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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.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Muscat.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Muscat; dolphin watching, city tour

    Meet at the airport and go straight out on your dolphin watching tour. There is time to relax at the hotel before an afternoon city tour and treasure hunt in the souk.

  3. Days 3-4 : 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.

  4. Day 5: 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.

  5. Day 6: Wadi Bani Khalid, Sur & turtle beach

    Optional dune bashing in your 4x4 vehicle before transferring to Wadi Bani Khalid for a short hike and some swimming. This evening, watch turtles laying their eggs on the beach.

  6. Day 7: Explore Wadi Shaab & Bimmah’s sink hole

    This morning, visit a shipyard and learn how dhows are made. Head north up the coast stopping at Wadi Shaab for a walk through the palm-lined wadi with dramatic rock formations and swimming pools, where you can take a swim. This afternoon, return to Muscat via Bimmah’s Sinkhole.

  7. Day 8: 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.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £1,799 per adult, £1,699 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £2,525 per adult, £2,259 per child

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Ideal for ages: 7+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

Departure Guide

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  • Easter
  • Oct

What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Accommodation

    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.
  • Meals

    7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Activities

    • Boat trip

    • Wildlife watching

Flights

You can typically expect to pay from £550 for an adult, and from £450 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.

Next Steps

Departures

Choose your preferred departure date from the 3 options below, then make a no obligation booking request, or enquire if you would like to ask us a question.

Our small group holidays require a minimum of just four participants to operate. Most of our holidays are also available on a private basis or can be tailored to meet your requirements.

Itinerary dates Prices per person from (exc. flights)
Year Starts Ends Adult price, excluding flights, from Child price, excluding flights, from Holiday Status Options
* Available: this holiday is available to book. ** Guaranteed: this holiday is available to book and has reached a minimum of four participants, so is guaranteed to run.
2019 14 Apr 20 Apr £1,799 £1,699 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 27 Oct 2 Nov £1,899 £1,799 Available* Book or Enquire
2020 5 Apr 11 Apr £1,899 £1,799 Available* Book or Enquire