Go on holiday in Oman this year and you could find yourself surrounded by deserts, mountains and the Arabian Sea. What’s more, Muscat, its capital, is one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East. Brightsun Travel has put together a range of luxury holidays to Oman to take you to some of the most incredible spots in the country. Starting in Muscat, and, compared with its bold neighbours of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, you will be surprised at the city’s relaxed pace of life. In Muscat you can explore historical buildings, important mosques, plus markets galore. Start at the Mutrah Corniche, running along the harbour, and you will pass traditional dhow boats, fish markets and the Muttrah Souk, a city highlight, selling a range of traditional goods. For a more contemporary shopping experience in the city, the Opera Galleria shopping arcade won’t let you down, worth a visit for its impressive location inside the Royal Opera House. Then on to the city highlights that include the Al Jalali Fort, Sultan’s Palace, and the Grand Mosque. End your day back at the Corniche and watch the sun setting over the mountains.
After your city break in Muscat it’s time to venture into Oman’s breath-taking landscapes. If it’s history you are after, less than 2 hour drive from Muscat are the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Bahla Fort and Nakhal Fort, both hugely important historical sites in Oman. Alternatively, take a mountain road into the Al Hajar Mountains and explore canyons and gorges, like the popular Wadi Shab, and spot a range of wildlife, such as wolves, foxes and gazelle. Go a little further and you could explore the Musandam Peninsula, with mountain roads, pretty villages and a taste of wilderness in Oman. You could also join dramatic 4x4 tours to Wahiba Sands, or into the ‘Empty Quarter’, the world’s largest sand desert. Here you can explore important archaeological sites by day, and camp overnight under the stars. Contact Brightsun Travel about your next adventure into the Middle East and explore our range of exclusive holidays to Oman available all year round.