Places Visited: Muscat, Ras Al Haad, Wahiba Sands, Jebel Akdhar, Hal Al Shas, Salalah
A land of hypnotic landscapes and deep-rooted cultural traditions, Oman conforms more closely to the archetypal vision of a desert sultanate than anywhere else on the Arabian peninsula. On this carefully plotted tour, you’ll experience the pick of its scenic and historic highlights, from the ochre dunes of the Wahiba Sands in the far south, to the chimeric Hajjar mountains in the centre, and dazzling turquoise water of the unspoilt coastline. Haggle for local frankincense and beautiful, hand-made daggers in the labyrinthine souqs of Mutrah and Nizwa. Snorkel off secluded beaches overlooked by pretty, wind-blown fishing villages, and trek amid the verdant terraces of almond and pomegranate trees inland. Nowhere else in the region offers such a rich diversity of experiences, and the accommodation on offer provides world-class luxury at some astounding locations.
In short: a fabulously exotic, varied fortnight combining beaches, high mountains, ancient monuments and atmospheric Arab markets, all from the base of blissful hotels.