7 hours from London
£3999 per adult / £1999 per child
BEST TIME TO VISIT
October – April
Get your adrenaline pumping in the majestic Hajar Mountains with abseiling and via ferrata
Greet the locals and hunt for treasure amongst the spices at the lively market in Nizwa
Learn Bedouin survival skills by the camp fire in the Wahiba Desert
Watch brave baby sea turtles scamper to the sea in Ras Al Jinz
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YOUR OMANI TALE
The land of Oman is home to many things, frankincense, oases, seafaring and trade, traditions, wisdom, animals, vegetation and sandy secrets you’ll struggle to keep. This Omani adventure will acquaint you with this Arab Sultanate on all levels – literally: whether up high on mountain tops, down low in the valleys, or on softer grounds between the dunes and date palms of the desert, we leave little unexplored on this journey of the senses.
Chapter 1: THE BEGINNING – JEBEL SHAMS / JEBEL AKHDAR
Swooping-in to Muscat, Oman we don’t let any time go to waste – head inland where your adventure begins. The desert is far from barren in the lush oases of Oman, where date palms shade you and the hot springs of Ain a’Thawwarah await. From here on in its awe-inspiring wadi after jebel (valley after mountain) and rugged off-road drives amongst the magnificent mountain scenery and village settlements with tastes of local hospitality and flavours and mountain top views. Choose from the bougainvillaea and banana palm embellishments of Misfah, learning lay-of-the-land secrets of Omani farming, or descend into the winding wadi of Snake Canyon, canoeing your way through whilst the kids have their own guided nature tour. Visit an eerily beautiful abandoned village, passing the magical works of the local carpet weavers to an eventual end at Jabal Shams’ Sama Heights resort. There’s plenty of opportunity for an adrenaline rush or few; scale the edge of the Grand Canyon, climb a via ferrata or abseil away – the kids will remain with their feet firmly on the ground entertained by scavenger hunts and crafting. The lively livestock market of Nizwa is a maker of memories for the little ones who will hunt their way around the area collecting clues to give them an advantage for the family quiz.
Alternatively, ascend the lofty heights of Jebel Akhdar offering your ‘salam’ (greeting of peace) to the mountain communities and farmers who toil away at rose terraces and pomegranate bushes that engulf the region. Check in to the Alila Jabal Akhdar Hotel just in time for a jaw-dropping sunset over the magnificent Hajar Mountain range. Whilst here, picnic lunches, village walks and early morning yoga await you.
Chapter 2: THE MIDDLE – WAHIBA SANDS
The next chapter of your Omani family fable is a tale of time, set amongst the soft ochre dunes with the wisdom of the ages. In the Sharqiya Sands (known locally as Wahiba Sands), you’ll learn the secret to the survival that has allowed the Bedouin people of Oman to thrive through the centuries. Ignite campfires, source water, bake bread and savour qahwa (coffee) and dates to the captivating strumming of a live oud (Omani guitar-like instrument). Watch the blazing sky turn to the darkest night as the sun kisses the horizon for a sunset that dreams are made of. Have a village astronomer guide your gazes from starlight to star bright, mapping the journeys of the travellers before you. Taste the rainbow at Wadi Bani Khalid, where the fertile oasis provides offerings of dates, bananas, mangoes and papaya to the neighbouring villages. Follow the wadi out to a steep-sided canyon riddled with rock pools that are ideal for cooling off in.
Chapter 3: THE END – RAS AL JINZ TURTLE RESERVE & MUSCAT
The kids will delight in what’s to follow as you leave the desert to make your way out to the coast to spend a night in a Luxury Eco-Tent at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve. The kids will have lots of turtle-inspired activities whilst here and if you’re lucky, you can catch the brave baby turtles scamper out to sea at dawn. Making your way back to Muscat, you’ll stop off in the idyllic fishing village of Sur. The shores of Sur are scattered with the traditional wooden sailing boats (dhows) that have stretched as far as the Indian Ocean, these vessels are of just as good use today to the Omani fisherman as they were to the explorers, traders and colonialists who graced this very coast before you. Continuing along the water’s edge and admire the beautiful coastline before stopping to hike and swim in Wadi Shab or Wadi Tiwi. Then grab some lunch before arriving at the Kempinski in Muscat in the afternoon.
Over the next few days, Muscat will supply an abundance of culture and we will dive right in with a city tour. Witness the largest Persian Carpet you’re likely to ever see in your life at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and haggle your way into owning the treasures of the Mutrah Souk, ladened with traditional jewellery, frankincense, perfumes and textiles, before a meander around the Bait Al Zubair Museum and feasting your eyes on the extravagant blues and golds of Al Alam palace, serving you a history of over 200 years. Lunch with the Ladies of Sidab will allow you to support their local initiative to create and sell their local handicrafts. You will wrap your Muscat living with beach days of stand up paddleboarding, dolphin watching, snorkelling and sandcastles on the shore with plenty of opportunity for child-free dinners and child-friendly activities, before packing your bags and bidding masalama to Muscat for your flight home.
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