Oman small group tour

“8 day small group holiday, with no shortage of trimmings, and covering everything from camels to coast, deserts to ancient mountain dwellings.”

Highlights

Muscat | Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque | Natural History Museum | Dhow shipyards at Sur | Quriyat beaches | Green turtles at Ras-al-Jinz| Wadi Bani Khalid | Wahiba Sands | Jabrin Castle | Bahla | Nizwa | Jabel Akhdar mountains | Deserted villages of Al Hamra and Misfah | Jebel Shams ‘Grand Canyon of Oman' |

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28 Dec 2016
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Our top tip:
Be culturally aware and dress appropriately. Please don’t photograph anyone without their permission.
Trip type:
Small group, max 12 people.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Accomm:
Small comfortable hotels, with 1 night camping in desert.
Included:
Accommodation, most meals, transfers , expert local guide.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Oman small group tour

By keeping our tours involved with the communities we visit, the people who benefit from our tours in Oman are the local people; drivers, hoteliers, and restaurateurs, local guides - even the Bedouin from whom you can buy fresh fruit while travelling. We do not use big international hotels which drain economic and natural resources. The money that is spent on entrance fees directly contributes to the ongoing maintenance of the desert castles we visit. Our journey through Oman includes a stop to see a local turtle preservation and protection scheme. With your help, the local people are beginning to appreciate the importance of conservation. The project shows the community a direct association with the income they receive from tourism and the preservation of the turtle sites.

We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.

We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.

Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally, to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.

Reviews of Oman small group tour

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Crossing the mountains and the desert, and having a clear night sky in the desert. Omani are really hospitable.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Night at Ras al Jinz reserve was not very comfortable, as many people were shouting when waiting for their 5am tour, disrespectful of people sleeping. Maybe another choice of hotel would be useful (or another waiting place for people on the tour).

Muscat deserves more than a 1/2 day tour. Don't miss the desert and the mountains, don't miss the sunset cruise also. If you can stay longer in the mountain to go for a 2-3 hours walk in the grand canyon, do it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Hope so. It's sad however to see such beautiful places littered with plastic bags and bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very very nice, loved it! Also the guide had a big part in making this holiday memorable. It's very quiet, the roads are really good, all this makes travelling in Oman very easy and refreshing.

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The desert most of all and the rest was memorable

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


No

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was wonderful. The people were warm and gracious. Our guide did a great job and was a superb quick driver. A few things that your company should consider. We made 2 requests for information about the host company and a telephone number and name of the contact person in Oman. We did not receive
anything. Fortunately it turned out well. Secondly, the hotel that was provided during the visit to the turtles is a 1 star hotel and it gets only one star because of the staff.

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