Adventure trip to Oman - Self-driving tour
Adventure trip to Oman

Self-driving tour

Adventure trip to Oman
(Self-driving tour)

Oman is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the Middle East. The country is located on the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula with a coastline of 1,700 km from the borders of the Republic of Yemen in the south to the Strait of Hormuz in the north. Oman is washed by three seas: the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. It is the third largest country in the Arabian Peninsula after Saudi Arabia on the west and Yemen on the south, with a total area of approximately 309,500 sq. km. Oman is known for its traditional hospitality. The locals are very friendly and are always ready to help. Here you will definitely feel like being home from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. English is widely spoken here, sometimes in a very simple way, but you will easily find a common language with the Omanis.

One of the most enduring appeals of Oman lies in its long coastal stretch with proximity to high mountain ranges such Al Hajar and the desert landscape of Wahiba Sands. Strategically located by the Gulf of Oman and at the entrance of the Persian Gulf, Oman has a rich maritime history. Ruled by a Sultan, the country today is a fine synthesis of the contemporary and the traditional.

The trip starts and culminates at Muscat, covering the highland areas around Jebel Akhdar, the shifting dunes of Wahiba Sands, and the small beach resort settlement of Ras Al Hadd, also famous for being the breeding ground of green sea turtles on the Gulf of Oman coast.

Available Dates

  • Jan 10 - Jan 18, 2023 | 10 places Book
  • Feb 23 - March 03, 2023 | 20 places Book
  • March 04 - March 12, 2023 | 20 places Book
  • Individual dates are available. Please contact the program manager.

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season Winter, Spring, Autumn
Begins in Bishkek
Ends in Bishkek

Price: $ 4,500 (≥ 10 people)

Great for Couples Families Individuals

On this tour, amazing cities and villages of Oman will be waiting for you with their unique flavor, hospitable people and unforgettable landscapes. You will be able to see and visit magnificent mosques, bustling markets, palaces of the sultans, chic gardens, impressive mountain peaks, gorges, caves and wadis. You will drive on your own along the picturesque roads of Oman, soak up on the white beach, see the sugar dunes and stroll through the banana plantations.

What's Included:

  • Accommodation on double sharing basis in mentioned hotels or similar
  • Arrival Transfer in Muscat services using AC coach/coaster
  • Rates include entrances to all the monuments & forts as per the program
  • Meals as mentioned 08 Breakfast + 07 lunches+ 08 Dinner (only food, beverages on direct payment)
  • One 4WD on chauffer driven with English-speaking guide as leading vehicle
  • 4 WD vehicle for self-drive for 7 days (4 PAX in one vehicle)
  • The above rate for car rental inclusive of following:
  • Unlimited Mileage, CDW, PAI, TP,
  • One additional driver
  • Surcharge for airport pickup & Salalah drop off
  • Fuel allowance for OMR 15 per day per vehicle (additional fuel on direct payment)
  • All current applicable taxes and 5% VAT
  • Terms and Conditions:
  • Credit card is mandatory for hiring a car in Oman
  • Minimum age of the driver must be 21 with a valid International License
  • The rates are inclusive of comprehensive insurance (Collision Damage waiver) for the geographical area of Sultanate of Oman with insurance excess of OMR 150.000/USD 395 in case of a claim/damage
  • Optional Super cover (Super CDW) or full protection reduces the excess amount to Zero
  • Damages due to driving into non-black top terrain, wadis, and water are not covered under insurance
  • In case of an accident wherein under the influence of alcohol, the cost of the vehicle will be charged to the hirer and no coverage whatsoever is applicable. Police is the final verdict
  • We advise you to obey the traffic rules and regulations to avoid traffic offenses. Fines may arise due to overspeeding, wrong parking, municipality fines, crossing red signals, etc. may attract fines along with administrative charges
  • Keep all doors and windows closed while leaving the car. Avis is not responsible for any loss/damage of personal belongings left in the car
  • It is not permitted to use the vehicles in water/wadis. Taking the vehicle into wadis/water is a high risk and damages that occur due to such an act are not covered under insurance. In such cases, the user has to pay the total repair cost decided by AVIS and the dealerships. The same is also not covered in SCDW/full protection
  • Cars are insured to use in Oman’s geographical area, hence do not drive the car outside Oman without obtaining prior permission
  • The hirer may face legal action in case of drunken drive, red signal crossing and Avis will not be responsible for any such actions
  • It is mandatory to have a baby seat / Booster for kids below 4 years
  • Do Not smoke inside the vehicles. If the vehicle is found with a smoke smell, OMR 75/- USD 200 is charged.

What's not included:

  • Rates do not include any airfare, any item not mentioned above, any items of personal nature such as table drinks, laundry, telephone bills, tips to guides/escort, drivers, bell boys, etc
  • Any Travel Insurances
  • Travel insurance covering COVID-19 is mandatory for Oman
  • All other items which are not mentioned in the list of inclusion
  • Aditonal cost:
  • Arrival / departure by saloon car (max 2 pax) @ USD 55.00 per person
  • Arrival / departure by Innova or similar (max 3 pax) @ USD 80.00 per person
  • 4 WD vehicle for self-drive for 07 days @ USD 1,900.00 per vehicle
  • The above rate for car rental inclusive of following:
  • Unlimited Mileage, CDW, PAI, TP,
  • One additional driver
  • Surcharge for airport pickup & Salalah drop off
  • Fuel allowance for OMR 15 per day per vehicle (additional fuel on direct payment)
  • GPS, Baby Seats, SCDW, Wifi Dongle, PPE kits at additional cost per vehicle
  • Credit card is mandatory for renting cars in Oman
  • There would be New administrative cost on RED SIGNAL VIOLATIONS amounting to USD 66.000 against such a fine. Red Signal violation can also land clients in police custody
  • SUPER CDW - Full Protection 4WD@ USD 170.00 per day per vehicle
  • Windscreen Damage Insurance @ USD 10.00 per day per vehicle
  • Collision Damage Waiver(CDW) does not cover the following:
  • Damage to undercarriage, damage to / or loss of Wing-Mirror, Antennae, Tires & Wheel- Rims , Roof of the car and Windscreen.. Customer Liability up to USD. 830.000 on production of a Police Report. Even though CDW is accepted, in case of an accident, and where a claim is made on our insurers, a Non-Waiverable Excess of USD. 414.000 + charges for Police Report are applicable.
  • If CDW is declined, in case of an accident, the entire cost of the repairs + the cost of the Police Report will be charged to the renter.
Day
1

Arrival in Muscat. Arrive at Muscat International airport. Transfer and check-in at the hotel. Day at leisure. 


Hotel: Grand Millennium

Meals: Dinner

Day
2

Muscat City Tour – Jebel Akhdar. After breakfast, the group departs at 8 AM for a city tour of Muscat. The first stop is a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in Oman. Completed in 2001, the Grand Mosque is an iconic structure in the Islamic world. The handmade carpets, the chandeliers, the ceiling of the great dome in the main prayer room are absolute 'must sees'. Indian sandstone from Rajasthan has been extensively used in its construction.

If you enjoy visiting public markets, you must see Mutrah Souq! It is one of the oldest markets in Oman, dating back about two hundred years. Its antiquity has increased the extent of its appeal and allure. Known for its handicrafts like silverware, daggers, traditional cloth, new apparel and shoes, in addition to the famous Omani sweets (Halwa), spices and braziers (receptacles in which incense is burned).

Then proceed for a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali.

Hotel: Sama Hotel Jabal Akhdar

Driving Distance: 180 km

Meals: B, L, D

Highlights of the Day: Visiting beautiful mosques | Mountain drive to Jebel Akhdar

Day
3

Jebel Akhdar . After a good breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure to enjoy resort activities and you may also enjoy a walk around villages in the vicinity. The lush greenery and the cool climes on the drive here shows us why it is called the green jewel of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges. Jebel Al Akhdar is famous for its fruit orchards, laid out in step or terrace plantation style along the slopes of mountains. These plantations are watered by the abundant natural springs and Aflaj system consisting of multiple Falaj sets. A large variety of fruit trees can be seen growing here including peaches, apricots, figs, grapes, apples, pears, plums, almonds, and walnuts. The region is particularly renowned for the superb quality of pomegranate it produces.

You can visit the villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib (the village of the old houses) & Al Ain on our journey. The villages overlook spectacular landscape of dramatic peaks, gorges and wadis.
Have lunch at local restaurant / hotel. The afternoon will be at leisure to enjoy pool facilities.

Hotel: Sama Hotel Jabal Akhdar

Driving Distance: 70 km

Meals: B, L, D

Highlights of the Day: Relax at Resort | Visit Local Villages and Nearby places

Day
4

Jebel Akhdar- Wahiba Sands. After breakfast, you check-out and drive to Nizwa. From here, we take some time to explore the Nizwa souk, one of the few souks in Oman featuring exclusive traditional Omani goods, including pottery, intricately hand-carved "khanjars" and ornamental silver jewellery. We also explore the Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century. Then drive to Wahiba Sands. We’ll visit Birkat Al Mouz on the way. Walk through an oasis and date plantations before continuing to our next destination. With the 2 sets of ruins, a large banana plantation and the scenic surroundings.

We will have lunch at local restaurant before proceeding to Wahiba Sands. Arrival at Wahiba and check in to a camp in the late afternoon hours. We’ll also visit a local carpenter to understand the importance of wood carving in Oman which is run by a modern Bedouin family. The guests can have a short break before going for sunset dune bashing. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Experience a roller coaster like feeling over the dunes. In the evening, the wafting aromas of the BBQ meals being prepared reach out to the guests. The guests then all sit down to enjoy their meals.

Hotel: Arabian Oryx Camp

Driving Distance: 220 km

Meals: B, L, D

Highlights of the Day: Visiting the historical town of Nizwa | Driving in the Wahiba Sands Desert

Day
5

Wahiba Sands – Al Khaluf - Duqm . After breakfast, check out from the hotel and depart to Duqm via Sinaw. Enjoy the full day driving through the dramatic landscape crossing various desert villages. Enroute stop at AL Khaluf to experience driving on the world-famous sugar dunes. Also visit Khaluf Cave, continue driving to Duqm.

Driving Distance: 450 km

Meals: B, L, D

Highlights of the Day: Beautiful drive through desert roads and villages | Visiting Sugar Dunes and Khaluf Cave in Al Khaluf

Day
6

Duqm- Ras Madrakah - Duqm. Relax and enjoy the property. After a leisurely breakfast proceed for a visit to Ras Madrakah beach, a fantastic combination of dark rocks, white beach and blue ocean. Enjoy the picnic lunch on the beach, relax and then return to Duqm later in the evening.

Hotel: Crown Plaza Duqm

Driving Distance: 170 km

Meals: B, L, D

Highlights of the Day: Day trip to Ras Madrakah – a unique combination of white sand beach, black volcanic rocks and hills.

Day
7

Duqm- Bar Al Hikman- Ras Al Hadd. After breakfast, we depart for Ras Al Hadd via the coastal road. Drive on the beach at low tide. After lunch proceeds to Bar Al Hikman, a haven for tens and thousands of small shore birds, a bird watcher’s fantasy. Flamingoes are a common sight here. Check in to the hotel.

Enjoy early dinner at hotel and then at night we drive to the Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre where we are escorted to the beach by trained guides to watch the turtles coming into their nesting site on sand. One of the most popular eco-tourism activities in Oman is turtle viewing. Oman is home to several important nesting sites for four different species of turtle: the endangered Green Turtle, the Olive Ridley Turtle, the Loggerhead Turtle, and the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle. Overnight stay at Turtle beach Resort.

Hotel: Turtle Beach Resort

Driving Distance: 570 km

Meals: B, L, D

Highlights of the Day: Visiting salt flat of Bar Al Hikmal and turtle sanctuary in Ras Al Jinz

Day
8

Ras Al Hadd- Muscat . After breakfast at hotel, we proceed to Muscat via coastal road by 9.30 AM. Post a brief photo stop at the Fins Beach, you reach Wadi Shab/Tiwi. Our next stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. On clear sunny days while driving along the coast one might get a chance to see sharks in the deep blue water. Continue the drive to Quriyat before arriving at Muscat by 4 PM. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel. 

Hotel: Grand Millennium

Driving Distance: 220 km

Meals: B, L, D

Highlights of the Day: Visiting Wadi Sham | The Bimmah Sinkhole

Day
9

Muscat- Departure . Breakfast and check out. Transfer to Airport for the departure flight.

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