Tour of Salalah and Dhofar
Discover the rugged mountain scenery, frankincense trees, ancient ports and beautiful sandy beaches of the Dhofar region with this trip to the southern city of Salalah.
Transfer to Muscat airport for your morning 1½-hour flight to Salalah. Transfer to your beach hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
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You are collected from your hotel after breakfast for a full day trip east of Salalah which starts in the old fishing village of Taqah with its traditional dhofari houses and fascinating castle. After admiring the coastline from a viewpoint on the Taqah Plateau, you stop next at the ruins of Sumhuram, a World Heritage Site where frankincense was traded and where the remains of the Queen of Sheba’s Palace continue to be excavated above the Khor Rori. You then take the coast road to the old fishing village of Mirbat (if time permits) where you can see the renovated castle overlooking the sea and walk around the beautiful but dilapidated merchant houses with carved doors and windows, stopping at the small port to admire the dhows. From here you start your ascent into the Dhofar mountains and climb to almost 1700m where the road ends at Jabal Samhan and the cliff drops straight down to sea level. This location is commonly known as the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Dhofar, and on a clear day you have a complete view of the east coast to the one side and the vast Qarah mountain range to the other. After a picnic lunch (included), you head down the mountain and stop at the canyon at Tayq, which is actually a huge 800m sinkhole and is home to a vast karst cave network, mostly undiscovered. Finally you visit the oasis at Wadi Darbat where camels bathe in the cool green waters amidst the shady trees. From here you proceed back to Salalah, passing Jebali villages en route,
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You start your morning tour of Salalah with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Mosque (closed to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays) before stopping at the gold/silver souk for some jewellery shopping. You then drive past lush green plantations of vegetables and fruits to the archeological park at Al Balid where the Museum of the Frankincense Land and its Marine Hall describe the rich cultural history of the Dhofar Region and its maritime heritage. Finally you stop in the old part of town, known as Haffah. Here you can see the official palace of the Sultan (Al Husn Palace) and stroll through the old Haffah souk, famous for the sale of high quality frankincense and numerous other Dhofari traditional souvenirs. You then transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
• Domestic return flights
• Airport transfers in Salalah
• Bed & Breakfast
• Picnic lunch on day 2
• Fully guided private tour
• Private 4×4 vehicle/driver on day 2
• Monument entrance fees
• Hotel taxes
• Upgrade to 5* resort available
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