Best Time To GoSeptember to May
Time ZoneET +9 hours
Explore a land of vibrant souks, nesting sea turtles and stunning scenic beauty
Rich pre-history and a dynamic present come together in Oman, where bronze-age archeological sites yield ancient stonecutter's tools, and souks offer pashmina shawls in every color of the rainbow. With vistas that run from windswept beaches to city streets, along with an abundance of things to see and do, this sultanate nation has shed its frankincense-trading past to become a mecca for guests who want to visit a country taking its place on the world stage.
Explore the capital city of Muscat, with its resplendent Opera House complex and Sultan’s Palace. Discover Nizwa and its historic fortress. In Sur, visit the fishermen’s harbor and the dhow building yard, where a boatman explains how Omani wooden boats are still built by hand. See Birkat el-Mauz, a settlement of clay ruins and cleverly irrigated date plantations and then ride a 4X4 vehicle up the Jagbel Akhdar (Green Mountain) for stunning views of the canyons. Make your journey even more memorable with a gourmet dinner under the stars, a private tour of the Sultan’s palace, or an overnight stay at an ecolodge that affords a firsthand glimpse of endangered green turtle hatchlings as they return to the Indian Ocean.