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Scott Dunn's Signature Oman

Muscat, Wahiba Sands, Al Hamra & Jebal Akhdar

Explore the mains sights and culture of Oman with your own private driver/guide, delving deep into Oman's interior passing through remote wadis, the vast dunes of Wahiba Sands, timeless forts and walks through local villages in the Jabal Akhdar mountains.

At a Glance

  • A leisurely ten day journey around northern Oman

  • A great combination of culture, scenery, adventure and time on the beach

  • Enjoy Arabic coffee with a Bedouin family

  • Immerse yourself in Omani culture at the Sinaw camel auction and Nizwa livestock market

  • Walk between villages in the mountains of Jebel Akhdar

Couples, Adventure, Culture

Insider's View

Depart on a Saturday night to ensure you visit the Camel Fair on the Thursday and Nizwa Market on the Friday

Emma Mark

Description

There are so many experiences to take in the Sultanate of Oman and this itinerary allows you to see the best of what the country has to offer. We can of course tailor the itinerary to exactly what your interests are. You can use this as a template upon which you can add as many (or as few) experiences as you wish, whether you like a little more walking in the mountains, have a passion for visiting Islamic forts or simply immersing yourself in the amazing culture of Oman.

After a relaxing couple of nights relaxing on the sweeping beaches at the Al Bustan, you will be collected by your private Omani driver/guide who will accompany you for the duration of your journey inland.

You start by driving south, heading off-road along the Wadi Arbaeen and stopping for a picnic lunch at a remote wadi. Continue through Sur and Quriyat towards Wahiba Sands which consists of long, straight dunes stretching from north to south. By having two nights in the desert, this itinerary gives you the option of driving the length of the desert to where the sand meets the Arabian Sea at Ras al Ruwais. You can also meet a Bedouin Family and enjoy an Arabic coffee, a refreshing change from the endless number of cappuccinos we have at home!

There are some spectacular off-road drives on the route and many opportunities to get a real glimpse into the life and traditions of the Omani people. Experiences such as attending a camel market at Sinaw are not to be missed, and this happens on Thursdays. Camels are highly prized in Omani culture and a beautifully bred camel can sell for a small fortune! We would also recommend coinciding your stay in Nizwa with the lively Friday livestock market.

Further north in and around the ancient city of Nizwa you will have the chance to do some light trekking around some of the mountain villages as well as exploring forts and driving to the top of Jebel Shams (Oman's highest peak). By spending a night at both the Alila and the View you can explore far more of this amazing corner of Oman. The walk from Al Aqur to Sayq is superb and could be done on the afternoon you arrive. It is worth also visiting the unusual beehive shaped tombs dating back to the Bronze age that are dotted around the landscape at Wadi Al Ayn.

Your journey back to Muscat begins with a visit to the small village of Al Hamra before walking to the Biled Sayt. You will board your 4x4 and then head off-road through Wadi Beni Awf to Rustaq - it is an amazing end to your adventure in the interior, as it takes you far off the beaten track surrounding by breathtaking scenery.

After all the activity you will have the option to head back to the coast to relax, explore Muscat or dive and snorkel from the hotel.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

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Fly to Muscat
3 nights

Muscat

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
1 night

Wahiba Sands

Desert Nights Camp
1 night

Nizwa

The View
2 nights

Nizwa, Oman

Alila Jabal Akhdar
3 nights

Muscat, Oman

The Chedi Muscat
Fly home from Muscat

Location & Directions

Muscat, Wahiba Sands, Al Hamra & Jebal Akhdar

When to go

The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.

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