Oman Explorer

Muscat Oman: (IT-OMHT01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/oman_explorer_tour.aspx

Introduction
Muscat Oman
This package is a great choice for less experienced riders or those travelling with non-riding companions.

You start with a visit of Muscat's most famous sights including Al Alam Palace and the Sultan Qaboos Mosque. You will then drive to the Sharqiya region to explore Wahiba Sands and one of Oman's most picturesque wadis: Wadi Bani Khalid. Then, you set off to the mountains to marvel at the beautiful Nizwa.

You will also enjoy a beautiful beach ride on stunning endurance horses.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a wilderness ride, so nights will be a mixture of hotels and camping. 

Description
Accommodations vary 

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Muscat
Night 2: Camp in Wahiba Desert
Night 3-6: Hotel in Muscat

Hotel in Muscat
This modern hotel offers about 130 rooms, all equipped with free Wi-Fi access, a TV, mini fridge, coffee and tea making facilities, a safe, a phone and a private bathroom with hairdryer.
The hotel amenities include a gym and a rooftop terrace.

Camp in Wahiba Desert
You are accommodated in bedouin tents (2 people per tent). All your camping equipment is included. We carry a portable shower and washroom tent.


Room Occupancy

If you attend as a single rider willing to share but we are unable to find another rider to share, the single supplement fee applies.


Meals
All breakfasts and dinners are included in your package. Lunches are not included except for lunch on Day 5.

The majority of meals are served at your accommodations.

Alcoholic drinks are not included in the package but you can bring some during the tour.


Dietary Restrictions
We can accommodate vegetarians and some other special diets with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Itinerary


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.


Rates and Dates for Oman Explorer

Rates include:

Accommodations, All breakfasts and dinners with soft drinks, Lunch on Day 5, Group transfers, Boat ride to Demaniyat island, Sightseeing tickets, 1 day of horse riding & English speaking driver
Helmets can be borrowed locally

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20217 day trip, AP$1815

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2021 Private transfers from/to Muscat International Airport, pp, one way $70
2021 Single supplement $350

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 10/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:
Best months for this trip are October to May

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks, Most lunches, Private airport transfers & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Muscat International Airport
Airport: Muscat International Airport
Transfer: Muscat International Airport

Climate:
                                                    Muscat area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

78

80

85

94

103

103

100

97

96

94

86

80

Average Low Temperature (°F)

62

64

68

76

84

86

86

83

80

76

69

64

Average High Temperature (°C)

25

26

30

35

40

40

38

36

36

35

30

27

Average Low Temperature (°C)

17

18

20

24

29

30

30

28

27

25

21

18

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Oman's climate is typical of the Arabian Gulf with hot shoulder seasons (Sept-Nov Average high 30-36°C & Mar-May Average high 29-39°C), even hotter summers (June-Aug Average high 36-40°C) and mild winters (Dec-Feb Average high 25-27°C). It should be noted that the heat is dry most of the time, making it more bearable.

In addition, Oman's varied geography means that temperatures vary depending on where you are in the country. When visiting the Hajar Mountains, south of Muscat, always make sure to bring a sweater, even during the summer months! You should also remember that desert nights get cooler no matter the season.

Oman remains usually quite dry throughout the year with the exception of the southwest (close to the border with Yemen) which benefits from the 'Khareef' (rainy season) monsoon during the summer months. Thanks to the 'Khareef', this region benefits from a cooler summer and green vegetation covers the landscape.

What To Bring: