Spice Route to Sri Lanka

14 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:



3 star & low season


4 star & high season. Self drive in Oman (our most popular option)


5 star & high season. Guided in Oman.


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Day 1
Fly overnight from London to Muscat
Day 2
Arriving in the morning, you are met and taken to your hotel in Muscat, chosen from our selected portfolio, for a stay of two nights.
Day 3
You have a private tour of the city, including the Sultan’s Palace, The Grand Mosque and Muttrah souq.
Day 4
If you’re self-driving, your 4x4 will be delivered to the hotel today; otherwise you’ll be collected by your driver. Head east along the coast to the dramatic Wahiba Sands desert, cresting dunes in the stunning landscape, where you spend the night in one of our recommended desert camps.
Day 5
Leaving the desert, you have time to drop in at Wadi Bani Khalid before you spend three nights in one of our preferred hotels in Nizwa / Jebel Shams region.
Day 6
Spend the day in the mountains, marvelling at Wadi Ghul, Oman’s “Grand Canyon”, visiting dramatically-perched mountain villages like Misfah and taking a trip underground at the Al-Hoota Cave.
Day 7
The focus today is on the imposing forts and towns of the interior. Try to be here on a Friday for the livestock auction at Nizwa souq, in the shadow of the vast fort, and head out to Jabreen fort, famous for its painted ceilings, stopping on the way to admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bahla fort.
Day 8
You drive back to Muscat through the Sumail Gap. Selfdrivers leave the car at the airport, whilst those with a chauffeur will bid him farewell before the flight to Colombo, arriving in the early evening. You are then met by your private chauffeur guide and car. You will be taken directly south to one of the beaches around Galle, a beautiful 17th century fort and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This journey takes just 2.5 to 3hrs.
Days 9 - 12
Enjoy this time at leisure - we can organise trips to visit Galle, the magical Brief Garden outside Bentota - or even a fully tailor-made tour of Sri Lanka!
Day 13
Your chauffeur guide will bring you back to Colombo this afternoon where you will take the evening flight back to London, with a brief change of planes in Muscat.
Day 14
You arrive back in London this morning after a wonderful journey.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

We are true believers that Oman has a great deal to offer everyone, and the unique chance to access true Arabian culture together with some stunning landscapes make it a fantastic option for those seeking a winter break that rewards them with interesting experiences and delightful scenery. However, if you’d like to add another dimension to the trip, you might be interested to know that there are regular flights on to Sri Lanka, where some truly exceptional boutique beach hotels line the shores only a short drive from Colombo airport. The colonial town of Galle is easily accessible, meaning that a dab more culture and exploration can be ticked off without straying too far from the beach.

We love this itinerary because it easily combines the best of Oman (the majestic mountainous interior and desert) with something that Sri Lanka also excels at, namely wonderfully intimate boutique accommodation that is also excellent value.

2 nights Mucat – 1 night Wahiba Sands – 3 nights Nizwa and the mountains – 2 nights Galle

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