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SULTAN ADVENTURE

OVERVIEW

Discover Oman’s treasures on a hiking adventure that includes the capital of Muscat, wadi oases, sandy desert coastlines, rugged mountains, rustic villages and cultural experience. Discover the the Sultanate in one amazing week, highlights including turtle beaches, desert camping, UNESCO world heritage sites and Arabian markets.


PRICE

 

£900 per person


DATES

8 days


YOUR EXPERIENCE


Day 1: Muscat Arrival
Arrival at Muscat International Airport. Direct transfer will be provided from airport to the city hotel. Our English speaking guide will accompany the group to the hotel.
Day 2: Muscat Fish Market – Grand Mosque – Nakhel – Wadi Mistal
After breakfast, direction to visit the fish market of Muscat. It is a very lively and typical place that is worth a visit. We only rarely see such a wide variety of fish : many species of breams and groupers, tuna, swordfish, kingfish, sharks, squids, crabs, shrimps and even parrot fish and other multicolor fish. Continue the tour to Muscat Grand Mosque with its chandelier of Swarovki. The Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in Oman and can accommodate up to 20,000 worshippers in total. It is one of the most beautiful and extravagant modern mosques in the world. The mosque was first opened in 2001 and it took six years to build it. The mosque features a blend of Islamic, Middle Eastern, and Omani architectural styles, hosts one of the world’s largest handmade Persian rugs and one of the world’s biggest crystal chandeliers. Short transfer to Nakhal, located in the South Batinah region, about 100 km from Muscat, which is mostly famous for its numerous date palm groves from which the town derived its name. These palm groves cover the entire view of Nakhal against a backdrop of the Western Hajar Mountains presenting a beautiful landscape, and the best place to view this is from Nakhal Fort. The fort is located prominently on top of a rocky hill, and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Nakhal and the surrounding date palms. Visit the fort (entrance fee included). Direction Wadi Mistal. Overnight camping on the Wadi. Picnic lunch on spot and dinner included.
Day 3: Wadi Mistal – Hadash – Wikan – Wadi Bani Awf – Balad Seet – Al Sharaf
Breakfast on site and start the day by a short transfer in 4X4 to the village of Hadash. Starting point for your hike until the village of Wikan (4 hours walk). It is one of the longest wadis in the region. You will admire along the way many panoramic views throughout the hike. Arrival at Wikan, a wonderful village located at 1400m pick up the vehicles to join the wadi Bani Awf, a deep gorge of 1,000 meters carved in stone. Without doubt it is the most interesting wadi of the region! Picnic Lunch included. Continue to the village of Bilad Sayt to discover this place built on the very height, where its cultures and its palm grove dominate. The place offers an incredible view. Camping at Al Sharaf Pass. Dinner and overnight in a tent
Day 4: Al Sharaf Pass – Misfah
We start from the pass of Sharaf Al Alamain. We first walk along the ridge on the southern flank, from where we have exceptional views on both sides. We then start the descent full of diversity : we cross small wadis, walk on slabs, see hamlets and finally arrive at a canyon from where we can see Misfat Al Abreyeen. The last descent is steep but the arrival in the village and its palm grove reward us : after the mineral environment of the walk we arrive in a luxuriant vegetation and walk on the falaj (irrigation channels). Picnic Lunch. Dinner at the Hotel Overnight Misfah Old House. We spend the night in a traditional Omani house that was renovated recently
Day 5: Misfah - Wadi Ghul – Nizwa
After breakfast, transfer to the Wadi Ghul for a 2 hour hike inside the wadi. Transfer from Wadi Ghul to Nizwa and time to discover the city with the fort & souq. Local Lunch included. Heading towards the Sayq plateau, which is known for its plantations of fruit trees, and also roses. The plateau has been extensively farmed for at least a thousand years ,thanks to its temperate Mediterranean climate, which allows the cultivation of many types of fruit which cannot survive the heat of the lowlands: peaches, pears, grapes, apples and pomegranates all flourish here, along with a wide range of vegetables and the area’s famed roses. Overnight Camping on the mountain. Dinner on spot included.
Day 6: Sayq – Ibra - Wahiba
After Breakfast, direction to Ibra, one of the oldest cities in Oman. It has an estimated population of 35,000 people. The Gateway to the Eastern region of Oman, Ibra, in the past, was famous for its fine horses and horsemen. It was once the centre of trade, religion, education and art. The city looks ancient with it’s traditional Middle Eastern castles and mosques.Visit the Ibra Ladies Souk (available on Wednesdays only). It’s an open door market that sells many items like food, clothing, household items, plants… etc. It’s good to visit it and have taste of the lifestyle of the locals. Picnic Lunch included. Continue to the desert of Wahiba, where you will start a walk across the dunes in late afternoon. Walk for 3 hours on the dunes. The setting sun always gives changing colour to the sand and the shades. This is a great unforgettable time. Overnight desert camping. Dinner on spot included.
Day 7: Wahiba – Wadi Bani Khaled - Fins
After breakfast, short walk on the dunes for 2 hours before the departure to the Wadi Bani Khaled. Visit the Wadi. It is the best-known wadi of the Sharqiyah region. Its stream maintains a constant flow of water throughout the year. Large pools of water and boulders are scattered along the course of the wadi. As a geographical area, Wadi Bani Khalid covers a large swathe of low land and mountains. Lunch on site. Continue to the famous beach of Fins to enjoy an exceptional swimming and a night by the beach. Overnight camping on the beach. Dinner on spot included.
Day 8: Fins - Wadi Shab – Muttrah – Muscat Airport
After breakfast, head towards Wadi Shaab which is one of the best known wadis of the Sultanate for its superb freshwater basins of a beautiful emerald. Hiking in the wadis and swimming in the natural water basins. Picnic lunch on site. Return to the capital of Muscat for a free time before transfer to Muscat airport for the departure flight. Arrival at the airport, 2 hours before the flight.

INCLUDES

  • Transfer & Transport from day 1 till day 8 in 4 x 4 Jeep type Toyota Land Cruiser or similar (capacity 4 pax)
  • English guide services, specialized hiking from day 1 till day 8
  • Overnight for 1 night in a standard hotel in Muscat, 1 Night at the Misfah Old House + 5 nights camping
  • Camping materials (tents, mattress 8 cm, folding chair, cooler, water jar, kitchen utensil) + first aid
  • Full board during all the trip, from the breakfast of day 2 until the lunch of day 8
  • English speaking Omani drivers from day 1 till day 8
  • Entrance fees to the Fort of Nakhal, Fort of Nizwa, & Wadi Shaab boat
  • Local taxes

Note: Trip might be shared with German speaking guests


EXCLUDES

  • Tourist visa upon arrival (USD 52)
  • Personal travel insurance & airline ticket
  • Meals not mentioned – lunch & dinner at Muscat day 1 & Dinner on day 8
  • Tips for the guide, driver, porter
  • Sleeping bags
  • Activities not mentioned

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