(4WD SELF DRIVE PROGRAM)
DAY 01 ARRIVE MUSCAT
You will arrive at the Muscat International Airport. Upon your arrival you proceed straight to the Immigration counter. Immigration & customs are quick & simple. Upon arrival at the General arrival lounge you will be met by our friendly & efficient Bahwan Tours chauffer who will assist you to the comforts of our vehicle to drive you the hotel. Overnight stay at the Park Inn hotel or similar
DAY 02 IN MUSCAT
After breakfast you will be met by a representative from the RENT A CAR COMPANY at 09:00 hrs who will hand over the vehicle to you. Later, at a pre-fix time, one of our representatives will meet you at the hotel lobby to hand over the vouchers for your accommodation and a map. He/she will discuss the program with you in detail. Later you proceed on your own tour of the Muscat city. The tour starts with the visit to the NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS with flora & fauna and which boasts of a giant fossil. From here proceed for a visit of the GRAND MOSQUE (open for visitors from 08:00HRS TO 11:00HRS Saturday to Wednesday only – closed on Thursdays / Fridays and Holidays) which is one the largest mosque in the world with beautiful art works, chandelier & a one piece carpet covering the entire prayer hall measuring approx 4300 square meters (now in the Guinness book of world record).After the visit continue your drive to the AL ALAM PALACE (visit stop only – Photography Is Not Permitted) flanked by the two Portuguese Forts of “JALALI & MIRANI”. Afterwards drive along the corniche waterfront to the MUTTRAH SOUQ, one of the oldest souq in Oman. The narrow alleys of the souq and the smell of the mystic frankincense and sandalwood in the air are typical of this souq. After the visit, return to your vehicle to drive back to the hotel.
Overnight at the HOTEL PARK INN MUSCAT or similar.
DAY 03 MUSCAT / NIZWA / BAHLA / JABREEN / NIZWA
After breakfast at 0800 hrs you will check-out and proceed to Nizwa. You will drop in your baggage at your hotel in Nizwa & proceed on a tour of the OASIS CITY OF NIZWA, which was once the capital of “JULANDA DYNASTY” in the 6th & 7th Century AD. Today it remains as the most popular tourist attractions with its historical buildings & imposing fort. Visit the NIZWA FORT with its enormous round tower built in the 17th century built by “IMAM SULTAN BIN SAIF AL YA'ARUBA” to defend the route to the interior. The fort dominates the entire area with the town having grown around the edifice. Access to the top is only by means of a narrow, twisting staircase barred by heavy wooden doors, studded with metal. From the top of the tower one can get a bird's eye view of the Nizwa city. From here there is only a short walk to the NIZWA SOUQ which is renowned for its intricately hand-carved "KHANJAR" and ornately designed silver Jewellery. Here on a Friday a unique goat and cattle auction is held. The atmosphere is electric. After the tour proceed to the JABRIN FORT, en-route stopping at BAHLA for a photograph. Bahal fort is now a World Heritage Site. Arrive at JABRIN to visit the castle, the finest of Oman's castle built in the late 17th Century, which became a seat of Omani learning .This castle has extremely well planned layouts with room for the “Wali” - the ladies room, the kitchen, the “MAJLIS” etc. Most of the ceilings are decorated with beautiful paintings with Islamic motifs. The view from the top of the castle is really mesmerising. Also visit the ruins of TANUF and see the FALAJ SYSTEM which is still in operation. After quite an eventful day return to the hotel.
Overnight stay at the FALAJ DARIS HOTEL OR Golden Tulip Hotel, Nizwa
DAY 04 IN NIZWA
After breakfast proceed on a tour to MISFAH, a village in the mountain seemingly hewn out of rock. The houses cling to the rocks, this looks precarious but it has been there for centuries. You will park your car at the beginning of the village. A short walk through the village will bring you out looking down at the Falaj and water pools which is still used for washing. After a short visit you will return to your vehicles to continue your drive to the village of AL HAMRA before proceeding to JABEL SHAMS, the highest peak in Oman at over 3,000 meters. Jabel Shams means “Mountain of the Sun” and its old name is JABEL AL QANAH. The area is home to weavers of heavy woollen rugs in distinctive colours. It is here where you can enjoy your picnic lunch (own arrangement by clients). Take a walk to see the GRAND CANYON before returning to your vehicle to drive back to the hotel where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at the FALAJ DARIS HOTEL OR Golden Tulip Hotel, Nizwa
DAY 05 NIZWA / SINAW / IBRA / WAHIBA SANDS
After breakfast you will check-out and proceed to IBRA. We also stop to visit SINAW. Thereafter proceed to Wahiba sands. At the entry point of the desert ( shell fuel station, Mintrib) you make take assistance from the locals to show your way to the camp site. Drive to the desert camp site through the desert through the desert terrain, the great desert of Oman known as “RUMLAT AL WAHIBA” where you can have the the thrill of driving over the undulating dunes. After enjoying the dune driving you will continue to the Desert Camp site. Enjoy your evening under the start studded sky.
Dinner & Overnight stay at the AL RAHA DESERT CAMP SITE.
DAY 06 WAHIBA / WADI BANI KHALID / SUR/RAS AL HADD
After breakfast you will say goodbye to the inhabitants of the desert to proceed to WADI BANI KHALID which stands out in contrast to the desert with dates and palm trees plantation with clear water pools. After having spent sometime here you will proceed to town of Sur where you are booked at the Ras al Hadd beach hotel. In the late evening proceed to RAS AL HADD to see the green back turtles coming to the beach (not every visit is guaranteed that we would see the turtles coming ashore). After spending some time here you will drive back to the hotel.
Overnight stay at RAS AL HADD BEACH HOTEL
DAY 07 RAS AL HADD /SUR / WADI SHAAB / QURIYAT / MUSCAT / OUT
Breakfast at the hotel. You will drive along the coast to arrive at 'WADI SHAAB ', SHAAB in Arabic literally means 'Ravine between Cliffs". Proceed to the white beach where you could take the opportunity of swimming in the Omani water. Continue the drive along the coast line which offers breath taking glimpses of the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman offset pristine beaches. You will drive past the port of QURIYAT which is still guarded by a watch tower dating back to 1635. Continue on the bumpy track, sometimes touching the sea following a creek. You will proceed to Muscat International airport and drop off your car at the Rent a car counter and proceed for check in.
Those who will extend their holiday in Oman will proceed to their hotel and will drop off their vehicle at the hotel.
END OF TOUR
Price on request
The cost includes
- Meet & Greet on arrival at the general arrival lobby of the Muscat International Airport.
- Private arrival transfer to Muscat hotel
- Rental of 04 WD vehicles on self drive basis from day 02 to day 07.
- 1200 kms as per the above itinerary only and extra km to be paid directly at the rental car office when returning the car
- Tour documentation including a road map of OMAN.
- Accommodation on double / twin sharing basis at the hotels specified or similar on including breakfast for 06 nights / 07 days.
- One dinner at the Desert camp site on day 05.
- Vehicle delivery and drop off charges at the hotels in the capital area of Muscat.
The cost does not include
- Any item of personal nature.
- Oman entry visa cost if required.
- Any meals other than breakfast and dinner at the desert camp site.
- Tips & porterage.
- Insurance excess USD 325.00 net.
- Self Drive rental car collection charges if the car is returned from any hotels other than Muscat hotels.
- Anything other than mentioned in the cost includes column.
- Entrance fee to Forts, museums and Turtle beach
** The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat can be visited between 0800 – 1100 hrs on working days from Saturdays to Thursdays and it remains closed on Friday and public holidays. Lad