Day 1 - Arrival Muscat
Arrive in Muscat and transfer to hotel accommodation. Depending upon flight schedules there may be time to explore the city independently. Overnight at Ramada Encore. No meals or guided activities are scheduled today.
(Approximate driving time: forty-five minutes)
Day 2 - Muscat city tour and sunset cruise
This morning after an early breakfast meet your guide and start your tour of Muscat with a visit to the Grand Mosque, the most exquisite Mosque in Oman covering 416,000 square metres and can accommodate an astonishing 20,000 worshippers. We then continue to the districts of Muttrah, and visit the atmospheric alleyways of the souq where the scent of exotic fragrances and spices hang in the air.
Here you can bargain for a diverse range of goods from Omani costumes to traditional jewellery and much more. The next stop will be a photo stop and observation of the magnificent Al Alam Palace, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said the ruler of Oman. The palace is an architectural marvel for both its design and its location between the twin Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. You will then return to your hotel for some time at leisure before later this afternoon boarding a dhow and enjoy cruising along Oman’s coastline on an open deck sipping refreshments and sampling Arab dates as the sun sets. Overnight Ramada Encore (B).
The Grand Mosque is open from Saturday to Thursday from 0800 – 1100 hrs only.
Ladies visiting the mosque are required to cover their head with scarf and do not wear shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits as they are to be fully covered. Men are also to be full covered. Slip on shoes recommended.
The sunset cruise is a shared tour available on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, it is by speedboat.
Day 3 - Muscat – Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands
This morning we drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, an oasis in the middle of barren and dry mountain landscapes. It’s one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman, and its pools of clear deep blue water are a welcome opportunity for a swim. Continue thereafter into the vast expanse of the Wahiba, an undulating red and white sea of dunes. After some exciting dune driving and a visit to a Bedouin house, we arrive at our comfortable desert camp. Overnight 1000 Nights Camp – Sheikh Tent (No air conditioning) (BD).
(Approximate overall driving time today is 3.5 hours)
Note – The desert camp does not serve alcohol but you can take your own for private consumption.
Note – We recommend the experience of the Sheikh Tent but if you prefer a room with air conditioning then please contact us for an upgrade quote.
Day 4 - Wahiba Sands
Today your time is at leisure to enjoy the iconic Arabian Desert scenes. Early birds may wish to scale the dunes for a spectacular sunrise. The rest of the day can be spent at leisure just relaxing by the pool or there are a number of optional activities which can enjoyed from the camp including hiking in the dunes or a camel safari for example.
Activities can be booked in advance so please contact us for details but subject to availability they can also be arranged from the camp. This evening before dinner. you may wish to scale the dunes to observe the Arabian sunset across the ochre dunes . Overnight 1000 Nights Camp – Sheikh Tent – Not air conditioned (BD)
Day 5 - Wahiba Sands - Muscat - Departure
After a leisurely breakfast the morning will be at leisure before checking out around noon. Then drive back to Muscat where your driver/guide can take you to a restaurant for dinner (not included) before transferring to the airport for your late evening onward flight (B).
- Arrival and departure transfers
- All accommodation as per itinerary (different hotels can be booked)
- Services of an English-speaking driver/guide
- Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
- Private air conditioned transport
- Entrance fees for sites as listed as part of the itinerary
- International flights
- Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa if applicable
- Tips (discretionary)