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“I’ve been to Oman a couple of times, and love the combination of traditional and modern - it’s a captivating country!”
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Wahiba Sur tour
This is a two night tour that takes in the incredible landscapes of the Wahiba Sands, travelling over the sand dunes in a 4x4 and staying overnight in a basic permanent desert camp before continuing on to the city of Sur to visit a turtle research centre. Combine a beach stay in Muscat with this desert and wildlife adventure. Choose to leave on this desert trip either at the beginning or end of your stay or combine with another of our short tour experiences.
Day 1: This morning, on your way to the Wahiba Sands, you will visit the Amouage fragrance house where some of the world’s most expensive perfumes are produced. During your exploration of Wahiba Sands you will have the option of joining a ‘dune bashing’ 4x4 excursion or camel ride, before enjoying an incredible desert sunset and a traditional barbecue dinner. Stay: Arabian Oryx Camp.
Day 2: Start the day with a visit to the hidden pools of Wadi Bani Khalid, before heading to Sur to explore the fisherman’s harbour and the traditional dhow building yard. Following dinner visit a turtle research centre and take a 10 to 15 minute walk by torch light to see where green turtles nest. Stay: Sur Plaza Hotel
Day 3: After breakfast, drive to the ancient city of Qalhat where you will witness the tomb of Bibi Miriam, the wife of a 13th Century King. Enjoy a stop at Wadi Shab, where the clear pools are a rewarding site in barren surrounds and visit the beautiful Fins beach for a picnic lunch. Continue to the Bimah Sinkhole, a limestone crater created by the collapse of a mountain. Ending your journey, pass through the village of Quriyat which is guarded by an 18th Century fort.
- Prices from £489 per person
Getting to Oman
Arrival airport Muscat
Transfer time approx 15-45 minutes
Oman Air offer a direct service from Heathrow to Muscat. Other carriers include British Airways plus a host of options from around the UK from airlines such as Emirates and Etihad, via their hub airports. Dubai serves as the gateway to the Musandam Peninsula.
Time difference GMT +4
Currency Omani Rial
Language Arabic, with English fairly widely spoken
Entry details (for British nationals) visas are required and can be obtained on arrival at the airport, at a cost of £15. Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
What to do in Oman
Muscat is the main destination in Oman, and the city is crammed with interest from the souks of the Mutrah area to the majestic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The city has a more traditional feel to the likes of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Away from Muscat, Oman’s natural beauty takes over, with the spectacular Musandam Peninsula being dominated by dramatic mountains and sheer sided fjords. The desert oasis of Nizwa with its strategic fort sums up the desert inland region.
Where to stay in Oman
Hotel options in Oman are generally on the luxurious side of things, and include beach resorts, city hotels and desert retreats. Properties such as the Six Senses Zighy Bay and the Alila Jabal Akhdar bring nature in to the property, while coastal resorts such as The Chedi Muscat and the Al Bustan Palace are fit for a Sultan.
Holiday ideas to Oman
Head to the beaches of Oman for a spot of pampering, or explore the souks and forts of Muscat from one of the cities hotels - regular flight connections mean most durations are possible. Alternatively, explore more of the country on a tour taking in Salalah and the south. Flights combine Muscat with various other locations, so why not combine Oman with Dubai, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Zanzibar or Thailand?
With an air of mystery and romance, Oman is an unusual destination that's just starting to emerge to the outside world. Hugging the coast of Arabia, Oman boasts stunning desert scenery and a coastline of headlands and bays. The fascinating culture and long history remains at the forefront of the destination - if you're looking for a real taste of Arabia, Oman may well be for you.
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