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
Explore the wild frontiers of Oman
Arabian urban elegance
Explore Muscat’s bazaars and mosques
4x4 desert thrills
Drive a convoy of 4x4s through the rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands
Swim in secluded oases
Wild swim through the turquoise lagoons of Oman’s oases
Rugged Wadi hiking
Navigate the Wadi Ghul, Oman’s Grand Canyon
About your trip
The rich rewards of Oman come only to those who dare to travel differently.
Coined ‘the Gulf’s undiscovered gem’ by Condé Nast Traveller; Oman’s unique wonders fall just under the mainstream radar, and you can really feel its beating Nomadic soul. On this trip, you’ll tackle the legendary Balcony Walk overlooking Oman’s Grand Canyon and embark an off-road drive around hairpin bends to Mountain of the Sun, the highest peak in Oman.
We’ll ask you to channel your inner explorer as you to navigate your own way to a Bedouin camp in Wahiba Sands desert, amid vast rolling dunes, and bed down beneath a blanket of stars. You’ll dune-bash in a convoy of 4x4s before wild swimming your way through the green pools of Oman’s spectacular wadis, and waterfall-jump in a hidden turquoise grotto.
Travel to Oman and you’ll return with stories no one you know can compare to. Really, isn’t that what adventure is all about?
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- ATOL protected
- Private airport transfers
Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 A sunset welcome and echoes of Muscat's call to prayer
Welcome to Muscat. This enchanting port capital, with its low-rise buildings, colorful markets and traditional dhow boats, perfectly encapsulates a country that, in a region of boastful wealth, sits quietly confident in its identity and heritage. Check in to your hotel by the glistening Arabian Sea before meeting your group at sunset for a refreshing drink. Get to know your fellow travelers as you watch Muscat turn pink on the evening horizon, the moving sounds of the call to prayer echoing from nearby mosques. Later, you’ll go to a traditional Omani restaurant and enjoy Middle Eastern favorites such as Arabic bread and platefuls of wine-colored dates.
Day 02 The grand mosque and a journey into the wilderness
Today is a day of contrasts, taking you from man-made splendor to breath-taking natural landscapes. You’ll start at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a masterpiece in modern architecture with Swarovski crystal chandeliers and hand-carved mosaic tiling. Afterward, jump into 4x4s and start your off-road adventure through the remote Hajar Mountains, passing rose fields and tiny sandstone hamlets as you delve further into a stunning wilderness. Stop for lunch at Balad Sayt, a picturesque Arabian village hidden in the shadow of the pistes, and then continue over the spine of Hajar and onwards to Jebel Shams. Oman’s highest peak looms at 3,000 meters, and your alpine retreat sits nearby on a craggy rock by Wadi Nakhr, Oman’s very own Grand Canyon.
Day 03 Embrace vertigo on the edge of Oman's Grand Canyon
Load up on 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 spectacular edge of the ravine. With sheer rock faces above and below, these are scenes that will take your breath away. After an authentic 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 Navigate the shimmering dunes to your desert camp
After breakfast, you’ll drive to 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 the vast Wahiba Sands desert. With its billowing drifts and golden light, Wahiba Sands is the magical land of nomadic explorers. At a certain point on the drive, your group will disembark the jeeps and be left to navigate 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 that sits an hour’s walk away. You’ll arrive feeling triumphant and just in time to see the burnished landscape shimmering red at sunset.
Day 05 Fly full-throttle across the sand in a 4x4
Watch the wide skies turn lavender and crimson this morning with an optional sunrise walk, before preparing yourself for dune-bashing. Once onboard your 4×4, you’ll down the dunes at full throttle, pitching and turning with the movement of the sand. The thrill you’ll feel as you fly across these endless landscapes will be hard to forget. Afterward, you’ll head over to Wadi Bani Khalid, a cooling oasis. 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. An ideal way to settle the dune-bashing-induced adrenaline pumping through your veins.
Day 06 WILD SWIM IN 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 make your way back to Muscat and catch a ride with local fishermen to a secluded beach where you can relax on the sand or snorkel in the crystal clear waters.
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 Favorite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favorite hotels, for a flavor 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.
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.
Sama Heights Resort, Jebel Shams
Rugged adventure lodge on the edge of Oman's Grand Canyon
These rustic chalets, located at an altitude of 2,100 metres, will immerse you in Oman’s raw natural beauty.
Why we stay here
The rooms are basic, but the remoteness of your surroundings is incredible. Various hiking routes are easily accessible from the hotel, along which you can discover the region’s waterfalls and local villages.
"Good service from the very first contact. Organisation of the tour was amazing good."
"Everyone at the company seemed genuinely enthusiastic and helpful. It might have been helpful to have had same day responses to some queries."
"I would definitely recommend Flash Pack, from initial enquirers until after the trip there was constant communication and I loved the Vamoos countdown!"
"This is my second Flash Pack adventure, and I absolutely recommend them to all my friends. Their service is friendly and helpful. Any questions are answered quickly and details about the tours are specific."
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 make 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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