Oman Highlights Tour

Discover the treasures of Oman on our 4-day Highlights of Oman tour. Enjoy a tour of the capital city, Muscat and visit religious and culturally significant buildings like the Grand Mosque, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world. Marvel at the sights and sounds of Jebel Akhdar, a mountain range where the locals grow fresh roses, apricots, and pomegranates, and enjoy spectacular journeys through the region's epic mountains, gorges and oases and explore the desert with an exhilarating 4WD desert safari.

Visit the unspoilt sands of the gulf coast and join our local naturalist guides to see turtles in their natural habitat. Discover a traditional desert way of life as you share dates and coffee with Bedouin tribespeople and enjoy the incredible sunsets from atop the spectacular dunes. A truly unique opportunity to discover this ancient land of endless horizons and warm welcomes.

Tour Highlights:

  • Oman's imperial capital, Muscat
  • 4WD Dune Drive & Desert Camp
  • Visit traditional Bedouin tribespeople
  • Turtle-watching with local naturalist guide
  • Spectacular Jebel Akhdar

  • Duration:

  • 4 Days, 3 Nights

  • Guide Price:

  • £1,559 Per Person
  • Price Based On: Based on departure from London Gatwick flying with EasyJet, meal basis as per itinerary (2 adults sharing) including transfers. See More

  • Tour Type:

  • Partially Escorted Tour departing and returning from Muscat

  • Star Rating:

  • 4-Star

  • Accommodation:

  • 4-Star Tour Package
  • 4 Al Falaj Hotel, Muscat
    4 Sur Plaza Hotel, Sur
    4 Arabian Oryx Camp, Wahiba Sands
    4 Golden Tulip Hotel, Nizwa
  • 4-Star hotels will be as specified above or alternatives of a similar standard.

  • Board Basis:

  • Bed & Breakfast + Dinners as per itinerary

  • Departures:

  • This tour operates on set dates throughout the year - please contact us for details.

  • Start / Finish:

  • Muscat (MCT)

  • Extensions:

  • Extend your tour with a stay in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any of our United Arab Emirates destinations.

What's Included:

  • Tour:
  • Oman Highlights Tour View Full Itinerary

  • Vehicle:
  • Muscat city tour and airport transfers via saloon, large car or minibus depending on group size. 4WD vehicle with English-speaking driver

  • Guide:
  • Local guides where appropriate

  • Accommodation:
  • Accommodation as specified includes 4-Star hotels or ones of a similar standard

  • Meals Included:
  • Breakfasts and dinners (excluding drinks) according to itinerary

  • Entrance fees:
  • Sightseeing tours & all related entrance fees as listed in the itinerary

  • Transfers:
  • Private transfers to/from airport on arrival and departure

  • ATOL:
  • ATOL Protection

What's Not Included:

  • Flights:
  • Your flights can be added to this tour, please contact us by telephone for further details

  • Beverages:
  • Beverages are not included during meals

  • Tips:
  • Tips for guide, driver and hotel staff

  • Taxes:
  • Departure taxes where applicable

Full Itinerary

Arrival into Muscat - Jebel Akhdar

Day 1

Upon morning arrival into Muscat you will meet your English-speaking driver and enjoy a half-day tour of Muscat. First, the splendid Grand Mosque with capacity for up to 25,000 worshippers. The main prayer hall has a gorgeous carpet, woven by 600 women over four years. Please wear conservative clothing in the Grand Mosque; do not wear revealing or transparent clothing and cover yourself head to toe. Ladies must cover their head with a scarf. The Grand Mosque is open to tourists from Saturday to Thursday from 08:00 to 11:00. From there, visit the old town of Muscat and take a quick photo of the Royal Opera House. Proceed to Muttrah Souq, one of the oldest souqs (street markets) in Oman. Explore and pick up some souvenirs for friends and family. Drive to the Bait Al Zubair Museum with its impressive collection of traditional Omani artifacts, including weapons, artworks, male and female attire, cosmetics and jewellery. Leave the old town and drive to the Al Alam Palace. The palace’s design dates to the early 1970s, demonstrating the beauty of modern Islamic architecture. For security reasons, the palace is not open to the public, but you can take a photo outside. Following this head to Birkat Al Mauz. Here, the locals grow fresh bananas and date palm trees. Witness the incredible Oman Falaj irrigation System, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check in at your Jebel Akhdar hotel to enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Jebel Akhdar - Nizwa - Wahiba

Day 2

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and meet your English-speaking driver. Once aboard your 4WD head to Wahiba, visiting Jebel Akhdar and Nizwa en route. Arrive at the spectacular mountain of Jebel Akhdar, where locals grow their own fresh fruit and produce. Drive up the mountain and go on a walking tour of the terrace plantations and abandoned villages. From there head to Nizwa Souq, a traditional street market with vendors selling fresh produce, handicrafts and souvenirs. Enjoy time at leisure in the souq. If you visit on a Friday you may see the cattle market where the locals gather to auction their livestock. Outside the souq, visit the 17th century Nizwa Fort, designed to defend the route through the mountains. For this reason, the structure contains tall fortifified walls and towers. Guests can climb the winding, narrow staircase to access the rooftop which provides outstanding views of Nizwa city from above. Drive on to Wahiba Sands, large sand dunes with some reaching a height of 100m or more, where you will visit a local Bedouin house and experience authentic Bedouin hospitality from this nomadic Arab tribe. Learn about Bedouin culture and enjoy some traditional Omani coffee and dates. To finish the day, go for an exhilarating drive through the sand dunes before checking in to the Wahiba Desert Camp. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the campsite.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Wahiba - Wadi Bani Khalid - Sur

Day 3

After breakfast, check out of the camp and proceed to Wadi Bani Khalid via 4WD. Wadi Bani Khalid is a famous wadi (water stream). It features narrow, zig-zagging canyons, large emerald pools and the Muqal cave which is reachable via a 1km-long hiking trail. Go for a short walk or, better yet, enjoy a dip in the refreshing oasis. Remember to bring your own towel, as the tour does not provide them. From there, drive to the city of Sur and check in to your hotel. Enjoy free time in the afternoon to relax or explore. Have dinner at around 20:00 hrs. Then visit the nearby Turtle Reserve, where Green Turtles travel 100s of kms each year to nest. Your local naturalist guide will share deep insights about the Green Turtle’s lifestyle and environment. Live turtle sightings are not guaranteed. Head back to your hotel and stay overnight.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sur - Wadi Tiwi - Quriyat - Muscat

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast before checking out from your Sur Hotel. Drive to Muscat, stopping at Wadi Tiwi, a local village that has banana and papaya farms. Your tour guide will explain the cultivation process behind these fruits and introduce you to the friendly locals. Afterwards, go to Fin’s Beach and enjoy a rejuvenating dip in the clear waters. Continue to Bimmah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater which is easily accessible and suitable for swimming - the water is warm all year round! Enjoy a thrilling off-road drive in the area before proceeding to Quarayyat Village, a small fishing town southeast of Muscat. There are many historical sights to explore, one of the most notable is a restored 19th-century fort featuring a museum and a watchtower. You can also explore the vibrant fish market, watching shopkeepers and locals mingle and barter. Near the day’s end, return to Muscat at around 15:30pm. Your journey ends here.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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