Musandam, the geographic oddity thrust into the Strait of Hormuz, an enclave of Omani territory surrounded by the UAE, is a place of steep mountains, remote villages and sinuous fjords, unlike anywhere else in Oman. The 21st Century intrudes only in the guise of luxury beach retreats, and after exploring some of the rest of the country, Musandam is the perfect way to cap off your Omani adventure.
Day 1 | Fly to Muscat and transfer to your hotel for a three night stay.
Day 2 | Private tour of the city, including the Sultan’s Palace, The Grand Mosque and Muttrah souq.
Day 3 | Free to relax at the hotel.
Day 4 | If you’re self-driving, your 4x4 will be delivered to the hotel today; otherwise you’ll be collected by your driver. Cut through the impressive Sumail Gap in the Hajar Mountains to reach Nizwa and the interior, where it’s a two night stay.
Day 5 | A day in the mountains, including Oman’s “Grand Canyon” Wadi Ghul, dramatically-perched villages like Misfah and a trip underground at the Hoota Caves.
Day 6 | Focus today on the imposing forts and towns of the interior. Try to be here on a Friday for the livestock auction at Nizwa souq, in the shadow of the vast fort. Head out to Jabreen fort, famous for its painted ceilings, stopping on the way to admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bahla fort.
Day 7 | After a leisurely morning make your way back to Muscat for an overnight stay.
Day 8 | Head to Muscat Airport for a flight to the Musandam Peninsula. You’ll either pick up a new saloon hire car on arrival, or be collected and taken to your hotel for a four night stay.
Day 9 | Enjoy a tour of the mountains and villages of the peninsula.
Day 10 | Take a dhow cruise into the remote fjords, spotting dolphins along the way if you’re lucky.
Day 11 | At leisure.
Day 12 | Self-drivers drop their car at the airport today; otherwise you have a private transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.
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