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12 Day Culture Itinerary

A longer trip to Oman allows you to go further, see more and do more. With 12 days, you can fully appreciate the wonders Oman has to offer from boat trips to mountain hikes, immersing yourself in the culture and creating an unforgettable experience.

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Day 1


Oman’s capital has a lot to offer for those seeking to learn more about Omani culture and heritage. First, visit the Royal Opera House Muscat which is open for guided tours in the morning – or visit in the evening when the venue hosts shows and its…


Day 2

Old Muscat

The old part of Muscat, with its traditional architecture and rich history, is the perfect place to continue a cultural holiday. Al Alam – the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos – is nestled in the heart of Old Muscat, flanked by the Al Mirani and…


Day 3


Located about two hours from Muscat along a scenic coastal road, the city of Sur still upholds the age-old tradition of Dhow building and maritime culture. The last remaining Dhow factory gives tourists the unique chance to see Dhows being built without plan – according to ancient…


Day 4

A’Sharqiyah Sands

About 115km west of Sur lies the edge of the Sharqiyah Sands. The desert awaits! A favourite with locals and visitors alike, Wadi Bani Khalid is the perfect place to enjoy a refreshing swim in its natural pools. Since many villages are nestled around the wadi, visitors…


Day 5

Jabreen Castle, Bahla Fort & Nizwa

Today’s destination is the city of Nizwa, but first a stop at one of Oman’s most beautiful castles plus the Sultanate’s largest fort. Jabreen Castle was built in the 17th century and commands panoramic views of the surroundings date plantations. Over three stories tall, the castle was…

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Day 6

Al Jebel Al Akhdar

Amongst the highest peaks in the Hajar Mountain range, Jebel Al Akhdar boasts spectacular views and cooler temperatures. Jebel Al Akhdar’s green terrace fields include rose bushes that bloom in March every year. It is then that local entrepreneurs distil rose water from the blossoms, an ancient…


Day 7

Al Hamra & Tombs of Al Ayn

Moving down the mountain and further inland, this day features a visit to one of Oman’s most scenic old towns plus another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled at the foot of the Al Hajar Mountains, Al Hamra has numerous mudbrick buildings making up its old centre. Best…

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Day 8


Back in Muscat, this is the perfect opportunity to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque before catching a flight to Salalah, in Oman’s southernmost governorate of Dhofar. Built as a present from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to the people of Oman, the Sultan Qaboos Grand…


Day 9 – 12

Salalah and Surroundings

Best visited during the Khareef (Monsoon) season, Salalah’s rich cultural heritage dates back centuries – when the region was one of the most important trading points for Frankincense and other goods. Held to celebrate the monsoon season, Salalah’s Khareef Festival (also known as the Salalah Tourism Festival)…

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July 12, 2019

12 Day Culture Trip