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Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Upon arrival at the airport arrival lounge you will be met by our friendly & efficient chauffer who will drive you to your hotel.
The tour begins with a visit of the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Later drive to old town to visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a private collection exhibiting the wealth of Oman’s history.
We will also stop for photo opportunities at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos and the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Muscat

Day 2 (Sunday): Wadi Bani Khalid & Wahiba desert
After breakfast, we drive to the Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the most picturesque wadis in Oman where water flows all year round. We will stop here to have lunch before we continue driving to Wahiba sands, with its golden sand dunes. Meet a Bedouin family and do some dune bashing (going up and down the dunes with our 4×4 vehicle). Our evening in the desert will be a memorable one: BBQ, music, dancing etc...
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight camping in Wahiba desert

Day 3 (Monday): Nizwa & Jebel Shams
This morning, we drive to Nizwa, (approximately 2 hours from Wahiba desert) a historic town and Oman’s cultural capital. You visit the powerful Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, and the traditional Souq. The Souq is a lively place and an ideal location to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs. Our visit is followed by a free lunch break (lunch is not included in the package).
Later, we drive to Al Hamra to see one of the oldest villages of this region. The traditional mud houses date back from 400 years are still occupied. Continue your journey to the top of Jebel Shams, “Sun Mountain”, Oman’s highest peak at 3009 meters. The cooler temperatures will surprise you as you reach the top to get a spectacular view of the “Grand Canyon”. After an impressive cultural day, we head back to Muscat.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Muscat

Day 4 (Tuesday): Daymaniyat Island
Departure from either Marina Bandar Rawdha or Al Mouj Muscat marina (your choice).
If you depart from Marina Bandar Rawdha it will take approx. 1.5 hours to get to the islands however, the advantage is you will get to see some of Oman’s coastline which can only be seen from the ocean (cemetery bay, Al Alam Palace, the engraving on the rocks and many more). You might even be lucky to see dolphin on your way as they tend to be around Marina Bandar Rawhda.
If you depart from Al Mouj Muscat marina, the trip is a lot shorter 45 mins however it is not as scenic.
Once you arrive on the island our team will help you with best place to snorkel. The island is famous for its coral reef rich in pelagic sea life, turtles are often spotted and whale sharks can also be seen during the right season ().
Departure Times:
From Marina Bandar Rawdha the ferry departs at 9 am and the return ferry picks up guests for 3pm.
From Al Mouj Muscat marina the ferry departs at 9 am and the return ferry picks up guests for 1pm.
Once back from the island, you will visit old Muttrah Souq and have a dinner in a local restaurant. We should be back at the hotel around 9:30 pm.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Muscat

Day 5 (Wednesday): Barka Ride
We start the day by visiting Barka stables where the local team will be waiting for you. Lunch on site and meeting with your horses, which are endurance trained all year. Departure of the horse-riding adventure on the immense beaches of Barka, where you will be trotting and cantering this afternoon. Arrival back to the stables at sunset and dinner with locals.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Muscat

Day 6 (Thusrday): Nakhal Fort
Nakhal Fort is a large fortification in the Al Batinah Region of Oman. It is named after the Wilayah of Nakhal. The small oasis Nakhal located at the foot of Al Hajar Mountains. Amidst beautiful palm groves, it is one of the most spectacular stone castles in the world and an impressive masterpiece of Arabic architecture. Nakhal fort was built to protect the trade routes between Nizwa and the coast.
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Muscat

Day 7 (Friday): Departure
After an amazing tour, it’s time for departure. We will drop you off at Muscat International Airport.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome on this ride. Please, inquire for rates and non-riding activities.
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Oman Explorer
Tour Code: IT-OMHT01
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,815.00
Dates : All Year

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2021 10/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve
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Tack: English sythetic wintec type or endura...
Horses: Arabians & Anglo-Arabs
Pace: Approx. 4-5 hours in the saddle per ri...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Muscat International Airport
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