10 night luxury tour
Oman Ancient Wonders
North Africa & Middle East
Varied Meal Plan
From £4607 PP Based on 2 sharing
Ancient wonders of Oman
Previously overlooked by all but the most daring of travellers, Oman now opens its doors to invite everyone to experience its wealth of culture and diverse countryside. With its turquoise seas, stunning mountain ranges and ancient villages, Oman has something for everyone. The warmth of its people is matched by its guaranteed winter sun, making Oman a great place to start your next adventure. Join us as we visit 2 of the 4 UNESCO sites in Oman on a unique, private and personal tour.
Oman 11-day/10 night luxury private tour
Day 1 Arrive Muscat
Your choice of airline will determine arrival time, both Oman Air and BA have flights arriving in the evening at Muscat International Airport. You will be met by our representative who will escort you to the VIP waiting room whilst we sort out your entry visa before proceeding to immigration and then to the baggage reclaim area.
You then have a quick road journey in our private vehicle to the Chedi Hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 In Muscat
After breakfast around 0830 hrs, you will meet your guide in the lobby and proceed for an orientation tour of Muscat city. Included in the tour will be a visit to the imposing Grand Mosque which holds up to 1,600 worshipers and the Royal Opera House which hosts musical performances from all genres and houses the world’s largest organ. By contrast, the hustle and bustle of the Muttrah Souk in Old Muscat will give you a chance to seek out souvenirs and mementos and haggle for a bargain. The Bait al Zubair museum which is privately owned by a local family is filled with treasures from all over Oman and offers a great opportunity to understand some of the background and traditions of this fascinating country. You will also stop to view the royal palaces and other government buildings. A visit to the national museum could also be included if open at the time of the visit.
We have a number of options that you can include, just make your selections and we will advise you of the costs and fit into your schedule.
- Internal tour of the Opera House,a fantastic building with a very interesting design
- Oil and Gas Exhibition Centre looking at how the Omani oil wealth started
- National Museum as mentioned above
- Authentic Omani Lunch
- Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum
- Dhow Cruise
Return to the Chedi Hotel.
Day 3 Muscat/Quriyat/Wadi Tiwi/Sur/Wahiba Sands
After breakfast, you will check-out and depart for the desert, driving along the coastline of Muscat. Reaching Quriyat a visit to the stunning turquoise waters of the sinkhole will give you a chance to cool off and maybe enjoy a free fish pedicure. A little further on you can stretch your legs and take a stroll among the streams and greenery in the Wadi Tiwi. Later you can visit the dhow yard in the town of Sur. See where these traditional, ancient craft are still built in the centuries-old fashion. You then head inland across the desert to reach the. Desert Night Camp. After checking in to your en-suite luxury tent, you will head off for a dune drive across the miles of undulating, shifting sands. As the evening draws in stop and watch the sunset from the top of a dune whilst enjoying a snack and cool drink. Return to the camp, freshen up and then enjoy a superb private dinner under the stars served by your own chef. Your main course will include lamb prepared shuwa style, cooked in a desert pit for 24 hours; it is so good and beyond words!
- Camel trekking
- Private seafood meal
- Quad biking
- Desert trekking
Overnight at the Desert Camp.
Day 4 Wahiba/Jibreen/Nizwa
After a night spent under the stars take breakfast at the camp, maybe an early morning camel ride or one of the other activities on offer. Once you have checked out, you have the opportunity to visit a Bedouin family in the desert and see some of the locally made handicrafts they offer and enjoy their hospitality with a cup of their blend of coffee. You continue your tour with a visit to Jibreen castle, dating back to 1670 and built as a summer house for the sultan. Your audio guide will explain about the cleverly designed ventilation system in the sun and moon room and the secret business carried out in the whisper room. Later you will stop at some fine examples of neolithic Beehive Tombs at Zukait, these ones are not listed by UNESCO but are more accessible than those at Bat. Take a stroll through the imposing ruins of the abandoned village of Tanuf, built in the traditional mud and straw manner but sadly bombed in 1957. Falaj Daris is the biggest falaj in Oman, a water irrigation system running through earthen channels. This is one of five falaj collectively listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. You then drive on to the city of Nizwa, the ancient capital, and your hotel The Golden Tulip.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 Nizwa
After breakfast you depart for the mountains, stopping on the way at the villages of Al Hamra and Misfah with some of the oldest preserved houses in Oman. A steep road brings you to Jabal Shams, Oman’s highest mountain. The gorge, when seen from the top, is breathtaking and described as Oman’s grand canyon, worthy of an extended photo stop. You can choose from a variety of walks with a local guide - the balcony walk, not for the fainthearted, a rim walk or a climb up into the peaceful but rugged mountains. Once completed take lunch at Jabal Shams resort and after lunch return to your hotel in Nizwa for a well-deserved rest.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 Nizwa/Jabal Akhdar
Today after breakfast at the hotel you head back to the mountains and to Jabal Akhdar stopping en route at the abandoned village of Birkat al Mouz which translates as the banana lake. The village offers a pleasant walk through crumbling ruins and lush plantations where bananas grow under the shade of the date palms. After the visit continue the drive getting even higher up the mountain to reach Alila resort. With stunning views across both mountain and gorges, this resort offers complete peace and tranquillity and the altitude means the temperatures are a little cooler.
Overnight in the resort.
Day 7 In Jabal Akhdar
Following breakfast at the resort, you will meet with a local guide with who will lead you on an interesting and scenic village walk where you can sneak a glimpse at village life and the terrace system of agriculture which makes full use of the hillsides. After the tour you can visit the crumbling village of Wadi Bani Habib. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the facilities at Alila resort.
Overnight in the resort.
Day 8 Jabal Akhdar/Muscat
Choose an early breakfast or request a take away packed breakfast and check-out to depart down the mountain for the city of Nizwa. The weekly cattle and livestock market is a must see. (Only on Friday) The animals are paraded at speed around a ring with crowds of Omanis jostling and shouting bids to try and get their animals for the best price. Behind the market are the collection of souks offering birds, meat, fruit and veg, antiques, guns and even one hall dedicated just to dates. Within sight of the market lies the imposing Nizwa Fort and Castle. Despite its age, the buildings have been sympathetically restored and there is a wonderful museum telling the history of Oman on a timeline comparing its advancements to those of Europe, Africa and America. Around midday, you head back to Muscat. On arrival proceed to Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Al Husn wing. Check-in and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy the resort facilities.
Overnight at the resort
Day 9 - 10 in Muscat
Breakfast at the resort. Today and tomorrow are yours to enjoy at leisure in the resort. Enjoy a boat trip around the sparkling Gulf of Oman, try your hand at diving or indulge yourself at the Spa. Relax and enjoy the sun on the private beach, making time for afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks before eating at one of the superb restaurants offering a range of international cuisine to suit all tastes.
Overnight at the resort
Day 11 Depart Muscat
Breakfast and lunch at the resort. Collection by private car to transfer you to the airport for your return flight.
The cost includes
- Accommodation in sharing room on bb basis for 10 nights.
- Dinner at hotel on nights 4,5,6 and 7
- Arrival and departure transfer on private basis.
- VIP meet and greet with 10 days’ visa for Oman.
- One half day tour of Muscat city.
- 6 days round trip by 4x4 Wheel drive vehicle
- English speaking guide cum driver for the tours.
- Supply of water during the tours.
- Lunch in Jabal Shams Resort.
- Sunset view in desert.
- Private dinner in the Desert Night Camp.(night 3)
- Two local guides for hiking in Jabal Akhdar and Jabal Shams.
The cost does not include
- Any item of personal nature.
- Meals other than mentioned.
- Tips and Porterage.
- Anything other than mentioned in the cost includes
Additional Options that can add to your experience, costs apply
- Whale and dolphin watching: But the sighting of dolphins is very high in the morning, so we recommend a morning trip.
- Turtle watching – when in season you can view this from the Shangri la hotel during your stay.
- Wild Oryx sanctuary This trip is very long but we can arrange to visit this former UNECSO site, the agenda would be as follows:
Day 1: Muscat to Duqm approx. 500KM drive. Overnight in Crowne Plaza Hotel
Day 2: Full Day excursion from Duqm to Jeddat Al Harasis sanctuary. Each way 150KM per way. Visit the sanctuary and depart from there by 1600 hrs. Overnight at Crowne Plaza Hotel
Day 3: Drive back to Muscat approx. 500KM.
- Overnight on dhow, a private trip for 2 days 1 night can be arranged
- Hoota Caves We can schedule this into the above programme if requested but you may have to drop the balcony walk on day 5
- Ladies market or Ibra women’s market is on a Wednesday and can be scheduled in if possible
- Queen of Sheba archaeological ruins tour (UNESCO World Heritage Site): This is in Salalah so the trip is part of a full day east and west Salalah Tour. This cannot be arranged as a day excursion from Muscat, as you will need to spend at least one night in Salalah. Ask us for more details.
- Amouge factory tour: Visiting can be arranged in the morning during your City Tour
- National Museum: The National Museum – Sultanate of Oman, established in 2013, is the Sultanate's flagship cultural institution, showcasing the nation’s heritage from the earliest human settlement in the Oman Peninsula some two million years ago through to the present day.
- Oman Oil and Gas Exhibition Centre
The Centre was opened in November 1979. After extensive re modelling, it was re-opened in November 1995 as a Gift to the Nation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
- Sultan’s Military museum: The museum accommodates weapons, clothing, instruments, and other defence systems that display both visually and audibly the development of the Omani armed forces throughout history.
- Golf: There are some fantastic golf courses in Oman we can arrange tee times at Al Mouj and Muscat Hills courses.
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