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- 6 nights accommodation
- 4 Days Car Rental
- Return Airport Transfers
Oman Self Drive Holidays
Desert Nights Camp
Fish Market, Muscat
This Self-Drive Oman Holiday is a great way to experience the best of Oman independently.
Oman lends itself perfectly to Self-Drive as the roads are excellent and carry very little traffic. The drives through the mountains, past sand dunes and along the coastal road are varied and full of interest.
This Self-Drive Oman holiday includes time to explore Muscat with it's mosques, souk, fish market and attractive corniche.
From Muscat head into the mountains to discover historic fort towns such as Nizwa as well as the beautiful mountains scenery of northern Oman.
From the mountains to the desert - drive south and be transferred into the great Wahiba Sands to experience an overnight stay in the desert, complete with camel riding and star gazing.
Sur offers the chance to see traditional Dhow building yards and the turtle beach at nearby Ras Al Jinz.
From Sur, head back to Muscat along the beautiful coastal road where you may hardly see another vehicle all day.
Our man Self Drive holidays and tours are all completely tailor made and can be adjusted to suit your exact interests and budget. Just let us know the kind of trip you would like.
At a Glance
- 3 nights Muscat
- 1 night Nizwa
- 1 night Desert Camp
- 1 night Sur
- 4 Days Car Rental
- Historic Nizwa
- Hajar Mountains
- Dhow Building Yards
- Turtle Beach
- Mountain and Coastal Roads
Day 1: Fly UK to Muscat
Overnight flight UK to Muscat.
Day 2: Muscat
Transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Muscat
Full day city at leisure to explore Muscat independently. Alternatively add on a city tour of Muscat.
Overnight Muscat. Breakfast included.
Day 4: Nizwa & Hajar Mountains
Pick up rental car. Drive to Hajar Mountains and Nizwa. Perhaps visit Bahla Fort and Jabrin Castle.
Overnight Nizwa. Breakfast included.
Day 5: Wahiba Sands
Drive south to designated meeting point. Leave car overnight and be transferred to desert camp for overnight desert stay.
Overnight Wahiba Sands. Breakfast & Dinner included.
Day 6: Wahiba Sands - Sur
Transfer back to the car and carry on the drive south to the coastal town of Sur. Destination for the night is Ras Al Jinz with it's Turtle Sanctuary. Moonlight turtle watching.
Overnight Ras Al Jinz Breakfast included.
Day 7: Sur - Muscat
Drive back to Muscat along the stunning coastal road, passing by Wadis and small villages.
Overnight Muscat. Breakfast included.
Day 8: Muscat - UK
Fly back to the UK.
A Self Drive Holiday in Oman is a popular option for several reasons.
Roads are generally excellent throughout Oman and Self Drive holiday-makers normally don’t require a 4 by 4. Most attractions in Oman are accessible with a normal saloon car.
A popular route for a Self Drive holiday in Oman is from Muscat along the scenic Route 15 West into the Hajar Mountains through the Sumail Gap.
This two-lane highway is the main route through the mountains from the coast into the interior of Oman and is normally very quiet. The drive from Muscat to Nizwa is around 1.5 hours.
This makes it possible to easily make a day trip to Nizwa from Muscat and see some of the attractions en-route, although a one or two night stay is much more preferable to really experience the region properly.
To get off into the Jebels (mountains) either side of the highway is a different matter as most require a 4 x 4. Signposting is excellent for all the major sights along the route.
One option for those looking to explore the mountains by car is to rent a normal car for the journey to and from Nizwa but switch to a 4 x 4 for one day from Nizwa in order to explore the mountains.
Alternatively many of our clients choose to take an organized excursion into the mountains or the Wahiba Sands, in a 4 x 4 accompanied by a driver guide. This ensures seeing the best of these areas and is recommended especially for those with no 4 x 4 driving experience.
Driving in Oman is on the right hand side of the road, in left-hand drive vehicles, and once out of Muscat, highways are usually very quiet.
Signs are always in English in addition to Arabic. Petrol is cheap in comparison to the UK and petrol stations are plentiful, often open 24-hours and always with an attendant to fill up your car.
It is possible to drive between Oman and the UAE but vehicles cannot be collected in one country and dropped off in the other. For those going cross-country, pre-authorization is required to cross the border, as insurance needs to be valid for both countries.
South from Muscat to Sur a relatively new highway makes travel between the two destinations a breeze and one of the most scenic drives in Oman is the coastal route between Sur and Muscat.
Driving within Muscat can be very confusing due to a complex highway and roundabout system.
Hazards of driving in Oman include goats and camels crossing the road and bear in mind that it is an offense to be in charge of an unclean car whilst driving in Oman!
Standard Hotel Suggestions Muscat:
- Shangri La Al Jissah - Al Waha (Superior)
Standard Hotel Suggestions Nizwa:
- Sahab Hotel
Standard Hotel Suggestions Wahiba Sands:
- 1000 Nights Camp
6 night Oman Self Drive - Standard:
- Price from £1,095 pp
This is a guide price only, based on travel in low season.
Prices will vary according to choice of hotel and seasonal airfare and hotel surcharges. Please ask us for any current special offers.
All of our Oman Self Drive Holidays are completely tailor made and we can put together any kind of Self Drive Oman itinerary to suit your interests and budget.
Call us now to speak to an Oman holiday expert about your Oman Self Drive holiday.
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We're open from 9 until 9 daily and our 0333 number is a local rate number included in most call packages.