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DAY 1: Arrival in Oman

Depart from country of residence and arrive in Muscat, the capital of Oman, in the late afternoon or evening. Pickup and transfer from the airport to the hotel. 

In the afternoon we explore the old area of Muscat, containing the forts Al Jalali and Al Mirani, and the Sultan’s Palace (Al Alam Palace), before continuing on to the Mutrah suq. The winding alleyways contain all sorts of local products, including spices, incense, pashminas, wood products and jewellery, and makes for the perfect place to purchase local items. 

DAY 2: Muscat 

We begin this day with a visit to the spectacular Grand Mosque, famous for its Islamic architecture, richly decorated interior and the second largest Persian carpet in the world. After this, afternoon we explore the old area of Muscat, containing the forts Al Jalali and Al Mirani, and the Sultan’s Palace (Al Alam Palace), before continuing on to the Mutrah suq. The winding alleyways contain all sorts of local products, including spices, incense, pashminas, wood products and jewellery, and makes for the perfect place to purchase local items. The afternoon is considered free time. 

DAY 3: Muscat – Wahiba Desert 

After breakfast, we begin our trip with 4x4 vehicles towards the village of Mintrib, found on the edge of the Wahiba desert. Following lunch in a local restaurant, we enter the Wahiba desert, consisting of classical sand dunes that stretch from the interior of the sultanate all the way to the coast. We traverse varying degrees of difficulty sand dunes and may come across nomadic encampments, Bedouin tribes and wildlife. The evening is spent in a camping site situation at the interior of the desert, with dinner included. 

DAY 4: Wahiba Desert Traverse 

Day 4 marks the first real day of the Wahiba Desert traverse. We continue onwards, with the possibility of getting stuck in the sand at various points. The dunes become even larger and their pink-orange hues are truly mesmerizing. We enjoy a picnic lunch in the afternoon before finding a suitable location to set up camp. The sun set is enjoyed at the top of the dunes, one of the most fascinating moments the desert has to offer. 

DAY 5: Wahiba Desert – Huqf 

Following breakfast, the day is dedicated to driving across the desert to reach the village of Mahoot, where we restock on supplies. After lunch in a local restaurant, we return to the asphalt in the direction of the Huqf depression, famous for its high concentration of ancient fossils, petrified trees. Accommodation is camping. 

DAY 6: Huqf – Al Khaluf 

We continue crossing the desert, passing several locations where there is a high possibility of encountering nomadic encampments of the Bedouins living in the Wahiba desert. Eventually, we arrive at the deserted coast, bordering the Indian Ocean. The unspoiled white sands, traditional fishing boats make this a particularly picturesque spot, which proceed Al Khaluf. We spend the night camping in the white sand dunes that lead into the ocean. 

DAY 7: Al Khaluf – Barr Al Hikman Peninsula 

We start day 7 with a relaxing morning spent on the beach, before continuing in the 4x4s down the coast, which changes from a white colour to pink due to the dunes consisting of millions of shell fragments. After a picnic lunch spent on the beach, we continue until reaching Barr Al Hikman. 

 

 DAY 8: Barr Al Hikman Peninsula – Ras Al Ruweis 

After breakfast we continue for a number of kilometres driving along the beach (if the tide permits). Following a picnic lunch we once again head back into the dunes. Dinner and the evening is spent in a camping set up. 

DAY 9: Ras Al Ruweis - Ras Al Hadd

Day 9 begins with the possibility of a swim in the azure coloured ocean, before we continue driving along the coast. We stop for a picnic lunch on the beach and in the afternoon reach Ras Al Hadd, the Eastern most point of the Arabian Peninsula. The bungalow resort we stay at is situated on the beach, and there is an opportunity to see sea turtles depositing eggs in the evening. 

DAY 10: Ras Al Hadd – Muscat 

On the final day, we continue down the coast for 50 kilometres before stopping at the picturesque city of Sur. We visit a small docking area where Arab dhows are still built by hand using traditional construction techniques, before continuing onwards. The ruins of Qalhat, the tomb of Bibi Miriam and the canyons of Wadi Tiwi make for interesting areas to take a break at on the road back to Muscat. Upon Arrival in Muscat, guests will be given day use of several rooms to freshen up and change clothes, before going to dinner and transferring to the airport.

 
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