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  • Blindman67 142 posts

    Looking to book a BA holiday to take advantage of the bonus Avios and tier points.

    Hoping to pay with an evoucher from a cancelled trip.-Issues?

    Fancy OMAN

    Looking to get a hire car for the week and using IHG points for hotels. (Spire)

    Have Hilton points also. (Gold)

    Cost seems to be £1500 for two + car-Reasonable?

    Have the Amex PLAT for the car hire insurance.

    Any thought on itineray for the week?

    into history and local culture.

    Don’t mind the odd day or two on the beach.

    Thanks

    Benilyn 156 posts

    BA doesn’t fly to Oman? But does via partner

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    Rob
    HfP Staff
    2,301 posts

    If you’re going to go, it makes sense to split your time between a beach resort and a mountain resort. If you’re only interested in beach then, frankly, you can get better elsewhere in the Middle East. Hyatt has a very snazzy mountain resort for example under the Alila brand.

    aseftel 280 posts

    Here’s a rough itinerary for a week, focused on history/culture/natural sights, and assuming you have hired a car (SUV), based on a trip I did in 2018:

    Day 1: Muscat: Al Mirani Fort, Riyam Park, Corniche, Mutrah Souq
    Day 2: Drive to a Jabal al Akhdar mountain resort (e.g. Anantara/Alila) for a combination of relaxation/hiking, stay the night
    Day 3: Drive down in the afternoon to one of the desert camps near Bidiyah (e.g. Desert Nights). Take in the desert sunset etc.
    Day 4: Drive back to Muscat along the coast, exploring some of the wadis along the coastal route (e.g. Wadi Shab, Wadi Tiwi) and Bimmah Sinkhole. Arrive late, leave early.
    Day 5: Visit Nakhal fort and Rustaq fort. Take the Wadi Sahtan Rd pass through the mountains (this was not for the faint hearted but very rewarding – essentially off road in places), stay the night at Misfah Old House
    Day 6: Explore Al Hamra old town, side trip to Jibreen Castle and Bahla fort if you liked the forts the previous day, explore Wadi Ghul, stay the night at a Jabal Shams resort
    Day 7: Spend the day hiking Jabal Shams, back to Muscat in the evening (perhaps somewhere more luxurious/beachy, you’ve earned it)
    Day 8: Muscat: Grand Mosque/Opera House

    Blindman67 142 posts

    Here’s a rough itinerary for a week, focused on history/culture/natural sights, and assuming you have hired a car (SUV), based on a trip I did in 2018:

    Day 1: Muscat: Al Mirani Fort, Riyam Park, Corniche, Mutrah Souq
    Day 2: Drive to a Jabal al Akhdar mountain resort (e.g. Anantara/Alila) for a combination of relaxation/hiking, stay the night
    Day 3: Drive down in the afternoon to one of the desert camps near Bidiyah (e.g. Desert Nights). Take in the desert sunset etc.
    Day 4: Drive back to Muscat along the coast, exploring some of the wadis along the coastal route (e.g. Wadi Shab, Wadi Tiwi) and Bimmah Sinkhole. Arrive late, leave early.
    Day 5: Visit Nakhal fort and Rustaq fort. Take the Wadi Sahtan Rd pass through the mountains (this was not for the faint hearted but very rewarding – essentially off road in places), stay the night at Misfah Old House
    Day 6: Explore Al Hamra old town, side trip to Jibreen Castle and Bahla fort if you liked the forts the previous day, explore Wadi Ghul, stay the night at a Jabal Shams resort
    Day 7: Spend the day hiking Jabal Shams, back to Muscat in the evening (perhaps somewhere more luxurious/beachy, you’ve earned it)
    Day 8: Muscat: Grand Mosque/Opera House

    Thanks for the reply.

    Aston100 1,461 posts

    I wonder if Ramadan will affect your holiday in some way

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