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In the Classical Oman tour, we visit almost all the major sights in Oman starting with cityscape of Muscat, Coastal town of Sur, Desert in Wahiba Sands, Cultural Capital of Nizwa, Old villages of Al Hamra, and the land of frankincense, Salalah before departing back to your home.
1) Accommodation on twin or double sharing basis on BB basis. 2) Transfers and sight seeing using saloon car or large car or minivan based on group size. 3) 04WD with maximum 04-pax will be used from Day 03 to Day 06 4) Service of English Speaking driver guide throughout the tour. 5) Picnic lunch on Day 03. 6) All Entrance fees are included.
Day 1: Muscat In the first day of Classical Oman Tour, arrive as per your flight timing in Muscat International Airport and avail Meet and Greet upon arrival by company representative and transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight at your hotel in Muscat. Day 2: Muscat City Tour After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel and we proceed to the iconic landmark, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, among the biggest mosques in Middle East itself. Explore the architectural marvel and take photos inside the mosque and outside. We visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum up next, through which one can learn about Oman’s rich cultural history and knowledge about country’s cultural traditions. Next up, we will be going to visit old Muscat through the beautiful Muttrah Corniche and take photos from outside of Al Alam Palace which acts as residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and visit the 2 portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali which were constructed to protect the palace from outside interference. Next up in our itinerary is visit of Muttrah Souq, a haven for shopping where you can find very good deals for handicrafts and silver items amongst other things. Make sure you bargain nicely for the items you would like to buy. After the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel. You have the afternoon in leisure. Overnight at hotel Day 3: Sur Today after breakfast at hotel, we get in the 4WDs and start our way towards the city of Sur through scenic countryside. Before reaching Quriyat we take a deviation towards Bimah Sinkhole where we spend some time gazing at the marvellous crater made of limestone and proceed to fins beach and take some pics of this beautiful white sandy beach. Next up we stop at Wadi Shab and onto Tiwi we go. We reach Qalhat shortly. The village of Qalhat is famous for export of LNG. We reach the coastal town of Sur located in the easternmost part of Arabian Peninsula famous for its Dhow Shipyard and workmanship. It’s a centuries old industry in Sur and very closely linked to the maritime heritage of Sultanate of Oman. Omanis sailed in Dhows to far away countries in old times mostly to India to bolster the trade and transport ties. As time allows, we tour around the city to explore the city’s major sights and then by late evening we proceed to Ras Al Jinz to see the endangered green sea turtles nesting and laying eggs on the beach (from 9pm – 11pm). After the tour, back to hotel for overnight stay. Day 4: Wahiba Sands + Nizwa Tour Today on the 4th day of our tour, we start our tour of Desert and Cultural hub of Oman after breakfast from hotel. Check out from our hotel and enroute to Wahiba Sands, we stop at Wadi Bani Khalid which is one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman famous for its turquoise clear waters and it has a rare distinction being among one of the few wadis in Oman which holds water all year around. Check out the date palms and lemon plantations also. Next stop is the desert itself, Wahiba Sands. Here, the dunes rise up to 200m and houses a good variety of plants and animals. The red and white sands of the desert is a photographer’s delight. It is also home to nomadic Bedouin community. After this unique experience, we proceed to Nizwa which is also known as the cultural capital of Oman. Check in at the hotel for overnight stay in Nizwa. Day 5: Nizwa – Al Hamra After a good breakfast at hotel, we start our full day tour. First up we visit Nizwa Fort, where one can view top fort architecture in Oman itself and go for a shopping spree in Nizwa Souq for souvenirs or potteries, gold and silver ware as you see fit. We visit Jabrin Castle which was built in 17th century with its beautiful wooden carvings and amazing plasterwork along with painted ceilings. Next up we visit the quaint town of Bahla which is famous for pottery. Visit one pottery making units (note that it will not be open during Fridays and Public Holidays) and Bahla Fort (which was recently opened to public after a lengthy restoration work got complete). By Mid Noon, we drive for Al Hamra and check in at our hotel in Al Hamra for overnight stay. Day 6: Muscat – Salalah Today, we check out of our hotel in Nizwa after breakfast and proceed to Al Hamra Village which is among the oldest villages and we can view mud houses which are over 400 years old and those are still occupied. We visit the brilliant Al Hamra Falaj System (Falaj means irrigation system). We drive back to Muscat via Wadi Bani Awf stop in between for quick photos in the villages of Bilad Sayt and Hatt. The driver will drop us at Seeb Airport for your evening flight to Salalah. Upon arrival in Salalah, Meet and Assist by company representative and transfer followed by overnight stay at your hotel in Salalah. Day 7: Salalah Tour After a nice hearty breakfast at hotel, it is time for us to start our tour in the morning. First up we visit the Taqah village which is known for its manufacture of Dried Sardines and old Dhofari houses in the village. For a sneak peek into the rich history of the region, we visit the century old Taqah Castle which also served as the former official residence of Wali (governor). We proceed to reach the famous city of Sumhuram also known as Khor Rohri. Being the easternmost outpost in the ancient incense route between Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and India, it was an important port along the Dhofar Coast, and among the most important trading cities for Frankincense. Its believed that Khor Rohri was the hub and harbour of Frankincense trade. We visit Mirbat, which served as capital of Dhofar region and where Frankincense trail began. On the streets in Mirbat, we can see old Omani mud houses on both sides. We visit the twin domed tomb of Bin Ali where we can take photos and we are on our way to western part of Salalah. Explore the Ayn Razat, a natural spring situated amidst green mountains and having natural underground water supply. Next up we pass through the Qara Mountains and enroute we pass by herds of Camels and Cattle which is a common sight in Dhofar. We visit the ancient tomb of ‘Prophet Job’ on the mountainous terrain of Salalah. For those unaware of Prophet Job’s story, there are booklets in the tomb which will explain the legendary story. Next up in the itinerary, we visit Mughsail beach with its blow holes and cave like entrance at the far end of the rocky beach. On the way back, we stop by valleys to smell the ‘Holy Incense’ in the beautiful landscape. Also we visit a lagoon in Mughsail where migratory birds like flamingos are a common sight. Back to hotel for overnight stay. Day 8: Depart to Muscat: After breakfast at hotel, check out of the hotel. We visit Museum of Frankincense land first. This opened 12 years ago in Al Balid Archaeological Park in Salalah and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can safely say that the Museum is the latest addition to Oman’s sprawling cultural and heritage scene. (Opening times: Sunday – Thursday from 8am – 2pm & 4pm – 8pm followed by 2pm – 9pm timings on Saturdays). It has 2 major halls former being History Hall, which as name suggests depicts the geography, history of the sultanate through number of findings and the latter being Marine Hall which has details regarding Oman’s Marine History with intricately carved replicas of boats used in ancient times and ships used in Oman’s Maritime trade. We make our way towards the Old Salalah town and en route driver will stop for you to taste the fresh coconut water drink (at own cost) Time for taking some photos at elegant Sultan Qaboos Mosque. Next up we visit the Al Husn Palace which is the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos and we reach Old Haffa Souq which has earned its name through selling top quality Frankincense & Souvenirs. When we stroll through the souq we will get the smell of frankincense and one can easily spot tons of good quality incense boxes, clay incense burners decorated with intricate patterns and bags of incense crystals for sale. You will have enough time for shopping before your transfer back to hotel. Check out from hotel in time for your transfer to airport for flight back home.