Muscat & The Interior Tour
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this amazing country with time in the capital, Muscat, before you head in to Oman’s Interior where you stay at the ancient capital of Nizwa. Explore the imposing forts and traditional markets of this region, all set amidst striking mountains where canyons and mud-brick villages await your discovery.
Arrive in Muscat after your overnight flight from London and transfer to your beach hotel which will be your base for two nights.
TUESDAY Start your day with a morning tour of Muscat and a visit to the ornate Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Arabia. After a visit to the beautiful marble opera house, you then drive to the port area of Muttrah, to visit the old souq where you can bargain for Omani silver, frankincense, shawls, and other local souvenirs. Your tour continues in old Muscat where two Portuguese forts guard the entrance to the bay. The morning is rounded off by a visit to Bait al Zubair Museum, which houses a fascinating collection of historical and cultural artefacts which give you a good overview of the country, its history and its people. Rest of the day at leisure.
WEDNESDAY A day trip to visit the traditional military forts, which guard the base of the Jabal al Akhdar massif. Visit Al Hazm Castle with its tall towers and secret tunnels before heading to Rustaq, famous for its 13th century fort built on three levels and its medicinal hot water springs (Ain al Kisfah). From here you proceed on to Nakhl to see the magnificent old fort which was built to fit around the rock upon which it is perched. You then stop at the nearby Ath Thuwarah Oasis to explore the source of the natural springs before checking in to your hotel in Mussanah.
THURSDAY Today you drive a few hours inland to Oman’s Interior. You visit Jabrin to explore one of the best-preserved castles of the region. Home to the Sultan in the 1700s, it has been painstakingly restored and the guided visit will transport you back to the 18th century. A view of Bahla fort with its mountain backdrop and 7-mile long walls can be appreciated, before a visit to a family potters where the famous local earthenware is still made using the same tools as in centuries gone by. Drive to the ancient capital of Nizwa for your overnight stay.
FRIDAY An early start to catch the fascinating goat market in Nizwa where you will be transported back in time as you witness the traditional sale of livestock brought in from all over the country for the Friday market. You will have time to explore the numerous souqs selling Omani wares such as silver, pots, dates and daggers before spending time in Nizwa’s 17th century fort and castle, the largest in the Arabian Peninsula. You then head into the mountains and to the old mud-brick village of Misfah, perched on the side of the mountain where narrow streets run alongside the famous ancient water channels, know as falaj. You will also have the opportunity also to stroll around Al Hamra, another ancient mud-brick village with brightly-painted doors set amongst an oasis of palms. Winding upwards into the rocky mountains, your road eventually comes to an end at the spectacular Wadi Ghul, Oman’s kilometre deep “Grand Canyon” where the wadi way below you can just be made out from one of the dizzying canyon-side viewing points. You then drive back to Muscat and check in to your city hotel.
SATURDAY You are transferred to the airport for your flight home, or you can opt to enjoy an extension of a few days in a beach resort, or a trip to the beautiful Dhofar region around Salalah.
• International flights from London
• Return transfers in Muscat
• Bed & Breakfast (unless otherwise specified)
• Two lunches
• Three dinners
• Fully guided private tour
• Private 4×4 vehicle/driver
• Muscat City Tour
• Monument entrance fees
• ATOL protection
• Flight & hotel taxes
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