Oman highlights tour

“Accompanied by a private driver-guide, you’ll experience Oman in all its diversity, covering everything from deserts to mountains, ruined cities to islands”

Highlights

Muscat | Musandam | fjords | Telegraph Island | dhow sailing | Nizwa | Al Hamra | Jabrin Fort | Oman’s “Grand Canyon” | Wahiba Sands | Wadi Bani Khaled oasis | turtle watching | ruined city at Khor Rori Creek | Qara Mountains | Salahlah

Description of Oman highlights tour

Over the course of 12 days this Oman highlights tour covers the length and breadth of the country. From the dramatic fjords in the north to the golden dunes of Wahiba Sands and the fertile plains around Salalah in the south, Oman is bursting with juxtaposing scenery and diverse cultural traditions. A local English-speaking driver-guide will escort you throughout your trip and help you learn more about the country and its rich history.

Your tour starts in the beautiful city of Muscat and you’ll have time to explore the key sights, like the stunning Grand Mosque, before moving on. You’ll then journey to the north of the country where dramatic fjords are bordered by towering mountains. You’ll swim with dolphins at the famous Telegraph Island and explore the hidden villages and inlets by traditional dhow (boat).

You’ll then head inland to the arid mountains around Nizwa, climb heady heights to witness gorges that rival the Grand Canyon and watch the sunset from your luxurious mountaintop hotel. There is 4x4 driving to be experienced in the towering dunes at Wasiba Sands and you won’t want to miss watching the turtles make their early morning way to sea.

Your journey finishes in the south of the country in Salalah and its beautiful surrounding villages. You’ll see cavernous sink holes, a village perched on a cliff edge and lush, fertile land growing exotic fruits and vegetables. There is plenty of time to take advantage of the buzzing Souks (markets) and ancient towns and villages you’ll stop at along the way.

You'll fly home with incredible photographs, wonderful memories and a resolution to return to Oman for your next adventure.

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Responsible tourism: Oman highlights tour

Environment

This tour visits the Ras Al Junayz beach, 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-Junayz 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 during their visit.

The total protected area is 120km with a 45km of coastline, extending for 1km into the sea. The Ras Al Junayz Scientific and Visitors Centre offers a unique Ecotourism experience – an unparalleled encounter with sea turtles. It also 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.

Today, over 275 beaches along the Omani coastline - from Musandam in the north to Dhofar in the south - now shelter the turtles during the summer breeding season and tourism is strictly monitored through the issuing of permits for OR1 (AUD $3.00). Wardens also escort visitors to the beach at 9.30 in the evening, where they watch the turtles come ashore.

Whilst on tour we encourage exploration on foot as well as by boat - for example on Telegraph Island where you will sail to inlets, concealed villages and peaceful beaches on a dhow. There's snorkelling equipment on board and guides will be on hand to help guests explore the magical waters responsibly. You'll get the chance to experience the varied landscapes of Oman on this trip - from towering mountains and lush pastureland as you head to Mughsail to fragile interior desert, we take care to travel as lightly as possible through all these places and accommodation in a traditional tented camp ensures that the environment is preserved for future generations as we leave no trace.

Community

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 it. It is furnished and decorated using regional furniture and materials and provides locally sourced food and traditional entertainment to help support 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.

Although there is a certain amount of flying on this holiday, we feel it necessary to access remote, off the beaten track locations where tourism helps the local communities there by supporting local trade and livelihoods.

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


Meeting with our Omani guides and getting so much information from them. Staying in the most amazing hotel- alila hotel, jebel akhdar with stunning architecture. Scenery, views and walking were amazing.

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


Good cover for women at the mosques but otherwise fairly relaxed for westerners.

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


Some local people, not sure who owned hotels. Mass tourism does not reduce
environmental impact, nor does it support conservation however hard we try. The country is building hotels at a huge rate to cope with tourism. It may bring in funds but at an environmental cost e.g. Providing unlimited water to hotels when locals have rationing.

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


An excellent trip, well organised and supported by the local tour operator and
everything worked to plan

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