Oman Cultural Tour
8 Days, from £1,595 per person (low season), excluding flights Learn about the culture and history of this fascinating country, meet local Omani villagers and Bedouin families, visit markets and ancient castles and forts.
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This 8-day cultural tour will give you and your family an exciting encounter with the lives of the mountain village people staying in a local guesthouse, meet the Bedouin tribes of the desert and the fishing people of Sur and witness traditional Omani activities. Experience the hustle and bustle of Oman’s local souq’s at Nizwa goat market and Sinaw market. Soak up the history visiting ancient forts and castles of Nizwa, Jabrin & Bahla, all with your own private driver/guide and vehicle.
Day 1: Arrive Muscat
Arrive in Muscat where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next 2 nights.
Day 2: Muscat (B)
Day free to explore Muscat. We recommend a visit to the Grand Mosque and the Bait Al Zubair (Natural History) museum for your first taste of Oman's rich history. There's the old town and walled city to explore or Corniche to walk around the vibrant souq and fish market. (B)
Day 3: Muscat - Sur (B)
Touring the Interior: depart Muscat in a 4WD vehicle on the start of a fascinating roundtrip adventure of Oman’s interior. The first leg taking you in a south-eastern direction along the coastal road to Sur to see the ancient Dhow ship yards. Stop at beautiful wadis and sinkholes to swim along the way.
Day 4: Sur - Wahiba (B/D)
Experience the thrills of dune driving in the desert this morning before you depart for Wadi Bani Khaled. Here you have the chance for a refreshing dip in pools of clear deep blue/green water. Continue to Sur driving out to the coast to Raz Al Jinz for an overnight stay at the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre. This evening walk to the beach with turtle ranger on a group excursion to observe nesting turtles (please note that sightings of turtles cannot be guaranteed). Overnight at the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre with dinner. (B,D)
Day 5: Wahiba - Nizwa (B)
Early start to enjoy the desert sunrise then head on to the busy Sinaw Market where Bedouin communities head to buy staples and sell their livestock and handicrafts. Afterwards visit Nizwa, the historical capital of Oman with ancient history where many battles were fought. See Bahla Fort and Jabrin Castle before heading into the Jabel Akhdar mountains to see the magnificent Al Hoota Cave with 4 underground lakes. Return to Nizwa for the evening. (B)
Day 6: Nizwa - Misfah (B/D)
This morning you will be taken to Nizwa Souk to see the famous cattle auction where people come to buy or sell goats, sheep and cows. Afterwards see one of the most impressive forts in Oman; Nizwa Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower. Depart Nizwa for Misfah; an incredible village of ancient houses and narrow streets perched in a valley where you will be staying in a local family run guesthouse for the night with dinner included.
Day 7: Al Hamra - Muscat (B)
Head off today into the village of Al Hamra, famous for its date plantations and oldest preserved houses in Oman. Drive through the spectacular Hajar mountain range of date palms and a patchwork of terraced fields before arriving back in Muscat for your last night in Oman. (B)
Day 8: Departure (B)
Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred back to Muscat airport in time for your return flight home.
Private round trip transfer Airport/Hotel/Airport at all locations
Touring in a 4wd vehicle with English speaking chauffeur guide
Accommodation based on twin/double room/tent inclusive tax and service charges
Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Services of Odyssey World’s local agents in Oman
Water in your vehicle
Oman Visa (can be obtained on arrival) OMR20 (roughly £33) for stays between 10 days and 1 month
International and internal flight tickets and taxes
Any meals other than those specified
Anything not stated above
Early check-in/late check-out charges unless otherwise stated
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips etc.