Canvas Club, Wahiba Sands, Oman

Family Holiday to Oman



8 Days

Prices Start from

$5,235pp (ex. flights)

A week-long family holiday to Oman incorporates all the elements to showcase the best of Oman while keeping the family happy. Spend time wild swimming, sailing to spot jumping dolphins and exploring ancient forts and cattle markets. Combine coast, mountains and desert for a rich experience of the Sultanate of Oman.

Oman is a fabulous family destination. Distances are short, making touring effortless and easy, the country is clean and safe, with excellent infrastructure, and the people are incredibly welcoming and friendly. The standard of hotels is world-class, with family rooms, and a wide range of activities and international cuisine on offer. It is also somewhere we can arrange for self-drive, offering families the freedom to explore at their own pace.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Beach View, Muscat, Oman 1

Arabian Sea

Muscat is home to properties with huge pools, safe beaches and family friendly service. Great for a few nights or a longer stay.

Musandam, Oman 2

Marine Wildlife

Spot dolphins and whales off the coast of Muscat – take a private boat and expert guides for an insight into marine conservation.

Wahiba Sands, Oman 3

Desert Sands

Camp out under desert skies and explore the rolling dunes by camel or 4WD.

Jebel Akhdar, Oman 4

Mountain Life

Explore Oman’s mountain ranges, home to ancient villages and intricate falaj irrigation systems.

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  • Day 1

    Arrive Muscat (Shangri La Al Waha)

  • Day 2


  • Day 3


  • Day 4

    Muscat - Jebel Akhdar (Anantara Jabal Akhdar)

  • Day 5

    Jebel Akhdar

  • Day 6

    Jebel Akhdar - Wahiba Sands (Luxury Camping)

  • Day 7

    Wahiba Sands - Muscat (Shangri La Al Waha)

  • Day 8


Day 1

Arrive Muscat (Shangri La Al Waha)

Met on arrival and driven to your chosen hotel.

Day 2


Spend a day at leisure, relaxing on the beach, or take to the waves in search of dolphin.

Day 3


Spend a full day in Muscat to explore the forts and museums, wander along the corniche and haggle in the lively souq.

Day 4

Muscat - Jebel Akhdar (Anantara Jabal Akhdar)

Travel to the mountains. Huge peaks and hidden villages dot the landscape. Stop en route at Nahkal Fort and Wadi Bani Awf.

Day 5

Jebel Akhdar

Spend the day exploring walking trails, peaceful villages and the traditional walled town of Bahla, a UNESCO site.

Day 6

Jebel Akhdar - Wahiba Sands (Luxury Camping)

Travel out to Wahiba Sands for a true desert experience amongst the sand and under the stars, stopping at the market town of Nizwa.

Day 7

Wahiba Sands - Muscat (Shangri La Al Waha)

After breakfast and time to explore Wahiba, return to Muscat via the fort of Jabrin for your final night.

Day 8


Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Chedi Muscat garden, Oman, hotel image
The Chedi Muscat, Muscat, Oman
Pool, Shangri La Muscat, Muscat, Oman
Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Muscat, Oman

Muscat Hotels

Based on the beach at one of the tremendous hotels, all with superb facilities for all ages, the properties in Muscat are perfect for a few nights or a longer winter sun break. Primarily big brands such as the Shangri La and the Kempinski, the hotels are resort style. The stylish Chedi offers an alternative for those seeking a more sedate option.

Desert Caravan, Wahiba Sands, Oman
Wahiba Sands, Oman
Hud Hud, Wahiba, Oman
Hud Hud Wahiba, Wahiba Sands, Oman

Wahiba Sands

Experience an authentic Arabian experience, riding camels across the endless drifting dunes and spending the night at a Bedouin tented camp. Visit a Bedouin family, eat on cushions beside a campfire and sleep out under a starry sky if you choose. This delicate landscape of shifting sands is a fascinating departure from the norm.

Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman
Wadi Bani Khalid
Wadi Bani Khalid, Oman

Wild Wadi's

Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the greatest, most dramatic wadis in Oman, is a green oasis spectacularly set against a mountain backdrop. The village still farms in a traditional manner growing dates, bananas, mangos, and papaya. A walk through this remote and little visited community provides an insight into the lives of Omanis now and in many ways as they have always been.

Nizwa Fort, Ad Dakhiliyah, Oman
Bahla Fort, Nizwa, Oman

Forts and Khanjar

Oman is home to an array of forts, some crumbling, evoking images of the past towns, others meticulously restored such as Nizwa and Jabrin. Climb the walls, spot painted ceilings and imagine a time of daggers, robes and Alexander the Great.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort £££££

  • Oman

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of a great canyon, is a luxurious base from which to explore this mountainous region and its rich local culture.

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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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Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa £££££

  • Oman
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Shangri La consists of three separate hotels all around 124 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Al Waha caters primarily for families with kids clubs and activities, and then there is the 5-star Al Bandar and lastly the 6 star Al Husn, which has fewer rooms and suites and caters for the top end of the market.

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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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