Trip Ref #9936
7 days off work
Up to 12 people
Muscat International Airport, Oman
Hotel · Guesthouse · Campsite
All you need is a good overall level of fitness and the ability to be active for 4-5 hours each day.
Experience the legendary hospitality and hidden gems of Oman - one of the oldest civilisations in the world
Travel from the bustling souks of Muscat to the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea and hike through the mountains to the highest point in the country
Sleep in a desert camp surrounded by golden dunes, explore deep canyons and jump off waterfalls into the cool pools below
Meet your guide in Oman's ancient capital, Muscat and set off to explore the city. Starting at the Grand Mosque, you'll wind your way through the narrow alleyways of an ancient souk, check out the Royal Opera House and stop for lunch in the old town where you can enjoy Oman’s delicious food at one of the small cafes that overlook the cornice and the Sultan’s Ship. After watching the traditional dhow boats unload the day’s catch, you'll follow a hidden path into the surrounding mountains for a beautiful view of this legendary city, freshen up back at the hotel and then sit down to a well-deserved meal in a traditional Omani restaurant followed by a good night’s sleep.
Drive to Wadi Bani Auf, or Snake Canyon, one of the most picturesque in the Western Hajar, which gets its name from the narrow and winding pattern, rather than anything that hisses. Expect abseils, slides and scrambles as you make your way through the gorge, traversing caves and swimming across cool pools as rocky walls rise 100 metres above you. Emerge back into sunlight at the oasis village of Bilad Sayt where you'll enjoy lunch with a local family and learn about the villages unique 'falaj' irrigation system and timeless lifestyle. Jump into the waiting 4x4 for an awe-inspiring off-road drive up and over a 2000 metre high mountain pass to tonight’s guesthouse, where a hot meal and a comfy bed will be waiting for you.
After an early breakfast, head to the iconic village of Misfat Al Abreen and climb up the highest mountain in Oman, Jebel Shams. Look across Oman's astonishing Grand Canyon and hike the famous ‘Balcony Walk’ along the edge as you head to the recently abandoned village of Sap Bani Khamis. Scramble up the scree to a Via Ferrata that was once used by the local villagers and climb 200 metres up the cliff - it's an amazing adventure suitable for those with no previous climbing experience, though a head for heights is recommended. Stop for lunch at the top and then head to tonight’s destination, the oasis town of Nizwa, home to the famous fort and its nearby souk.
Into the desert
Start the day with a visit to the local market, filled with fruits, vegetables and local people going about their daily life. Walk to the oldest part of the souk, dedicated to craftsmanship and famous for the traditional Omani dagger known as a Khanjar, a symbol of bravery. Explore Nizwa Fort and its cylindrical tower and learn about Oman’s long history and proud culture and then after an early lunch, drive into the desert and camp amongst the dunes where you'll enjoy some traditional Arab cuisine.
Turtles on the beach
Wake surrounded by high dunes, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. After another early breakfast, exit the desert in your 4x4, stopping for a Kahwa - traditional Omani coffee - with the Bedouins along the way. Visit the largest fishing town in Oman, Sur and explore the traditional Dhow yard, where the ancient traditions of Omani boat building are still used to construct exquisite vessels. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Ras Al Hadd, home to Oman’s turtle reserve and enjoy an afternoon by the beach and a visit to the reserve in the evening to carefully witness the turtles nesting.
Get an iconic impression of the coastal lifestyle with a visit to the local fish market and see local fishermen selling the early morning catch. Drive to the village of Tiwi and head to the nearby wadi - highly regarded by local adventurers - boasting crystal clear pools, hot springs and waterfalls. Be ready for lots of swimming, scrambling and abseiling off the waterfall. Head back to Muscat, stopping at the mysterious and water-filled Bimmah Sinkhole, famous for its unique, turquoise colour. Take a swim and then return to the capital for a relaxing night and some free time exploring the city at your own pace.
The Omani Fjords
Wake up to your final day exploring Oman’s spectacular scenery and drive the short distance to the Arabian Sea. Kayak onto the water from a secluded beach, paddle across the turquoise waters of the bay to a deserted island and look out for fish and birds as you explore the ‘fjords’ of Oman'. Return to Muscat in time for a final dinner with your fellow travellers and a last night in Oman.
Relax over a last breakfast in your hotel and then return to the airport where your Omani adventure will come to an end.
Internationally certified, English speaking instructors
3 nights at a 3-star hotel in Muscat, 4 nights in local guesthouses and 1 night in a desert camp
Water and soft drinks included
To and from the airport and everything in-between
All your adventure and safety equipment
Flights to and from the meeting point
Tips for your guides
Visas where required
What is the food like?
Sitting on a historic crossroads between east and west, Oman has always been a melting pot of cultures and you will find a variety of Indian and Middle-Eastern restaurants, with even the smallest coffee shop adhering to strict food safety standards. Many restaurants also offer traditional Omani Food - be sure to try Mendi, a shared dish of flavoursome rice with lamb or chicken that's traditionally eaten with your hands, the limitless flavours of Omani coffee or 'Kahwa' and the plump local dates.
Your guide will meet you at Muscat International Airport (MCT) at 08:40 on day one (you'll need to book a flight that arrives at least 60 minutes before this to allow enough time to get through immigration and baggage reclaim). Alternatively, fly into Muscat the day before and have an extra night in this exciting city, just let you host know in advance if you need further accommodation and private transfers. At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Muscat Airport. Your host will arrange two transfers that you can choose between, departing at 12:00 and 17:00, which will meet most international flights.
There are regular flights to Oman from major airports across the UK and Europe.
What about all the carbon?
We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.
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What do I need to bring?
- Closed-toe shoes with good ankle support, such as lightweight walking boots
- Cool and light clothing that covers your shoulders and knees
- Windproof jacket
- A lightweight jumper/hoodie for the evenings
- A waterproof camera or GoPro if you'd like to take it canyoning
- High SPF sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
No optional extras are available for this trip.
Incredible trip. Oman is a wonderful, friendly and beautiful country. Guides were reassuring, funny and knowledgeable. Helped me to get through things I didn’t think I’d be able to do. By the end, it all seemed easy! Strongly recommend.
An amazing action-packed holiday. Our guides Hamid and Chris were fantastic - great local knowledge and super safe during the more challenging trips. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a variety of activities & sights within a single trip - canyoning, abseiling, jumping off waterfalls, climbing, hiking, kayaking, etc. - rather than doing the same thing for a week. I went solo and met some great people in my group. 10/10!
You should have a good overall level of fitness, although no previous experience in any of the activities is required. You'll generally be active for 4-5 hours each day, with plenty of breaks to rest and recharge.
Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:
Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
As you might expect, the weather in Oman is hot, sunny and dry all year round, with daytime temperatures that rarely drop below 20°C. Summer can be very hot, with temperatures topping 35°C and little rainfall. Nights can be a little cooler, especially in the Jebel Shams mountains, with temperatures dropping to 10-15 degrees during the night and as cold as 0 degrees in January/February (bring a windproof jacket and a hoodie to stay warm). The really hot months between June and August should be avoided.
Yes! According to the World Economic Forum's most recent Travel and Tourism Report, Oman is the 9th safest country to live in the world and locals, expats and travellers can all enjoy the countries legendary hospitality. The crime rates are so low many locals don’t even lock their homes when they leave for work.
For Omanis, wadis are their life-force - deep canyons that criss-cross the mountains and deserts, with turquoise waters that flow over waterfalls and into crystal clear pools that demand you dive in and cool off. They're also a haven for wildlife and flowers and a trip to one for a hike, swim, climb, off-road drive or a picnic is always a highlight of any visit to Oman. On this trip, you'll visit some of your host's favourite wadi's that few tourists ever see.
Your host's company is Omani based with international safety and quality standards and the flagship company when it comes to adventure and safety in Oman. The team is a mix of UK/Irish and Omani instructors, all of whom have been extensively trained in both the UK and Dubai, hold professional qualifications and combined have more than 25 years of adventure experience.
in short, yes, however, this group trip allows you to reduce the costs significantly. The main reason why Oman is an expensive destination is that the country’s currency, the Omani Rial, is very strong, however, compared to Dubai, Oman offers greater value for money. Accommodation and transport are the two biggest parts of your stay in Oman and a basic, decent quality hotel starts at around OMR 30 per night. It is, however, absolutely worth it, as you'll have a chance to experience the unique culture and hospitality the country is famous for first-hand.
Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.
Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.
We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!
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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.
You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.
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