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Explore the wild frontiers of Oman
Hike through Oman’s very own Grand Canyon, navigate the dunes of Wahiba Sands in a thrilling desert challenge and wild swim in turquoise pools
Choose your dates for your trip to Oman
7 day trip from £1849 - £1949
Sun 20 Oct - Sat 26 Oct
Sun 22 Dec - Sat 28 Dec
Sun 9 Feb - Sat 15 Feb
Sun 1 Mar - Sat 7 Mar
Sun 29 Mar - Sat 4 Apr
About your trip
This is your chance to discover a Sultanate still relatively untouched by tourism.
An ancient land of peach trees and pomegranate groves, Oman is less showy than neighbouring Dubai, and you can really feel its beating Nomadic soul. Tackle the legendary Balcony Walk overlooking Oman’s Grand Canyon and buckle up for an off-road ride around hairpin bends to Mountain of the Sun, the highest peak in Oman.
Channel your inner explorer as we challenge you to make your own way to a Bedouin camp in Wahiba Sands desert, amid vast rolling dunes, and bed down beneath the stars. Dune-bash in a convoy of 4x4s then wild swim your way through the green pools of Oman’s spectacular wadis, and waterfall-jump in a hidden turquoise grotto.
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 Flashpackers
- Atol protected
- Private airport transfers
Remember, flights aren't included. We're happy to help you find the best ones for you.
Day 01 Muscat views
Welcome to Muscat. One of the Middle East’s most enchanting cities, this port capital boasts colourful markets and a harbour dotted with traditional dhow boats.Take a private transfer from the airport to your hotel by the Arabian Sea before meeting your group at sunset for a refreshing drink. Get to know your fellow Flashpackers and guide as you watch Muscat glow pink on the evening horizon, with calls to prayer echoing from nearby mosques. Later, you’ll go to a traditional Omani restaurant and enjoy Middle Eastern favourites such as Arabic bread and platefuls of wine-coloured dates.
Day 02 Grand mosques & road trips
You’ll start today at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a masterpiece in modern architecture with Swarovski crystal chandeliers and hand-carved mosaic tiling. Afterwards, jump into 4x4s and travel west through the Hajar Mountains, passing olive trees, rose fields and tiny sandstone hamlets on a spectacular five-hour road trip. Stop for lunch at Balad Sayt, a picturesque Arabian village in the shadow of the pistes, and then continue over the spine of Hajar past Al Hamra – a 400-year-old town – and onto Jebel Shams. Oman’s highest peak looms at 3,000 metres, and your alpine retreat sits nearby on a craggy rock by Wadi Nakhr, Oman’s very own Grand Canyon.
Day 03 Walk on the edge
Load up on a filling breakfast this morning before you tackle the world-famous balcony walk around the rim of Wadi Nakhr. This four-hour loop leads from Khateem village to the abandoned hamlet of As Sab and back via a pathway that bands around the edge of the ravine with sheer rock faces above and below. After lunch at a local guest house and a brief insight into village life, you’ll jeep for an hour to Al Hamra and explore nearby Misfat al Abriyyi, a medieval-style village, before returning to your retreat at the foot of Jebel Shams.
Day 04 Conquer the desert
After breakfast, you’ll drive onto the regional capital of Nizwa, one of the oldest cities in the Sultanate, where you’ll stop off to explore a 17th-century fort that was once a crossroads for Omani traders. Then, you’ll jeep two hours south to Wahiba Sands desert. With its billowing drifts and golden light, Wahiba Sands is the land of nomadic explorers. At a certain point on the drive, your group will disembark the jeeps to make your own way across the infinite horizon. Channel your inner Lawrence of Arabia as you clamber over rippling dunes, looking out for your Bedouin camp an hour’s walk away. You’ll arrive just in time to see the burnished landscape lit up by sunset.
Day 05 Dune bashing and wadi swimming
Watch the wide skies turn lavender and crimson this morning with an optional sunrise walk. Then it’s time for a spot of dune-bashing, as you cruise down the dunes at full throttle in your 4×4, pitching and turning with the movement of the sand. Afterwards, head over to Wadi Bani Khalid, a cooling oasis 90 minutes’ drive away. Take a short hike through pinkish cliffs dotted with palm trees before arriving at a clear green wadi. Shake off the desert dust with a dip in secluded lagoons and leap from natural cliff platforms. You’ll then drive to a nearby restaurant for a hearty lunch, before setting off for the coast.
Day 06 TURQUOISE WATERS AND HIDDEN CAVES
Today you’ll hit Oman’s best-loved beauty spot: Wadi Shab. Take a boat over to the park followed by an hour’s trek through date plantations and palm groves. At the summit lies a hidden grotto that you can only access by swimming through a narrow ravine. If you’re not comfortable with the tight entrance, there are plenty of other pools to bask in nearby. Afterwards, you’ll drive over to the coastal town of Tiwi for lunch, with an option to explore the gleaming waterfalls and pools of Wadi Tiwi. Then, it’s time to make our way back to Muscat.
Day 07 Farewell, Oman
Today signals the end of your Arabian adventure, so after breakfast, it’s time to make your own way back to the airport. If you’re looking to extend your escape, take a look at our other adventures here and find your perfect pairing.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Nomadic Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands
Off-grid living in a Nomadic desert camp
Exchange electricity and wifi for an authentic Bedouin retreat, sleeping in huts made from palm trees, showering alfresco and dining by candlelight.
Why we stay here
Experience traditional Bedouin life and explore the vast, beautiful dunes with a team of local, knowledgeable guides. You can choose to stay in a hut or sleep in a tent, enjoying an unforgettable stargazing experience thanks to minimal light pollution.
The View, Al Hamra
Stunning luxury eco-hotel surrounded by vast wilderness
Nestled in the heart of a rugged valley, stay at this breathtaking hotel to experience a landscape of epic beauty.
Why we stay here
Its spacious rooms are inspired by traditional Omani design, blending timeless elegance with modern comfort, all surrounded by an incredible mountainscape.
Crowne Plaza Muscat, Oman
Contemporary beach hotel by the rim of the Gulf of Oman
Overlooking the sea, with a swimming pool and rows of neat sun loungers in-between, this is a prime spot for relaxing after exploring the gems of Muscat.
Why we stay here
From unwinding in an outdoor swimming pool to feasting on fine Persian cuisine, this large but friendly hotel stands head and shoulders above Muscat’s competition thanks to its recent refurbishment.
Jebel Shams Resort, Jebel Shams
Beautifully located hotel on the edge of Oman’s Grand Canyon
Cosy up in this collection of simple chalets perched on Oman’s highest peak, Jebel Shams.
Why we stay here
The rooms are basic but the remote setting is unbeatable. This is the perfect base for exploring the peerless Wadi Ghul just a few minutes‘ walk away. Relax with a swim in the mountain-side pool and then sit back and watch the sun dip below the peaks.
Fly into and out of Muscat International Airport (MCT)
Please aim to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, in time for our rooftop sundowners. You can depart anytime on Day 7
You’ll need a visa to visit Oman: check your country requirements and apply for a tourist visa before you travel
Your passport needs to be valid for six months from the point of entry into Oman
The hotels we stay at in Oman are often quite basic and not up to Flash Pack’s usual high standards. If you have been on another Flash Pack adventure before, you may be surprised at the level of accommodation on this trip. However, rooms will always be clean and comfortable, and they are among the best available in the areas we visit. Also, they often boast spectacular locations (e.g. the summit of Jebel Shams, overlooking Oman’s Grand Canyon)
The Balcony walk at Jebel Shams is one of Oman’s greatest walks. Although moderate in difficulty, the height and the vastness of the cliff edges makes this an exciting challenge
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting
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