Day 1: Muscat city tour (Grand Mosque - Old Muscat - Bait al Zubair - Bait Al Baranda – Mutrah Suq)
After arriving Muscat you meet the guide and will drive to the Grand Mosque: The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat is the most prominent architectural mosque in the Sultanate which is the summit of Islamic architecture where tradition and modernity are present. The mosque was built to be the line with the large population and urban development witnessed by the governorate of Muscat. The construction began in 1995 and took six years to complete. Made by marble, sandstone and wood has four corner minarets and a taller central minaret, all five minarets represent the five pillars of Islam. Inside the mosque is present a great Persian carpet, big chandeliers, colored windows and glazed tiles and a very beautiful mirab.
After the visit of the Grand Mosque we will proceed to the Old Muscat to visit Bait al Zubair Museum as well the outside of the Sultan Palace and the forts building by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The next stop will be in Muttrah visiting the Bait al Baranda Museum. After the visit we will proceed to a short walk in front of the sea watching mosques and some old merchant houses. The souk of Muttrah is the most important in the country where you can see all the handicrafts of Oman and another places of the world.The souk offers the Omani dagger or Khanjar and beautiful silver handicrafts and Pashmina shawls. Drive back to the hotel.
Hotel: Ramee Hotel in al Qurum
Day 2: Muscat - Nakhl – Wadi Bani Auf - BiladSayt - Al Hamra - Nizwa
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. Pick up at 8:00 am. The next stop is Nakhl which also has the highest fort in Oman, standing proudly on top of a hilltop as well the nice Nakhl hot springs. The fort is 350 years old and is set in a gorge, surrounded by a mountain enclave. The fort has been restored many times and it was rebuilt in the 17th century by the Ya´arubi Imam
Stop at WadiBani Auf where the main attraction is the old houses nestled on the slopes of the mountain and this wadi is also well known as the snake gorge because of the wide variety of desert snakes that live here. Then proceed to BiladSayt a village that is famous for its clay houses and the oasis in which the village population lives. After this visit, enjoy the view on top of the mountain. Continue driving to Al Hamra a 400-year-old town in the region of Ad Dakhiliyah. Then proceed to Misfat Al Abriyeen which is one of the prettiest traditional villages in Oman. Check in to the hotel.
Hotel: AL Diyar hotel
Day 3: Nizwa - Bahla – Jabreen – Jabil Shams
Breakfast in the resort and check out, pick up at 8:00am. Drive to Bahla one of the big oases of the interior Oman. The impressive fort, a masterpiece of clay architecture, has been inscribed in Unesco´s World Heritage List since 1987. There are also the remains of a fortified wall, up to five meters high and over ten kilometers in length, with many watchtowers built in. The wall surrounds the extensive date gardens and fields.
Bahla was the capital of Oman to the Nabahina dynasty for four or five centuries from mid-12th to the 17th when the Ya´arubi dynasty took over.
Jabreen is another oasis surrounded by date plantations. The importance of Jabreen is the fort built by Imam Sultan bin Saif Al Ya'arubi in 1670 as a defensive stronghold and as living accommodation for the Imam. It has two huge towers with walls two meters thick. Inside the fort is like a palace with its elegance and elaborately decorated ceilings.Go up to Western Hajar Mountains.
Hotel: AL Diyar hotel
Day 4: Nizwa - Wadi Bani Kahlid - Wahiba Sands
Drive to WadiBani Khalid. The pools has clear deep cool waters, where the shade of the palm trees is inviting for a relaxing siesta! Catch a glimpse of the pretty villages scattered all over WadiBani Khalid as they cling precariously to the slopes of the rugged mountain- side (Please bring along your swim- wear, the clear waters of the wadi are very inviting! Also please note that light clothing and walking shoes may be more suitable on this trip). Stunningly sculpted by the wind, the Wahiba red- gold sands sprawls over 15,000 sq km. These apparently lifeless sands have sustained the Bedu tribes for over 5,000 years. In the middle of the desert stop to visit a Bedouin home. Enjoy bashing and the dramatic sights of the sunset while based on a high dune (Camel ride optional). Enjoy a traditional Arabic meal, Omani coffee and dates.
Hotel: Sama al Wasil Camp or 1000 night camp
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Coastal Road to Muscat
Breakfast in the hotel and check out. 08:30 AM – pick up from the hotel. Proceed on to the Dhow building yard in Sur. Dhows are traditional Omani wooden fisher boats that are even today, built by hand. Continue via Qalhat where Bibi Miriam’s tomb (photo stop from the main highway) is located. Proceed to WadiTiwi - another spectacularly deep and narrow gorge carved out of the mountains, running between towering cliffs right down to the sea. After visiting the wadiTiwi we will visit WadiShab then – proceed to the white beaches of Finns. Also see the Bimah Sinkhole, a natural hole in the round created by a collapsing mountain. The hole is filled with blue-green sea water. Finally we pass through the village of Quriyat, guarded by its 18th century fort and return to Muscat. Drive to Airport back to home.