Oman family holiday, tailor made
Price per child £2,295 (based on a family of 4 in 2 rooms and family rooms).
Includes private airport transfers, accommodation, private vehicle and driver guide on tours, meals where indicated.
Description of Oman family holiday, tailor made
This 14 day adventure holiday for you and your family offers all the things to keep your kids enthralled with exciting 4x4 “wadi bashing” in the mountains to desert dune driving, along with unforgettable cultural experiences meeting a Bedouin family and exploring local souqs and fishing villages, not to forget relaxation time on a beaches and in Muscat for you! With great weather year round, as well as being malaria free and a safe destination; Oman is the perfect place to take your little ones on holiday.
Your guide will accompany you for the duration of your tour of the interior of Oman, giving you the option to travel at your leisure and away from the crowds. This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination.
You can add additional nights in Muscat at the beginning or end and we can recommend different hotels and experiences for you based on your preference. We can also substitute the fixed desert camp for wild camping.
Best time to go:
The best time to travel is from October through to April as the temperatures are warm during the day and mild in the evening. During the summer from May to September the sun is very hot making this tour rather uncomfortable.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Muscat where you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel for the next 3 nights in a family villa.|
|Day 2:||Free day at your hotel to relax and explore the surrounds (B)|
|Day 3:||Visit the Seeb Spice Souk, hot springs at Rustaq with a photo stop at the Rustaq Fort. Drive through the date palms to the sparkling springs at Nakhl and visit the Nakhl Fort. Visit the beautiful Wakan Village famous for its fruit terrace farming before stopping off at Wadi Abyadh, meaning ‘white wadi’. Return to Muscat to overnight (B)|
|Day 4:||Drive through the spectacular Wadi Bani Auf; this stretch of graded road is very adventurous & for the physically fit only as it involves steep bends and bumpy roads. The kids will love it! Visit the charming mountain village of Bilad Sayt. The 70 km stretch of road continues unto the village of Al Hamra famous for its date plantations. Visit Misfah old stone house. Dinner & Overnight stay at The View. (B,D)|
|Day 5:||Visit the Nizwa Fort and souk today before heading out to the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz and walk through the lush green date plantations. From here a 36 km stretch of winding road takes you to the Jebel Al Akhdar mountain range taking in views of the spectacular landscape of dramatic peaks, gorges and wadis. Proceed to Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand. After some exciting sand dune driving you will arrive at your Desert Camp for the evening. (B,D)|
|Day 6:||Check out of your camp and proceed to Sinaw souk, Mahooth , Masirah Island. From Shannah take ferry to reach Masirah Island. Check in at Masirah Island Resort in a Family Chalet. The rest of the day at Leisure. (B)|
|Day 7-8:||Free days with the use of the car at your disposal to explore the Island. (B)|
|Day 9:||Depart Masirah Island drive through Nakdah and journey to Ras al Jinz. Enjoy the Ferry crossing to the main land and then drive to Al Ahskara and check in to a Family room at Ras al Jinz Scientific centre. (B)|
|Day 10:||Drive to Sur and visit the dhow building yard before heading to the beautiful Fin’s Beach for a swim. The next exciting stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. At Dibab take an adventurous off-road track to visit the Wadi Arbayeen, characterized by date palms and deep pools of water. Proceed to Muscat to the family friendly Shangri La Bar Al Jissah's Al Waha Hotel. (B)|
|Day 11:||Day at leisure at the hotel to take advantage of the many activities on offer for you and your children including The Lazy River, private beach and other water sports. (B)|
|Day 12:||Enjoy a morning city tour of Muscat visiting the Grand Mosque and the Bait Al Zubair Museum (Natural History Museum) for an insight into Oman’s history. Drive along the waterfront of the Corniche visiting the colourful Muttrah Souq with a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace; the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. (B)|
|Day 13:||Day at leisure in Muscat to relax at the hotel or return to explore more of the capital. (B)|
|Day 14:||Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred back to Muscat airport in time for your return flight home. (B)|
1 Reviews of Oman family holiday, tailor made
Reviewed on 07 Nov 2014 by Jane Skinner
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
There were many memorable bits. Watching the turtles return to sea while the sun was rising, sledging down the dunes with my children, swimming in the Wadi's. Not sure I can choose only one.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Don't try and squeeze too much into it. There are some lovely hotels and locations but we often found ourselves arriving just at or after sunset and leaving early the next morning.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We were aware of the conservation side of things but not really of supporting local people. Maybe more could be done to educate us.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Fantastic. We all enjoyed it from age 8 - 52. Lots to do. The driving was not too much and there was great variety. Food was generally good too.
PlanetThis tour takes you to Masirah Island off the southeast coast of Oman with miles of isolated sandy beaches and known for its wildlife. The resort hosts the Masirah Wildlife Museum which is also home to all four of Oman’s nesting species of Turtles and is world famous as the home of the largest population of Loggerhead Turtles as well as over 328 species of birds and a vast collection of exotic sea shells.
You will also stay at The Turtle Island Resort near Ras Al Jinz beach which is one of the largest nesting areas for green turtles in the Indian Ocean. An average of 30,000 turtles nest at this beach. The Ras Al-Jinz Turtle and Nature Reserve was established in 1996 to better protect Oman’s Sea turtles and their natural environment. Clients are encouraged to donate to the research centre.
The total protected area is 120km with a 45km of coastline, extending for 1km into the sea. The Ras Al-Jinz scientific visitor’s centre offers a unique Eco-tourism experience, an unparalleled encounter with sea turtles, and promotes social responsibility. It houses a research library and research facilities for marine biology and archaeology promoting social responsibility and sound environmental practices.
Access to the beach is controlled by the authorities to protect the turtles.
PeopleYour guide for the tour is a local Omani National and will be with you for the duration of your time out on your 4WD adventure, able to share with you their local knowledge of their history, culture, customs and lifestyle. Often the guides have strong links with the local Bedouin people, with whom they interact on a regular basis or have associations with the local tribes.
The aim of this being to offer you a genuine contact and experience of the destination to feel the essence of the culture and history, so you come back with enjoyable memories and appreciation that you and your kids will treasure. It also benefits the local people to get a better cross cultural understanding between the local culture and visitor so that tourism can impact in a positive way.
This tour will give you and your family an exciting encounter with the lives of the mountain village people, the Bedouin tribes of the desert and the fishing people of Sur and experience of traditional Omani activities.
This trip visits several local communities in the Wahiba Sands Desert allowing clients to purchase handicrafts made by the locals. Any money from the sale of the handicrafts helps the local Bedouins to support their families. Local Bedouin guides are hired to explain their way of life to clients on parts of this tour. This enables them to earn a regular living from the visiting tourists.
The Wahiba desert camp, 1000 Nights Camp, is locally owned and employs local people to help run the camp, provide local food and traditional entertainment supporting the local community. There is no electricity at the camp with no light pollution or sound pollution as the camp uses natural resources to blend in with the environment. All waste from the campsites is taken away and recycled. There is no evidence left of any travellers staying in the desert.