Discover the Sultanate of Oman – Famed for its frankincense and date palms, Bedouin hospitality and blissful beaches, palaces and souks. Authentic Arabia, ancient and modern
Muscat - 1 night
Jabal Al-Akhdar - 1 night
Wahiba Sands - 1 night
Ra’as al Hadd - 1 night
Muscat - 3 nights
Salalah - 2 nights
Oman is a corner of Arabia, quite off the beaten track with a colourful charm and a historical heritage. Blessed with outstanding rare natural beauty, it boasts a pristine and extensive coastline, the majestic Hajar Mountains and vast swathes of desert interspersed with wadis and lush vegetation. The country combines unspoilt desert landscapes with a chance to experience authentic Arabian culture.
This departure coincides with the best time to view the turtles hatching. The beaches of Ra’as al Hadd, the most easterly point of the Sultanate, are one of the most favourite places where turtles lay their eggs. Evening visit to the nesting site on the beach to have the best chance of seeing the turtles in action.
The charming coastal capital Muscat has a colourful history dating back to 2500 BC and features modern hotels, ancient souks, cosmopolitan malls and resplendent mosques. Beyond Muscat, antiquity and tradition can be observed in ancient trading towns built around oases replete with forts and souks.
Nizwa, the erstwhile capital, has an immense palm oasis and a giant castle. In the extreme south, coastal Salalah is both a city and leisure resort set amongst coconut groves and banana plantations with stunning sandy beaches.
Cultural & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
6 Lunches and 3 Dinners
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 4 – 18
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Muscat. Transfer to the 4-star Novotel Muscat Airport (formerly Sundus Rotana) for overnight.
Day 2 Scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site Bahla and its fort. Continue to the 17th-century Jabreen Fort which affords a commanding view of the mountains of the Jabal Al-Akhdar. Enjoy coffee with Omani locals at Bait al Safah, in Al Hamra. Drive up to the highest point of Jabal Al-Akhdar to absorb the view. Overnight at the 3-star Sahab Resort and Spa in the mountains. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Drive to Nizwa via Birkat al-Mawz for a tour of the ancient aflaj irrigation systems. View Nizwa’s dramatic 17th-century fort and explore the souq. Drive by 4x4 to Arabian Oryx Camp for overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, visit to the old town of Al Kamil and the Sur dhow factory. Spend the night at the Turtle Beach Resort and turtle watching. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Return to Muscat via Wadi Bani Khalid. Visit the old town of Al Kamil, the Sur dhow factory, Wadi Shab and the Bimmah sinkhole. Three nights at the 5-star Crowne Plaza Muscat. (B, L)
Day 6 Tour of Muscat includes Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Royal Opera House, Bait al-Baranda Museum, Bait al-Zubair Museum, the Sultan’s Palace and Jalali and Mirani forts. Drive to the Corniche and visit the Muttrah Souk. Dinner with an Omani family. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Visit the Barka fish market, pass along picturesque wadis to Nakhal boasting the highest fort in Oman. Travel via the natural springs at Al Thowara to al-Hazm fort and Rustaq. (B, L)
Day 8 Fly to Salalah and start a tour of East Salalah including Taqah, the old frankincense port of Sumharam and Mirbat, the beginning of the ‘Frankincense Trail’. Continue by a visit to Salalah including the Museum of the Frankincense Land, a photo stop at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Al Husn Palace and stroll through the Haffah souq. Transfer to 5-star Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara for two nights. (B, L)
Day 9 Morning visit to West Salalah including the natural spring of Ayn Razat Job’s Tomb, Khor Mughsail and see first-hand how frankincense is extracted. Afternoon optional drive into the Dhofar mountain range (bookable locally). (B)
Day 10 Return flight via Muscat arriving Heathrow later the same day. (B)
A 3-star hotel in the Jabal Al-Akhdar mountain range. Restaurant, pool and WiFi (free). 27 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
This camp is in the middle of Sharqiya Sands of Oman's Empty Quarter. Restaurant and 60 air-conditioned tents with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge and tea/coffee making facilities.
A traditional Omani-style resort overlooking the sea and close to the beach. Restaurant, bar and beach access. 26 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A 5-star resort - overlooking the Gulf of Oman with a private beach. Facilities include restaurants, bar, pools, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 200 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
A modern 4-star hotel close to Muscat airport. Restaurants, bar, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 215 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
A modern 5-star hotel occupying a beachfront location along the south coast of Dhofar. Restaurants, bar, pools, gym, beach access and WiFi (free). 136 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Oman Air from Heathrow
per person in a twin/double room
Oman Air from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £995
Sea view (3 nights Muscat) £50
Single supplement sea view £100
Sea view (2 nights Salalah) £60
Single supplement sea view £120
Oman Air Business Class from £1875
Extra Nights - Muscat
Crowne Plaza Muscat
(per night) £115
Single supplement £115
Sea view £135
Single supplement £135
Extra Nights - Salalah
Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
(per night) £185
Single supplement £185
Sea view £215
Single supplement £215
Add £595 per person
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £30
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 4 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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