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DISCOVER OMAN

8 DAYS

A complete discovery of the highlights of Northern Oman : Wadi Bani Awf, Jebel Shams, Nizwa, Wahiba Sands, Sur, the Turtle Reserve at Ras Al Had, the Wadis, and the Sea Of Oman.

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Difficulty :

Level 2

Environment :

Mountain, Wadi, Sea, Desert

Activities :

Easy Walking     Swimming     Culture    Trekking    

Accomodation :

Camping X 3     Hotel, apartment, mountain hut, ect... X 5

DAY 1 : Hike from Al Alya to the Palm Garden of Ad Dar

DAY 1 : Hike from Al Alya to the Palm Garden of Ad Dar

DAY 1 : Hike from Al Alya to the Palm Garden of Ad Dar

DAY 1 : Hike from Al Alya to the Palm Garden of Ad Dar

DAY 1 : Hike from Al Alya to the Palm Garden of Ad Dar

DAY 1 : Hike from Al Alya to the Palm Garden of Ad Dar

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 1 : Mountain hut Bimah - Dormitory

DAY 2 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 2 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 2 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 2 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 2 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 2 : Transfert

DAY 2 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 2 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 2 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 2 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 2 : Bivouac in Jebel Shams Range

DAY 2 : Bivouac in Jebel Shams Range

DAY 2 : Bivouac in Jebel Shams Range

DAY 2 : Bivouac in Jebel Shams Range

DAY 3 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 3 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 3 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 3 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 3 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 3 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 3 : Visit of Bait As Safah

DAY 3 : Visit of Bait As Safah

DAY 3 : Visit of Bait As Safah

DAY 3 : Visit of Bait As Safah

DAY 3 : Visit of Bait As Safah

DAY 3 : Visit of Bait As Safah

DAY 3 : Visit of Bait As Safah

DAY 3 : Visit of Bait As Safah

DAY 3 : Al Diyar Hotel

DAY 3 : Al Diyar Hotel

DAY 3 : Al Diyar Hotel

DAY 3 : Al Diyar Hotel

DAY 3 : Al Diyar Hotel - Standard Room

DAY 3 : Al Diyar Hotel - Standard Room

DAY 3 : Al Diyar Hotel - Standard Room

DAY 4 : Visit of the fort of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Visit of the fort of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Visit of the fort of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Visit of the fort of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 4 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 4 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 4 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 4 : Sunset in the dunes

DAY 4 : Bivouac in Wahiba Sands

DAY 4 : Bivouac in Wahiba Sands

DAY 4 : Bivouac in Wahiba Sands

DAY 4 : Bivouac in Wahiba Sands

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 5 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 5 : Nighttime turtle watching

DAY 5 : Nighttime turtle watching

DAY 5 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 5 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 5 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 5 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 5 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

DAY 5 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort - Hamoor Room

DAY 5 : Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort - Hamoor Room

DAY 6 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 6 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 6 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 6 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 6 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 6 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 6 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 6 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 6 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 6 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 6 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 6 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 6 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 6 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 6 : Bivouac on the beach

DAY 7 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 7 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 7 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 7 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 7 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 7 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 7 : Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 7 : Mutrah Hotel

DAY 7 : Mutrah Hotel

DAY 7 : Mutrah Hotel

DAY 7 : Mutrah Hotel

DAY 7 : Mutrah Hotel - Standard room

DAY 7 : Mutrah Hotel - Standard room

DAY 7 : Mutrah Hotel - Standard room

DAY 7 : Mutrah Hotel - Standard room

DAY 8 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 8 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 8 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 8 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 8 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 8 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 8 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 8 : Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

DAY 8 : Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Khiran

DAY 8 : Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Khiran

DAY 8 : Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Khiran

DAY 8 : Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Khiran

DAY 8 : Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Khiran

DAY 8 : Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Khiran

DAY 8 : Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Khiran

DAY 8 : Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Khiran

DAY 8 : Visit of Muttrah Souq

DAY 8 : Visit of Muttrah Souq

DAY 8 : Visit of Muttrah Souq

DAY 8 : Visit of Muttrah Souq

DAY 8 : Visit of Muttrah Souq


Prices always change according to the number of travellers in the group.

As the agency is closed, these prices are only informative. They were the prices of the agency for the season 2015-2016.


 
Number of people
Price per person in OMR
Price per person in USD
Other currencies*
1
1375
3599
2
750
1963
3
580
1518
4
490
1283
5
560
1466
6
505
1322
7
475
1243
8
450
1178
9
490
1283
10
455
1191
11
445
1165
12
425
1113


* The conversions to Euro are just informative. All conversions on the internet are made using a mid-market rate which is always more intersting than the one used by currency exchange services and banks.

EASY WALKING IN OMAN - HIKING & TREKKING IN OMAN - CLIMBING IN OMAN - CANYONING IN OMAN - GEOLOGY OF OMAN - CULTURAL TOUR IN OMAN - BOTANY IN OMAN - SNORKELING IN OMAN - CAMEL TRIP IN OMAN - SEASIDE TREK IN OMAN - MOUNTAIN TREK IN OMAN - BOAT TOUR IN OMAN - SWIMMING IN OMAN - SEA OF OMAN - DESERT OF OMAN - MOUNTAIN OF OMAN - WADIS OF OMAN



DETAILED PROGRAM
With walking times, ascent and descent, driving times, and difficulty level
 


 

TECHNICAL SHEET
What you have to bring, the prices, what is included and what is not, and advices
 


 

MAPS
Some maps with the itinerary of the tour
 


 

COUNTRY GUIDE
Some general, cultural, and practical information about Oman


 


 


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DAY 1


      Transfer Muttrah - Al Awabi


      Transfer Al Awabi - Al Alya (Wadi Bani Kharus)


      Hike from Al Alya to the Palm Garden of Ad Dar

We Start from Al Alya at the end of Wadi Bani Kharus. We walk in the wadi and on the luxuriant terraces of the palm garden. The path then heads along the valley, goes up to a small pass and down to Ad Dar. Ad Dar is a palm garden only accessible by foot : the inhabitants of A Alya come there every day to take care of the cultures and of the falaj (traditional irrigation system). It is a lovely place and the palm garden is so luxuriant that we have the imppression to be in a tropical wet country! We come back using the same way…

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 4 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +300m/-300m
- Walking time : 2 a 4 heures

      Transfer Al Alya (Wadi Bani Kharus) - Bimah


      Mountain hut Bimah

A very nice and pleasant place to stay, located in the heart of Wadi Bani Awf, only a few steps from the Snake Canyon and 5 minutes drive (or 5 hours hike) from Balad Sit. It's a rustic but beautiful mountain hut with 4 dormitory (4 to 10 persons on bunkbeds), 2 private rooms, and 3 bathrooms with hot shower. Located in a natural and peacfull environment, you'll find in the garden many paces to chill and relax after hiking...

Dormitory
Dormitories from 4 to 10 persons with bunkbeds and A/C. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 2


      Transfer Bimah - Balad Sit


      Walk in Balad Sit

We start from the main valley and head to a narrow gorge. This part of the walk is just wonderfull! At the end of the gorge, we discover the village of Balad Sit ('the hidden village'). Built in a small hill and surrounded by cliffs, this village is one of the most beautiful of Oman. We walk through the village and the ardens and come back through an other branch of the small gorge.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 2 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +50m/-50m
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Balad Sit - Sharaf Al Alamain

This drive off-road let us climb some 1000 meters in less than 10 km. It provides us with stunning views over Wadi Bani Awf.


      Transfer Sharaf Al Alamain - Misfat Al Abreyeen


      Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

Misfat Al Abreyen is one of the most beautiful mountain village of Oman. It is located on the southern side of the mountain, on the slope of a canyon. The gardens were build all around the old village on man-made terraces. Laying at an altitude of 800 meters, we find their a wide variety of tropical fruits : bananas, papayas, oranges, limes, dates, pomogranates, etc... The old village is here still inhabitated.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 2 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +100m/-100m
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Misfat Al Abreyeen - Jebel Shams Plateau


      Bivouac in Jebel Shams Range

Wonderful place for a bivouac! We'll set up our camp at 1800m in a nice and quiet place. From the surroundings e have nice views over Jebel Misht and its impressive cliffs.

Individual camping tent



DAY 3


      Transfer Jebel Shams Plateau - Al Khitaym


      Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

We start the walk at Al Khitaym. The path is very easy and offers all way long wonderful views on Arabia's Grand Canyon. On the way we can see the highest point of the country. Finally, we arrive to an old village built in the cliff : Sab Bani Khamis. The village was abandonned some 15 years ago when the road was build. Some 5 to 10 families were living there, taking care of their gardens also built on the cliff and of their goats. We come back the same way. It is a very easy wonderful walk!

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 4 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +250m/-250m
- Walking time : 2 a 3 heures

      Transfer Jebel Shams Plateau - Al Hamra


      Visit of Bait As Safah

Bait As Safah is a traditional omani house located in the old city of Al Hamra. The women of the vllage welcome us in this house and show us how they make omani bread, omani coffee, carpets, and different creams and lotions made from mountain plants.

- Approximative length : 1 heures 30

      Transfer Al Hamra - Nizwa


      Al Diyar Hotel

Medium category hotel **. Located at 5 km from Nizwa Souq, it has a swimming pool and clean rooms of international standards.

Standard Room
Each room is equipped with bath or shower, toilet, fridge and TV.. Petit-dejeuner pris a l'hotel


DAY 4


      Visit of the fort of Nizwa

The fort of Nizwa was rehablitated recently. He has a defensive part (the so called citadelle) and a housing part (which was designed or the Imam and the scholars). From the top of the citadelle e have stunning views over nizwa and its palm cove, the largest of the country. The underfloor of the fort was occupied by prison cells. These have been equiped to receive a museum about local culture. The museum is small but very well done. It is worth a visit!

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Souq of Nizwa

Nizwa is a major city of Oman located at the foot of the mointains in the interior. In the past it was the capital of the country and remains the cultural center of the country for mountain people. The Souq was rehabilitated some 15 years ago. Friday is the market day, called 'Souq Al Jumaa', and brings visitors from the nearby mountains as well as bedous from the desert side. The livestock souq is particularly worth a visit. But you find also the fish souq, vegetable souq, meat souq, as well as some people saling moutain honey, dates, incense, and anything you might need.

- Approximative length : 1 heures 30

      Transfer Nizwa - Bidiyah


      Transfer Bidiyah - Our Camp in Wahiba sands


      Sunset in the dunes

We start a walk across the dunes in late afternoon. The heat isn't too strong anymore and the sunlight is the more beautiful. The setting sun always gives changing colour to the sand and the shades. This a great unforgetable time.

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Bivouac in Wahiba Sands

We set up our camp in the middle of the dunes.

Individual camping tent



DAY 5


      Transfer Our Camp in Wahiba sands - Bidiyah


      Transfer Bidiyah - Bidah


      Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

The lower part of this valley forms a narrow and wild canyon. We start from the lovely village of Bidah and cross its palm garden to access the entrance of the canyon. We hike in the canyon between big boulders (the way is not very easy but doesn't last long) until we arrive to a splendid pool with waterfall. We have rest here and enjoy the swimming in this secluded place. For those who like jumping, a very nice 10 meters ump is possible there…

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 3 heures
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Bidah - Ras Al Had


      Nighttime turtle watching

The coast is here declared Natural Reserve to protect the numerous green turtles which lay eggs there. The visits are well organized and gathered on only 2 beaches ; the other ones are forbidden in order not to disturb too much the turtles. The high season for turtles is in summer : in that time we can find up to 50 turtles laying eggs at the same time on the same beach. But they come all year long and you are almost sure that you will see some. You'll see turtles digging hole, laying eggs, covering eggs, and going back to the sea. You'll also see baby turtles getting out of the sand and heading to the sea…

- Approximative length : 2 heures

      Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort

This resort is pleasant. There is a small beach with deckchairs. The bar and the restaurant are located in an old arabic dhow. You can also play snooker. The small bungaows are in a traditional style : covered with palm stems.

Hamoor Room
Superior room with TV, fridge, and private bathroom. Moreover you have a sitting area with chairs in front of the room to relax outside.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 6


      Transfer Ras Al Had - Sur


      Visit of the city of Sur

Sur is a big city living quietly. It is built on the seashore and extends along a wonderful lagune. It was famous in the past for the naval construction. This traditional industry is declining but there is still one factory which produces wondeful traditional arabic dhows. We stop to visit it. We then walk up to a watch tower from which we have the best view over the city.

- Approximative length : 2 heures

      Transfer Sur - Tiwi


      Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

We start from the sea and start hiking in the wadi. After 45 minutes or 1 hour walk in this beautiful wadi we'll go to the water : we swim from pool to pool to discover a incredible place. But we don't tell you more about this, since it has to be a surprise!

- Level 1    
- Approximative length : 3 heures
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Tiwi - Fins


      Bivouac on the beach

We set up our camp in one of the numerous beaches around Fins and Tiwi. We sleep hearing the sound of the waves…

Individual camping tent



DAY 7


      Transfer Fins - Tiwi


      Transfer Tiwi - Saymah (Wadi Tiwi)


      Full Day in Wadi Tiwi

We start from a village called Saymah. We walk on an old donkey path a little up the wadi. The views are splendid. The palm trees are so dense in this wadi that they look like a green river.As we arrive to another village, we go down and walk at the bottom of the wadi, on the falaj chanel, along the river or between the boulders, We finally arrive to a nice pool surrounded by cliffs and palm trees. We enjoy a swim there and have rest. We make a barbecue for lunch, and enjoy relaxing and swimming in this lovely place.We come back the same way and stop en route to have a last bath…

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 6 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +100m/-100m
- Walking time : 2 a 4 heures

      Transfer Saymah (Wadi Tiwi) - Tiwi


      Transfer Tiwi - Muttrah


      Mutrah Hotel

Mutrah Hotel is the first hotel built in Oman. It is only 20 minutes walking from the Souk and Corniche. This hotel offers comfortable rooms each with its own decoraction and character. The hotel has Wifi, Laundry service, minibar in the room, 4 bars, and a restaurant.

Standard room
Comfortable and well decorated room. In room facilities : minibar, 24 hours room service, Satellite TV, iron, hair dryer, coffe and tea making facilities.. Petit-dejeuner pris a l'hotel


DAY 8


      Muttrah fish and vegetables souq

It is a very lively and typical place that is worth a visit. We only rarely see such a choice of fishes : many spieces of breams and groupers, tuna, swordfishes, kingfishes, sharks, squids, crabs, shrimps, and even parrot fishes and other multicolor fishes. Next to the fish market is the vegetable market where you'll find fruits,vegetables, dates, honey, thyme, etc…

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      Transfer Muttrah - Al Khiran


      Snorkeling and Boat Tour in Khiran

The bay of bandar Khiran is located only 30 km east from Muscat. There, the mountains fall down to the sea and form a lot of small tiny coves. We take a fisherman's boat in the village of Al Khiran and have a tour in the bay to see mangrove, seabirds, and the many sandy coves. Finally we stop in a wonderful beach, have lunch with grilled fish, and enjoy rest on the beach and snorkeling. Among other fishes you will probably see here : surgeon fish, tigerfish, butterfly fish, angelfish, and even sometime, if we are lucky, you'll be able to swim with turtles. ATTENTION : When the sea is rough, this cove is not reachable by boat ; we go to another one which is also nice and suitable for snorkeling, but the seabed is not so rich.

- Approximative length : 4 heures

      Transfer Al Khiran - Muttrah


      Visit of Muttrah Souq

The main building of the Souq is beatifuly decorated : painted wooden roof and stained glass windows. Some smaller streets start on all sides and are full of small shops. You'll have a round in this labirynthe in search of what you want to bring back home. The souq is organized by product type : there is a place for gold, one for silver, one for gifts, one for carpets, one clothes, etc…

- Approximative length : 2 heures

      Mutrah Hotel

Mutrah Hotel is the first hotel built in Oman. It is only 20 minutes walking from the Souk and Corniche. This hotel offers comfortable rooms each with its own decoraction and character. The hotel has Wifi, Laundry service, minibar in the room, 4 bars, and a restaurant.

Standard room
Comfortable and well decorated room. In room facilities : minibar, 24 hours room service, Satellite TV, iron, hair dryer, coffe and tea making facilities.. Petit-dejeuner pris a l'hotel

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EASY WALKING IN OMAN - HIKING & TREKKING IN OMAN - CLIMBING IN OMAN - CANYONING IN OMAN - GEOLOGY OF OMAN - CULTURAL TOUR IN OMAN - BOTANY IN OMAN - SNORKELING IN OMAN - CAMEL TRIP IN OMAN - SEASIDE TREK IN OMAN - MOUNTAIN TREK IN OMAN - BOAT TOUR IN OMAN - SWIMMING IN OMAN - SEA OF OMAN - DESERT OF OMAN - MOUNTAIN OF OMAN - WADIS OF OMAN