Brief Event Description
|Event Organiser||Active Holiday Company|
|Pickup Point||Muscat, Oman|
|Pickup Time||08 : 00 A.M|
|Things to Carry||1. Important Travel Documents :
Passport with photocopies.
Visas with photocopies.
Travel insurance with photocopies. Please ensure your insurers name, 24 hr emergency contact telephone number and policy number are highlighted.
All flight tickets for the trip with photocopies.
Active Holiday Company Trip Confirmation Certificate.
Photocopies of important documents to be kept separately.
Copy of the itinerary of your trip.
Spare passport photos.
Credit / Debit Card, Travellers Cheques with serial numbers kept at a separate place.
Youth/Student identification / Senior Citizen card for discounts.
International driving license if you have one.
Vaccination Certificates if needed.
Money belt that can be secured safely.
Money – small denominations of local currency if you can get some before the trip.
2. Personal Effects :
First aid kit comprising any personal medication, aspirin / paracetamol, band-aids, head-ache balm, rehydration salts of your choice, anti-allergy pills, anti-diarrhea pills, anti-nausea pills, small scissors, nail file, sun-block (50 SPF), lip balm, after sun moisturizer, insect repellent and antihistamine/insect bite cream, female hygiene products.
Toothbrush, tooth-paste, deodorant, bio-degradable soap, shampoo, washing detergent.
Water purifying / iodine tablets.
Prescription Diamox / alternate for altitude sickness.
Prescription glasses / contact lenses and solution.
Antibacterial gel and wet-wipes.
Wide brim hat, sunglasses with UV protection.
Minimum 2 liters water bottle so you don’t have to buy plastic bottles, cloth shopping bag.
Book to read, journal, pen, travel pillow, cards / travel games.
Eye mask, ear plugs, army knife (this must always be in your checked in luggage when you are taking a flight).
Adapter, alarm clock, phone with charger, i-pod / MP3 with charger and spare ear-phones, camera and film if your camera needs it.
Travel pillow, torch with reusable batteries, head-lamp.
Plastic bag to separate wet and dry / clean & soiled clothes.
Arrive in Muscat
Arrive in Muscat, the capital city and transfer to the hotel. Muscat means "Anchorage” and lies in a natural volcanic bowl. Today, you are free to explore the city on your own.
After an early breakfast, see the highlights of the city that combines modern existence with a distinct traditional culture. Your tour includes a visit to the Grand Mosque (closed on Fridays. Ladies must carry a head scarf and both men and women should be in proper attire) and the Bait Al Zubai Museum (closed on Fridays), where you will also get a brief introduction to Oman’s history and development. After a drive along the waterfront Corniche to visit the Fish Market and the colourful Muttrah Souq, you will head for a quick stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace, the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos.
Muscat - Jebel Shams
After breakfast, head to Nizwa, capital of the interior and the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Here, you will discover the famous Round Tower Fort built in the 17th century. Nizwa’s Souq is renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved "Khanjars” (daggers) and ornamental silver jewellery. Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles built in the late 17th century displays the best of Omani ceiling painting and woodcarving. Head to Wadi Nakher located in the depth of the deepest canyon, before going to Jebel Shams, passing through the villages of Wadi Ghul with its stone dwellings. Jebel Shams offers spectacular views with a vertical drop of 1000 metres to the Wadi below.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Jebel Shams – Ibra; Hike
After breakfast at your Resort, head to Al Hamra where you will meet your hiking guide. Drive to Al Khatim where you will explore the abandoned village on foot before returning to Al Chatham for a picnic lunch. Then, continue to trek into Wadi Ghul with your guide. Your driver will meet you at the end of the hike for the drive to Wahiba, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sanddunes rising up to 200 metres, that are host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. Today you will overnight in a tent in your dune camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Ibra - Ras Al Hadd
Today you will have time to enjoy the dunes before leaving the desert. From Mintrib you will proceed to Bilad Bani Bu Ali and drive along the coastline to Ras Al Junayz, the turtle breeding site, where you will stay at the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre. You have a short walk to the beach in the night to watch the turtles nestling in the sands.
Ibra – Muscat, Departure
After breakfast, pack up for the ride back to the airport. However, there is a lot to do on the way. First you will visit the fish jetty and dhow factory. Pass the village of Qalhat on the coastal road to Muscat and stop at Wadi Shab. Many enjoy walking up the rocky path to the source of the Wadi through lush green plantations of lemon, banana and dates. The fairly easy walk is dotted with pools and waterfalls. Enjoy a picnic lunch in these serene surroundings. The last stop enroute will be the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. Arrive in Muscat via Quriyat for your flight back home (flights to be arranged after 19:00 pm).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
1. All accommodation as per itinerary based on twin sharing basis.
2. All meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
3. Private arrival and departure transfers, 4-wheel drive throughout the tour
4. Services of an English-speaking Local guide.
5. Sightseeing with admission fees for sightseeing mentioned.
6. Turtle Watching Permit.
7. Mineral Water.
1. Airfare, Visa, Insurance, Excess Baggage, Porterage.
2. Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, meals not specified in the itinerary.
3. Single room and hotel upgrade supplement.
4. Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary.
5. Tips for hotel or restaurant staff, local guides and tour crew.
6. Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone bill, minibar, shopping)
7. Extra Nights at the beginning or the end of the trip.
8. Any compulsory dinner or peak season surcharge.
9. Service Tax of 3.50% applicable for Indian tours and Indian Residents.
10. Optional Tours.
|Instructions & Guidelines||NA|
Oman's arid desert and pink mountains, combined with its history make it the perfect destination to embark on a hiking trip interspersed with a cultural high. The tour of the 5000 year old capital highlights the beginning of your trip as you stroll through fish markets and the colorful Muttrah souq. You will also explore the mystical villages of Al Khatim on your foot and later enjoy the ride on the Wahiba, the vast mass of red and white sea of sand dunes that are a photographer’s muse. From walking up the rocky paths dotted with waterfalls to camping in the sandy wilderness with the Bedouins, this trip will introduce you to Oman's modern existence that is on par with its distinct tradition.