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Oman Travel Guide

Author: Charlotte Boswell

Why visit Oman?

A land of lush wadis, sandscapes, mountainous backdrops and beautiful beaches, Oman remains one of the most untouched parts of the Arabian Peninsula. This is authentic Arabia whereby indigenous customs are maintained, forts and castles dominate the interior and unique Omani architectural styles are present throughout the country. With such a diverse range of landscapes and wonderful array of landmarks, we would recommend 10-15 days to explore the history, culture and natural beauty of Oman.

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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat
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Nakhal Fort

Things to see and do in Oman

Discover the ancient city of Nizwa

Isolated by the dramatic Hajar Mountains, the historic city of Nizwa serves as a bastion of Omani traditions and customs and is home to several important sites. Perhaps the most impressive is the Nizwa Fort, a formidable stronghold built on a subterranean stream that boasts an imposing circular tower which offers magnificent 360-degree views of the surrounding landscapes. The city’s souq is one of Oman’s oldest where covered stalls are filled with aromatic spices, colourful pottery, frankincense and the silver khanjar, a traditional Omani dagger. Nizwa is also a great base for visiting nearby landmarks including Jabreen Castle and Bahla Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage overlooks the sprawling settlement of Bahla and features a remarkable architectural style of unbaked mud brick towers and stone foundations.

Explore the sights of Muscat

Oman’s capital Muscat is a picturesque, white-washed city that manages to successfully combine old and new Arabia. As an important 16th century trading port with a convoluted history of traders and occupiers, Muscat boasts numerous interesting monuments and landmarks. Visit the Grand Mosque and Bait Al Zubair Museum which delves into the country’s history or take a stroll along the picturesque waterfront to visit the colourful Muttrah Souq which sells everything from gold and spices to antiques and textiles. Also of interest is the wonderful Al Alam Palace, the official home of the Sultan, the Royal Opera house as well as the 16th century Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani.

Stay at a desert camp in Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands is an expanse of desert terrain located in the heart of eastern Oman which is occupied by Bedouin tribes. Just over a two-hour drive from Muscat, visitors can stay overnight in the luxe desert camp of Desert Nights which is set between two 30-metre-high dunes which offers guests a feeling of peace, relaxation and authenticity. During a stay you may wish to explore the dunes by quad or 4x4, sample local cuisine and relax under the star-filled sky. The dunes themselves are very impressive where the towering piles shift colour between pale gold and coppery orange depending on the angle of the sun. Interestingly despite its barren appearance, Wahiba Sands is home to an extraordinary variety of flora and fauna.

Visit the Ras Al-Jinz turtle reserve

Situated on the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al-Jinz is one of Oman’s most picturesque coastal locations. Aside from its dramatic beach scenery, Ras Al-Jinz is also known as an important nesting side for endangered green turtles and other species including hawksbill, loggerhead and olive ridley turtles also call this region home. En route to Ras Al-Jinz it is recommended to stop at Wadi Bani Khalid which is a serene desert oasis that boasts clear emerald pools, rugged ravines and swathes of swaying palms.

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Ras Al-Jinz
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Al Mughsail Beach

Our favourite Oman itineraries 

As a tailor-made tour operator, please note that our itineraries are suggestions which can be completely tailored to create a unique and individual itinerary.

Enchanting Oman

This 12-day itinerary using a private driver and guide is a great itinerary for first-time visitors to Oman. Starting your journey in Muscat, explore the capital’s impressive landmarks before passing through the beautiful Al Hajar Mountains to Oman’s interior. A region famed for its military architecture, visit Jabreen Castle as well as the UNESCO-designated Bahla Fort before continuing to the ancient town of Nizwa. Spend a night at a desert camp in the remarkable sand dunes of Wahiba Sands before travelling to the coastal town of Ras Al-Jinz. Finish your journey in Muscat before flying home.

For a detailed itinerary see Enchanting Oman

Images of Oman

For a more in-depth exploration, this 15-day journey includes the highlights of our Enchanting Oman itinerary but with an extension in Salalah in Southern Oman. Located on the Arabian Peninsula, Salalah is a beautiful beach town surrounded by dramatic scenery where the air is scented with frankincense. During your time in Salalah take time to relax and visit the historic town of Mirbat as well as Job’s Tomb and the spectacular Mughsail Beach.

For a detailed itinerary see Images of Oman

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Wadi Bani Khalid
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Bin Ali Tomb

Useful travel information for Oman

Our comprehensive Oman travel guide contains lots of useful information on the country, however please see some FAQs below for some questions that are most frequently asked:

When is the best time to visit Oman?

Oman has a desert climate and is hot all year round. However, the months between October and April are a little cooler with the winter months, in particular, considered the best time to visit. Summers bring extremely hot temperatures whether inland or on the coast. Additionally, the region of Salalah receives a monsoon between June and September.

What are my flight options for Oman from the UK?

Oman Air fly directly between London and Muscat, the capital of Oman with a total journey time of approximately 7 hours. There are also several indirect flights available via Middle Eastern hubs.

Do I need a visa to travel to Oman from the UK?

UK nationals need to obtain an e-visa in advance of their visit to Oman. Your passport will need to have at least 6 month’s validity remaining on your date of entry to Oman.

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Speaking to one of our experienced sales consultants is the best way to begin your Oman holiday enquiry.

It allows us to answer any questions you may have as well as make suggestions and recommendations for your planned trip.

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