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Oman

Oman Holidays


A holiday to Oman promises unspoilt landscapes and ancient heritage that prove a surprising contrast to the diet of sand dunes and skyscrapers of some of its Arabian neighbours.
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On the coast, luxury resorts rest on pristine unspoilt beaches framed by majestic mountains and the sparkling Arabian Sea making Oman a perfect destination for those looking for a relaxing beach holiday.

However there is far more to Oman than just beautiful beaches alone. The narrow streets, vibrant souks and impressive forts of Muscat have retained much of their ancient charm, whilst inland, a dramatic landscape of mountains and gorges, dotted with lush oases and hilltop castles, fringes the majestic dunes of the Empty Quarter. The vast dune sea of the Wahiba Sands could almost be straight out of Lawrence of Arabia and time spent amongst the Bedouin here is an unforgettable experience.

Traditional culture and lifestyles are apparent here as nowhere else in the region - men can often be seen wearing the traditional ankle length dishdasha and sometimes even carrying a kunjar, an Omani dagger, tucked into their belt.
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OUR TOURING HOLIDAYS IN OMAN

Why not experience some of the dramatic scenery and cultural traditions this captivating country has to offer?

Combine a beach break in Muscat with a stay in spectacular Jebel Akhdar or discover Oman’s spectacular interior and far north coastline on one of our private tours.

Here's a few examples to whet your appetite

Discover Oman
6 days / 5 nights
from €1,822
  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muttrah Souk
  • Wadi Bani Awf
  • Hajar Mountains

  • Musandam Peninsula Discovery
    4 days / 3 nights
    from €917
  • Khasab Fort
  • Dhow Cruise

  • Oman & Zanzibar
    11 days / 10 nights
    from €Please contact us
  • Souks
  • Majestic Hajar Mountains
  • White Sand Beaches

  • Highlights of Oman
    8 days / 7 nights
    from €1,869
  • Muscat
  • Ras Al-Jinz
  • Wahiba Sands
  • Nizwa
  • Al Hamra

  • OMAN HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

    BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
    BEAUTIFUL BEACHES
    Framed by majestic mountains and facing the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Oman, Oman's peaceful beaches are home to just a select few exquisite resorts making this the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing beach break.
    MUSCAT
    MUSCAT
    With 5,000 years of history, the Sultanate’s capital, Muscat, has a charm unlike any other city in the Gulf.

    Admire the Sultan’s palace (Al Alam Palace) and explore the old city walls, bustling souk and ancient forts alongside the charming Corniche.
    JEBEL AKHDAR
    JEBEL AKHDAR
    Part of the larger Al Hajar mountain range, this stunning area boasts some of the most dramatic scenery in Oman. The highest mountain — Jebel Akhdar or ‘Green Mountain’ soars over 3,000 metres high and offers plenty of scenic walking opportunities. Breathe in the fresh mountain air along with the aroma of peaches, apricots, figs and pomegranates for which this region is famed. Several local villages dot the landscape offering an interesting insight in to the local way of life.
    NIZWA
    NIZWA
    Nestled amongst the spectacular Hajar Mountains, the charming town of Nizwa is home to a magnificent fort and one of the country’s oldest and liveliest souks.

    Steeped in history, the grand round tower of the impressive Nizwa Fort is a dominating structure throughout the town. From the top you can enjoy views of the Hajar Mountains and vast palm forests and date plantations that encircle the town.
    WAHIBA SANDS
    WAHIBA SANDS
    An impressive expanse of desert stretching out to the Arabian Sea, this fascinating region of undulating sand dunes is host to intriguing flora and fauna along with some 3000 Bedouin.

    Embark on a thrilling 4WD desert safari to discover this majestic desert wilderness where some dunes soar to heights of over 200m and experience local hospitality at a traditional Bedouin encampment.
    KHASAB & THE MUSANDAM PENINSULA
    KHASAB & THE MUSANDAM PENINSULA
    Tucked away in the northern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, this region is known as the ‘Norway of Arabia’ thanks to its dramatic fjords, sweeping bays and rugged mountains.

    A cruise on a traditional Dhow boat around the coast is a particular highlight along with the crystal clear waters which offer superlative diving and snorkelling opportunities.

    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN OMAN

    Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
    Musandam Peninsula
    from €256
  • Stunning beach
  • 2 pools
  • Non-motorised watersports
  • Fabulous Six Senses Spa
  • Gym
  • Bicycles
  • Thrill seeking activities available including tandem paragliding mountain trekking & off-road biking (payable locally) Outdoor cinema (weather dependant)
  • Kids’ club
  • Free wi-fi

  • The Chedi Muscat
    Muscat Beach Resorts
    from €113
  • Private beach
  • 3 pools (2 adults only)
  • Luxurious spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Tennis courts
  • Free wi-fi

  • Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa
    Muscat Beach Resorts
    from €184
  • Secluded private beach
  • Beautiful infinity pool
  • Hareer Spa by L’OCCITANE
  • Fitness centre
  • Dolphin watching excursions (Jan - Aug only)
  • Complimentary shuttle bus to nearby souk & mall
  • Free wi-fi

  • Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa - Al Waha
    Muscat Beach Resorts
    from €105
  • Beautiful beach
  • 5 pools
  • Lazy river
  • Non-motorised watersports
  • CHI, The Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Tennis courts
  • Dive centre
  • Dolphin watching excursions (Jan-Aug)
  • Eco centre with resident turtle ranger
  • Complimentary shuttle bus to Muscat
  • Kids’ club
  • Free wi-fi

  • Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
    Muscat Beach Resorts
    from €144
  • Stunning beach
  • 5 pools
  • Non-motorised watersports
  • Six Senses
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Tennis courts
  • Kids’ club
  • Free wi-fi

  • Alila Jabal Akhdar
    Jebel Akhdar
    from €275
  • Stunning outdoor infinity pool & indoor pool
  • Fabulous Spa Alila
  • Gym
  • Unique Alila Experiences including mountain trekking, canyon walks & cave exploration (payable locally)
  • Kids’ club
  • Free wi-fi

  • THINGS TO DO IN OMAN

    As wonderful as the beaches of Oman are, it would be a real shame to miss out on the delights of the rest of the country.

    Luckily many of the highlights are within an easy day tour of your beach resort so you could venture out to explore this beautiful and enigmatic country and still be home in time for sundowners!

    Whether you choose to explore the historic capital, drive up into the rugged Al Hajar mountains or indulge in an adrenalin fuelled spot of dune bashing in the Wahiba Sands, our collection of unmissable experiences will really make your holiday to Oman come alive.

    Mystical Muscat
    Approx 4 hours
    from €63
  • Grand Mosque
  • Bait Al Zubair Museum
  • Muttrah Souk

  • Fascinating Forts
    Approx 8 hours
    from €125
  • Stunning Nizwa
  • Enchanting forts & castles
  • Wild mountain scenery

  • Wahiba Wilderness
    Approx 9 hours
    from €173
  • Stunning desert scenery
  • Wahiba Sands
  • Visit a beautiful wadi

  • When is the best time to visit Oman?

    Oman Climate Guide
    OM - Muscat

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    Top Tips From Our Experts

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Laurence Williams

    If staying at the beach, make sure you take a day trip or two into the interior. The rugged mountains, historic forts and lush oases seem a world away from the bustling bazaars of Muscat.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Peter Hruska

    Most beach resorts around Muscat will have shuttles to the famous Mutrah Souq - an authentic Arabian covered market. It`s not just for tourists, the locals come here to shop for anything from spices to handbags. The area outside the market is also great for some good-value local fast food.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Carrie Hawes

    Don't miss a trip to Wahiba Sands, just a few hours drive from Muscat. Ideally spend a night in one of the desert camps, you can often include a spot of dune bashing or a short camel ride. One thing's for certain, you're virtually guaranteed the starriest night sky you're ever likely to see!

    Oman Fast Facts

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    Time Zone

    GMT
    +3 hours

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    Flight Time to Oman

    Approx
    7 hours

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    Currency

    Omani Rial

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    Visa Required?

    Yes

    €20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Recommended Immunisations

    Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio booster
    Hepititis A (vaccine recommended)
    Rabies
    Yellow Fever

    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

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    Enjoy comprehensive cover in Oman from just €69 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

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