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"Oman in A Nutshell"

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Included: All Inclusive

A three day/two night family-friendly tour starting in the desert & then crossing the Northern Hajar Mountains of Oman, climbing to 3,009m above sea level. The trip will concentrate on getting a feel for the culture and traditions of the local mountain people, Jebalis, & exploring the more mountainous area of Oman. The tour includes off-road travel through sand dunes, dry and wet wadis and challenging mountain tracks, camping out at night under the star filled sky. There will be the opportunity to meet the Jebalis, who are renowned for their hospitality, & walk through their idyllic villages (abandoned and working). Up to a third of each day will be spent on car travel and the remainder on exploring, photographing and enjoying the break from city life. All food, drink, camping equipment and guided tours of each area is included. All you need to provide is your own 4x4 & personal effects.
Day 1 - Arrival in Oman and Desert Camp
You will be met on the main highway from Hatta/Sohar to Muscat, approx 2 ½ hrs from the border post, and led off road through camel country to a desert camp. Daylight permitting, there will be the chance to try some dune driving & exploration of the sandy environs followed by cold drinks, bbq dinner & a camp fire before retiring to bed under the stars.
Day 2 - Desert, Wadi and Mountain Trip
After an al fresco breakfast head off over the dunes for some wet wadi bashing and a swim. Then on through picturesque villages & date plantations to the base of the Northern Hajar Mountains. Follow a winding track up the mountains with plenty of photo stops to arrive at a Jebeles village for a traditional Omani mid day meal. Continue to climb steeply off road through dramatic mountain scenery eventually reaching Camp 2 at 3500m. Plenty of time for exploring around the camp and enjoying the fresh mountain air before settling down to well earned sundowners and an evening meal. Early night for the little ones. Star gazing and entertainment for those that still have the energy.
Day 3 - Cultural trip
Early start with a visit to a magnificent cave featuring an underground lake and rare fish species. Next a short drive to a stunning village with a very intricate falaj system & unusual housing. A wander through the winding corridors of the village will be followed by lunch under the fruit trees. Down on the plain again a visit to the pottery capital of Oman & its souq for handmade silverware. Finally a tour of a unique 17th century Fort before heading back to Dubai via Buraimi.
 

3 Day / 2 night Break

RO 125 - Per Person

 

6 Day Guided Tour of Oman

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Included: Transport, accommodation, Omani guide, entry fees, breakfast, lunch, dinner & soft drinks

Let our experienced guides take you through the stunning country of Oman, get a excellent insight into the heritage & culture of this fascinating land by visiting the key elements of desert, sea and cities. Overnight accommodation is based either at the Gulf Leisure Guest House or at comfortable camps whilst travelling outside of Muscat.

Day 1 - Arrival Guest House
Arrive Seeb Airport and transfer to The Gulf Leisure Guest House, transfer, briefing & dinner included

Day 2 -Nizwa, Bahla & Jabreen
A guided tour to Nizwa, Bahla and Jabreen, with overnight at desert camp. Your guided tour begins with a drive through the magnificent Hajar Mountains via Fanja, Sumail and Izki, stopping at the old town and pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz, situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain). Enjoy a walk through its oasis and dense date plantations. From here you continue your tour to the township of Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman. Nizwa contains clusters of historical buildings, a traditional Souk and the imposing circular-towered fort built during the mid 17th century by Imam Sultan bin Saif Al Yar’ubi. The town has a lush palm plantation stretching for 8km along two wadis. Water canals run through all parts of the Nizwa area. The most important one is Falaj Daris, formed by two streams, which irrigates a large part of the town.

At the Souk, built in traditional style, you will find exquisite silver jewellery, intricately hand-made “Khanjars” (daggers), copper, weaving and other handicrafts. Following a sumptuous local lunch at Nizwa, you travel to the village of Bahla with its rich tradition of pottery and weaving. Bahla is a delightful town having retained its traditional characteristics and is surrounded by a 12km long protective wall, much of which still stands. You visit the famous Pottery Centre and Bahla Fort, one of the oldest in Oman, built in the late 17th century on much earlier Persian foundations and now a UNESCO Heritage Site. You will then visit Jabrin Fort, built in the late 17th century and originally designed as a residence. It displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting and beautifully executed woodcarvings.

Day 3 - Wadi Bani Khalid & Turtle Beach Resort
Experience Wadi Bani Khalid, the town of Sur, overnight at the Turtle Beach Resort. Following a sumptuous breakfast your journey continues to Wadi Bani Khalid, nestled deep in the mountains and one of the largest and most picturesque wadis in Oman. Water cascades down the gorge forming cool blue-green pools fed by underground streams flowing from within the surrounding limestone hills. Perennial flowing streams of spring water are carried along the falaj clinging precariously to the rugged terrain to support local villages.  Enjoy a gentle walk along the riverbed and cool down in the crystal clear waters of the rock pools.

You continue the journey to Sur, an ancient port and seafaring town which once played a major part in the trade between Oman, East Africa and India. It started its trading activities with the African coast as early as the 6th century. A walk through its labyrinth of streets reveals many fine old houses with carved wooden doors and arabesque windows. The fishing dhows in the harbour make a splendid sight. Separated from Sur by the bay is
the village of Al Ayja, well fortified by watchtowers and forts. On the sheltered lagoon is the traditional Dhow Building Yard where craftsmen today still build dhows following traditional designs without the aid of drawings.

Your final destination for the evening is Ras al Jinz located on the edge of the coast. Here you will spend your first night under the stars listening to the sounds of the Arabian Sea. Your camping experience will include a guided walk along the sand where you can see giant green turtles laying or hatching under the light of the moon.
Day 4 - Scenic Coastal Drive
Return to Muscat via the scenic coastal road, overnight The Gulf Leisure Guest House, Muscat. Take an exhilarating drive along the stunning coastal road which runs from Sur to the town of Quriyat. Take a short hike (optional) to the top of Wadi Shab, which lies in a ravine which is lush with trees, grasses and date palms. A single beach dotted with fishing boats at the mouth of the wadi completes the picturesque view. After an exhilarating hike, cool off on White Beach in the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. Once refreshed you travel to the coastal village of Tiwi before commencing your return journey towards the quaint fishing village of Quriyat which has areas of outstanding natural beauty and is an ideal spot for bird watching. Like other ports it came under Portuguese rule during the 16th century.Finally, you are on black top road again and you drive through the foothills of the Eastern Hajar Mountains through dramatic scenery before being taken back to the guesthouse.
Day 5 - Muscat City Tour
Muscat City Tour and afternoon at Leisure. First stop on your Muscat City Tour is a visit to the Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in Oman. From here you will be taken on a scenic tour taking in the Ministries, Qurum Park Beach and on to Muttrah Corniche, where you will visit the Fish Souk and Al Dhalam Souk, Oman’s largest indoor market. At the Souk, built in traditional style, you will find exquisite silver jewellery, frankincense, intricately hand-made Khanjars (daggers) and other handicrafts. 

The tour continues east along the corniche to Muttrah (Old Muscat). Here you will visit the Oman National Museum and the charming Bait al Zubair, a private museum housing traditional Omani items reflecting the country’s rich heritage.  Nearby is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’s Al Alam Royal Palace protected in the bay by the famous twin forts of Jalali and Mirani, rebuilt by the Portuguese around 1558. 

Passing through the fishing villages of Sidab and Haramel you are taken along the scenic coastal route towards the Shangri La Resort & Spa for coffee (optional).
Day 6 - Glass Bottom Boat Tour
See dolphins on board The Sultanate’s Only Glass Bottom Boat, return Transfer to Muscat.

Watch the dolphins play from three different aspects - Choose from either the high vantage point at upper deck level, from sea level or through any of the ten amazing underwater viewing panels. See colourful coral, exotic tropical fish, and hundreds of varieties of marine life, without getting wet. The whole family can enjoy this fascinating and educational adventure.

Your fun packed glass bottom boat 4 in 1 morning tour includes:- 1. Dolphins & Whale Watching 2. Glass Bottom Boat Experience 3. Coastline Cruise
4. Coral Reef Snorkelling. Return transfer to Seeb Airport

 

6 Day Tour of Oman

RO 395 - Per Adult

 

7 Day Trekking Holiday

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Included: All Inclusive

 
Day 1 - Arrival Guest House
2140 land at Seeb Airport, Muscat and transfer to comfortable Guest house style accommodation for overnight, dinner and breakfast.
Day 2 - Mountain Villages
Depart after breakfast and drive to Birkat Al Mauz (4WDs, 1.5 hours) with photo stops en route and stop for local lunch in village with 1 hour walk through the village to see old architecture and features. 1 hour drive up towards Jebel Al Akhdar with 2 hour walk through villages and gardens an easy going 2 hour walk. Camp overnight in a camp which is set up in advance with all meals included.
Day 3 - Sayq Plateau
Enjoy the stunning scenery with a full day 6 hour walk on Sayq Plateau with a halfway stop for lunch, walking onto the camp, all meals included.
Day 4 - Nizwa
A mornings drive to Nizwa (4WDs, 1 hour) After visiting the impressive fort and the souq in Nizwa we stop for  a lunch served in a local Omani home over looking the city. Then travel onto the village of Misfah via Tanuf, where we stop for a swim and journey onto your camp at Jebel Shams which is a permanent camp with showers. Take a pleasant 1.5 hour walk through the village before dinner at the camp as the sun goes down.
Day 5 - Sharaf Al Alamayn
An 8 hour trek with lunch at half way to Sharaf Al Alamayn where a tented camp will be set up for you prior to arrival. An evening spent star gazing at 2000m
Day 6 - Rustaq
We head up towards Balad Sayt for a further 6 hour trek where 4WDs will meet you, you’ll have lunch and then they will travel over the stunning mountain tops through Rustaq. (2 hours), including a drive through  stunning wadi with a chance to swim in the crystal clear pools before heading back to Muscat, overnight guest house style accommodation.
Day 7 - Muscat City Tour
A Muscat City Tour including a chance to visit the bustling Muttrah souq. Take a short 2 hour walk up behind the souq for stunning views of the cities magical coastline. Transfer for lunch at the marina and a couple of hours to relax before taking a sunset cruise to gain a totally different view of the Muscat coastline on Oman’s first and only Glass Bottom Boat, includes the coral reef experience together with a chance for a swim and snorkel. Dinner at a local restaurant and transfer to Seeb Airport for BA Flight 00.01 to LHR.
 

7 Day Trekking Holiday

RO 425 - Per Vehicle - (Max 4)

 

Game Fishing Short Break

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Included: Accommodation, transfers, 16 hours game fishing, soft drinks, all meals & snacks

fighting fish tuna on deck
Enjoy a weekend fishing experience in the stunning waters of Oman on board ‘Gulf Catch’, Muscat’s premier game fishing charter boat.
Day 1: Arrival Guest House.
Arrive Seeb International Airport and transfer to the Guest House for evening meal/BBQ. Relax & unwind.

Day 2: 10 Hours Game Fishing

Pick up 0615 for 0700 departure from Marina Bander Al Rowdha.  Catch fresh live bait and head out to sea for the ultimate fishing experience.  After a fun-packed day at sea, take your catch back to the guesthouse around 1700 where you can enjoy a BBQ for supper.

Day 3: Half Days Game Fishing & Departure
Depart at 0615 for your mornings fishing, return back to the guest house at 1300 to freshen up before transfer back to airport.

16 Hours Game Fishing


RO 520 – Boat (Max 4)

Guesthouse


RO 145 – per room (2 x nights based on 2 adults sharing)

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