Destination

Oman Holidays

Rugged landscapes and golden beaches

Holidays in Oman offer cultural voyages of discovery and electrifying desert adventures in equal measure. Sitting on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the country has not bought into modern opulence as much as its neighbours. Still relatively undiscovered by tourists, you’re afforded the privilege of experiencing the rich history and culture of authentic Oman.

Human settlement can be traced back over 8,500 years, and many of the most important landmarks in Oman’s history still exist today. Whitewashed villages, lighthouses and teak and cedar boats belie the country’s maritime past, while grand fortresses tell old military tales. Thrill-seekers can scuba dive off the untouched coast to find shipwrecks and mountain bike across ragged peaks that disappear into the clouds and drop dramatically into dark canyons.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit ancient forts
  • Dune bash in a 4x4
  • Barter for goods at souks
  • Admire mesmerising Omani architecture
  • Hike or bike through lush landscapes
  • Scuba dive off untouched coastlines
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.”

“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 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.

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara

Salalah

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£939 pp

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara
Resort view

The Chedi Muscat

Muscat

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,159 pp

The Chedi Muscat

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Muscat

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,029 pp

Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Infinity Pool

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Muscat

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,069 pp

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa

Our Oman destinations

Khareef, Salalah

Oman

Salalah

Salalah
Views of Al Jabal al Akhdar

Oman

Al Jabal al Akhdar

Al Jabal al Akhdar
Desert safari

Oman

Wahiba Sands

Wahiba Sands

Oman

Sur

Sur
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Oman

Muscat

Muscat

Types of Oman holidays

Oman Tours

Tours

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.

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