GREAT OMAN ESCAPES
SUN Island Tours has an Oman Experience of Muscat, Musandam and the interior for six nights from $3820 a person twinshare including return economy-class airfares with Etihad Airways from Sydney or Melbourne to Muscat (all taxes included). Highlights include a day tour of the heritage city of Nizwa, the oasis and plantations of Birkat Al Mauz, tour of Muscat, excursion to Khasab Fort and the village of Qadah to see prehistoric cave paintings, a mountain safari to Jabel Harim (the highest point of Musadam) and a traditional Arabian dhow cruise through the fjords of Musandam to Telegraph Island for swimming and snorkelling. Also covered are return airport transfers, three nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Muscat, three nights at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Khasab, guided sightseeing, meals as per itinerary, entrance fees, service charges, local taxes and flight from Muscat to Khasab. More: 1300 665 673; www.sunislandtours.com.au.
Amazing place: Creative Holidays has an Amazing Muscat tour from $1225 a person twin-share. The holiday package covers airport transfers by private car, four nights at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Muscat, full breakfasts daily and two tours of the city, including an excursion to Nizwa, about 175km from Muscat, which includes a visit to the 17th-century Jabreen fort. The Radisson SAS Hotel is in the heart of the commercial and diplomatic area of Muscat, about 12 minutes by road from the international airport. For sale to December 23 and for travel from January 1 to March 31 next year. Prices may fluctuate because of changes in charges, taxes and currency exchange. More: www.creativeholidays.com.au.
Be prepared: The Oman Ministry of Tourism’s website — www.omantourism.gov.om— includes detailed information on hotels, activities and attractions, links to festivals and even daily-updated temperatures and exchange rates. The ministry states that the dress code ‘‘ is fairly liberal, although decency is still expected. Women should wear, for example, tops with sleeves and skirts covering the knees or trousers. Men are required to wear trousers and shirts with sleeves. Swimwear should be restricted to the beach or pools.’’ In Australia, contact: (02) 9286 8930; firstname.lastname@example.org.