Discover Oman

  • days: 7
  • from $2,430

International Flights Not Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Oman

Description

RICH IN HISTORY

Discover the many sides to fascinating Oman. Wonder at the dramatic mountain scenery contrasted with pure white sand beaches. Experience the warmth of traditional eastern hospitality, ancient ruins and bustling markets, where life has remained unchanged for centuries.

SAND AND STARS

Your tour begins in Muscat, the capital of Oman. Explore the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and visit one of the city’s lively markets. Take a 4WD adventure along the coast to the archaeological site of Qalhat, Oman’s first capital and spend an evening on the beach witnessing the nesting habits of the green turtle. Head inland to enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid and the vast expanse of Wahiba Sands where you’ll spend the night camping under a blanket of stars. On your return to Muscat, visit the beautiful oasis villages of Birkat Al Mawz and Misfat Al Abriyeen.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Muscat

Welcome to Muscat, a vibrant port city and capital of the Sultanate of Oman. After being met and transferred to your hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2. Muscat

Explore Muscat on a city tour this morning, starting at the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Then visit the lively Muttrah Souq, thought to be one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. See the Sultan’s Palace and finish at the Bait Al Zubair Museum, home to a beautifully curated display of Omani culture and history. [B]

Day 3. Muscat - Ras Al Hadd

Travelling by 4WD along the spectacular coastline, stop to visit the Bimah sinkhole with the opportunity to take a leisurely dip. Continue for a photo stop at the picturesque Wadi Tiwi. In the afternoon visit the Ras al Jinz Scientific Research Centre on the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula. An important nesting site for the green sea turtle, each year 30,000 turtles come here to lay their eggs. Tonight venture down to the beach to see the nesting area. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Ras Al Hadd - Wahiba Sands

Discover enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid today, where you’ll be able to swim in the incredible emerald pools. In the afternoon head inland to the vast desert of Wahiba Sands. Visit a Bedouin house to experience the warm Omani hospitality with a cup of kahwa (Arabic coffee) and dates. Travelling off-road by 4WD, explore the mesmerising landscape of endless dunes and witness a breathtaking sunset. Spend the night under a blanket of stars in a typical desert campsite. [B,D]

Day 5. Wahiba Sands - Nizwa

Sightseeing today includes a visit to the old abandoned mercantile village of Al Mansfah and the town of Nizwa. Here you’ll visit its round fort and the Silver Souq, renowned for its handcrafted jewellery. [B]

Day 6. Nizwa - Muscat

On the way back to Muscat, stop for a photo at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mudbrick fort of Bahla, and the beautifully decorated Jabreen Fort, then explore the picturesque village of Misfat Al Abrein, where time seems to have stood still. This afternoon visit the oasis village of Birkat Al Mauz. [B]

Day 7. Muscat

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. [B]

Inclusions

Travel

  • Meet & greet on arrival and private airport transfers
  • All touring in private air-conditioned 4WD 

Accommodation & Meals

  • 5 nights in good quality hotels 
  • 1 night at a Bedouin-style desert camp
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver/guide

Sightseeing

  • Time to explore Muscat, the capital of Oman, including the Grand Mosque and lively markets. Described as "Arabia's jewel”, this city is a blend of the old and the new.
  • Take a fun 4WD journey along the scenic coastal road to Fins Beach where you will enjoy a picnic lunch.
  • Visit the old African port of Sur, a placid sea coastal town with striking traditional dwellings.
  • Learn about the nesting habits of the Green Turtles on the beach of Ras Al Hadd where every year about 30,000 turtles come to lay their eggs.
  • Swim in the enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the best-known wadis of the Sharqiyah region.
  • Wake up to the magnificent desert sunrise of the Wahiba Sands.
  • Explore the oasis city of Nizwa with its blend of the modern and the ancient. Here you will experience old Omani culture and traditions.
  • Visit the picturesque village of Misfat Al Abrien with its ancient houses dramatically perched on top of the mountain slopes.
  • Shop for authentic pottery in Bahla, the home of myths and legends that have carried through the centuries. 

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

hotel standard

Various Accommodation Packages available. This tour includes a standard accommodation package. Superior and deluxe accommodation packages available, see the accommodation tab for details.  

Please Note: Ramadan is observed from 23 April to 23 May 2020.

Starts Ends Save Total Cost* Status Book
01/07/19 30/09/19   $2,430 On Request  
01/10/19 31/12/19   $2,735 On Request  
01/01/20 31/03/20   $2,785 On Request  
01/04/20 30/04/20   $2,665 On Request  
01/05/20 30/06/20   $2,545 On Request  
Valid From: This tour does not include flights from Australia to Muscat. Please contact our office for the latest special fares to match your independent tour.
Other departure cities:
Tips: Tipping payable locally
Taxes:
Single supplement: On application

Prices are per person based on twin share. Single supplement on request. Seasonal surcharges apply. Hotel upgrades are available. Please contact our office for details.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.
Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation
In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas
Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

 

Various accommodation packages available 

This tour includes a standard accommodation package. Superior and deluxe accommodation packages available.

 

Standard

City Seasons Hotel, Muscat

Located on Al Sultan Qaboos Street, City Seasons Hotel Muscat is situated in the heart of the city’s diplomatic area and CBD.The guestrooms are designed for comfort and feature modern décor. The property boasts an outdoor pool, health club and sauna, as well as 6 restaurants.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Ras Al Jinz

Located in Ras Al Jinz, the nesting site for the Green Turtles, the lodge offers a private beach area, 24 hour front desk and guided tours to view the turtles. Each room boasts warm décor with an en-suite and desk. The property features a restaurant offering traditional foods as well as a gift shop.  

Facilities: free wifi (public areas); fridge; tea & coffee making facilities

Safari Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands

This Safari desert camp is a permanent Bedouin-style camp located in the remote, quiet desert landscape of Wahiba Sands, 25km from Al-Ghabbi in the city of Bidiyah. The camp consists of widely scattered tents and huts all decorated in traditional Arabic style and equipped with authentic carpets and luxury bedding. After sunset gazing you can retire to the majlis. Built in Omani style with carpets, pillows, handrests, low tables and more. Beverages including tea, coffee, cooled water and soft drinks available here at all times.

Golden Tulip Hotel, Nizwa

Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel is a deluxe property built in charming traditional Omani style. The hotel is furnished with care and beautiful taste, and all guestrooms have a panoramic view over the swimming pool, the mountains or the courtyard. The relaxing and comfortable setting awaits you after a busy exploring day in the region.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Superior

Grand Millennium Hotel, Muscat

The Grand Millennium Hotel features modern design complemented with contemporary Arabian culture, in a smoking and alcohol free environment.

Facilities: wifi; swimming pool; pool bar; air-conditioning; sauna; steam room

1000 Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands

Set amongst Cineraria trees, the 1000 Nights Camp is the only one of its kind at Wahiba Sands, surrounded by the beauty of the golden sand dunes. 

Facilities: swimming pool; outdoor fireplace; library

The View Hotel, Al Hamra

Enjoy breathtaking views over Oman's stunning Al Hamra valley from this eco-luxe retreat and its infinity edge swimming pool. The property prides itself on its service and hospitality and nature takes the stage. The stylish and luxurious accommodation features just 30 rooms and you can enjoy an exotic meal at The View Restaurant overlooking the canyon.

Facilities: air-conditioning; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Deluxe

The Chedi Hotel, Muscat

Located along some of Muscat's prime beachfront, the incredible Chedi Hotel is one of the 'leading hotels of the world' and offers guests a world of understated elegance and a perfect mix of Omani architecture with a profound Asian Zen-style. The property boasts 8 restaurants featuring cuisine and wines from around the world, as well as the largest day spa in Muscat which provides an array of massage, facial, body and beauty services. There is also a fitness centre, tennis court and swimming pools for guests to enjoy.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands

Spread across 10 acres of immaculate desert sands, Desert Nights Camp offers all the luxuries of an Omani hotel in deluxe Bedouin-style tents.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi (public areas); fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Nizwa

The stunning Anantara perches 2,000 metres above sea level on the rim of a great canyon on Oman's fabled Green Mountain. Elegant architecture reflects the mountainous surrounds and Oman’s artistic culture. Contemporary design motifs depict the region’s ancient forts. Experience how indigenous elements blend seamlessly with world class accommodation and facilities at this distinctive Oman resort. The property boasts 4 restaurants and 2 lounge/bars, the famous Anantara Hammam Spa, a library, fitness centre, tennis court and infinity swimming pool.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

Weather

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Dry Season: year-round

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Currency

Currency

Omani Rial

The official currency of Oman is the Omani Rial (﷼).

  • 1 Omani Rial = 1000 Baisa (bz)
  • Notes are in denominations of ﷼1, ﷼5, ﷼10, ﷼20, ﷼50, bz100, bz200 and bz500
  • Coins are in denominations of bz5, bz10, bz25 and bz50

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

Passport-AU2

Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • An Oman E-visa needs to be applied for prior to travel. This can be applied for here: https://evisa.rop.gov.om - Please note this visa is only valid for 30 days from the date of issue so it is recommended to arrange this visa just before you leave for Oman.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

Tour Extensions

These optional extras can be included in your tour.

Reviews for Discover Oman

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.

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Discover Oman We cannot fault any part of the trip! 5
The tour content was ideal. The knowledge\friendliness\professionalism of the guides was faultless as was the flexibility regarding times & unscheduled stops for photos etc. We have made 3 Trafalgar tours in the past & after experiencing the independent nature of the Bunnik tour we could never go back to the "big bus" style of travelling. Robert Travers - February 2013
Discover Oman Very Good! 4
We loved seeing the Green Turtles come up on to the beach to lay their eggs, at Ras Al Jinz. We also loved driving through the sand dunes to get to Wahiba Sands. Our guide was passionate about his country, knowledgeable about the tourist sites and eager to please. Jenelle Quick - August 2013

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Unique Experiences

  • Take a dip in the crystal clear waters in the mountains at Wadi Bani Khalid
  • Enjoy some 4WD dune bashing
  • Visit the ancient city of Qalhat
  • Learn about the nesting habits of the Green Turtles
  • Sleep under the stars in a Bedouin desert camp
  • Explore the picturesque village of Misfat Al Abrien
  • Go bargain hunting in the Muscat market 

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 1

Transportation

All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

Tips

Tipping payable locally

Tour Highlights

Muscat • Sur • Ras al Hadd • Wadi Bani Khalid • Wahiba Sanda • Nizwa • Misfat al Abrien • Bahla

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for Discover Oman

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.