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8 Days

A complete discovery of the highlights of Northern Oman in luxury hotels : mountain oases, Grand Canyon, Wahiba sands, turtles, Wadis, and some days relaxing in a beach hotel..

  • Landscape:

    Mountain, wadi, sea, desert

  • Activities:

    Easy walking, swimming, hiking, culture

  • Overstay:

    Hotel, mountain hut, etc...

  • Difficulty:

    Endurance level
Misfat Al Abreyeen

Day 1

- Transfer Muttrah - Al Awabi (2 h - 200 Km)
- Transfer Al Awabi - Balad Sit (1 h - 40 Km)
We drive to Wadi Bani Awf. We first cross villages and green palm gardens. We then drive over Wadi Zamah, also known as the Snake Canyon : it is a verynarrow and deep canyon. An unforgettable drive…

Walk in Balad Sit (2 h ) We start from the main valley and head to a narrow gorge. This part of the walk is just wonderfull! At the end of the gorge, we discover the village of Balad Sit (the hidden village). Built on a small hill and surrounded by cliffs, this village is one of the most beautiful of Oman. We walk through the village and the gardens and come back through an other branch of the small gorge.

- Level 1
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h
- Height difference : +50m/-50m

- Transfer Balad Sit - Misfat Al Abreyeen (1 hour 45 - 60 Km)
We Cross the mountain through Sharaf Al Alamain Pass. That's th only pass which allows to cross the Western Hajar by car. There is tarmac road on the southern slop, but on the northern side, a steep track goes down to Wadi Bani Awf offering stunning views...

Short walk along the gardens of Misfat Al Abreyeen (2 h). Misfat Al Abreyen is one of the most beautiful mountain village of Oman. It is located on the southern side of the mountain, on the slope of a canyon. The gardens were built all around the old village on man-made terraces. Situated at an altitude of 800 meters, we there find a wide variety of tropical fruits : bananas, papayas, oranges, limes, dates, pomegranates, etc... The old village is here still inhabitated.

- Level 1
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h
- Height difference : +100m/-100m

- Transfer Misfat Al Abreyeen - Al Hamra (12 h - 10 Km)

The View a nice ecolodge located in a calm and isolated place on the mountain. The views all around are just superb. Superior Room, breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

al khitaym

Day 2

- Transfer Al Hamra - Al Khitaym (1 h 30 - 50 Km)

Hike on top of Arabia's Grand Canyon to Sab Bani Khamis (4 hours ). We start the walk at Al Khitaym. The path is very easy and offers all way long wonderful views on Arabia's Grand Canyon. On the way we can see the highest point of the country. Finally, we arrive at an old village built in the cliff : Sab Bani Khamis. The village was abandonned some 15 years ago when the road was built. Some 5 to 10 families were living there, taking care of their gardens also built on the cliff and of their goats We come back the same way It is a very easy wonderful walk!

- Level 1
- Walking time : 2 to 3 h
- Height difference : +250m/-250m

- Transfer Al Khitaym - Nizwa (1 hour 30 - 100 Km)

Falaj Daris Hotel. Pleasant 4-star hotel. Architecture is arabic style. All rooms are on the ground-floor around the two swimming pools. This hotel has a souvenir shop, fitness room, steam room, 2 big swimming pools located in a nice flowered garden. You also find a bar and a restaurant, as well as a money changer. Standard Room. Comfortable airconditioned with private bathroom, mini-bar, television.. breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

souk nizwa

Day 3

Souk of Nizwa (1 h30). Nizwa is a major city of Oman located at the foot of the mountains in the interior of the country. In the past it was the capital of Oman and it remains the cultural center for mountain people. The Souk was renovated some 15 years ago. Friday is the market day, called 'Souk Al Jumaa', and brings visitors from the nearby mountains as well as Beduins from the desert side. The livestock souq is particularly worth a visit. But you also find the fish souk, vegetable souk, meat souk, as well as some people selling moutain honey, dates, incense, and other things you might need.

Visit of the fort of Nizwa (1 h). The fort of Nizwa was renovated recently. It has a defensive part (the so called citadelle) and a housing part (which was designed by the Imam and scholars). From the top of the citadelle we have stunning views over Nizwa and its palm-lined, the largest of the country. The under-floor of the fort was occupied by prison cells. These have been done up a museum about local culture. The museum is small but very well done. It is worth a visit!.

- Transfer Nizwa - Al Ayn (1 h 15 - 70 Km)

Walk along the "Roses villages" (2 h). On the slope of Jebel Akhdar, on top of Wadi Al Muaydeen lay the villages of Al Ayn Al Aqoor and Sharegah. There grow among other plants roses and pomogranates. The roses flower in march and april ; walking in the gardens at this time is an enchantement for the eyes and the nose. The pomegranates are harvested in late august and september ; they are very tasty and renowned for their enormous size.

- Level 1
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h
- Height difference : +100m/-100m

- Transfer Al Ayn - Seeh Qtnah (1 h - 5 Km)

Sahab Hotel - Nice boutique hotel located in Jebel Akhdar on the top of a cliff overlooking the villages of Al Ayn and Shargah and their terraces. In the hotel, you'll enjoy a nice lounge, restaurant, cafe, and a swimming pool. Deluxe room. Comfortable 20 sqm room with TV, A/C, and min-bar. WiFi access. You also enjoy a private terrace.. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

wadi bani khalid

Day 4

- Transfer Seeh Qtnah - Birkat al Mouz (45 min - 40 Km)
- Transfer Birkat al Mouz - Bidah (2 h 30 - 220 Km)

Hiking and swimming in the lower part of Wadi Bani Khalid (3 h). The lower part of this valley forms a narrow and wild canyon. We start from the lovely village of Bidah and cross its palm garden to access the entrance of the canyon. We hike in the canyon between big boulders (the way is not very easy but doesn't last long) until we arrive at a splendid pool with waterfall. We take a rest here and enjoy swimming in this secluded place. For those who like jumping, a very nice 10 meters jump is possible there.

- Level 2
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h

- Transfer Bidah - Bidiyah (1 h - 50 Km)
- Transfer Bidiyah - our camp in Wahiba Sands (30 min - 20 Km)

Sunset in the dunes (1 h). We start a walk across the dunes in the late afternoon. The heat isn't too strong anymore and the sunlight is the moot beautiful. The setting sun turns the sand and the shades into various colours. This a great unforgettable time.

- Transfer Nizwa - Bidiyah (2 h 30 - 200 Km) / Transfer Bidiyah - Our Camp in Wahiba sands (30 min - 20 Km)

Sunset in the dunes (1 h). We start a walk across the dunes in late afternoon. The heat isn't too strong anymore and the sunlight is the more beautiful. The setting sun always gives changing colour to the sand and the shades. This a great unforgetable time.

- Level 1

Desert Nights Camp. Discover the adventure of the desert is one of the most luxurious desert camps in the world. Nestled on the golden sands of Al Wasil, this oasis of luxury is a memorable way to experience the magic of the desert. What awaits you is a variety of activities from dune bashing to camel rides, a delectable choice of cuisine, plush comfort in the Arabian style tents, refreshing drinks in the "Oasis Bar" and unforgettable memories. It’s where every moment can last a lifetime. Deluxe Suit. The Deluxe Tented Units have separate bedroom and living room. There is a canopied queen sized bed with suffused light, a mini-bar, a fully-stocked luxurious ensuite with robes and slippers, individually controlled air conditioning, electrical outlets and complimentary mineral water. You'll find here the luxury in the middle of the sands.. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

boutre à sur

Day 5

- Transfer our camp in Wahiba Sands - Bidiyah (30 min - 30 Km)
- Transfer Bidiyah - Sur (1 h 20 - 120 Km)

Visit of the city of Sur (2 h). Sur is a big yet quiet city. It is built on the seashore and extends along a wonderful lagoon. In the past it was renowned for the naval construction. This traditional industry is declining but there is still one factory which produces wondeful traditional arabic dhows. We stop for a visit. We then walk up to a watch tower from which we have the best view over the entire city.

- Transfer Sur - Ras Al Had (1 h - 50 Km)

Hiking along the coast around Ras Al Had (1 h). We discover the wild beaches of Ras al Had. These beaches have been declared Natural Reserve because the green turtles come there to lay eggs every night ; they are forbidden at night. There, we can see the holes left by the turtles, tracks of foxes, some eggs that hav been eaten by these foxes, and the tracks of the turtles that have come back to the see the previous morning. It is possible to swim.

Nighttime turtle watching (2 h). The coast here is declared Natural Reserve to protect the numerous green turtles which lay eggs there. The visits are well organized and gathered on only 2 beaches ; the other ones are forbidden in order not to disturb the turtles too much. The high season for turtles is in summer : in that time we can find up to 50 turtles laying eggs at the same time on the same beach. But they come all year long and you are almost sure that you will see some. You'll see turtles digging holes, laying eggs, covering eggs, and going back to the sea. You'll also see baby turtles getting out of the sand and heading to the sea.

Overnight in the Turtle Beach Resort. This resort is pleasant. There is a small beach with deckchairs. The bar and the restaurant are located in an old arabic dhow. You can also play snooker. The small bungaows are in a traditional style : covered with palm stems. Hamoor Sea View Room Superior room with TV, fridge, and private bathroom. Moreover you have a sitting area with chairs in front of the room to relax outside. Sea View.. Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

Wadi tiwi

Day 6

- Transfer Ras Al Had Tiwi (1 h 30 100 Km)
- Transfer Tiwi - Saymah (Wadi Tiwi) (45 mm - 25 Km)

Short hike and swimming in Wadi Tiwi (3 h) We start from a village called Saymah. We walk on an old donkey path a little up the wadi. The views are splendid. The palm trees are so dense in this wadi that they look like a green river.As we arrive in another village, we go down and walk at the bottom of the wadi, on the falaj canal, along the river or between the boulders, We finally arrive at a nice pool surrounded by cliffs and palm trees. We enjoy a swim there and take a rest.

- Level 2
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h
- Height difference : +100m/-100m

- Transfer Saymah (Wadi Tiwi) - Tiwi (45 min - 15 Km)

Wadi Shab Resort. The Wadi Shab resort was built on the hill overlooking the blue sea near Tiwi. It is a comfortable 3-star hotel with swimming pool facing the sea.The hotel’s main restaurant overlooks the sea and serves Omani breakfast and dinner as well as international specialties Deluxe Room. This large, air-conditioned room offers a small seating area with a flat-screen TV. Facilities include an electric kettle and a fridge. The bathroom is fitted with shower, toiletries and hairdryer... breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

Wadi shab

Day 7

Walk and unforgettable swim in Wadi Shab (3 h). We start from the sea and start hiking in the wadi. After 45 minutes or 1 hour walk in this beautiful wadi we'll go into the water : we swim from pool to pool to discover this incredible place. But we don't tell you more about this since it has to be a surprise!

- Level 1
- Walking time : 1 to 2 h

- Transfer Tiwi - As Sifah (3 h - 180 Km)

Muscat Hills Resort. Located in the idyllic private bay of Al Jissah, Muscat Hills Resort offers 35 air-conditioned barasti-style cabanas, air-conditioned beach cabanas and its own fully equipped diving center. The barasti-style beach huts are air conditioned and have open-air bathrooms and private terraces. The complex's Mediterranean restaurant serves a wide range of Mediterranean dishes, such as authentic Arabic dishes and freshly caught seafood. Breakfast taken at the hotel.

sifawy

Day 8

Breakfast : Muscat Hills Resort. Located in the idyllic private bay of Al Jissah, Muscat Hills Resort offers 35 air-conditioned barasti-style cabanas, air-conditioned beach cabanas and its own fully equipped diving center. The barasti-style beach huts are air conditioned and have open-air bathrooms and private terraces. The complex's Mediterranean restaurant serves a wide range of Mediterranean dishes, such as authentic Arabic dishes and freshly caught seafood. Breakfast taken at the hotel.