With pristine beaches, stunning mountain ranges and cosmopolitan cities, the Sultanate of Oman has much to offer for a family holiday. From dolphin watching in the Gulf of Oman to 4x4 drives in the dunes of Sharqiya Sands, this 10-day itinerary offers a variety of activities to suit all age ranges.
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Fly from London or Manchester (regional connections available) to Muscat with Oman Air. Transfer to the Al Waha Hotel at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa for 2 nights (Superior room), nestled between the mountains and the turquoise waters of the Sea of Oman. (N)
Morning city tour of Muscat including a visit to the Grand Mosque, a tour of the Bait Al Zubair museum and its collection of ancient weapons and costumes, the sultan’s palace and the twin forts of Al Jalali and Mirani down by the harbour. Afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool at the hotel. (B)
Morning drive to Jebel Akhdar (4 hours), the highest point in Oman and part of the Al Hajar mountain range. Stop en route to visit Nizwa souk, selling all manner of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish as well as handicrafts, and Nizwa fort with its immense round tower. Take a leisurely, guided afternoon walking tour through the mountains and picturesque villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib and Al Ain. Stay 2 nights at the Alila Jabal Akhdar (mountain-view room), which looks out over a dramatic gorge. (B, L)
Morning visit to Jabrin fort, considered to be one of the finest of Oman’s castles. Built in 1675, its well-preserved rooms, courtyards and fortifications make it easy to imagine what life was like here. Continue to the village of Al Hamra, where there will be an opportunity to ride Arabian horses. Afternoon at leisure to relax by the hotel’s infinity pool. (B, L)
Set off this morning for a scenic drive through the eastern Al Hajar mountains to Sharqiya Sands (6 hours), home to the bedouin people. Early evening sunset camel safari and stay overnight at Desert Nights camp (Deluxe tent). (B, L, D)
Morning dune bashing excursion in a 4x4, before driving to Sur (6 hours). Stop en route at Wadi Bani Khalid, a picturesque river valley, where a picnic lunch will be served. City tour of Sur to see how traditional wooden dhow boats are built and visit the Sanseela fort. Continue to Ras Al Jinz beach where you will make an evening visit to the green turtle nesting site. Stay overnight at the Ras Al Jinz Scientific and Visitor Centre (Standard room). (B, L)
Set off this morning for a drive to Muscat via Wadi Shab (6 hours) with its sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater containing cooling turquoise waters. Continue to Muscat and stay at the Al Waha Hotel at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa for 3 nights (Superior room). (B)
Today, you will embark on a boat cruise to spot dolphins and whales. In the late morning, the boat will moor at Bandar Al Khayran, a picturesque inlet where you can relax among sheltered bays lined by mangrove forests. After lunch, return to Muscat. (B, L)
Full day at leisure or take part in a range of activities that can be pre-booked including a visit to the National Hospitality Institute for a cooking class with local Omani students or trekking. (B)
Transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight from Muscat to London with Oman Air. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Where indicated, the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5211 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
Al Waha is the largest of the three hotels within Shangri La's Barr Al Jissah Resort and is especially suited to families. The hotel has 262 rooms, each with either a large balcony or patio with sea view. All rooms feature satellite television with interactive menus for hotel and local information, minibar, iron and ironing board, safe, coffee machine, iPod docking station, internet access and large flatscreen, high definition television.
Al Waha means 'the oasis': the design of the hotel is such that the several swimming pools with date palm trees and the lazy river ride, which gently wends its way through the resort, create the impression of an oasis. There are three restaurants and a lobby lounge at Al Waha, and guests have access to all the facilities and activities, which include the beaches, children's club and the stunning Chi Spa, with vitality hydro pool, a herbal steam...
Set 2,000 metres above sea level, Alila Jabal Akhdar, which means 'the green mountain' in Arabic, is set in part of Oman's Al Hajar mountain range. Overlooking a dramatic gorge, the hotel is just a couple of hours' drive from Muscat. All suites and villas have outstanding views of the surrounding mountains, and are decorated with Omani-inspired furnishings. The restaurant serves international cuisine with Middle Eastern influences and the Alila Spa has Asian-inspired treatments that feature Omani fragrances. The region's rugged landscapes are a haven for lovers of nature and those seeking an escape from the desert heat.
Features: 78 suites and villas, restaurant, lounge, outdoor heated infinity swimming pool, spa, gym, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, balcony or...
The Desert Nights Camp site is set over 10 acres in the vast Sharqiya Sands desert. The camp has 30 luxurious air conditioned Bedouin style ‘tents’ with separate living room, en suite shower and toilet facilities. The camp has an air conditioned dining area or there is the option to eat 'al fresco'. A range of facilities are on offer for guests including camel rides through the...
Ras Al-Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre is located on the eastern shores of the Arabian peninsula in the Ras Al Hadd Turtle Reserve, approximately 1 hour's drive from Sur. The area is world renowned for the nesting endangered green turtle (Chelonia mydas), probably the most important nesting concentration in the Indian Ocean. The centre offers a unique experience: the fascinating spectacle of sea turtles nesting in a completely natural environment. Guided excursions are conducted every night to view the turtles and the nesting process.
Within the Ras Al-Jinz Scientific and Visitors Centre is a small, simply furnished hotel. All of the 14 rooms are air conditioned and have an en suite bathroom, and are equipped with a mini refrigerator and flatscreen television. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, the evening meal usually being a three-course set menu. A gift shop...
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