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Nature & culture

10 days

In a grandiose natural setting, made up of landscapes of great diversity, Oman is rich in historical heritage. A tour with a guaranteed change of scenery.

  • Environment :

    Mountain, wadi, sea, desert

  • Activities :

    Hiking, swimming, culture

  • Accommodation :

    Hôtel, Guest house

  • Hiking :

    Level 2trekking

Included in the program :

hébergement hotel
Repas
voiture 4x4
Guide chauffeur

 Accommodation is indicative and subject to change depending on availability

DAY 1 - Muscat - Fish and vegetable market in Muttrah.
Boat trip to see the dolphins.
Bait Zubair : Oman's rich cultural heritage is on display at Muscat's famous Bait Al Zubair Museum, located in the old city. It presents rich collections concerning the daily life in Oman in the 19th century, jewellery and women's costumes, weapons and men's costumes.
Stop in front of the Sultan's Palace.
Muttrah Souk : Located on the seafront, the picturesque Muttrah Souk unfolds its labyrinth of narrow alleys in the heart of the old city and has been the daily life of the Omani people for over two centuries. The multicoloured stalls are full of handicrafts, spices and incense... not forgetting the halwa, a delicious local sweet that the Omanis love so much.
Ryiam Hôtel. Located just at the entrance of Muttrah city, between Arabic style and contemporary comfort.


DAY 2 - Muscat: Visit the Great Mosque of Sultan Qaboos.
Nakhl Fort and its hot spring.
Al awabi - Wadi Beni Awf : In the heart of the Western Hajar, Wadi Bani Awf is crossed by one of the most beautiful roads in the world. It offers spectacular landscapes. Impassable in rainy weather. Snake canyon hike.
Bimah hut : A nice place located in the heart of Wadi Bani Awf, near the Snake Canyon and Balad Sit


DAY 3 - Balad Sit : Hiking. The old village perched on a rock overlooks the palm grove and the various terraced crops.
Birkak al Sharaf : Panorama on the Jebel Hajar mountain range. Misfah al Abriyeen : Walk in Misfat Al Abreyeen (easy walk1/h2). Perched at an altitude of 1,000m in the heart of a splendid palm grove.
Misfah Al Abriyeen is a traditional village built on the side of the mountain with slopes and alleys. You can stroll through the village to admire the mud brick houses and discover the authentic life of an inhabited oasis.
Al hamra Guest house.


DAY 4 - Balvony walk : Al Khitaym - Sab Bani Khamis (1800m alt. approx. )- Balcony walk " of Jebel Shams 3 to 4 h walk (picnic). We will discover a long abandoned troglodyte village perched on a cliff with a small lake above. A panorama that offers us spectacular views of the Grand Canyon of Arabia.
Al Hamra :  Al Hamra Visit of Bait As Safah (1h 30). This is one of the most famous museums in Oman. The museum is known as a "living museum", but it is in the shape of an old Omani house, which offers an exceptional experience that resembles the old Omani way of life. The museum has Omanis playing the role of an Omani family imitating their routine in the past.
Jabreen Castle : It was built in the 17th century, 150 km from Muscat, and renovated in the 1980s. It stands out for its interior, a true masterpiece of Omani architecture. It is surrounded by date palms
Nizwa : Al DIYAR hotel.


DAY 5 - Visit Nizwa Fort : Built in the 17th century by Imam Sultan bin Saif al-arabi, who chased the Portuguese out of Omani territory in 1650, Nizwa Fort is distinguished by a very large 24-metre high tower that dominates the souk. Restored in 1998, the fort hosts a very interesting interactive exhibition.
Visit of the Souk : The souk of the city of Nizwa, with its secular commercial vocation, is a real "city within the city". Very large, very lively and very colourful, the souk is famous for its incense and traditional objects. You can find everything: the fruit and vegetable souk, the pottery souk, the traditional objects souk, the goldsmith's souk... Traditional livestock market (only on Fridays)
Birkat Al Mauz : A fortified village built on a hillside in a huge palm grove.
Sinaw : Mahut hôtel.


DAY 6 - Sinaw - Khaluf :  The village of Khaluf is a picturesque Bedouin fishing village: end of the world atmosphere where 4WDs pull the boats back from fishing.
White Desert : Hike in the white desert. We walk through the maze of dunes
Sinaw : Mahut hôtel.


DAY 7 White Desert : Morning hike. Ras al Ruways: 1 hour walk. We cross the Wahiba Sand desert (5h) to our camp.
Safari camp : In the late afternoon, hike at sunset. The magic of the desert takes place as the landscape is shaped and changes day by day with the wind.


DAY 8 - Bidiyah - Wadi Bani khalid. Hiking and swimming (2h/3h approx). This is one of the most famous wadi in the Sultanate: with large pools of emerald water, a narrow gorge littered with huge white rocks.
Sur Grand Hotel.


DAY 9 - Wadi Shaab : Unforgettable water hike and swim (3 hrs). Wadi Shab of Oman is one of the most popular canyons in the Sultanate. This site is a small paradise. Access is limited by the river and to reach the bottom you must not only walk but also swim.
Wadi Tiwi : We start from the village of Saymah.  We cross it, then follow a path over the palm grove to reach another village. We have magnificent views of the valley and its palm groves which follow one another and look out over a green river in the distance.
Sur Grand Hôtel.


DAY 10 - Sur: City tour (1 hr). Built between the ocean and a magnificent lagoon, Sour has a history of fishing, traditional dhow building and maritime trade. A ford tower with a beautiful view (sunset) over the city will be a marvel. The city is famous for the manufacture of Arab dhows, we will visit this shipyard.
SinkHole : A huge natural cavity filled with pure green and blue crystal water and surrounded by rock formations and green palm trees.
Wadi Al Arabiyeen : The wadi is cut by a huge furrow on the eastern slope of Mount Hajar.  Swing.
Wadi Dayqah : One of the great attractions of Oman is a huge dam in the Wadi Dayqah valley.
Mascate : Ryiam Hôtel. Depending on return flight.