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’s lies at the foothills of the Al Hajar 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 it’s 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 we 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 continue our trip to Wadi Bani Awf. The road leads us through the Wadi, we will pass by impressive Wadi Canyons (snake canyon) and several 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 3009 Meters it’s one of the most adventurous mountains in Oman, offering exciting off-road experience and fantastic views, we reach the canyon view which is 2000 meters we stop there and enjoy the view and photos, then we continue driving to our resort where we spend the night.
Overnight in Jabal shams (Sama Heights Resorts or similar)
Day 2 Jabal shams – Wadi Ghul- Al Hamra-Misfat Al Abreyeen- Nizwa
In the morning after breakfast we’ll leave Jabal Shams towards 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 continue our trip to 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 Wadi of Al Nakhar.
Then we continue our way to visit the ancient town of Al Hamra Then we drive up to Misfat Al Abreyeen village. 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’s worth spending some time walking around the village.
Overnight in Nizwa (Al Dyar hotel or similar)
Day 3 Nizwa fort & market- Hayma
Today we visit Nizwa Souq, 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 that 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 marketplace.
Next to the Souq is Nizwa 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 its 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 will drive directly to the south before you reach Haima we’ll drive out of the highway to the west for a few KM, in the end, we’ll get beautiful orange dunes it’s part of Rub Al Khali we’ll set up our camp there and enjoying the sunset.
Overnight in Haima Dunes (Camping)
Day 4 Haima – Rub Alkhali
In the morning after breakfast, we’ll drive directly to the south we’ll pass Haima city it’s the capital of the central region of Oman called Al Wusta Governorate. Haima is the chief town of the region and an important transit point between the interior and the coast, it’s also the halfway point of the journey between Muscat and Salalah. The town has largely grown up around the highway, servicing the passing trucks and buses, and there is little to commend the straggling settlement other than the convenience of the amenities, it offers some good Asian restaurants and a useful supply point for trips into the Empty Quarter.
From Haima we drive more south here we’ll enter Rub Al Khali from Maqshan we will drive off-road for almost 50 KM we will leave off-road and drive between beautiful orange dunes until we reach our camping place.
Overnight in Rub Al Khali (Camping)
Day 5 Rub Al Khali
Today we will show you the stunning sand rose Come on the sand formed in the form of a Rose because of the factors of erosion (wind, rain, heat, and cold) later on have your picnic keep driving deeper in Rub Al Khali. Reach your camping place watch the marvelous sunset
Overnight in Rub Al Khali (Camping)
Day 6 Rub Al khali
Today you can watch spectacular sunrise in a very silent environment, after Breakfast drives deeper in Rub Al khali enjoy high orange color dunes, have your picnic lunch in the afternoon continue your journey, suddenly you will see crystal stones that have been toned due to erosion. you will reach your camping place climb orange high dunes watch the marvelous sunset enjoy the silence of the second biggest desert in the world.
Overnight in Rub Al Khali (camping)
Day 7 Rub Al khali – Ash Shisr (The lost city) – Wadi Dawkah-Salalah
In the morning we will leave our camping place it’s the last morning in Rub Al Khali, we will continue our journey towards Al shisr (the lost city) One of the sites of Al Luban (Frankincense) Road, which is part of the World Heritage and Culture Sites “UNESCO” in the Sultanate of Oman, its located in the province of Dhofar the state of Thamrit, the capital of the Badia (Najd Dhofar). It’s at the southern end of the desert of the Empty Quarter. Evidence suggests that the site has been inhabited since the Stone Age.
Exploration and excavation work at Al-Shisr site revealed the existence of an ancient archaeological city (believed to be the city of “Erm” which is mentioned by God in the Holy Quran, the land of the people of Hood who did not create the same in the country as mentioned in the Qur’anic text) Continuous exploration of this important archaeological site. This archaeological site was discovered in 1990 by a group of archaeologists and was included in the World Heritage Organization for the most important.
Then we continue our journey towards Wadi Dawkah, Wadi Dawkah located in the Najd area behind the northern slopes of the Dhofar mountain range, 35 km north of Salalah city, and extends north towards the state of Thumrait, it’s one of the growth areas of the frankincense trees in Dhofar Governorate. It’s a natural reserve for large frankincense trees and it’s listed in the World Heritage and Culture List UNESCO.
From Wadi Dawkah we continue our journey to Salalah, check-in your hotel relax, and in the evening start off at Al Hafah Market it’s a traditional market known as the city of Salalah, and the visitors of the city as a tourist and economic landmark. The Hafah market is located 3 km from the city of Salalah in Dhofar Governorate, surrounded by coconut trees. The market is known for the sale of incense and frankincense products and the market is full of many products, whether traditional textiles, or traditional clothing, ornaments, gold and silver, and many other traditional products, it’s considered the oldest market in Dhofar. have dinner there in the local restaurant after dinner back to the hotel.
Overnight in Salalah (Beach Resort Salalah or similar)
Day 8 Al Balid – Al Mugsail beach–Job Tomb- Salalah
Today we start the day visiting Khwar Al Balid This lagoon takes its name from the ancient city which lies on the banks of this lagoon. The lagoon flanks the city on the east and north. In ancient times, this lagoon was connected to the sea and used as a natural port due to its depth in some parts.
The region is currently on the World Heritage And Culture List “UNESCO” and the khawr is protected, the importance of this place lies in its combination of archaeology, history, and nature. The archaeological park is considered to be the first of its kind in Oman, serving to protect natural resources, attract tourists to the site and inform people of this important ancient city in the Governorate of Dhofar.
Then visit Almugsil Beach it’s a beautiful and charming beach, characterized by its serene, white sand, and a tourist destination frequented by tourists from all over the country especially during the monsoon, and the Blowholes attracted the peoples when the strong fast waves crush the rocks.
from there visit job tomb then back to your hotel, in the evening process to the city center have dinner there and come back to your hotel
Overnight in Salalah (Beach Resort Salalah or similar)
Day 9 Salalah -Taqah-Khawr Rawri (Samahram)-Wadi Darbat-Mirbat-wadi Ash Shuwaymiyyah
In the morning we start a new exciting day we’ll drive towards Taqah, its cemetery Mazoon Al Mashani, the mother of Sultan Qaboos, she is buried. under identical marble gravestones, and uncle and a grandfather of the Sultans are buried there.
From there we continue our journey to Khor Rori reports that the town of Sumhuram was founded on the royal initiative and settled by Hadhrami emigrants. The Dhofar region was the main source of frankincense in the ancient period, and it seems likely that the foundation of the settlement by the Hadhramaut was in part motivated by the wish to control the production of this valuable commodity.
The excavations have uncovered the ground plan of the settlement and have attested maritime contacts with the Ḥaḑramite homeland, India, and the Mediterranean. It was inscribed in 2000, along with other sites along the Incense Route in Oman, as part of the World Heritage site “Land of Frankincense”.
From there we continue our journey to Wadi Darbat offering majestic views of the lakes, mountains, caves, wildlife, and waterfalls, Wadi Darbat is surely a paradise for nature lovers and history enthusiasts watching the crystal clear water cascading down the 100-meter waterfall surrounded by lush greenery is surely a delight. Close to the waterfall are many natural cave chambers with stalagmites and old stalactites.
From there we continue our journey to Mirbat coastal town in the Dhofar governorate, Mirbat (Moscha) was involved in the export of frankincense in ancient times, to places as far as China. In ancient times Mirbat was the capital of Dhofar, with an income derived from the frankincense trade and from breeding Arabian horses, visit the port of Mirbat and walk along with old houses of Mirbat.
From there continue your journey towards Ash Shuwaymiyyah this deep valley, carved by nature out of the surrounding land, plunges towards a rock-strewn coastline with dramatic cliffs as a backdrop enjoys walking in wadi Ash Shuwaymiyyah watch the sunset there with a cup of tea or coffee.
Overnight in Wadi Ash Shuwaymiyyah (Camping)
Day 10 Wadi Ash Shuwaymiyyah- Ras Madrakah
In the morning after your breakfast continue your journey we will stop in the village of Ash Shuwaymiyyah you will see local peoples selling some handcraft handmade, continue your journey to Ras Madrakah moderate weather throughout the year, represented in the mountainous and rocky formations overlooking the Arabian Sea on one side and the soft white sand on the other side, you can have walk-in white sands there or swim in the beautiful sea.
Overnight in Ras Madrakah (Camping)
Day 11 Ras Madrakah –Ad Duqm – Al Khaluf
From Ras Madrakah we continue our trip to AD Duqum it famous for its geological attractions for the world. It’s known as the Rock Garden Duqm, it’s an area of 3 square kilometers made of sandstone rocks, and limestone, which was created in an underground water aquifer more than 46 million years ago. Rock Garden is a great piece of nature’s Artwork. This Rock garden is full of anonymous rocks with different shapes, positions, standing formed in unusual shapes, a round of rocks, a big piece of rock standing on a small piece of stone stand and some seem like statues of animals. This site is one of the top twenty-five sites in Oman’s geological scientific importance.
from Al Duqm we continue our journey towards Al 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’s so far from Muscat, the area doesn’t get many visitors.
Overnight in Al Khaluf (Camping)
Day 12 Al khaluf -Muhut- Ras Ar Ruways
In the morning leave your camping place 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.
From there we drive to 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 Muhut we drive towards Ras Ar Rways, you will reach your destination Ras Al Ruways 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 Rways Camping)
Day 13 Ras Ar Ruways Al Ashkharah – Ras Al Hadd
After breakfast starts towards Ras Al Hadd, you will pass on many of the sea villages and the largest and the most beautiful one is Al Askharah fishing village that will depend on fishing. We will visit Al Ashkharah port, there you will 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 in the hotel/resort, we will take you to the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where we will 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 14 Ras Al had- Sur- Wadi Shab – Sinkhole-Muscat
In the morning check out of your hotel from their drive to 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 to 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 35 to 40 minute hike up through the canyon Wadi, we arrive at one of several 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 we drive to 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 the Sultanate of Oman, a lake of turquoise waters, it’s 50 m by 70 m wide and approximately 20 m deep. It’s 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 to Muscat.
STARTING TIME: 08:00 AM
TOUR TYPE: PRIVATE
ALL EQUIPMENT’S FOR CAMPING ALONG WITH FOOD AND BEVERAGES IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE