The Sultanate of Oman with mesmerizing natural beauty is one of the most relaxing and safest vacation destinations in the world! A breathtaking kaleidoscope of Oman heritage, culture, scenic beauty, beaches, mountains, wadis, deserts, and adventure offers a journey like never before and experience like no other country across the globe. Till a few years ago, Oman was known only for Muscat; however, tourism in Oman is much beyond just Muscat. Although Muscat is indeed a great destination, the picturesque location of Oman is entwined with hundreds of other tourist attractions as well where thousands of families create their lifetime vacation memories every year!

Sultanate of Oman’s history goes back to the very dawn of civilization. The coastal area fronting on the Gulf of Oman is believed to have been the land known to the Sumerians as Magan, from which as early as 3,000 B.C. they were importing copper.

The Arab history of the country begins in the 2nd century B.C., with the migration of tribal groups from the region of modern-day Yemen.The Oman is were among the first of the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula to embrace Islam, doing so during the lifetime of the Prophet in the 7th century A.D. The centuries that followed were a golden age, with Omani sailors and traders ranging from India to Africa.

Portuguese seized and fortified Muscat harbour, establishing a string of coastal strong points to protect their trade route to India. They were not finally expelled until 1650.

The Oman is then proceeded to build their own empire on the Arabian Peninsula and along the coasts of Persia, India and Africa, becoming the dominant maritime power in the area. In 1741 the founder of the present Al-Said dynasty, Imam Ahmad bin Said, took power, moving the capital from the interior to the former Portuguese stronghold of Muscat.

Oman was known as Muscat and Oman. Winning a contest with France for influence, Britain established a treaty relationship with the sultanate in 1798.

Oman was recognized as fully independent in 1951,but the close relationship continued. Oman is now one of successful emerging market in the Middle East.

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Oman reflects its capital city of Muscat in the way it offers you an irresistible mixture of an ancient world with its unchanged culture, and the contemporary opulence of the modern.

So, as part of the process of discovering Oman, you’ll find yourself being pampered in Salalah beside the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean, or walking past ancient stone houses of Taqa. You’ll plunge into Muscat’s souks, and visit the forts of Nizwa.

You’ll sleep out in the desert in romantic, Bedouin-style tents and drive up the Mountain of Women near Khasab. A complete range of fascinating discoveries, Omani-style.

Day 1

You will arrive at the Muscat International Airport. Upon your arrival you proceed straight to the Immigration. Immigration & customs are quick & simple. Upon arrival at the General arrival lounge you will be met by our friendly & efficient Smart Travel & Tourism chauffer who will assist you to the comforts of our vehicle to drive you the hotel. Overnight at Muscat Hotel.

Day 2

The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Visit the Bait Al Zubair exhibiting the wealth of Oman’s history and thus imparting knowledge about the country’s rich culture and traditions to the visitor. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once walled district Muscat. 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. You will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you will be bargaining for handicrafts and silver items.

Overnight at Muscat Hotel.

Day 3

Around 0800 hrs you will be met by your tour guide and driver who will escort you a soft adventurous trip to the great desert of Oman. 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 Buffet Dinner and Overnight stay at Wahiba Sands.

Day 4

Leave the golden sand dunes behind you and after a stop in Jabrin Castal. You proceed to Jabrin castle built in 17th century is 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. Thereafter continue to Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman and in the 12th century the capital of the tribe living in the region. As the monumental fort is closed for renovation only a photo stop is planned. Al Hamra visit Bait al Safa traditional home converted in Museum and 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).

Overnight at Nizwa Hotel

Day 5

Morning after breakfast visit the powerful Fort of Nizwa with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, one of the most impressive forts in Oman and the traditional Souq. On the way you stop a pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz, located at the foot of Jabel Akhdar. Wonder in the old streets of abandoned houses made of mud and straw.

Overnight at Millennium Resort.

Day 6

Morning we will drive to Nakhal, en route visit Seeb fish market and Fanja farms. You reach Nakhal which has a 350 years old magnificent fort and is dramatically located at the top of rock mountain cliff. The area is surrounded with dates plantations. The narrow road through the town winds up to the Hot Springs, which is a popular picnic, spot. After spending some time at Nakhal we will continue for Rustaq (about 55 kms Southwest of Nakhal), once the capital of this area and always a major trading center of Oman, Later we will drive back to Muscat via Al Hazam (Only Photo stop, Closed for renovations).

Overnight at Muscat Hotel.

Day 7

Start the tour by going straight to Wadi Shab which means a “wadi between the cliffs” and enjoy a walk through the wadi, as well as a refreshing swim in those pools.

If you feel brave enough, go inside the cave accessible only by swimming. For those inclined, it is possible to walk right up to the source of the wadi through lush green plantations of lemon, banana and dates. The fairly easy walk on rocky path is dotted with pools and waterfalls. Comfortable Walking shoes are recommended.

Once you come back to the car, you will head to Qalhat for a stop at Bibi Mariam Tomb (at present, closed for archeological searches). Along the coast line, your last stop will be at Bimah Sinkhole, a huge hole formed by erosion.

Overnight at Muscat Hotel.

NOTE-Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel.

Day 8

Morning after breakfast your tour guide will wait for you to drive Marina BanderRowdha Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling trip: Meet at Marina Bander Rowdha at 15 minutes before agreed time before setting out to sea for a 2 hour dolphin watching and snorkeling trip while taking in the scenic mountainous Muscat coat. After dolphin watching will go for snorkeling to the beautiful Bander Kahyran. Light refreshments provided on boat. Overnight at Muscat Hotel

Day 9

Departure transfers to Airport to connect the flight back home.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Return Airport Transfer from Muscat International Airport to hotel (Both Way)
  • 05 Nts Accommodation in Hotel Muscat Holidays or similar, Muscat
  • 01 Nt Accommodation in Hotel Al Diyar or similar, Nizwa
  • 01 Nt Accommodation in Millennium Resort Mussanah or similar, Mussanah
  • 01 Nt Accommodation in Arabian Oryx camp or similar, Wahiba sands
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotel
  • Dinner on Day 03 at Desert Camp.
  • All the sightseeing as per mentioned itinerary
  • All Tours & Sightseeing with 4X4 wheel Drive
  • Complimentary water during the Tour
  • Reservation charges for Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling , Museum & fort Tickets
  • Applicable Taxes & Service charges

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Any air fare
  • VISA charges.
  • All meals other than mentioned.
  • All expenses of personal in nature.
  • Anything which is not specifically mentioned in inclusions part.
  • All tours are guided & on private basis.
  • Booking can be made on first cum first services basis.
  • If any supplement will be applicable by hotel for special occasion then the same will be informed and applied. Especially for Christmas and New Year period.
  • If quoted hotel for the tour will not be confirmed alternative hotel will be used and either supplement or reduction will apply.
  • Maximum 04 PAX can be accommodated in a 4 WD
  • 4 WD will be consider in Desert & Jabel Shams
Places of StayHotel Name
MuscatMuscat Holidays, City Seasons, Al Falaj Hotel, Hotel Ramada
NizwaAl Diyar Hotel, Nizwa Hotel Apartments, Jabreen hotel
Wahiba Sands (Desert Camp)Arabian Oryx Camp, Desert Palm camp, 1000 nights camp
MussanahMillennium Resort, Al Sawadi Beach Resort

Please note that this tour is on request basis and can be started any day of the week. In case we are not able to secure the accommodation as per the above program we would give you the option of operating the tour in reverse

    • All Museum / forts visits are subject to change without notice. Museums are normally closed on, Fridays, Saturdays and Public Holidays. Similarly visits to forts may be changed without notice since certain forts are often closed temporarily for renovations on a regular basis.
  • The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat can be visited between 0800 – 1100 hrs on working days from Saturdays to Thursdays and it remains closed on Friday and public holidays
  • LUGGAGE: For your convenience. Please bring only light luggage, maximum I medium suitcase+1 small hand carry bag.
  • DRESS CODE: Please be aware that you will be visiting aa predominantly Muslim country and it is always wise to dress with more modest clothing in public places in respect of their culture. No sleeveless shirts or shorts or other similar clothing (except on the beach or hotel pool where beachwear is allowed) Good and comfortable shoes are essential for sightseeing. You may be required to remove your foot were before entering mosques or other religious sites. For visit at grand mosque, men and women should wear attire covering their arms and legs. Women should cover their heads with scarf.
  • WATER: Drinking water bottle is widely available and is advised in all areas outside of Muscat. Outside of Muscat, milk may be unpasteurized. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS will find an enormous choice of subjects here. It is advisable to take photographs of locals only with their permission. Women in particular do not like being photographed. It is forbidden to take pictures of military facilities, border and airports. Observe ‘NO PHOTOGRAPHY’ signs particularly in Mosques.
  • TIPPING is always at the discretion of the client and is nit obligatory. Tips for porter age at hotel check-in/check-out services have not been included in cost of your tour. Gratuities for your guide have not been included in your cost. Tipping of your transfer staff, drivers have not been included in your tour cost. Tipping for restaurant services, porterage within hotels, room service, and any optional sightseeing is NOT included

Tipping guidelines for services of your Private guide/Driver is approximately Eur 2/Eur 8 per traveler per day. Gratuities to your transfer staff are approximately EUR 4/2 per traveler per day. Tips in restaurant are usually 10% per meal

  • CREDIT CARDS : All major credit such as visa and master Card are widely accepted
  • HOURS OF BUSINESS: Normal Business hours are 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Saturday-Wednesday; banking hours are generally 8AM to noon, though some banks reopen from 4 to 6 PM. Banks and businesses close at 11:30 AM on Thursday and remain close Friday. Business hours are reduced during the Ramadan fast.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

Trip Reviews
4.71 stars
- based on7 reviews
  1. paysages magnifiques et varies ; gens accueillants.
  2. Très bien organisé . Les sites que nous souhaitions visiter ont été vu . Chaque jour différent : wadis , désert , souks . Aucun imprévu négatif thank you Smart
  3. Je dirai tout ! Les paysages , l’accueil chaleureux des gens , la culture , le sentiment de sécurité ... Coup de cœur : le trip dans le désert et la journée dans la montagne
  4. J'ai découvert un pays magnifique, magique, dont les habitants sont extrêmement courtois et toujours prêts à vous aider.
  5. Le circuit et ses différentes étapes, toutes intéressantes. Anis, le guide qui nous a accompagné pendant la semaine était passionnant, toujours disponible et efficace merci Smart
  7. excellent services nice guide everything was so amazing Bravoooooooo

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