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Highlights of Oman

11 days

from £3,645pp (excluding flights)

Home to almost unbroken sunshine, a friendly and fascinating culture, scattered with forts, deserts, green wadi's and granite grey mountains, this holiday idea to Oman offers huge variety and is only a seven hour flight from the UK.

  • Excellent hotels with glorious views.
  • Exploration of medieval souqs and sites.
  • See the magnificent giant green turtles, dolphin watch and snorkel.
  • Experience the thrill of dune driving amidst the desert sands of Wahiba.

Muscat

This highlights of Oman holiday suggestion is a fantastic choice for a first trip to Oman. Start by visiting the capital city, Muscat to explore the forts and museums, wander along the corniche and explore the local souq. During your stay we can arrange for tickets to see world class performers grace the stage at the Royal Opera House. Arrange access to private museums to be shown unsurpassed colections of currency, paintings and photographs. Also, from Muscat it's possible to privately charter a boat to spend the day snorkelling or diving in the glorious reefs along the coast. Alternatively join a boat trip to dolphin or whale watch.

Sur and Turtles

Leave Muscat in an air-conditioned private, chauffeur driven car and head along the beautiful coast, stopping en-route for a swim in secret little bays. At the end of the day watch giant green turtles come ashore to lay their precious eggs. 

Desert 

Spend a night or two camping under the stars in Wahiba Sands, a desert region, home to traditional Bedouin people known for their hospitality and knowledge of the dunes. A night can be spent sleeping under the stars or in the great comfort of a luxury camp. During your stay in the desert, hike up huge dunes, hire a sand board and surf these orange giants or try your hand at dune bashing, driving 4x4 vehicles through exciting terrain.

Ancient Towns

Visit the UNESCO market town of Nizwa and, if your visit falls on a Friday, you will have the chance to witness the atmospheric goat and cattle auction. Venture up to the Alila Jebel Akhdar Hotel for panoramic views of the mountains from its terraces and take a dip in it's dreamy infinity pool.

Beaches

Finish your holiday with some days to relax on the beaches of Muscat where you can sip cool drinks, eat incredible seafood and watch the sun set over the Arabian sea.



For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Muscat overnight

Day 2

Day at leisure in Muscat


Muscat is the capital city of Oman and a fascinating clash of old and new. Aesthetically the city is unabashedly contemporary, yet expressions of the city's rich past and traditions are very much evident. The veneer of modernity, supplied by astonishing state-of-the-art architecture, cloaks an ancient cultural heritage and it is this intriguing blend that makes Muscat such an alluring city.


You will be staying at The Chedi Muscat, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Full Day City Tour
Visit the Royal Opera House and the beautiful Grand Mosque; Ladies are required to cover their heads, shoulders, arms and legs for a visit.

Drive past the two well-preserved 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, which dominate the old walled town and drive along the attractive Muttrah corniche, which stretches along the seafront. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Muttrak Souk. See the old town which consists of old houses; narrow streets and three beautifully carved original gates. The New Mosque and the Sultan's Palace will also be visited. Finish your tour with a visit to the Bait Al Zubair Musuem. This splendid old house depicts the history of the city through interactive exhibits.


You will be staying at The Chedi Muscat, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Dolphin watching
A three hour dolphin watching trip off the coast of Muscat.


Free afternon to relax at the Chedi


You will be staying at The Chedi Muscat, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Driven from Muscat to Ras Al Jinz


This morning you'll depart by a 4WD vehicle to Ras Al Junaiz via the scenic and rugged coastal route. Visit the picturesque Wadi Arabayeen en route with its deep pools of water set among the date palms. You'll then proceed to the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater and the mausoleum of Bibi Miriam at Qalhat, which stands as testimony of a bygone era. From here the road winds through mountain terrain and onto Ras Al Junaiyz, a sanctuary for the green turtles.


Ras al Jinz, a fishing village located within the Ras Al Hadd Turtle Reserve is an important turtle-nesting site. With over 20,000 green turtles returning anually to the beach to lay their eggs, this area is rich in marine biodiversity. The Turtle Reserve was established in 1996 and the current centre set up in 2008 to protect the region and this endangered species.


Turtle Watching
After dinner, once dark, you will be driven to the beach to join trained guides who escort small groups to observe the nesting turtles. A remarkable sight where flash photography is not permitted. If you are interested there are also dawn expeditions available. Please note that this tour is in complete darkness due to light pollution regulations. Please take care of where you are stepping and around other people if the tour is busy.


You will be staying at Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Driven from Ras Al Jinz to Wahiba Sands


From Ras al Jinz set off for Wahiba Snds, via Wadi Bani Khalid, which is made up of small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes to make walking in the wadi easier. From here continue to Wahiba Sands. The total journey time is around three hours.


Wahiba Sands are home to the most incredible sand dunes, some reaching a colossal 100 metres high and separated by enormous depressions. These beautiful dunes stretch as far as the eye can see and it is a spectacular sight especially in the evening and the morning, when the warm colours of the desert become much richer and the long shadows accentuate the splendour of these giant forms. The sands are made of grains of rock, blown in from nearby eroded rocks and marine sediments and they are moving inland at a pace of about 10 metres a year.


Choice of activities
Have the afternoon free to explore the sand dunes or take advantage of the activities on offer. Travel through the dunes by 4x4 vehicle, visit a Bedouin family for coffee or just sit and admire the stunning view.


You will be staying at Desert Nights Camp, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Drive from Wahiba Sands to Jebel Akhdar (Road Journey)


Driven via the green date plantation and pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz and Wadi Al Madeen. From here a 36km of winding road leads to Jebel Al Akhdar in the Al Hajjar mountain range. Jebel Akhdar is known for its fruit orchards laid out on mountain terraces, fed by natural springs and traditional aflaj. The villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib and Al Ain dot the landscape.


The Jebel Akhdar or Djebel Akhdar meaning the green mountain, extends about 300 km northwest to southeast between 50-100 km inland from the Gulf of Oman coast. The highest point, Jabel Shams (the mountain of the sun), is around 3,000 metres high. It is the highest point in Oman and the whole of eastern Arabia, making up the central section of the Jebel Hajar range.


You will be staying at Alila Jebel Akhdar, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Full Day at Nizwa and Surrounds
Early this morning drive to Nizwa Souk to view the Friday cattle auction. People from the surrounding countryside come to buy or sell goats, sheep and cows in the open market under the date palms; it is a scene of bustling activity.

Proceed to the charming Al Hamra village, positioned on the slopes of the mountains. Visit Misfah, a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings still in existence.

Afterwards drive to Wadi Nakher, located in the depth of Oman's deepest canyon. While heading for Jebel Shams, stop at the terraced farming village of Wadi Ghul.

Later visit the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz, where you can enjoy a walk through the date plantations.


You will be staying at Alila Jebel Akhdar, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Drive from Jebel Akhdar to Muscat (Road Journey)


You will be staying at Al Bustan Palace by Ritz Carlton, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Full day at leisure


You will be staying at Al Bustan Palace by Ritz Carlton, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

Fly Muscat to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Al Bustan Palace by Ritz Carlton

Al Bustan Palace by Ritz Carlton

Featuring 198 guest rooms and 52 luxurious suites, accommodation captures the essence of the city, bridging the gap between the desires for exploration and relaxation....

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The Chedi Muscat

The Chedi Muscat

The Chedi Hotel offers breath-taking views over the Gulf of Oman to one side and Muscat's mountains on the other....

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Desert Nights Camp

Desert Nights Camp

Desert Nights is a luxurious desert style camp based in the heart of Wahiba Sands, Oman....

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Alila Jebel Akhdar

Alila Jebel Akhdar

While perfectly positioned to explore the regions renowned sites such as Nizwa and Jabrin and well located for walking in the nearby mountain villages, the Alila Jebal Akhdar is also perfect for a few days to relax within a busy itinerary as it offers a cool and comfortable retreat to unwind....

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