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DISCOVER OMAN (4-STAR COMFORT)

8 DAYS

A complete discovery of the highlights of Northern Oman in luxury hotels : mountain oasis, the Grand Canyon, Wahiba sands, the turtles, the Wadis, and some days relaxing in a beach hotel.

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Difficulty :

Level 2

Environment :

Mountain, Wadi, Sea, Desert

Activities :

Easy Walking     Swimming     Culture    Trekking    

Accomodation :

Hotel, apartment, mountain hut, ect... X 8

DAY 1 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 1 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 1 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 1 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 1 : Walk in Balad Sit

DAY 1 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 1 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 1 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 1 : Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen

DAY 1 : The View

DAY 1 : The View

DAY 1 : The View

DAY 1 : The View

DAY 1 : The View

DAY 1 : The View - Superior Room

DAY 1 : The View - Superior Room

DAY 2 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 2 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 2 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 2 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 2 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 2 : Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis

DAY 2 : Falaj Daris Hotel

DAY 2 : Falaj Daris Hotel

DAY 2 : Falaj Daris Hotel

DAY 2 : Falaj Daris Hotel

DAY 2 : Falaj Daris Hotel - Standard Room

DAY 2 : Falaj Daris Hotel - Standard Room

DAY 3 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Souq of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Visit of the fort of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Visit of the fort of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Visit of the fort of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Visit of the fort of Nizwa

DAY 3 : Walk along the 'Roses villages'

DAY 3 : Walk along the 'Roses villages'

DAY 3 : Walk along the 'Roses villages'

DAY 3 : Walk along the 'Roses villages'

DAY 3 : Walk along the 'Roses villages'

DAY 3 : Sahab Hotel

DAY 3 : Sahab Hotel

DAY 3 : Sahab Hotel

DAY 3 : Sahab Hotel

DAY 3 : Sahab Hotel

DAY 3 : Sahab Hotel

DAY 3 : Sahab Hotel - Deluxe room

DAY 3 : Sahab Hotel - Deluxe room

DAY 3 : Sahab Hotel - Deluxe room

DAY 4 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 4 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 4 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 4 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

DAY 4 : Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid

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 : Desert Nights Camp

DAY 4 : Desert Nights Camp

DAY 4 : Desert Nights Camp

DAY 4 : Desert Nights Camp

DAY 4 : Desert Nights Camp

DAY 4 : Desert Nights Camp - Deluxe Suit

DAY 4 : Desert Nights Camp - Deluxe Suit

DAY 4 : Desert Nights Camp - Deluxe Suit

DAY 4 : Desert Nights Camp - Deluxe Suit

DAY 5 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 5 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 5 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 5 : Visit of the city of Sur

DAY 5 : Hiking along the coast around Ras Al Had

DAY 5 : Hiking along the coast around Ras Al Had

DAY 5 : Hiking along the coast around Ras Al Had

DAY 5 : Hiking along the coast around Ras Al Had

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 Sea View Room

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

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

DAY 6 : Short hike and swimming in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 6 : Short hike and swimming in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 6 : Short hike and swimming in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 6 : Short hike and swimming in Wadi Tiwi

DAY 6 : Wadi Shab Resort

DAY 6 : Wadi Shab Resort

DAY 6 : Wadi Shab Resort

DAY 6 : Wadi Shab Resort

DAY 6 : Wadi Shab Resort

DAY 6 : Wadi Shab Resort - Deluxe Room

DAY 6 : Wadi Shab Resort - Deluxe Room

DAY 7 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 7 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 7 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 7 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 7 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 7 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 7 : Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab

DAY 7 : Sifawy Boutique Hotel

DAY 7 : Sifawy Boutique Hotel

DAY 7 : Sifawy Boutique Hotel

DAY 7 : Sifawy Boutique Hotel

DAY 7 : Sifawy Boutique Hotel

DAY 7 : Sifawy Boutique Hotel - Sifawy Room

DAY 7 : Sifawy Boutique Hotel - Sifawy Room

DAY 7 : Sifawy Boutique Hotel - Sifawy Room

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



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
2025
5301
2
1085
2840
3
990
2592
4
775
2029
5
950
2487
6
810
2120
7
810
2120
8
725
1898
9
840
2199
10
770
2016
11
775
2029
12
720
1885


* 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


 


 


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



DAY 1


      Transfer Muttrah - Al Awabi


      Transfer Al Awabi - Balad Sit

We drive in Wadi Bani Awf. We first cross villages and green palm gardens. We then drive over Wadi Zamah, also known as the Snake Canyon : it is a verynarrow and deep canyon. An unforgettable drive…


      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 - Misfat Al Abreyeen

We Cross the mountain through Sharaf Al Alamain Pass. That's th only pass whch allows to cross the Westrn Hajar by car. There is tarmac road on the southern slop, but on the northern side, a steep track goes down to Wadi Bani Awf offering stunning views...


      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 - Al Hamra


      The View

A nice ecolodge located in a calm and isolated place in the mountain. The views all around are just superb.

Superior Room
. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 2


      Transfer Al Hamra - 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 Al Khitaym - Nizwa


      Falaj Daris Hotel

Pleasant 4-star hotel. Architecture is of arabic style. All rooms are on the ground-floor around the two swimming pools. This hotel has a souvenir shop, fitness room, steam room, 2 big swimming pools located in a nice flowered garden. You'll also find a bar and a restaurant, as well as a money changer.

Standard Room
Chambre comfortable climatisee avec salle de bain privee, mini-bar, television.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 3


      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

      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

      Transfer Nizwa - Al Ayn


      Walk along the 'Roses villages'

On the slope of the Jebel Akhdhar, on top of Wadi Al muaydeen lay the villages of Al Ayn Al Aqoor and Sharegah. They grow among other plants roses and pomogranates. The roses flower in march and april ; walking in the gardens at this time is an enchantement for the eyes and the nose. The pomogranates are harvested in late august and september ; they are very tasty and famous for their enormous size.

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

      Transfer Al Ayn - Seeh Qtnah


      Sahab Hotel

Nice boutique hotel located in Jebel Akhdar on the top of a cliff overlooking the villages of Al Ayn and Sharegah and their terraces. In the hotel, you'll enjoy a nice lounge, restaurant, cafe, and a swimming pool.

Deluxe room
Comfortable 20 sqm room with TV, A/C, and min-bar. WiFi Access. You also enjoy a private terrace.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 4


      Transfer Seeh Qtnah - Birkat al Mouz


      Transfer Birkat al Mouz - 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 - 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

      Desert Nights Camp

Discover the adventure of the desert in one of the most luxurious desert camps in the world. Nestled on the golden sands of Al Wasil, this oasis of luxury is a memorable way to experience the magic of the desert. What awaits you is a variety of activities from dune bashing to camel rides, a delectable choice of cuisine, plush comfort in the Arabian style tents, refreshing drinks in the "Oasis Bar", and unforgettable memories. It’s where every moment can last a lifetime.

Deluxe Suit
The Deluxe Tented Units have separate bedroom and living room. There is a canopied queen sized bed with suffused light, a mini-bar, a fully-stocked luxurious ensuite with robes and slippers, individually controlled air conditioning, electrical outlets and complimentary mineral water. You'll find here the luxury in the middle of the sands.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 5


      Transfer Our Camp in Wahiba sands - Bidiyah


      Transfer Bidiyah - 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 - Ras Al Had


      Hiking along the coast around Ras Al Had

We discover the wild beaches of Ras al Had. These beaches have been declared Natural Reserve because the green turtles come there to lay eggs every night ; they are forbidden at night. There, we can see the holes left by the turtles, tracks of foxes, some eggs that hav been eaten by these foxes, and the tracks of the turtles that have come back to the see the previous morning. It is possible to swim.

- Approximative length : 1 heures

      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 Sea View 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. Sea View.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 6


      Transfer Ras Al Had - Tiwi


      Transfer Tiwi - Saymah (Wadi Tiwi)


      Short hike and swimming 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 and a break and go back the same way…

- Level 2    
- Approximative length : 3 heures
- Elevation gain/loss : +100m/-100m
- Walking time : 1 a 2 heures

      Transfer Saymah (Wadi Tiwi) - Tiwi


      Wadi Shab Resort

The Wadi Shab resort was build on the hill overlooking the blue sea near Tiwi. It is a comfortable 3-stars hotel with swimming pool facing the sea.The hotel’s main restaurant overlooks the sea and serves Omani breakfast and dinner as well as international specialties

Deluxe Room
This large, air-conditioned room offers a small seating area with a flat-screen TV. Facilities include an electric kettle and a fridge. The bathroom is fitted with a shower, toiletries and hairdyer.. Petit-dejeuner et diner pris a l'hotel


DAY 7


      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 - As Sifah


      Sifawy Boutique Hotel

A nice boutique beach hotel located 45 minutes drive east of Muscat in a Marina Town and part of Jebel Sifah Resort. With only 55 guest rooms, including 30 suites, each room has a private balcony, and is equipped with all the essential amenities and services, catering to even the most discerning traveller. The resort hosts 2 restaurants and 2 bars. It has an outdoor swimming pool, billard and table-tennis tables, and offers a wide range of day-trips (snorkeling, boat-trip, fishig trip, ...) to discover the most beautiful coast near Muscat.

Sifawy Room
. Petit-dejeuner pris a l'hotel


DAY 8


     

- Approximative length : 0 heures

      Sifawy Boutique Hotel

A nice boutique beach hotel located 45 minutes drive east of Muscat in a Marina Town and part of Jebel Sifah Resort. With only 55 guest rooms, including 30 suites, each room has a private balcony, and is equipped with all the essential amenities and services, catering to even the most discerning traveller. The resort hosts 2 restaurants and 2 bars. It has an outdoor swimming pool, billard and table-tennis tables, and offers a wide range of day-trips (snorkeling, boat-trip, fishig trip, ...) to discover the most beautiful coast near Muscat.

Sifawy Room
. 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