When to go:
The best time to visit Oman is between November and March, when the daytime temperatures average 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is hot and humid, especially between May and August.
GMT + 4 hours
A seven day trip costs from £1500 per person.
Sultan in Oman by Jan Morris
Did you know?
Frankincense, widely available in Oman, was often used as chewing gum to strengthen teeth and gums.
The Sultanate of Oman is undoubtedly one of the most diverse and naturally beautiful countries within the Arabian peninsula, where the rugged mountains are set in a striking contrast to the deep turquoise of the sea. In the recent years, Oman has opened up its vast cultural heritage, dating back thousands of years, and its natural beauty to tourists wanting something more than the glitz of neighbouring countries and visitors have found a calm and exceedingly welcoming country.
Muscat, the capital of Oman is modern in many ways and yet very traditional, here you witness the brilliant shinny whiteness of the Omani architecture, the historic port area of Mutrah, the souks bustling with activity, the mosques and minarets. But get out of the city and you’ll find panoramic wadis, ancient caves, limestone sea cliffs, timeless fortresses, endless golden sand dunes, beautiful and empty beaches, underwater flora and marine life.
These are just a few of the activities we’ve arranged for our clients in the past. One of them could be the defining reason for your whole holiday, or simply an afternoon diversion.
Cultural walks and historical sites
– Walk the streets of Muscat or hike down an abandoned village in Jabal Shams, this culturally rich nation is proud of its heritage.
– With a coastline of 1700 km, Oman offers some of the cleanest, most stunning beaches a visitor could hope to see. Activities like fishing, diving, dolphin and turtle watching are easily arranged.
Trekking and hiking
– Known as the Grand Canyon of Middle East, Jabal Shams is 3,000 meters above sea level and a spectacular landscape for trekking and Hiking.
– The vast Wahiba sands are home to the Bedu nomads, who specialise in raising camels for racing and regular camel races take place throughout the region from mid-October to mid-April. But there are some other, stunning and extremely remote desert experiences we can also arrange.
Shopping and food
– Visit the Muttrah Souk, crammed with labyrinthine alleyways, the oldest in Oman, to experience local trading and bargaining. Follow your nose to any of the many stalls selling Omani coffee spiced with cardamom served with dates. There is a large choice of silverwear, traditional carved wood, clothes, spices, perfumes and more and – breathe a sigh of relief – there is little hassle to buy.
- Getting there
– Oman Air and British Airways both fly direct and flying time is about 8 hours although British Airways touches down en route.
– Most places are accessible by car (we provide a driver) or if you are heading south, there are internal flights to Salalah.
– Generally the best time to visit is between October and April although, outside these months, if you are near a sea breeze, it can still be reasonably pleasant.
Visa/ entry requirements
– UK citizens do not require a visa for entry.
Events (festivals, wildlife migrations)
– Events like camel racing and live stock markets are held year around. There are other annual festivals including boat rates and Oman food festival and Muscat festival. July is the best time for Dolphin and Whale spotting and September for Turtle watching.If you are interested, let us know and we’ll make plans around specific dates.
- Cultural Nuts
– Muscat, home to a Sultan so progressive, he opened the huge Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to non-Muslims. Walk around The Corniche, in the historic port area of Mutrah, full of heritage buildings and mosques. Visit the timeless fortress of Nizwa, Jabrin, Al Jalali and Al mirani. Bait Al Zubair (House of Al Zubair) is a private museum displaying the Zubair family’s collection of Omani artefacts.
– Spectacular and varied landscapes, mesmerizing sunsets in the infinite desert. Stay in luxurious, pampering hotels and yet feel like you are in a remote corner of the world.
- Young and Old Families
-The Omani people are very warm and welcoming. It’s a great place to introduce kids to such a different culture in such a hospitable country.