Itinerary + Checklist for Oman Trip

It’s thirty (30) days to our upcoming trip to Oman, coinciding with the Eid Al Adha holidays and I’m quite pleased the temps have started to really cool down.

This morning when I checked before heading out for work, my phone’s temp indicator showed 29 degrees Celsius, yay! Winter’s really upon us mga frenships!  :)

So definitely no more excuses to laze on the couch, and all the more reasons to explore Oman outdoors! Let’s now make our itinerary + checklist…

  1. Air tickets – OK. Booked flights via TK. Cheapest, as well as departure and arrival timings maximize stay.
  2. Accommodations – OK. Booked AMI Hotel. Affordable. Within City Center. Near the Beach, siempre.
  3. Visas – On arrival. (Being GCC Residents + visa professions OK. Otherwise, need to prearrange.)  NB: Reconfirmed VOA OK with Oman Embassy today, 26.09.12🙂
  4. DIY City Tour & Sightseeing Schedule  – refer To Do/To See checklist.

To Do / To See Checklist

Okay, I now realize that the initial To Do / To See list I made for our recent 4-day Qatar-exploring trip was indeed overwhelming especially during summer time so we weren’t able to cover all.

So this time, will be more flexible and try not to overload schedules, especially that Oman is Sooo HUGE, well, when compared to Bahrain, Qatar and UAE lah, refer to below Map for scale, hehehe.

Map showing Oman
(Source: lonelyplanet.com)

We will be staying in Muscat so we’d check out the nearby sights and places first and then move further to Ras Al Hadd, Sur and Nizwa.

DAY 1 – MUSCAT

  • Sultan Al Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muttrah Area – Souks, Corniche
  • Bait Al Baranda and/or Bait Al Zubair Museum
  • Sultan Palace (Al Alam)
  • Fort Mirani & Jalali
  • Marina Bandar Al Rowdha (dolphin watching) – option

DAY 2 – SUR

  • Ras Al Hadd – to see those baby turtles
  • Wadi Ash Shab nature trip

DAY 3 – NIZWA

  • Nizwa Fort and view of Hajar Mountains
  • Glimpse at Jebel Shams – Oman’s Grand Canyon

Oman Trip Map

Getting Around

We’ll be hiring a car for sure for the day trips to Sur and Nizwa while still checking out options for getting around Muscat which require more transfers.

It is noted that taxis don’t usually use meters and can be pricey, so need to do more research.

Will update accordingly. 🙂

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  2. any chance chance you’ll make it the town of al-Hamra? It is absolutely beautiful. Well, all of Oman is beautiful, really. Have a great time!

    • thanks for the tip! checked the map and it’s within same area as Nizwa and Jebel Shams so Yay OK!🙂

      i am so looking forward to the road trip, one of my uni teachers lives there now and i love all her pictures of mountains and wadis and nature… 🙂

  3. Hey, I am planning to visit Muscat and around for 4 days in 1st week Nov and our itinenary is quite similar to yours. So just wanted to quickly check –

    1. Is this itinenary doable by yourself or do you need a travel agent?
    2. How do you book a can there?
    3. Are there good budget hotels in these places?

    Thanks a ton for your help in advance

    Snigdha

    • Hello Snigdha, thanks for visiting! To answer your queries…

      1. This is another attempt on a DIY trip , with some info from our friends in Oman, i.e. contact #s of local cab drivers avail for hire for the day tours to Sur (Day 2) and Nizwa (Day 3) and standard day hire fees.

      2. For booking the local cab for Days 2 & 3, we just have to call the driver’s number recommended by friends, set the schedule & route and agree on the fee. Payment at end of day trip / drop at hotel.

      For getting around in Muscat (Day 1), still undecided if to hire a cab for the day or not… still studying walking routes like we did in Doha last Aug. My friends say Omani taxis don’t usually use meters and might “overcharge” even for short point to point destinations.

      3. Online reviews say hotels can be quite expensive in Oman…. We booked Al Maha Int’l (thru Dnata – agent with promo tie up with my bank) @USD 75/nyt. Quite pricier than other options but chose it due to its proximity to Seeb airport & within city area.

      Going thru Agoda / Hostelworld you have a better, wider range of choices (USD 35/night up) for hotels / hostel apartments within Muscat and city outskirts i.e. Ruwi, Golden Oasis, Marina, Mutrah, Al Fanar, Safeer, Qurum, et al.

      I’ll be posting further details about our actual trip after we arrive, hopefully to give helpful tips.

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