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Pool, Al Bustan Palace, Muscat, Oman

Highlights of Oman

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

10 Days

Prices Start from

£3,650 ex. flights

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

Once in Oman, getting around the country is straight forward, so much so, we are confident to offer a self-drive option in addition to fully guided experiences.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Muscat Old Town, Muscat, Oman 1

Souqs of Muscat

Spend some time in Muscat to explore the forts and museums.

Bahla Fort, Nizwa, Oman 2

Nizwa and Mountains

Nizwa Fort is one of Oman’s largest and oldest forts.

Wahiba Sands, Oman 3

Wahiba Sands

Experience the thrill of dune driving amidst the desert sands of Wahiba.

Green Sea Turtle, Oman 4

Masirah Island

Search for sea turtles and dolphins from your private boat.

Why we like it

Oman offers more bang for your buck and can easily be explored with limited time. Walk the old walled town of Muscat, spend a night or two under the stars at Wahiba Sands, and marvel at the pretty villages embedded into the Al Hajjar mountain range. Top this off with a few days of beach bliss to ensure you have the perfect balance of awe-inspiring culture with world-class beaches and diving. All of this in the knowledge that you are travelling in a safe, tourist-friendly destination.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1-3
    Muscat
  • Day 4
    Muscat - Wahiba Sands
  • Day 5
    Wahiba Sands - Masirah Island
  • Day 6
    Masirah Island
  • Day 7
    Masirah Island - Jebel Akhdar
  • Day 8
    Jebel Akhdar
  • Day 9
    Jebel Akhdar - Muscat
  • Day 10
    Muscat
Royal Opera House, Muscat, Oman
Royal Opera House, Muscat, Oman
Decorative lamps, Muttrah Souq, Muscat, Oman
Muttrah Souq, Muscat, Oman
Beach with Umbrellas, Shangri La Muscat, Muscat, Oman
Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat, Oman
Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman
Muscat, Oman

Experience Muscat

During your stay in the city, 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 collections of currency, paintings, and photographs. Organise a private boat charter to spend the day snorkelling or diving in the glorious reefs along the coast. Alternatively, join a boat trip to dolphin or whale watch.

Canvas Club, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Canvas Club Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Canvas Club, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Canvas Club Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Camel Caravan, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Oman
Tent, Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands, Oman

Dramatic Canyons and Endless Dunes

Wahiba Sands is a desert region home to the Bedouin Tribes, 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 4×4 vehicles through exciting terrain.

Beach, Masirah Island, Oman
Masirah Island, Oman
Beach, Oman
Oman
Birds on the beach, Masirah Island, Oman
Masirah Island, Oman
Traditional Dhows, Sur, Oman
Sur, Oman

The Secret of Masirah Island

Oman’s largest island is located 15 kilometres off the south-east coast of Oman, reached by a short ferry ride. Masirah Island is a good alternative to Ras Al Jinz, for turtle watching. Ras Al Jinz has received negative feedback from some travellers, due to overcrowding at the turtle sites. Masirah Island Resort provides comfortable accommodation, allowing you to focus on exploring the beaches and finding the nesting sites. The island is home to four of Oman’s nesting species of turtles including the largest population of Loggerhead Turtles in the world. In addition, Masirah Island is one of the best places in Oman to see birdlife. Explore the east coast beaches which are wild and windy and swim in the waters off the west coast which are calmer. Go diving to explore some of the dhow wrecks which are all around the island, or snorkel in the pristine offshore waters.

 

Nizwa Fort, Oman
Nizwa, Oman
Bedouin Men at Nizwa Market, Nizwa, Oman
Nizwa, Oman
Alila, Jebel Akhdar, Oman
Jebel Akhdar, Oman
Pool villa, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Mountains, Oman
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Mountains & Wadis, Oman

Explore the Ancient Market Town of Nizwa and Al Hajjar Mountains

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. People from the surrounding countryside come to buy or sell goats, sheep, and cows under the date palms. The enormous 17th-century Nizwa Fort is not to be missed. Venture up to the Alila Jebel Akhdar Hotel for panoramic views of the mountains. It is also around 10 degrees cooler in the mountain ranges, which reach as high as 3000 metres. The scenery dramatically changes here. You will see fruit orchards laid out on the mountain terraces, with small villages dotting the landscape. Trekking and organised activities are well catered for in the mountain range.

Archaeological site Al Baleed, Salalah, Oman
Al Baleed, Salalah, Oman
Frankincense Tree, Salalah, Oman
Southern Oman and Salalah, Oman
Salalah, Ruins, Oman
Oman
Empty Quarter, Landscape, Oman
Oman

What Can I See in Southern Oman?

If time constraints aren’t an issue, extend this trip to include Salalah, the second largest city in Oman, reached by a short flight from Muscat. A visit to this southern region offers further insight into Oman and gives a deeper understanding of its history and landscapes, which feel somewhat tropical with coconut groves and banana plantations. Home to frankincense trees, souqs, historical sites, the vast Empty Quarter and even the ‘Lost City of Ubar’ originally discovered by NASA, the south is well worth adding onto a longer itinerary.

Accommodation

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

Al Bustan Palace by Ritz Carlton £££££

  • Oman
  • Beach and Island Escapes
  • Villas / Exclusive use
  • Wellness and Spa

The Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace features 250 luxurious rooms and suites. The expansive kilometre of white sand beach, the largest in the country, provides a wealth of waterfront activities. Relax by one of the five swimming pools including the Olympic sized infinity pool and a dedicated children’s pool. The addition of the wonderful award-winning Six Senses Spa and China Mood restaurant has put the Al Bustan Palace firmly on the map.

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The Chedi Muscat £££££

  • Oman
  • Beach and Island Escapes
  • Boutique
  • Wellness and Spa

The Chedi Hotel offers spectacular views over the Gulf of Oman to one side and Muscat’s mountains on the other. The hotel combines traditional Omani architecture with comfort and luxury to create a wonderful retreat with all 158 rooms decorated to the highest standard. The Chedi lives up to expectations with staff on-call round the clock. All the rooms have access to the hotel’s main leisure facilities including three swimming pools, a renowned spa, tennis courts and a library. The hotel has a variety of eating options – dine casually with bare feet in the sand or more formally in the hotel’s more traditional restaurants. There are several different menus available – Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, South East Asian and Indian – all deliciously presented and delivered with impeccable service.

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Alila Jabal Akhdar £££££

  • Oman
  • Boutique
  • Unusual
  • Villas / Exclusive use

Perched 2,000 metres above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar overlooks a dramatic gorge, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the Al Hajar Mountains. The resort is the perfect base for exploring the region’s magnificent landscape of rugged, untouched beauty while experiencing a high level of comfort and one of the coolest swimming pools you’ve ever seen. The resort’s 84 contemporary suites and two villas are found either in the main building or individual clusters of four to six suites scattered on the edge of the clifftop – delivering maximum privacy and offering uninterrupted views over the mountains and gorges.

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Desert Nights Camp £££££

  • Oman
  • Tented Camps

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

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A note on price

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When to travel

Oman in January

Oman will generally experience cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall, making both January and February an ideal time to visit for comfortable sightseeing but as a result, some regions may become busier.

Oman in February

February is an ideal month to travel to Oman with over 10 hours of daily sunshine and average temperatures of 24°C, perfect for some winter sun.

Oman in March

As temperatures start to rise, March is a preferred time to travel to Oman in order to experience a warm climate, but without the intense humidity, that summer can bring.

Oman in April

Slightly warmer than March but cooler than the peak summer months of July and August, April can be a good time to travel to Oman with the country experiencing average temperatures of 35°C.

Oman in May

As May brings the start of summer, temperatures will be high throughout the country with marginally lower levels of humidity than the peak summer months.

Oman in June

Frome June through to August, the southern region of Dhofar catches the Indian Ocean monsoon rains, known as Khareef. This can be a welcome break from the intense summer heat, but makes Salalah, the capital city of Dhofar, very busy during this time.

Oman in July

Due to the high temperatures experienced in Oman during the months of July and August, this can be a less comfortable time to travel to the country unless you visit the Southern regions.

Oman in August

With Oman experiencing Khareef, the country’s monsoon season, visit the South of the country where the monsoon rains have created lush, green vegetation across the landscapes.

Oman in September

With both the monsoon season over and as summer draws to a close, September experiences high temperatures with very little rainfall.

Oman in October

The best time to visit the country is from late October through to mid-March with Oman experiencing temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C, with cooler balmy evenings.

Oman in November

The best time to visit the country is from late October through to mid-March with Oman experiencing temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C, with cooler balmy evenings.

Oman in December

December is the coolest time to visit Oman with a maximum average of 26°C. Mountainous regions, however, can experience considerably lower temperatures at night.

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