Sultanate Oman Over Christmas

7 Days
Enjoy 7 days holiday to Oman with Memphis Tours and discover its enchanting forts, high mountians, desert safari and colorful souqs in Muscat & Nizwa. You will be able to visit all of the different regions of Oman, Muscat, Nizwa, Jabreen, Al Hamra, Wahiba Sands and Sur.
Tour Highlights

Trip type : Private Tours

Trip runs : 22-28 DEC. 2014


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 and then depart from the hotel to visit 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 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


Breakfast at the hotel. Departure this morning to Nizwa, on arrival explore the city, which was once the capital of Oman and retains its charm as an enduring reminder of traditional Oman. Visit the 17th century round tower fort and the bustling souk known for its silver and copper handicrafts, famous for its artistic crafting. Then we continue to visit the most impressing fortress in the Sultanate of Oman: the fortress of Jabreen. We continue to Bahla for a photo stop ,which was once protected by a 37 kilometer long wall, that is now under renovation by the UNESCO. Continue to the palm groves at Al Hamra. 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. After lunch we will continue the visits. Dinner at Hotel & Overnight in Nizwa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: NIZWA – WAHIBA SANDS [250 km] - 4WD

Breakfast at the hotel. We leave Nizwa for the adventure. Our first stop will be Mudairib, a pretty village of the Interior, dominated by its rectangular fort. Shaded arched colonnades, a flowing falaj and some magnificently carved, ancient wooden doors are testimony to the age of this ancient town. Then we continue 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. Simple lunch in a small local restaurant… After lunch will drive up to Al Wasil, the beginning of Wahiba Sands for the overnight camping. This is the time to board our 4x4 and the adventure starts. Wahiba Sands - is one of the most fascinating and mysterious regions of Oman. Wahiba is also home to a few thousand Bedouins, who are known to have inhabited this inhospitable region for at least 7000 years. On arrival at the campsite the guests will be welcomed by the Bedouins and they will serve the guests – Omani coffee, fresh fruits and mineral water. After light refreshment our skilled driver will take the guests for a dune drive. Then return to the campsite. At night we will enjoy a moonlight dinner at the camp under millions of stars… Dinner & Overnight at the Desert camp.
* During the WINTER (from 01 OCT until 30 May) the overnight will be in Wahiba Sands
* During the SUMMER (from 01 July until 30 SEP) the overnight will be in SUR, due to closure of campsite in Wahiba
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


After breakfast we leave the desert and we proceed to the sea-faring town of Sur and a trading port bustling with activity throughout the year. We will 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. We explore more on this region, before proceeding to Sur, 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. Simple lunch in SUR. Followed by the visit of Bilad Castle Continue on the coastal road passing through high cliffs and small fishing villages – reach Ras Al Hadd for our overnight stay. 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 6: RAS AL HADD - SUR – MUSCAT [340 km]

After breakfast at the hotel, we take the new coastal road to Muscat via Qalhat. Very little remains of the ancient city of Qalhat, save for the now dome-less mausoleum of Bibi Maryam. The city served as an important stop in the wider Indian Ocean trade network, and was also the second city of the Kingdom of Ormus. Covering more than 60 acres (240,000 m2), the ancient city was surrounded by fortified walls that contained houses and shops. Artifacts from as far away as Persia and China were found on-site, we will pass by the small fishing villages, reaching Sinkhole a part of a collapsed mountain filled with sea water. A simple pique nique will be served in the middle of nowhere in that virgin area of the globe . Then we will continue our route to reach Quriyat a small fishing village before reaching Muscat : The Capital . Our drive will be through the newly asphalted road and the visits will be adjusted accordingly. Dinner in hotel after that long day .Overnight in Muscat.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner


Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to Muscat Airport for final departure.
Meals: Breakfast
What's Included:
  • Meet and greet service by our drivers at airports
  • All transfers by a modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Muscat including breakfast
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Muscat including breakfast & dinner
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Nizwa including breakfast & dinner
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Wahiba camping including breakfast & dinner
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Sur 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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