Self-Drive Discovery of Oman
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Self-Drive Discovery of Oman

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Discover the best of Oman on this unforgettable 10-night self-drive itinerary. In your own luxury 4x4 hire vehicle, you'll experience a diverse range of destinations, everything from remote villages to luxury beach resorts, vast spectacular canyons to desert forts and castles, and impressive mosques and bustling souks. You'll visit the highlights of Oman, including the capital Muscat, the ancient city of Nizwa, the pristine Wadi Shab, and the Al Hajar Mountains. 

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Rental vehicle
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 4 nights at the 5-star Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Desert Rose Camp
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Sama Heights Resort & Spa
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar
Day 1-2
Fly from UK to Muscat

Upon arrival in Muscat, you'll meet your driver at the airport and enjoy a short road transfer to your hotel in the city in the comfort of a private vehicle. Your self-drive rental vehicle, a Toyota Prado four-wheel-drive, will be delivered to your hotel in the morning.

Day 2-4
2 nights stay at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Nestled between the Al Hajar mountain range and the Gulf of Oman, Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel boasts a palatial design that exudes Arabian romance. Set on a beautiful beachfront, the property benefits from a selection of bars and restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, and luxury spa.

Day 3
Muscat City

Enjoy a Muscat city tour during your stay. You'll discover the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a breathtaking example of modern Islamic architecture with its bright white façade, ornate carpets and glimmering chandeliers. You'll also visit Mutrah Souk, a bustling traditional market situated in the most ancient part of the city; this is a perfect place to pick up some Omani souvenirs, from sweet smelling frankincense to gorgeous pashmina shawls and fabulous silver handicrafts.

Learn about Omani history in the Bait al Zubair Museum, a townhouse converted into a celebration of Omani culture; you'll be introduced to the country's national dress and beautiful jewellery before proceeding to the Sultan's Palace itself.

Day 4
Road transfer from Muscat to Sharqiyah Sands

After breakfast, you'll hop into your rental vehicle and begin your self-drive journey. The first stage of your route will see you drive southwards from Al Bustan along the scenic coastal road that winds along the Gulf of Oman before switching inland towards Desert Rose Camp. The route will enable you to pass Wadi Shab, Sur, and the Wahiba Sands.

Day 4
Wadi Shab & Sur

On the way to your next accommodation, you'll visit Wadi Shab, a beautiful valley with emerald water flowing between tall ochre canyons. Whilst here, you'll be able to explore the small pools and waterfalls on foot, as well as a partially submerged cave. 

Afterwards, you'll stop off in Sur, a picturesque trading port that boasts sweeping views across the Gulf of Oman. For the best views, the corniche is unbeatable; from here, you'll spot Ayjah village and its three watchtowers. Fatah Al Khair is also worth a visit, an impressive wooden fishing vessel that now sits permanently on dry land as an example of one of the dhows that Sur was once known for producing.

Day 4-6
2 nights stay at Desert Rose Camp

Set within the expansive dunes of Oman's Sharqiyah Sands, Desert Rose Camp is a secluded retreat in the heart of the desert, inspired by the Bedouin way of life. The camp boasts an open-air dining venue that serves traditional Omani cuisine, its own dedicated spa, and the opportunity to go dune bashing. 

Day 5
Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid

You'll visit Wahiba Sands, a region of sprawling desert in eastern Oman that was named in tribute to the Bani Wahiba tribe who roamed the dunes. The desert is known for its amber dunes and unique fauna and flora, with opportunities here to go on a desert safari or dune bashing. Afterwards, you'll head to the beautiful Wadi Bani Khalid, an oasis of crystal-clear pools, palm trees, and desert canyons. 

Day 6
Road transfer from Sharqiyah Sands to Jebal Shams

Enjoy breakfast before hopping back in your vehicle to head northwest into the rugged Al Hajar Mountains and Jebel Shams, the highest peak throughout Arabia.

Day 6
Jabreen Castle

As you drive to your next accommodation, you'll be able to stop off and visit Jabreen Castle. Constructed during the 17th Century, the castle is a traditional Arabic fortress consisting of curving archways, sweeping wooden galleries and a remarkable labyrinth of staircases. You can explore the castle at your own pace, learning about its impressive history whilst marvelling at the expansive desert landscape beyond. 

Day 6-8
2 nights stay at Sama Heights Resort & Spa

With a rustic design, Sama Heights Resort & Spa is an eco-conscious property set beneath Oman's Jebel Shams mountain. The resort features both stone-built bungalows and Bedouin-style tents, a restaurant serving Omani dishes, and a tranquil spa.

Day 7
Jebal Shams

Choose to embark on a scenic hike around Jebal Shams, the highest peak in Oman and the Arabian Peninsula, which reaches a height of 3,004m. Nearby this striking rock formation lies a deep chasm called the An Nakhr Balcony, the immensity of which will leave you spellbound. Explore the expansive, rugged terrain by following various routes that wind throughout the vast, craggy landscape; we recommend the "Rim Walk" (Route W6A) and the "Abandoned Village Walk" (Route W6) for breathtaking vistas and an insight into the region's fascinating history.

For those who prefer a challenge, opt for the "Summit Walk" (Route W4) and ascend the sparse mountainside to reach its peak to enjoy panoramic views. 

Day 8
Road transfer from Jebal Shams to Jebal Akhdar

After breakfast, you will drive in a southeasterly direction, winding through the spellbinding landscapes of the Al Hajar Mountains towards your next hotel in Jebel Akhdar, famous for its labyrinth of wadis and terraced orchards where pomegranates, apricots, and roses flourish due to the area's Mediterranean climate. 

Day 8
Nizwa Fort & Souk

En route to Jebal Akhdar, you'll have the opportunity to stop at Nizwa, Oman's ancient capital. You can visit Nizwa Fort, a 17th-Century structure that remains the largest of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula. The fort's cylinder-shaped main tower sets it apart from any other fort in Oman, while its interior holds many intriguing exhibits and artefacts. Having taken a total of twelve years to build, Nizwa Fort is linked to a city castle via a handful of intricate corridors.

Once finished exploring the fort, head outside to visit Nizwa Souk, a traditional market that sells traditional wares, as well as the renowned Bedouin silver.

Day 8-10
2 nights stay at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

One of Oman's most luxurious properties, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is a beautifully designed resort set on a dramatic canyon within the Al Hajar mountains. The resort features a breathtaking infinity pool, five restaurants and lounges, and a spa inspired by Oman's rich heritage. 

Day 9
Jebal Akhdar & Village Walk

Embark on a fascinating tour through Oman's sparse landscapes to visit some of its traditional rural villages. Start with a stop at the most famous agricultural area in Jabal Akhdar around the idyllic traditional villages of Saiq, Al Aqr, and Al Ayn. Here you can explore ancient terraces shaped by the Bani Riyam tribe who cultivated this area, which is now home to rose bushes, pomegranate plantations, olive groves, and an intricate water system named 'Falaj, which is fed from a spring high in the mountains.

Afterwards, wander around the picturesque abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib and enjoy the sweeping views of the terraces, farms, and expansive valleys, and follow trails through the wadi and farmlands that harvest walnut trees. During March and April, it is possible to observe the families who make rose water from the Damask roses of the region in their distilleries.

Day 10
Road transfer from Jebal Akhdar to Muscat

In the morning, you will head northeastwards and back to the Omani coast outside of Muscat.

Day 10-12
Coastal Muscat

With two final nights at Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, you can spend your time here as you please, whether that's unwinding on the beach, going on a snorkelling excursion, or enjoying a romantic sunset cruise. The coastline of Muscat is renowned for its dolphin shoals, so you'll also have the opportunity to include a dolphin-watching cruise to your itinerary, departing from Marina Bandar Al Rawdha which is just five minutes away from the hotel. 

Day 12
Fly from Muscat to UK

After a final breakfast in Oman, drive to Muscat International Airport where you will drop off your rental car and board your flight back to the UK.

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Itinerary includes:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Rental vehicle
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 4 nights at the 5-star Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Desert Rose Camp
  • 2 nights at the 4-star Sama Heights Resort & Spa
  • 2 nights at the 5-star Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar
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