Oman Short Break
This is the ideal quick tour of Oman. It combines the striking beauty of Misfah oasis, a dash of lush green palm groves in the barren rocky mountains of Jebel Shams, with the rolling shifting sand-dunes of Wahiba Sands. After four days on the go it’s back to the beach near Muscat for a couple of nights on the beach for some serious R and R. You will be accompanied in the desert and mountains by an English speaking chauffeur and when on the beach we will suggest a hotel to suit your budget.
Stay in a traditional Omani house
Overnight in a Bedouin camp
Race down giant sand-dunes
Swim in emerald-hued desert lakes
Relax in style on the beach
7 days from £750 pp
Plus international flights from £400 per person
A self-drive 7 day short break in Oman for a family of four usually costs from £3,000 based on mid range hotels (excluding international flights).
We like our tours to be accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.
One major factor in determining the price in Oman is whether you choose to self-drive or be escorted by an English speaking driver-guide. It is of course cheaper to self-drive.
A standard Oman itinerary, escorted by a driver-guide, will start from around £5,400 for a 12-day holiday for a family of four based on mid-range hotels. This excludes international flights. If you choose to self-drive, the price for a 12-day holiday will start from around £4,200.
There are also a handful of very luxurious boutique hotels, particularly on the beach. If you would prefer to stay in these, the price will start from around £7,000 (for a 12-day holiday for a family of four) for a driver-escorted trip, £5,800 for a self-drive trip.
All prices exclude international flights. These start from £400 per person direct with Oman Air although prices over peak periods may be a lot higher.
Direct flights take just over 7 hours. Indirect flights take from 9 hours.
We will be very happy to provide a flight quote for you from your nearest airport. Please ask us for details.
Note that hotels in Oman book up a long way in advance for Christmas and the New Year. Please book as far in advance as possible if you plan to travel at this time.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
Our holidays are open for all age groups and will be tailored to the ages of your children.
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with us, as we are members of the Travel Trust Trade . All monies paid to us by you are deposited into a trust account and the funds are only released to Stubborn Mule after you have completed your holiday.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. After a chat to understand more about you, we can produce an itinerary as a starting point and you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Oman Short Break day-to-day itinerary
When you arrive in Muscat you will be met by your guide and immediately whisked off (in the air-conditioned comfort of your vehicle) into the mountains. It takes around 2 hours to arrive in the small oasis of Misfah, a traditional Omani village nestled in a fold in the hills. The setting is stunning with the stark barren mountains rising up on either side of the village, but the oasis itself a riot of palm trees and beautiful stone houses.
You will spend the night in a simple but very atmospheric Omani house. Dinner this evening will be a homecooked feast, served up by candlelight on the roof terrace with gorgeous views over the oasis.
If you would prefer to upgrade, there is a wonderful luxury mountain lodge not too far away that you could switch to.
Day 2 Misfah
You have a full day to explore Misfah today. There are numerous walking routes through the village and then into the countryside beyond. These are well-marked (although we can arrange a walking guide if you prefer) and you can follow ancient paths alongside burbling irrigation channels and through groves of date and banana palms. Some of the longer routes take you into a nearby valley, along a rocky path strewn with huge boulders (perfect for a spot of impromptu scrambling). Stop for a break under a thorn tree, greet a passing shepherd and admire the superb views of the mountains.
Day 3 Wahiba Sands
It’s time to leave the mountains behind you and head into the desert by 4WD jeep. Your destination is the Wahiba Sands, a vast sand-sea with row after row of immense sand-dunes more than 100 high. These are constantly shifting in the winds and you can climb to the top of a dune and see the wind blowing across the dune tops, slowly changing their shape.
You will spend the night in a traditional Bedouin camp and will enjoy a delicious dinner around the campfire and under a blanket of stars.
Day 4 Wadi Bani Khalid
Rise early to climb one of the dunes that soar above the camp for sunrise over the desert.
Later take a short drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, a lush and fertile valley in the heart of the desert. A river runs through the valley forming a chain of beautiful turquoise pools where you can swim. Follow the trails up the side of the valley as far as you can…. the further you get, the more the other visitors disperse. You will have a picnic lunch by the pools before returning to your desert camp.
Day 5 Muscat
Today return to Muscat for two nights on the beach. There are a range of hotels to choose from, including the renowned Chedi hotel for a serious splurge in some oriental opulence. Another favourite is the Al Waha Shangri-La for top-notch facilities and a picture-perfect beach. Generally the less expensive beach hotels are considerably less nice so it might be worth a top-end hotel if the budget will allow.
Alternatively you could stay in Muscat and then just arrange a day pass at one of the beach hotels out of town.
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A full day to relax, enjoy the pool and wander along the beach.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 6 Muscat
Day 7 Muscat
Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.
Oman in pictures
Why choose us?
- Unparalleled family travel experience
- Specialist knowledge across three continents
- Hand-picked local partners
- Every holiday is tailor-made for you
- 100% financial protection
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