Oman Short Break
This is the ideal quick tour of Oman. You’ll see picture perfect oases, dramatic forts, spectacular desert and mountain scenery and idyllic beaches. There are dolphins and camels, desert camps and luxury beach hotels. You can either self-drive or we can arrange an English speaking chauffeur to accompany you, to ensure the ultimate stress-free short break.
Dolphin cruise & snorkelling
Hike the Balcony Walk
Race down giant sand-dunes
Swim in emerald-hued pools
Relax in style on the beach
7 days from £1,000 pp
Plus international flights from £500 per person
A self-drive 7 day short break in Oman for a family of four usually costs from £4,000 based on mid range hotels (excluding international flights).
We like our tours to be accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.
A standard self-drive Oman itinerary will usually start from around £6,000 for a family of four, based on mid-range hotels. Many families choose to upgrade on the beach, in which case the price is likely to start from £7,000. This excludes international flights.
If you are travelling on a tighter budget than this, please let us know and we can suggest more simple hotels that will enable us to bring the price down.
If you would like to be escorted by an English speaking driver-guide, a 12-day trip will start from around £7,000 for a 12-day holiday for a family of four based on mid-range hotels. If you upgrade on the beach the price will start from around £8,000. This excludes international flights.
For a shorter trip of 7 days, prices will start from £4,000 (excluding flights) for a family of four based on self-drive and £4,800 with a driver.
All prices exclude international flights. These start from £500 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 Stubborn Mule Travel. This is guaranteed through our membership of the Travel Trust Association (membership number Q0176) and our ATOL membership (number T7608). Further details can be found on our Financial Protection page.
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 a Stubborn Mule representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening perhaps head to the souk and wander through the market stalls, packed with gold, antiques, colourful textiles, trinkets and spices.
Day 2 Dolphin Cruise – Nizwa
This morning take a boat ride off the coast to look for dolphins. The kids will be entranced as they see the animals leap and flip out of the water. You will then moor up off a deserted beach to go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. Brightly coloured fish flit through coral and if you are lucky you may even see a turtle.
You will be back in Muscat around lunch time and will then set off for Nizwa. Stop en route to look around Jabrin Fort, set in a beautiful location in the heart of a date palm oasis. Children love exploring the labyrinth of corridors and courtyards inside the fort and the views from the walls are spectacular. You can also visit Nizwa fort, in the heart of the city, and explore the souk. The children will enjoy rummaging through trays of old silver jewellery and marvelling at the displays of battered old rifles, daggers and swords.
Day 3 Balcony Walk & Misfah Oasis
You have a full day to explore the interior. Highly recommended is an excursion up into the mountains to hike the ‘Balcony Walk’. This dramatically beautiful route takes you deep into Oman’s Grand Canyon to an abandoned village nestled deep in the interior of the canyon. The kids will enjoy exploring the deserted houses and the views throughout are absolutely spectacular.
On the way back to Nizwa you can stop to wander around picturesque Misfah oasis. This is 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. Follow ancient paths alongside burbling irrigation channels and through groves of date and banana palms.
You will spend a second night in Nizwa.
Day 4 Wahiba Sands
It’s time to leave the mountains behind you and head into the desert by 4WD jeep. Your destination is 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.
This afternoon perhaps take a camel ride or enjoy a spot of dune-bashing by jeep.
You will spend the night in a traditional desert camp. After a delicious dinner, find a quiet spot outside and enjoy the blanket of stars overhead.
Read More Day 5 Sur – Wadi Shab – Muscat You will then spend the day driving back to Muscat. There are many places of interest to visit along the way. First up is the attractive seaside town of Sur, famous for its shipyards. These still make traditional Omani sailing boats (dhows) that are used by fishermen throughout the Arabian peninsula. From here you can head to Wadi Shab. This is a beautiful valley where the river has cut a deep gorge through the mountains. You can hike up the side of the valley for around 45 minutes to a beautiful series of pools where you can swim. If you are feeling more intrepid, follow the river upstream, clambering over the occasional boulder, to a cave with a waterfall inside. The whole area is spectacularly beautiful. Time permitting you can also stop for a quick dip at the Bimmah Sinkhole en route back to Muscat. End the day in a hotel right on the beach. Day 6 Muscat Day 7 Muscat
Rise early to climb one of the dunes that soar above the camp for sunrise over the desert.
A free day to relax and enjoy the beach.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 5 Sur – Wadi Shab – Muscat
You will then spend the day driving back to Muscat. There are many places of interest to visit along the way. First up is the attractive seaside town of Sur, famous for its shipyards. These still make traditional Omani sailing boats (dhows) that are used by fishermen throughout the Arabian peninsula.
From here you can head to Wadi Shab. This is a beautiful valley where the river has cut a deep gorge through the mountains. You can hike up the side of the valley for around 45 minutes to a beautiful series of pools where you can swim. If you are feeling more intrepid, follow the river upstream, clambering over the occasional boulder, to a cave with a waterfall inside. The whole area is spectacularly beautiful.
Time permitting you can also stop for a quick dip at the Bimmah Sinkhole en route back to Muscat. End the day in a hotel right on the beach.
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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We are members of the Travel Trust Association, a trade association of Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Travel Organisers that operate trust accounts in order to provide financial protection for the consumer. Membership number Q0176.
Our ATOL number is T7608.