If you want to discover the real Oman we recommend you jump in a 4×4 and hit the open road – and the sand dunes. Add in some wild camping in stunning remote desert scenery, do some bartering in the local markets, explore Oman’s “Grand Canyon” and then relax at the beach.

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Day 1: Arrival in Muscat

Muscat Seafront, Oman with Curious Travel

Muscat Seafront – Image by Trabantos

Arrive at Muscat International Airport.  Meet and greet and private transfer to your hotel in Muscat.

We can help you select and then arrange a variety of accommodations according to your taste from a lovely guesthouse to a midrange hotel such as the Radisson Blu and up to the ultimate luxury of the famous Chedi Hotel, Al Bustan Palace or Shangri La’s, Al Husn Resort and Spa.

Day 2: Explore Muscat

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Grand Mosque of Muscat – Image by PlusONE

A day to visit Muscat either guided or unguided. Typical tours will take you to visit the Grand Mosque (open in the mornings 0800-1100 except Fridays), the Grand mosque and Muscat’s new Royal Opera House. You can visit the famous “corniche: at the seafront and visit the Fish Souk and the colourful Muttrah Souk (Markets). The Al Alam Palace and the 16th century Forts of Mirani & Jalali, and the Bait Al Zubair Museum can all be included as required. The rest of the day you can relax at your beachfront hotel.

What is a “Souk”? A souq or souk is the Arabic and Hebrew word for a market or commercial quarter in Western Asian, North African and some Horn African cities. (From Wikipedia)

Day 3: Desert Adventure– Wadi Bani Khalid ­ – Wahiba Sands Camp 

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Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman – Image by Luliia Magela

Today you will be met by your exploration team and will board your 4x4s; all packed up with the camping equipment you will need for your desert adventure! From Muscat, you will first drive to Wadi Bani Khalid for a relaxing few hours bathing in the pools and catching some sunshine while reflecting on the Adventure to come!

What is a “Wadi”?  Wadi is the Arabic and Hebrew term traditionally referring to a valley. In some instances, it may refer to a dry (ephemeral) riverbed that contains water only during times of heavy rain. (From Wikipedia)

Wadi Bani Khalid has deep blue pools surrounded by spectacular mountains and date palms making it a perfect place to soak up the sun, go for a swim and absorb some of Oman’s natural beauty. A swim in the rock pools is a must.  After a picnic, you will drive into the Wahiba Sands and set up a wild camp. Then you can climb a sand dune and watch the setting sun. Feeling the peace and serenity of this desert location. As darkness falls and the temperature drops you can then get cosy around a campfire with a few drinks whilst dinner is grilled on the fire. That’s what we call dining “al fresco”! This is wild camping. Nothing to disturb you, no phone calls no emails just the “sounds of silence”. What could be more luxury than that?

If you are curious why not contact us about this itinerary or designing something specifically for you?

Day 4: Wahiba Sands Desert Crossing

4x4 wild camping desert crossing in Oman with Curious Travel

Up early, a hearty breakfast and strike camp. Today you will drive North to South across the desert.  

In the direction North-South, it is relatively easy going driving over the sand dunes in the desert as long as the tyre pressures are correct. At the Southern end, it gets more tricky so you will all need to be prepared to get out the sand boards and the Kinetic ropes and push and pull the cars if we get one stuck. All part of the adventure! 

Did you see when our founder Becky Harris got stuck on a sand dune?

As we emerge from the Desert the views are breathtaking. A view down a vast expanse of sand dunes and across the Indian Ocean glittering in the sunlight. You will make camp somewhere here… where ever takes your fancy 🙂

Day 5: Shhhhhhh… its the Top Secret Lagoon

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Oman Coast – Image by Anita SKV

Today you will head south along the coast. The drive along the coast with the Sand Dunes to the right of you and the Indian Ocean to your left is truly magical. At some points, the sand Dunes extend straight out to the sea. After lunch it gets serious.  You will be asked if anyone has a GPS or a smartphone able to record GPS points. If so, you will be asked to ensure they are switched off. You are now going to drive across salt flats to an absolutely stunning Lagoon in a secret location, that we all want to keep a secret! In this special location, you will see a lot of Flamingos. This place is so unique that you will camp here for two nights.

Day 6: Desert Exploration              

Today we will explore the desert and enjoy this special spot. You will not be disappointed. No photos, sorry – it’s a secret!

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Day 7:  Dhows, Sur and Turtle Beach

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A Dhow under repair in Sur – Image by Trabantos

Today you leave this magnificent spot and drive back along the coast to Wadi Bani Khalid where we can have a refreshing swim before we head to the coastal town of Sur. Sur historically was a centre of shipping trade to East-Africa and is also famous for its boatbuilding heritage. Dhows can still be seen being built in the traditional way that has not changed for hundreds of years (except the engine of course). From Sur you will drive to Ras Al Hadd and stay at a moderate yet lovely resort almost completely surrounded by the sea with some wonderful views and cooling sea breezes. The resort can arrange Optional Turtle Tours. The Peak season for turtles are the hot summer months so it is not guaranteed that you will see turtles.  

Whats a Dhow? Dhow is the generic name for traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with settee or sometimes lateen sails, used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region. Historians are divided as to whether the dhow was invented by Arabs or Indians. (From Wikipedia)

Day 8: Wadi Shab – Bimmah Sink Hole

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Bimmah Sinkhole (Dibab Sinkhole)- Image by MicheleB

After breakfast overlooking the sea, you will drive north up the coast. You will make our first stop at Wadi Shab for a hike around the rock pools and to explore the caves.  To reach the beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike you must swim through two small pools and a keyhole cave! After lunch, you will drive to Hawiyat Najm Park where the popular Bimmah Sink Hole is located. The Sink Hole is a lovely place to swim and jump off the rocks or just dip your feet in for a fantastic free fish spa as it contains many “doctor fish”.

Day 9:  Forts, Villages. Gorges and Drive up a Cliff Face!

Village of Bilad Sayt in Al Hajar Mountains Oman with Curious Travel

The village of Bilad Sayt in Al Hajar Mountains – Image by Alexey Stiop

Today is a jam-packed day of adventure and exploration. You drive first to Nakhal to explore the fabulous Nakhal fort and hot springs. From there you drive along Wadi Mistaland then up a very steep climb to the beautiful village of Wukan. Stopping at Wukan you can take a short trek up through the village and agricultural fields to reach the top for some magnificent views over the mountains.  After a picnic, you drive on through the stunning Wadi Bani Auf and pass the fearsome Snake Gorge to arrive at the picturesque village of Bilad Sayt, surrounded by imposing mountains.

At the village of Al Hajir, we take a turn and prepare for an adrenaline rush drive up the gigantic cliff face! Once the roller coaster ride is over, you will overnight at the unique guesthouse “at the Top”. 

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Day 10:  Bahla Fort (UNESCO) and Oman’s “Grand Canyon”.

Jebel Shams in Oman with Curious Travel

Jebel Shams Area – Image by LouieLea

Today starts with a visit to the quaint village of Misfah Al Abriyeen, enclosed by spectacular date palms and cliff faces. You can take a stroll along the Falaj irrigation channels and paths. From Misfah you drive to Jabrin Castle and then onto Bahla Fort (UNESCO world heritage site). After lunch, you will head up to the Mountain of the Sun, Jebel Shams where you can look over the Grand Canyon of Oman for some wonderful views. You stay overnight at a resort high on Jebel Shams.

What does Jebel Mean? Jebel means a mountain or hill, or a range of hills in the Middle East and North Africa.

Day 11: Hike “Balcony Walk”, Nizwa Fort and  Souk.

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Hiking the Balcony Trail – Image by Robert Haandrikman

Today you get to enjoy the wonderful “Balcony Walk”. This walk is not too arduous and is suitable for most people of moderate fitness. It meanders along just below the edge of the “Grand Canyon” and leads to a rock pool and an abandoned village at the end of the path. The scenery is truly spectacular. After gathering our breath, you will drive back down the Jebel to Nizwa to visit the Nizwa Fort and Souk. After lunch, you will head for Jebel Akhdar.

Options for accommodation here range from the famous and luxurious Alila Jebel Akhdar perched 2,000 metres above sea level in the Al Hajar Mountains or the Eco-Luxe Retreat” The View.

Day 12: Hiking and Biking in the Mountains

Enjoy additional activities from your hotel or merely relax and enjoy the mountain views.

Day 13: Return to Muscat 

Today you will drive back to Muscat and enjoy a last day at the beach before your international flight home.

We can help you select and then arrange a variety of accommodations according to your taste from a lovely guesthouse to a midrange hotel such as the Radisson Blu and up to the ultimate luxury of the famous Chedi Hotel, Al Bustan Palace or Shangri La’s, Al Husn Resort and Spa.

Day 14: Flight Out

A final transfer to Muscat Airport in time for your international flight home.

Prices will depend on which hotels you want to stay in at certain points on the itinerary but to give you an idea this itinerary will cost from $4,600 per person for 2 people sharing a double room.

Please inquire for exact pricing and costs for different group sizes. Also if you are looking for something different in Oman please contact us for a completely tailor-made itinerary.

WHEN TO GO: 

Oman has a reliably warm climate and, as long as you avoid the scorching summer months between June and August, can be visited any time outside those months. The weather is at its most pleasant from October through to April, when temperatures are warm but cooler than the sweltering summer months and turtles can be seen at Ras al Jinz. Rain is only fleeting and tends only to come in January and February as short, sharp showers. On the south coast, Salalah has a very different climate in that it has a monsoon season, called the “khareef”. From June to September the khareef’s wet winds create a thick and humid fog which coats the mountains in moisture, creating luxuriant green hills. This provides ideal conditions for Salalah’s abundance of tropical fruit, which is in season throughout the year.

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