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Wadi An Nakhr” is located only 2 hours drive away from the capital Muscat, this impressive 600km stretch of mountains is home to some exciting activities like walking in the Snake Gorge, trekking in the wadis or climbing up to the highest peak only to be greeted by the most beautiful canyon in the Arabian Gulf region.

This wadi is also known as the Grand Canyon of the Middle East. The wadi contains a village that bears its name and which can be seen from the top of Jabal Shams (Sun Mountain). You can also enjoy with picturesque waterfalls cascading from Jabal Shams form this valley.

In your way you’ll notice the special outline of Jebel Misht standing in proud isolation away to the west. The final few kilometers are particularly spectacular, with grand views down into the great hole of “Wadi An Nakhr”.

If you start your trek from Al Ghub to “Wadi An Nakhr”, you have to go to the village Al Khatim down to the entrance of the wadi. Be warned because the ground is made a sharp rock and you go from 700 meters to 2000 meters. Then you have to climb up the mountain, to reach a fabulous point of view over the “Nakhr gorge”, also called as “Grand Canyon” of Oman.

Bahla | Wadi Nakhr | Jebel Shams

Your journey starts with a visit of Bahla, a charming little town surrounded by an old 12 km long wall; visit the place where they make pottery and also the old Fort of Bahla, one of the oldest in Oman. It is UNESCO Heritage site.

(Under renovation) Travel to Jebel Shams but before going up the mountain there is an interesting wadi, Wadi Nakhr, a narrow canyon. It is a stunning beautiful place, and is geologically spectacular, being one of the deepest canyons on the planet. Go deep inside to visit the village where the main activity is weaving ….. Your journey then continues to the top of Jebel Shams, “Sun

Mountain”, Oman’s highest peak, 3009 m. ….. get a spectacular view of the

“Grand Canyon”. The stunning landscape will enchant you before heading down the mountain to return to Muscat. Overnight at Hotel Muscat,

Coast | Wadi Shab | Turtles Tour

8h30 AM your guide will pick you up at your hotel and take you for an incredible journey. Start the tour by going towards Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with inviting blue-

green water, concrete steps lead down the side making swimming possible. You will then stop at Wadi Shab which means a “wadi between the cliffs”, enjoy a walk through the wadi, walking shoes are strongly recommended. Going up the wadi you will soon see pools appearing before you and you may also enjoy a refreshing swim in those pools. …… enter Wadi Tiwi with its green

pools and lush plantations. We head onto Qalhat famous for its history of exports to and imports of spices from India. Looking over at Qalhat is the Bibi Mariam Tomb

(closed for archeological searches).

Your next stop will be in Sur, another town famous for its trading and Dhow Building Yard. The sheltered Lagoon is a perfect picture ….

The turtles come to lay their eggs at night and this experience is a memorable one.
Overnight at Ras al Hadd.

DHOW FACTORY | BIBI MIRIAM'S TOMB | WADI ARBAYEEN | QURIYAT | MUSCAT

Half Day Muscat City Tour

The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Later you visit Bait Al Zubair Museum. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Evening you will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you will be bargaining for handicrafts and silver items.

Jabel Shams | Bilad Siyt | Snake Canyon | Wadi Bani Auf | Nakhal Fort | Muscat Airport

Around 8.30 am you will be met by your tour guide and driver who will escort you to the comforts of our 4 wheel drive to embark on a soft adventurous trip Your first stop at the quaint mountain village of Bilad Sayt framed by the dramatic mountains. We then drive through the spectacular Wadi Bani Auf . This stretch of graded road is very

adventurous & for the physically fit only as it involves steep bends and bumpy roads. The journey continues to Nakhal and its 17th Century Fort built on the peak of a mountain. Nakhal Fort is one of the most spectacular forts, dramatically located at the edge of the Jebel Akhdar Mountains in northwest Oman. It is surrounded by a beautiful oasis. There is an area with healing warm

springs, the most notable being Ayn A’ Thowarah. Its waters run at 45°C and are regarded as a cure for rheumatism and skin diseases due to its sulfur content. The stunning landscape will enchant you before heading down the mountain to return to Muscat international airport.

Jalaan Bani Bu Ali | Wahiba Sands

After breakfast, you will start by a drive to the Desert via Asellah, following the scenic rocky coastline, to visit the old Mosque in Jalan Bani Bu Ali, Al Hamooda Mosque, that was build in 11th Century ….. Continue towards

Wahiba sands, with its golden sand dunes. Meet a Bedouin family, do some
dune bashing which consists in going up and down the dunes like a roller
coaster with your 4×4. Enjoy the tranquility of the desert . The night in the
desert will be a memorable one.

Night at Wahiba Sands.

JEBEL SHAMS | WADI NAKHR | NIZWA | MUSCAT

Mifat Al Abrayeen | Al Hamra | Bait Sifah Museum | Misfat AL Arbayee | Wadi Nakhar | Jabel Shams

After breakfast your tour will proceed towards Al Hamrah. Al Hamra & Misfah to see one of the oldest villages of this region. The traditional mud houses dated back from 400 years are still occupied. The falaj system used in this village one of the oldest of this kind (UNESCO site). Travel to Jebel Shams but before going up the mountain there is an interesting wadi, Wadi Nakhr, a narrow canyon. It is a stunning beautiful place, and is geologically spectacular, being one of the deepest canyons on the planet. Go deep inside to visit the village where the main activity is weaving ….. Your journey then continues to

the top of Jebel Shams, “Sun Mountain”, Oman’s highest peak, 3009 m. ….. get
a spectacular view of the “Grand Canyon”.

MUSCAT | NIZWA | JEBEL SHAMS

Muscat | Wadi Arbyeen | Bimmah Sink Hole | Wadi Shab | Ras Al Hadd

You drive further to Wadi Arbaeen, en route you see lush village surrounded with dates, lemon, mango plantations. You will have photo stop at each place. You finally will reach Wadi Arbaeen – an oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip. On the coastal road you stop at the limestone Sinkhole in Bimah and then continue to Fins. You will then stop at Wadi Shab which means a “wadi between the cliffs”, enjoy a walk through the wadi, walking shoes are strongly recommended. Going up the wadi you will soon see pools appearing before you and you may

also enjoy a refreshing swim in those pools. Early we will arrive to Ras al Hadd to relax on beach and dinner around 6:30 pm and proceed for watching turtles in Ras al jinz.

The turtles come to lay their eggs at night and this experience is a memorable one.

MUSCAT-NIZWA-JEBEL SHAMS

NAKHAL | WADI BANI AWF | JEBEL SHAMS

NIZWA | WAHIBA SANDS | WADI BANI KHALID | SUR

Ras Al Hadd | Sur Dhow Factory | Wadi Bani Khalid | Wahiba Desert

Around 8.30 am you will be met by your tour guide and driver who will escort you to the comforts of our 4 wheel drive to embark on a soft adventurous trip to the great desert of Oman. Your tour will going to start morning 9:00 am. Once you will be in Sur, our guide take you another town famous for its trading and Dhow Building Yard in Sur where boat building is more than just a task, but a way of culture, tradition, and life. Sur still offers a glimpse of those brandishing awls, bows,

hammers and iron nails in the pursuit of perfecting the ancient craft which helped Oman establish itself as one of the oldest and most influential sultanates in the Gulf region. Though largely less commonplace than in centuries prior,

dhow-building is still very much alive and well in Sur, and has become not only an attraction for tourists, but also for the likes of the ultra-wealthy who are keen to get their hands on some of the most storied hand-crafted ships in the world.

You will drive through small villages and towns before arriving at Wadi Bani Khalid driving through the mountain offering a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape below. You will pass many pretty villages embedded in the mountains. Here the road winds down to the wadi alongside a large, shallow pool fringed with vegetation & ends at a village. We park our vehicles at this point & continue on a short trek to the deep blue pools of the wadi. If you wish you may enjoy a swim in this glorious grace of nature. It is recommended to wear comfortable clothes & walking shoes for this trip.

Continue drive to the great desert of Oman Known as the “Wahiba Sands”. Soon you will come face to face with the enormous desert and our experienced drivers drive you through the sand dunes to give you a thrill of dune driving. After having enjoyed the drives over the lovely dunes you could perhaps meet the Bedouin family to know more about their life style in the desert. Thereafter you will bid goodbye to the inhabitants of the desert to drive to reach the campsite

Wadi Bani Khalid | Ibra | Nizwa

After breakfast, you will leave behind you this beautiful desert and continue

your journey to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the most picturesque wadis in
Oman. Take a plunge in the crystal clear waters of the wadi, perfect spot to
take memorable pictures of
Green pools and waterfalls.

On your way to Nizwa, stop in Ibra for a closer look at the watchtowers proudly looking over villages from the top of the hills. Nizwa was once the capital of Oman, go through the traditional and craft Souk ….before visiting

the Fort with its large circular tower …. The breathtaking view from the tower
will show
you how big the plantation is. Overnight in hotel in Nizwa.

Wahiba | Sinaw | Birkat Al Moze | Nizwa

After breakfast, you will leave behind you this beautiful desert and continue your journey to Traditional village Sinaw. Continue tour proceed toward Foot of Jabel Akhdar and you will stop on the way to see the old village of Birkat Al Mawz, walking through the plantation and small streets with old crumbling houses.