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Rental car round trip - Oman

Short Oman round trip

Highlights

  • Experience the beauty of Oman on a round trip

  • Through the desert and over the mountains by jeep

  • Passing breathtaking sights

  • Experience the culture and traditions up close

  • Spend the night in the desert

Description

Experience how diverse Oman is as you drive your jeep through the contrasts of the landscape: Sea, desert, and mountains offer varied routes on this round trip. Stay overnight in the seemingly endless expanse of the desert and experience the Omani culture up close. Discover what makes Oman so unique.

Destination

Orient

Muscat - Sur - Wahiba desert - Nizwa

You will start your first day in Muscat with lovely views. After breakfast, you will drive towards Sur - a dreamlike route on the panoramic road along the sea. Take out your cameras and capture this incomparably beautiful view forever or let the fresh sea air blow through your hair with the windows open. Drive past the mountain ranges of the eastern Hajar Mountains and take in the impressive scenery. To get to know the culture and nature better, we recommend that you stop in small fishing villages and make a side trip to the Bimmah Sinkhole. This sinkhole was formed by natural erosion of the clay soil and is now filled with turquoise water, which provides cooling. The oases located along the route form green patches on the otherwise orange-yellow sandy cover and are worth a visit. Under the palm trees you can relax in the shade and admire the panorama. The Wadi Shab, a small river course surrounded by high rock walls, invites you to hike through the gorge, which is lined with several small date plantations. A rewarding end to this hike is when you arrive at the natural pools with crystal clear water. These pools hold a beautiful secret: brave divers will experience it when you dive through the cave and discover a waterfall at the other end. After this adventure, the rest of the trip will take you to the port city of Sur, which you can get to know during a city tour. Have you seen the traditional ships in the harbor? These are the called dhows, which only in Sur are still built in the traditional way without clay and nails. Let the evening end quietly or make an optional encounter of a special kind. On the beach near your hotel is a nesting site of turtles that come ashore at night to lay their eggs. You have the unique opportunity to be there live with a ranger of the reserve.

Overnight stay at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Sur, Oman.

If you didn't have enough of sand and oases yesterday, then look forward to today. After your breakfast, you will drive along the coast, past small fishing villages and colorful shimmering stone rocks towards the Wahiba Desert with its golden sandy plains. Have you already spotted the camels, goats and donkeys on the roadside looking for food? Perhaps you will encounter a few more during your stopover in Wadi Bani Khaled, another turquoise river course with pools in the evergreen oasis. Relax under the lush green palm trees that provide pleasant shade, or take a refreshing dip in the cool water. After this short breather, the adventurous part of the day begins as you take a fast-paced jeep ride through the breathtaking dunes and feel the wind blowing in your face. Enjoy the tour through the ever-changing dunes to arrive at your camp for the night in the evening. After you have arrived at camp in peace and quiet, we can especially recommend the sunset on a lonely dune. From here you have a unique view of the vastness of the desert and the play of colors created by the sunset. Let the evening come to an end and let the many impressions sink in over a crackling campfire with Omani specialties.

Overnight stay at 1000 Nights Camp, Seikh Tent

When you wake up the next morning, let the warm sand trickle between your toes and fingers one last time before you leave the desert again. From here, you will gradually make your way to the mountains and your camp for the night. However, there are many interesting stops waiting for you along the way that will once again show you the diversity of this country. Nizwa was the Imam's headquarters until 1783 and is still today, and is known in Oman as a spiritual center. Stroll through the traditional souk, a market known for its valuable silverware and Bahla pottery. The city's fortress sits slightly above and offers breathtaking views of the city and surrounding mountains. Continue on to Jebel Sham, the highest mountain in Oman at 3,009 meters, where the 17th century Jabrin Castle overlooks visitors. Just before you get to the oasis village of Al Hamra, don't miss the UNESCO-protected Bahla Fortress, known as the oldest and largest of all Omani castles. In order to keep Oman's tradition and history alive and for guests to learn more about it, the government has restored the village of Al Hamra. Once at the top of the mountain, the view will leave you speechless. Take a moment to admire nature, mountain scenery, and deep rocky gorges before reaching your mountain camp.

Overnight stay at The View Mountain Resort, Superior Room

After a relaxing night amidst the Omani nature and a hearty breakfast in the mountains, you should visit the picturesque mountain village of Misfat Al Abriyeen with its traditional alleys. You will reach the capital Muscat either after a dynamic drive and a crossing of the western Hajar Mountains or with a leisurely drive via Nizwa on the developed highway. Want to experience more of the tradition and rural lifestyle of the Omani people? Then look forward to your stop in Bilad Sayt, a small village with traditional charm that gives the feeling of rural solitude. Situated amidst the protective mountains of Rustaq, it is far from the big cities but still a popular destination to escape the hustle and bustle. Think you've seen it all? Then wait and see what else this area has to offer. Green date palm plantations, terraced fields and springs, which supply the surrounding villages, characterize the local picture. The crystal clear water is distributed through falaj systems, as the traditional irrigation system is called, before it finds its source in the adjacent wadi. The system stretches some 7 kilometers snaking into the mountains. The Wadi Bani Awf is located in a deep rocky gorge, which is unmistakable due to its green date palms and rugged mountains and the resulting impressive contrast. After crossing the mountain, you will reach Nakhal, a place that houses the 350-year-old Nakhal Castle, which is worth a photo stop. This is also your last stop before arriving back in Muscat, where your tour ends. The wide beaches in Oman are the ideal place to relax and swim after an exciting tour. Especially the region in the south of the country around the city of Salalah, also known as the Caribbean of the Arabian Peninsula, is worth a visit. You can reach Salalah in about 40 minutes by domestic flight from Muscat.

Duration of the trip: 4 days/ 3 nights

Including

  • 3 nights in the described hotels/camps or equivalent
  • 3x breakfast, 3x dinner
  • 4 WD Jeep: Toyota Prado, Toyota Fortuner, Nissan X-Terra, or equivalent
  • GPS system
  • Roadbook with GPS coordinates
  • Oman map
  • 300 km per day
  • Insurance according to Omani Law
  • Camping chairs for the road

Optional: Turtle watching with ranger of the Turtle Reserve (can be booked, payment directly on site).

Option:

As Guided Tour:

  • English-speaking guide during the whole round trip
  • Entrance fees to the described sights
  • Continuous drive in a 4WD jeep
  • Water during the trip

Optional: Turtle watching with ranger of the Turtle Reserve (can be booked, payment directly on site) and Bait Al Safah Museum

Excluding

  • All entrance fees for sightseeing
  • Flights
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Single room and other room categories on request

Services & Notes

  • For more than two participants other rates apply, which we will gladly inform you about upon request
  • Please note that certain seasonal prices may apply

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