From city to desert and beyond - discover some of the highlights of these vibrant neighbouring countries

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  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Sail from Muscat to Wahiba Sands on a private boat, stopping at the fishing village of Sur
  • Visit the abandoned village of Birkat al Mauz
  • Join a chef for a visit to Nizwa souk and then prepare a meal together
  • Explore the cultural district on Saadiyat Island

What's included

  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Expert guides in each destination
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Meet and greet airport service
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At a glance

Oman and the United Arab Emirates are neighbouring countries that offer you a wealth of cultural insight, fascinating history and exhilarating adventure. Our team is eager to introduce you to what makes them so special and spark a new love for this part of the Middle East. This 10-day trip gives you an idea of the kinds of activities on offer, but your travel designer will craft a journey that perfectly matches your interests.

A great place to start is in Muscat, with a full-day tour taking in some of the most impressive parts of the city, including the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and Muttrah Souk. A private boat charter carries you from Muscat to Wahiba Sands with a stop in the fishing village of Sur. Look out for dolphins and turtles along the way.

After a few days at a private camp in the desert, relaxing and enjoying the dunes and glamping lifestyle, you’ll continue your journey by heading for Nizwa and Al Hajar Mountains. Here you’ll have the opportunity to delve into Oman’s past as you visit abandoned villages and learn about the history of Omani rose water. A highlight is bound to be visiting Nizwa souk with an experienced chef and then learning to create some delicious Omani dishes afterwards.

The final leg of this adventure takes you over the border to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates’ capital. Take some time to explore the cultural district on Saadiyat Island, and browse the Louvre Abu Dhabi. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the futuristic Yas Island. Don’t miss Ferrari World and, of course, Yas Mall. The Heritage Village is also a great stop if you’re interested in learning more about the history of the city. Finally, no visit to Abu Dhabi would be complete without a visit to marvel at the architectural masterpiece that is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Muscat

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Airport meet and greet

Transfer

Transfer to your hotel in Muscat

Accommodation in Muscat

Full day Muscat City tour Full day Muscat City tour

First highlight of the day is the visit of the world’s fifth biggest mosque, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It impresses with a 14m long Swarovski chandelier and the largest hand-woven carpet on earth (please adhere to the dress code). You pass the diplomatic quarter on your way to Old Muscat with its colourful Al Alam Palace which is flanked by two Portuguese forts: Al Mirani and Al Jalali. Visit Bait Al Zubair Museum with ethnologic exhibits from private collections. Afterwards drive along the panoramic corniche to Muttrah Souk, the oldest market in Oman. Here you find time to stroll around and hunt some bargains.

Muscat to Wahiba Sands by private boat charter Muscat to Wahiba Sands by private boat charter

By catamaran or speedboat, with meals on board, you will sail along the picturesque coast to the fishing village of Sur, keep an eye out for turtles or dolphins as you cruise along. There you pay a worthwhile visit to the dhow museum, and continue your chauffeur-guide towards the Wahiba Desert.

Days 3-5

Wahiba Sands

Your camp in Wahiba Sands

Time at leisure in a private camp Time at leisure in a private camp

Spend the next few days immersing yourself in the stark beauty of this desert region. Make yourself at home at a private camping site and enjoy the relaxation that comes with it. There are a variety of topical books, board games, yoga mats, an iPad with a star gazing app and some information on the local flora and fauna. There will also be sandboards and sledges available for you to head out into the dunes with.

Days 5-8

Nizwa and Al Hajar Mountains

Accommodation in Nizwa and Al Hajar Mountains

Birkat al Mauz and Jebel Akhdar Birkat al Mauz and Jebel Akhdar

Today’s first stop will be in Nizwa where you visit the silver market and the round tower fort. Afterwards you stop by Birkat al Mauz, an abandoned village, surrounded by date palm plantations and an ancient irrigation system called “Falaj” (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Continue your exploration upwards onto Jebel Akhdar, the green mountain. The area is one of the most fertile in the country. In the plantations grow apricots, pomegranates, peaches, grapes, almonds, walnuts and of course the roses that are the base of the popular Omani rose water. In spring, when the roses bloom, the visit of a rosewater factory is a special experience. You'll stop at the Saiq Plateau with the Diana Point. It is named after the late Princess of Wales, who visited in 1990.

Your guide will show you some beautiful traditional villages where you can take a walk. Reach Wadi Bani Habib, a deserted ruined mud village, which demonstrates how the local people lived until approximately 1960. Tour in 4WD, including picnic and entrance fees.

Nizwa souk and cooking class Nizwa souk and cooking class

Early in the morning, the hotel's chef is waiting for you with a lavish takeaway breakfast. He will accompany you to the Nizwa souk, where he will introduce you to the rich variety of spices. Omani cuisine is a true play of flavours with its Arabic, Asian, Indian and African influences. After shopping, you will return to Jabal Akhdar and prepare a two-course menu step by step, which you will enjoy in the late afternoon.

Cycling in Al Hamra Cycling in Al Hamra

Meet your bicycle guides in Al Hamra. First, they will take you to Bahla, where you will visit the fort and the pottery souk. Bahla Fort and the surrounding facilities are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Then you will continue to Jabreen Castle. This magnificent castle dates back to the 17th century. Your bike tour ends here and you will be brought back to your car at your starting point.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Transfer to Muscat

Transfer

Flight to Abu Dhabi

Days 8-10

Abu Dhabi

Accommodation in Abu Dhabi

Saadiyat Island Saadiyat Island

Explore the cultural district on Saadiyat Island, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Yas Island and Ferrari World Yas Island and Ferrari World

Visit the futuristic Yas Island. While here, you'll have the chance to explore Ferrari World and spend time at Yas Mall.

Heritage Village Abu Dhabi Heritage Village Abu Dhabi

Head to the Heritage Village to learn about the history of Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an architectural masterpiece.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Transfer to the airport

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