The tour departs Muscat in the morning towards Ras Al Hadd, our first stop Bimmah Sinkhole (swimming in the sinkhole is possible) a water-filled depression, structurally a sinkhole, in the limestone of eastern Muscat Governorate in the Sultanate of Oman, a lake of turquoise waters, its 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 45-minute hike up through the canyon Wadi (walking shoes are required) we arrive at one of 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.
Then we’ll continue our trip to the City of Sur, the famous Arabian Dhow Factory, where you can see traditional wooden Dhows being built, we will visit the old part of Sur there you can see most of the houses designed with wooden doors and windows.
The tour continues to Ras Al Hadd, check-in at our hotel/resort in the evening after the buffet dinner we take you to the turtle’s sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where 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 Oman’s 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
In the morning we start our trip 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, you will see sparkling, blue, clear water pools 9 meters in-depth, here you can swim, sunbathe, relax in the beautiful scenic Wadi canyons.
In the afternoon, we continue to our desert camp in Wahiba Sands desert, and this spectacular Desert has an area of 12,500 Square K.M they also called 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 dunes with our experienced guide, then we’ll watch the stunning sunset of the desert in one of the big dunes, we finish the day with dinner at the camp.
Overnight in the desert (Safari Desert Camp or similar)
Day 3 Wahiba Sands- Al Mudhaireb-Ibra-Zukait Tower Tombs-Birkat Al Moz-Nizwa
In the morning we drive to Al Mudhaireb village, 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 continue our journey to Ibra there we’ll visit the old part of Ibra, which is old almost 1000 years. It’s been built from mud and limestone you can walk around the village, the village is not completely abounded there are still some people living there.
On the way near 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 Birkat Al Moz, it has a large Falaj system that supplies water date palms, and vegetables for many orchards, it’s listed to UNESCO organization, it’s worth spending some time walking around the old part of the village.
From there we continue our trip to the old capital city of Oman Nizwa, we will arrive there in the late 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- Misfath Al Abreen- Al Hamra- Jabal Shams (The Grand Canyon of Oman)
We start the day early to visit the Nizwa Souq, a wide variety of vendors offering their goods in the streets of the souk, where you can find, vegetables, dates, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts Omani sweets (Halawa), 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 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 Yoruba 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 Then we drive 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’s worth spending some time walking around the village.
Then visit the ancient village of Al Hamra from Al Hamra drive up to the Jebel Shams Mountain (The Grand Canyon of Oman) This mountain road drives up to the Jebel Shams 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 2000 meters stop there and enjoy the view and photo, then short drive to our resort where you spend the night.
Overnight in Jabal Shams (Sama Heights Resort or similar)
Day 5 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’ll pass several villages the most beautiful village there is Balad Sayt, its surround by 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.