Mountains, Desert and Beaches of Oman

The mountains, beaches, and desert of Oman tour take you from camping under the stars in the desert and an adventurous crossing of the Wahiba Sands to days relaxing on empty beaches. Watch turtles come ashore to lay their eggs, take a dip in the spectacular hidden pools at Wadi Bani Khalid, take a mini trek at Jabal Shams and indulge in some culture at the historic Forts.

Touring style: Private basis with English speaking guide / experienced driver

Best time to visit: during the winter months from October to March when the weather is warm and cool. Avoid the hot summer months between June and August.

Prices are seasonal, include hotels, breakfast, professional touring and transfers. Starts from:

GBP 1022 per person sharing a twin room, Standard Class Hotels

International and domestic airfares are extra

  • Camp under the stars in the desert
  • An adventurous crossing of the Wahiba Sands
  • Relax on deserted beaches
  • Visit historic Forts
Mountains, Desert and Beaches of Oman at a glance
  • Day 1: Muscat/Wadi Bani Khalid/Wahiba Sands
  • Day 2: Wahiba Sands crossing /Qahid/Masirah
  • Day 3 to 5: Lazy days at Masira island Resort
  • Day 6: Masira Island to Nizwa
  • Day 7: Nizwa to Jabel Shams and return to Muscat
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Day 01: Muscat/Wadi Bani Khalid/Wahiba Sands

Embark on a soft adventure trip by 4-wheel drive to the great desert of Oman. You will drive through small villages and towns before arriving at Wadi Bani Khalid. You will pass many pretty villages embedded in the mountains. Here the road winds down to the wadi alongside a large, shallow pool fringed with vegetation and ends at a village. We will park our vehicles at this point and continue on a short trek to the deep blue pools of the wadi. If you wish you may enjoy a swim in this glorious natural pool. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes & walking shoes for this trip.

A picnic will be served at the Wadi Bani Khalid. After lunch, continue your drive to the great desert of Oman Known as the "Wahiba Sands". Soon you will come face to face with the enormous desert and our experienced driver will drive you through the sand dunes to give you a thrill of dune driving.

If an opportunity arises, you will meet a Bedouin family to know more about their lifestyle in the desert. Thereafter you will bid goodbye to the inhabitants of the desert to drive to your campsite for overnight.

Distance and journey times:

Muscat to Wadi Bani Khalid: 229 km, 3 hrs

Wadi Bani Khalid to the Wahiba Sands: 48 km, 1 hr

 

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Day 2: Wahiba Sands crossing /Qahid/Masira

After breakfast, leave the camp to drive to Qahid, crossing the Wahiba sands. It takes 4 hours to cross the desert. Reach Qahid and continue your drive to Shannah, flanked by the azure waters of the Arabian sea and the tapestry of desert dunes. After lunch, take a ferry to Masirah Island. Masirah is located 15km off the south-east coast of Oman in the Arabian Peninsula with miles of isolated sandy beaches. The island is famous for wind surfing and known for aquatic visitors such as the turtles that come to lay their eggs on its stretch of beaches and a number of migratory birds, the egrets, curlews and the flamingos.

Stay at the Masira Island Resort. Masira Island Resort is situated on the borders of the breeding grounds of the turtles, make it a perfect destination for nature lovers

Distance and journey time: 311 km, 4 hrs

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Day 3 to 5: Masira Island Resort

Explore the stretch of the endless beach where you will find scores of wrecked ships, skeletons, and bones of dolphins, whales, turtles birds, camels and countless other creatures that live and die in the wild place. 

Days at leisure on the beach.

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Day 6: Masira Island to Nizwa

Take the ferry to the mainland. From Shannah drive to Nizwa via Mahoot and Sinaw. Visit the Sinaw Souq en route. Overnight in Nizwa.

Distance and journey time: 369 km, 4 hrs

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Day 7: Nizwa to Jebel Shams and return to Muscat

Morning tour of the oasis city of Nizwa, the capital of Julanda Dynasty in the 6th and 7th Century AD. Today it remains an important tourist attraction with its historical buildings and imposing fort. Visit the impressive 17th-century fort with its enormous round tower built by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'aruba to defend the route to the interior. The fort dominates the entire area, with the town having grown up around it. From here proceed to Nizwa souq which is renowned for its intricately hand-carved "Khanjar" and ornately designed silver jewellery. On Friday, a unique goat and cattle auction is held.

Continue to Misfah (approximately 45 minutes from Nizwa) a village in the mountains, where the houses cling to the rocks. After a short walk through the village return to your vehicle and continue the journey to Jebel Shams (30 minutes drive) the highest peak in Oman at over 3,000 metres. Jabel Shams, know in ancient times as Jabel Al Qanah, means “Mountain of the Sun” and the area is home to weavers of heavy woollen rugs in distinctive colours. Lunch will be at the Jabel Shams camp. Afterwards, drive back to Muscat.

Distance and journey times:

Nizwa to Jebel Shams: 92 km, 2 hrs

Jebel Shams to Muscat: 266 km, 4 hrs 

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Highlights

Jebel Shams: Spectacular mountain scenery

Located north west of Nizwa, in the Al Hajar Mountains, at over 3000m Jebel Shams is Oman’s highest peak.

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Muscat: Dolphin watching and Sultan's Palace

Muscat, Oman’s capital, is a dizzying conflation of the sultanate’s rich cultural heritage, as old as civilisation, and its bright, modern contemporary architecture.

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Nizwa Historic Fort and Goat auction at the souq on Friday.

Set at the foot of Al Jebel Al Akhdar, or Green Mountain, Nizwa is a city draped in orchards, bisected by clear mountain rivers and shaded by date palms

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Wadi Bani Khalid

Wadi Bani Khalid is the best-known wadi of the Sharqiyah region. All year round, its streams maintains a constant flow of water

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Wahiba Sands: watch sunset on the desert and sleep under the stars

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Accommodation

Masira Island, Superior Class
Masira Island Resort

Masira Island Resort is known for its wildlife and miles of isolated sandy beaches. It hosts all four of Oman’s nesting species of Turtles and is world famous as the home of the largest population of Loggerhead Turtles.

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Nizwa, Superior Class
Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel

Located 20 minutes’ drive from Nizwa, the property is designed in traditional Omani style against the rugged backdrop of the Hajar Mountain range.

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Nizwa, Superior Class
Falaj Daris Hotel

Located 4km from the ancient town, this property is the best located to explore Nizwa’s charms.
Set against a backdrop of rugged grey mountains, it is designed in a traditional Bedouin style entirely in keeping with its surroundings.

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Wahiba Sands, Speciality lodging
Desert Nights Camp

Located among rolling, red-gold dunes, and glittering desert wadis, the camp is a luxurious oasis of calm and serenity, a magical 2 hour transfer by jeep from Muscat. You will arrive to cold towels, and a warm desert welcome with Omani dates and khawa, traditional Arabic coffee.

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Wahiba Sands, Speciality Lodging
1000 nights

Located among the pristine, virgin dunes of Wahiba Sands, the luxury camp is set beneath the green shade of Cineraria trees, and is the last word in secluded natural majesty.

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