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Experience the best of Oman taking in the treasures of the Grand Mosque before haggling for a bargain at the vibrant Mutrah Souk. Travel inland through seaside fishing villages before spending an unforgettable evening witnessing giant sea turtles at Rass Al Jinz.
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Seven nights accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing, ﬂights and transfers as specified and an English speaking guide.
Venture to the rolling desert dunes, swim in picturesque Wadi’s then head to the mountains via castles, forts and souks at Nizwa. Finally wander through ancient villages and soak up spectacular vistas in Jabel Akhdar
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Explore the vibrant streets of Muscat
Discover the ancient villages of Jebel Akhdar
Witness the giant sea turtles at Rass Al Jinz
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Upon arrival in Muscat you will be met and transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.
Following breakfast, depart on a tour of Muscat City. The tour begins by visiting the Grand Mosque which stands exquisitely against the skyline. Once you have taken in the brilliance of the Grand Mosque it is time to head to Mutrah where we first visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum and a photo stop by Qasr Al Alam (His Majesty's Palace) before heading to the vibrant fish market and lively Mutrah Souk. Bargain with the locals and see what treasures you can find lying around in the twisting and winding walkways. Your morning fulfilled with an Omani Lunch. Drop back to hotel. (Please note, the Grand Mosque is closed on Fridays & any local holiday). (B)
After breakfast, take the picturesque coastal road to Ras Al Had, stopping at the limestone crater at Bimah sinkhole before continuing to Wadi Abayeen, with its deep pools set among the date palms and Bibi Miriam’s ancient tomb. Most of the towns along the route make their livelihood from fishing and allow for picturesque settings of small fishing villages perched on the land that rises out of the ocean. Tiwi being a small fishing village and Sur a much larger town with an ancient harbor that still houses some of the original Dhows that are still used today to catch the pride of the Omani oceans. Later that evening you will be guided down to the beach of Ras Al Jinz for an unforgettable evening, watching giant sea turtles make their way slowly up the beach to within meters of where they were hatched, up to 50 years before, to continue the legacy they have inherited. The beach is one of the largest turtle reserves in the world so make sure that you take everything in for this once in a lifetime opportunity. (B, L, D)
After breakfast, proceed to Wadi Bani Khalid for a short trek and a very refreshing swim before heading off to the Wahiba Sands (Desert) for some adventure, with a dune drive before we head towards the Desert Nights Camp for a BBQ dinner & Overnight Desert Nights Camp (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you'll visit a Bedouin family to experience the specialty of Oman (Omani Dates & Kawha). Later make your way towards ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa en route visit Jabreen castle and Bahla. (B,L)
This morning, explore Nizwa, one of the oldest cities in Oman and home to some beautiful buildings, a fabulous silver souk, vegetable and fish market. After lunch, continue your journey to the Green Mountain (Jebel Akhdar). (B, L, D)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and explore the Jebel Akhdar area, where you can choose to participate in somoe of the optional activities, including the Rock Rose walk tour which takes you through to some of the old villages around the mountain regions. Here you'll learn how the local community distil the rose water and rose oil. You can choose to walk through some of the mountain trails around the nearby range which stands at just over 2,600 metres above sea level. (B, D)
After breakfast transfer to the airport at Muscat for your onward flight. (B)
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Ras Al Jinz, the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula, is an important nesting site for the endangered green turtle.
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