Essential Oman

Essential Oman

Muscat, Sur, Wahiba, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa
Discovery, Culture, History
This program may be operated for individuals & groups

This tour offers a captivating journey through the diverse landscapes and rich culture of Oman. In Muscat, the capital city, you'll be enchanted by its blend of ancient forts, bustling souks, and modern architecture like the majestic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Sur, a coastal town, invites you to explore its traditional dhow-building yards and pristine beaches, offering a glimpse into Oman's maritime heritage. Wahiba Sands, with its vast expanse of golden dunes, beckons adventurers for thrilling desert experiences like dune bashing and camel trekking, while the Nizwa area boasts historical treasures such as the imposing Nizwa Fort and the lively Nizwa Souq, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and shop for exquisite handicrafts. Each destination unfolds a unique facet of Oman's charm, making for an unforgettable travel experience.
Day 1, Sat: Muscat
After arrival formalities at Muscat airport, meet our representative who will transfer you to your hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. Check in and overnight in Muscat. Dinner at leisure. [D]
Day 2, Sun: Muscat
Breakfast at your hotel. We will start with a briefing meeting at 9:30 am to explain the trip. Afterwards, we start the tour of Muscat. Drive through the beautiful embassy quarter, to reach the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque that has a remarkable architectural achievement. As a contemporary place of worship, it serves as a spiritual landmark for modern Oman, projecting the values and aspirations of the Omani people. As an edifice, it maintains a perfect balance between aesthetics, culture and deeply rooted Islamic tradition. After the visit to the mosque, we continue to the opera house to visit this marvelous edifice specially built by the late Sultan Qaboos. Lunch will be served in a typical fish restaurant with the locals. After lunch, we will visit Old Muscat, surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by twin 16thcentury forts ‘Jalali’ & ‘Mirani’, also see the Al Alam Palace, the late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ residence. We will then proceed to Bait Al Zubair Museum. Bait Al Zubair is itself a part of Muscat heritage. Sheikh Al Zubair who served three former Sultans, founded the house in 1914 and his son Mohammad Al Zubair opened it as a museum in 1998. Its carved doors open into a fortress style reception. The museum includes traditional Omani weaponry, jewelry, costumes, domestic utensils and recreated urban and rural environments. Then drive through the scenic beauty of the corniche, stop at Muttrah, the main port and commercial center and explore the colorful historic souk. This is a real souk with winding alleys and backstreets and stalls selling all manner of textiles, jewelry, traditional Omani perfumes (bukhoor - made of frankincense), souvenirs and antiques… After that long tour, we will drive back to the hotel. Dinner at a traditional Omani restaurant, where you will experience how Omani people eat and taste their cuisine enjoying the relaxing atmosphere that the Omani people like. Overnight in Muscat. [B/L/D]
Day 3, Mon: Muscat, Sur, Wahiba [210 miles]
After breakfast depart for a great adventure trip. We will drive through one of the most thrilling sections of Oman's 1,056-mile coastline. Visit the famous Sinkhole, a part of a collapsed mountain filled with sea water then continue driving on the graded road via Fins. Continue your journey to Wadi Shab where we will stop to admire the marvelous nature and may be walk a bit in the wadi. Lunch in Wadi Shab. We will then continue to Sur, a sea-faring town and a trading port bustling with activity throughout the year. Famed for the fascinating architecture of its old town and shipyards where traditional dhows have been built for centuries at the edge of the bay. After a short tour of Sur, we will continue the coastal road passing through high cliffs and small fishing villages. We will reach at the end of the afternoon the desert of Wahiba Sands – one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions of Oman. We will board 4x4 vehicles and start the adventure in the desert. The vast, ever shifting dunes support an astonishing variety of wildlife and host different kinds of flora and fauna. The quick changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. The Wahiba is also home to a few thousand Bedouins, who are known to have inhabited this inhospitable region for at least 7,000 years. We will do some dunes bashing as our experienced drivers show their skill on the dune drive which is a thrilling experience. Dinner in the camp with a real desert atmosphere & Overnight in comfortable tent well equipped with beds & bathrooms in Wahiba Sands. [B/L/D]
Day 4, Tue: Wahiba, Wahiba Sands, Nizwa [125 miles]
After breakfast, we will enjoy for the last time the desert and its secrets, before we board our 4x4 to return to normal civilization. We will then depart to Wadi Bani Khalid – a lush green valley surrounded by rugged mountains. We will enjoy an incredible view and a chance to capture the scenic beauty with the cameras. We will walk in the wadi to investigate the surrounding area on foot. Departure to Nizwa around noon, we will stop on our way for lunch. After lunch, we will continue to Nizwa, a great city with a great history. On arrival in Nizwa after approximately 2-3 hours, we will do a quick orientation of the city. The ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa was a seat of learning and the birthplace of Islam in Oman. The 17th century souk famous for the silver jewelry are the major attraction of Nizwa, not to mention the popular & interesting cattle auction, which takes place on every Friday. Built on a scold base of rock, the huge tower was designed to with stand the vibration of 24 cannons. We will visit the souk and walk around discovering the old city. Check in the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Nizwa. [B/L/D]
Day 5, Wed: Nizwa, Muscat, USA [95 miles]
After breakfast, we will continue the visit of Nizwa. Our first sop will be the charming ancestral village of Birkat al Mouz at the bottom of the Green mountain, Jebel Alkhdar. Then we will proceed to the Jabreen Fort. The Jabreen Castle, built in 17th century, is one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings makes this castle amazingly different. After we visit the Jabreen Castle, we will drive back towards Nizwa passing the Jebal Shams part of the most famous Hajar mountains chain in Oman. We will pass by the oldest small towns of Oman Bahla with its fort (outside visit). We will stop at the palm groves at Al Hamra to see its Falaj system. we will stop on our way for lunch. After the visit, we will proceed to Muscat, the Capital. Evening transfer to Muscat Airport for the departure flight [B/L]
[D] = Dinner | [B/L] = Breakfast & Lunch | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Tour Includes:

  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • 4 nights’ accommodation:
    • Muscat 2 nights
    • Wahiba 1 night
    • Nizwa I night
  • Meals:
    • Breakfast daily
    • Lunch daily
    • Dinner daily
  • Full day tour of Muscat
  • Visit Wadi Shab & Wadi Bani Khalid
  • Visit of Sur & Wahiba Sands
  • Transfer to Wahiba Desert by 4x4 Jeeps
  • Full day tour of Nizwa
  • Visit Jabreen fort
  • Full time guide assistance by English-speaking guide
  • Transportation by A/C & 4x4 vehicles
  • All local taxes


Tour does not include:

  • Airfare, taxes and fees (Special airfares available from all USA gateways)
  • Optional tours
  • All items of a purely personal nature such as other drinks that is not specified, laundry, fax etc.
  • Early check in and late checkout
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Other items not mentioned in the program


Hotels in your Tour:

City Hotel Name Rating (Out of 5)
First Class
Muscat City Seasons Hotel 4
Wahiba Arabian Oryx 4.5
Nizwa Al Diyar 4
Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking


Tour Pricing

Season Double Single
First Class
Jun 8 $839 $1,129
Jul 13
Aug 10
Sep 14, 28
Oct 12, 26 $945 $1,369
Nov 9, 23, 30
Dec 7
Jan 1
Child below 12 years 30% discount
Prices are valid through January ‘25 and are subject to change without previous notice.
Special airfares available from all USA gateways


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We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
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Other options
The program was designed with private services
If you prefer deluxe services, we may operate this program including private driver, private guide and concierge service.
Lunches and dinners can be arranged for individuals, families and groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.

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