Oman is the site of pre-historic human habitation, stretching back over 100,000 years. The region was impacted by powerful invaders, including other Arab tribes, Portugal and Britain. Oman once possessed the island of Zanzibar, on the east coast of Africa as a colony.
Oman, a nation on the Arabian Peninsula, has terrain encompassing desert, riverbed oases and long coastlines on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman. Wahiba Sands is a region of dunes inhabited by Bedouins. The port capital, Muscat, is home to the massive, contemporary Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and the old waterfront Muttrah quarter, with a labyrinthine souk and busy fish market.
In Muscat’s Grand Mosque, there is a beautiful hand-loomed carpet; it was once the world’s largest rug until Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque, in the United Arab Emirates, pinched the record. This is poignant because Oman doesn’t boast many ‘firsts’ or ‘biggests’ in a region bent on grandstanding. What it does boast, with its rich heritage and embracing society, is a strong sense of identity, a pride in an ancient, frankincense-trading past and confidence in a highly educated future.
For visitors, this offers a rare chance to engage with the Arab world without the distorting lens of excessive wealth. Oman’s low-rise towns retain their traditional charms and Bedouin values remain at the heart of an Omani welcome. With an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains, wind-blown deserts and a pristine coastline, Oman is the obvious choice for those seeking out the modern face of Arabia while wanting still to sense its ancient soul.
Day 1:Arrival muscat
Arrive at Muscat Airport. After Immigration clearance and baggage collection proceed to the arrival hall to meet the chauffeur / Guide and proceed to the Hotel.
Day 2:HALF DAY MUSCAT CITY TOUR
0830 Hrs Pickup from the hotel and proceed to visit the Grand Mosque(not possible on Friday & other public holidays), highlight of the Muscat city. Completed in 2001, Grand Mosque is a beautiful building which looks modern but shows that modern craftsmen have retained the skills necessary to create this wonderful traditional environment. It is impossible not to take more and more pictures. The handmade carpets, the handeliers, the ceiling of the great dome in the main prayer room are absolute must sees. Kindly note, ladies to be fully covered and to carry a head scarf and men should wear trousers.Our tour of the Grand Mosque (except Friday) & Bait Al Zubair Museum (except Friday) is a brief introduction that traces Oman history and development.Drive along the waterfront Corniche visiting the Fish Market & the colourful MuttrahSouq.
0800 Hrs Proceed to Nizwa and visit the NizwaSouq famed for its Antiques and silver jewellery. Our next visit will be to Nizwa Round Tower Fort before proceeding ahead. Our next stop takes us to Wadi Nakher located in the depth of our deepest canyon. Visit Misfah a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings still in existence. While heading for Jebel Shams stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul. In the Jebel Akhdar range Jebel Shams the highest peak offers a spectacular view.
0800 Hrs – We proceed to visit Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises of small pretty villages embedded in the mountains The Wadi has clear deep blue water. It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes. The Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters are also host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographers delight. Experience a roller coaster like feeling as our experienced drivers drive you over the dunes. The Wahiba Sands is also home to the traditional Bedouin tribe who are known for their hospitality and their knowledge of the sands. We will stop by a Bedouin family in their traditional and simple habitat. Return to Muscat at approximately 1700hrs.
Day 5:WAHIBA-SUR- MUSCAT
0800 Hrs – Proceed to Muscat enroute stopping at Sur to visit The Dhow factory & fish jetty.Drive via scenic and rugged coastal route to Muscat. Stop at Fins beach. Our next stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. On clear sunny days while driving along the coast one might chance to see sharks in the deep blue water or fleet footed Gazelle sprint across the landscape. Proceed to Wadi Arbayeen which has refreshing deep pools of water set among the date palms
Day 6:DOLPHIN WATCHING
0700 Hrs Transfer from the Muscat hotel to the Marina to embark on a boat as we search the seas for Dolphins and Whales. Watching wild dolphins is a thrilling way to start the day and the lucky may even come across one of the many species of whales that can be found just a few kilometres from Muscat rugged coast. Not every trip guarantees a sighting but you are sure to enjoy a trip out to sea and enhance your knowledge of natures most fascinating marine mammals. 1000 Hrs – Return to the Marina and proceed to the hotel.
Check out from the hotel. Transfer to Muscat International Airport.
- Dolphin Watching
- Muscat City Tour With Grand Mosque
- Nizwa souq
- Nizwa Round Tower
- Wadi Ghul
- Jebel Shams
- Wadi Bani Khalid
- Dhow Factory And Fishjetty
- Fins Beach
- Bimah Sink Hole
- Wadi Arbayeen
- Cost of meal other than mention above
- Cost of Any personal Expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Surcharge if any applicable
- Guide Tips and any other item except Package rates Includes
- 5 % Government Tax Applicable On Total Tour Cost
Highlights of the tour
- Return airfare with tax, 4 nights accommodation in Muscat, 1 nights accommodation in Nizwa, 1 nights accommodation in Wahiba, meals as per itinerary, sightseeing as per itinerary, airport transfers.
- Full payment will be accepted in indian rupees
- Dollar portion payment should be done at one time & rate of exchange will be applicable on that day
- Oman Visa Requirement Indian Passport Holder Please attach passport photocopies of pages showing name, address, date of issue, date of expiry, and nationality with the visa form.
- Oman Visa Requirement Indian Passport Holder please ensure that one page is available for stamping of oman visa.
- US Citizen will get visa on arrival
- Please note that these rates are only valid for NRI ( holding Indian passports).
- Oman Tourist visa for Indian passport is 60 USD per person applicable.
- Please advise us the Purpose of Visit so as to apply the visa accordingly
- In case client is not travelling as a tourist we have to apply the Express Visa ( Visa for Business purpose).
- Issuing visa is at the discretion of immigration hence we cant guarantee the same for any nationalities.
- Once the guest Exit Oman its mandatory to send us the Oman Exit Stamp on passport
- Visa once applied the Visa fee is non-refundable.
- Express Visa cannot be applied for person below 21 years .
- Initial deposit – rs. 60,000/- to confirm your booking with us.
- 2nd payment 50% of the tour cost at least 45 days prior
- Remaining full payment 15 days before departure- 100% of the tour cost.
- Date of booking to 30 days the cancellation charges will be 25% of the tour cost.
- 30 to 15 days – the cancellation charges will be 50% of the tour cost.
- 15 to 7 days – the cancellation charges will be 75% of the tour cost.
- Less than 7 days – Total amount will be forfeited and no refund shall be given.
- No show – Total amount will be forfeited and no refund shall be given.
- Cancellation Policy is subject to change. It’s purely depends upon the cancellation policy of respective hotels. In Peak seasons, Some hotels may charge 100% cancellation. Refunds normally take 10 working days after the cancellation request has been raised & transferred electronically to your bank account.