Three Days Tour In Muscat, Nizwa, Wahiba Sands
3 Days Tour Planning in In Muscat, Nizwa, Wahiba Sands
We’ll set off from Muscat heading for Nizwa, the former capital of Oman. At Nizwa Souq, you can find loads of vendors displaying a variety of goods ranging from vegetables and pottery to jewellery and handicrafts. Plus, not to forget Omani sweets (Halwa), dates, spices, and souvenirs never cease to surprise you. What’s particularly interesting is the Friday cattle market – when locals from nearby towns come together in an open-style affair to sell animals such as goats, cows, sheep, and chickens. It all makes for a unique experience that only few places can offer.
Right next to the Souq lies Nizwa Fort, which has been transformed into a museum. It offers spectacular sights of the old town and its surrounding mountains. You can explore the entirety of this grand fort, including its many corridors, rooms and towers. This structure is a testament to the economic and military successes of Yaruba dynasty from mid-17th century as it was constructed to survive any attack. Many traps were even put in place along the passages for thwarting any attempted infiltration.
Leaving Nizwa, our journey takes us to the Wahiba Sands desert. This sprawling expanse of 12,500 square km is also known as Al Sharqiya Sands. It’s named for a Bani Wahiba tribe that inhabits both the northern and southern governorates in the eastern region, spanning 180 km (110 mi) north to south, and 80 km (50 mi) east to west. Relaxation awaits at the campsite or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a 4×4 excursion through the sand dunes. Finally, end your day by admiring a stunning sunset atop one of the grand sand dunes before dinner at camp.
Wahiba Sands-Wadi Bani Khalid-Sur- Ras Al Hadd
Today we drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the largest and most beautiful Wadis in Oman. When you reach Wadi Bani Khalid, you’ll find sparkling, blue, clear pools 9 meters deep that are perfect for long swims, relaxing sunbathes, in the beautiful scenic Wadi Canyon. Just walk for approximately 10 to 15 minutes (walking shoes are required).
Our journey continues from Wadi Bani Khalid to Sur. We will take you to the old city of Sur where you can see most of the houses there are designed with wooden doors and windows. We will show you the dhow factory where you can see the wooden dhow building, and we will also show you the old ship.
Then we drive to Ras Al Hadd to our hotel/resort for the night. In the evening, after buffet dinner, we visit the Turtle Sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where we will be guided on a beautiful walk on the beach at night. You may be able to see Omanis great sea turtles stumbling onto the beach to build a nest and lay eggs, and, if you are lucky, you may even see baby turtles hatching.
Wadi Shab, and Sinkhole- back to Muscat.
We continue to explore Wadi Shab, a stunning canyon gorge full of lush palm trees and magnificent rock formations. A 45-minute hike up through the canyon (walking shoes needed!) brings us to crystal clear pools that can be enjoyed by taking a dip in the warm waters. Eventually, after swimming from pool to pool, we come across an unforgettable crevice cave with a little waterfall that lets in sunlight, transforming its turquoise waters with showers cascading down one side of the cave from the wadi beyond.
Our next stop is the Bimmah Sinkhole, a big crater near the sea and only 600 m away from it. This gigantic depression measures 50 m by 70 m wide and around 20 m deep, its turquoise waters inviting for a dip! The sinkhole is located in the limestone of eastern Muscat Governorate, between Dhabab and Bimmah village. The surface layer collapsed due to the dissolution of the underlying limestone thus creating this marvel that can now be enjoyed thanks to the local municipality’s development of a park around it.
Four Days Tour Included & Excluding
- Harbor of Muscat (Far Shore Excursions Passengers)
- Muscat International Airport