LAND OF THE FORTS & MOUNTAINS – INDIVIDUAL TOUR

Day 1  arrive Muscat

opinion of a mountain village at Oman

You will arrive at the Seeb International Airport. Upon your arrival you proceed straight to the Immigration counter, you will be welcomed by our airport representative who will assist you with immigration, baggage retrieval and customs. Immigration & customs are quick & simple. Upon arrival at the General arrival lounge you will be met by your friendly & efficient Bahwan Tours chauffer / guide who will assist you to the comforts of our vehicle to drive you at the hotel.
Overnight at the MUSCAT HOLIDAY HOTEL or Similar 

Day 2 in Muscat 

Opinion of the Nizwa Souks at OmanAfter breakfast you will meet your tour guide who will escort you to the comforts of our vehicle to proceed for a tour of Muscat city. Our experienced guide will give you an insight of the country and you are also free to field any questions. The tour starts with the visit to the NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS with flora & fauna and which boasts of a giant fossil. From here proceed for a visit of the GRAND MOSQUE (open for visitors from sat to wed 8-11 AM only, except the holidays) which is one the largest mosque in the world with beautiful art work, chandelier & a once piece carpet covering the entire prayer hall measuring approx 4300 square meters. After the visit continue drive to the “AL ALAM PALACE” (visit stop only – photography is not permitted) flanked by the two Portuguese Fort of “JALALI & MIRANI”. Continue drive along the cornice waterfront to the “MUTTRAH SOUQ”, one of the oldest souq in Oman. The narrow alleys of the souq and the smell of the mystic frankincense and sandalwood in the air are typical to this souq. After the visit return to your vehicles to drive back to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the MUSCAT HOLIDAY HOTEL or Similar

DAY 03 MUSCAT / BATINAH BASH

view of a turtle in Ras al Jinz at OmanAfter breakfast at 0830 hrs the group will get together in the hotel lobby to depart for a full day BATINAH BASH experience. On your way you will pass through the city drive along the express way, past the airport and then along the BATINAH COAST. Our first stop will be at the Seeb village. Watch the fishermen bring in their early morning catch to the shores or take a walk in the seaside market laden with fish, vegetables and fruit stalls. After a short tour of this market you will proceed to visit the NAKHL FORT. This fort once served the Imams of “BANI KHAROUS” and the “YA'ARUBAH DYNASTY”. After recent restoration work carried out on the fort, it is refurbished with the traditional furniture, handicrafts and historic relics.  The ceilings, the doors and windows are decorated with beautiful carvings. The view from the roof-top is very impressive and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The old village of NAKHL which nestles below the fort gradually leads to the famous warm springs of NAKHL situated at the end of an attractive Oasis. Relax by the side of the shallow waters of the springs surrounded by lush green date plantations and steep mountain peaks. On completion of the tour we return back to Muscat. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the MUSCAT HOLIDAY HOTEL or Similar 

DAY 04- MUSCAT / NIZWA / BAHLA / JABREEN / NIZWA

After breakfast at 0800 hrs you will check-out and proceed to Nizwa. You will drop in your baggage at your hotel in Nizwa & proceed on a tour of the OASIS CITY OF NIZWA, which was once the capital of “JULANDA DYNASTY” in the 6th & 7th Century AD. Today it remains as the most popular tourist attractions with its historical buildings & imposing fort. Visit the NIZWA FORT with its enormous round tower built in the 17th century built by “IMAM SULTAN BIN SAIF AL YA'ARUBA” to defend the route to the interior. The fort dominates the entire area, with the town having grown around the edifice. Access to the top is only by means of a narrow, twisting staircase barred by heavy wooden doors, studded with metal. From the top of the tower one can get a bird's eye view of the Nizwa city. From here you will proceed to the NIZWA SOUQ which is renowned for its intricately hand-carved "KHANJAR" and ornately designed silver Jewellery. Here on a Friday a unique goat and cattle auction is held. The atmosphere is electric. After the tour proceed to the JABRIN FORT, en-route, stopping at BAHLA for a photograph of the BAHLA FORT, now a World Heritage Site. Arrive at JABRIN to visit the castle, the finest of Oman's castle built in the late 17th Century, which became a seat of Omani learning .This castle has extremely well planned layouts with room for the “Wali” - the ladies room, the kitchen, the “MAJLIS” etc. Most of the ceilings are decorated with beautiful paintings with Islamic motifs. The view from the top of the castle is really mesmerising. Also visit the ruins of TANUF and see the FALAJ SYSTEM which is still in operation. After quite an eventful day return to the hotel.
Overnight stay at the GOLDEN TULIP HOTEL or Falaj Daris hotel, Nizwa

DAY 05 NIZWA / AL HAMRA / JABEL SHAMS 

After breakfast we leave to visit an old settlement - MISFAH a village in the mountain seemingly hewn out of rock. The houses cling to the rocks, this looks precarious but it has been here for centuries. You will park your car at the beginning of the village and then walk into the village.  A short walk through the village will bring you out looking down at the Falaj and water pools which is still used for washing. There after we return to the hotel. We will be met at the hotel at 13:00hrs by a 4 WD vehicle which will be taking us to the highest point in the Gulf – Jabal Shams. Prior to driving to the Jabal Shams we drive to the village of AL HAMRA Before proceeding to JABEL SHAMS the highest peak in Oman at over 3,000 meters. Jabal Shams means “Mountain of the Sun”, its old name is JABEL AL QANAH. The area is home to weavers of heavy woollen rugs in distinctive colours. Take a walk to see the GRAND CANYON before proceeding to the accommodation at Jebel Shams.
Dinner & overnight at the JABEL SHAMS TRAVELLING & CAMPING CENTRE ( basic camp site).

DAY 06 NIZWA / SINAW / IBRA / WAHIBA SANDS 

After breakfast you will check-out and proceed to IBRA. We also stop to visit SINAW. We proceed to Nahar Farm Oasis for lunch (payment direct by clients). There after we drive to arrive to the desert. On arrival at Bidiyah the desert entry point, you will be transferred in a   4 WD vehicle which will drive you through the desert to the Bedouin camp site. The 'WAHIBA SANDS' often described as a perfect example of a sand sea consists of large ranges of dunes running from North to South, some attaining a height of about 100 meters and orange in colour. The WAHIBA SANDS is the home of the traditional Bedouin tribe who are known for their hospitality and their knowledge of the sands. After a short dune drive we arrive at the Desert Camp site.  Enjoy your evening under the start studded sky.
Dinner & Overnight at the AL RAHA DESERT CAMP SITE

DAY 07  WAHIBA / MUSCAT

After a leisurely breakfast you will check-out & again use the shuttle 4 wheel drive to drive back to the entrance of the desert where the vehicle is parked. We have a leisurely drive to arrive at the Muscat Holiday Hotel by late afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at the MUSCAT HOLIDAY HOTEL or similar.

DAY 08 DOLPHIN WATCHING

After an early breakfast your chauffer guide will meet and escort you to the Marina Bandar Al Rowdha to join the guide to search the seas for dolphins and whales. Watching wild dolphins is a thrilling way to start the day and the lucky may even come across one of the many species of whales that can be found just a few kilometers from Muscat’s rugged coast. Not every trip guarantees a sighting, but you are sure to enjoy a trip out to sea and enhanced your knowledge of nature’s most fascinating marine mammals. You will be served soft drinks, and water on board. Return to the pier to board your vehicle to drive back to the hotel, rest of the day at leisure to explore the city by yourself.
Overnight at the MUSCAT HOLIDAY HOTEL

DAY 09  BEACH EXTENSION 

Breakfast at the hotel and by midday we check out of the Muscat holiday hotel to transfer to the Al Sawadi Beach Hotel.
Overnight at the AL SAWADI BEACH HOTEL. 

DAY 10 -12   BEACH EXTENSION 

Breakfast at the hotel and by midday we check out of the Muscat holiday hotel to transfer to the Al Sawadi Beach Hotel.
Overnight at the AL SAWADI BEACH HOTEL. 

DAY 13  DEPARTURE

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Seeb International airport to connect your return flight back home

COST IN US$ PER PERSON SHARING DOUBLE

NET COST IN US$ PER PERSON SHARING DOUBLE

01 OCT 2011 – 30 Apr 2012 and 01 Sep 2012 – 30 Sep 2012

MINIMUM PERSONS

English Speaking
Chauffeur Guide

Single Supplement

Based on 02 pax

US$ 1,475.00

US$ 259.00

Based on 03 pax

US$ 1,199.00

US$ 259.00

Based on 04 pax

US$ 1,046.00

US$ 259.00

Based on 5 pax

US$ 1,299.00

US$ 259.00

Based on 6 pax

US$ 1,191.00

US$ 259.00

Based on 7 pax

US$ 1,104.00

US$ 259.00

Based on 8 pax

US$ 1,037.00

US$ 259.00

01 May 2012 – 31 Aug 2012

MINIMUM PERSONS

English Speaking
Chauffeur Guide

Single Supplement

Based on 02 pax

US$ 1,344.00

US$ 216.00

Based on 03 pax

US$ 1,088.00

US$ 216.00

Based on 04 pax

US$ 944.00

US$ 216.00

Based on 05 pax

US$ 1,198.00

US$ 216.00

Based on 06 pax

US$ 1,095.00

US$ 216.00

Based on 7 pax

US$ 1.010.00

US$ 216.00

Based on 8 pax

US$ 951.00

US$ 216.00

THE SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT IS ONLY VALID WHEN THERE ARE TWO PAX OR MORE. IF THERE IS A SINGLE TRAVELLER THE ABOVE RATES ARE NOT APPLICABLE

THE COST INCLUDES

-          Meet & Greet at the General arrival hall, at the Muscat International Airport

-          Private arrival transfer and one half day city tour of Muscat

-          Tour by Saloon car / people mover for transfers and city tour

-          Hire of 4 WD vehicle from Day 3 – Day 7 for 5 days with fuel and CDW

-          English / German / French speaking driver cum guide from day 2 – 7 as per above price list

-          6 nights accommodation on Twin sharing basis at the above mentioned hotels or similar

-          Daily Breakfast at the hotel/camp

-          Cost of dinner at Wahiba sands and Jabal shams Resort   

-          All entrance fee to places of interest visited as per the itinerary 

THE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

-          Any item of personal nature.

-          Cost of Oman entry visa

-          Any meals other than specified above 

-          Tips & porterage.

-          Anything other services / items other than the once mentioned in the cost includes column

-          Any hotel extension or Departure transfers

PRICE FOR EXTENSION STAY AT BEACH HOTEL OR SLL EXTENSTION OR KHASAB EXTENSION OR DEPARTURE TRANSFER CAN BE AVAILED FROM OUR TARIFF

·         All Museum visits are subject to change without notice. Museums are normally closed on Thursdays, Fridays 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.

 

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