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Are you planning on visiting Oman? Then this blog post is for you! This 7-day Oman Itinerary will take you on a tour of Oman, highlighting the best attractions in each region.
It’s perfect for those who are short on time and want to see as much as possible while they are there. We also give tips on what to pack, where to stay, and more.
Check out my bucket list for the most beautiful places in Oman for further inspiration.
How to Prepare for a Trip to Oman?
Preparing for any visit abroad may seem challenging and stressful. But if done properly ahead and with a list of essentials at hand, you can make this process an enjoyable one.
What Documents Do I Need to Visit Oman?
The documents you’ll need to visit Oman may differ based on your nationality or the current Covid-19 situation.
The basic documents to check off your list are:
- a valid passport
- a PLF – TRF
- an eVisa/visa
The PLF and eVisa can both be easily obtained online a few days prior to your planned travel. Don’t forget to gather these documents before your trip for an issue-free entry into the country.
Oman eVisa comes in two types, either a single-entry visa for a 30-day stay or a multiple-entry visa with each entry for a maximum of 30 days at a time.
Apply for yours at least 72 hours ahead of your arrival in Oman and get the approved document delivered to you in a convenient PDF form via email.
What Should I Pack?
Oman has one of the hottest climates in the world, while also being a conservative country, making it challenging to think of what to pack for your visit.
However, even though Oman is conservative, tourists do not need to worry too much about their clothing while in the country. As long as you’re being respectful with the way you dress, all will be fine.
Make sure that you have:
- some loose long dresses
- loose skirts
- a scarf or two (they come in handy when entering a mosque)
- a bathing suit (preferably a one-piece)
- some comfortable shoes to walk in
Pack clothes of natural, breathable material to help your skin breathe while exploring Oman.
You should also have some wet wipes, a portable charger, hand sanitizer, and a camera.
7-Day Oman Itinerary
Day 1: Muscat
With its dramatic landscape of mountains and coastline, Muscat is a beautiful city to explore and a must add to your Oman itinerary. And with its abundance of restaurants and cultural attractions, there’s plenty to see and do in Muscat.
First, head to the Muttrah Souk. This lively market is packed with stalls selling everything from spices and jewelry to souvenirs and clothes. Be sure to haggle for the best price – vendors expect tourists to do so!
Once you’ve shopped till you dropped, wander down to the waterfront for some fresh air. From there, it’s only a short drive to the picturesque Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
Feel free to end the day dining at the Ubhar restaurant for a genuine experience of some delicious traditional Omani food.
Day 2: Nizwa
There’s no doubt about it – Nizwa is one of the coolest places to visit in Oman. Nestled in the Hajar Mountains, this historic city has a lot to offer visitors, from ancient forts and mosques to lush oases and traditional souks.
If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination with plenty of culture and history, Nizwa is definitely worth exploring.
There’s a lot to see and do in Nizwa, and if you’re only in town for a short time, it can be tough to know what to prioritize. Here are some of the top attractions not to miss when you’re in this fascinating city:
- Nizwa Fort
- Camel ride through the desert
- Tanuf Ruins
Since you’ll only get one day, we’ve listed the main attractions that should be experienced during your visit to Nizwa.
Top the whole experience with some delicious Omani food and your trip to Nizwa will be complete!
Day 3: Jabal Shams
Day three is all about hiking and taking in some beautiful views! Jabal Shams is known as the rooftop of Oman. At an elevation of almost 10,000 feet, it’s no wonder this mountain dominates the surrounding landscape.
Visitors come from all over to explore its trails and take in the breathtaking views. Jabal Shams offers something for everyone, from experienced hikers to those simply looking for a beautiful place to relax and take in the scenery.
This will be your time to indulge in nature, take in the views, and find some inner peace.
Day 4: Samad Al Shan
Samad Al Shan is an amazing archaeological site that’s well worth a visit for anyone exploring Oman. It’s home to some of the most impressive ruins you’ll ever see.
This day will be to fulfil your historic curiosity allowing you to explore different forts and castles, such as the Al Rawdha Castle or the Fort Alkhbayb House.
Visiting Samad Al Shan will also give you an opportunity to explore the Samad al-Shan site where Late Iron Age remains were first identified.
Day 5: Jebel Khadar
First off, Jebel Khadar is home to some beautiful scenery. Whether you’re looking at the mountains or the river below, you’re sure to be stunned by the natural beauty of this location.
If you haven’t had enough hiking yet, you can take a hike to the top of the Jebel Khadar to admire its terraced orchards with pomegranates, roses, and apricots growing. You can be sure to also have the chance to see the famous Omani wadis along the way.
Those who don’t feel like walking, can take an exciting 4WD drive, take in the views along the way and experience the beauty of Oman in the most effortless way.
And if that’s not enough, there are also a number of ancient ruins waiting to be discovered. So if you’re interested in the history of Oman, then Jebel Khadar is definitely worth checking out!
Day 6: Ras Al Hadd
Day six will be all about relaxation towards the end of your stay in Oman. That is why we’ve selected Ras Al Hadd as your second to last spot to visit on your Oman itinerary.
Ras Al Hadd is a village located within the Ash Sharqiyah district in Oman that’s famous for its beautiful beaches with incredible sunsets. The beaches in the region are also known for being the breeding place for green sea turtles.
Swim, relax, and look out for sea turtles while spending the day in Ras Al Hadd. You can end the day doing some last-minute shopping in the newly opened shopping center in the area.
Day 7: Wahiba Sands
We’ve saved the best for last so strap in! The Wahiba Sands are one of the Omani deserts that offer plenty of attractions for tourists to experience.
Besides the obvious ones like watching the sunset or sunrise in the desert, you can take a jeep drive through the area, see some camels, explore the dunes, ride a quad, or even spend the night camping in the desert.
Exploring the Omani desert areas is a must when in the country. Do not miss out on this experience while on your trip.
My husband & I are planning to visit Oman in October. We prefer a private or small group for 7 days. Can you please send us information on your trips ?
Hope to hear from you soon!
Hi Ilene, unfortunately this is a guest post and I haven’t been to Oman myself yet so I don’t have any tours I can recommend.
The Souk is nowhere near walking distance to the Grand Mosque. You may want to change it to say “short drive” rather than “short walk”
Thanks for letting me know Erica, this is a guest post and I haven’t been there myself yet. I will change it.