Suffused with the mystery and romance of Arabia, Oman is relatively unspoilt by tourism. The capital city, Muscat is a gracious mix of old and new and filled with beautiful old buildings and treasures. Offering far more than spectacular desert landscapes, Oman has a proud and ancient culture and a wealth of archaeological wonders. The country is filled with ancient stone forts, picturesque villages and dramatic coastlines where mountains plunge directly into the sea. Called the “Norway of the Middle East” the Musandam Peninsula is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Oman has its fair share of rugged mountains, oases and dunes, such as the red and white sand dunes of Wahiba and the breathtaking Al Hajjar Mountains.
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Oman Tour Highlights
Offering far more than spectacular desert landscapes, Oman has a proud and ancient culture and a wealth of archaeological wonders. Suffused with the mystery and romance of Arabia, Oman is relatively untouched by modern tourism. The capital Muscat is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East and has a magnificent setting between the Al Hajar Mountains and the Arabian Sea. From Muscat, take day tours to visit ancient stone forts, picturesque fishing villages, rugged mountains, canyons, oases and sand dunes.
Dubbed the Norway of the Middle East, the dramatic Musandam Peninsula is characterised by soaring golden cliffs, narrow channels and jagged rocks that resemble glacier-carved fjords without the greenery. The seas are also rich in coral, fish and dolphins. The Peninsula is just two hours by road from Dubai or a short flight from Muscat.
Al Hajjar Mountains
This stunning mountain range is a joy to explore, and the scenery superb. Jebel Shams is the country’s highest peak at 3,028m, whilst this rugged landscape is populated with picturesque villages including Nizwa, with its famous Round Fort.
Six Senses Zighy Bay
Six Senses is hidden on the Musandam Peninsula between pristine coastline and rugged mountains. This village-style property is composed entirely of stone villas, all with private pools and is the perfect middle-eastern beach escape.
Raz Al Jinz Turtle Reserve
The Turtle Reserve at Ras Al Jinz is a haven for a number of species including Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill Turtles. You can stay at the Ras Al Jinz Research Centre and take guided excursions down to the beach to see the turtles come in to nest for the evening.
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Musandam Peninsula Retreat
Located on the northeastern-most tip of the Arabian Peninsula it has been dubbed “the Norway of the Middle East” because of its dramatic mountains, narrow channels and glcier-carved fjords – without the greenery. The seas are also rich in coral, fish and dolphins. The Peninsula is just two hours by road from Dubai or a short flight from Muscat.
On this tour, witness the stunning natural beauty of Oman, combining the pristine beaches of Ras Al Jinz on the east coast with the incredible Al Hajjar Mountains. Travel through picturesque desert sands, marvel at rugged mountains, visit beautiful villages and watch turtles coming in to nest at Ras Al Jinz Scientific Centre.
Six Senses Hideaway
Enjoy the luxuries of this beautiful beachside hotel. This village style resort is composed entirely of stone villas, all with private swimming pools, rustic décor and private dining areas. Six Senses offers a unique getaway experience in one of the most secluded and breathtakingly beautiful locations in the world.
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Why Oman: It’s diverse landscape or rugged mountains, hidden oases, rolling sand dunes and pristine beaches makes Oman very much a hidden gem. But it’s not just the scenery that makes Oman such a fascinating destination. It is covered in ancient forts, beautiful hilltop towns and picturesque fishing villages and coastline.
Climate: Oman’s climate is very appealing for most of the year, except for the hot summer months between June and August, where temperatures can exceed 40 degrees. Rain tends to fall in January and February with short, sharp showers.
Combine with: A stay in Oman combines well with either nearby Jordan or neighbouring United Arab Emirates. The breathtaking Musandam Peninsula is actually closer to Dubai and Abu Dhabi than Oman’s capital Muscat.
Getting there: With major Middle-eastern carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways flying directly from many Australian cities, it’s almost a direct flight to Oman, particularly if driving on to visit the Musandam Peninsula.