With its jagged peaks, dazzling white mosques, mystical ruins, and lively souks laden with incense and oil, it's easy to fall under the spell of Oman. On our captivating expedition with Trip Leader Annie Hawkins—WT's consummate desert explorer—you'll uncover the wonders of this enchanting realm. Our journey brings you from opulent Sultan's palaces and historic Islamic forts to the towering Hajar mountains, where timeless mudbrick villages sit nestled in emerald palm forests, and ancient irrigation channels spiral magically through the arid landscape. We'll ply the Arabian Sea coast aboard a traditional dhow, mingle with village traders at a spirited goat auction, visit a sea turtle sanctuary, and savor a rich local cuisine of succulent kebabs, saffron-infused rice, and cardamom coffee served with sweet dates. Oman's dramatic wadis and their cool turquoise pools provide perfect natural oases, and our overnight in spectacular Wahiba Sands carries you back in time (in classic WT style!), for a camel ride amid the dunes. All along the way we'll experience the generous spirit of the Omani people and hear intriguing tales of their tribal ancestry and seafaring heritage. Join us for a true adventure into the heart of this mesmerizing land!
Arrive: Muscat, Oman
Depart: Salalah, Oman
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Days 1-2 (2 nights)
Meaning "The Town," the Al Bandar Hotel is inspired by old Muscat architecture, with buildings of varying heights featuring ornate balconies. Located just steps from the Gulf of Oman, you can stroll the beach at sunset or cool off in their pool, which has a lazy river that meanders between...
Day 3 (1 night)
Al Wasil, Oman
Day 4 (1 night)
Jabal Akhdar, Oman
Days 5-6 (2 nights)
Perched a mile above sea level in the Al Hajar Mountains, Alila Jabal Akhdar is a stunning retreat in this rugged, mountainous region. Inspired by ancient forts, the hotel's traditional Omani design features local stones, fort-like doors, and wooden rafters combined with modern comforts to create a peaceful environment. Relax...
Day 7 (1 night)
Though recently renovated, the Golden Tulip has retained its traditional Omani-style architecture and offers authentic Omani hospitality. At the end of the day, relax by the swimming pool and take in the views of the surrounding Hajjar Mountains before retiring to your spacious guest room for the night.
Day 8 (1 night)
This large modern hotel with contemporary decor is centrally located. Amenities include a waterside courtyard, swimming pool, well-equipped gym, a spa offering a range of soothing treatments, and five dining venues. Free Wi-Fi and an in-room espresso machine and tea making facilities make for a comfortable stay.
Days 9-11 (3 nights)
Indulge in luxury at this wonderful beachfront oasis overlooking the Arabian Sea. Stroll garden walkways lush with palms and water features, take a dip in the infinity pool, or just relax on the private white-sand beach. Guest rooms feature a private balcony or terrace with daybed, with garden, lagoon, and...
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This trip is rated Level 2/3, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It combines cultural exploration with walking tours and light hiking, and opportunities for desert camel riding. Our expedition includes several half-days of rugged road travel.
Each participant should be in excellent health and physical condition. Daily walking or hiking, jogging, or stair-climbing are excellent for preparing for the trip.
We'll overnight in a variety of accommodations, from deluxe seaside hotels and chic bungalows perched high in the mountains, to a simple tent accommodation with incredible access to the turtle nesting beach, and of course Desert Nights, Oman's finest tented camp.
Oman is a Muslim country whose friendly people are anchored firmly in their traditions. As guests of the country, we will be welcomed warmly and asked to respect the local customs, dress modestly, avoid alcohol consumption outside of authorized premises (alcohol will be available in hotels and restaurants), and adhere to Omani codes of etiquette for greeting others, taking photographs, swimming, and visiting mosques. More information will be provided in your confirmation materials.
"This was a great trip to a fascinating part of the world."
Redwood City, CA
"This was a wonderful trip. It was well planned to give experience in different parts of Oman and different aspects of its history and modern life."
"I was thrilled to have opportunity to visit such a hidden gem of a country."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.