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Duration: 10 DAYS TOUR
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Fascinating Oman Muscat-Salalah Tour

 

DAY 01: ARRIVAL MUSCAT.

You will arrive at the Muscat International Airport. Upon your arrival you proceed straight to the Immigration. Immigration & customs are quick & simple. Upon arrival at the General arrival lounge you will be met by our friendly & efficient AFAQ Travel & Tourism chauffeur who will assist you to the comforts of our vehicle to drive you the hotel.
Overnight at Muscat Hotel.

DAY 02: HALF DAY MUSCAT CITY TOUR

Morning, you will be meet at the hotel for a half day City Tour. The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Later you drive to Quantab, One of the pristine beaches in Muscat. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once walled districtMuscat. Visit Bait Al Zubair Museum. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali.  Evening you will be strolling through MuttrahSouq, where you will be bargaining for handicrafts and silver items.

DAY 03: MUSCAT – NIZWA

Today you will have full day visit of the historic town of Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital.

You proceed to Jabrin castle built in 17th century is one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings makes this castle amazingly different. Thereafter continue to Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman and in the 12th century the capital of the tribe living in the region. As the monumental fort is closed for renovation only a photo stop is planned. Bahla is also famous for its pottery and you will visit a potter’s workshop (not possible on Fridays and Public Holidays). Return to the hotel

DAY 04:  NIZWA – JABEL SHAMS – NIZWA 

Morning visit the powerful Fort has massive Circular Cannon Tower, one of the most impressive forts in Oman and the traditional Souq. Al Hamra and Misfah to see one of the oldest villages of this region.  The traditional mud houses dated back from 400 years are still occupied. The falaj system used in this village one of the oldest of this kind (UNESCO site).  Thereafter drive to visit WadiGul&WadiNalat the remote villages exactly at the drop point of great canyon.    Then proceed to Jabel Shams, one of the highest peak of Jabel akdhar mountain range and is popularly known as the Great canyon of Oman. Picnic lunch will be served at suitable place. Over night at Hotel

DAY 05:  NIZWA – WAHIBA

Morning drive to Wahiba sands, via Birkat A Mauz and Ibra. Wahiba sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand.  The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. After some exciting sand dune driving which offers excellent thrills and chills for all. Evening watch spectacular sunset from top of the dunes. BBQ dinner and over night at desert camp.

DAY 06: WAHIBA – SUR

Your first destination is WadiBani Khalid – an oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadisinOman and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip.  Enjoy the ambiance of the Wadi. Then drive toyou visit Sur, renowned for its dhow shipyard in former times.  After an early dinner you will visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where at night the Green Turtles, after a journey of thousands of kilometers will come ashore to lay their eggs. You then return to Hotel for the overnight.

DAY 07:  SUR – MUSCAT – SALALAH

You start your fascinating coastal trip to Muscat. The road leads through scenic countryside and rugged mountains to the small fishing towns. On the coastal road you stop at Bibi Miriam Mausoleum in Qalhat. Later you visit Wadi Tiwi, an oasis well known for its lemon and date plantations and then proceed to Fins beach. Picnic lunch will be served en route. Later drive to Muscat enroute Stop at limestone Sinkhole in Bimmah and Wadi al Arbyeen.  Evening drop at airport to connect the flight to Salalah the tropical paradise of Middle east.


DAY 08: SALALAH CITY

Morning you will visit the “The Museum of the Frankincense Land” at Al Balid. The museum is situated within the ancient harbour of Al Balid, houses many excellent works of art about the rich cultural history of the Dhofar Region.  Later drive to make photo stops at the impressiveShanfari Mosque and later at Al Husn Palace (Palace of the Sultan).  Stroll through the old HaffahSouq, famous for the sale of high quality frankincense and numerous other Dhofari traditional souvenirs. Visit the new Souq with ample opportunity for shopping, for example gold and silver before you return to the hotel.

DAY 09: EAST SALALAH & WEST OF SALALAH

Today’s the tour will take you to the east Dhofar Region. Your first destination is Taqa, in the East. The fort, the landmark of the small town was the Seat of the Wali, the mayor, until 1984.The impressive ruins at Sumhurum give insight into architecture and living conditions of a time more than 2000 years ago. The adjoining port of KhawrRhori was an important trade center and the main port for the export of frankincense. Just before Mirbat you reach Bin Ali’s Tomb. Ali was revered as a wise and holy man and over his tomb the twin-domed mosque was built. Next to the mosque you will see an old cemetery. Mirbat, the old capital of Dhofar is known for its old merchant houses, built in traditional ancient Omani architecture. On the way back to Salalah you visit Ayn Razat Gardens, a quiet place at the feet of the lush Qara Mountains.After noon proceed in westerly direction towards Mughsail. You will pass by scattered frankincense trees. Mughsail is proud of its idyllic beach and its spectacular ‘Blow Holes’, the water fountains. The last destination of the day is the Tomb of Prophet Ayub (Job) in the mountains north of Salalah. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

DAY 10: SALALAH- DEPARTURE.

Breakfast at hotel; Departure transfer to Airport to connect the flight to Muscat and then proceed to international terminus.