Unexpected Oman

Mosques to mountains, and ocean to oases

  • Ramble through museums of Muscat, quaint villages, and fertile farmland
  • Witness the furious bidding of the Bedouins at a cattle market and wander thrilling souks
  • Stroll a beach dotted with sea turtles, perhaps seeing newly hatched babes scuttling into the sea
Oman with GeoEx
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 8 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

Travel through peaceful Oman alongside a knowledgeable, GeoEx-vetted guide, unveiling the country's unforeseen mysteries. The enchanting starlet of Muscat is first, where you dive deeply into the history of the sultanate at the Bait Adam Museum (Bait al Zubair) and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and explore one of the best fish markets of the Arabian Peninsula. 

On to the Arabian Sea, you pass through the old port town of Sur admiring centuries-old dhow-building techniques, then stroll through date plantations and past quaint fishing village oases. Traveling to the eastern-most tip of the country to the beaches of Ras al Jinz, you find graceful sea turtles, and at the right time of year, nesting mothers or hatching newborns.

Jaunting inland toward more arid landscapes, you can cool off in the blue pools of a wadi, preparing for an off-roading adventure in the walloping dunes of the Wahiba Sands, after which you spend a fairy- tale evening under the stars. Before returning to Muscat, there are excursions to the exhilarating Sinaw souk, the lively Nizwak cattle market, and the more languid, luscious villages of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain).

It’s either homeward from Muscat, or, better yet, extending your eye-opening journey north to the Musandam Peninsula or south to Salalah, a tropical paradise whose plantations and coconut-fringed beaches offer a flavor of Zanzibar in the heart of the Arabian desert.

GeoEx Oman map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Muscat
  • Day 2: explore Muscat, dhow cruise
  • Day 3: drive to Sur, plantation walk, sea turtle excursion
  • Day 4: Wahiba Sands, Bedouin village
  • Day 5: Sinaw souk, on to Nizwa via Al Mudayrib village
  • Day 6: Nizwa cattle market, Jabreen Castle, beehive tombs
  • Day 7: drive to Jebel Akhdar via Birkat al Mauz, village walking tour
  • Day 8: depart Muscat.