Mountain & Coast

Muscat Oman: (IT-OMHT02)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/oman_mountain_coast_ride.aspx

Introduction
Muscat Oman
Join us on an exciting riding adventure in the Sultanate of Oman, often referred to as “The Jewel of the Arabian Gulf”.

This tour is a beautiful blend of adventurous rides through Oman's various landscape (mountains, desert and the coast) with interesting visits to some of the country's most famous sights including the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Wadi Al Abyad and the Daymaniyat islands.

Your riding companions are beautiful Arabians and Anglo-Arabs horses that are endurance-trained year round. These horses are extremely well adapted to the environment.

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 or Seeb
Night 2: Hotel in Barka
Night 3: Sawadi Hotel
Night 4: Desert Camp
Night 5: Desert camp
Night 6 & 7: Hotel in Muscat or Seeb

Al Seeb Holiday Inn Hotel in Seeb
This modern hotel has 184 rooms, all equipped with free Wi-Fi, a TV, a safe, air-conditioning and private facilities with hair dryer. The hotel also has an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

Al Falaj Hotel in Muscat
This newly renovated hotel offers 152 modern bedrooms. Each room features a TV, a phone, a safe, free internet access and private facilities with hair dryer.

Hotel in Barka
This hotel offers comfortable rooms with a modern décor. All rooms come equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi access and ensuite bathroom.

Al Sawadi Hotel
This beachside resort offers 100 bedrooms, all featuring air conditioning, a TV, a balcony and ensuite bathroom. Some of the hotel amenities include outdoor pool, spa and fitness center.

Desert Camp
You will be accommodates in tents well spaced from each others. 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
Most meals are included in your package. Breakfasts are included everyday. Lunch is included from day 2 to day 6. Dinner is included from day 3 to 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
You will be picked up from the Muscat International Airport by our friendly & efficient chauffer who will drive you to the hotel.
After settling down at hotel we will proceed with the tour to the traditional Souq. The Muttrah Souq is one of the oldest markets in the Arab world. For centuries, it has served in the trade of goods which arrived at the port of Muscat from India, China, Europe and other parts of the Middle East. The Souq remains a lively market, and sells fresh products; vegetables; herbs and spices as well as traditional fabrics, clothes,
jewelry, pottery etc. Immerse yourself in its buzzing and fragrant atmosphere, whose alleys are lined with shops and vendors.
Explore the winding alleys and follow the aromas of scented oils, fresh jasmine and spices. Small shops in the market sell embroidered fabric, veils and clothing in some stalls, antiques and gilded decorations, while in others, spices and powdered tinctures are divided into colored heaps.
Meals included: none
Overnight at Muttrah Holiday Inn Hotel or similar


Day 2 (Sunday): Sultan Qaboos Mosque Visit & Barka Beach Ride
This morning, visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Then, transfer to the Barka stables where the local team will be waiting for you. Lunch on site and first meeting with your horses, which are endurance PSA Arabs trained all year round. We starts our horse-riding adventure on the immense beaches of Barka, where you will be trotting and cantering this afternoon. Arrival at sunset at your hotel!
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Barka Hotel or similar


Day 3 (Monday): Barka to Mussanah
After a pleasant breakfast by the sea, we will ride on the beaches in the direction of Mussanah. We will enjoy some canters on the way and see traditional Omani fishing boats (Oman is the country of Sindbad the sailor). This is a beautiful day spent by the sea and swimming with horses!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Sawadi Hotel or similar


Day 4 (Tuesday): Semi-desert Ride
Today, we transfer to the endurance tracks, where the team and the horses that have been transported await you. We ride through a semi-desert landscape strewn with acacia trees. In the distance, we can see the Hajar mountain range. Today, we will ride between 4 and 5 hours.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near ???


Day 5 (Wednesday): Wadi Al Abyad
After an early breakfast (around 7 am) you get back in the saddle and set off to the beautiful Wadi Al Abyad "the white wadi". Red dunes and mountains create a striking contrast. You will take a small break, followed by lunch in the desert before continuing your journey on horseback.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near ???


Day 6 (Thursday): Small Villages
We start the day by a quick drive to Wadi Al Abyad, where we visit small villages close to the Hajar mountain range. Then we transfer back to Muscat (arrival by 2 pm) where you have a free afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Muscat Holiday INN Hotel 4* or similar


Day 7 (Friday): Daymaniyat Island (weather dependent)
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.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Muscat Holiday INN Hotel 4* or similar


Day 8 (Saturday): 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 Mountain & Coast

Rates include:

Accommodation, Most meals with soft drinks, Group transfers, Boat ride to Demaniyat island with snorkelling, 3.5 riding days with English speaking guide
Helmets can be borrowed locally

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20228 day trip, AP$1990

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2022 Private transfers from/to Muscat International Airport, pp, one way $70
2022 Single supplement $500

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Lunch on day 2 and 7, Dinner on day 2, 6 and 7, Alcoholic drinks, Some meals, 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: