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BEST OF OMAN
– 14 DAYS –
Best of Oman is our favorite tour! See all Oman offers in culture and style. From the ancient port of Muscat, to the semi-tropic Frankincense Coast, your handpicked English-speaking driver will show you the real Oman at a comfortable pace. Just imagine sipping mint tea as you watch the sun set behind the dunes, or sharing a cruise with a pod of dolphins. This tour has it!
– 12 DAYS –
The Authentic Oman is our featured tour! From our time living in Oman we have crafted an experience that blends Oman’s natural wonders with its authentic local culture across the northern and southern regions. This tour takes you from white-sand beaches to misty mountains, from lively markets, to legendary hospitality. It’s a great overview of this beautiful country.
– 7 DAYS –
Discover Oman is the perfect week tour! This classic-style tour will take you to key areas around Oman’s capital city. You’ll explore the ancient city of Muscat, encounter the castles and culture of Nizwa and Jabreen, escape to Wahiba’s dune desert, and witness the ongoing wonder of nesting sea turtles at Ras Al-Jinz. This is the private trip of a lifetime!
SECRETS OF SALALAH
– 7 DAYS –
Secrets of Salalah is the special week tour. Discover a land where mists carpet the hills with rolling green in the summers, where ancient mariners told stories of mysterious creatures guarding the way to rich groves of Frankincense trees, and where you can still count on famous Omani hospitality. Come experience why ancient Romans described this land as “Happy Arabia.”
MAGIC OF MUSCAT
– 4 DAYS –
The Magic of Muscat is a great weekend getaway. Go deep into the culture and attractions at the ancient cities of Muscat, and Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capitol. You’ll have time to wander the white marble walkways of the Grand Mosque, and explore the meandering marketplace at Mutrah Souq. Try your hand at haggling for Bedouin jewelry, then relax in style on a sunset cruise…
Best Time to Visit OMAN
Your weather guide to pick the best season for your tour.
Season: January and February is “winter” in Oman, and is usually considered the best time to visit. The weather around Muscat can be comfortably crisp and sunny, while the temperatures down south near Salalah are pleasantly warm, with clear skies and calm seas.
Rainfall: Rain is possible in the north these months, but occurs only rarely with less than 1 inch per month and lots of sunny days in between. However, rain is almost unheard of this time of year in the south.
Availability: January and February are peak travel months! Make sure you book a few months in advance to get preferred accommodations.
Season: Apart from Spring Break, March and April are considered a shoulder season as temperatures and humidity begin to slowly climb up, and crowds diminish.
Rainfall: Rain is possible in the north, but unlikely, with just over half an inch per month. Sunny weather can be expected every day in the south.
Availability: Apart from Spring break week (in both Europe and America), this is a wonderful time to see Oman while the weather is comfortable, rooms are at a reduced price, and most sites are uncrowded.
Keep in mind: If you want to observe the rose harvest, and rosewater distillation process in Jebel Akhdar, the last few weeks of April are usually the best time to come.
Season: Oman is mostly desert, so it makes sense that the summers are warm! Up north around Muscat and Musandam, the temperatures soar well-above what most consider comfortable, humidity is high, and crowds disappear. Down south, however, summer is an entirely different experience, as mists from the sea transform the rolling hills into something more akin to Ireland than what most imagine to be Arabia. Expect lush, dripping foliage, a fair amount of mud, and amazing springs and waterfalls. Tourists from many countries come to experience the season which means festivals and other activities abound.
Rainfall: There is the chance of rainfall in May in the areas surrounding Muscat, but almost no chance of rain at all in June or July. If you’re traveling south though, expect wet weather from the end of June to about mid August.
Availability: With the sweltering heat, you can pretty much guarantee there will always be space in the hotels up north, and at the best prices you will find all year. However, over half a million travelers (mostly from Oman and surrounding countries) descend on Salalah Jun-August each year to experience the cooler weather, and green landscape, so book early if you want to come south this season.
Keep in mind: If you choose to take advantage of the summer prices up north, be sure to practice good hydration and sun protection.
Season: September and October are considered a shoulder season as temperatures begin to slowly cool down up north, and the weather dries up down south.
Rainfall: Rain is almost unheard of this time of year across the country.
Availability: This is a wonderful time to see Oman while the weather is comfortable, rooms are at a reduced price, and most sites are uncrowded.
Keep in mind: If you want to see any of the 500 bird species spotted in Oman, October is one of the best times to see many species on migration.
Season: The weather this time of year is comfortably warm, and dry across the country, and nights can get a bit chilly in the desert, and mountains.
Rainfall: Wet weather is very unlikely, though possible, as less than half an inch per month of rain lands on Oman this time of year.
Availability: This can be a busier in time to visit Oman, especially during holidays at the end of November and December. Be sure to book early to ensure you get your preferred accommodations.
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Pack travel documents and any medication you take. We suggest packing comfortable outfits that are ideal for walking around and sightseeing. You will also want to bring one or two nicer outfits for dinners out, or at your hotel. Pack comfortable walking shoes and a swimming suit. Winter specific: Bring a light jacket, long underwear, layering clothes, a scarf and warms socks for deserts and mountains. Summer specific: Bring light clothing, sunglasses and sandals.
Read our full packing list on the 3 Things to Pack for Your Trip to Oman blog post for our more detailed itemized packing recommendations.
You are visiting a land and culture where the people place great stress on modesty, particularly in the way women dress. While they are accustomed to many types of visitors, we would desire that your sensitivity and modesty would result in an enhanced level of acceptance and better communication with the people in whose land you are to be a guest.
For women, we recommend you avoid revealing or sleeveless tops. We also recommend you bring the option of loose, longer-than-the-knee pants or skirts. For men we recommend a few collared shirts and some long pants be included.
The easiest way to get local currency is to bring a bank card and withdraw cash as needed. You will be able to find Banks and ATMs in every major city. Oman is a partly cash-based society. Hotels, larger restaurants, supermarkets, and some more touristy businesses in Oman’s main tourist cities will accept major credit cards, but most smaller stores do not.
We recommend that you keep a ready supply of cash, including small change for taxi fare when desired and miscellaneous tipping on hand during your stay in Oman. If you do pay by credit card, we recommend that you double check the receipt before signing, as working in an unfamiliar currency can allow you to be charged more than you may expect, either intentionally or inadvertently.
Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions! We will do our best to serve you and will certainly communicate your dietary needs to your driver and hotels. However, we also want you to be aware of a few things:
- We have no control over “traces” of nuts or any other allergens in containers, or bags, or kitchens.
- Oman has good food standards, but they are not the same as the United States, or European countries.
- If you have a member of your tour who has a serious condition, you may want to bring food with you based on the seriousness of the allergies.
- We also have no control over what insects you may come into contact with.
Be sure to exercise appropriate caution if you are in any circumstances that may affect your allergies.
Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions! Here is helpful information for vegans and vegetarians. We will do our best to serve you and will certainly communicate this to your driver and hotels. However, we also want you to be aware of a few things. We have no control over “traces” of nuts or any other allergens in containers, or bags, or kitchens. Morocco does not have the same food standards as the United States and other countries. If you have a member of your tour who has a serious condition, you may want to bring food with you based on the seriousness of the allergies. We also have no control over what insects you may come into contact with. If you are in any questionable circumstances, you will want to be extra careful.
There is a difference between a tour guide, and a driver in Oman. Tour guides are licensed to give historical and cultural tours of Oman while drivers simply get you where you need to go! For our tours, however, your driver will also act as your guide throughout Oman. All our excellent drivers are licensed by the Oman Ministry of Tourism for guiding services. They act as your personal cultural ambassador and are very knowledgeable about the sights and history of the country. All of the drivers that we work with speak English, and will be able to communicate well with you. Please let us know if you need a driver to speak another language, as some options are available.
Coming to Oman during Ramadan will affect your trip. There will be less options for restaurants during lunch, as most restaurants are closed during the day. Alcohol will not be served. Shops will open up later in the day with people sleeping later after staying up to break the fast. While tourists are not expected to fast, eating and drinking in public is illegal in Oman during Ramadan. Non-Muslim guests can enjoy meals in their hotels, in certain restaurants, or out in nature away from the view of local people. For more about how Ramadan affects your tour, read our post about travel to Oman during Ramadan.
Oman uses the UK 3-pin electrical sockets (Type G) and outlets are 220–240 volts, so be sure to pack the necessary plug adaptors for your mobile phone, camera, laptop, or any other electronics you may travel with.
PLEASE NOTE: Travel plug adapters do not change the voltage, so the electricity coming through the adapter will still be the same 220-240 volts the socket is supplying. North American sockets supply electricity at between 110 and 120 volts, far lower than in most of the rest of the world. This being the case, North American appliances are generally built for 110-120 volts. That doesn’t mean that your specific appliance isn’t already compatible with the higher voltage or that you won’t be able to use your appliance in Oman…you will just need to make sure that your appliance will be able to facilitate 220-240 volts and that you have the appropriate adapter plug.