Oman small group tour

“8 day small group vacation, with no shortage of trimmings, and covering everything from camels to coast, deserts to ancient mountain dwellings.”

Highlights

Muscat | Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque | Natural History Museum | Dhow shipyards at Sur | Quriyat beaches | Green turtles at Ras-al-Jinz| Wadi Bani Khalid | Wahiba Sands | Jabrin Castle | Bahla | Nizwa | Jabel Akhdar mountains | Deserted villages of Al Hamra and Misfah | Jebel Shams ‘Grand Canyon of Oman' |

Description of Oman small group tour

Oman is slowly emerging from its hermit shell, revealing a land of friendly people and dramatic landscapes, peppered with forts. Oman is distinctly Arabic and offers many old-world wonders.
Swimming in the turquoise waters of Wadi Bani Khalid and then driving across the dramatic red dunes of Wahiba are both adventures to be remembered forever. Embrace the curious traveler within exploring Bedouin desert culture, visiting ancient tribal forts and mountain mud homes, small plantations and fishing villages. And show your considerate side by staying in locally owned hotels, supporting the green turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, being guided by local experts who advise on cultural sensitivities as head way off the usual tourist trail. All of which can be summed up in two words: Oh. Man.

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Our top tip:
Be culturally aware and dress appropriately. Please don’t photograph anyone without their permission.
Trip type:
Small group, max 12 people.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for single room.
Accomm:
Small comfortable hotels, with 1 night camping in desert.
Included:
Accommodation, most meals, transfers , expert local guide.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type
Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Oman small group tour

By keeping our tours involved with the communities we visit, the people who benefit from our tours in Oman are the local people; drivers, hoteliers, and restaurateurs, local guides - even the Bedouin from whom you can buy fresh fruit while traveling. We do not use big international hotels which drain economic and natural resources. The money that is spent on entrance fees directly contributes to the ongoing maintenance of the desert castles we visit. Our journey through Oman includes a stop to see a local turtle preservation and protection scheme. With your help, the local people are beginning to appreciate the importance of conservation. The project shows the community a direct association with the income they receive from tourism and the preservation of the turtle sites.

We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.

We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.

Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travelers. This has much less impact when traveling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally, to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travelers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.

7 Reviews of Oman small group tour

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Reviewed on 07 Nov 2017 by

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


Watching the turtles at Ras el Jinz after dark and before dawn - both adult female turtles laying and baby turtles hatching and scurrying to the sea. Such a privilege to be part of this.

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


Go prepared for the heat and drink lots of water. And don't walk barefoot on sun-baked sand!

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


Benefited local people - a resounding yes, as we stayed (mostly) in local hotels, had lunch in small local restaurants, visited local businesses, and used local guides. Reduced environmental impacts - definitely not, through (1) plentiful supply (and most grateful for them!) of plastic bottles of drinking water, with no apparent means of recycling, and (2) through lots of driving - but, in a land where car is king, who's to notice?

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


Excellent!
Tour can comment on plastic bottles 10/11/2017 (2 weeks on 25th)

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2017 by

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


The entire trip was excellent and memorable. The most memorable was seeing the green turtles at night laying eggs. It was incredible! Wahiba Sands was also spectacular.

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


Go and enjoy! Our guide, Said, was exceptional and our driver, Amin, was also very good. If it were possible to request a particular guide, Said would be the one to request.

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


The hotel where we stayed to view the turtles definitely benefited conservation as it benefited the turtles. There would have been no other reason to stay at this hotel, and the guides there do a good job of ensuring that the turtles are not disturbed and are viewed appropriately.

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


Excellent!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you. We are delighted that you enjoyed the trip and Oman.

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2017 by

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


Traveling into the desert

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


Do not expect much by way of variety of food especially if you are veggie or have special dietary needs. Food was fine but repetitive and a bit basic mainly.

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


I would hope that it benefited local people, although given that the cost was 'all in' that rather depended on the arrangements with each venue of which we
were not a party. Perhaps you should provide information on how the arrangements work?.

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


Very highly. The guide was excellent, arrangements were very smooth

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

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


There were several: turtles on the beach in Ras al Jinz, sunset in the desert,
villages in Jebel Akhdar, Misfat and Al Hamra

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


No special advice. The tour isn't strenuous.

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


Not especially

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


Excellent, although the tour could be improved by an additional day.

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2016 by

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


Spending the night in 1000night camp in Wahiba Sands! What a magical place..

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




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


I am not sure if it reduced environmental impact but it made us all aware of the impact humans have in Nature. Unfortunately, there is a lot of rubbish all over Wahiba Sands left by local people (or so we were said). It is extremelly important for Travel Agencies to pressure Omani governmental agencies to work on a solution for this probelm.

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


Great! Loved it!

Read the operator's response here:

All of us here are delighted to learn that Ana enjoyed her tour of Oman so much; Wahiba Sands is indeed a very special place. Part of our stated philosophy is that" We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders, and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come." This is an important consideration when we choose our local partners, and we expect them to be vigilant in minimising the impact our clients make as they travel through a country. It is difficult when local people seem not to show the same care for their surroundings, but our local partners try to lead by example, and take every opportunity to make their voices heard on these matters.

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2016 by

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


Crossing the mountains and the desert, and having a clear night sky in the desert. Omani are really hospitable.

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


Night at Ras al Jinz reserve was not very comfortable, as many people were shouting when waiting for their 5am tour, disrespectful of people sleeping. Maybe another choice of hotel would be useful (or another waiting place for people on the tour).

Muscat deserves more than a 1/2 day tour. Don't miss the desert and the mountains, don't miss the sunset cruise also. If you can stay longer in the mountain to go for a 2-3 hours walk in the grand canyon, do it.

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


Hope so. It's sad however to see such beautiful places littered with plastic bags and bottles.

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


Very very nice, loved it! Also the guide had a big part in making this vacation memorable. It's very quiet, the roads are really good, all this makes traveling in Oman very easy and refreshing.

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2015 by

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


The desert most of all and the rest was memorable

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




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


No

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


It was wonderful. The people were warm and gracious. Our guide did a great job and was a superb quick driver. A few things that your company should consider. We made 2 requests for information about the host company and a telephone number and name of the contact person in Oman. We did not receive anything. Fortunately it turned out well. Secondly, the hotel that was provided during the visit to the turtles is a 1 star hotel and it gets only one star because of the staff.


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