Oman Extension Tour

7 Days
Category:
  • Oman - Qaboos Grand Mosque Muscat
  • Oman-Qaboos-Grand-Mosque
  • Oman-Bahla-Fort
  • Oman-Wadi-Shab

Oman is an independent sultanate on the Arabian peninsular.  Covering a strategic location on the Arabian Sea, Oman was coveted by the great powers which came and went. In the late 1400’s the Portuguese occupied much of the territory including the capital, Muscat. Almost 100 years later, The Ottomans drove them out and occupied the region for some 100 years. The Persians also came and went briefly. Since 1741, it has been self-governing. The country occupies just over 300,000 square kms and has a population of over 4 million, with the overwhelming majority being of Islamic faith. Oman is famous for breeding its Arabian horses. It is not widely travelled to by Westerners.

Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history dating back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with clifftop landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, looming over Muscat Harbour. Its modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with 50m dome and prodigious Persian carpet, can accommodate 20,000 people.

Blue Dot Travel’s Best of Oman tour, is a snap-shot and good introduction. It includes the capital Muscat, wadis, coastal and mountains regions and traditional style villages over six nights.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Qaboos Grand Mosque (the world’s fifth largest mosque
  2. Muttrah souq – largest market in the country
  3. Wadi Shab an astounding gorge situated between the cliffs
  4. Authentic desert camp in the Wahiba Desert
  5. UNESCO-listed castle of Jabreen & Bahla Fort
  6. 17th Century Nizwa Fort

Click on Itinerary tab above for more details.

 

DEPARTURE DATE
Can only be taken before or after a Blue Dot Travel small group tour
DURATION 7 days
TOUR COST $1,990
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
$590 Additional
INCLUDED
Internal flights as per itinerary
All transportation as per itinerary
Twin-share accommodation
Transfers to and from hotels as per itinerary
Meals as listed on the itinerary
Entry fees to places of interest as per itinerary
Experienced English speaking local tour guide
Escorted by an Australian host (subject to minimum number of 10 clients)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Extension tours depart with minimum of 4 clients
  • No more than 16 clients on any trip

Itinerary:

Day 1
Welcome to the Sultanate of Oman!

Arrive at the main arrivals hall at Muscat International Airport. Transfer to the centrally located hotel.  The remainder of the day will be at leisure to either relax or explore your local surrounds. Overnight at Somerset Panorama Hotel Muscat for two nights. Meals in flight/D

Day 2
Muscat

After breakfast we’ll visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (the world’s fifth largest mosque) with one-single hand woven piece carpet covering the whole of the prayer hall. Passing by the diplomatic quarter, we will next be taken to the oldest and the largest market in the country, Muttrah souq. Your guide will allow you to wander through the alleys at your leisure. Then we’ll stop is the Al Alam Palace where the Sultan receives his state guests.  The palace is flanked by two Portuguese fortesses, Al Jalail (1578) and Al Mirani (1581). We will visit the local museum with traditional artefacts and history before heading back to the hotel for dinner. Meals: B/D    

Day 3
Sur via Wadi Shab

What separates Oman from other gulf states is its diverse geography and nature. Today starts with breakfast and then a light hike through Wadi Shab which is a great way to see it properly. There is the possibility for a swim along the way, so bring along a change of clothes and bathers. We will pass through Bimmah Sinkhole with its sparkling azure saltwater pool. We will then arrive at the fishing town of Sur, home of the Omani traditional dhows (teak boats). We’ll visit the dhow factory and open air museum. Subject to the season, tonight there’s an optional turtle watching experience. Overnight in Sur Plaza, Sur for just the one night. Meals: B/D

Day 4
Sur – Wahiba Desert

Today we embark on a stunning coastal drive before reaching Wadi Bani Khalid where water flows all year round. The most loved wadi in the country, it features large pools of turquoise and emerald coloured water, lined with lush green palm trees, inviting you to jump in and refresh. And for the main destination of the day, we’ll traverse through the elevations of the vast Wahiba desert. Our overnight stay at an authentic desert camp enjoying the cuisine and entertainment is an experience everyone will enjoy. Overnight at Sama Al Wasil Desert Camp for one night. Meals: B/D

Day 5
Wahiba Desert - Nizwa

After breakfast the group will head towards the town of Ibra with its wonderful Old town and women’s market. Along the way we’ll stop at Nizwa to visit the UNESCO-listed castle of Jabreen, regarded as the most beautiful in Oman. Later, we’ll visit another UNESCO site, Bahla Fort. We’ll continue to Nizwa where we stay for two nights. Overnight Al Diyar Hotel Nizwa. Meals: B/D

Day 6
Nizwa

After breakfast our guide will take us on a tour of the cultural capital of the country, Nizwa which will include Nizwa Fort – the most visited site in the country outside of the capital. You will also visit Jebel Shams, the mountain of the sun and Al Hamra, a traditional Omani village, famous for its rich heritage. Then the group will be taken to Bait Al Safa, a traditional house where you get an insight to the daily life of the rural Omanis. Enjoy coffee and dates before heading back to Nizwa. Meals: B/D

Day 7
Nizwa - Muscat

Today we may have the opportunity (depending on the day of the week) to visit the animal auction market to watch the farmers bargain for their cattle and other stock. We’ll also have an opportunity to visit the bustling Nizwa souq. The group will then transfer to the foot of the Jebel Akhdar Mountain at Birkat Al Mauz, a stunning place – especially at sunset. Stroll through the deserted ruined village surrounded by date plantations and falaj, the ancient irrigation system that is a UNESCO heritage site. A few hours later you’ll be dropped off at Muscat airport or your hotel (depending on flight schedule). Meal: B

 

Next Steps

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