Explore Oman Christmas package in 7 day tour to visit the most popular attractions of Sultanate of Oman, discovering its enchanting forts, high mountians, desert safari and colorful souqs in Muscat & Nizwa.
Day 1: Arrival at Muscat
Your tour manager will meet & assist you at Muscat International Airport after luggage & customs area, and then he will escort you to your hotel and overnight in Muscat.
Day 2: Muscat By Night City Tour
we shall proceed to see the Sultan's Palace, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century during their rule of the coastal cities of Oman. The next stop is the Bait Al Zubair Museum. Opened in 1998, Bait Al Zubair Museum is located in the old city of Muscat. The museum is a small townhouse that has been converted to display the old archaeological findings and Omani traditions such as Omani artifacts and collectables, including a group of conventional weapons, jewelers, clothing, household items and some old models representing Omani rural and urban environments. From here you will drive to the Corniche. The Corniche is near the main Mina Al Sultan Qaboos port of Oman and the Muttrah souk. A short halt will allow you to visit the souq and stock up on all the typical Oman souvenirs that are sold in almost every shop! .The souk offers a wide range of goods, the Omani Dagger or Khanjar and beautiful silver handicrafts and Pashmina shawls. The guide will escort you on the stroll through the souk and assist wherever needed to obtain the best deal. At night all the ships in the harbor are also illuminated, you will drive to the Grand Mosque for a photo stop. The Mosque is beautiful by night. And then drive back to the hotel.
Day 3:Muscat - Grand Mosque - Nakhl - Rustaq - Al Thowara
The first stop is the Grand Mosque, a most beautiful architectural piece of work. The Mosque was built over a period of 6 years from 1995 to 2001. The main chandelier is made of pure Swarovski crystal and the carpet adorning the large prayer hall was woven by experts, made out of pure Persian silk. The Mosque exterior is constructed with quality Rajasthani Sandstone and the main halls as well as the smaller prayer rooms are adorned with the finest Italian Marble. Definitely a must see!. Proceed to visit Rustaq and Nakhl. Rustaq fort is famous for its hot water springs. The hot springs (Ain Al Kisfa) are said to have medicinal value and in the olden days people used to travel far and wide just to take a healing dip in the waters and experience the nostalgia of days gone by. Then the Al Hazm Fort in Rustaq. The fort is known far and wide for its beautiful gates which are adorned with verses from the Holy Koran and flower etchings. A picnic lunch box / lunch at local restaurant en route. The next stop is Nakhl which also has the highest fort in Oman. The fort is 350 years old and is set in a gorge, surrounded by a mountain enclave. In 1990, sympathetic restoration work began, using traditional building materials and period furnishings. Proceed to the Al Thowara Oasis where one can witness the source of the natural springs. Drive back to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Muscat - Amouage Factory Bahla - Jabreen - Nizwa
Breakfast and check out Depart from Muscat and head to Nizwa region. Short stop to visit Amouage factory.It is a niche luxury fragrance house that draws inspiration from its birthplace of the Sultanate of Oman, infusing reference points from a rich and colorful heritage that fires the imagination of all who come into contact with its wonderful products. Visit the Nizwa market and fort, which has been strategically built atop a hill overlooking the ancient village with its colorful domes and bustling market below. Spend some time in this traditional city and visit the interesting fort with the round tower and the museum and stroll thru the Souq. Nizwa Fort, built by Imam Sultan bin Saif al Ya'arubi in 1668, is the biggest fort in the Arabian Peninsula with an exterior diameter of its circular structure of 150 feet, and over 115 feet high. Halt the Bahla fort (photo stop), the oldest and first Omani fort to be built in the Islamic style. A picnic lunch box / lunch at local restaurant en route. We proceed on to the Jabreen castle, the finest of Oman's castles built during the late 17th century, which became a seat for Omani education and learning. The castle displays beautiful ceiling paintings and intricate wood carvings. It has two huge towers with walls two meters thick.it was built by Bil'arab bin Sultan, an Imam of the Ya'aruba dynasty during the 17th century. It is one of the most impressive forts in the Sultanate and the details and carvings in the rooms and balconies are most elaborate. The tomb of Imam Bil'arab remains within the fort.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Nizwa - Wadi Bani Kahlid - Wahiba Sands
Drive to Wadi Bani Khalid. The pools has clear deep cool waters, where the shade of the palm trees is inviting for a relaxing siesta! Catch a glimpse of the pretty villages scattered all over Wadi Bani Khalid as they cling precariously to the slopes of the rugged mountain- side (Please bring along your swim- wear, the clear waters of the Wadi are very inviting! Also please note that light clothing and walking shoes may be more suitable on this trip). Picnic lunch will be served. Later on, we drive to Al Wasil Petrol Station. A 4wd vehicle will pick us up and drive to undulating golden sands of Wahiba. Stunningly sculpted by the wind, the Wahiba red- gold sands sprawls over 15,000 sq km. These apparently lifeless sands have sustained the Bedu tribes for over 5000 years. In the middle of the desert stop to visit a Bedouin home.Enjoy bashing and the dramatic sights of the sunset while based on a high dune (Camel ride optional). Sleep sheltered by Bedouin style accommodation under a roof of starry skies and enjoy the once in a lifetime. Enjoy a traditional Arabic meal, Omani coffee and dates.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Wahiba - Sur - Coastal Road - Muscat
After Breakfast, Start your journey back to Muscat. In Sur visit the fishermen's harbor and witness the fishermen in action. Proceed on to the Dhow building yard. Dhows are traditional Omani wooden fisher boats that are even today, built by hand. Continue via Qalhat where Bibi Miriam’s tomb (photo stop). Drive to Wadi Tiwi - another spectacularly deep and narrow gorge carved out of the mountains, running between towering cliffs right down to the sea. Proceed to the white beaches of Finns and picnic lunch will be served. Also see the Bimah Sinkhole, a natural hole in the round created by a collapsing mountain. The hole is filled with blue-green sea water. Finally we pass through the village of Quriyat, guarded by its 18th century fort and return to Muscat.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Departure
Departure Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Drop off at Muscat International Airport for departure.
- Meet and greet service by our drivers at airports
- English speaking driver and guide during the tours
- All transfers by a modern air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation in selected hotels for 6 nights Daily buffet breakfast.
- Picnic lunch or lunch in local restaurant provided on Day 3 – 6
- Dinner at the Camp on day 5
- Water on board during the roundtrip
- All sightseeing private tours as mentioned in the above itinerary
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in the itinerary
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- All service charges and taxes
- International Airfare
- Entry visa to Sultanate Oman
- The Gala dinner
- Personal spendings
- Optional activities
Accommodation Plan :
- Golden Tulip Seeb Hotel
- Falaj Daris hotel
- Arabian Oryx Camp
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Prices:Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person per trip and valid till September 30.2015, except during Christmas, New Year & Easter holidays. The price of Solo is valid for solo traveller who is travelling alone.
Children Policy:0 - 2.99 Free of Charge
3 - 5.99 pay 25% of tour price
6 - 11.99 pay 50% of tour price
12+ pay full tour price as per adult person
If your sightseeing tours include domestic flights or ferry boat, an extra supplement for your child may apply.
Payment Policy:Reservations should be made as early as possible to book your desired Oman tour, spaces will be secured upon receive a deposit of 25 %, and during the Christmas and New Year holidays and tour packages the required deposit is 50%. This deposit forms part of your final payment. Deposits can only be made by credit cards, wire transfer and or Western Union
Oman Entry Visa:You need to have a valid passport at least 6 months beyond your scheduled return date to enter Oman. The cost of single entry visa is OMR5 (around £8) for 10 days obtained upon arrival at the airport.For more info on entry visa to Oman please check with the Oman consulate or embassy at your country.
Tipping:It is a customary attitude for expressing ones satisfaction of good services rendered to him by staff on duty with him. We advise if you are willing to offer it, this would be great and if not, you are not obliged to do it
Best Time to Visit Oman
Oman’s climate is typical of the Arabian Peninsula with blisteringly hot summers and Mediterranean winters. During the summer months almost the entire country is hot; the thermometer can often nudge up into the 40°C. The winter months are pleasantly temperate, daytime temperatures rarely climbing much above 30°C. Temperatures are considerably cooler in the mountains than on the coast
Flying to Oman
Oman Air (Scheduled Airlines only)
14 Hours, 38 Minutes from New York
15 Hours, 35 Minutes from Washington
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival for non-restricted nationalities
No mandatory vaccinations
Conservative dress is advisable for both men and women - More relaxed clothing in the Gulf of Oman like Muscat and Salalah