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Oman North to West – 8 Days Tour

 

DAY 01: ARRIVE MUSCAT

Meet & assist on arrival and transfer to hotel.

DAY 02: MUSCAT FULL DAT CITY TOUR

Breakfast at Hotel and proceeds to visit Grand Mosque: One of the biggest mosques in Oman a very good example of modern Omani architecture. Royal opera house inside. Later an orientation through the Modern Muscat and embassy area.  Then proceed for tour of old parts ofMuscat. Visit of Bait Zubair museum; one of the private museums with rare collection on by gone era. Photo stops of Al-Alam Palace, 16th century built Mirani and Jalali (Photo Stop), visit of MuttrahSouq Return back to Hotel by 1300 Hrs. After noon at leisure. Over night at hotel.

DAY 03: MUSCAT – SUR

We board the 4WDs in the morning and drive through beautiful countryside along the Eastern Hajar Mountains. Short before Quriyat we turn off to the new highway along the coast. We pass by white sandy beaches and rocky coves, stopping at Bimmah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater, Fins Beach with its beautiful white sand, WadiShab, fed by fresh water that flows from mountain springs. By passing through Tiwi, a picturesque fishing village, we reach Qalhat, an ancient port and trading city. At the turn of the century Qalhat became Oman’s export port for Liquefied Natural Gas.

Our today’s destination is the fishing town of Sur, the eastern most town on the Arabian Peninsula, where until recently the famous Omani Dhows were built. Dhow building in Sur dates back centuries and is closely linked with the maritime heritage of Oman. From Sur too, in the old days, the Omanis were sailing the seas, mainly to India.

We will set out for a tour around town and later in the evening we will drive to Ras Al Jinz to see the endangered green sea turtles come to nest on the beach {2100 hrs – 23 00 hrs}.

DAY 04: SUR – WAHIBA SANDS – NIZWA

After breakfast leave to Sur. Not too far away is WadiBani Khalid one of Oman’s most beautiful wadis. The wadi has clear deep blue water and counts among the few wadis of Oman that hold water all year round. From the mountain springs, the water is led to the oases where it sustains the typical date palms. The pretty villages of WadiBani Khalid cling precariously to the rugged mountainside.

But now the nature of the landscape will change dramatically – we reach the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating dunes rising up to 200 meters and stretching as far as the eye can see. It is also host to a variety of flora and fauna and one of the largest areas of pure sand desert in the world and the traditional home of the nomadic Bedouin.  Camels are a common sight moving through the sands. Later proceed to Nizwa- the cultural capital of Oman. On arrival check into hotel for overnight stay at Hotel.

DAY 05: FULL DAY NIZWA:

Breakfast at Hotel.

Morning we depart on a full day trip to the historical & heritage capital of Oman -Visit Nizwasouq where potteries, gold& silver wares are sold. Then visit the famous round tower fort of Nizwa, probably the best fort architecture in Oman. Later visit Al Hamra one of the oldest villages & up to 400 years old mud houses are still occupied. Also visit the Al HamraFalaj system, There after proceed to visit Bahla, the mystical village, known for Arabian potteries. Visit one of the pottery making units. {Closed on public holidays and Fridays} Later drive onwards to visit Jabrin castle built in 17th century, with magnificent plasterwork, wooden carvings; painted ceiling makes this castle amazingly different. Overnight at Nizwa.

DAY 06: NIZWA – MUSCAT – SALALAH

After Breakfast at Hotel. We will depart to Seeb airport to connect the flight to Salalah. Meet & assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel of your choice. Rest of the day free.  Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 07: SALALAH

Breakfast at hotel.

The excursion begins in the morning with a visit to the old fishing village of ‘Taqah’, famous for the manufacture of ‘Dried Sardines’ & its traditional & old  ‘Dhofari Houses’. Visit the century old ‘Taqah Castle’, the former official residence of the ‘Wali’ (Governor) of the region & obtain a glimpse into the rich history of the region.

Continue onto the ancient ruins of the once famous city of Sumharam (KhorRohri). The city was the easternmost outpost of the HadramawtKingdom on the ancient incense route between the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and India. KhorRori was an important port on the coast ofDhofar, and one of the major trading cities with frankincense, believed to have been the hub & harbour for the shipping of Frankincense (UNESCO World Heritage site).

A picturesque drive then leads you to ‘Mirbat’, the ancient capital of Dhofar and the beginning of the ‘Frankincense trail’. Stroll through the streets lined with old Omani mud houses & visit the ‘twin-domed Bin Ali’s Tomb’ as a photo stop …a classic example of medieval architecture.

On our way back to western Salalah, explore the natural spring of ‘AynRazat’, beautifully laid out amidst the tranquil lush mountains & nourished every day of the year by natural underground spring water.

Thereafter we proceed to ‘Qara’ mountains to explore the western part of Salalah.

On a road steadily winding up a steep incline, herds of Camels & Cattle are a common sight which gives a scenic view of a traditional Dhofari rural beauty. Visit the ancient tomb of ‘Prophet Job’ situated in the scenic green mountains of the Salalah Plains. Experience the legendary story of Prophet Job and his devoutness.

Proceed to the beach of Mughsail where the white sand touches the deep blue of the ocean & at high tide, where waves burst through the natural titanic ‘Blow Holes’, at the far end of the ‘Rocky beach’ with a cave-like entrance.

We thereafter continue along the ‘Hair-pin-bend’ road towards Western Border of Oman, with its breathtaking cliffs on either side, to see the historical ‘Frankincense trees’ growing in their natural habitat, deep down in the valleys, dotting the dry & craggy countryside.

On our return journey we make a photo stop at the lagoon at Mughsail where migratory birds – occasionally flamingos – are a common sight. Return to the hotel.

DAY 08: SALALAH – MUSCAT

Breakfast at hotel.

This morning proceed to visit “The Museum of the Frankincense Land”. Opened in July 2007 at Al Balid Archaeological Park, a UNESCO heritage site located in Salalah, the Frankincense Land Museum is the latest addition to Oman’s heritage and cultural scene. (Opened Sat – Wed 8:00 – 14:00 & 16:00 – 20:00, Thu – Fri 16:00 – 20:00)

It houses two main halls, namely the History Hall, depicting the geography, history of the ancient Frankincense trail and the historical background of the Sultanate through a number of archaeological findings, and The Marine Hall, featuring displays about the development ofOman’s rich marine history. A complete history of the Maritime trade & ship building industry of Oman could be experienced here, with meticulously carved replicas of the ancient boats & ships of the Omani Maritime trade.

Drive through lush green plantations of vegetables & fruits. Make a brief stop to taste a fresh coconut water drink at fruit stalls (at own cost) lining the streets within the periphery of the old Salalah town (Haffah). Make a Photo stop at the impressive Sultan Qaboos Mosque.

View the Official Palace of His Majesty the Sultan (Al Alam Palace) & stroll through the old Haffah souk, famous for the sale of high quality Frankincense & numerous other Dhofari traditional souvenirs. The smell of frankincense fills the souk. Haffah souk is very attractive with its small shops lined up with straight piles of incense boxes, clay incense burners colorfully decorated with traditional patterns and bags of incense crystals. This gives us an ample opportunity for shopping, before we return to the hotel. Evening transfer to Airport to connect the flight back home.