Best Oman Christmas Holiday 2014

9 Days
Oman Christmas holiday 2014 for 9 days to discover the best attractions of Oman and Desert Safari by 4x4 with Memphis Tours. Firstly we will start by Muscat attractions and souqs. Then explore the Omani Desert Safari by 4x4 starting from Ras Al Hadd, Wadi Bani Khaled, Wahiba Sands, Jebal Shams and ending by Nizwa and Wadi Bani Awf.
Tour Highlights

Trip type : Private Tours

Trip runs : 25 DEC. 2014 to 02 JAN. 2015


Your tour manager will meet & assist you at Muscat International Airport after luggage & customs area, and then he will escort you to your hotel in Muscat.
Meals: Welcome drink

DAY 2: MUSCAT [70 km]

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the beautiful embassy quarter enroute the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque that has a remarkable architectural achievement. As a contemporary place of worship it serves as a spiritual landmark for modern Oman, projecting the values and aspirations of the Omani people. As an edifice, it maintains a perfect balance between aesthetics, culture and deeply rooted Islamic tradition. After the visit to the mosque we continue to Bait Baranda museum, which showcase the history of Muscat. Lunch will be served in the city. After lunch, we will visit Old Muscat, surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by twin 16thcentury forts ‘Jalali’ & ‘Mirani’, also see the Al Alam Palace, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ residence. We will then proceed to Bait Al Zubair Museum. Bait Al Zubair is itself a part of Muscat heritage. Sheikh Al Zubair who served three former Sultans, founded the house in 1914 and his son Mohammad Al Zubair opened it as a museum in 1998. It’s carved doors opens up into a fortress style reception. The museum includes traditional Omani weaponry, jewellery, costumes, domestic utensils and recreated urban and rural environments. Then drive through the scenic beauty of the corniche, stop at Muttrah - the main port & commercial centre, and explore the colorful historic souk. This is a real souk with winding alleys and backstreets and stalls selling all manner of textiles, jewelry, traditional Omani perfumes (bukhoor - made of frankincense), souvenirs and antiques… After that long tour , we will drive back to the hotel. Dinner at a traditional oriental restaurant , where the smells of grilled meats and of burned apples and roses going out from the “shi-shas” will only confirm the relaxing atmosphere that the OMANI people enjoy. Overnight in Muscat.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: MUSCAT – SUR – RAS AL HADD [340 km]

After breakfast we continue our journey to Sur, a sea-faring town and a trading port bustling with activity throughout the year. Famed for the fascinating architecture of its old town and shipyards where traditional dhows have been built for centuries at the edge of the bay. Photos stop at Quriyat a small fishing village. We continue our drive through the coastal area to Qalhat - drive through one of the most thrilling sections of Oman's 1,700 KM coastline. Qalhat, one of the oldest towns and seaports in Oman, was famous for exporting horses to and importing spices from India in the 13thcentury. On the way enjoy a picnic lunch before we proceed to visit the famous Sinkhole, a part of a collapsed mountain filled withsea. Arrive in Sur late afternoon. Dinner in Hotel .Overnight in Ras al Hadd.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: SUR – RAS AL HADD [100 km]

After breakfast visit the sea-faring town Sur and a trading port bustling with activity throughout the year. Famed for the fascinating architecture of its old town and shipyards where traditional dhows have been built for centuries at the edge of the bay. Visit Bilad Castle and after a quick tour of Sur, continue to Jaalan Bani bu Hassan Castle via Al Kamil, This Castle was built during the reign of H.E. Sa’id bin Sultan during the first half of the thirteenth century AH, corresponding to the first half of the nineteenth century AD. The circular castle and rises to a height of 8 meters with a 50 meter diameter. It is surrounded by an external wall whose area exceeds five thousand square meters, and has two main gates; one is in the east and the other in the west. Simple lunch will be served in SUR . We will continue to explore more on this region, before proceeding to Ras Al Hadd. Dinner in the hotel . At night, one of the highlights of our trip is waiting for you, a unique experience that will happen only in the middle of the night. We will visit the turtle reserve with the possibility of watching the turtles laying their eggs at night. Overnight in Ras Al Hadd.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : RAS AL HADD - WAHIBA [160 km]

Early morning enjoy the sunrise and a swim on the beach. After breakfast we depart to Wadi Bani Khalid – a lush green valley surrounded by rugged mountains. Enjoy an incredible view and a chance to capture the scenic beauty with your camera. Investigate the surrounding area on foot. A pique nique lunch will be organized in the WADI around trees and water. After lunch we will continue to Wahiba Sands where you will meet your 4x4s. – one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions of Oman. The vast, ever shifting dunes support an astonishing variety of wildlife and host different kinds of flora and fauna. The quick changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. The Wahiba is also home to a few thousand Bedouins, who are known to have inhabited this inhospitable region for at least 7000 years. Go dunes bashing as our experienced drivers show their skill on the dune drive which is a thrilling experience. Dinner & Overnight in Wahiba Sands. (Or Nizwa as per dates below)
*During the WINTER (from 01 OCT until 30 APRIL) the overnight will be in Wahiba Sands
*During the SUMMER (from 01 MAY until 30 SEP) the overnight will be in Nizwa due to closure of campsite in Wahiba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


This morning after breakfast we will proceed to Nizwa. We will start our exploration of Nizwa area by proceeding to the palm groves at Al Hamra. Al Hamra, is also noted for its extraordinary ancient mud houses. We will visit one of oldest house of Sheikh “Bait Al Safa”, which has been restored ,decorated and transformed into a lively museum. We will stop for lunch in the small village of MISFAH where we will enjoy a typical OMANI meal, on the menu the traditional KABSA which is chicken or meat combined with rice and a mixture of perfumed spices from the orient. In the late afternoon, you have an opportunity to explore the souk of Nizwa. Dinner in hotel. Overnight in Nizwa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: NIZWA [150 km]

After breakfast, we will visit Nizwa. Forts and castles are Oman’s most striking cultural landmarks and together with its towers and city walls, they have historically been used as defensive bastion look-out points. It is estimated that there are over 500 forts, Castles and towers in Oman, our visit today would include a few of them which are more remarkable & striking in their architecture & style. The ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa was a seat of learning and the birthplace of Islam in Oman. The 17th century Round fort and the souq famous for the silver jewelry are the major attraction of Nizwa, not to mention the popular & interesting cattle auction, which takes place on every Friday. Built on a scold base of rock, the huge tower was designed to with stand the vibration of 24 cannons .Lunch in Nizwa before we move on to Bahla famous for its handmade pottery. Bahla is listed in UNESCO world heritage sites however the fort here is now under renovation and is not open to public. We will continue to visit the famous Jabreen Castle, built as a defensive stronghold, The Jabreen is perhaps the finest of Omani castles. The castle has dungeons, passages, rooms and ceilings decorated with fine carvings & paintings. Dinner in hotel .Overnight in Nizwa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Breakfast at the hotel, precede the journey and prepare yourself for another adventure, cross the Hajjar range of mountain onwards to Nakhl via Wadi Bani Awf. Driving on the mountain is a very interesting section for thrill lovers in 4x4. Photos stop on the mountain and move onto Wadi Bani Awf. We drive to the ancient fort of Nakhl, which was built in the pre- Islamic era. Emerging from huge palm groves and protected by mountains, it is perfectly positioned for defense. After a look around the fort, we will visit Nakhl Hot Springs then proceed to Muscat. Lunch will be served en route. Arrive late afternoon in Muscat . Dinner in hotel .Overnight in Muscat.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Muscat International Airport for final departure.
Meals: Breakfast,
What's Included:
  • Meet and greet service by our drivers at airports
  • All transfers by an air-conditioned vehicle during the tours
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Muscat including breakfast 
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Muscat including breakfast & dinner
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Ras Al Hadd including breakfast & dinner
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Wahiba camping including breakfast & dinner
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Nizwa including breakfast & dinner
  • All sightseeing private tours as mentioned in the above itinerary
  • 4x4 Safari at Wahiba Sands
  • English speaking driver during the tours
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All service charges and taxes
What's Excluded:
  • International Airfare
  • Entry visa to Sultanate Oman
  • Personal spendings
  • Optional activities
  • Tipping
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