We have yet been on another perfect Riviera Trip -Oman and had a wonderful time. The beautiful country, very welcoming people, lots of different experiences and very comfortable hotels made this holiday a particularly enjoyable one. Our Tour guides Francis and Sakra were extremely helpful, so knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with and even arranged a spontaneous trip to a Wadi when we were heading to Muscat. The most remarkable trip certainly was the nightwalk to see the Green turtles in the reservation, the desert camp and the boat trip to watch the playful dolphins (Sidab Sea Tours!!) the very patient captain gave us plenty time to enjoy them and the views of the coast from a lovely boat made it an unforgettable experience. The itinerary was filled with so many exciting sights. Perfectly chosen: impressive castles, traditional villages, lunch in a private house, dune bashing in jeeps, livestock market in Nizwa and colourful souks, the awe-inspiring Sultan Qaboos Mosque in Muscat ... a very long list gave us a very good impression of Oman. We would like to encourage Riviera to may be add another Trip to the South to their programme. (Salalah, may be with an added-on beach stay?)
Many thanks again to our lovely Tour guide Francis and Sakra, who also arranged a trip to the new Mall in Nizwa, where we could get an impression of modern family shopping at the weekend.
Also, thanks to the tourist office for presenting our group with a welcome gift of useful pashmina scarves.
We were witnessing the preparations for Oman's National Day and all the roads were proudly decorated and lit up in the national colours of red, white and green. We would certainly recommend a trip to Oman.
Review by: Christina Maria Yarrow on 06/11/2019
Excellent tour. Good balance of being out and about to see what the country has to offer, and some relaxation by the pool.
Highlights are the goat market and mountain scenery. Great weather and friendly people. Hotels used are good with lovely breakfasts, and everything worked well.
Both the Riviera Guide and the local guide on the trip were excellent and added some extras to the itinerary.
Tourism is relatively new in the country, so some of the loo facilities are simple, and the arranged lunch stops are easy buffet style in the main.
Alcohol is really only available in the hotels and not always even then, and is expensive when it is. Consider bringing in a duty free supply.
Room for improvement - bus with a bit more legroom