We will not do any Wadi Bashing but will pause to wander, dip a toe / do some wading if we fancy it. Just an hour's drive takes us from Wadi Bani Auf to another charming and picturesque village, Bilad Sait, where we can take a walk and enjoy lunch. Nestled at the base of the Hajar Mountain range.

In the late afternoon, we encounter more of the stunning scenery as we head back to Muscat (a 2.5hr drive) and the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Muscat Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 9: Daymaniyat Islands

The archipelago of 9 protected Daymaniyat islands lies around 18km off the coast of Muscat. Lying totally within a Nature Reserve, they are home to an incredible abundance of marine and bird life. The crystal clear waters have ensured the area's popularity, with divers and snorkelers appreciating some of the most beautiful corals and fish to be found in the Middle East.

After a magnificent day, you'll return to Muscat to rest and prepare for your departure flight on the next day.


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Muscat Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 10 : Muscat, Departure Day

Depending on your departure time, you can enjoy some free time by yourself. Shop handmade souvenirs and have your last Omani coffee with dates! When it’s time to leave, a driver will drop you off at Muscat International Airport to catch your flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • 10 Breakfasts
  • English Speaking Driver Guide with 4WD for the entire trip
  • 9 Nights Economic hotels
  • 2 airport transfers
  • Visa & Insurance
  • International Flights
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Extra visits not mentioned in the itinerary Entrance Fees

Payment & Cancellation Policy

  • To secure your booking, 30% of the amount needs to be paid as a deposit.
  • The remaining balance needs to be totally paid two weeks prior to your arrival date.
  • If your arrival date is within the next 14 days, the total amount needs to be paid in advance in order to secure the package.
  • Free cancellation for up to two weeks before your arrival date.
  • 30% cancellation penalty if you cancel within 14-5 days before your arrival date.
  • Non-refundable if you cancel when it's less than five days left until your arrival date.

Frequently asked questions

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.

Yes! All our tours are private and tailor-made. We can fully customize them based on your preferences. Contact us at [email protected] to design your plan.

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 all our tours are private, they can be organized for only one traveler to up to 8 travelers. To arrange a tour for larger groups, please contact us at [email protected]

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 the 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.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 1 Pax 1 1 0
2 2 Pax 2 2 47.5%
3 3 Pax 3 3 56.88%
4 4 Pax 4 4 66.04%
5 5 Pax 5 5 66.07%
6 6 Pax 6 6 70.31%

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Mariana Rub

I felt as safe as possible during the tour

The customer service before departure was excellent, the organization from start to finish was excellent, the accommodation was better than expected, the tour guide was awesome, and the itinerary was excellent. As a solo female traveler, I felt completely comfortable with the rest of the group, whether traveling alone, with friends, or with partners. The mix of activities, geographical locations, sights, sounds, and communities left you feeling like you had experienced and encountered Oman, its history, people, and landscape.

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