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Experience the Authentic Oman

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Muscat, Sur, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa, Snake Canyon, Daymaniyat islands
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Duration

9 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 Authentic Oman in 9 days, you will have a 9-days tour package taking you through Muscat and 9 other destinations in Oman. During this tour, you’ll get to experience the lifestyle of locals and also the  beautiful nature of Oman encompassing impressive canyons & lush wadis, incense-filled souks in Muscat, 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, all 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 your arrival at Muscat International Airport, your driver-guide will pick you up 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. Then visit Bait Zubair Museum and Al Alam Palace, and stop by Mutrah bazaar before returning to the hotel, .

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

**Note 2: Lunch is self-paid. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Muscat Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 2: Explore Sur in depth

It's time to leave 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. After having lunch, we will drive to Sur and pass by the beautiful Wadi Tiwi village to visit the sea turtle reserve, Raz Al Jinz.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ras Al Hadd Beach Holiday Resort or Similar

Day 3: Sur to Wahiba Sands

After a short visit to Sur, we will visit the Dhow building factory to see the process of building a ship. There is also a museum in the factory which you can visit if you are interested. After lunch, we will head to the Wahiba Sands. On the way there, you will also see the  picturesque oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid and then 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

We are getting up early today to see the sunrise over the untouched sand dunes, stretching as far as the eyes can see. After breakfast, it's time to enjoy the desert by engaging in some fun activities like camel riding. Then, head towards the ancient Nizwa (2hrs), famous for its 17th-century fort, which we'll explore before a having dinner in this beautiful town.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Nizwa Heritage Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 5: Nizwa to Jabel Shams

After having breakfast, it's time to drive for two hours towards the historic city of Nizwa. There, you will find the spectacular Nizwa Fort which was built in the 17th century, and has once been a bustling outdoor market. You'll also get to visit the impressive Jabreen Castle in Jabrin, in which the exquisite wood-carved ceiling represents the extraordinary technique and artistic creativity of its builders. Then, you will have a short stop at the World Heritage Site, Bahla Fort for lunch. After that, we will continue driving towards Jebel Shams and its spectacular mountain scenery. By the end of the day, you'll get to your hotel in Jebel Shams.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Nizwa Heritage Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 6: Jabel Shams to Al Hamra

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

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Shorfet Alalamin Hotel or Similar

Day 7: Snake Canyon, Bilad Sait & Muscat

Driving towards Wadi Bani Auf (2hrs 15m), aka Snake Canyon, takes us through Al Hamra. It is one of the most famous off-road journeys of the country, known for its spectacular views. We will not participate in  any Wadi Bashing but will pause to wander, dip a toe / do some wading if we feel like it. A short drive takes us from Wadi Bani Auf to Bilad Sait, another picturesque village which is located at the base of the Hajar Mountain range. In the late afternoon, we'll take in more of this stunning scenery as we head back to Muscat (2.5hr drive).

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Muscat Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 8: Daymaniyat Islands

The archipelago of 9 protected Daymaniyat islands lies around 18km off the coast of Muscat. Lying totally within a Nature Reserve, the islands 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 that can 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 9: Muscat

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

Included/Excluded

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • English Speaking Driver Guide with 4WD for the entire trip
  • 8 nights Economic hotels
  • 2 airport transfers
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • International Flights
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Extra visits are 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]

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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 57.07%
4 4 Pax 4 4 66.20%
5 5 Pax 5 5 66.37%
6 6 Pax 6 6 70.57%

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We've explored the entire Oman!

I am a little late in posting a review. I can tell you that the memories of this trip have kept me going while sheltering in place. If you think this might be the trip for you, please know that it is sort of a very fantastic experience that will help you explore the majority of Oman highlights just in a single trip. I cannot say enough about our guide Khaled – he was absolutely amazing – taking care of all the details while we enjoyed ourselves. 1sQuest took outstanding care of our trip, and we admire their hard work.
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I have only praise for 1stQuest. A very efficient and speedy service with a great deal of support throughout the whole process. Totally satisfied

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Sep 11, 2022 - Germany

Everything was perfect, fast and available for any question.

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Oct 4, 2022 - France

Very good advice and always quick and correct answers to our questions. The guidance around our visa application went smoothly.

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