Oman small group holiday
Late availability on these dates: 16 Dec, 23 Dec, 20 Jan, 03 Feb, 17 Feb, 09 Mar
Description of Oman small group holiday
This Oman small group holiday follows a carefully crafted itinerary, starting and ending in the elegant capital city of Muscat, and taking in many of Oman’s natural and cultural highlights in between. With some wonderful adventures too.
For cultural heritage, the Islamic forts, ancient mud brick houses, lively souks and Muscat’s architectural greats, Oman certainly proffers a collection of historical splendours. As well as the history of the Bedouin people, of course, with whom you will get to know the wild desert landscapes of Wahiba Sands, camping out for a night.
More spectacular natural wonders await at Jebel Shams, which translates as Mountain of the Sun and is highest peak in Oman at 3000m in Al Hajar Mountains. Here we take a short trek along the rim before heading to Wadi Bani Awf, also known as ‘snake gorge’. You can’t visit Oman without enjoying some of its Indian Ocean coast, with a trip to the celebrated Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve, the traditional fishing town of Sur, as well as the coastal and urban chic environs of Muscat itself of course.
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4 Reviews of Oman small group holiday
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2023 by Lisa HynesShould include hike to Wadi Shab for swimming. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020 by Diane FewEverything we saw and experienced was amazing. The route was perfect and every day was well balanced with a mixture of activities and time to rest and absorb the beauty of our surroundings. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Mar 2020 by Marianne GormanReally very good, if not excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by Karen ORourkeThe tour was a mix of sea, cities, mountains and desert so very diverse and really enjoyable. Read full review
PlanetTravel is an opportunity to experience different cultures, meet new people, taste weird and wonderful foods and – for many – to get close to wildlife you may have only seen in books or David Attenborough documentaries. We actively discourage the participation of travellers in any activities that exploit wild or domestic/working animals. Lately there’s been a rise in animal-related incidents around the world, and it doesn’t sit well with us.
This trip visits the Ras Al Jinz nature reserve, which was established in 1996 to better protect the sea turtles and their natural environment. The protected area stretches over 120 square kilometres with a 45-kilometre coastline, extending for one kilometre into territorial waters. The governing body allows us to visit the turtle nesting in a controlled and protected environment that allows us to be curious whilst maintaining the delicate balance of this nesting ground.
We build, restore and equip using carefully sourced local materials and in a style that tells the cultural or geological story of the landscape. This trip stays in the first hotel built in the Sultanate of Oman. Whilst there is much new and developing infrastructure within Oman we find that the charm and ambiance of this local hotel is much more sustainable and authentic than those fast developing global chains. This trip also spends a night in the desert in a Bedouin Camp. By choosing local camps like this rather than hotels we are supporting local Bedouin Tribes and using accommodation facilities that blend with the environment rather than oppose it.
PeopleWe work to maximise the benefits generated by tourism for local economies and communities. Understanding local life is an important part of travel and on this trip, we source local activities which we believe are sustainable to the economy in that they allow the flow of income from visitors to be distributed to a greater audience rather than remaining concentrated with tourism providers. This could be as simple as a local market visit in Nizwa to a surprise visit to a local home.
We employ predominantly local staff and leaders within our operational teams. We also design and operate our trips to feature local suppliers or suppliers who directly benefit the local community and economy. We offer local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empower them through training opportunities. All of our tour leaders go through an initial training program, which includes a module on responsible travel. This trip is operated by local Omanis who take pride in their culture and country. They observe traditional dress standards and local customs, and are not afraid to share their stories – you may even find yourself meeting the entire family!