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Muscat Nizwa jabel Shams

Muscat Nizwa jabel Shams

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Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert. With history dating back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with cliff top landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, looming over Muscat Harbor. Its modern, marble-clad Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with 50m dome and prodigious Persian carpet, can accommodate 20,000 people.

 

The Nizwa fort was built on a subterranean stream, which ensured it survived long sieges. In fact, many such underground streams criss-cross the mountains and deserts, surfacing ever so often to fill the valleys and canyons, popularly known as wadis. In such an unforgiving topography, the wadis, therefore, become centres of settlements and cultivation — fruits, dates, apricots, walnuts, to name a few, are grown and traded in these areas. One such wadi close to Nizwa is the Wadi Bani Awf, which has now become a popular place for picnics and swimming.

 

Wadi Bani Khalid is one of the best-known wadis in the Sultanate of Oman.  Its stream maintains a constant flow of water throughout the year. Large pools of water and boulders are scattered along the course of the wadi. As a geographical area, the wadi covers a large swathe of lowland and the Hajar Mountains.

 

04 nights / 05 Days

Tour Plan

1

Day 01: Arrival Muscat

On arrival Transfer client’s from Air port to the Hotel In Muscat (Lunch & Dinner Optional)
2

Day 02: City tour Muscat

Breakfast at the Hotel. After Breakfast do a Half day city tour of Muscat. The visit includes Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, an architectural monument, and Bait Al Zubair museum, which showcases Omani heritage with a vast collection of antiques, traditional Omani weaponry, jewellery, costumes, domestic utensils and recreated urban and rural environments. The drive through old Muscat, surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by the twin 16th century Jalali and Mirani forts, extends to Al Alam Palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. A stop at Muttrah, the main port area, leads to explore an ancient and colorful souk. Lunch in a Local restaurant at client’s cost. Return back to the hotel. Client’s can discover Oman on there Own. Overnight stay in Muscat.
(Lunch & dinner optional)
3

Day 03 : Muscat to Nizwa

After Breakfast Experience the true sights and sounds of Oman on this tour. Begin by driving to the Dakhalia region of Oman, via the Samail passes and the three abandoned villages of Birkat Al-Mouz. Visit Nizwa, the ancient capital in the interior region. Stroll through its famous souq where silver and coppersmiths produce exquisite ornaments in front of your eyes. Souvenir hunters will treasure the famous Omani khanjar, coffee pot and copper vessels. Proceed to the historic Nizwa Fort for a visit before proceeding to the Jabrin Castle for a visit. We break for lunch at a Local restaurant. Overnight stay in Nizwa.
(Note: Visit of Jabrin Castle will not be possible on a Friday)
(Lunch & Dinner Optional)
4

Day 04: Nizwa to Muscat

Breakfast at the Hotel. After Breakfast The drive then continues through graded tracks, stopping at Wadi Ghul, a fascinating village surrounded by lofty mountain ranges. The panoramic mountain drive brings visitors to Jabal Shams (Mountain of the Sun), the second highest peak in the Arab Gulf region, rising to over 2000 metres. The picturesque setting offers incredible views of the rugged landscape. A visit to the mountain village of Misfah offers a rewarding study of ancient architecture seen in stone houses. Enjoy picnic lunch enroute before returning to Muscat. Overnight stay in Muscat.
(Lunch & Dinner Optional)
5

Day 05: Final Dep

Breakfast at the hotel. After Breakfast proceed to the air port in time for the departure flight back.
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