GREAT OMAN ES­CAPES

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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; info@touris­mo­man.com.au.

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