Grand Tour of Oman
Best for: Adventure & Off-the-beaten track, Longer Journeys, Cultural & Immersive
This Grand Tour of Oman gives you a comprehensive tour of all what Oman has to offer, with the opportunity to extend your time in the Northern region of Musandam, turning it from a two-week trip to a three-week trip.
Throughout your journey, you will have a personal driver/guide who will drive you through Oman. They are the best expert guides you can find in Oman and allow you to truly understand the destination, but they also allow you to have the most unique and immersive experiences.
Start with three nights in Muscat. You can be as active as you want to be – and we suggest a half-day seeing the city followed by the second morning exploring the Daymaniyat Islands. This leaves you with two afternoons at leisure.
Set off via The Batinah Plain, where you can stop at Nakhl and Rustaq forts before taking the off-road Wadi Bani Awf to the Hajar Mountains. You then head up to the Jabal Akhdar region, noted for its superb hotels with views and the chance to set out on the Four Village Walk the following day.
Drive down to the plains, stopping at the picture-perfect Birkat Al Mouz before exploring Nizwa. There is a superb fort, and the souq is well worth a visit, especially on Friday when it hosts the livestock market. Continue to the wonderful forts of Jabrin and Bahla en route to the Jabal Shams region and a stay at The View.
Don your walking boots for a day of exploring Oman’s best scenic walks. You set off for Wadi Ghul to embark on the Balcony Trek. This 3-hour day hike takes you around the rim of Oman’s Grand Canyon, or An Nakhur Gorge. The views are stunning as you look down into the Wadi en Nakhr. For more ardent trekkers, continue to the abandoned village of As Sad which lies further along the rim of the canyon. Otherwise, return back to the View via Al Hamra and Misfat Al Abriyyin, two impressive Omani historic villages.
The next day takes you south via Wadi Bani Khalid to Wahiba Sands. With two nights here, you can have a second day on a full-day desert exploration – seeing Wahiba from top to bottom and meeting bedouin tribes for lunch.
You then head to the coast for a night at Raz Al Jinz – noted for where Green turtles come to nest each evening.
Continue up the coast, via Sur and Wadi Tiwi to Muscat where you fly down to Salalah. Spend four days here, with a variety of experiences to remote beaches, into the Empty Quarter and to impressive forts in the region.
Any element can be tweaked and changed – and do have a look at the customise section below for advice.
- Our ‘Grand tour of Oman’ is a suggested itinerary that incorporates a comprehensive visit to Oman
- Explore the mountains, desert, remote wadis and Salalah
- Have a private driver/guide throughout
- We can tweak or change any element around your particular interests
|Day 1-3||Muscat||W Muscat Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel|
|Day 4-5||Jabal Akhdar||The Sahab Resort & Spa Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort|
|Day 6-7||Jabal Shams||The View The View|
|Day 8-9||Wahiba Sands||1000 Nights Camp Desert Nights Camp|
|Day 10||Raz Al Jinz||Carapace Lodge Carapace Lodge|
|Day 11-14||Salalah||Juweira Boutique Hotel Anantara Al Baleed Resort Salalah|
|Day 15||Fly Home|