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Discover the captivating charm of Muscat. Where fascinating culture meets stunning Arabic architecture and bustling souks exist alongside beautiful beaches, spectacular desert landscapes and majestic mountains.
Muscat offers a glimpse of times past, striking a wonderful balance between Omani tradition and Western culture. It is a whimsical treasure trove of colourful souks, dramatic forts and breathtaking palaces, providing an attention-grabbing contrast to the traditional low-rise buildings. This welcoming destination has a broad appeal, with plenty of things to do. From contrasting scenery to enchanting towns like Nizwa, or atmospheric shopping experiences to exhilarating adventures. Soak up culture, history and year-round sunshine on unforgettable holidays in Muscat.
This day tour starts with a spectacular drive through the Hajar mountains, via the oases of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz, to reach the impressive 17th century fort of Nizwa. After exploring Nizwa you will continue on to the souk, famous for its Bedouin silver jewellery. Next you will drive via Tanuf and Bahla to the magnificent fort of Jabreen, famed for its wall and ceiling murals.
Enjoy an adventurous trip to the great desert of Oman. Travel past pretty villages nestled in the mountains, as the road winds down to the Wadi. Take a short trek to the deep blue pools of Wadi Bani Khalid, where you will have the opportunity to swim and enjoy a picnic lunch. Then drive to the great desert of Oman, Wahiba Sands, where you will enjoy a thrilling dune drive and learn more about the way of desert life.
Transfer to Bander al Rowdha Marina to join the guide in the search for dolphins and whales. Watching wild dolphins is a thrilling way to start the day and you may even be lucky enough to come across one of the many species of whales, which can sometimes be found just a few kilometres off Muscat’s rugged coast. Enhance your knowledge of nature’s most fascinating marine mammals with the on-board cetacean specialist, on this captivating tour.
Visit the Natural History Museum and the Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world with beautiful art work and chandeliers, as well as a one-piece carpet covering the entire prayer hall. See the Al Alam Palace, flanked by two Portuguese forts - Jalali and Mirani and drive along the cornice to one of Oman’s oldest souks at Muttrah. Wander the narrow alleys, smell the exotic frankincense and sandalwood, and barter for bargains with the Omani stall holders.
Embark on an adventurous day excursion to Wadi Shaab. Travel along the coastline with breathtaking glimpses of the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman, offset by white beaches. Stop at the large fishing village of Quriyat before continuing to the spectacular Bimah sinkhole, where you will have the opportunity for a swim. You will then drive to Fins Beach and finally Wadi Shaab, where green pools and abundant shade provide the perfect setting for a picnic.