Muscat

On this tour we went to discover the history and traditions of this country and its  extraordinary natural beauties. The capital Muscat with the imposing Great Mosque and its white houses overlooking the sea surrounded by brown bare hills; the historic cities with their ancient forts and castles; the canyons called “Wadi” with their natural pools filled with emerald water; the high golden dunes of the desert that always give indescribable emotions and lastly a bit of relax by the sea to spot the endangered green turtles that populate these coasts.

 

1° day: MUSCAT (city tour)

2° day: MUSCAT – BARKA (fish market) – NAKHAL (Fort) – WADI BANI AWF (little snake canyon way – Balad Sayt village) – JEBEL SHAMS

3° day: JEBEL SHAMS (W6 balcony walk hike) – AL HAMRA – MISFAH AL HABRIYYN – NIZWA (Fort – souk )

4° day: NIZWA – BAHLA (fort and souk) – JEBREEN CASTLE – BIDIYA – WAHIBA SANDS DUNES (4×4 dune bashing)

5° day: WAHIBA SANDS DUNES – WADI BANI KHALID (hike and relax) – JALAN BANI BUALI (fort and mosque) – RAS AL HADD (Ras al Jinz turtles viewing)

6° day: RAS AL HADD (boat trip and relax) – SUR (Al Ayjah fort, lighthouse, dhows factory)

7° day: SUR – WADI SHAB (hiking) – BIMMA SINKHOLE (swim and relax) – MUSCAT

8° day: MUSCAT 

 

Need to Know

When to go

The best season is during the winter months from November to March since during the summer the temperature could easily reach 40 degrees or more.

Mean of transport

Rental car. We rented a Toyota Prado 4WD. At Muscat international airport there are several rental companies; We booked our car with rentalcars.com;

Tour length

Around 1500 km / 900 miles;

Accommodations

Medium range. Average expense for a double room 25 OMR. The desert camps and Jebel shams accommodations are more expensive. We booked our accommodation with Booking.com, alternatively you can also find good deals with Hostelworld.com or Hotels.com.

Booking.com

 

Food

Local restaurant for dinner and grocery shopping at hypermarket for lunch. Average expense for dinner 3 OMR. Do you want to know more about Omani Restaurants? Check it out with TripAdvisor reviews.

Currency exchange

We changed our currency at Lulu Hypermarket in Muscat. It also possible to withdraw from ATM.

Travel insurance

We never leave without an insurance since it’s the most important thing when traveling. We got our comprehensive protection with Worldnomads.

Guide book

Our favorite is Lonely Planet.


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