Your Hotel accommodation planned for this trip
- Muscat: Sheraton Hotel 5*
Set in Muscat in the Muscat Governorate Region, 7 km from Qurum Natural Park, Sheraton Oman Hotel boasts a spa centre and sauna. The hotel has a fitness centre and massage parlour and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant.
DAY 1: MUSCAT - ARRIVAL
Meet & Greet at the airport by the Gray Line staff : Arrival transfer by private vehicle to your hotel – Overnight in MUSCAT.
DAY 2: MUSCAT
Breakfast. Being a rare blend of ancient & modern, Muscat is a beautiful city which lies in a maze of brown pleated Mountains. Lulled by the Arabian Sea, the city has undergone dramatic development in the past two or three decades. However, Muscat takes pride in the fact that it has preserved its lustrous culture & heritage. Our visit starts with a tour of the grand mosque, which is an architectural marvel and perhaps the new landmark of the city. The drive continues through the ministries' area, where you can see a number of modern buildings with touches of ancient, Islamic architecture. We will then visit the fish market and the folkloric Muttrah souk, with its narrow covered alleys where you can smell exotic aromas of mounds of spices, coffee beans, and ancient remedies, all enticing perfumes that fill the air. Next, engage in a visit to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which has a fine exhibit of Omani history and culture, encompassing all of the areas traditional values. You will also have a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace (the official residence of Sultan Qaboos) flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani & Jalali. Lunch & Dinner are Free. Overnight in MUSCAT.
DAY 3: MUSCAT – NIZWA – MUSCAT
Breakfast, We start in the morning at 8.30 am to drive to the historic town of Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital. We will visit the beautiful Nizwa center with its Fort ( outside visit ) and its massive circular cannon Tower, making it one of the most impressive forts in Oman. We will walk through the traditional Nizwa Souq. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we proceed to the Jabreen Fort ,passing one of the oldest small towns of Oman Bahla with its fort ( outside visit ) . We continue to Jabrin Castle, built in 17th century , one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings makes this castle amazingly different, after we visit Jabrin castle we start our route to return to Muscat. Dinner is free. Overnight in MUSCAT.
DAY 4: MUSCAT – NAKHL – MUSCAT
Breakfast, Morning free for leisure, In the afternoon, we proceed to Nakhl which is a typical Omani village. It lies at the foothills of the mountains near an abundant source of water, which irrigates extensive date palm plantations. Nakhl Tour start by driving towards Nakhl Fort. As you approach Nakhl, keep an eye out on the fortress that sits on a hillock outside the town. The fort’s origin is pre-Islamic with major contributions by the Al Ya’ruba and the Al Bu Sayed dynasties. We will visit the fort ,and the mineral-laden hot springs water in Nakhl (Al Thowarah Hot Spring). Then we drive back through Seeb souq by the seaside before reaching Muscat at the end of the day. Dinner is Free. Overnight in MUSCAT.
DAY 5: MUSCAT – WADI SHAB - MUSCAT
Breakfast, this morning we proceed to Wadi Shab tour. Starting in the morning, this organized Gray line tour will take you through the mountainous and desert landscape, to the dramatic Bimah Sinkhole. Your tour will allow time for you to swim in the area's clear, sparkling waters. Once you are refreshed, you will continue travelling through the villages of Dahab and Finns and arrive at Wadi Shab wadi meaning gorge between cliffs. Your guide will take you for an easy, yet breathtaking walk through the wonderous Wadi. Here you can relax as you walk the nature trails or take a dip in the natural pools. After this, you will have a chance to visit the coastal village of Tiwi before commencing your return journey. lunch at wadi shab resort. On your return trip, you can stop at the township of Quriyat and visit the Fish Souk located on the edge of the expansive harbor. We head back to Muscat, Dinner is free, Overnight in MUSCAT.
DAY 6: MUSCAT – DOLPHINS - MUSCAT
Breakfast, Morning we proceed to Dolphin cruise, The coast of Oman is blessed with a variety of Dolphins & whales, which consist of about 21 different species, including the Blue whale, which is seldom seen anywhere else in the world. In this tour, our capable Gray line staff will transfer you from your hotel to the jetty, where you will be able to take your boat and go on your search through the sea for these friendly creatures. While it is not guaranteed that you would spot dolphins on every trip, this is an enjoyable experience aboard the sea, where you will search to find the dolphins, and if you're lucky enough, even spot a whale, while our onboard cetacean specialist enlightens you with vast knowledge about these Interesting marine mammals.. Lunch is free. In the Evening 6.30 pm pick-up from your hotel, illuminated head to the Sultan’s Palace (Al Alam Palace) to take a photo of the gates and colonnaded approach. The palace is today largely used for ceremonial purposes. Drive towards the Corniche. Admire the city's attractive illuminated harbor area. Then go to the Muttrah Souq to discover a mix of the old and new along with a myriad sights, sounds and fragrances from everyday life. Do a little souvenir shopping and continue to visit the and look at the most prominent landmark in Muscat We will make photo stop at Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque also and move to Royal Opera house for a photo stop. Enjoy dinner at traditional restaurant,. Overnight in MUSCAT
DAY 7: MUSCAT – DEPARTURE
Breakfast. This morning you will be able to enjoy your hotel. Depending on your time of flight transfer to MUSCAT airport for departure.