Reasons to Visit
With all of these mountains, wadis and desert dunes, it is probably apparent that a saloon car isn't going to suffice for many of the journeys you take in Oman! A 4WD, piloted by a skilled local, is very often required and adds to the sense of adventure.
Oman's miles of coastline are a veritable haven of white-sand beaches and secluded coves. Whether you choose to stay in a downtown Muscat hotel where the beach is wide and open, or to head to somewhere like Musandam, where your hotel is likely to be the only thing for miles around, Oman's beaches are one of her major attractions.
The Wahiba Sands are easily accessible from Muscat and provide an insight into desert life. The tall dunes hide small Bedouin encampments, and a surprising array of wildlife. For the truly adventurous, the legendary sands of the Rub' al Khali, or Empty Quarter, beckon in the south of the country.
Although a clichéd phrase, much of Oman is relatively untouched by Western influences, and when you stand at Nizwa market watching the locals haggle over livestock, or admire the way fields have been terraced into impossibly steep mountainsides, you're appreciating a more traditional lifestyle.
The Hajar Mountains have kept the interior of Oman isolated for millennia , and the remote villages steeply terraced into the mountainsides seem little changed in that time. In Salalah the mountains have captured the moisture in the ocean air, allowing the liquid gold of frankincense to be grown on their slopes.
Cutting through heavily folded rock, with pretty streams and swaying palms nestled in their beds, the wadis of Oman are a major attraction, from the gentle and peaceful Wadi Bani Khalid through to the drama of Wadi Gul, with its 1 kilometre sheer sides.
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Indulge in some Arabian luxury with a stay at the Shangri-La Al Jissah.
Self-drive tours in Oman offer visitors the freedom and flexibility to travel at their own pace around this magnificent country. With well-maintained roads that are often signposted in English, this is a wonderfully different self-drive destination to consider.
Holidays in Oman offer the visitor a wealth of attractions, from the bustling capital, Muscat, to the desert expanse of the Wahiba Sands. This travel guide provides advice on where to stay, what to see and where to go if you are visiting this enchanting country for the first time.
For a unique honeymoon destination, Oman ticks all of the boxes. Combine a relaxing stay on the beach with desert adventures and you have the ideal mix for a perfect honeymoon in this exotic, Middle Eastern country.
The Wahiba Sands is a large desert area just four hours drive from Muscat. A surprisingly wide array of flora and fauna call the sands home, as do about 3,000 Bedouin.
At its heart is old Muscat, a walled city with a natural harbour watched over by the twin fortresses of Jalali and Mirani, where the Sultan has his palace. Nearby, the historic commercial district of Muttrah spreads along the shore of a wide bay.
Oman is a country that seemed to escape the notice of all but the most intrepid of travellers until just a few years ago. It now welcomes visitors with renowned Arabian hospitality and is eager to share both the culture and countryside that the Sultan is determined to protect. An ideal destination for guaranteed winter sunshine, Muscat is the perfect base from which to enjoy the spectacular coastline, boasting beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise waters and excellent diving. From here the imposing rugged interior mountain ranges, Al Hajar and Al Jabal al Akhdar, can be easily explored.
9 Days from £2,050pp
Self drive Oman's highlights, including Muscat, the mountainous interior, time in the desert and the chance to watch green turtles nest on the beach.
12 Days from £2,350pp
Explore this unique Arabian sultanate with your family, enjoying time at the beach, in the desert, and more!
9 Days from £2,505pp
Explore Muscat and the mountains and forts of the interior, with some time in the desert and the chance to watch green turtles nest on the beaches.
Our escorted small group tours are different from our tailor-madeholidays in that travel is always in small groups with the services of an experienced guide throughout the trip.
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Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
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