Destination

Oman Holidays

Rugged landscapes and golden beaches

Set on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman has gone from vital trade post to emerging tourist destination. There’s small wonder as to why this has happened, the pure beauty of this ancient country is hard to deny, and the hospitality of the people who live here is unsurpassed.

Although more popular than a decade ago, Oman is still very much undiscovered as a tourist destination. Everything from its contrasting landscapes to its rich culture and history will instantly draw you in.

Explore its scenic beauty – from the lush greenery of Al Jabal Al Akhdar, to the vast sand dunes of Wahiba Sands, and the idyllic port city of Sur. A good view is essential to any great trip, and is loved by everyone. Whether you’re 9 or 90, these striking landscapes are postcard perfect and will leave you amazed and in awe.

Holidays to Oman offer so much more than just stunning scenery, though. Omani traditions, customs, and culture can be traced back over 2,000 years and the oldest human settlement traces back over 8,500 years. Embark on a city tour of Muscat, visit Sultan Qaboos Mosque, and see Mutrah Souq – the oldest in Oman.  Explore the network of pathways that make up this traditional marketplace, take in the smells of sandalwood and frankincense as you travel through this portal and back in time. Venture further inland to Nizwa and the Bahla Fort – one of Oman’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – for a visit of the Nizwa souq, famous for the pottery made at the Bahla Fort nearby.

There are so many ways to see Oman. Our Destination Specialists recommend touring around, whether it be a full family adventure or an overnight desert camp, be sure to take in as much as you can in this stunning corner of the world.

Destination Highlights
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Desert playground
  • Cultural experiences
  • Traditional villages
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT +3 hours.
  • Currency OMR - Omani Rial
  • Visa Information British passport holders are required to purchase a visa on arrival to Oman.
  • Language Arabic and English are widely spoken.
  • Flight Time Approx. eight hours. Direct flights are available from London and indirect services are available via other Middle Eastern cities.
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Oman.

Top Tips from our Experts

Omkar

Destination Specialist

“Why not explore Oman as part of a tour? It’s the best way to see the landmarks you want to see and your guide has a wealth of unrivalled knowledge that will make your trip that extra bit special.”

Shannen

Destination Specialist

“It would be a crime to go to Oman and not go to Salalah. This region is still unknown but it features some of the best beaches in the Middle East, making it the perfect place for a post-tour beach stay.”

Val

Destination Specialist

“Spend a night under the stars at a Bedouin Camp in Wahiba Sands for a real Arabian adventure. Go on an adrenaline pumping dune safari and then go for dinner, cooked in the traditional style, and underground.”

Our Oman destinations

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Oman

Muscat

Muscat
Khareef, Salalah

Oman

Salalah

Salalah
Al Jabal al Akhdar

Oman

Al Jabal al Akhdar

Al Jabal al Akhdar
Desert safari

Oman

Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands

Oman

Sur

Sur

Types of Oman holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Direct flights to Oman take approximately 7 hours and 35 minutes. British Airways currently offers five direct flights a week, from London Heathrow to Muscat International Airport, and Oman Air offers daily direct flights. Alternatively, there are several indirect options from UK airports.

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Resort view

The Chedi Muscat

Muscat

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The Chedi Muscat

Al Bustan Palace

Muscat

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Al Bustan Palace
Hotel Entrance

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar

Muscat

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Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Bandar
Assira Pool Bar

Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Waha

Muscat

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Shangri-La's Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa – Al Waha

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