Ever wanted to visit a traditional and safe part of the Arab world without encountering multiple shopping malls, fountains and excessive wealth?
Oman’s low-rise towns retain their traditional charms and Bedouin values remain at the heart of an Omani welcome. With an abundance of natural beauty; from spectacular mountains, wind-blown deserts and a pristine coastline, Oman is the obvious choice for those seeking out the modern face of Arabia while wanting still to sense its ancient soul.
YPT are arranging our first ever foray into this Arabian Peninsula Sultanate. The tour is designed to lead perfectly into our inaugural Socotra tour which will depart from the southern Omani city of Salalah. If you are joining the Socotra tour then what better way to get there than firstly experiencing what Oman has to offer!
Arrival in Muscat, Oman. Own transfer to the Riyam hotel.
Meet your fellow travel buddies in the lobby at 1pm for our city tour
We will visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum. The Sultanate of Oman’s preeminent museum!
Next we’ll have a photo stop at the official residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, The Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts of Mirani and Jalali.
From the Palace, we’ll take a walk through the old town – the real Muscat!
We’ll see the Muttrah Corniche and visit Muttrah Souq which retains the chaotic atmosphere of a traditional Arab market albeit nowadays housed under modern timber roofing. We’ll stroll through the Souq, where you will have the chance to buy Omani specialties like Frankincense and Omani daggers. Bargain hard here – your local guide will be on hand to help you reach the best price!
Next we’ll head for diner and then have tea along the corniche taking in the cruise ships along the water at Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Port.
Head back to the hotel and Overnight at the Riyam hotel, Muscat.
Thursday 3rd May – Muscat – Bimmah Sink Hole – Wadi Shab – Sur – Turtle Watching
Breakfast at the hotel and Pick up time 8.30 a.m.
We will travel through the mountainous landscape arriving at the dramatic Bimmah Sinkhole for one epic swimming location!
Once suitably refreshed we’ll depart for the drive south toward the direction of Quriyat which contains some of the most spectacular Wadi (valleys) in Oman.
Upon arrival at Wadi Shab we’ll transfer to a small fishing boat to sail across the wadi. The word breathtaking is an understatement!
We’ll walk through this amazing canyon until we find the famous Keyhole where we can relax and dive in the pools. Through the keyhole you will find a magnificent cave, complete with an incredible waterfall.
After a lunch in Wadi Shab, we’ll drive to Sur to first check into our hotel
Free time and relax at the hotel before dinner at 7:30 p.m.
After dinner it’s off to the Ras Al Hadd beach in search of turtles! There is no guarantee of any sightings as it is a natural phenomenon but sightings are very common.
Overnight in Sur
Friday 4th May Sur – Dhow Building Factory – Wahiba Sands – Desert Camp
Breakfast at the hotel and departure at 8:30 a.m. Our first stop will be at a traditional ‘Dhow’ building (wooden ship building factory), where Arabian dhows have been built by traditional carpenters for hundreds of years.
We leave Sur and travel to Wahiba Sands famous for its multicolored tones.
We arrive and set up for the night at our very own Desert Camp. The camp is a Bedouin style air conditioned accommodation with private bathrooms!
Next we have the opportunity to go dune bashing with our experienced driver. We set out on an adrenaline fueled 4WD safari across 150-metre dunes and finish with a spectacular view of the sunset
After working up an appetite it’s back to camp to experience the local Arabic Cuisine.
Sit back and relax around the camp fire whilst enjoying the live entertainment the camp has to offer.
Rise and shine for an early breakfast at the desert camp.
We depart on a wonderful 4WD journey through the nearby mountains.
Our first stop will be Wadi Bani Khalid. The wadi has clear deep blue water and holds its water supply all year round. We also check out the villages of Wadi Bani Khalid that cling precariously to the rugged mountainside.
After a buffet lunch at Wadi Bani Khalid, we continue our journey and drive up the Mountain to the stunning Grand Canyon of Oman. The panoramic mountain drive brings us to Jebel Shams (Mountain of the Sun), the second highest peak in the Arab Gulf region, rising to over 3000 meters.
We will check in at the resort in Jebal Shams, have dinner and spend the night at a traditional eco chalet.
Sunday 6th May – Jebel Shams – Nizwa – Muscat – Salahah
After breakfast we will check out from the resort and head to the cultural capital of Oman – Nizwa.
Our first stop will be the spectacular Nizwa Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower
Visit the Nizwa traditional Souq. The Souq is a lively place and an ideal location to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs. After a little bargaining in the Souq it will be time to begin the journey back to Muscat.
Arrive in Muscat and end of tour.
For those continuing to Salalah and Socotra we’ll head to the airport for our evening flight south.