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$3,210 Per person
8 days
Includes vehicle rental
Includes hotels

An introduction to the varied scenic and cultural highlights of Oman, travelling under your own steam so that you can cherry pick your favourite sights. You'll collect your vehicle during your time in Muscat, one of the Gulf's most attractive and easy going cities. The first drive takes you inland to Nizwa's historic forts and the rugged scenery of the Jebel Shams. After a night camping serenely in the desert, there's a chance to watch green turtles nesting on the beaches near Sur. Finally you return to Muscat along the picturesque coastline for some relaxation time at the beach.

Itinerary highlights

  • Wander Muscat's charming old city.

  • Discover Nizwa's mountains and forts.

  • Wake up to sunrise over the Wahiba Sands.

  • Shop for spices in the city souks.

  • Watch turtles nest at Ras Al Junaiyz.

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Oman. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

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  • Muscat
  • Nizwa
  • The Wahiba Sands
  • Ras Al Jinz
  • Muscat

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Day 1 Muscat


You will be met at the airport by your driver on arrival and taken to your hotel where you have the rest of the day to relax. Once you've recuperated, you could head out to explore the city's souqs or sample some of the local food in one of the many restaurants.

Day 2 Muscat


Your private driver will meet you at your hotel this morning ready for a tour of the city. This will help you orientate yourself as you discover the main sites and attractions of Muscat, including a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. This is one of the largest mosques in the world, with a capacity of up to 20,000 people. You also visit the Royal Opera House, the fish souq and Muttrah Souq, where you'll find an array of handicrafts, spices and fabrics.

Day 3 Nizwa

Muscat , Nizwa

Your car hire starts today - you can pick up your 4WD vehicle this morning ready for your first drive to the interior of Oman. En route, you might want to visit the coastal city of Seeb, the historic fort of Nakhal and Wadi Bani Awf, where canyons, rock formations and rivers provide beautiful scenery.

Day 4 Nizwa


A day at leisure to explore Nizwa and the mountains and forts of the surrounding area. We suggest visiting the 17th-century Jabrin Fort and exploring its labyrinthine interior, as well as Wadi Nakheer, known as the Grand Canyon of Oman due to its vast size and steep sides.

Day 5 The Wahiba Sands

Nizwa , The Wahiba Sands

Today's drive to your desert camp in the Wahiba Sands is an adventure in itself as you navigate sandy tracks in your 4WD. En route to the desert you may wish to visit the town of Izki, home to the oldest falaj (irrigation channel) in the country and the remains of a fort. You could also stop to browse Sinaw's souq, which sells everything from vegetables to jewellery.

Day 6 Ras Al Jinz

The Wahiba Sands , Ras Al Jinz

Today you can stop at the beautiful Wadi Bani Khalid as part of your journey from the desert to the coast. You have time to rest at your accommodation and have dinner before setting off for the beach with a guide. Here, depending on the time of year, you can watch green turtles laying their eggs under the sand, or see baby turtles hatching and making their way into the sea.

Day 7 Muscat

Ras Al Jinz , Muscat

Return to Muscat, driving for around three hours along the coastal road, past beautiful white sand beaches. Look out for sharks in the water and gazelles sprinting across the landscape. There are plenty of scenic places to stop for a picnic lunch, including the pretty seaside town of Sur. The town has a long history of dhow (boat) making, as well as being home to two forts. Spend the final evening of your trip in Muscat, visiting places you may have missed on your first visit and enjoying one last Middle Eastern meal.

Day 8 Return home


You'll take the short drive to the airport today, dropping your vehicle off in time for your onward flight.

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