Enjoy an Arabian adventure around Oman on this ten-day itinerary, staying in some of the world's finest hotels while exploring the capital city of Muscat, camping among the towering sand dunes of the Wahiba Sands, hiking the dramatic Hajar Mountain range and diving around the Daymaniyat Islands.
Leave London on your overnight direct flight to Muscat. The flight takes roughly seven-and-a-half hours so make sure the children's iPads are fully charged and loaded with their favourite films.
Your international flight lands in Muscat in the morning. Once you have cleared customs, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Depending on which family-friendly hotel you're staying in, the journey should take between 15 and 50 minutes.
Once you've checked in to your hotel, spend the day exploring the hotel grounds, lounging in the pool or sea, unwinding with a relaxing spa treatment or sunbathing on the beach.
Spend the next few days alternating between relaxing at the hotel and exploring Muscat. A cultural hub, Muscat is home to a wealth of architecturally spectacular mosques, vibrant souqs and a charming port.
Children and adults alike will love haggling for hidden treasures in the souqs, from traditional khanjars (Omani daggers - maybe just the grown-ups) and mountains of frankincense to Arabian jewellery. Back at the hotel, immerse yourselves in Omani culture with a family cooking lesson. Your family-friendly Muscat hotel will also feature a kid's club, so drop off the children to enjoy a traditional arts and crafts workshop whilst you relax on the beach.
This morning, the family will head off for a private guided 4x4 adventure, spending the night in the desert under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent.
The journey is as much a part of the adventure as your destination, and you can stop for a quick dip in a collapsed sinkhole, walk through wadis, visit traditional villages, see Omani forts and dune bash in the dunes before reaching the desert camp in time for sunset. Enjoy dinner by a crackling fire before stargazing in the total absence of light pollution.
After watching the sunrise from the top of a towering dune, try sandboarding, take to the dunes by 4x4 or visit a local Bedouin village before departing for the spectacular Al Hajar Mountains, where you will be spending the next couple of days.
For active families, hiking and cycling are some of the best ways to visit the local villages and forts, while private tours can also be arranged, including to Nizwa, an ancient city characterised by leafy palm trees, an impressive fort and historic sites that give an insight into the former capital's rich culture and heritage. Finish days tucking into delicious Omani cuisine back at the hotel while overlooking the rugged landscapes.
Today, after an early breakfast, you will head back to Muscat to embark upon your own private catamaran charter for the next part of your adventure. The 44-foot catamaran features four spacious cabins as well as a wealth of amenities to keep everyone happy, including paddle boards as well as fishing and snorkelling equipment. There's even a RIB inflatable dinghy for shore expeditions.
Once you have settled into your cabins you will set sail along Muscat's coastline with its historical forts, the Sultan's Palace and the port, reaching the Daymaniyat Islands a few hours later. Oman's only marine National Nature Reserve, the Daymaniyat Islands are a group of nine uninhabited islands located 12 miles off the Batinah Coast. Spend the afternoon snorkelling around the islands before dining on fresh seafood on deck.
After a relaxing breakfast on board, it's time to dive. There are 15 dive sites dotted around the islands and suited to all levels of divers.
Plankton-rich waters mean that the visibility won't be superb, however the sheer abundance of marine life more than compensates - ranging from turtles and dolphins to moray eels and nudibranch. Whale sharks are even known to pass through the area. Spend the afternoon visiting the islands' deserted beaches or back beneath the waves.
Whether you are in the mood to relax on board or would rather dive, snorkel or fish is up to you. After lunch you will continue your trip on to Bandar Khayran, a labyrinth of islands, beaches, mountains, bays and natural channels. You will stay overnight in Bandar Khayran and have the option of a dive or snorkel tour at night.
Depending on what time your flight home is, you may have a relaxing morning or early start to sail back to Muscat marina, from where you will be privately transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home. The direct flight to London will take roughly eight hours.