DUBAI AND OMAN COMBO
7 nights/8 Days
Day 01 : Dubai Arrival & Dinner Dhow Cruise
Arrival at Dubai International Airport. You will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Depart from the hotel and drive to the Dhow boarding jetty to board the Dhow boat. Enjoy a two-hour cruise with the best view in town, Dubai’s illuminated skyline under the open stars. The cruise is also complimented by an open 5* International Buffet dinner with live music on board to keep you entertained. We then drive back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 : Half Day Dubai City Tour
Morning, depart from the hotel and drive through the scenic route of Dubai for photo stops at Burj Al Arab (world famous 7-star hotel), Jumeirah Mosque (the only Mosque allowing non-Muslims to enter), Burj Dubai (world’s tallest building), and the Sheikhs Palace (a stunning palace with peacocks welcoming you). Next visit the Dubai Museum and experience an Abra (water taxi) creek crossing towards the Spice market. Visit the Gold Souk before heading back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 : Dubai - Jabrin – Bahla - Nizwa
Pickup in Dubai and you will drive to visit the historic town of Jabrin. You proceed to visit Jabrin castle built in 17th century is one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings makes this castle amazingly different. Thereafter continue to Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman and in the 12th century the capital of the tribe living in the region. As the monumental fort is closed for renovation only a photo stop is planned. Bahla is also famous for its pottery. Drive to the historic town of Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital. Check-in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Nizwa & Jabrin forts are open Saturday – Thursday: 0900 – 1600 & Friday: 0800 – 1100
Day 04 : Nizwa - Wahiba Sands
Morning visit the town of Nizwa. You visit the powerful Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, one of the most impressive forts in Oman and the traditional Souq. The afternoon is reserved for your desert experience. You drive into the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. After some exciting sand dune driving which offers excellent thrills and chills for all, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. Maybe, you may even feel like going on a short camel ride (own cost), before checking into a camp. Overnight at the camp.
Day 05 : Wadi Bani Khalid – Ras Al Jinz
Following breakfast your journey continues to Wadi Bani Khalid nestled deep in the mountains and one of the largest and most picturesque wadis in Oman. Water cascades down the gorge forming cool blue-green pools, fed by underground streams flowing from within the surrounding limestone hills. Enjoy a gentle walk along the riverbed and cool down in the crystal clear waters of the rock pools. Later, you will reach the coastal town of Sur, renowned for its dhow shipyard in former times. Proceed to Ras Al Jinz which is a marvelous bay with golden sands, honey-colored cliffs and beaches famous for their turtle nesting sites. These are some of the world’s few remaining undisturbed concentrations of green turtles and one of the largest nesting populations in the Indian Ocean. Following dinner, you will be guided to the turtle nesting grounds to watch turtles hatching or laying eggs. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 : Sur - Muscat
After breakfast at the hotel you will have short orientation tour of Sur. Once, this coastal town was famous for dhow building, the famous Arabian sea-going ships. You will visit the dhow building shipyard before driving back to Muscat along the scenic coastal route. The road winds along the rugged coast, through beautiful valleys and past white sandy beaches with breathtaking views. Before arriving back in Muscat you will pass the pretty village of Wadi Shab provides a surprising contrast with its lush green wadi and plantations. You will also stop at the beautiful Fin’s Beach before reaching Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. Back in Muscat, check-in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 : Half Day Muscat City Tour
Morning, you will be met at the hotel for a half day City Tour. The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, exhibiting the wealth of Oman’s history and thus imparting knowledge about the country’s rich culture and traditions to the visitor. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once walled district of Muscat. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Later, you will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you can bargain for handicrafts and silver items. Overnight at the hotel.
To enter Grand mosque Ladies should be fully covered with scarf and wear full sleeves shirt and Men are not allowed to wear shorts
Grand Mosque Opening timings: Saturday – Thursday from 0800 – 1100
Bait Al Zubair Opening timings: Saturday – Thursday from 0900 – 1300 and 1600 to 1900
Day 08 : Muscat - DubaiCheckout from the hotel. Morning, you will transferred back to Dubai.
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