Itinerary - Oman 360°
Welcome to Oman
Check-in at the hotel in Muscat and welcome dinner. We are in one of the oldest cities in the Middle East and from the very beginning it’s like we’re in an enchanted world. We enjoy the sunset, perhaps near the Great Mosque of Sultan Qaboos, whose white marble contrasts with the pink sky. We then enjoy our welcome dinner and officially begin our adventure!
From Rustaq to the Hajar Mountains
On the road
New day, new horizons! We collect our rental cars and say goodbye to the capital, we set off for Rustaq, a town in northern Oman. We stop to visit the fort, which promises breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The real treat of the day, however, will be an on-the-road trip that we begin just after lunch; we travel 60km of dirt road through the Hajar Mountains. It will be a real travel experience and on the way we will be able to stop and admire the incredible canyons that characterise this land.
Jebel Shams: the Grand Canyon of Arabia
Wadi Ghul: between cliffs and breathtaking views
We set off early in the morning to reach Al Hoota Cave, an incredible 4.5km long, 2-million-year-old cave. We visit the cave, which has four lakes inside it, housing an ecosystem of rare animal species including ‘blind fish’ which are unique to the Omani territory. Our local guide tells us about the history of the cave, so we can listen and admire the majestic rock formations. We head back to the surface, grab a bite to eat and drive up to the Grand Canyon of Arabia, which is no match for its American brother. As soon as we arrive, we put on comfortable shoes and set off: we have about three hours of trekking ahead of us, but it’s worth the view! In the evening we set off again to arrive in Nizwa, where we spend the night.
Nizwa between Bahla Fort and camel market
The city of Nizwa and Bahla Fort
Good morning Nizwa! We wake up early and set off to visit this Omani town where it feels like we're on the set of Aladdin. On Fridays, it is possible to take a stroll through the camel market here, so if it is the right day, we don’t miss the opportunity to experience this tradition. If we aren’t here on a Friday then don't despair, we have the morning to visit Bahla Fort, a fort that has been a UNESCO heritage site since 1987. In the afternoon we either have time for another little trek, or we'll already be on our way to the establishment where we'll be spending the night.
Wadi Bani Khalid and... night in the desert!
From crystal-clear water to towering sand dunes
Ready for a unique day out? We arrive at Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the most famous wadis in Oman, where we can relax and leave the heat behind in the emerald pools. For the more adventurous, we can go in search of the perennial spring of the Wadi. In the late afternoon, we set off for our night in the sandy desert. Once we arrive at the last service station, we’ll deflate our car tyres and start driving through the dunes! We arrive at the Bedouin camp, where we spend the night. There are no words to describe the dinner, the sunset and the stars in the middle of the Wahiba Sands!
Ras Al Jinz: relaxation by the sea in Oman
Camels, sea and relaxation
We are in the desert, so it is forbidden to sleep late. In fact, we wake up before the sun because we want to see the sunrise from a dune; we’re only here for today, so let's not miss this opportunity! We spend an adrenaline-filled morning exploring the desert, first in jeeps that take us up and down the dunes, and then with an unconventional means of transport... Sandboarding! It's up to us to choose the height from which we start, but the fun is guaranteed! We mustn't forget that the sun gets hot, so we’re prepared with garments and suncream! In the afternoon we move on to Sur, in the Persian Gulf, and recharge our batteries. Tonight (or, at the latest, early tomorrow morning) we'll go to the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Center to meet the sea turtles!
Turtle Beach: spawning
Face to face with sea turtles
After making some new friends (the turtles are apparently quite friendly) we say goodbye to our reptile pals and set off for Wadi Shab. We are once again in the presence of Omani nature, which hides oases of immense beauty among its inhospitable deserts. After a short walk we arrive at the most beautiful spot in Wadi Shab, the Bimmah Sinkhole. It is probably one of the most famous places in all of Oman, and obviously the cool waters invite us to put on our swimming costumes and dive into the water. If the last two nights have been magical, this one won't be any less so, because a night of glamping awaits us. We find ourselves in a campsite with all our creature comforts, where we can put our chef skills to the test by organising a barbecue. We then spend the evening around a bonfire on the beach, telling stories and admiring the stars.
Relaxation on the beach and return to Muscat
Travelling to the capital
For the more daring, who are not afraid of early alarm clocks, we can beat the sun again today and enjoy the sunrise on the beach. Consider the fact that we have the morning free to relax on the beach, so let's be brave and get up early! In the afternoon we return to the capital Muscat. We have almost reached the end of our trip but let's enjoy these last moments in Oman, to discover the fascinating and unique culture of this country. Once in the city we take a walk and look for a traditional restaurant where we can taste some local dishes.
Visiting the capital
The last day of our trip begins at the fish market in the picturesque port of Mutrah, where one of the luxurious yachts of His Majesty the Sultan is moored. If we want, we can take a half-day boat trip to enjoy the Omani sea - we can go snorkelling or, fingers crossed, see some dolphins. Alternatively, we can't miss the Grand Mosque and the Opera House, the country's main religious and cultural centres. In the afternoon we dive into the lively souk of Mutrah, along the streets of the Corniche, for a last chance to buy some local handicrafts and local specialities. We end the tour with a farewell dinner: it is time to enjoy this last evening together!
Time to go home
We have to say goodbye: see you at the next WeRoad adventure!