Oman Route Guide: Ultimate 10-day Travel Itinerary

Oman Route Guide: Ultimate 10-day Travel Itinerary

Oman Route Guide: Ultimate 10-day Travel Itinerary

Oman is a country at the border of the United Arab Emirates. It’s a 1-hour flight from Dubai or 9-hour flight from Amsterdam and brings you a real Arab experience. Oman has countless sand dunes, green ravines filled with palm trees, huge mountain ranges, emerald green natural pools and a huge part of the country is located on the sea. This is the Ultimate 10-day Oman Route Guide.

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Oman is really well developed, the majority of the people speak English and are modern in their way of thinking. Infrastructure is one of the best out there but they don’t want to be the next Dubai. The buildings that are built have the original Arab look with a modern touch. If that wasn’t convincing enough, the country is voted as one of the cleanest and safest countries in the world.

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Oman Route Guide

Oman is a huge country and to see the whole country you will probably need 2-3 weeks. We narrowed it down to a 10-day self-driving route. This is one of the best countries to drive around yourself. Infrastructure is perfect, people are super friendly and petrol is affordable. Read more about renting a car.

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This 10-day route will take you around the best highlights of Oman.

Day 1 – 2: Explore Muscat

Muscat is Oman’s capital city and home to many expats. It hosts the impressive Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Muttrah Souq, and the Royal Opera House.

Sultan Qaboos Mosque

The Sultan Qaboos Mosque is Oman’s most important spiritual site. This architectural masterpiece opened in 2001. It’s required for both men and women to wear long sleeve tops and long pants to the ankle. For women, bring a scarf to cover your hair. The mosque’s entrance is free. It is open to non-muslims every day from 8 AM to 11 AM except Friday. Friday is prayers day.

Book a Muscat City Tour.

Muttrah Souq

Oman citizens are a big mix of Omani, Indian and African people. You can notice this at Muttrah souq where many shops are selling Omani and Indian items. But also everyday items you use in your kitchen.

Tip: Fridays and Saturdays are weekend days and some parts of the souq will be closed.

Read more: 7 best things to do in Oman

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Lunch at Kargeen

The restaurant Kargeen is a small great hideout in the middle of the city. Escape from the heat of the sun and have a great lunch at this well-decorated place.

In Muscat, we stayed at the beautiful Kempinski Hotel Muscat.

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Go on a dolphin-spotting trip

Spend the morning on a boat spotting dolphins just out of Muscat. It is almost guaranteed that you will see dolphins. A morning tour should cost OMR 17 (45 USD).

 Find all: Hotels in Muscat

Muscat has quite a few affordable Airbnb’s. Get $50 discount on your first Airbnb booking.



Day 3 – 4: Muscat to Sur

After those first two days, drive down the perfect route towards the coastline. This is an easy 90-minute drive, all highway.

Tip: Wear or take swim clothing on this day.

Bimmah Sinkhole

After a good 90 minutes of driving, you will reach Bimmah Sinkhole. This is probably one of the most incredible natural swimming pools you will ever see. The water is a beautiful turquoise color and one of the best cooldowns during the heat of the day. The story lives that a meteor created the hole.

Find day trips to Bimmah Sinkhole

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Wadi Shab

Wadi Shab meaning gorge between the cliff is a must-visit! From Bimmah Sinkhole, drive about 20 minutes to reach the parking spot.
Make sure to buy some extra water and head to the river. Pay 1 OMR to cross the river, from there it’s a 45 min walk to the swimming point. You will need about 3 – 4 hours here. Book a day trip here or find more information in the link down below.

Read more: 7 best things to do in Oman

Visit Sur

Sur is formerly known as a trading point where the harbor did a lot of business with East-Africa. Because of this, you will see a larger population of formerly African people in this area.
Sur is a beautiful town surrounds by old architecture, visit the lighthouse, fort and see some of the real local life. Sur is also a good place to spend the night.

Tip: Have a good lunch at Zaki Restaurant.

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Turtles nesting ground

At Ras Al Jinz, which is about 35 minutes from Sur, there is a protected turtle nesting area. You can visit the museum and join the turtle spotting tour during sunrise or after sunset.
If you don’t want to drive back and forward to Sur, you can also spend the night here.

Day 5 – 6: Desert days

From Sur, follow your way to the desert and stop in between at Wadi Bani Khalid. Take a refreshing dip and drive to your desert camp in the Wahiba Sands. Most of the camps can be reached by driving a 4×4 yourself but do ask your host, they might arrange a pick-up. If your planning to drive yourself, deflate your tires a bit at one of the local shops.
Plan to stay two nights in the desert, explore the area by car or camel, go stargazing and experience living between the dunes

➳ Find all: Desert Camps to stay

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Day 7 – 8: Nizwa

On day 7 you will drive the longest distance. Follow your journey to Birkat Al Mouz, one of the old villages surrounded by green banana plantations. Use around 1 hour to explore the ruins here. The drive from the desert takes about 2 hours.


From Birkat Al Mouz, drive to the historical town called Nizwa. See one of Oman’s oldest forts, Nizwa Fort and wander around at Nizwa Souq. Read more about the fort in the link down below.

Book a Nizwa City Tour

Al Hamra

The next morning, hop back in your car and drive to the Al Hamra region. Set course to Misfat Al Abriyeen, where you can spend the night at a homestay in a beautiful area. Make sure to be early, to fully experience the magical sunset.

Read more: 7 best things to do in Oman

Day 9 – 10: Cool down in the Mountains

One your last days, drive up to Jabal Akhdar and spend the night at 2000 meter above sea level. To drive up here you are required to have a 4×4 car. Same as Al Hamra, make sure to be there early to fully experience the sunset.
On the next morning, enjoy your breakfast and drive back to Muscat to catch your flight.

 Find all: Hotels in Muscat

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Getting around in Oman

Oman is probably one of the best countries to get around by yourself. Infrastructure is very, very good and fuel is cheap. To follow this 10-day Oman route guide you will need a 4×4 in the desert and up in the mountains. Renting a 4×4 costs around $950 for 10 days.

Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation doesn’t work in Oman but on iOS, there’s another app called ‘Here we go’ which works perfectly.
Rent your car here.

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Best time to visit Oman

Oman is best to visit during their winter which runs from October until March. Weather will be between 20 and 30 degrees.
Summer temperatures go anywhere from 35 to 50 degrees.

If you’re planning to visit the mountains like Jabal Akhdar, you should plan a visit in summer when temperatures rise from 0 in winter to 30 in summer.

Food in Oman

The food in Oman is a mix of the Arabian and Indian kitchen. You will mostly find delicious bread, curries, dates, and kebabs.

Oman Route Guide: Oman Visa

Getting a visa in Oman is super easy. E-visa can be requested online. It will costs you around $45 per visa, depending on the country you are from. It takes anywhere from 2 days to 1 week to receive your visa via email.

Order your Visa online here

What to wear in Oman

Oman is very modern and open in what you wear. They don’t give you a set of clothing rules once you enter the country. It is respectful to always cover up your upper body, shoulders, and wear shorts or skirts over your knees.

Again, Omani people are very modern and they will only really ask you to cover up when you are on a religious site.

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Costs of traveling in Oman

Oman is not a budget travel country. Prices change depending on the kind of comfort you would like.

? Double room: $70 a night
? Lunch  / Dinner: $10 – $30
? Fruit snacks: $1.60 bunch of bananas
⛽ Fuel: $30 for a full tank (60L)
? Drinking water: $0.50 for 1.5L
? Transportation: $950 for 10 days

For more information about Oman visit Be adviced: Drones in Oman are not allowed without a license.

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  • Hi beide! Ik vroeg mij af hoe laat (of juist vroeg) jullie de plekke bezoeken. Op de foto’s is amper iemand te zien, dat lijkt me heerlijk. Is het echt zo rustig in Oman qua toerisme en kun je als je vroeg bent in alle rust de bezienswaardigheden bezoeken? Alvast bedankt voor het beantwoorden!

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hey! Oman is een onbekend land voor toerisme maar dat zal niet lang zo blijven. De foto’s die je ziet zijn door de gehele dag genomen, geen specifieke tijden. De bezienswaardigheden zijn rustig maar verwacht wel dat ik het koudere seizoen het drukker zal zijn met toeristen vanuit Dubai e.d.

  • Noloadsports

    In Hatta, you can enjoy about 50 km of trails based on your skill levels, including easy green, moderate blue, difficult red, and severe black comprising mainly of technically demanding climbs. However, the number of trails and their overall length is continuously growing. The stable weather and convenient winter temperature make the area a great place for the pre-season training. All routes are clearly marked, preventing people from getting lost in the midday heat. Even though you can find some oasis-like rest areas on the way, it s recommended to arrange early morning or later afternoon rides to avoid extreme temperatures. The resort is easy to find after approximately one-hour drive from Dubai in the direction of Oman. Ask for Andy, a great guy who s behind of the whole Hatta MTB business. Well-known Balcony Trail is a two-way route carved into the wall of a terrifying rock monument, granting the area the nickname of “Grand Canyon of Oman”. As the trails are intended mainly for hiking, mountain bikers could find a lot of sections impassable due to the extreme level of technical difficulty. Numerous segments would be described as really steep, running on the edges of up to 2 deep ravines, making the rides available to experts only. The trail ends in an ancient village reminding us how gruelling it must have been to plant vegetables in those infertile terraces in the shadows of the rocky ridges. Even advanced riders have to deal with the 80:20 ride-to-walk ratio.

  • Vaclav Dekanovsky

    Thanks for the nice guide, you have really picked The Spots to see. I had spent a few months in this country on business trips and I must say we always enjoy Karjeen again and again, especially due to the smell of burned incense. I would only add that in Oct/Nov there are sudden storms that can create local flood so be careful where you park the car and besides Nizwa, there are nice Nakhal (more photogenic because it build on a hill) and Rustaq forts. Also close to Jabal Akhdar is the Grand Canyon of Oman where you can do a little trek inside the deep ravine.

  • Hello you two :) First of, I would like to tell you that I love love love yours pics !

    I have a question regarding your Oman trip. I see you’ve brought a drone with you. Were you able to get an authorization or did you just flew it when there were not a lot of people ?

    Thank you in advance!

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! We worked with the ministry and they arranged a drone from inside the country. Don’t take you’re drone without having a license since it’s strictly prohibited.

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