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Oman Highlights

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PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $4222+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Shop in Muscat's unique souks to find the best of Omani goods.
  • Learn about Muscat's rich culture and history. Explore many historic forts and visit museums.
  • See the exciting landscape of wadis, mountains, desert, and canyons.
  • Explore the Wahiba Sands and get a glimpse into the Bedouins way of life.
  • Enjoy the unique Islamic architecture of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, once the largest mosque in the world.
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Tour Overview

See the highlights of Oman in this ten-day trip. Start the trip by visiting the capital city of Muscat, offering a unique opportunity to witness a modern commercial center existing in harmony with its traditional culture. With its natural harbor, Muscat means “Anchorage” and lies in a natural volcanic bowl. In Muscat, take a tour of the Grand Mosque and the Bait Al Zubair Museum to get a brief introduction that traces Oman’s history and development. Visit the Royal Opera House Musca, a towering beacon shedding light on the various trends of the Renaissance march towards growth. Explore the Bateel date store with an impressive variety of date products on display, chocolate dates, date filled biscuits, dates with nuts and dried fruits, bottled sparkling date juice, date balsamic vinegar and a variety of other items available for purchase. Travel to Nizwa, known as the capital of the interior. This area is the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Nizwa boasts of the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and its Souq renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) and ornamental silver jewelry. Spend a day traveling through the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters. Take in the breathtaking sights of the ever-changing patterns of the dunes. Visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. Explore the Wadi Bani Khalid, filled with small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. See the Wadi’s beautiful clear blue water. Drive along a quaint fishing village of Quriyat. The drive along the coast offers tantalizing glimpses of the sea. See the Bimah sinkhole, a limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. Visit the Bahla Fort, which has been declared as a World Heritage site. Explore Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles built in the late 17th century became a seat of Omani learning. Admire the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountains. Enjoy a walk through its oasis and dense date plantations, an ideal choice for those wanting to experience Oman’s scenic beauty. Travel along the Batinah coast and stop at the Seeb Fish Souq by the seaside. Wind through the mountains with small pools of water dotting the Wadi bed. Travel the winding road that leads to Jebel Akhdar, the green jewel of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges, a truly unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains. Al Jebel Al Akhdar is famed for its fruit orchards typically laid out terrace style along the slopes of mountains which are endowed with natural springs and aflaj. The village rose of Al Ain dot the landscape. The roses of Jabal Al Akhdar fill the air with fragrance when in full bloom. See the rose water be distilled in the homes of the villagers. Stop at the bustling Muttrah souq, the colorful souq dates at least a century back. Explore the city of Salalah. Visit the Biblical “Nabi Ayoub” Prophet Job’s Tomb, perched high up in the “Jebels” (mountains). En route are spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscape and emerald green pastureland. Proceed to Mughsail Beach where “Blow-holes” – (perforations in the limestone rock) through which sea water gushes during high tide. Experience the Hairpin Bend Roads, the views are breathtaking due to heights involved. At the nearby bird sanctuary, one may see seasonal birds. Enjoy the view of the stark shape of leafless Frankincense Trees that dot the landscape. Once traded as a commodity more precious than gold, frankincense harvested in Dhofar is rated the best in the world. See the ruins of the fabled city of Ubar, chronicled in classical works as the “Atlantis of the sands” are among a series of exciting archaeologists excavations currently underway along the route.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
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Double £$4222 £$4897 £$6660 £$7332
Single £$8170 £$9520 £$13059 £$14407

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Arrive in Oman and Explore Muscat

Upon arrival into Muscat, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the hotel.

Visit the Royal Opera House Muscat, a towering beacon shedding light on the various trends of the Renaissance march towards growth. Proceed to Shatti Al Qurum and visit the Omani Heritage Gallery which is a unique outlet through which native artisans can market their goods. A variety of distinctive Omani crafts are available, including Bedouin rugs made with natural dyes, terracotta pottery, basketry, copper pots, silver jewelry, and frankincense from the Dhofari region of Oman. Visit the Bateel date store with an impressive variety of date products on display, chocolate dates, date filled biscuits, dates with nuts and dried fruits, bottled sparkling date juice, date balsamic vinegar and a variety of other items available for purchase. Visit Bait Al Adam Museum and witness the unique collection of currency, paintings, photographs, guns etc. Explore the venue with the owner of the museum and enjoy a coffee with the curator. On the outskirts of Muscat, visit the House of Amouage. At night, go to the Muttrah. Drive along the waterfront corniche and take the first stop at the bustling Muttrah souq. The colorful souq will take you at least a century back. After having enjoyed time at the Souq, have a short walk along the corniche with lots and lots photo opportunities. The "Frankincense burner" is a delight to watch in the night with its full illumination. Proceed for a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali. Head towards Kargeen restaurant for a Delicious Middle Eastern dinner. Don't forget to try the Lemon Mint, which is the highlight of their menu. (No alcohol served) After dinner, transfer back to the hotel at around 2130 Hrs.
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Muscat, Oman
Day
2

Jebel Akhdar

Depart Muscat and travel to Nizwa, capital of the interior, is the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Nizwa boasts of the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and its Souq renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved "Khanjars" (daggers) & ornamental silver jewelry. Drive to the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz. Enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations. Proceed to Wadi Al Madeen where there is a check post. From here a 36 km stretch of winding road takes one to Jebel Akhdar (2000 mts above sea level) the green jewel of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges, a truly unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains. Al Jebel Al Akhdar is famed for its fruit orchards typically laid out terrace style along the slopes of mountains, which are endowed with natural springs and aflaj. The villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib (the village of the old houses) visit to village rose & Al Ain dot the landscape. The villages overlook a spectacular landscape of dramatic peaks, gorges and wadis. The roses of Jabal Al Akhdar fill the air with fragrance when in full bloom (March / April). Rose water is distilled in the homes of the villagers. Lunch at the Sahab hotel in Jebel Akhdar. After, return to the hotel in Muscat.
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Day
3

Oman's Grand Canyon

Drive to the foothills of the Jebel Akhdar mountain range. The first stop is at the Nizwa Souq famed for its Antiques and silver jewelry. A brief photo stop at the Round Tower Fort before proceeding ahead. The next stop takes us to Wadi Nakher located in the depth of the deepest canyon. Visit Misfah a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings still in existence. While heading for Jebel Shams stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul. In the Jebel Akhdar range Jebel Shams the highest peak offers a spectacular view. (It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes). After, return to the hotel in Muscat. ...read less

Oman Encounter Nature
Day
4

Fascinating Forts

En route to Jabrin, visit the Bahla Fort which has been declared as a World Heritage site. Jabrin, the finest of Oman's castles built in the late 17th century, became a seat of Omani learning. The castle displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting & beautifully executed woodcarvings. En route to Muscat visit the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains). Enjoy a walk through its oasis and dense date plantations. Jabrin Castle and Bahla Fort. After, return to the hotel in Muscat. ...read less

Oman castle
Day
5

Wahiba Sands

The Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters are also host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer's delight. Visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. In stark contrast to this is Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises of small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. The Wadi has clear deep blue water. After, return to the hotel in Muscat.

The Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters are also host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer's delight. Visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. In stark contrast to this is Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises of small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. The Wadi has clear deep blue water. After, return to the hotel in Muscat.

Oman dunes
Day
6

Wadi Arbayeen

This tour provides many interesting contrasts. Proceed towards the fishing town of Quriyat through the stark mountain terrain. Drive through the fishing village of Quriyat along the picturesque waterfront. There is a good chance of spotting Flamingos and Eagles at an inland stream. From here proceed towards the coast and visit the spectacular Bimah sinkhole which is a limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. Then start on an adventurous route cutting through the mountains. At the end of the drive, Wadi Arbayeen awaits with its deep pools of water set among the date palms. Enjoy a picnic lunch here. Drive back via Wadi Mazara visiting the Wadi Dayqah Dam. After, return to the hotel in Muscat.
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Day
7

Transfer to Salalah and tour the Frankincense Trail

Take a flight from Muscat to Salalah.

Upon arrival in Salalah, visit the Biblical "Nabi Ayoub" Prophet Job's Tomb, perched high up in the "Jebels" (mountains). En route are spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscape and emerald green pastureland. Proceed to Mughsail Beach where "Blow-holes" - (perforations in the limestone rock) through which sea water gushes during high tide. Experience the Hairpin Bend Roads for approximately 15/20 kms, which will take travelers to a wadi. The views are breathtaking due to heights involved. This is the road that goes to the Yemen border. At the nearby bird sanctuary, one may see seasonal birds. En route, the stark shape of leafless Frankincense Trees dot the landscape. Once traded as a commodity more precious than gold, frankincense harvested in Dhofar is rated the best in the world. ...read less

Oman coast
Day
8

East Salalah

Visit the fishing village of Taqa, an old town with an interesting castle surrounded by watchtowers and Taqa stone houses. Proceed onward to Khor Rori creek, the site of the ruined city of Samhuram and capital of ancient Arabia's frankincense trade. Excavations have produced evidence of an ancient city with trade links by sea to Far Eastern destinations and with even distant Greece. Mirbat, the ancient capital of Dhofar, was an important town as early as the 9th century for its trade in frankincense, horses and slaves. See some of the old houses famous for its woodcarvings. If lucky see boatloads of fish arriving into the harbor. One of Dhofar's best-known historic sites is Bin Ali's Tomb. The twin domed structure; tomb of Mohamed bin Ali who died in 1135 AD is a fine example of medieval architecture. Return via Ayn Razat, manicured gardens fed by natural underground springs.
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Day
9

Lost City

Proceed on a full day to UBAR. The ruins of the fabled city of Ubar, chronicled in classical works as the "Atlantis of the sands" are among a series of exciting archaeologists excavations currently underway along the route. In the Rub-Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) area we experience dune driving before returning to the hotel.

Proceed on a full day to UBAR. The ruins of the fabled city of Ubar, chronicled in classical works as the "Atlantis of the sands" are among a series of exciting archaeologists excavations currently underway along the route. In the Rub-Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) area we experience dune driving before returning to the hotel.

Day
10

Depart Oman

At the appropriate time be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Salalah airport for departing flight.

At the appropriate time be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Salalah airport for departing flight.

Muscat, Muscat Governorate, Oman

Jebel Akhdar, Al Batinah South Governorate, Oman

Nizwa, Ad Dakhiliyah ‍Governorate, Oman

Jebel Shams, Jabal Shams, Ad Dakhiliyah ‍Governorate, Oman

Wahiba Sands

Quriyat, Muscat Governorate, Oman

Wadi Arbeieen, Quriyat, Muscat Governorate, Oman

Salalah, Dhofar Governorate, Oman

Mughsail Beach, Mughsayl, Oman

Dhofar Governorate, Oman

Taqah, Dhofar Governorate, Oman

Mirbat, Dhofar Governorate, Oman

Rub al-Khali, Oman

Places You'll See

  • muscat

    Muscat

    Muscat is the capital and largest city of Oman. The city of Muscat is the combination of three smaller towns that have blended together over time. There are three distinct sections of the city because of this. What used to be the smaller town of Muscat, referred to as “the walled city”, was home to the royal palaces. Matrah was a fishing village. Ruwi was and still is the commercial and diplomatic center of the city.

  • Salalah

    Salalah

    Salalah, sometimes referred to as the “second city of Oman”, is located in the southern part of Oman. Salalah belongs to the region of Dhofar, best known for its frankincense trade. There are also many mountain tribes in the area. The old part of the city Haffa, is famous for its souqs.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Muscat : Best Western Premier Muscat

Muscat : Ibis Hotel Muscat

: Dunes by Al Nahda Resort and Spa

Muscat : Ramee Guestline Hotel Qurum

Muscat : Ruwi Hotel Muscat

Muscat : Tulip Inn Muscat

Salalah : Intercity Hotel Salalah

Salalah : Salalah Gardens Residences

4 Star Properties

Muscat : Al Falaj Hotel Muscat

Muscat : City Seasons Hotel Muscat

Muscat : Crowne Plaza Muscat

Muscat : Golden Tulip Seeb Muscat

Muscat : Grand Millennium Hotel Muscat

Muscat : Holiday Inn Al Seeb Muscat

Muscat : Hotel Muscat Holiday

Muscat : Millennium Apartments Muscat

Muscat : Park Inn by Radisson Muscat

Muscat : Radisson Blu Hotel Muscat

Muscat : Ramada Hotel Muscat

Muscat : Hormuz Hotel

Muscat : Sifawy Boutique Hotel

Muscat : The Platinum

Salalah : Juweira Boutique Hotel

Salalah : Al Fanar Hotel

5 Star Properties

Muscat : Intercontinental Muscat

Muscat : Al Bustan Palace Hotel

Muscat : The Chedi Muscat

Muscat : The Grand Hyatt Muscat

Muscat : Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah-Al Bandar

Muscat : Sheraton Oman

Salalah : Salalah Rotana

Salalah : Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah

Salalah : Hilton Salalah Hotel

Salalah : Marriott Salalah Hotel

Luxury Properties

Muscat : Intercontinental Muscat Standard Sea View

Muscat : Al Bustan Palace Hotel Deluxe Garden View

Muscat : The Chedi Muscat Deluxe Room

Muscat : The Grand Hyatt Muscat View Room

Muscat : Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah-Al Bandar-Deluxe Terrace

Muscat : Sheraton Oman Royal Club Room

Salalah : Salalah Rotana Deluxe Room

Salalah : Al Baleed Resort Salalah

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