A relatively short flight, guaranteed winter sun and a relaxed mixture of nature and culture makes the Sultanate of Oman an ideal family holiday destination. The country is safe and the people are incredibly welcoming and friendly.
As Oman is small, distances are short, making touring with a family effortless. An ideal destination for exploring the culture of the Gulf or for those who just wish to be spoilt and pampered while the children are being thoroughly entertained.
This suggested holiday idea to Oman begins and ends in the capital city of Muscat with its vibrant souq and mountain backdrop. Staying at the renowned Shangri La this resort is perfect for all the family with a wealth of facilities and activities for the children and a host of relaxing options for mum and dad. During the holiday venture into the vast deserts of Wahiba Sands where you will camp out under the stars and dine around the campfire! From the desert head to the Oasis city of Nizwa with its 17th century fort and weekly goat and cattle auction. On the return to Muscat visit Ras-Al-Jinz enroute, to see the giant turtles coming to lay their eggs in the sand. A magical experience.
For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.
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Fly London to Muscat
Muscat is the capital city of Oman and a fascinating clash of old and new. Aesthetically the city is unabashedly contemporary, yet expressions of the city's rich past and traditions are very much evident. The veneer of modernity, supplied by astonishing state-of-the-art architecture, cloaks an ancient cultural heritage and it is this intriguing blend that makes Muscat such an alluring city.
Day at leisure in Muscat
You will be staying at Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Bed & Breakfast
Dolphin watchingA three hour dolphin watching trip off the coast of Muscat.
Muscat to Wahiba Sands
Driven to Wahiba Sands, a drive of no more than three hours.
Wahiba Sands are home to the most incredible sand dunes, some reaching a colossal 100 metres high and separated by enormous depressions. These beautiful dunes stretch as far as the eye can see and it is a spectacular sight especially in the evening and the morning, when the warm colours of the desert become much richer and the long shadows accentuate the splendour of these giant forms. The sands are made of grains of rock, blown in from nearby eroded rocks and marine sediments and they are moving inland at a pace of about 10 metres a year.
You will be staying at 1000 Nights Camp, Half board
Travel from Wahiba Sands to Nizwa
Set off from the desert to Nizwa, a drive of around three hours, en route visitng Wadi Nakher located in the depth of Oman's deepest canyon, the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul and the medieval village of Al Hamra, which offers an incredible view of dense date plantations. Explore Misfah, a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings set into the mountainside and walk through the terraced gardens which offer a bounty of lemons, dates and banana.
Nizwa is the main town in the interior province. It was the capital in the 6th and 7th centuries. The town's immense palm oasis stretches for 13km (8 miles) along the course of two wadis. It is famous for its fort and its gold and silver handicrafts. Nizwa Fort was raised over a period of 12 years by Imam Sultan bin Saif in the late 17th century.
You will be staying at Falaj Daris Hotel, Half board
Drive from Nizwa to Muscat
Leave Nizwa and travel to Muscat, which is approximately two hours away, stopping at Wadi Bani Awf and Nakhl en route. This is a wonderful drive through the mountain range. Visit Nakhal Fort, this 17th Century Fort has some stunning views from the battlements which shows just what a prime position this fort use to command and is really worth the climb. The track to Wadi Bani Awf is a stunning, exhilarating trip over the mountains.
Half Day City TourThis morning you will be met by your guide in the lobby of your hotel for a half day tour of Muscat. Walk down the attractive Muttrah Corniche, which stretches along Muscat's seafront. Merchants' houses, medieval Portuguese forts and the Sultan's Palace are among the buildings that line this beautiful seaside boulevard. Visit the traditional souq that continues to thrive beneath the modern rafters of the Muttrah Souq, before the exploring Bait Al Zubair Musuem. This splendid old house depicts the history of the city through interactive exhibits.
Free day to relax at the hotel
Fly Muscat to London
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+44 (0) 1285 651 010
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