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Explore Oman on a Self-Drive Tour

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Hajar Mountains, Nizwa, Jebel Akhdar, Wahiba Sands' desert, Ras Al Jinz, Muscat
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Duration

6 Days

Tour Type

Tailor-made

Group Size

1 - 6 people

Languages

English

About this tour

Be ready for a quest through Oman’s mountains! This tour will allow you to 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 nature’s rules.

Along 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.

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: The Hajar Moutains

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 the Ayn Thawarra Hot Springs. Continue 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. Have a lovely walk through the town while meeting the locals.

Eventually by the end of the day you'll reach another lovely village, Misfat Al Abriyeen. Wander into its beautiful alleys to admire the view over the gorgeous agricultural terraces, and have an overnight stay in one of its traditional mud houses built on top of the rocks.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Ras Al Hadd Beach Holiday Resort or similar

Day 2: Bahla, Jabreen, and Nizwa Forts

Today, explore Jebel Akhdar all the way down to Nizwa. Your first destination is the old town of Al Hamra. This 400-year-old village is famous for its mudbrick houses. Surrounded by palm trees, walnuts, and pomegranate trees, it offers stunning views. After a pleasant walk in the village, get back on the road to discover Oman's most famous forts, and stop for taking a photo at Bahla Castle, a UNESCO site which is an outstanding example of a fortified oasis.
After Bahla, discover another impressive castle, Jabreen, dating back to the 17th century. After that, visit Nizwa's fort, one of the best examples of ancient Omani castles. For the night, you will rest in the quietness of Jebel Akhdar.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: OYO Al Areen Hotel Apartments or Similar

Day 3: The Jebel Akhdar

Today is a full day of mountain exploration and adventures in Jebel Akhdar! It starts with a photoshoot at Suwajara, an intriguing village which is famous for its hidden houses carved into the cliffs. This village had been home to a remote tribe for more than 500 years. Then continue driving to reach Juniper Tree Park, and admire the unfamiliar scenery the trees create there.

After lunch, you'll get to the abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib. Explore its streets on foot, and discover the traditional architecture of its 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, you'll 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.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Nizwa Heritage Inn Hotel or Similar

Day 4: Wahiba Sands

It's time to leave the mountains for the desert! Say goodbye to the 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, stop at Ibra, an ancient city located at the gate of the desert, and visit the Old Quarter and the ruins of Al Munisifeh. Then, enter the immensity of Wahiba Sands' desert. Enjoy the scenery of a horizon of dunes, and experience some light dune bashing with your guide. Stay at a traditional Bedouin camp for the night, where you can experience a camel ride . Watch the sunset over the dunes, and share a delicious dinner with your hosts before relaxing under the stars.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Shorfet Al-Alamin Hotel or Similar

Day 5: Ras Al Jinz

Say farewell to the Bedouin family and drive to the east coast and explore Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman's most famous wadis. You can swim in its large natural pools and relax under the palm trees. Explore the valley before driving to the sea and reaching the fishermen's city of Sur. Before visiting Dhow Boat Yards, the perfect scenery for a picnic faces the sea, where boats are still built 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. Therefore, this activity is not always available.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Al-Ayjah Plaza Hotel or Similar

Day 6: Bimmah Sinkhole and Wadi Shab

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. An easy 45 minutes hike unveils caves, natural pools, and waterfalls. After your walk, what's best than relaxing by the sea? Fins Beach offers a perfect setting for swimming. After having a swim, leave Fins to end your trip with visiting one of Oman's most impressive natural wonders, Bimmah Sinkhole. This large and deep natural cave contains a pool of blue water. Legend says that it was formed by the fall of a star. Eventually, you'll reach Muscat by the end of the day, where your driver will drop you off at the location of your choice.

Meals: Breakfast

Included/Excluded

  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 5 nights economic 2 & 3 star accommodations
  • Visa & Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • A private English-speaking driver-guide for the entire trip
  • International Flights
  • Entrance fees
  • Other activities than those mentioned

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 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 33.33%
4 4 Pax 4 4 47.5%
5 5 Pax 5 5 40%
6 6 Pax 6 6 47.5%

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