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 to Muscat. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza for 2 nights, located in the city centre with its own private beach on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman. (N)
Morning city tour of Muscat including a tour of the Bait Al Zubair museum and its collection of ancient weapons and costumes, the sultan’spalace and the twin forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to Jabal Akhdar, the highest point in Oman and part of the Al Hajar mountain range. Stop en route to visit Nizwa souk and Nizwa fort with its immense round tower. Take a leisurely, guided afternoon
walking tour through the mountains and picturesque villages. Stay 2 nights at the Sama Heights Resort, Jabal Akhdar, an ecoresort overlooking Jebel Misht, Wadi Ghul and the famous Wadi Nakhr, also known as the
Grand Canyon of Arabia. Explore the rugged surrounds with a gentle hike or bike ride. (B)
Morning visit to Jabrin fort. 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; these nimble and hardy little horses have a good temperament and are sure-footed with great stamina. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Set off this morning for a scenic drive to Sharqiya Sands. Early evening sunset camel safari and stay overnight at 1,000 Nights camp. (B, D)
Morning dune bashing excursion, an exhilarating ride across high sand banks in a 4x4. Drive to Sur to see how traditional wooden dhow boats are built and visit the Sanseela fort. Continue to Ras Al Jinz beach for a once-in-alifetime visit to the green turtle nesting site. The reserve is world renowned for the nesting of the
endangered green turtle and is the only place where the public can watch the nesting process of these gentle giants of the sea. Overnight at Ras Al Jinz Scientific & Visitor Centre. (B)
Drive to Muscat via Wadi Shab with its sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater holding turquoise waters, waterfalls and terraced plantations. Swim in the upper wadi and duck into a partially submerged cave. Stay at the Crowne Plaza, where you can enjoy its facilities for the next 3 nights. (B)
Take a boat cruise to spot dolphins and whales as you pass rocky mountains and small whitewashed houses overlooking the sea. Moor at Bandar Al Khayran, a picturesque inlet with sheltered bays lined by mangrove forests. After lunch, return to Muscat. (B, L)
Full day at leisure. Alternatively, 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 your flight home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
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OFE2019: 9 Nights