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Mystical Oman

Duration

13 Days

Drive Grade

4

Drive / Rest day

11 / 2 

Sealed / Dirt

70% / 30%

Distance

3,000 km / 1,875 mi


Oman: Explore the mystical Arabian coast, driving 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 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 4WD adventures infused with some remarkable history, landscapes and peoples.

Dates and Pricing

10th Nov 2025 to 23rd Nov 2025
Tour code: MO/101125
from US$6,900.00
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Tour Highlights


Itinerary


 

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 fellow tour participants and crew and have the tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2: We will enjoy a full day tour of Muscat that includes the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, National Museum and the Mutrah souk, a market synonymous with the Middle East. In the afternoon we will receive an introduction to the vehicles and some tips on driving in Oman and what to expect.

Day 3: Departing Muscat we drive into the beautiful Al Hajar Mountains and the stunning world of wadis (canyon, valley or ravine). We visit the remarkable Wadi Bani Awf & Bilad Sayt Village, a cluster of stone & mud dwellings that cling to a rocky slope. We also visit the 400-year-old community of Al Hamra with its Yemeni style two & three story mud brick houses. We overnight in a wonderful 200-year-old guest house run by a local family.

Day 4: Continuing on through the scenic Hajar Mountains we visit Wadi An Nakhur, also referred to as the Grand Canyon, it is a spectacular setting and the drive in is thrilling. We will undertake a wonderful walk along the canyon floor before ascending to Jebel Shams at 2000m / 6560 ft for epic views over Wadi Ghul. Tonight, shall be spent at the wonderful Jebel Shams, the highest peak in Oman.

Day 5: Departing Jebel Shams we shall visit the legendary 17th Century Nizwa Fort & Souq, a remarkable destination that highlights old Omani architecture. We continue onto Jabal Al Akhdar a labyrinth of striking wadis and terraced orchards and date palms located high up on the Saiq Plateau where we shall overnight

Day 6: Today is more exciting 4WD driving with some creek crossings and dirt tracks amongst stunning desert valleys. We shall visit the beautiful Wadi Abeyyen & Wadi Al Khoud before continuing onto the Gulf of Oman for our overnight stop, beachside.

Day 7: After breakfast, it’s a short drive to Wadi Tiwi, one of Oman’s most beautiful wadis of emerald waters, old villages & green plantations. Continuing on we drive south into what is known as the Wahiba Sands, Oman’s vast desert of towering, constantly moving, sand dunes that stretch to the horizon, it’s fun driving on the sandy tracks leading into the desert. We overnight amongst the dunes to the magnificent 1000 nights camp, a permanent desert camp, and enjoy sunset over the golden dunes under and impossible carpet of stars.

Day 8: leaving the 1000 nights camp we are in for a 160ks / 100ml offroad adventure across the Al Sharqiyah Sands onto the Arabian Sea. We shall explore the wonderful Bar Al Hickman, a remarkable region of wetlands that support a dizzying array of bird and sea life. Tonight, we camp for the first time buts it’s not wild as there are showers available and we cook a meal as the sun goes down over the turquoise Arabian Sea.

Day 9: What better way to start the day off than kayaking out to Lulu Island that’s part of the internationally significant Wusta Wetlands. We hit the road visiting the glorious pure white sand dunes known as the Sugar dunes that provide a perfect backdrop against the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea. We continue south visiting the Wusta Wildlife Reserve, home to the iconic Arabian Oryx.

Day 10: Today we visit the lost city of Ubar only rediscovered in 1992 and has been dated back to 2800 BC and once a centre of the frankincense trade, where traders loaded their camels for the trek across vast deserts. Lawrence of Arabia referred to Ubar as the “Atlantis of the sands”, this is a fascinating insight to a time long past. We continue on into the mighty empty quarter, or Rub al Khali Desert, as it’s known in Arabic; the largest sand sea on earth with dunes reaching 250 mt / 850 ft tall. We overnight in a permanent camp in the empty quarter for a magical remote luxury desert camp experience

Day 11: We continue exploring the magnificent sands of the Empty Quarter before visiting desert oasis and the UNESCO listed Dawkah Wadi with its Frankincense trees. We shall leave the desert behind as we once again reach the shores of the Arabian Sea and spend the next three nights at Salalah allowing us to explore a plethora of sights in the region. Salalah is a unique destination as it offers an amazing landscape of beaches, mountains, waterfalls, springs, sinkholes and caves.

Day 12: A full day will be spent in the 4WDs exploring this region of waterfalls, blowholes and wild coastlines. We shall visit the UNESCO listed Al Baleed, a famous frankincense port and Shaat Point before spending the evening dining out in this cool Arabian city.

Day 13: We start the day off visiting Wadi Darbit, a stunningly beautiful wadi completely different from the desert wadis we have seen thus far. We return our 4WDs and explore more of Salah town including the evening frankincense market before enjoying our final dinner and reminiscing over what has been a magnificent Arabian experience in the Sultanate of Oman

Departure Day: Spend a couple more days in Salalah or fly home

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Included


  • Airport Transfers
  • Fuel & tolls
  • 9 nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels
  • 2 nights accommodation in permanent Bedouin camps
  • 2 nights wild camping (equipment supplied)
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 10 lunches
  • 11 Dinners
  • Services of Compass Expeditions leader and support staff
  • Access to Compass Expeditions App / Chock full of tour info, route maps & what to expect
  • Pre-departure material
  • Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
  • Compass Expeditions tour shirt
  • Entrances to all attractions & excursions mentioned in the itinerary

Not Included


  • International Flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Personal Health/Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
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Upgrades


All accommodation is twin, double or family share, if you would like a single room there will be a single supplement:
US$ 2,410. Please note that you will be required to share bathrooms on this trip while in the Bedouin camps and wild camping nights do not have showers available.

Our 4WDs are insured and have a damage excess of US$600

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Drive Details


Drive Profile

70% of this drive is on pavement; Most pavement is in great condition but can be winding and twisting through the mountains. Some sections of pavement will be rough, potholed, and narrow with tall & damaged shoulders. Pavement can end with no warning.

30% of this drive will be on dirt that range from barely wide enough tracks though towering canyon walls to sandy tracks across a sea of sand dunes. A lot of tracks in the mountains are very rocky and have huge drop offs into valleys below with limited guardrails in place and some creek crossings in wadis should be expected. As with all dirt tracks conditions change and the above is a guide only.


Tour Start/End

Tour Start: Muscat, Oman
Tour End: Salalah, Oman


Climate

We visit Oman in the mild winter month of November offering us sunny days with little to no chance of rain. We can expect daytime temperatures of around 29° C / 84° F in the deserts and coastal areas, dropping to 22° C / 71° F in the mountains. At night the mountains can descend to as little as 5° C / 41° F but the deserts stay surprisingly warm.


Important Information

  • All drivers must have a valid driver’s license and at least two years driving experience. 
  • It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.

 
Drive Grade
4
 

Drive Distance
3,000 km / 1,875 mi

 

Sealed / Dirt
70% / 30%

Accommodation


  • 13 nights of accommodation.
  • Our accommodations range from basic wild camp (1 night) to luxury permanent desert camps, from small family run guest houses to 4-star hotels & lodges.
  • 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 traveller. However, if you prefer single accommodation a single supplement is available: US$ 2,410 (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).
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Dining


  • On every day of the tour, we include breakfast: 13 Breakfasts
  • Inlcuded lunches:  12 Lunches
  • We include mentioned dinners in reliable restaurants and Bedouin camps: 13 Dinners
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4 Wheel Drives


 

Toyota Land Cruiser

Seating Capacity on our tour: 4 (1 driver & 3 passengers)

Now celebrating over 70 years, the Toyota Land Cruiser has become an iconic 4WD selling over 10 million worldwide. These vehicles set the benchmark for durability, ruggedness, reliability and flexibility. They are perfectly suited for the terrain encountered on this tour.

 

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

Seating Capacity on our tour: 4 (1 driver & 3 passengers)

Now celebrating over 70 years, the Toyota Land Cruiser has become an iconic 4WD selling over 10 million worldwide. These vehicles set the benchmark for durability, ruggedness, reliability and flexibility. They are perfectly suited for the terrain encountered on this tour.


 
 

Insurance


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.

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