Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
Oman Walking & Hiking Tour
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Oman Walking & Hiking Tour

Muscat & the Gulf of Oman to Mountain Villages & Bedouin Deserts

Limestone cliffs shimmering in the distance. White-robed figures in the desert, leading camels on leather ropes. It’s not a mirage—it’s Oman. Experience a traditional Middle Eastern steam bath. Discover al Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain. Visit a souq and be invited to a family home for a shay. Hike, trek and camel-ride across unforgettable landscapes. In a sprawling desert, Oman is the oasis. Come be refreshed with Backroads.

THIS ITINERARY: 7 days, 6 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $6,999 - $7,199 pp dbl occ
($1,570 for sgl occ)

Oman Walking & Hiking
Oman Walking & Hiking

Oman

Start/End Muscat

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Discover the fascinating ancient culture of this Middle Eastern kingdom—and enjoy the hospitality of its present-day residents
  • Luxuriate at our stunning hotels and their refreshing pools, lavish spas and manicured gardens—some of the best in the Middle East
  • Explore the unique landscapes of this desert country, where colorful limestone mountain ranges trail off into lush gorges and stunning beaches offer views of the Gulf of Oman
  • Sample fresh pomegranates, dates, Arabic coffee and traditional teas—all the bounty of this oasis kingdom
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
7 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Meet your Trip Leaders in white-walled Muscat, a city between the mountains and the sea | Hike beneath palm trees through strange, beautiful desert landscapes | Discover a turquoise oasis hidden within a narrow gorge | Enjoy a lunch of local delicacies on the doorstep of the Arabian Sea | Witness an unforgettable desert sunset on a late-afternoon stroll | Hop astride a camel for a traditional Omani experience in the sand | Enjoy a restful evening at our luxurious Bedouin-style desert camp, complete with fresh dates and traditional Arabic coffee service.

Oman Hotels Desert Nights
Oman Hotels Desert Nights Camp
Al Wasil
| Premiere Hotel

Luxury Bedouin-style desert encampment with air conditioning and tea service beneath the mountains and steps away from the desert dunes.

Days 2-3

Explore a centuries-old Omani village perched high in the Jebel Shams mountains | Discover the surprising bounty of this desert community: palms, papayas, mangos and more | Enjoy a traditional lunch and henna drawing, a symbol of good luck in the Arab world for over 5,000 years | Walk the terraced farms of al Hamra, following ancient irrigation systems | Unwind at our mountaintop resort with a cup of tea and a stunning canyon view or a visit to the hammam, a traditional Middle Eastern steam bath | Stroll a rocky cliffside with views of terraced roses and pomegranates | Be invited into a local’s home for a traditional Omani lunch | Stop and smell the roses at a rose-water factory, producer of one of the country’s most famous exports.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
Nizwa
| Premiere Hotel

On the doorstep of the iconic Green Mountain, enjoy sumptuous lodging, stargazing and a luxurious Middle Eastern spa. (pool, spa)

Days 4-5

Discover an abandoned Omani village surrounded by thickets of overgrown walnut trees | Explore the crumbling houses and cracked-stone staircases of Wabi Bani Habib | Drink in spectacular vistas of Jabal Akhdar, the Green Mountain | Take a dip with a view at our hotel’s stunning mountaintop pool or relax with the odors of frankincense and juniper berry at the spa | Practice yoga and feel the breeze from the mountains or relax and sleep in | Hike the stunning trails that crisscross these rugged mountains, passing abandoned stone houses embedded in towering cliffsides | Enjoy traditional Omani music from a live musician | Relax at the hotel or explore a spectacular nearby canyon with ropes and harnesses.

Jabal Akhdar Oman
Jabal Akhdar Oman
Al Hajar Mountains
| Premiere Hotel

Traditional Omani stone architecture combined with mountain views and modern luxury and amenities. (pool, spa)

Days 6-7

Explore the stone-walled alleyways of Nizwa, one of the oldest cities in Oman | Discover the turbulent history of this ancient city that has withstood attacks and raids for centuries | Stroll the vibrant souq, or market, where everything from silver jewelry to coffee pots and fresh fish are on display | Sample locally grown dates, a specialty of the region | Luxuriate at our amazing hotel on the edge of the Gulf of Oman | Take a dip in one of three swimming pools or enjoy a personalized treatment at the hotel’s sumptuous spa | People-watch in the streets of Muscat as we make our way to the city’s Grand Mosque | Enjoy a final spread of shay and local fruits before saying goodbye or extending your stay in Oman.

The Chedi Muscat
The Chedi Muscat
Muscat
| Premiere Hotel

A stunning property on the Gulf of Oman with spacious villa-style accommodations, selected as one of the best hotels in the Middle East by Condé Nast. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Other
Sunset Walk (1 hour)
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 800 ft. gain
Other
Misfah Heritage Village Visit (2 hours)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Other
Rose Water Factory Visit (1 hour)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 3 | 6 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Yoga
(1 hour)
Day 6
Other
Market Visit & Walk (1 hour)
Other
Nizwa Palace Visit (1 hour)
Day 7
Other
Muscat Grand Mosque Visit (1 hour)

Note: The terrain on this trip is primarily sandy or rocky trails with some steeper climbs. Please use extra caution when negotiating loose gravel. Our routes traverse a diverse mix of environments, from mountain trails to barren deserts to deep canyons. On some days we hike in areas where there are creeks, oases and rock pools. Sturdy shoes are recommended throughout the week. There is little shade on our trails, so come prepared for full sun exposure with a wide-brim hat and full-coverage SPF+ clothing.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 dinners, 6 lunches
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Times

In order to bring you the full splendor of this region, we spend more time shuttling on this trip than on many other Backroads trips. 

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