Oman small group vacation

“A week long, small group tour of Oman, covering a spectacular circuit of coast, mountains, desert and ancient forts. Stay in hotels with one night in Bedouin camp. ”

Highlights

Muscat | Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve | Hawiyat Najim Park | Bimmah Sinkhole | Wadi Shab | Sur | Wadi Bani Khalid | Wahiba Sands | Nizwa | Jebel Sham | Hajar Mountains

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Travel is an opportunity to experience different cultures, meet new people, taste weird and wonderful foods and – for many – to get close to wildlife you may have only seen in books or David Attenborough documentaries. We actively discourage the participation of travelers in any activities that exploit wild or domestic/working animals. Lately there’s been a rise in animal-related incidents around the world, and it doesn’t sit well with us.

This trip visits the Ras Al Jinz nature reserve, which was established in 1996 to better protect the sea turtles and their natural environment. The protected area stretches over 120 square kilometres with a 45-kilometre coastline, extending for one kilometre into territorial waters. The governing body allows us to visit the turtle nesting in a controlled and protected environment that allows us to be curious whilst maintaining the delicate balance of this nesting ground.

We build, restore and equip using carefully sourced local materials and in a style that tells the cultural or geological story of the landscape. This trip stays in the first hotel built in the Sultanate of Oman. Whilst there is much new and developing infrastructure within Oman we find that the charm and ambiance of this local hotel is much more sustainable and authentic than those fast developing global chains. This trip also spends a night in the desert in a Bedouin Camp. By choosing local camps like this rather than hotels we are supporting local Bedouin Tribes and using accommodation facilities that blend with the environment rather than oppose it.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We work to maximise the benefits generated by tourism for local economies and communities. Understanding local life is an important part of travel and on this trip, we source local activities which we believe are sustainable to the economy in that they allow the flow of income from visitors to be distributed to a greater audience rather than remaining concentrated with tourism providers. This could be as simple as a local market visit in Nizwa to a surprise visit to a local home.

We employ predominantly local staff and leaders within our operational teams. We also design and operate our trips to feature local suppliers or suppliers who directly benefit the local community and economy. We offer local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empower them through training opportunities. All of our tour leaders go through an initial training program, which includes a module on responsible travel. This trip is operated by local Omanis who take pride in their culture and country. They observe traditional dress standards and local customs, and are not afraid to share their stories – you may even find yourself meeting the entire family!

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3 Reviews of Oman small group vacation

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Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Difficult!
The Wadi, the dunes ,the
mountains, the people, the
food,the turtles, the guide and
drivers and the company.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take local currency
Avoid the Mutrah hotel

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It did support locals as we eat
out and had time to visit the
markets and souks.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Everything we saw and
experienced was amazing.
The route was perfect and every
day was well balanced with a
mixture of activities and time to
rest and absorb the beauty of
our surroundings.
The guide was
knowledgeable,friendly and
efficient with a great sense of
humour. The two other drivers
were also very competent and
great fun.
We saw so much in the week.
An absolutely wonderful trip.

Reviewed on 08 Mar 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Being given the freedom to meet and engage with the local people. And the spectacular visits to the Wahiba Sands and the Grand Canyon.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Travel with an open mind and embrace all of the different exciting experiences you will experience.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think it did. Even to the point of communication with us, and sharing ideas.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Really very good, if not excellent.

Reviewed on 07 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The tour was a mix of sea, cities, mountains and desert so very diverse and really enjoyable.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you enjoy constant good weather, a fair bit of car travel but immersing yourself in all that a country has to offer this tour is perfect. Great scenery too.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not a lot

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A 5! The tour leader was excellent in sharing the culture and history of Oman.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your review, Oman is an emerging Tourism Destination and we are continually working on new initiatives to minimize environmental impacts and support conservation. We will be commencing a plastic bottle collection on our tours to try and promote recycling, collected bottles will be delivered to the recycle plant in Muscat following completion of the tour. We will also continue to promote the use of filtered water bottles on all our trips.
We currently visit the Turtle Reserve in Ras Al Jinz on this trip and by choosing this activity we are supporting the continuing conservation of this project.

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