Muscat

Day

Date

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

Mon

07.May

Arrival

Muscat Highlights

Tue

08.May

Gala Birthday Dinner

Wed

09.May

Nizwa Fort & Desert Dunes

Dinner at Desert Camp

Thu

10.May

Oases, Wadis, Sinkhole and return to Muscat

Fri

11.May

Depart (to next destination or Melbourne/home)



April 9 - We still have one room available.

Monday May 7th - Arrival in Muscat & City Highlights Tour

Chedi Facade


Transfer upon arrival to your hotel - the top-ranked in the city and world-renowned for its simple elegance.    Walk from the lantern-lined reception through the gently arced hallways and out into the modern Moorish water gardens and you’re reminded of the Alhambra. Recline by one of the pristine pools or repair to the vast spa and you’ll note that the swarming crowds of that particular palace couldn’t be further from your reality.

room


Your hotel features a private beach, spa and health club, tennis courts, 3 pools, boutique, 21 acres of landscaped grounds and free WiFi. In rooms: TV, CD player, iPod dock, minibar with free drinks and snacks, and Acqua di Parma bath products.

2.30pm - Meet your guide in the lobby area. 
  Muscat offers the visitor a unique opportunity to witness a modern commercial centre existing in harmony with its traditional culture. With its natural harbour, Muscat means "Anchorage" & lies in a natural volcanic bowl. 

 

 

Our tour will start from Bait Al Zubair Museum, which is a brief introduction that traces Oman's history and development. We proceed for a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace; official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali. 

 

Drive along the waterfront Corniche visiting the colourful Muttrah Souq (One of the oldest markets in the Gulf region). Enjoy the shopping in this souq, which is famous for pashmina, carpets, perfumes, gold, silver, handicrafts, carpets & antiques. 

Later drive toward the Qurum area and the beach corniche for beautiful evening view. 

By 7pm, your Guide will drop you off at the hotel.

Enjoy a welcome cocktail in the lounge.  Free time for dinner.


Tuesday May 8th - Free day & Birthday Gala Dinner

During the day, relax and enjoy the beautiful spa, pool and beach at your magnificent hotel - one of the top ranked in the world!

pool


7pm - meet in the lobby to go to your gala birthday dinner event.

 

 

Wednesday May 9th - Nizwa Fort, Oasis, Sunset Dune tour, Dinner and Overnight at a Desert Camp

9.30am - meet in the lobby for your overnight excursion to the desert.  Bring an overnight bag only with a bathing suit and light clothing.  

The first destination will be the Grand Mosque, which is unique in its own beauty & architecture. It is the landmark monument of Muscat. (Dress code: Ladies fully covered and to carry a head scarf, men in trousers)

Later visit the powerful Nizwa Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, one of the most impressive forts in Oman and the traditional Souq.  

Lunch in Nizwa

After lunch, we will stop at Wadi Bani Khalid – an oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip. Enjoy the ambiance of the Wadi. Here, it is ideal for Swimming & Trekking in the beautiful landscape.

 

After this, we’ll drive to Wahiba Sands, which consists of undulating sand dunes of different hues.  We'll reach the Desert camp around 16.00 Hrs to check in and have a rest/relax.  

Close to sunset, we’ll head out in SUVs for an exhilarating ride in the dunes.  

 7.30pm - enjoy dinner at the desert camp.

 

Thursday May 10th - Wadis, Waterholes and Return to Muscat

9.30am - meet at the camp entrance for another exciting day.

First, you will visit a Bedouin House.  The Bedouin are the original inhabitants of the Desert. Enjoy some Kahwa & Dates in a Bedouin house & later proceed to Sur (Maritime city).

 

Visit the fish jetty and a dhow factory in Sur. 

Proceed to Wadi Tiwi, which has
 refreshing pools of water set among the date palms.  Enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim here.

 

On the return trip to Muscat, we will stop at the
 Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the 
bottom. 


On clear sunny days while driving along the coast one might chance to see fleet footed Gazelle sprint across the landscape.  

Return to your hotel in Muscat in time for dinner (at your leisure).


Friday May 11th - Departure

Private transfers will be arranged to the airport in time for your flight (to Melbourne or back home).

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