Muscat - Nizwa - Jebel Akhdar
first thing and drive to Nizwa
to visit the Nizwa Round Tower fort and the souk. Continue to the pretty village of Birkat al Mauz and enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations. From Birkat al Mauz, you reach Wadi al Madeen, the gate into Jebel Akhdar village (the 'Green Mountain'). From here, a 35km stretch of winding road takes you to Jebel al Akhdar (2000m), the green jewel of the Al Hajar mountain ranges. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains and see Jebel al Akhdar which is famed for fruit orchards laid out in terraces along the mountain slopes and irrigated by falaj, traditional water systems.
A large variety of fruit including peaches, apricots, figs, grapes, apples plums and pears are grown here from July to September and almonds and walnuts are cultivated. Tiny villages, including picturesque Saiq, Al Ain, and abandoned Wadi Bani Habib, dot the landscape and overlook a spectacular vista of peaks, gorges and wadis. The roses of Jebel al Akhdar fill the air with fragrance from March to April, when they are in full bloom, and rose water is distilled in the homes of the villagers. Overnight at the Al Jebel al Akhdar Hotel.