Trip reference number: YW_10281
Wander among the labyrinthine market stalls of Mutrah Souq, visit Bait al-Baranda Museum for a historical and cultural insight into the country as well as the breath-taking Grand Mosque – a modern masterpiece of Islamic architecture
After stopping off at Bimmah Sinkhole we will visit Wadi [‘valley’ in Arabic] Shab; one of the county’s finest, and after a short boat ride in we will explore its lush interior and can swim in the fresh water. We then drive on to Sur to see the Dhow boat yard before straying the night at Ras Al Jins to see the green turtles’ nesting sites in the evening, as they don’t come out during the day.
After breakfast we will head to Wadi Bani Khalid to walk along and swim in its fresh green water pools. We can walk further up the wadi to explore the year-round waters and enjoy this very relaxing place of natural beauty. After a short drive to Wahiba sands we settle in to our desert camp for sunset on the dunes.
Watch the sunrise over picture-perfect untouched sand dunes which stretch for as far as the eye can see! We can take a camel ride and/or a small trek in this beautiful wilderness. We then drive to the beautiful town of Nizwa for a relaxing dinner.
In the morning we will visit Nizwa’s traditional souq to hunt out some bargains as well as explore its huge and historic fort. We will then visit the stunning traditional village of Misfat Al Brien which overlooks a huge date palm plantation interspersed with beautiful gardens which we can walk through as well as the old town itself. We then drive up the steep winding roads to Jebel Shams [Mountains of the sun] to stay at the Jebel Shams Resort. A short walk to the back of the resort is likely to offer a fantastic sunset!
We can take a short radial walk along the famous Jebel Shams ‘balcony walk’ to get some of the best views of the incredible canyon. The distance is flexible but if we turn around at the abandoned village of Sap Bani Kamese, we will walk a total distance of 9km. In the afternoon we drive to the stunning traditional village of Misfat Al Abryeen where time seems to have stood still. It overlooks a huge date palm plantation, interspersed with beautiful gardens that we can walk through, as well as the old town itself. We stay in Misfat this evening.
This morning we enjoy a fantastic drive down via Al Hamra over the pass to Wadi Bani Auf aka Snake Canyon! This is one of the most famous off road journeys in the country – and with the striking views, you will see why! Visit and walk around Bilad Sait, a tranquil traditional mountain hamlet tucked away in the mountains that has lost none of its charm. We will meet the inhabitants for coffee and dates as well as a visit to a local home before heading back to the capital.
The Daymaniyat Islands are the jewels of Oman, a protected group of nine islands, abundant with marine and bird life. The islands with their crystal clear waters invite you to snorkel among the most beautiful corals and colourful fish you can find in the Middle East.
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