From dramatic gorges to crystal clear sinkholes and beautiful luxury resorts, a holiday in Oman is full of extraordinary surprises. Sitting quietly on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula, you won’t find the gleaming skyscrapers and elaborate attractions of its flashy neighbours, but the Sultanate more than makes up for this with its natural beauty and culture.
Visit Oman for a staggering diversity of landscapes, from dazzling beaches to golden deserts, with rugged mountains in between. With our distinctive, tailor-made holidays to Oman, you can swim with dolphins and explore ancient forts, camp in the desert or ascend canyons by 4WD. And it’s home to some wonderful hotels too.
Even with a short stop in Muscat (perhaps en route to India, Bhutan or The Maldives), Experience Travel Group will ensure you get a true flavour of Oman. Visit the remarkable Grand Mosque, the frankincense-infused souqs, the impressive Opera House… and you’ll still have plenty of time to catch the Arabian sunshine by the pool and try some of the delicious cuisines - think platters of Mezze with Indian and East African twists, featuring pomegranate, mint, aubergine and slow-cooked lamb. Don’t hesitate to get in touch to make your Oman holiday a reality.
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Where to Visit on a Holiday to Oman?
When planning a holiday, it's unusual to be able to include mountains, deserts, and beaches in one trip. But, in Oman, you can do all three easily. From Nizwa to the Mussadam Peninsular, the great 'Empty Quarter, or the Al Hajar Mountains, the names echo with romance and contrast with the green and pleasant south. It is rich in history and culture, as seen in the centuries-old forts, villages and bustling souks scattered around the country. We've also found some exceptional luxury hotels that still retain a sense of place, so there's no need to choose between comfort and adventure. Oman is the perfect place to combine both.
Experience the pinnacle of Arabic architecture in Muscat.
If you’d like to get your pulse racing or your eyes simply opened that little bit wider, we can design an Oman adventure for you.
With dramatic fjords and crystal clear waters, the Musandam Peninsula is a must for landscape-lovers.
WHEN TO GO TO OMAN
As part of the Arabian peninsula, Oman is situated in one of the hottest and driest geographical locations on the earth. However, between October and April you can expect a reliably warm and pleasant climate, when temperatures range between 20-30°C during the day. There is significant regional variation between the more humid coastal areas, the desert interior and the cooler mountain regions. See our weather & best time to visit oman page for more information.
Suggested itineraries in Oman
Oman has something to offer everyone, whether you’re short on time or looking for an immersive in-depth tour. There are adventures big and small to be had in the dramatic and varied landscapes, so all ages will be happy here. Throw in a rich heritage and sprinkle with the warm hospitality this unassuming Middle East country is famous for and you have all the ingredients for an experience that will entrance families and couples alike.
In addition, many travellers stop off in Dubai en route to the far East. However, as Oman is located just next door to the United Arab Emirates, it can make a fantastic alternative to break up the journey to more far-flung ETG destinations such as India, Bhutan or The Maldives.
A Week In The Arabian Tropics
Salalah - everything that's great about Oman in one luxurious location. Perfect for families seeking a half-term with a difference or couples tight on time.
Classic Family Oman Holiday
The everything holiday - mountain, desert and beach packed into an unforgettable two-week Omani adventure. The ultimate family holiday experience.
Family Oman & India's Golden Triangle
Experience the magic of Oman and India's Golden Triangle on an epic luxury family holiday. The magical memories that families are made of.
Fjord to Canyon & Desert to Beach
Extended adventure in vast, varied and beautiful Oman. Explore the country from North to South.
Get a flavour of the diversity of Oman in 10 days. Carefully considered hotels and a well-thought pace.
Opulent Oman Adventure
Explore Oman whilst staying in the finest hotels. Here you'll find luxury and adventure in abundance.
We've put together these Oman itineraries to give you a flavour of what the Sultanate has in store. However, these are just suggestions: with ETG, your Oman trip will be tailored entirely to your needs, interests and travel style. Don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly travel team to start your personal Oman journey.
Awash with endless deserts, a trip to the sand dunes of Oman is an absolute must.
Showcasing quintessential Arabic design, the grand mosque in Muscat is a modern masterpiece.
Popular hotels in Oman
There are some fantastic hotels to choose from in Oman, from beautiful beachfront resorts just a stone’s throw from the capital city to breathtaking mountain-top retreats such as Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar. You’ll also find intimate boutique hotels and we’ve discovered a few characterful heritage inns where you can get a taste of what it was to live in an Omani home hundreds of years ago. Finally, a star-filled night at a luxury tented camp in the desert is not to be missed!
Alila Jabal Akhdar, Jabal Akhdar
An outrageously gorgeous gorge-edge resort. Luxurious. Breathtaking. Unique. And more than a touch of Grand Canyon grandeur.
Antique Inn, Nizwa
Step back in time to this characterful heritage hotel,tucked away in the oldest part of Nizwa, an ancient capital and one of the oldest cities in Oman.
Desert Nights Camp, Wahiba Sands
Luxury Bedouin-style tents pitched in the rolling red sand dunes. Arabian nights and days packed full of desert adventure and exploration.
Muscat Hills, Muscat Beach
A simple, comfortable, step straight onto the sand, beach resort. Eco-friendly villas on the outskirts of Muscat with your own private bay.
Six Senses Zighy Bay, Zighy Bay
Tucked beneath a rugged mountain range on the white sand of Zighy Bay, Six Senses offers the ultimate in luxurious accommodation.
The Chedi, Muscat Beach
A beautiful, luxury, private beach hotel with exceptional rooms, facilities and service. Just a hop and a skip from bustling, beguiling Muscat.
MORE INFORMATION ON TRAVELLING IN OMAN
On an ETG Oman trip, you will have a private guide to share local insights and take you to the best restaurants, bars and shops. Equally, however, you will always have time and space to unlock the magic of Oman on your own.
More Travel Information for Oman Holidays
Our holidays are privately guided, yet still allow space for discovery. In Oman, your guide will give you unique cultural insight as well as show you the best places to eat, drink and shop. Equally, however, Oman has some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, and we wouldn’t want you to miss the chance for spontaneous travel magic. For that reason, you will always have time and space to discover Oman on your own.
In terms of passport, visa information and travel insurance, our friendly Travel Team would be happy to answer any questions. Once you book a holiday to Oman with us, this will all be provided in your travel pack, For the latest travel advice for visiting Oman, please get in touch with us directly or consult advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Finally, we believe an ETG experience can’t begin unless you have complete peace of mind. Experience Travel Group is a member of both ABTA and the ATOL scheme, which means that you are 100% financially protected from the moment you book, and a member of our friendly team will be on hand to help 24 hours a day from the moment you book. Take a look at this web page for more information about financial protection.
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