Ras’al Hadd/Turtles 4wd
You set out in the morning on a journey down the coast. You stop off at Mazara village, Bimah Sink Hole, a geological feature and a scenic wonder and the Finns beach where you can have your picnic. Pass by Qalhat , one of the oldest towns in Oman dating back to the 2nd Century AD before you reach the old East Africa port of Sur. Visit the dhow yards and a typical Omani village Ayjah before you reach Ras al Hadd. Check in at Ras al Hadd Hotel . After dinner visit the beach to observe the nesting habits of the green turtles.
Day 2: After breakfast drive along the coast via the bluffs at Ad Dhaffa and on to the interior via the desert woodlands. Near Ibra you stop off at Al Mansfah, to see the ruins of an old mercantile community which knew it’s hey days hundreds of years ago. Return to Muscat through the Hajar mountains.
- Highlights: Nature, archaeology, culture
Jebel Shams / Wadi Nakhr Gorge 4WD
Leave Muscat in the morning and travel to the interior via Fanjah, Izki, and Nizwa where you will stop to take a stroll through the Old Quarter of Nizwa before continuing on to Al Hamra. Stop at the old village of Ghul to see the ruins of the abandoned Persian village and then travel up the canyon to Nakhr to meet the villagers. From Ghul, drive to the top of the Canyon near the summit of Jebel Shams. Picnic lunch at the rim of the canyon. Visit the local weavers and haggle for their wares. Dinner and overnight at Jebel Shams Camp resort.
Day 2: After breakfast hike down the canyon rim1km above the floor to the abandoned terraces and cliff dwellings. Before you return to Muscat stop at Misfat al Abreen to see a picturesque village strapped on to the side of a mountain.
- Highlights: Soft Adventure, Nature and Culture
Barricades and Beehive tombs/ Ibri 4WD
Depart in the morning on a journey to the past, driving from Muscat through the Sumail Gap to Nizwa, Bahla Jabrin and on to Ibri. Spectacular fortresses and castles and markets of past and present are seen. Dinner and overnight at Ibri Hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast visit the ruined city of Sulaif and the beehive tombs from the 3rd millennium bc in Bat and Al Ayn. Later take a spectacular drive through the Western Hajars via Wadi Bani Ghaffir and on to Rustaq before returning to Muscat.
- Highlights: Historical and Cultural
Wahiba Sands / Wadi Bani Khalid 4wd
Depart in the morning from Muscat to Fanjah and the Sumail Gap that divides the Western and Eastern Hajars. Visit the abandoned village of Al Mansfah near Ibra. Much of the charm and character of this old mercantile town has not washed away. Our next stop is the village of Mudharib, another thriving oasis. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch proceed to the golden undulating sands of Wahiba. Indulge in dune bashing. Enjoy the sunset atop a dune. Camel rides are optional. Enjoy a Bedouin dinner and overnight in a Desert Camp.
Day 2: After breakfast visit Bedouin settlements before proceeding to Wadi Bani Khalid with its endless date palms and crystal clear pools. Hike and swim in the inviting pools before returning to Muscat.
- Highlights: Adventure and Nature
Jebel Akhdar 4wd
Depart in the morning from Muscat and travel through the Sumail Gap and Izki, to drive up to the roof of Oman, the Saiq Plateau which for hundreds of years was accessible only on donkeys. The weather up there is cool and refreshing. The sight of the terraced gardens is worth beholding. Visit the villages of Aqur, Shrejaya and Wadi Bani Habib. Find a beautiful spot to have a picnic. You will see a variety of fruits like walnuts, apricots, pomegranates and lemon grown here. Enjoy a pleasant hike through the villages. Dinner and overnight at the Jebel Akhdar Hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast visit more villages before you descend the mountain and stop at Birkat Al Mouz. The old and the new village are both immersed in a lush green date and banana plantation. Birkat Al Mouz is also home of one the most famous and longest falaj system in Oman, the “Al Khateem Falaj ” 2450 meter long (UNESCO SITE). Later return to Muscat.