Oman is known for its mountains which lead to deserts, great places to go hiking, rock climbing, four-wheel driving on rural roads, and even camel riding! Oman, like many nations on the Arabian Peninsula, is well-known for its many castles and forts. It is also well-known for its traditional villages, many of which have been acutely isolated from the outside world and have only recently welcomed outside visitors and influences.
The best time to visit Oman is during the high season, which corresponds to the time period between October and April, when temperatures are cooler (as low as the 60s F in some spots, and as high as the 90s in others). The shoulder season (late April and May) is also a good time to visit Oman, but temperatures will be higher on average nationwide during this time.
We recommend approximately 3-9 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Muscat and Salalah.
We recommend seeing Oman by by air and by private transfer. Fly into Muscat or Salalah and then arrange for a private transfer to take you in late-model, air-conditioned comfort to and from the airport and your hotel.
The currency of Oman is the Omani rial, of which there are 1,000 baisa. U.S. dollars are not accepted. Be prepared to exchange your dollars for rials upon arrival. There are currency exchange desks at the airport, most high-end hotels and resorts, and at many banks throughout the country.
Many Omanis can speak English, especially in the cities and tourist areas. Omanis learn English from the very earliest grades so you will be able to converse at least in basic terms with most people in Oman. Arabic is the official language, however, and there are rural areas where it may be difficult to locate an English speaker. Be prepared to learn basic Arabic phrases like hello/goodbye, please/thank you, and the numbers from 1-10, 50, 100, and 1,000. To say `How do you speak English`, say `Hal tatahadath al'injilizia?`