Experience the modern co-existing in harmony with age-old traditions and cultures. Muscat means “Anchorage” and lies in a natural volcanic bowl. The Grand Mosque and Bait Al Zubair Museum (except Fridays) is an epilogue to Oman’s history and development. Drive along the Corniche, past the fish market and vibrant Muttrah Souq to Al Alam Palace, the official palace of H. M. Sultan Qaboos bin Said (Note: Ladies must be fully covered (including the hair at the mosque; men must wear long trousers).
Duration: 4 hours
Distance: 100 km
Transfer from Muscat hotel to Marina Bandar. Start of an unforgettable dhow cruise, a traditional wooden boat used in Oman, UAE, India, Iran and other neighboring countries. Enjoy the true flavours of Omani coffee before a brief stop at a natural cove. We pass Al Bustan Palace Hotel on our return back to the pier for the transfer to the hotel.
Duration: 2 hours
Transfer from your Muscat hotel to the boat. Watching wild dolphins is a thrilling way to start the day and the lucky may even come across one of many species of whales that can be found a few kilometres off Muscat’s rugged coast. Not every trip guarantees a sighting, but you are sure to enjoy a trip out to sea and enhance your knowledge of nature’s most fascinating marine mammals.
Duration: 2 hours
Nizwa, capital of the interior, is the birthplace of Islam in Oman and known for its century old forts and World Heritage sites. We start our tour with a visit to the souq, which is famous for cattle auction on Fridays and silver artefacts. The 17th century Round Tower Fort offers a superb view of the city. In Jabreen, artistic Omani ceiling paintings and immaculate wood carvings await you. The rustic village of Birkat Al Mawz, at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar – allows a refreshing walk through a date plantation. (Note: It is advisable to wear light clothing and walking shoes).
Duration: 9 hours
Distance: 450 km
THE GREAT CANYON OF OMAN
Our first stop is at Nizwa Souq, famed for its antiques and silver jewellery. The Round Tower Fort offers great photo opportunities. Our next stop is Wadi Nakhr, located in the depth of our deepest canyon. Misfah is a pretty mountain village with traditional stone dwellings still inhabited. On the way to Jebel Shams we stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul. Jebel Shams is Oman’s highest peak and offers spectacular views. (Note: It is advisable to wear light clothing and walking shoes).
Duration: 10 hours
Distance: 560 km
ADVENTURES OF JEBEL AKHDAR
Start the trip with a visit to Nizwa Round Tower Fort and Nizwa souk. In Birkat Al Mawz you can walk through pristine date plantations. We then proceed to Wadi Al Madeen, where a 36 km long, winding road takes us up to Jabel Akhdar– 2000 metres above sea level. It is famous for its fruit orchards, natural springs aflaj and pomegranates. The villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib and Al Ain dot the landscape. The roses of Jebel Akhdar fill the air with fragrance during March & April. (Note: It is advisable to wear light clothing and walking shoes).
Duration: 8 hours
Distance: 340 km
Our first stop is at Bait Na’aman, a 300-year old restored and refurbished country house. Next, we move to Al Awabi and Wadi Bani Awf – one of Arabia’s greatest 4WD adventure. Bilad Sait is a remote fortress village in the heart of the mountain range. At Snake Gorge and Wadi Sahtan we meet beekeepers. Before returning to Muscat, we behold amazing carved doors at Al Hazm Fort. (Note: It is advisable to wear light clothing and walking shoes).
Duration: 10 hours
Distance: 400 km
THE SINKHOLE EXPERIENCE
This is a tour of contrasts: The drive takes us to 400-year-old Quriyat Fort, before heading to the fish souk along the waterfront. You might even spot flamingos and eagles at an inland stream. From here, we continue along the coast to Bimah Sinkhole, alimestone crater with azure water. We move on an adventurous route through the mountains to reach Wadi Arbayeen, which showcases its deep pools of water set among date palms. Enjoy a picnic lunch here. Drive back via Wadi Mazara. (Note: It is advisable to wear light clothing and walking shoes).
Duration: 8 hours
Distance: 340 km
WAHIBA ALL THE WAY
The Wahiba Sands, a red and white sea of sand and dunes, awaits you today. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. Dune bashing with our highly trained drivers is a thrilling experience. In stark contrast to this is Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises of small pretty villages and water pools embedded in the mountains. (Note: It is advisable to wear light clothing and walking shoes).
Duration: 10 hours
Distance: 550 km
HALF DAY DHOW CRUISE KHASAB – KHOR SHAM
Half Day dhow cruise to Khor Sham through a majestic fjord, surrounded by spectacular mountains and serene remote white sand beaches. At the entrance of the fjord our guests can enjoy dolphin watching. The dhow will anchor at Telegraph Island during the cruise for a day of swimming and snorkelling. We offer our guests soft drinks, fresh fruits, coffee & tea. Snorkelling equipment and life jackets are included.
Time: 10.00 am to 01.00 pm OR 01.30 pm to 04.30 pm
HALF DAY MOUNTAIN SAFARI KHASAB – JEBEL HARIM
Mountain Safari in our 4WD to Jebel Harim. The drive encompasses spectacular scenic routes through mountain and valleys, reaching a height of 1784 metres with many panoramic views. Visit the centuries old village of Bait Al Qafl, and the lush natural park of Khalidiya with its many acacia trees. Along the way you can enjoy the beauty from the top of Khor-al-Najid, one of Oman’s most beautiful sceneries.
Light refreshments will be offered during the tour.
Time: 09.30 am to 12.30 pm or 02.00 pm to 05.00 pm
CITY TOUR KHASAB & BUKHA
This half-day excursion involves moderate walking, with some steps at the forts. Depart the pier in an air-conditioned coach or microbus and begin your tour of Khasab and its surrounding areas. Sights include Khasab Fort, Bukha Fort and Al Haref.
Duration: 3 ½ hours
FULL DAY DHOW CRUISE KHASAB – KHOR SHAM
Full Day Dhow Cruise to Khor Sham in our traditionally decorated Omani wooden dhow. Surrounded by spectacular mountains and serene remote white sand beaches, you can enjoy dolphin watching at the entrance of the fjord. The dhow will anchor at Telegraph Island and Seebi Island during the cruise, so you can enjoy the day swimming and snorkelling in pristine waters. We offer our guests soft drinks, fresh fruits, coffee and tea and lunch onboard. Snorkelling equipment and life jackets are provided free of cost.
SALALAH CITY HIGHLIGHTS
Start the tour with a visit of “The Museum of the Frankincense at Al Balid Archaeological Park, a UNESCO heritage site located in Salalah.
We proceed through Salalah’s lush green plantations and make a brief stop to taste fresh coconut water at one of the many fruit stalls (at own cost). Photo stop at the impressive Sultan Qaboos Mosque. View the official palace of His Majesty the Sultan (Al Husn Palace) and stroll through Old Haffah souk, famous for high quality frankincense and traditional Dhofari souvenirs.
HISTORICAL DHOFAR – EAST SALALAH
We start our half day exploration of Dhofar by driving towards the ‘Qara’ mountains. On a road steadily winding up, herds of camels and cattle are a common sight. We visit the ancient tomb of ‘Prophet Job’, situated in the scenic green mountains of the Salalah Plains. At the far end of the beach of Mughsail, waves burst through blowholes.
We continue along the ‘Hair-pin-bend’ road towards the Western border of Omanto see the historical frankincense trees growing in their natural habitat. During a short walk into the valleys, we can even smell it. On our return journey we make a photo stop at Mughsail lagoon where migratory birds – occasionally flamingos – are a common sight.
SPLENDORS OF DHOFAR – WEST SALALAH
The excursion begins with a visit to the old fishing village of Taqah, famous dried sardines’ and its traditional Dhofari houses. Visit Taqah Castle, the former official residence of the wali. Continue to the ancient ruins of Sumharam (Khor Rohri). Khor Roriis believed to have been the hub for shipping frankincense and is a 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 streets lined with old Omani mud houses and visit the twin-domed Bin Ali’s Tomb. On our way back to the hotel, we explore the natural spring of Ayn Razat, nourished every day by natural underground spring water.
HISTORICAL INSIGHTS – WEST & EAST SALALAH
This full day excursion begins with a visit to the old fishing village of Taqah and the century old Taqah Castle. Continue to the ancient ruins of Sumharam (Khor Rohri). The city was the easternmost outpost of the Hadramawt Kingdom on the ancient incense route between the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and India. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue to Mirbat, where we stroll through streets lined with old Omani mud houses and visit the twin-domed Bin Ali’s Tomb. On our way back to Western Salalah, we explore the natural springs of Ayn Razat, before proceeding to the Qara mountains west of Salalah. The ancient tomb of Prophet Job is situated in the scenic green mountains of the Salalah plains. On Mughsail Beach, waves burst through the natural blow holes during high tide. Along the hair-pin-bend road towards Western Border of Oman we see frankincense trees in their natural habitat. On our return journey we make a photo stop at Mughsail lagoon where migratory birds – occasionally flamingos – are a common sight.
THE EMPTY QUARTER AND THE LOST CITY OF UBAR
Visiting the Ar Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) is a must. We leave by 4×4 vehicle and drive towards the Qara mountain range, with its spectacular views of the Salalah plains. After a small break in the Bedouin settlement of Thumrait, we proceed west on a graded road crossing the huge gravel desert of Al Nejd. We reach our first attraction after 175 km – The Lost City of Ubar (UNESCO World Heritage Site). We proceed to the Empty Quarter to experience the biggest sand desert in the world. After a typical Arabian lunch/picnic lunch, we return to Salalah via Wadi Dawka, the biggest collection of the naturally grown frankincense trees in the region and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. By sunset, return to Salalah.
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