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Luxury Oman

This sample itinerary can be tailored to you and your family’s precise requirements and interests. That is what the Oman specialists at Pomegranate Travel excel at!

Indicative price guide

From $10,000 per person

Based on two people sharing a room and five star hotels.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Oman!

Muscat

Upon arrival at Muscat International Airport (Oman), you will be welcomed at the flight gate by a personal assistant and porter who will be holding a sign with your name and ready with buggy cars. As you relax and enjoy the arrival lounge refreshments, your arrival procedures will be taken care of by your personal assistant who will assist you throughout the process, while your luggage is collected by your porter. Once all procedures are completed, you will be escorted to your hotel transfer, accompanied by the personal assistant and porter, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience.

You will be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Day 2

Muscat City Tour & Insider Meeting

Muscat

Muscat offers a unique opportunity to witness Oman’s modern commercial capital city co-exist with the country’s traditional culture. See the Grand Mosque, including inside this spectacular religious structure, and view the Sultan’s palace, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Visit the National Museum of Oman which neatly set out the history of the country and its culture in a modern and interactive environment. Interest allowing you will also visit the Opera House, one of the city’s most impressive pieces of architecture. During today’s tour you will also have an opportunity to practice your bartering skills as you visit the colorful Muttrah Souq where you will find vendors of traditional wares, foods, spices and artisanal items.

A true example of female empowerment is the remarkable stories of the hardworking women of Sidab, a quaint fishing village just outside Muscat where you can see traditional Omani culture and craftsmanship thrive. These women, have honed the traditional skills which are their inheritance, in sewing, photography, henna artistry, and Omani cooking. Their entrepreneurial spirit has led them to establish successful small businesses, earning recognition from corporate leaders, community figures, and even heads of state. Learn about the intricate details and deep symbolism woven into the garments and the vital role they play in preserving Omani traditions, and share a homemade traditional Omani meal as you hear the stories of these ladies.

Day 3

Muscat Water Adventures

Muscat

Embark on an unforgettable adventure in the Gulf of Oman with a dolphin-watching and snorkeling cruise from Muscat. Venture into the azure waters, where you may have the opportunity to observe playful dolphins, including bottlenose, common, spinner, and Risso’s dolphins, as well as rare whale species like humpback and blue whales.  After marveling at these majestic cetaceans, immerse yourself in the crystalline waters at a nearby snorkeling site, teeming with vibrant coral beds and an exotic array of tropical fish.

This evening we invite you to relax on a private and tranquil dhow cruise adventure as you journey along the Muscat coast, experiencing the same breathtaking views that ancient mariners did centuries ago. During the cruise, relax and enjoy a delightful assortment of refreshments, including traditional Omani Kahwa, water, dates, and soft drinks. This enchanting excursion offers an unforgettable way to immerse yourself in the beauty of Muscat’s rich history and captivating landscapes while indulging in the finest Omani hospitality.

Day 4

Muttrah Souq & Cook & Helicopter to Jabal Akhdar

Muscat, Jabal Akhdar

Located in the heart of old Muscat in the busy Muttrah Corniche, the Muttrah Souq is an enchanting marketplace that pulls you in as you lose yourself in its winding alleys and vibrant stalls. As one of the oldest marketplaces in Oman, it has been a bustling hub of trade and commerce for over two centuries. Visit the souk and also the city’s busy fresh fish souk with a local expert Omani chef to choose the finest ingredients for you to cook together. Together you will continue onwards to your professional kitchen where you will learn about traditional Omani recipes, spices and cooking techniques and then prepare a meal together representative of local cuisine, with items such as fresh fish, local salads and date puddings.

This afternoon you will helicopter to Jabal Akhdar – a truly exhilarating experience.  As you soar above the city, take in the breathtaking sights of Muscat’s famous landmarks, including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Royal Opera House, and the Al Qurm Natural Reserve. Witness the harmonious blend of modern architecture and Omani tradition that defines the city, as well as the natural beauty of its coastline and surrounding landscapes. This thrilling helicopter tour is the perfect way to create lasting memories of Muscat’s awe-inspiring beauty.

Helicopters

Day 5

Mountain Hike & Roses

Jabal Akhdar

Setting out into the Jabal Akhdar mountainous area, you will find yourself spoilt for choice for spectacular walking trails, which wind through this stunning area, through villages and wilderness alike. Please let us know about your fitness level so that we can match you with the perfect guide and of course trail which can range from short and simple to a full day and more challenging. You will also visit the rose flower plantations, taking a stroll through them (blossom season is Feb and March, but the plantations can be enjoyed year round) and learn about this important form of agriculture for the country. Visiting the rose areas you will also stop by a simple farming home where you will witness this traditional way of life and may even be able to see the process of home distilling of rose water.

Day 6

Day of leisure

Jabal Akhdar

Spend a rejuvenating day at Alila Jabal Akhdar, where you can unwind with world-class facilities, immerse yourself in the serene Jabal Akhdar nature, and experience the epitome of luxury and relaxation. This day is all about pampering yourself and embracing the beauty of Oman’s mountainous landscapes.

Day 7

Nizwa & Onwards to Wahiba Sands

Nizwa, Wahiba Sands

The enchanting city of Nizwa lies in the middle of the breathtaking mountainous region. During the 6th and 7th centuries, it was the capital and has managed to preserve it’s place as Oman’s cultural capital. Nizwa’s outstanding souk is one of the most beautiful and bountiful in the country, showcasing a selection of items made from wood, clay, and precious metals, as well as meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, and spices. On Friday mornings, there is the unforgettable experience of witnessing a large cattle market where Bedouins from a number of different tribes flock to buy and sell camels and other animals. Nizwa is also renowned for its beautiful architecture and the mighty fort that stands tall above the city, famous for its round guard tower, the fort is now home to a fascinating museum. Time allowing you can also visit the newly opened museum Oman across the Ages (not open on Friday mornings) which is modern and interactive, and offers a wonderful collection of artifacts connected to the Sultan.

Nestled beneath the grandeur of Nizwa’s ancient fort, the Nizwa souk serves as a vibrant hub of trade and tradition. This historic marketplace, meticulously restored to its former glory, stands as one of Oman’s most captivating souks and an essential destination for those seeking an authentic taste of local life.
Every Friday morning, the souk comes alive with the bustling livestock auction. Locals dressed in traditional attire gather around a central stage, as the auction unfolds with spirited bidding and friendly banter. Witness the unique blend of tradition and camaraderie that infuses this lively event.

After Nizwa we will proceed to the Wahiba Sands for a sundowner nestled in the spectacular dunes as the setting sun colours the desert the most magnificent colours.

This evening you will make the most of being deep in the desert with a memorable star gazing experience – the pervading darkness and dry, clear air makes for near perfect conditions. Add to that your guide’s knowledge and some good equipment and you are all set to explore the wonders of space. We will begin the activity with an introduction to the science of astronomy and will point out constellations, planets and more.

Desert Nights

Day 8

Bedouin, Oasis & Sur

Wahiba sands, Muscat, Sur

Bedouin camps are evident in the Wahiba Sands area, which is still home to a number of Bedouin families, and you will have the opportunity to learn about this way of life, so different from ours. The best way to learn about these amazing and hardy people is to spend time doing with the Bedouin inside their environment. You will have the opportunity to share some tea and dates, talk to them and ask plenty of questions. Please note that authentic Bedouin camps are extremely basic (there may not be bathroom facilities), and you will be invited to sit on the floor as is customary. Men are not permitted to sit inside the womens’ camp, so couples will be invited to sit in the mens’ tent.

 

Wadi Bani Khalid, also known as Wadi Hayer or Wadi Hawer, is a desert paradise of an oasis in the middle of the sweltering sands. It is surrounded by date palm trees and consists of a network of pools with sparkling blue water surrounded by rock valleys. As you will learn, Wadi Bani Khalid is not a single spot but a wide expanse of area covering numerous villages in these rocky hills. The pools in the Wadi have absolutely clear sparkling waters and there is even a waterfall here. You are invited to enjoy this wonderful site by getting a little wet!

On the way to Muscat we offer you to make two more amazing stops:

A visit to Sur, the capital city of Oman’s Ash Sharqiyah South Governorate, offers a unique blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty. Visit the fish jetty and then watch Omani artisans use centuries-old techniques to build traditional Arabian ships at a dhow factory. A stroll along the city’s picturesque corniche provides a glimpse into Sur’s maritime past, while the nearby beaches offer a tranquil retreat, and the local restaurants a delicious opportunity to try some of the local seafood dishes.

 

After Sur we will proceed with exclusive experience – private luxury lunch at Fins beach
Fins Beach is a fabulous spot of nature – you will find white sands, various shaped pebbles, turquoise waters and inviting coves. The beach is happily located between Sur and Muscat, popular with locals and offers us the perfect spot to spot for lunch. Come feast on Middle Eastern delicacies and salads, barbequed meats, and local sweets at a beautifully arranged table, and you will feel happy and refreshed for your onwards journey.

After a delightful lunch, we will arrange for your smooth transfer to your hotel in Muscat for a relaxing overnight stay.

 

Day 9

Day at leisure

Muscat

Enjoy a day at leisure in Muscat, where you can explore the city’s diverse attractions and experience its unique charm at your own pace, or alternatively simply soak up the sun while admiring the views and absorb all of the experiences of the past days!

Day 10

Depart from Oman

Muscat

You will be transferred by comfortable air-conditioned car to Muscat Internarial Airport. Our representative will assist you with procedures. We wish you a safe and comfortable journey home, taking with you many treasured memories.

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