A luxury tour of Oman's cities, mountains and coast
- Contrast Oman’s rich culture with its spectacular natural world
- Stay at two spectacular resorts by Anantara – one in the mountains, one on the coast
- Explore Nizwa’s fortress and souks
- Take in the wild beauty of the world’s largest sand desert – the Empty Quarter
- Watch dolphins off the coast of Salalah
- 2 Nights Muscat
- 3 Nights Nizwa
- 5 Nights Salalah
Beach | City | History & culture | Relaxation | Spa
This luxury three-centre holiday combines the breathtaking beauty of Oman’s mountainous interior with the golden sands of its desert and coast. It all begins, however, in the capital – Muscat. Alongside a stay in one of the city’s finest hotels, you’ll be treated to a tour of its highlights, before swapping mosques and markets for the tranquil beauty of the Al Hajar Mountains. Here, between Nizwa’s cultural intrigue and the sprawling verdure of Birkat Al Mauz, you'll enjoy all the luxuries of your stunning Anantara hotel, from spa treatments to gourmet dining. And, there’s more of the same on the coast in Salalah, where further Anantara indulgences are paired with included tours of Ubar’s lost city, the vast deserts of the Empty Quarter and a dolphin-watching adventure off the beautiful Dhofar Coast.
Day by day itinerary
As with all of our holidays, your journey begins with included UK airport lounge access, leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed for your overnight to Muscat.
Arrive in Oman’s capital, where you’ll be greeted at the gate by a personal assistant, who’ll look after your luggage. Then, after some Primeclass Arrival Lounge refreshments, you’ll enjoy a dedicated Fast-Track immigration service, followed by a private transfer to your luxury hotel – the Chedi Muscat. The next day, a guided tour will take in the city’s highlights, including the spectacular Grand Mosque (closed on Fridays), which hosts up to 20,000 worshippers, as well as the bustling Mutrah Fish Market and the labyrinthine Mutrah Souk, where you’ll find everything from spices and antiques to clothes and household goods. There’s also time for photo stop at the Al Alam Palace – the ceremonial palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos – a building flanked by 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jilali. Your day ends back at the Chedi where the pool and spa serve up some well-deserved relaxation.
Stay: The Chedi Muscat (Deluxe)
Jabal Al Akhdar
Enjoy a final delicious breakfast at the Chedi Muscat before a guided two-hour transfer sees you into the Al Hajar Mountains. The route is spectacular, passing first through coastal plains before arriving at Nakhal – an ancient oasis watched over by a fortress, recently restored to its former glory. Then, via an off-road track, you’ll arrive at spectacular viewpoint, 2,000 metres above the desert floor, before stopping at Nizwa where, alongside an included lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll head out to the old mountain village of Misfar. It’s then a scenic drive to your luxury desert hotel. Indeed, the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is one of Oman’s finest resorts – an ultra-luxury retreat, which rises castle-like from the fabled crags of Green Mountain. Here, the likes of fine dining and spa indulgences are enjoyed alongside sweeping canyon views. You’ll then have a full day to relax, or head into the mountains in search of adventure. There’s everything from cultural visits to guided hikes.
Meals: B D
Departing after breakfast, today’s guided tour begins in the city of Nizwa – a former capital of Oman. Morning in Nizwa is a particularly special time, as the fortress reflects the early-day sunshine and the famous souk-trading centre bustles with local artisans selling Bedouin handicrafts. You’ll then continue to the ancient settlement of Birkat Al Mauz for a stroll among its verdant banana plantations before returning to Jebel Al Akhdar – the green jewel of the Al Hajar range. Pausing for lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll then take in the views of remote valleys dotted with villages and terraced fruit orchards – peaches, apricots, figs and grapes all grow here between July and September – which are fed by a traditional irrigation system and strung out along the mountain slopes. As evening approaches, it’s time to return to the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar where you’ll enjoy dinner and some time to relax.
Meals: B L D
Having explored Oman’s spectacular interior, now it’s time to head to the coast. First, you’ll retrace your steps to Muscat with an included transfer, before boarding a flight to Salalah, where you’ll be met and brought to the Al Baleed Resort by Anantara for a five-night stay. Idyllically situated between and lagoon and its own 250-metre-long private beach, this luxury retreat offers the perfect ending to your Oman holiday.
Stay: Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara (Deluxe)
Meals: B D
Salalah & excursions
To help make the most of your stay, we’ve included two superb excursions to enjoy between your hotel’s spa treatments, pool-side relaxation and world-class fine dining. The first is a full-day tour, including lunch, to the Rub’ al Khali – the world’s largest sand desert, evocatively known as the Empty Quarter ¬– and the fabled Lost City of Ubar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located 175 kilometres from Salalah, this ‘Atlantis of the Sands’ features the ruins of an ancient city, once buried beneath the dunes. Taking it all in in the company of an expert guide, you’ll also pause at the UNESCO-listed Wadi Dawka, a place known for its large collection of Frankincense trees. Your other included tour is a half-day dolphin-watching experience, watching these incredible marine mammals feed and play in the warm waters off the Dhofar coast.
Stay: Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara (Deluxe)
Meals: B D
Depart for UK
After a final delicious breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home via Muscat.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
Special offer for selected travel dates: Save up to £500 pp.
Book by: 18 October 2019
from £3,405 pp. incl. flights
from £4,445 pp. incl. flights
- Return scheduled international and domestic flights
- Private transfers throughout the itinerary
- 2 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the Chedi, Muscat in a Serai Room
- 3 nights accommodation on half-board basis at Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in a Premier Canyon View Room
- 5 nights accommodation on half-board basis at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in a Premier Sea View room
- Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary in 4WD vehicle with English Speaking guide on a private basis (apart from Dolphin watching), including entrance fees and 2 lunches at local restaurants
- Use of an airport lounge at your UK departure airport (subject to airline and departure terminal)
Low season is late April to end of September.
Additional supplements may apply for certain travel dates, including Christmas, New Year and Easter, please ask for details.
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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