Oman is a unique destination filled with sensational sights, cultural gems and beautiful landscapes just waiting to be explored. Take the family on an enriching journey from the coastal beauty of Muscat, through desert dunes and date plantations, past beaches and bays, back to the modernity of Muscat. See villagers living a simple way of life, awe-inpisiring canyons and the very best of nature via close encounters with dolphins and turtles. Embark on an overnight desert camping expedition, set sail on a traditional dhow and take a dip in the cool waters of the coast. With action and adventure balanced out with ample time for rest and relaxation, this is a trip parents will enjoy and kids will relish!
Days 1-2 Muscat
Start the adventure in the attractive port city of Muscat. Use free time to admire the arabesque architecture or simply just kick back and relax at the marina. The next day, board a boat and enjoy a fun morning of dolphin watching. Try to spot the spinner dolphins, humpback whales and blue whales that all frequent this coastline.
Days 3-4 Nizwa
Take in dramatic mountain scenery dotted with fruit plantations and villages on the road to Nizwa. Stop and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the terraced farming villages, then continue to Nizwa - regarded by some as the heart of Oman. The next day, enjoy walking along a scenic trail with spectacular views of an immense canyon. Afterwards, set off on a 4x4 adventure into the depths of the canyon to take in the view from a different perspective. En route, stop for coffee and dates in a small village and see local craftsmen at work. Then, return to Nizwa in time for an evening stroll through the souq.
Day 5 Desert Camp
Set off into the red dunes of the desert for a night of camping in sandy landscapes.
Day 6 Ras al-Hadd
Journey to the coastal town of Sur and visit a traditional working dhow yard before heading to Ras al-Hadd. Spend an exciting evening searching out turtles who come to the shore to lay eggs. The sight of thousands of turtles bathed in moonlight is unforgettable.
Day 7 Overnight Boat
Head further up the coast to relax in the lush oasis of Wadi Shab where there's time to tuck into a picnic lunch and take a dip in a swimming pool. Return to Muscat and board a traditional dhow, fitted with luxurious decor and opulent furnishings. Choose to snorkel or take a swim in a secluded bay, then savour the serenity while relaxing on soft pillows at night.
Days 8-9 Muscat
Fill up on a tasty breakfast prepared by the crew, then set sail for the return journey to Muscat where this adventure ends.