Day 1 Muscat-Sinkhole-Wadi Shab – Sur- Ras Al Hadd
The tour departs Muscat in the morning towards Ras Al Hadd, our first stop will be 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 is 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 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 35 to 40-minute hike up through the canyon Wadi (walking shoes is 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.
From Wadi Shab we continue our journey to Sur, we’ll take you for a small city tour in Sur we’ll show you the Dhow Factory and old ship we take you to the old part of Sur where you can see most of the houses there designed by the wooden doors and windows.
The tour continues to Ras Al Hadd, check-in your hotel/resort, in the evening after dinner, we 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 2 Ras Al Hadd- Wadi Bani Khalid- Wahiba Sands
Today we take you to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful Wadis in Oman. after reaching Wadi Bani Khalid just a short walk approximately 10 to 15 minutes (walking shoes are required) Here you can swim in 9 meters depth sparkling, blue, clear water pools, sunbathe, relax in the beautiful scenic Wadi canyons.
In the afternoon, we continue our journey to our desert camp in Wahiba Sands desert, this spectacular Desert has an area of 12,500 Square K.M they called also Al Sharqiya Sands, formerly known as “The Wahiba Sands” its 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 K.M (110 mi) north to south and 80 K.m (50 mi) east to west, relax in the camp or take part in an adventurous 4×4 drive in the sand dunes, then we’ll watch the stunning sunset of the desert on one of the big sand dunes, we finish the day with a buffet dinner at the camp.
Overnight in the Desert (Safari Desert Camp or similar)
Day 3 Wahiba Sands-Al Mudhaireb-Ibra-Zukait- Nizwa
In the morning we drive to Al Mudhaireb village located in Al Qabil Town, here you can walk a bit uphill where you will be within the ruins of the old village of Al Mudhaireb, the ruins are quite interesting and you can explore the area, but if you keep going uphill you will see one of the many watchtowers of Al Mudhaireb, the view from that watchtower is quite nice and once you’re there you will see that there are half a dozen other watchtowers in Al Mudhaireb.
Historically, each quarter of the village had its own watchtower to warn the residents from attacks from other villages/quarters, and there would have been an old quarter under or near-by to each of these watchtowers.
From there we’ll visit the old ancient village of Ibra, which is old approximately 1000 years, It builds from mud and limestone you can walk around the village, the village is not completely abounded there are still some people living there.
from there on the way to Nizwa on the village of Zukait stop at cylindrical tombs that date back to the third millennium BC. Located on a hilltop in the Al Dakhiliyah region, they are made of mountain rock stacked to create a distinctive beehive shape. From there we continue our journey to the old capital city of Oman Nizwa. We will arrive there in the afternoon, and after the Hotel check-in, you have free leisure time for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Nizwa (Al Dyar Hotel or similar)
Day 4 Nizwa Fort & Market- Green mountain- Birkat Al moz- Nizwa
Today in the morning we visit Nizwa Souq, a wide variety of vendors offering their goods in the streets of the souk, where you can find vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts, Omani sweet (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 cattle and chickens in a circus-style open market place.
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 drive to (Jebel Akhdar) it’s knowing as “Green Mountain” which is considered one of the most scenic areas in Oman, its a part of the Al Hajar Mountain Range, Jebel Akhdar has so-called because the presence of green terraced gardens surrounding the villages, a variety of fruits like pomegranates, apricot, apple, olives, Grape, Rose, Peaches, and Walnut, are grown here there are interesting walks in Wadi Bani Habib, Shrejah, Al Ain, and Al Aqur.
After green Mountain visit Birkat Al Mauz, it has a large Falaj system that supplies water date palms, and vegetables for many orchards, it’s listed to the UNICCO organization, it’s worth spending some time walking around the old part of the village.
Overnight in Nizwa (Al Dyar Hotel or similar)
Day 5 Nizwa-Jabreen Castle- Misfah Al Abreen- Al Hamra- Wadi Ghul- Jabal Shams (The Grand Canyon of Oman)
Today we are driving up to the Jebel Shams Mountain (Grand Canyon Of Oman). On the way, we’ll make a stop at Jabreen Castle this castle was originally designed as a presidential palace in 1670 by Balarab bin Sultan bins Saif Ya’arubi Dynasty, an extensive renovation was carried out in 1984, the interior includes various furniture and traditional utensils to provide visitors with a taste of the period castle lifestyle, the building itself is decorated with elaborate wood carvings, ceiling paintings, and stucco work. The castle is open to visitors
Then we drive to Misfah 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, its worth spending some time walking around the village.
Then we visit the ancient village of Al Hamra, from there we drive into 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 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.
From there we start driving up to Jebel Shams Mountain ( The Grand Canyon of Oman) 3009 Meters, this mountain is one of the most adventurous mountains in Oman, offering existing off-road experience and fantastic views, you reach canyon view which is about 2000 meters stop there and enjoy the view and photo, then we continue driving to our resort where we spend the night.
Overnight in Jebel Shams ( Sama Heights Resort or similar)
Day 6 Grand canyon- Wadi Bani Auf- Muscat
In the morning we drive down the mountain on the other side (east) into the Wadi Bani Awf, this mountain road drive is an exciting off-road experience and offers fantastic views into dramatic canyons and Wadis, as it winds down several K.M before connecting with Wadi Bani Awf. We will pass several villages the most beautiful village there is Balad Sayt, its surround by the mountains from all direction Once we reach the valley (Wadi Bani Awf), will pass also by impressive Wadi Canyons (Snake canyon) the road leads us through the Wadi while passing numerous small villages.