Oman: Reservoir of History and Nature
Profile of Oman Trip “Reservoir of History and Nature”
  • Embark on a captivating exploration of Muscat, where modernity blends harmoniously with cultural heritage.
  • Uncover enchanting marvels in Wadi Shab, Wadi Tiwi, Qalhat, and Sur on an exhilarating journey.
  • Marvel at Ibra’s watchtowers, witnessing their architectural beauty and historical significance.
  • Venture into the magnificent Wahiba Sands, an expansive desert of golden sand dunes.
  • Immerse yourself in Nizwa’s rich heritage and cultural traditions.
  • Delight in the serene beauty of Birkat Al Mauz’s lush palm plantations.
  • Journey to Jebel Akhdar, a majestic mountain range beckoning with discovery.
  • Experience the charm of Wadi Bani Habib, immersing in local culture and interacting with warm-hearted locals.
  • Explore Bahla’s rich heritage, witnessing skilled artisans crafting exquisite pottery.
  • Visit Al Hamra, a village preserving the traditional Omani way of life.
  • Discover Misfat Al Abreen’s picturesque landscapes and terraced date palm plantations.
  • Be captivated by Wadi Nakhr, a stunningly narrow canyon of geological wonders.
  • Immerse yourself in Misfat Al Abreen, Wadi Bani Auf, and Bilad Sayt’s awe-inspiring splendor.
  • Connect with Bedouin hospitality in Wahiba Sands.
  • Stroll through traditional Souks, admiring exquisite crafts.
  • Indulge in traditional Omani dishes, savoring the rich culinary heritage.
  • Embrace the warmth and hospitality of Oman’s people throughout your journey.
Itinerary of Oman Trip “Reservoir of History and Nature”
Day 1: Muscat Int’l Airport
  • Upon your arrival at Muscat Int’l Airport, you will be greeted and welcomed by our professional representative.
  • From there, you will be escorted to your hotel in Muscat, captivating and cosmopolitan destination renowned for its harmonious fusion of history, culture, and modern conveniences.
Day 2: Muscat City Tour
  • Immerse yourself in the cultural treasures of Oman as you embark on a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a magnificent testament to unique Islamic architecture. Marvel at the splendour of this architectural masterpiece, adorned with intricate details and elegant design elements. The mosque stands as a symbol of Oman’s rich heritage and religious devotion, offering a serene atmosphere for contemplation and prayer.
  • As your journey continues, take a leisurely drive through the Ministries, a prominent area in Muscat that houses various government institutions. Admire the modern buildings and well-manicured surroundings as you experience a glimpse of the city’s administrative hub.
  • Make a stop at the traditional Mutrah Souk, a bustling marketplace that showcases Oman’s vibrant culture and heritage. Lose yourself in the maze of narrow alleys filled with shops and stalls offering a variety of goods, including traditional Omani handicrafts, spices, textiles, and jewellery. Immerse yourself in the lively ambiance, bargaining with friendly shopkeepers, and perhaps finding a unique souvenir to commemorate your visit.
  • For a deeper understanding of Oman’s history and culture, visit the Museum, where artefacts and exhibits shed light on the country’s rich past. Explore the diverse displays that showcase Omani traditions, customs, and heritage, providing a fascinating glimpse into the nation’s evolution over the centuries.
  • While in Muscat, take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront to catch a glimpse of the Al Alam Palace, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Admire the grandeur of the palace with its striking façade, flanked by colourful, meticulously manicured gardens. Marvel at the architectural elegance that reflects Oman’s rich cultural heritage and the opulence of its ruling dynasty.
  • To delve into the world of luxury and fragrance, make a stop at the Amouage shop in Sabco. Discover the allure of Amouage, known as the most valuable perfume in the world, often referred to as the “gift of kings.” Learn about the exquisite craftsmanship and artistry behind these exceptional perfumes, which draw inspiration from Oman’s rich cultural traditions and natural landscapes.
  • Visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, exploring the Mutrah Souk, uncovering Oman’s history at the Museum, admiring the Al Alam Palace, and discovering the allure of Amouage perfumes offer a comprehensive experience of Oman’s cultural, architectural, and olfactory delights. These encounters will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the country’s heritage and the remarkable treasures it has to offer.
Day 3: Muscat – Wadi Shab – Sur
  • Embark on an enchanting tour that takes you through a series of captivating natural wonders and cultural landmarks in Oman. Begin your journey at the mesmerizing Bimah sinkhole, a breathtaking limestone crater blessed with inviting blue-green waters. Marvel at the spectacle of this geological marvel, its rugged beauty contrasting with the serene allure of the water. You may even be tempted to take a refreshing swim, immersing yourself in the cool embrace of this natural wonder.
  • Continuing your adventure, make your way to Wadi Shab, where a scenic walk through the wadi awaits. As you traverse the picturesque landscape, you’ll be greeted by pools of crystal-clear water, inviting you to take a dip and relish in the rejuvenating experience. Feel the tranquillity of the surroundings envelop you as you soak in the natural beauty of Wadi Shab, a hidden oasis nestled amidst the rugged mountains.
  • Next, venture into Wadi Tiwi, a verdant paradise adorned with emerald pools and lush plantations. The vibrant greenery and refreshing waters create a captivating scene, offering a serene respite from the desert landscapes. Take a moment to appreciate the harmony between nature and man-made terraces, witnessing the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the local communities who have crafted a fertile oasis amidst the arid surroundings.
  • Continuing your journey, head to Qalhat to catch a glimpse of the Bibi Mariam Tomb, an architectural marvel steeped in history. While the tomb may be closed for archaeological searches, the exterior still captivates with its intricate design and cultural significance. Reflect on the legacy of the past as you admire the craftsmanship and pay homage to the historical figure buried within.
  • As you make your way to Sur, you’ll discover a town renowned for its vibrant trading history and the traditional art of dhow building. Witness the skill and craftsmanship of local artisans as they construct these iconic sailing vessels, which have been used for centuries in trade and fishing. Sur is also known for its nesting turtles, providing a unique opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring sight of these majestic creatures as they come ashore to lay their eggs under the cover of darkness.
  • As your tour comes to an end, reflect on the natural wonders and cultural treasures you’ve encountered along the way. From the breathtaking sinkhole and picturesque wadis to the historical landmarks and the captivating experience of witnessing nesting turtles, this journey through Oman offers a diverse range of encounters that will leave you with lasting memories of the country’s natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.
Day 4: Sur – Wadi Bani Khalid – Wahiba Sands
  • Embark on a captivating drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, a true gem among Oman’s picturesque wadis. This enchanting oasis boasts a unique feature—water flows through its channels year-round, creating a serene and refreshing environment. Prepare to be mesmerized by the beauty of the wadi as you soak in the tranquil ambiance and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. Take a leisurely stroll along the riverbanks or perhaps even dip your feet into the cool, crystal-clear waters, experiencing a moment of serenity in this oasis of peace.
  • Continuing your adventure, venture into the magnificent Wahiba Sands, a vast expanse of golden sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see. Feel the allure of the desert as you witness the undulating landscape and the ever-shifting patterns created by the wind. Prepare for an authentic encounter with the desert’s nomadic heritage as you have the opportunity to meet a Bedouin family. Gain insights into their traditional way of life, their deep connection with the land, and their time-honoured customs. Engage in conversation, share stories, and embrace the warm hospitality extended by these hospitable hosts.
  • For an exhilarating experience, indulge in the thrill of dune bashing—a heart-pounding adventure that takes you cruising over the sand dunes in a 4×4 vehicle. Feel the adrenaline surge as you navigate the steep slopes and conquer the challenging terrain, under the guidance of experienced drivers who know the desert like the back of their hand. Brace yourself for an unforgettable ride through the mesmerizing landscape, as the golden sands sweep past you in a whirlwind of excitement and adventure.
  • After the exhilaration of dune bashing, take a moment to revel in the tranquillity of the desert. Allow yourself to be embraced by the serene atmosphere, as the vastness of the desert unfolds before you. Listen to the whispers of the wind, admire the magical hues of the setting sun, and witness the breathtaking silence that envelops the desert. This is the perfect opportunity to reflect, meditate, or simply appreciate the beauty and solitude that the desert offers.
  • Driving to Wadi Bani Khalid, exploring the majestic Wahiba Sands, meeting a Bedouin family, and experiencing the thrill of dune bashing allows for a comprehensive encounter with Oman’s natural wonders and cultural heritage. From the tranquil oasis of the wadi to the exhilarating adventures in the desert, this journey promises a harmonious blend of serenity and excitement, leaving you with cherished memories of the desert’s timeless allure.
Day 5: Wahiba Sands – Ibra – Nizwa
  • Embark on a captivating transfer to Ibra, where you’ll have the opportunity to get a closer look at the watchtowers that proudly stand atop hills, overseeing the surrounding villages. Marvel at the architectural beauty and historical significance of these structures, which have served as guardians of the communities for generations. As you gaze upon the watchtowers, you’ll be transported back in time, imagining the stories and events that unfolded within their walls.
  • Continuing your journey, make your way to Nizwa, a city that once held the prestigious title of Oman’s capital. Prepare to be immersed in the rich heritage and cultural traditions of this historical gem. Begin your exploration at the traditional and craft Souk, a bustling marketplace where artisans and traders come together to display their wares. Lose yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as you peruse a wide array of goods, including local handicrafts, spices, jewellery, and traditional garments. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of this lively marketplace, and perhaps find a unique treasure to take home as a memento of your visit.
  • Next, behold the majestic Fort of Nizwa, an architectural marvel that stands as a testament to Oman’s rich history. Set your eyes upon the fort’s large circular tower, which serves as an iconic symbol of Nizwa. Step inside and explore the various chambers and galleries, where exhibits offer insights into the region’s past and the fort’s strategic significance. Climb to the top of the tower for a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings, allowing you to fully appreciate the fort’s commanding presence.
  • As you wander through Nizwa, let the city’s historical ambiance and cultural heritage envelop you. Admire the traditional architecture, stroll through the narrow alleyways, and engage with the friendly locals who are eager to share stories and traditions. Feel the connection with Oman’s past and gain a deeper understanding of its rich cultural tapestry.
  • Transferring to Ibra to witness the watchtowers, exploring the traditional Souk and Fort of Nizwa, and immersing yourself in the city’s historical charm provides an enriching experience that allows you to delve into Oman’s cultural legacy. These encounters offer a glimpse into the country’s vibrant past and the enduring traditions that shape its present, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for Nizwa’s cultural significance and the historical treasures it holds.
Day 6: Nizwa – Birkat Al Mauz – Jebel Akhdar
  • Indulge in the serene beauty of Birkat Al Mauz as you immerse yourself in the lush palm plantation that graces the landscape. Take a leisurely stroll through this verdant oasis, marveling at the towering date palm trees and the tranquility they exude. As you explore further, venture into the old village, where mud houses stand as a testament to the region’s traditional architecture. Witness the simplicity and charm of these structures, which have withstood the test of time, and gain a glimpse into the lives of the people who once inhabited them.
  • For a breathtaking view of Oman’s natural splendour, head to a viewpoint that offers a panoramic vista. Capture the essence of the country’s scenic beauty as you frame a picture-perfect moment. Let the grandeur of the landscape unfold before you, and be captivated by the awe-inspiring vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see. This is an opportunity to immortalize the enchanting sights of Oman, preserving memories of its pristine natural wonders.
  • Continue your journey to Jebel Akhdar, also known as the “Green Mountain.” This majestic mountain range beckons with its allure of discovery and adventure. Prepare to be overwhelmed by a sense of wonder as you bear witness to nature’s raw beauty, manifested in the towering peaks and plunging canyons that define the landscape. Marvel at the remarkable sight of terraces that ascend the steep slopes, a testament to human ingenuity and the harmonious coexistence between man and nature. To truly immerse yourself in the mountain’s splendour, embark on a trek that takes you from one village to another, traversing the terraces and following the falaj system—an ancient irrigation channel that sustains the agricultural activities in the region. Along the way, relish the breathtaking views of the hanging terraces, a sight that exemplifies the remarkable engineering feats carried out by the local communities.
  • As your journey through Jebel Akhdar continues, make your way to the village of Wadi Bani Habib. Delight in the charm of this traditional settlement, where narrow alleyways and stone houses transport you back in time. Immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with the warm-hearted locals, and gain insights into their way of life. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the village’s surroundings, as it is nestled amidst the rugged mountains, offering a sense of tranquillity and seclusion.
  • Conclude your exploration by returning to Nizwa, reflecting on the incredible experiences and breathtaking landscapes you have encountered throughout your journey. From the palm plantations and mud houses of Birkat Al Mauz to the awe-inspiring vistas of Jebel Akhdar and the charm of Wadi Bani Habib, this adventure through Oman’s natural and cultural treasures leaves an indelible impression, fostering a deeper appreciation for the country’s rich heritage and breathtaking landscapes.
Day 7: Tanuf – Bahla – Jabrin – Al Hamra – Misfat Al Abreen
  • Embark on a journey through history as you visit the ruins of Old Tanuf, a poignant reminder of the bombings that took place during the Jabal War. Explore the remnants of this once-thriving village, bearing witness to the scars left by conflict. As you walk among the ruins, reflect on the resilience of the people and the enduring spirit of the community.
  • Continuing your adventure, arrive in the charming town of Bahla, embraced by a 12-kilometer-long ancient wall. Immerse yourself in the town’s rich heritage as you traverse its narrow streets. Discover the art of pottery-making, observing skilled artisans as they craft exquisite pieces using traditional techniques passed down through generations. Dive into Bahla’s history as you visit the old Fort of Bahla, one of the oldest fortresses in Oman. Marvel at the architectural grandeur of this imposing structure, standing as a testament to the region’s past glory. Explore the fortress’s chambers and corridors, and let your imagination transport you to a bygone era filled with tales of valor and intrigue.
  • Journey onward to Jabrin, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit its magnificent fort. Originally conceived as a palace, this grand structure later served military purposes. Step into the fort and be captivated by its opulent interiors adorned with intricate carvings, colourful frescoes, and ornate ceilings. Explore the various rooms and chambers, each bearing witness to the fort’s storied past. Gain insights into the lives of the Imams who once resided within these walls and appreciate the architectural brilliance that defines this historic landmark.
  • Next, venture to Al Hamra, a village renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved houses, offering a glimpse into the traditional Omani way of life. Wander through the narrow alleyways, marvelling at the ancient mud-brick structures that have stood the test of time. Experience the authenticity of the village as you interact with the friendly locals and learn about their customs and traditions. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry, and let the serene beauty of Al Hamra transport you to a bygone era.
  • Conclude your journey in Misfat Al Abreen, a picturesque village nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes and terraced plantations of date palms. Take in the stunning views as you explore the village, with its traditional houses and winding walkways that exude charm and tranquillity. Feel a sense of peace and serenity as you soak in the beauty of the surroundings, appreciating the harmony between nature and human settlements.
  • As your journey through these historical and scenic wonders comes to an end, reflect on the rich tapestry of Oman’s heritage that you have encountered. From the ruins of Old Tanuf to the charming town of Bahla, the majestic forts of Jabrin, and the preserved houses of Al Hamra, each destination has woven a unique story that adds to the vibrant mosaic of Omani culture and history.
Day 8: Wadi Nakhr – Jebel Shams
  • Embark on a scenic transfer to Jebel Shams, also known as the “Mountain of the Sun.” Prepare to be enthralled as you venture into Wadi Nakhr, a breathtakingly narrow canyon that boasts geological wonders and holds the distinction of being one of the deepest canyons on Earth. As you make your way through the canyon, be captivated by its sheer cliffs and dramatic rock formations, which showcase millions of years of natural history. Delve deeper into the canyon to reach a village that thrives on the art of weaving, with a particular focus on crafting exquisite Omani rugs. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the village, witnessing first-hand the intricate weaving techniques and the craftsmanship that goes into creating these beautiful rugs, which are deeply rooted in Omani culture and tradition.
  • Continuing your ascent, journey to the summit of Jebel Shams, the highest peak in Oman, standing proudly at an elevation of 3009 meters. Prepare to be awe-struck as you reach the mountaintop, where panoramic vistas of breathtaking beauty await you. Gaze upon the rugged landscapes, the rolling hills, and the endless expanse of the Omani countryside. Let the splendour of the surroundings envelop you as you soak in the magnificence of nature’s grandeur. The summit of Jebel Shams offers a vantage point like no other, allowing you to witness the interplay of light and shadows across the vast terrain, creating a captivating spectacle.
  • As you stand atop Jebel Shams, take a moment to reflect on the sheer majesty of the mountain and the profound sense of accomplishment that comes from reaching its summit. Let the peace and tranquillity of this elevated realm wash over you, providing a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Breathe in the crisp mountain air, feel the gentle breeze against your skin, and savour the serenity of the moment.
  • The transfer to Jebel Shams, the exploration of Wadi Nakhr, and the ascent to its summit offer a transformative experience, allowing you to connect with the raw power and beauty of nature. From the geological wonders of the canyon to the artistry of the weaving village and the awe-inspiring vistas from Jebel Shams’ peak, this journey immerses you in Oman’s natural splendour, leaving an indelible mark on your heart and soul.
Day 9: Wadi Bani Auf – Bilad Sayt – Nakhal – Muscat
  • Embark on a captivating journey through the mountains and villages, immersing yourself in the rugged beauty of Oman’s landscapes. Brace yourself for an exhilarating adventure as you traverse the track to Wadi Bani Auf, a thrilling trip that takes you over majestic mountain ranges. Feel the adrenaline surge through your veins as you navigate through winding roads and steep inclines, surrounded by awe-inspiring panoramic views. This exhilarating drive promises an unforgettable experience, showcasing the raw power and grandeur of Oman’s mountainous terrain.
  • Arrive at Bilad Sayt, a hidden gem nestled amidst the tranquil mountains. This picturesque mountain hamlet offers a serene escape from the outside world. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the surroundings, as you wander through the village’s narrow alleys and soak in the breathtaking vistas that unfold at every turn. Marvel at the traditional mud-brick houses that dot the landscape, a testament to the harmonious coexistence between man and nature. Take a moment to connect with the locals, learning about their way of life and gaining insights into their deep-rooted traditions.
  • Continuing your journey, arrive at Nakhal, a town steeped in history and adorned with natural beauty. Explore the 17th-century Nakhal Fort, perched atop a mountain peak, commanding panoramic views of the surrounding oasis. Marvel at the architectural splendour of the fort, which stands as a testament to Oman’s rich heritage. Step inside and wander through its labyrinthine halls, gaining a glimpse into the lives of the people who once sought refuge within its sturdy walls. As you explore the fort, let your imagination transport you to a bygone era filled with tales of valour and intrigue.
  • To further enhance your experience, visit the warm springs of Ayn A’Thowarah. Immerse yourself in the rejuvenating waters, allowing the natural springs to wash away your cares and invigorate your senses. The warm springs provide a peaceful sanctuary amidst the rugged landscapes, offering a moment of relaxation and tranquillity.
  • Conclude your journey by returning to Muscat, the vibrant capital city of Oman. Reflect on the awe-inspiring landscapes, the charming villages, and the rich history you have encountered along the way. Let the memories of your mountain and village adventure linger in your heart as you bid farewell to the captivating beauty of Oman’s natural wonders.
  • This journey through the mountains and villages of Oman is a testament to the country’s diverse and captivating landscapes, where adventure and tranquillity coexist harmoniously. From the thrilling track of Wadi Bani Auf to the serene beauty of Bilad Sayt, the historic Nakhal Fort, and the restorative warm springs of Ayn A’Thowarah, each stop along the way unveils a different facet of Oman’s natural and cultural treasures.
Day 10: Muscat Int’l Airport
  • Transfer to Muscat Int’l Airport for your departure flight, bidding farewell to Oman with cherished memories of its rich history, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality.
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