Arrive Muscat relax at Hotel
Muscat airport operates 24 Hours so we will schedule the day depending on your arrival.
Muscat – Nakal – Wadi Bani Awf – Over the top – Jebel Shams
Departing from your Muscat hotel we drive around 100 km to the town of Nakhal to explore the fabulous Nakhal Fort and hot springs. A quick dip in the hot springs is possible if not too crowded so bring along your swimming gear! Proceeding from Nakhal we drive towards Rustaq turning off to drive through the stunning Wadi Bani Auf. We pass the fearsome Snake Gorge to arrive at the picturesque village of Bilad Sayt surrounded by imposing mountains. We then back track a little before turning right past the village of Al Hajir, Now, prepare yourself for the adrenaline rush you will receive when we drive up the gigantic cliff face! Please note this road is often closed after rains so an alternative route must be taken. Once the roller coaster ride is over we will stop for a picnic lunch before proceeding down the mountain and then up the other side the mountain of the sun Jebel Shams Please bring warm clothes it can get cold at the top.
Jebel Shams – Misfah – Jabrin – Bahla – Nizwa – Desert Camp
After what might be a chilly start we drive a short way to peer over the edge into the Grand Canyon of Oman and then we head back down the Jebel, to the quaint village of Misfah Al Abriyeen enclosed by spectacular date palms and cliff faces. We take a stroll along the Falaj irrigation channels and paths. From Misfah we drive to Jabrin Castle and the UNESCO world heritage Bahla Fort. And then to Nizwa to visit the Castle and the Souk. After lunch at a local restaurant, we head for the Desert Camp which is hidden away deep in the Wahiba sands to escape all light and noise pollution from the nearby town of Badiya, enabling you to have an authentic desert experience. We will arrive before sunset to ensure we witness the sun setting over the golden sand dunes and afterward, enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner possibly followed by a camp fire, with a magical sky full of stars.
Please note we use one of two camps that we have carefully selected over the years. One of the camps was chosen by the BBC travel show when Ade Adepitan and the team stayed there and filmed December 2016 It can be seen on the BBC travel show web site search for “Experiencing life in a Bedouin camp”.
Desert Camp – Wadi Bani Khalid – Turtle Beach
After an unforgettable night in the wilderness of the Wahiba sands and breakfast the camp staff will offer optional camel rides and dune bashing for an additional fee. Please inform our guide or the camp staff if you would like to participate the night before. Please be aware that dune bashing must be undertaken at your own risk. After allactivities are completed we make a short drive to Wadi Bani Khalid. The Wadi has deep blue pools surrounded by spectacular mountains and date palms making it a perfect place to soak up the sun go for a swim and absorb some of Oman’s natural beauty. Wadi Bani Khalid is one of Oman’s most popular destinations and can be very busy at weekends or local Holidays. Bring your swimming gear! A swim in the rock pools is a must After drying off we go to a local Restaurant for lunch and afterward drive to the coastal town of Sur.
Sur historically was a center of shipping trade to East-Africa it is also famous for boat building. Dhows can still be seen being built in the traditional way that has not changed for hundreds of years (Except the engine of course) From Sur we drive to Ras Al Hadd and stay at a very nice resort almost completely surrounded by the sea with some wonderful views and cooling sea breezes. O! And yes the bar is quite nice too!! The resort can arrange Optional Turtle Tours please note the Turtle watching tour is not included, Note the Peak season for turtles are the hot summer months so please do not be disappointed if you do not see turtles. The resort is just a fabulous place to stay anyway.
Turtle Beach – Wadi Shab – Bimmah Sink Hole – Muscat Airport
After breakfast overlooking the sea, we drive north up the coast. Just after Sur, we pass one of the main economic lifelines of Oman, the LNG plant. This is where Gas is compressed under great pressure into liquid form and is transferred to giant LNG tankers and shipped to energy-hungry markets around the world. We make our first stop at Wadi Shab. A hike along Wadi Shab is not very challenging, however, it can get very slippery in the rock pools before entering the caves so please ensure you bring proper footwear that you don’t mind getting wet. To reach the beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike you must swim through two small pools and a keyhole cave! If you aren’t confident with swimming, please let us know and our guide will carry a lifejacket for you. Bring a waterproof camera if you have one! After lunch at a local restaurant, we drive to Hawiyat Najm Park where the popular Bimmah Sink Hole is located. The Sink Hole is a lovely place to swim and jump off the rocks or just dip your feet in for a fantastic free fish spa as it contains many “doctor fish”. After relaxing at Bimmah we drive back to Muscat. The tour finishes at Muscat Airport or your chosen accommodation.