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Arabian Extravaganza    10 nights / 11 days tour in Central and Southern Oman

Route # 17
This 11 nights / 12 days round-trip will give you full impression about an ancient history, heritage, culture and an unique nature of Central Oman, Al Wusta and Dhofar.
The tour starts and ends in Muscat.  

Itinerary:
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Day 1 - Arrival, Muscat
Arrival to Muscat. Meet your guide and short orientation tour in Muscat including Fish market, traditional souq, Old Muscat with Al Alam Palace and Forts. Take some panoramic shots of the Indian Ocean and arrive to the hotel by afternoon time. Relax at the hotel and get ready for the long journey starting tomorrow.
Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Muttrah Hotel

Day 2 - Wadi Dayqah, Wadi Arbeein, Salman plateau, Qalkhat, Sur
After breakfast we drive to East Coast. From Muscat we drive up to Quriyat town and turn to the mountains valley to visit an impressive Dayqah Dam. Then we drive through Wadi Dayqah fiollowing to Wadi Arbeein and visit beautiful lake with waterfall. We then cross this wadi and end up at the coast of Indian Ocean. Short break to take some photos of Sink Hole and drive up to Salman plateau. The road up to the plateau is very steep and narrow but very impressive views and landscape!  On the plateau we have a sightseeing visiting the entrance of Majlis Al Jinz Cave, local villages placed under the cliffs, and ancient toms dated back more than 4500 years. Picnic lunch at the plateau and we end up at Qalkhat ancient city been part of frankinsence trail many years ago.
Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Sur Plaza Hotel

Day 3 - Sur, Wadi Tiwi, Wadi Shab, Sur
After breakfast we drive to East Coast and take a hike in Wadi Shab with swimming in the pools to the hidden cavern with waterfall. Lunch at local restaurant. Short visit to Wadi Tiwi and back to Sur. We relax for some time before the dinner.
Dinner at the hotel.
After dinner you can visit Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve to watch green turtles laying their eggs in to the nests (optional tour).

Overnight at Sur Plaza Hotel

Day 4 - Bani Bu Hassan, Bani Bu Ali, Al Ashkhara, Duqm
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bani Bu Ali via Bani Bu Hassan. Visit an ancient Mosque, Fort, Castle and drive to Duqm via Al Ashkhara along the coastal line. Lunch at Al Ahskhara on the way. We arrive to Duqm by late afternoon. Have our dinner and relax at the hotel as we have a very early start tomorrow.

Overnight at City Hotel Duqm

Day 5 - Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, Ash Shuwaymiya, Mirbat, Salalah
05:30 - check out from the hotel and drive to Al Wusta, the beginning of The Empty Quarter, to visit Arabian Oryx Sanctuary. It was UNESCO Heritage site till 2007 but now is running by Oman Government. We then continue our driving to the South via Shuwaymiya, beautiful coast line with white sand beaches, lots of birds as herons, flamingoes and others...Picnic lunch and drive to Mirbat.
In Mirbat we visit Bin Ali Tomb with an ancient cemetery and  drive to Salalah.
Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Beach Resort Salalah

Day 6 - East and West Salalah
After breakfast drive to the city. Visit Taqah Castle, old Jabali houses and the plateau. Visit Samharan ancient city, the UNESCO Heritage site. Drive up to the mountain called Jebel Samhan which is the highest in Dhofar and look at Tawi Atayr Sink Hole. By the end of the day, we have a stop in Wadi Darbat, one of the most beautiful in Salalah region, with lots of domestic animals as camels, caws, goats, sheep and donkey.
Quick stop for lunch and drive up to the mountains to visit Job's Tomb, the Holy place in Dhofar.
Here our way lead us to the direction of Yemeni border with an amazing mountain formations. Visit Rakhyat plateau for the ocean views from the cliffs dropping down to the ocean waves. On the way back to Salalah, we stop at Mughsayl blowholes and look at the cave.
In Salalah we visit traditional souq of frankincense by the evening time.
Dinner at local restaurant.

Overnight at Beach Resort Salalah

Day 7 - Al Shisr, Hayma
Breakfast at the resort. We leave Salalah and drive toward to The Empty Quarter. This time we are going to visit Ubhar (al Shisr) town called as "Atlantis of the Desert", the UNESCO Heritage site. It was discovered  from satellites by Americans and restored by Italian archeologists. Once we finish with our visit, we continue driving through the Empty Quarter leading to Hayma. Arrive to the hotel by afternoon time. Relax and get ready for dinner.
Dinner at local restaurant with traditional food...and afterwards we have some time to explore a small souq of this little town.

Overnight at Arabian Oryx Hotel in Hayma

Day 8 - Hayma, Adam, Nizwa, Al Hamra, The View
Packed breakfast. In the morning we leave this hotel and drive to Nizwa via Adam. In Adam we explore an ancient ruins and have some quick lunch. We arrive to Nizwa by late afternoon, take some beautiful photos of 17th century Nizwa Fort and scroll around traditional souq of spices, weapons, silver, fruits, dates and Omani sweets.
Arrive to the resort at the elevation of 1450m and have our dinner at the resort restaurant.

Overnight at The View Resort
Price:

USD 3335 per person for group of 2 people
USD 2380 per person for group of 4 people

Price includes:

- 10 overnights
- All transfers by the program
- Meals according to the program,
- Mineral water during the tours
- Ferry in Wadi Shab
- All admissions to visited sites
- All tours by the program
- English speaking tour guide-driver 
- 4WD air-conditioned car with fuel
- Local taxes.

Price does not include:
- International air tickets
- Oman visa
- Any personal expenses
The Highlights:

Muttrah souq and Old Muscat
Salman Plateau
Wadi Shab
Bani Bu Ali and Bani Bu Hassan
Shuwaymiya
Mirbat and Bin Ali Tomb
Salalah
Job's Tomb
Taqah
Ubhar city
Samharan ancient city
Jebel Shams mountain
Oman Grand Canyon
Jebel Akhdar Mountain
Misfat Al Abryeen village
Bahla Fort and Jabrin Castle
Nizwa Fort and souq
Sur and dhow building yard
Sink Hole at Bammah
Useful Tip:

This tour operates with 4WD car. It can accommodates maximum of 4 passengers and 1 tour guide-driver.

For the Grand Mosque visit, ladies should wear a long trousers/skirt, blouse with  full sleeves and scarf. Transparent cloths - not allowed!
Men can wear a casual dress. Shorts are not allowed.

For the duration of whole tour, and in respect to a local culture, it is advisable to wear a comfortable cotton cloths and a good walking shoes.

During winter time (December, January and February) you will need some warm jackets, hat and gloves as it is a bit cold in the mountains and desert in the nights
Day 9 - Jebel Shams, Al Hamra, The View
Breakfast at the resort and drive down of the mountain to Al Hamra. Visit famous village Misfat Al Abryeen and heritage house Bait Al Safah where we can learn about daily life of Omani people. Enjoy an Omani coffee with dates.
Drive up to Jebel Shams mountain, the highest in Arabian Peninsula, and stop at the view point of Oman Grand Canyon. We can walk along the edge for some dramatic photos of the canyon called Wadi Nakhar.
Lunch at the resort restaurant at the top of the mountain and drive back to The View. Relax by the infinitive pool and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and Al Hamra village.

Overnight at The View Resort


Day 10 - Bahla, Jabrin, Jebel Akhdar
Breakfast at the resort. Drive to Jabrin to visit Jabrin Castle built by Al Yarubi dinasty in 1670. The castle has an unique architecture and beautiful paintings. Visit Bahla Fort, the UNESCO heritage site, and stop for lunch at the local restaurant with traditional food.
After lunch, we drive up to Jebel Akhdar mountain. Arrive to the hotel. Relax and wait for the sunset over the canyon.
Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Sahab Hotel

Day 11 - Jebel Akhdar, Nizwa, Muscat
After breakfast at the hotel we have a walk inside of the village with fruit, rose gardens and traditional irrigation system. Visit Wadi Habib and explore an abandoned ancient village. Drive down of Jebel Akhdar. Take a lunch at local restaurant and drive back to Muscat via Birkat Al Mowz oasis.
17:00 - arrive to Muscat International airport for departure flight home.
End os our services.
Special offer for Summer 2017:

US$ 2910 per person for a group of 2 people
US$ 1990 per person for a group of 4 people


(offer valid from 01.07.2017 till 30.09.2017)