“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' |

Description of Oman small group tour

Oman is slowly emerging from its hermit shell, revealing a land of friendly people and dramatic landscapes, peppered with forts. Oman is distinctly Arabic and offers many old-world wonders.
Swimming in the turquoise waters of Wadi Bani Khalid and then driving across the dramatic red dunes of Wahiba are both adventures to be remembered forever. Embrace the curious traveller within exploring Bedouin desert culture, visiting ancient tribal forts and mountain mud homes, small plantations and fishing villages. And show your considerate side by staying in locally owned hotels, supporting the green turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, being guided by local experts who advise on cultural sensitivities as head way off the usual tourist trail. All of which can be summed up in two words: Oh. Man.

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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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
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.
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Reviewed on 09 Mar 2020 by

Fantastic, brilliant guides. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020 by

The local tour leader was excellent; the people of Oman were amazing as it the landscape. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020 by

We were lucky to see a green turtle laying her eggs, camouflaging them and then going to the sea. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2019 by

Eating camel curry & all the local Omani cuisine and seeing the Grand Canyon of Oman were the most memorable parts of our holiday ! Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Dec 2018 by

Many memorable episodes! Watching the Green turtles on the beach at Ras Al Jinz. The hustle and bustle of Nizwa market. Rugged 4-wheel drive down from the mountains to snake canyon... Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Dec 2018 by

Fascinating. Fabulous desert landscapes, friendly people, restored historic buildings, beautiful modern mosques, good food. What's not to like? Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2018 by

Just about everything was memorable. But traveling through and swimming in the wadis and canyons would be the top highlight. A one hundred percent success, things went very smoothly. I hope I will do many more holidays with the company. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2018 by

All of Oman was amazing and a wonderful country to visit ...but I especially loved being in the mountains at Wadi Bani Awf, with stunning scenery and incredible views. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2017 by

Watching the turtles at Ras el Jinz after dark and before dawn - both adult female turtles laying and baby turtles hatching and scurrying to the sea. Such a privilege to be part of this. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2017 by

The entire trip was excellent and memorable. The most memorable was seeing the green turtles at night laying eggs. It was incredible! Wahiba Sands was also spectacular. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2017 by

The drive from Nizwa to Muscat, through the mountains was the most memorable part. Astounding. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2017 by

Travelling into the desert was the most memorable. Very highly. The guide was excellent, arrangements were very smooth. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

There were several memorable moments: turtles on the beach in Ras al Jinz, sunset in the desert, villages in Jebel Akhdar, Misfat and Al Hamra Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2017 by

The highlight was Salalah! Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2016 by

Great! Loved it! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2016 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was crossing the mountains and the desert, and having a clear night sky in the desert. Omani are really hospitable. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2015 by

It was wonderful. The people were warm and gracious. Our guide did a great job and was a superb quick driver. Read full review

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