When you picture a road trip, it’s likely your mind first goes to the highlands of Scotland or those never-ending desert roads in the US. But for something different, embark on a unique road trip through the rocky outcrops and desert sands of Oman. Rather than being encased in a vehicle, swap four wheels for two as you commandeer Harley-Davidsons specially flown in to accompany you along your trip, as well as access to both road and gravel bikes.
- When to go
- Jan-Mar, Nov
- From Price
- £22,000 PP*
- Ideal Length
- 9 Nights
- With an expert biking guide, dedicate time to discovering the rocky terrains of Jabal Shams and Jabal Akhdar aboard Harley-Davidson motorcycles specially transported from Dubai, or opt for a mountain or gravel bike or for a real challenge.
- Embark on a captivating desert adventure as you trek through the rugged landscapes to the enchanting oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid. Swim in its serene waters before sandboarding down the majestic sand dunes.
- Embark on an extraordinary private dhow sailing journey that will immerse you in the breathtaking expanse of Oman’s coastline and take you to uninhabited island paradises, including the captivating and isolated Dimaniyat Islands.
- Indulge in the enchanting magic of the Omani desert by spending your nights in an exclusive and secluded private desert camp, sleeping beneath a celestial blanket of stars. This camp serves as an ideal hub for your desert escapades, providing a perfect launching point for your desert explorations.
Vast and vibrant, Oman’s remote mountains, striking sandscapes, star-studded skies, and palm-fringed beaches form just a glimpse of the captivating and ethereal panoramas that this country offers. With its profound cultural heritage and hospitable society, Oman possesses a strong and distinct identity. It stands as an exceptional destination for travellers seeking the remarkable fusion of modernity in Arabia seamlessly interwoven with time-honoured traditions.
From navigating the steep and rocky terrains of Jabal Shams and Jabal Akhdar to admiring the grandeur of mosques and splendid architecture adorning the streets of Muscat, you’ll have the chance to witness every facet of this remarkable nation – all while riding on two wheels.
Nestled amidst Oman’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, the Hajar Mountains serve as an ideal starting point for exploring the region by motorbike. These mountains boast captivating winding roads that offer spectacular vistas. Your journey will be accompanied by specially transported Harley-Davidsons, ensuring you can traverse this distinctive terrain alongside an expert motorbiking guide.
During your four-day stay, embark on exhilarating motorbike rides to places like Misfat Al Abriyyin, a charming mountain village adorned with terraced stone houses enveloped by date palm groves. For an added challenge, take on the Middle East’s highest via ferrata. Begin your days early with invigorating hikes, such as the sunrise trek to Al Khutaymi, followed by a leisurely stroll through the villages of Wadi Bani Habib, guided by a local geologist.
While at the Hajar Mountains, you’ll be accommodated at the striking Alila Jabal Akhdar. This remarkable retreat perches elegantly on the edge of a ravine, blending harmoniously with the landscape. Alila offers an exceptional base for uncovering the thrilling motorbiking and cycling routes and delving into Oman’s rich cultural heritage. Renowned as the premier property in the Omani mountains, Alila provides top-tier cuisine and remarkable amenities, ensuring a truly exceptional experience.
Wahiba Sands and Wadi Bani Khalid
The remote and renowned desert landscape of Wahiba, a highlight within Oman, boasts some of the most impressive dunes in the entire country. Beyond desert-based activities like dune driving, sandboarding, and camel riding, the area offers opportunities for adventurous hikes, wadi swims, and thrilling motorbiking routes from Sur.
For intrepid explorers seeking a deeper immersion in this striking terrain, embark on a journey to the desert oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid. Here, a five-hour hike followed by a revitalising swim awaits. Nestled in the heart of Wahiba Sands, this is where you’ll spend the night in your private desert camp. The sleeping tents are equipped with proper mattresses, crisp cotton linens, feather pillows, and traditional furnishings, creating Northern Oman’s ultimate desert camp experience that offers a level of comfort rare in desert settings. The meticulous attention to detail and furnishings elevate this to a top-tier glamping experience rather than mere camping.
After leaving your camp behind, reunite with fellow travellers in Wadi Tiwi for lunch before making your way to Muscat, arriving just in time to witness the enchanting sunset.
Muscat & Dimaniyat Islands
Nestled amid majestic mountains and the glistening waters of the Arabian Sea, Muscat, the vibrant capital of Oman, casts a captivating spell with its rich heritage, splendid architecture, and a captivating fusion of modernity and tradition. Muscat boasts excellent tarmac roads that are ideal for motorbiking and cycling, making it a superb starting point for exhilarating trail runs.
Begin your day early with a bike ride from Halban to Fanja, reuniting with your group at the market for a chai break as you meander through the bustling stalls. Next, resume your journey on two wheels and head to Birkat Al Mouz, where a private lunch awaits in a setting beside the Wadi. Transitioning from two wheels to four, you’ll drive (or take a helicopter) back to Muscat.
Private Dhow Experience
For a unique perspective, a private dhow experience provides an incredible way to behold the city. Glide along the rugged and untouched coastline of the Gulf of Oman, spotting dolphins, turtles, and whales along the way. Your destination: the Dimaniyat Islands, a pristine collection of nine uninhabited isles offering exceptional snorkelling and diving opportunities in the heart of the Middle East.
The Chedi Muscat
Conclude your Omani adventure in the world of symmetrical luxury at The Chedi Muscat. From its impeccable design and meticulously maintained gardens to its diverse high-quality dining choices and expansive spa, The Chedi stands as one of the most remarkable hotels in the Middle East. After a week filled with invigorating activities, indulge in muscle-soothing massages and rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments at The Chedi’s spa, widely considered the finest in Oman.
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