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From Muscat: Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole Full-Day Tour

1. From Muscat: Wadi Shab & Bimmah Sinkhole Full-Day Tour

Discover the incredible oasis of Wadi Shab - one of the last places in Oman where you can chill in fresh blue water surrounded by mountains. Enjoy a rewarding full-day experience as you explore this spectacular waterfall in a cave. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in Muscat. Hop into an air-conditioned vehicle and set off on a 2-hour scenic drive through the otherworldly landscapes of Oman. Along the route, stop at a local coffee shop to try an energizing Omani tea. When you arrive at your destination, hidden away in the canyon of the dry river Wadi-Shab, take a very quick boat ride to the other side of the bank. From here, embark on your 40-minute hike.  During the walk, experience the awesome power of nature which has forged the rock formations of this impressive canyon. Observe how the local farmers live and work, maintaining their crops in rough, rocky lands using the old irrigation system as their water supply. Be sure to bring along your waterproof cameras and shoes so that when you reach the lake you can snap some photos and walk around the magnificent site.  Admire the cascade of the waterfall and take a refreshing dip in the beautiful blue water to cool off from the heat. On the way back, stop to see a beautiful lake located in the Bimmah Sinkhole.  Finally, return to the vehicle and begin the drive back to Muscat where you will be dropped off at your hotel and the tour concludes.

Oman: Jasmin Tour | 3 Days Private Package Tour

2. Oman: Jasmin Tour | 3 Days Private Package Tour

First, you'll explore the desert town of Fanya, and admire the ancient mud buildings amid a mountainous backdrop. Continue to the Old Town Mudhairib. The ruins here offer a wonderful photo opportunity. In bustling Ibra, you will stroll the local market and enjoy a midday repast before visiting its ancient village. A romantic night in a desert camp will rejuvenate you after an adventurous 4x4 sand dune drive, topped off by a stunning sunset over desert dunes and followed by a sumptuous dinner surrounded by the warmth of a campfire. On day 2, explore Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful wadis in Oman. Swim, sunbathe, relax, or have a picnic in the scenic wadi canyons. Tour the sights of Sur, including a famous castle, and visit the Turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. Look for nesting sea turtles and, if you are lucky, baby turtles hatching. Proceed to the overnight hotel/camp in Ras al Hadd. The next day, after a photo stop at the The Tomb of Bibi Mariam (onetime host to Marco Polo) in Qalhat, you'll continue to Wadi Shab. This is an enormous canyon where you'll hike and bathe in the crystal clear pools, crevices, and even a stunning turquoise waterfall. On the way back to Muscat, see the incredible Bamah Sinkhole, believed to have been created by a meteor.

Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khamed Private Trip

3. Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khamed Private Trip

To start your full-day visit to Oman, board a 4WD vehicle and get ready to visit the most fantastic wadi. Head towards Fanjah, where you will have the time to make a photo stop to snap some great pictures fo the wadi and marvelous oasis.  Drive through the Sumail Gap that divides the Western and Eastern Hajars, past the ruins of Al Mansfah old mercantile community near Ibra. Head towards Wadi Bani Khalid. Drive past a village with endless plantations before you reach the magnificent Wadi. The pools are cool and deep, filled with silky water perfect for a long swim.  Move on to Wahiba's undulating golden sands to enjoy the experience of dune bushing with your experienced guide. Let your guide show you his talent in driving across the dunes of wahiba, take memorial photos for you and your family, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you return to Muscat.

From Muscat: Nakhal Fort Day Trip

4. From Muscat: Nakhal Fort Day Trip

Get picked up from your accommodation in Muscat and drive along the magnificent Batinah coastline to Barka before heading south to reach the Oasis of Nakhal. Catch your first sight of the Nakhal Fort, which lies in a group of mountain foothills near an abundant source of water used to irrigate extensive date palm plantations. Visit the Nakhal Fort, built originally by the Sassanids during pre-Islamic times to defend against invading Arab tribes. Tour the present-day fort, which was reconstructed in the 17th century. Then head to Al Thowarah Hot Springs just a few kilometers from Nakhal Fort. Finally, visit another pre-Islamic fort in Rustaq, the former capital of Oman during medieval times. Get dropped off back at your accommodation in Muscat.

From Muscat: Wadi Sahtan Day Trip

5. From Muscat: Wadi Sahtan Day Trip

Get picked up by your friendly, local guide from anywhere in Muscat and go on a 7-hour day trip to the Wadi Sahtan. Travel by 4WD vehicle so you can navigate the rough terrain of the wadi.  On your way towards Wadi Sahtan, stop at the traditional Seeb fish souq, followed by a visit to the fruit and vegetable market. Then get back on the road north of Rustaq, which connects the interior town of Ibri via Wadi Bani Ghafir, Wadi Mabrah, and Wadi Hidaq.  Enter the Wadi Sahtan traveling via narrow dirt roads. Come across the Sahtan Bowl, known also as Mandoos, or the Chest of Oman due to its isolation. Keep your camera ready to capture the varied natural landscapes you come across in the wadi. Return invigorated to Muscat at the end of the day.

Daliah: 2 Day Package Tour

6. Daliah: 2 Day Package Tour

Explore Nizwa, the old capital city of Oman, at the famous Nizwa Souq. A wide variety of vendors offer their goods each morning. Here you can find fish, meat, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts and souvenirs, sold in authentic market halls. Watch as vendors hawk their livestock at the Friday cattle market. Nearby Nizwa Fortress is architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks, with traps galore set for possible intruders in its hallowed halls. The picturesque village Misfath al Abreen lies on a steep slope at the foot of Jebel Shams, and has a large Falaj system which supplies water for many orchards, date palms and vegetable gardens. Then head up Jebel Shams Mountain; at 3000 meters, it is the highest mountain of Oman. Finally, time for some beauty sleep with an overnight at Jebel Shams Resort. The next morning, why not explore the Grand Canyon of Oman among the bevy of walking paths, where you'll take in spectacular views of the wadis and valleys below? Further down the mountain, Jabrin Castle, erected in 1670 by a sultan, beckons. Go back in time with exhibits of furniture and traditional utensils, take a gander at the elaborate wood carvings, ceiling paintings, and stucco work. The last stop offers a hard choice: will it be the Al Hoota Caves with its underground rivers, or UNESCO World Heritage Site the Bahla Fortress with its 132 watchtowers and 12 km of walls? Let the decision be yours.

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What people are saying about Muscat

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 64 reviews

We had a tour with Abdullah who picked us up from the hotel in Al Mouj. The 2 hour drive was extremely pleasant, we learned a lot from him about the country. Once there, we walked a longer and beautiful path along the Wadi. Then we swam and it was fantastic. On the way back we visited the sinkhole (also nice, but not too exciting for us). We then ate with Abdullah and after 9 hours we came to the hotel happy and exhausted :-) We can highly recommend the Wadi Shab, as well as Abdullah and his very friendly manner! FYI: there were two of us and the guide. Also FYI: definitely take swimming shoes with you!!!

Very well organized and our tour guide - Ilyas - was terrific. The tour is a bit more swimming than I realized, so bringing less gear is better. We stopped at a store prior to arriving in order to get phone cases/shoes if required. Definitely would recommend if looking for day trip in Oman.

An exceptional day in wonderful landscapes with a very professional multilingual and competent guide who answered all our questions and who was able to pass on his knowledge to us and make this day as pleasant as possible. He knew how to adapt to the group. To do and redo. I recommend.

Everything was perfect, beautiful place we recommend this activity. The guides ilyas and Mahmoud were very nice helpful friendly and gave us a very warm welcome! The included meal was excellent and plentiful.

Tour guide was great and it was a unique experience