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Oman: The mystical Arabian Coast, explore this hidden jem of mountains, wadis, deserts and turquoise oceans
Located on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman offers the visitor a vista of rugged landscapes, pristine beaches, and the world’s largest sand desert in the empty quarter. Explore traditional villages that look like a scene straight out of a Lawrence of Arabia film set, forts that dot the landscape, iconic wadi scenery and camp out under a billion’s stars in the desert. Wander frankincense filled souks and modern mosques and discover the land of ancient seafarers including the legendary Sinbad. Oman is the gem of the Middle East and offer some epic 4x4 adventures infused with some remarkable history, landscapes & peoples
Dates and Pricing
Joining Day 1: Your Muscat airport transfer will take you directly to our joining hotel, ready for the start tomorrow. Today you will meet your crew for your tour briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: After a quick introduction to the vehicles, we will enjoy a half day tour of Muscat that includes the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and a souk, a market synonymous with the Middle East. After lunch we venture southwest to Jebel Akdhar stunningly located in the Al Hajar Mountains range that rises 2,980m / 9500ft encompassing the Saiq Plateau. Jebel Akhdar, famous for its labyrinth of wadis and terraced orchards, real Arabia!
Day 3: We spend two nights at Jebel Akhdar allowing us time to explore this stunning region of wadis and abandoned villages that scatter the mountainside. In the afternoon we can relax exploring the Arabian countryside or partake in the numerous adventure activities that abound here.
Day 4: We drive through the scenic Hajar mountain range before descending the mountains and visiting the beautiful village of Birkat Al Mouz and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Falaj Al Khatmain to learn more about the ancient irrigation systems still used in Oman today. We overnight in Nizwa and check out the magnificent 17th century Fort, standing on its ramparts you could expect Lawrence of Arabia to appear at any moment.
Day 5: A quick drive north we visit the Tanuf ruins before traveling onto Al Hamra, a wonderful 400-year-old abandoned village. From here the group will drive to Misfat Aliybreen to see the picturesque village town before driving to Jebel Shams, home to the highest peak in the Gulf. We visit Wadi Ghul, known as Omans Grand Canyon, via an incredible track bordered by 1000m cliff walls
Day 6: We start the day with enjoy a walk along the renown Balcony Walk trail that offers superb views of the canyon, we descend the mountain before visiting Jabreen Castle, built in 1675 this epic castle widely regarded as the best in Oman. Continuing on we drive south into what is known as the empty quarter towards Wahiba Sands, Oman’s vast desert of towering, constantly moving, sand dunes that stretch to the horizon. We overnight amongst the dunes at an established desert camp and enjoy sunset over the golden dunes under and impossible carpet of stars.
Day 7: After breakfast, it’s a short drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman’s most popular wadis. Take a dip in the vibrant green water pools and enjoy the beautiful scenery before continuing southwest to Bar Al Hickman, spectacularly located on the turquoise shores of the Indian Ocean. The drive to get here is across 50ks / 35ml of salt pans, great fun! We overnight at a wonderful Bedouin camp.
Day 8: What better way to start the day than with a swim in the shallow waters of the lagoons and watch the resident flamingos and many other migrant and resident birds. Lunch with the Bedouins on the beach then drive south to Khaluf and explore Humrat Cave. The drive along the coast, is spectacular with the Indian Ocean on one side and the white dunes on the other. We overnight at the port town of Duqm on the Arabian Sea.
Day 9: After breakfast set off on an exciting navigational rally to see some of Oman’s geological wonders! We see the day out at Al Shuwaimiyah, a remote beach village beautifully located on the Indian Ocean.
Day 10: Salalah is a unique destination as it offers an amazing landscape of desert, beaches, mountains, waterfalls, springs, sinkholes and caves. We spend two nights here allowing time to explore this very unique region of not only Oman but all of Arabia.
Day 11: A full day will be spent exploring this verdant green landscape visiting waterfalls, blowholes and beaches, we take a trip out of a traditional dhow at sunset and visit the renowned night souk.
Day 12: Turning away from the ocean we head north, inland, into the desert. We overnight at Haima, a desert city halfway between Salalah and Muscat
Day 13: Our last day driving we travel north stopping enroute at the wonderful village of Adam. Adam has a superb fort, and its quiet dusty streets are lined with palms and mud brick houses, its everything you would expect the Middle East to be. We arrive back at the Omani capital of Muscat late in the afternoon where we have our final dinner and a chance to reflect on our time in this utterly amazing country
Departure Day: Spend a couple more days in Muscat or fly home
All accommodation is twin or double share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement: US$ 1200
(Please note, you will be required to share bathrooms on this trip while in the Bedouin camps)
Our 4x4s are insured and have a damage excess of US$ ????, you can reduce the excess by taking advantage of our Excess Reduction Policy: US$ 25 per day
Our accommodations range from small family run Bedouin camps to 4-star hotels.
A flexible attitude is needed as standards are not always what we are accustomed to.
All accommodation is on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone, we will pair you up with another solo traveler. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: US$ 1200 (please note that you will be required to share a bathroom while in the Bedouin camp and 1 wild camping night has no showers available)
On every day of the tour, we include breakfast: 13 Breakfasts
On mentioned ride days we provide a restaurant or picnic lunch that we prepare ourselves: 10
We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants & Bedouin camps: 11 Dinners
Accidents happen, luggage is lost and tour or flight cancellations can occur, so it is our policy that all participants of Compass Expeditions tours have an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover the unforeseen. This is not only compulsory when joining our tours, but it makes sense.
If choosing your own insurance – for motorcycle tours it is crucial the insurance policy you choose will offer a policy for riding a motorcycle OVER 250cc (including our bikes). This is a critical point to ensure when purchasing a policy.
Our experienced In-house travel team are happy to help with getting you the right insurance for your tour and for any other travel you might be doing before or after. Contact our in-house travel team.