Day 1 Muscat-Nakhal- Wadi Bani Awf -Balad Sayt -Jabal Shams (The Grand Canyon of Oman)
In the morning we’ll leave Muscat towards Nakhal, here you can visit the beautiful Nakhal Fortress. It lies on the foothills of the mountains in a nice town that grows extensive date palm plantations, this magnificent 1500 years old fortress rises out of the mountain rock, towering high above the ancient village as if still warning would-be attackers of its ominous strength, It has witnessed many battles and its packed full of hidden escape routes and secret passages, You can stroll around the inside of this restored fortress and visit all the rooms which have been nicely decorated in the original old style. The view from the top of the fortress over the mountains and green date plantations is outstanding
From there visit the hot spring the spring is tucked away among date farms a couple of kilometers from Nakhal Fort, and it flows year-round with warm mineral water collected in the site pools. Several chairs and shades are provided in the “picnic area” near the pool
From there we’ll continue our trip to Wadi Bani Awf, the road leads us through the Wadi, we’ll pass by impressive Wadi Canyons (snake canyon) and several small villages and the most beautiful village is Balad Sayt surrounded by mountains from all directions.
Then we drive up the Mountain, this mountain road drives up to the Jebel Shams Mountain (The Grand Canyon of Oman) 3009 Meters it’s one of the most adventurous mountains in Oman, offering exciting off-road experience and fantastic views, stop there and enjoy the view and photo, from there just short drive to our resort where you spend the night.
Overnight in Jabal shams (Sama Heights Resorts or similar)
Day 2 Grand Canyon – Wadi Ghul- Al Hamra -Misfat Al Abreyeen- Nizwa
In the morning after breakfast we’ll leave Jabal Shams for wadi Ghul the village of Wadi Ghul 2000 years old located at the foot of Mountain Ghul and can be seen on your way to Jabal Shams has been abandoned by its inhabitants and no one remained in, it has been built of solid stones.
From there we drive into Wadi Nakhar its beautiful sites, a spectacular view which derives its name from the local word (necrosis), which means the process of rock sculpture «erosion» as the water of this valley formed during the time periods.
Wadi Al Nakhar is one of the deepest valleys in Oman because of its geographical characteristics, the great gap in Jabal Shams is considered to be the most important source of water since its large opening leads to valleys and reefs that form the valley of Al Nakhar.
Then we continue our trip to visit the ancient town of Al Hamra Then we drive up to Misfat Al Abreyeen, this picturesque village lies on a steep slope at the foot of Jebel Shams and consists of old homes and narrow streets. it has a falaj system for many orchards, date palms, and vegetables, it worth spending some time walking around the village.
Overnight in Nizwa (Al Dyar Hotel or similar)
Day 3 Nizwa Fort and Market- Wahiba
We’ll visit the famous Nizwa Souq (market), a wide variety of vendors offering their goods in the streets of the souq, where you can find, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts, Omani sweets (Halwa), Dates spice, and souvenirs which are sold in authentic old market halls that few places can boast, especially interesting is the Friday cattle market when the locals from the nearby villages come to sell their, goats, cattle, sheep, and chickens in a circus-style open market place.
Next to the Souq is Oman Fortress, the fort is a museum today and offers splendid views of this ancient town and the surrounding mountains, you can walk around in this impressive fortress and visit many rooms, passages, and towers, the fort is an architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks at the time, even along the corridors, many traps were laid to deter any intruders that might have penetrated the defenses.
From Nizwa we continue our journey to the desert (Wahiba Sands) this spectacular Desert has an area of 12,500 Square kilometers the called also Al Sharqiya Sands, formerly known as “Wahiba Sands” is a region of desert in Oman the region was named for the Bani Wahiba tribe, divided between the northern and southern governorates in the Eastern Region. The area is defined by a boundary of 180 kilometers (110 mi) north to south and 80 kilometers (50 mi) east to west, enjoy the golden sands and watch the stunning sunset over the dunes.
Overnight in Wahiba Sands (Camping)
Day 4 Cross Wahiba Sands – Muhut – Al Khaluf
The next day after breakfast we’ll cross the Desert Wahiba sands for approximately 5 hours driving southeast towards Muhut its one of the states of the central region of Oman overlooking the Arabian Sea, It was one of the most important ports of previous times, it was famous for shipbuilding, transporting passengers and goods from Oman to East Africa, India, and other parts of the African continent, carrying Omani products, and returning with goods that were not in Oman at that time.
from there continue our journey towards Khaluf Beach, one of the nicest beaches in Oman and a place with exciting and calm white sugar dunes, rocky outcroppings, and sleepy fishing villages, What makes this area special is its isolation. Since it is so far from Muscat, the area doesn’t get many visitors.
Overnight in Al Khaluf (Camping)
Day 5 Al Khaluf – Ras Ar Ruways
In the morning we leave the camping place we drive to Al Khaluf Village stop at the fish market local peoples come with a huge number of fresh fish and seafood selling and paying.
drive back again to Mahout have your lunch there from there continue your journey to Ras Ar Rways , where the stunning white sand meets the turquoise open sea, you have the opportunity to swim in the sea and watching the beautiful sunset.
Overnight in Ras Ar Ruways (Camping)
Day 6 Ras Ar Ruways – Al Ashkharah – Ras Al Hadd
From Ras Ar Rways we drive along the coastline you’ll pass on many of the sea villages and the largest and most beautiful one is Al Askharah fishing village that will depend on fishing. We will visit Al Ashkharah port, there you’ll see many fishermen returning from the sea with huge quantities of fish and seafood.
Then the tour continues to Ras al Hadd, In the evening after buffet dinner at your hotel/resort, we will take you to the Turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. Here we’ll go on a guided beautiful walking tour on the beach at night under the stars, where we have a high chance of seeing Omanis great sea turtles stumbling onto the beach to build a nest and lay the eggs. If you are lucky, you can even see baby turtles hatching from some nests.
Overnight in Ras Al Hadd (turtle beach resort or similar)
Day 7 Ras Al Hadd – Sur- Wadi Shab- Sinkhole – Muscat
In the morning we will show you the City of Sur, the famous Omani Dhow Factory, where you can see traditional wooden Dhows being built. And we take you to the old part of Sur where most of the houses there designed with wooden doors and windows.
From Sur, we drive towards Wadi Shab, this Wadi is an enormous canyon gorge that is lined with palm trees and impressive indications of what the power of the water coming down from the mountains can do in nature. With a 45 minute hike up through the canyon Wadi (walking shoes are required), we arrive at one of the crystal clear water pools. Tourists can swim through the warm waters from pool to pool, eventually, we come to the last pool where an opening among the enormous rocks allows us to swim into an incredible crevice cave with a small waterfall Inside, the sunlight filters in from the outside, turning the water into a beautiful turquoise blue whilst water showers down one side of the cave from the Wadi beyond.
After visiting Wadi Shab stop at the Bimmah sinkhole (swimming in the sinkhole lake is possible) Bimmah Sinkhole a water-filled depression, structurally a sinkhole, in the limestone of eastern Muscat Governorate in Oman. A lake of turquoise waters, it’s 50 m by 70 m wide and approximately 20 m deep. It’s only about 600 m away from the sea, between the coastal towns of Dibab and Bimmah Village, the sinkhole was formed by a collapse of the surface layer due to the dissolution of the underlying limestone, to preserve the sinkhole, the local municipality developed a park there.
From Sinkhole, we drive back to Muscat.
TOUR TYPE: PRIVATE
ALL EQUIPMENT’S FOR CAMPING ALONG WITH FOOD AND BEVERAGES IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE