You will arrive at the Muscat International Airport. Upon arrival at the General arrival lounge you will be met by our friendly & efficient chauffer who will assist you to the comforts of our vehicle to drive Muscat city half tour. The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East.Visit Bait Al Zubair Museum. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali.
Overnight at Muscat Hotel.
The tour begins with a visit to the famous Nizwa Souq (market). Here you can find a wide variety of vendors offer their goods in the streets of the souq from, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts, Omani sweet (Halwa), Dates spice , and souvenirs. The locals from the nearby Villages come to sell their, goats, cattle, sheep and chickens in a circus style open market place.Next to the Souq is Oman Fortress. You can walk around in this impressive fortress and visit its many rooms, passages and towers.
From Nizwa we drive up to Misfah Al Abreen. This village lies on a steep slope at the foot of Jebel Shams, and consists of old homes and narrow streets.it has falaj system for many orchards, date palms and vegetables. It is worth to spend sometimes walking around the village. Then continue your trip to visit ancient town of Al Hamra.
Overnight at Nizwa
Morning drive to Wahiba sands, via Birkat A Mauz and Ibra. Your first destination is Wadi Bani Khalid – an oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip. Then we continue to Wahiba sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. After some exciting sand dune driving which offers excellent thrills and chills for all. Evening watch spectacular sunset from top of the dunes. BBQ dinner
Overnight at Wahiba Sands.
Your first destination is Wadi Bani Khalid – an oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip Then drive to you visit fishing town of Sur, the eastern most town on the Arabian Peninsula, where until recently the famous Omani Dhows were built. Dhow building in Sur dates back centuries and is closely linked with the maritime heritage of Oman. You then return to Hotel for the overnight Ras Al Hadd. landscape. Retun to Muscat
Transfer to airport to travel to Khartum. Arrive at Khartum Airport/Sea port. Meet and greet and transfer to hotel relaxation.
In the morning we start crossing the confluence between the Blue and the White Nile near the Presidential Palace where in 1885 General Gordon was beheaded by the Mahdi’s troops and we reach Omdurman, the old capital of Sudan, where we see the Mahdi’s Tomb from outside and we visit the interesting Khalifa’s House which holds a small museum about the Mahdyia . We will also walk in Omdurman Market. In the afternoon we visit the National Museum that, besides many beautiful objects, contains two beautiful temples rescued by UNESCO and moved from the Lake Nasser area, when it was flooded by the water. At sunset time we move near the tomb of the sufi leader Ahmed al Nil to attend the involving Dervishes Ceremony (only on Fridays).
The order of the visits and inclusions can be changed by Acropole Hotel without notice
Overnight at the Acropole Hotel 3***
OPTIONAL DINNER AT AL ASSAHA RESTAURANT (traditional Lebanese restaurant)
Pick up at your hotel in the morning and then we begin the journey northward. After about 50 km, we get into a desert area covered with huge round granite boulders; these are the last offshoots of the rocky formations of the 6th Cataract. We leave the asphalt road and we drive for about 30 km on a desert track among many camel thorn acacia trees to visit the two archaeological sites. The site of Naga it is one of the two centres that developed during the Meroitic period. In Naga, in a typical Saharan environment with rocks and sand, we find a temple dedicated to Apedemak (1st century A.D). A few metres away there is a small and odd construction with arches and columns, named “kiosk”, in which we can notice Egyptian, Roman and Greek styles, all at the same time. Not far away we reach another temple dedicated to Amon with many statues of rams and beautiful gates decorated with bas-reliefs. We then go to Mussawarat, not far away from Naga. This settlement is located in a beautiful valley crowned by hills. Here the ruins of a very big temple are visible; it once played an exceptional important role. Its main characteristic, the “Great Enclosure” is made by many constructions and boundary walls which surround a temple built in the 1st century A.D. Beyond the big wadi there is another temple – restored by a German archaeological mission – dedicated to the god Apedemak. We return on the main road driving North and all of a sudden, we can glance at more than 40 pyramids, located on top of a hill, some of them perfectly preserved, which belong to the Royal Necropolis of Meroe.
Overnight at Meroe Camp in half board
After breakfast we visit the Royal Necropolis of Meroe which is located about 3 km from the Nile on some hills covered by yellow sand dunes. Several pyramids stand out with their sharp shapes against the clear sky. Each one has its own funerary chapel with the walls fully decorated with bas-reliefs that show the King’s life and offers to the gods. We then begin the journey southward. After the visit we drive South and we take a detour to visit the 6th cateract – Sabaloka Gorge where we take a short cruise to see the rapids. In the afternoon return towards Khartoum Airport for departure.