Safe and inviting, Oman hypnotises with its fragrant ancient souks, mesmerises with dramatic landscapes and leaves you spellbound with its stories. Home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Oman is steeped in history and has inspired some of literature’s most famous tales.
Muscat, the vibrant capital, is full of memorable sites and experiences. Visitors can take in extraordinary museum exhibits, visit ancient houses and wander the fishing port home to traditional dhows. Evenings offer the chance to eat at one of the city’s cafes and restaurants or even experience the first Opera House on the Arabian Peninsula – the Royal Opera House of Muscat.
Head out of the city and Oman becomes even more captivating. Explore the small towns nestled between the mountains. Visit Bedouin villages. Drive the incense route. All done under the constant gaze of ancient forts dotted throughout the landscape like imposing sandcastles. Stop by date farms and witness the harvesting of roses that cover the hills with delicate hues of pink and fill the air with an enchanting fragrance. Spend the night under the stars in a desert camp then swim in the wadis – stunning natural pools offering respite from the heat. Marvel at Oman’s magnificent beaches, pristine diving sites, and nature reserves. There aren’t many places in the world where you can observe rare species of turtles up close and swim with dolphins in the wild, but you can here.
All of this, as well as a colourful annual events calendar and a wide range of international sports events, ensure a travel experience unlike any other. A journey of discovery awaits you in this welcoming land at the crossroads between Asia, Africa and Western civilisation.