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Oman on a Shoestring



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9 Days, from £1,695 per person (low season), excluding direct flights A wonderful introduction to the Omani cultural and scenic way of life, enjoy this fantastic tailor made tour.

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This rustic 8 day private tailor made tour of Oman allows you to enjoy all the stunning scenery Oman has to offer, but “on a shoestring,” with stays in traditional Omani villages and camping out under the stars in local desert camps. Swim in clear pools in luscious green Wadi Oasis’ before heading out in a 4WD dune driving in the Wahiba Sands. Watch traditional Omani lifestyle visiting fishing villages and dhow building yards, Beduoin camps and Omani souqs, all with your own private driver/guide.

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 City Tour (B)

Enjoy a city tour of Muscat visiting the Grand Mosque and the Bait Al Zubair Museum (Natural History Museum) for an insight into Oman’s history. Drive along the waterfront of the Corniche visiting the colourful Muttrah Souq with a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace; the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.

Day 3: Al Hamra & Misfah (B/D)

Depart with your driver guide in a 4WD vehicle for the start of a fascinating roundtrip of the interior with the first leg taking you into the village of Al Hamra famous for its date plantations and oldest preserved houses in Oman, which are 300 years old made of palm beams topped by mud and straw. Arrive in Misfah where you will be staying this evening; through narrow alleys between old stone houses to your guesthouse and experience traditional rustic Omani life.

Day 4: Misfah – Jebel Shams – Nizwa – Wahiba Sands (B/D)

After breakfast visit Nizwa fort and wander around the Nizwa souq where the locals trade in traditional as well as imported merchandise, from vegetables to jewellery. Drive to the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz. Enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations. Proceed to Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand. After some exciting sand dune driving you will arrive at your Desert Camp for the evening. (B,D)

Day 5: Wahiba – Ras Al-Jinz (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 6: Ras al Jinz – Muscat (B/D)

Head back to Muscat via Sur and visit the ancient dhow boatyards and visit Sinasila fort. En route stop at Fins Beach for a swim before visiting the Bimah Sinkhole; a spectacular limestone crater with a pool of blue water at the bottom. Proceed to Wadi Arbayeen with its refreshing deep pools of water set among the date palms before arriving in Muscat to overnight. (B)

Day 7: Muscat (B/D)

At leisure to relax on the beach or explore the capital.

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.

Prices include:

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
Entrance fees

Prices exclude:

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
Travel insurance
Early check-in/late check-out charges unless otherwise stated
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, tips etc.