Between Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, in the south of Saudi Arabia and facing Bombay, this great sultanate overlooking the Indian Ocean is a jewel, offering magnificent landscapes, rich biodiversity and some architectural pearls. We are talking about Switzerland on the Arabian Peninsula. Oman alternates the fjords of the Musandam Peninsula, from wadis to lush palm groves, spectacular mountains including the magnificent Wadi Ghul Canyon (3,000 m), a desert punctuated by jebels and colourful dunes, and kilometres of coastline. Protected from the excesses of modernity, this Sultanate, rich in a thousand-year history, with an Arabic language and an Ibadite Muslim religion, evokes Sinbad the sailor, the Queen of Sheba and the Thousand and One Nights. Bedouins with caravan traditions still occupy the desert. So Oman is both the kingdom of camel racing and a country where you can make ornithological observations and discover turtle nesting sites. Muscat, the port capital, also has its treasures: an opera house, a formidable national museum with a modern scenography, the Baït al-Zubair museum of popular arts and traditions, the Royal Palace al-Alam of Sultan Qabus ibn Said in power and the Great Mosque of the same Sultan, a contemporary and sumptuous building designed for 20,000 believers. To the west of Muscat, the old port of Matrah is a must see for the entertainment of its souk and fish market. You will appreciate the fragrances of Omani incense, renowned as one of the best in the world, made from resin from the Dhofar mountains. Your tour guide will reveal many more secrets of Oman.

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When to go to Oman?

The best season to visit the north and centre of the Sultanate of Oman is winter, between November and March, when temperatures are mild (around 25°C during the day). But October and April are also very pleasant and more favourable for swimming in the sea, which is then warmer. It is during these two months that divers will find optimal visibility. The south of the country can be visited all year round, but to fully enjoy the beauty of the Dhofar region, it is best to visit it in summer, from June to September, during the monsoon season (kareef). The vegetation is extremely luxuriant and the climate very pleasant. The inhabitants of Muscat generally come to take refuge there in order to escape the heat wave of the capital. Since 1995, a festival has been held in August in Salalah

How to go to Oman? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Oman is a popular tourist destination! About a hundred tour operators offer you stays and tours in Oman, from 3 to 8 days, often without international flights. The organized trip to Oman is a rather expensive option even reduced to a simple seaside stay. Some more original packages with 4x4 rental included or combined with Dubai.

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Going it alone is the best way to get away with it at a good price. Flights connect Muscat with European capitals. If you rent a vehicle, the option with a driver will save you worries and fears, especially in the desert. No problem on the main roads. Use a local agency to organize a particular excursion. If you do not speak Arabic, English will help you, it is widely practiced. And refrain from criticizing the sultan whose power is absolute.

Oman Air operates two domestic flights: Muscate/Salalah and Muscate/Khasab (1h40 flight time). The national bus company serves major cities at low cost. There are also collective taxis. Renting a car is a good option (good roads, low-cost gas). An off-road vehicle is preferable or even essential depending on your itinerary. In town you take taxis. There are also connections between Muscat and Musandam on the two fastest ferries in the world.

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When to travel?

The best season to visit the north and centre of the Sultanate of Oman is winter, between November and March, when te...
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Weather forecast
Two climatic zones for Oman. For the north and east, a Mediterranean climate, while the south and west...
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Budget

The currency of the Sultanate of Oman is the Omani rial (OMR), divided into 1,000 baizas (bz). You change your euros...
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Formalities

A visa is required to travel to Oman, but formalities are reduced as express and tourist visas to be downloaded from...
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Health

Not a real health problem in the Sultanate. No vaccinations are required to travel to the Sultanate. Be careful, howe...
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How to travel by yourself?

Going it alone is the best way to get away with it at a good price. Flights connect Muscat with European capitals. If...
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How to get organized?

Oman is a popular tourist destination! About a hundred tour operators offer you stays and tours in Oman, from 3 to 8...
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Getting around

Oman Air operates two domestic flights: Muscate/Salalah and Muscate/Khasab (1h40 flight time). The national bus compa...
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