Oman, one of the oldest civilisations on the Arabian Peninsula, is an exciting destination for a family adventure, offering a great climate and beautiful beaches.
Take a thrilling 4WD trip in the desert
Sleep under the stars in a Bedouin camp
Go dolphin watching
Snorkel in warm tropical waters
Cool off in a refreshing wadi
This activity holiday in Oman has so much to offer families, with beautiful mountain scenery, sweeping wadis, vast deserts and historic forts. Go dolphin watching and snorkelling, swim to hidden caves and look for turtles at Sur Beach (seasonal).
Try sand boarding in the desert before making a splash in the waterpools of Wadi Bani Khalid. You can also walk part of the Balcony Walk at Jebel Shams, before taking a leisurely walk through the colourful Wadi Shaab.
Day1: Depart UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Muscat.
Day2: Arrive Muscat; dolphin watching, optional city tour
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Muscat. The rest of the day is free to relax or you can take an optional city and souk tour to explore Muscat.
Days3-4: Explore Jebel Akhdal & Jebel Shams (Oman’s Grand Canyon)
Set off along the coast and then inland towards Oman’s ‘green mountain’ of Jebal Akhdar. Walk through the rose and fruit plantations, visit the abandoned village of Wadi Bani Habib and enjoy a picnic lunch at Diana’s View overlooking the terraced farming villages, which you’ll visit in the afternoon before travelling back down to your hotel in Nizwa.
Take the balcony trail along the mountain edge to another abandoned village and on to a small lake. Enjoy breaktaking views of the canyon and set off in 4WD vehicles down the mountain, stopping to meet the people of Nakhr village and see goat hair carpets being woven and dyed, then return to Nizwa.
Day5: Nizwa Fort & Wahiba Sharqiyah
Explore Nizwa, the former capital of Oman and long regarded as the cultural capital and heart of Oman. Visit the immense 17th century fort, the nearby atmospheric souks and the rest of the city and surrounding areas before setting off for the rolling red dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Climb a dune to watch the sunset and enjoy a night of traditional Bedouin hospitality in a Bedouin tent.
Day6: Wadi Bani Khalid, Sur & turtle beach
Have the option to try sand boarding or an optional horse safari in the camp area before transferring to Wadi Bani Khalid where you can take a dip in the waterpools of the Wadi. Then head off to the fishing town of Sur to explore a working dhow yard and have lunch, before your transfer to the hotel. Relax for the rest of the day and after dinner watch turtles laying their eggs on the beach.
Head north up the coast stopping at Wadi Shab for a walk through the palm-lined wadi with dramatic rock formations and swimming pools. Take a swim and discover the hidden cave on the beach near Jebel Shams. Then drive back to Muscat, where there is an option to take a sunset dhow cruise.
Day8: Fly back to the UK
Transfer to Muscat Airport to take your flight back to the UK.
You should note: You can extend this trip with a stay in Musandam: Fly to Khasab, visit the fort and cave painting at Qadah. Enjoy a dhow cruise through the ‘Fjords of Musandum’. Please contact us for prices and more information.
Prices from (exc. international flights):£1,799per adult,£1,699per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£2,525per adult,£2,259per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
We spend five nights in hotels of 3* or 4* standard, on a twin share basis, in rooms with en suite facilities. One night is spent in a simple Bedouin desert camp which offers clean, well-maintained and comfortable accommodation.
6 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 2 dinners
You can typically expect to pay from
£810 for an adult,
and from £650 for a child aged 11 and under.
Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.
For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.