Day Excursions

Hotel Overview

Classical Muscat
$30

per night

(Duration: 4 Hours – 100 KM – am Tour)

Muscat offers the visitor a unique opportunity to witness a modern commercial centre existing in harmony with its traditional culture. With its natural harbor, Muscat means “Anchorage” &  lies in a natural volcanic bowl. Our tour of the Grand Mosque (except Friday) & Bait Al Zubair Museum (except Friday) is a brief introduction that traces Oman’s history and development. Drive along the waterfront Corniche visiting the Fish Market & the colorful Muttrah Souq. We proceed for a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali.

(Ladies fully covered with a scarf and men in trousers)

Inclusions: Mineral water & Entrance Fee.

MUSCAT BY NIGHT
$30

per night

(Duration: 4 hours; Distance: 100 km – pm Tour)

Late evening, you will be met at the hotel for a half-day City Tour by night. The tour begins with a photostop at the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once walled district Muscat. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. You will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you will be bargaining for handicrafts and silver items. Drive to a restaurant for dinner before being dropped back to your hotel.

Inclusions: Mineral water & Entrance Fee.

STROLL IN OLD MUSCAT
$30

per night

(Duration: 4 hours; Distance: 9 km – pm Tour)

The old city of Muscat is separated from the rest of modern Muscat by coastal mountains. It is located along the Muttrah Corniche coastal road (entering via the Muscat Gate Museum) between Port Sultan Qaboos and Al Bustan Beach. The city is protected by a wall with round towers, built-in 1625, on the western and southern sides. The Gulf of Oman and the surrounding mountains form a natural boundary to the east and north. Until the mid-20th century, the gates were closed three hours after dusk. Anyone on the streets after this time had to carry a lantern with them.

Covering below monuments:

  • Al Alam Palace ( #)
  • Al Khor Mosque (#)
  • Mirani Fort (16th Century).(#)
    Muscat Gate Museum (*)
  • Frankincense Burner #)
  • # Mattrah Fort
  • # MattrahSouq

Inclusions: Mineral water & Entrance Fee. (2 hours walking)

FAMOUS FORTS
$30

per night

(Duration: 09 Hours – 450 KM)

Nizwa, capital of the interior, is the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Nizwa boasts of the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and its Souq renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) & ornamental silver jewellery. Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles built in the late 17th century, became a seat of Omani learning. The castle displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting & beautifully executed woodcarvings. Enroute to Muscat visit the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains). Enjoy a walk through its oasis and dense date plantations.

Inclusions: Mineral water & Entrance Fee.

AL HOOTA CAVES
$30

per night

(Duration: 08 Hours – 350 KM)

The highlight of this trip is a visit to the latest attraction in the Nizwa region, the Al Hoota caves. Depart Muscat to Nizwa. Visit first the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and the Souq renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) & ornamental silver jewellery.

Proceed to the Al Hoota caves where one gets a chance to view stalactites and stalagmites as well as an underground lake. The show-cave can only be reached by visitors in an electrical train that runs through a tunnel alongside the main entrance. The show-cave is equipped with pathways and special lighting system. Guided tours provide explanations and are customized according to visitor’s expectations. ( Except Mondays )

Enroute to Muscat visit the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains). Enjoy a walk through its oasis and dense date plantations

Inclusions: Bottled mineral water & Entrance Fee.

GRAND CANYON
$30

per night

(Duration: 10 Hours – 560 KM BY 4WD)

Drive to the foothills of the Jebel Akhdar mountain range. Our first stop is at the Nizwa Souq famed for its Antiques and silver jewellery. A brief photostop at the Round Tower Fort before proceeding ahead. Our next stop takes us to Wadi Nakher located in the depth of our deepest canyon. Visit Misfah a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings still in existence. While heading for Jebel Shams stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul. In the Jebel Akhdar range Jebel Shams the highest peak offers a spectacular view.

(It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes).

Inclusions: Mineral water & Entrance fees.

JABAL AKHDAR TRIP
$30

per night

(Duration: 08 Hours – 340 KM BY 4WD)

We depart from Muscat and proceed to visit the Nizwa Round tower Fort & the Nizwa Souk. Drive to the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz. Enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations. We proceed to Wadi Al Madeen where there is a checkpost. From here a 36 km stretch of winding road takes one to Jebel Akhdar (2000 mts above sea level) the green jewel of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges, a truly unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains. Al Jebel Al Akhdar is famed for its fruit orchards typically laid out terrace style along the slopes of mountains, which are endowed with natural springs and aflaj. The region is well known for the pomegranate fruit which is of very superior quality. The villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib (the village of the old houses) & Al Ain dot the landscape. The villages overlook a spectacular landscape of dramatic peaks, gorges, and wadis. The roses of Jabal Al Akhdar fill the air with fragrance when in full bloom (March / April). Rosewater is distilled in the homes of the villagers.

(It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes).

Inclusions: Mineral water & Entrance fees

WADI & SINKHOLE
$30

per night

(Duration: 08 Hours – 340 KM BY 4WD)

This tour provides us with many interesting contrasts. We proceed towards the fishing town of Quriyat through the stark mountain terrain. Drive through this fishing village visiting the 400-year-old Quriyat Fort before heading for the Fish souk where a variety of fish is traded for local consumption as well as export. Drive along the picturesque waterfront. There is a good chance of spotting Flamingos and Eagles at an inland stream. From here we proceed towards the coast and visit the spectacular Bimah sinkhole which is a limestone crater with blue-green water at the bottom. We then start on an adventurous route cutting through the mountains. At the end of the drive, Wadi Arbayeen awaits with its deep pools of water set among the date palms. Enjoy a picnic lunch here (on own). Drive back via Wadi Mazara

(It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes).

Mineral water included

DESERT SAFARI
$30

per night

(Duration: 10 Hours 550 KM BY 4WD)

The Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters are also host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. In stark contrast to this is Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises of small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. The Wadi has clear deep blue water.

(It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes).

Tour in 4wd inc. Mineral water included

BATINAH DAY TRIP
$30

per night

(Duration: 8 Hours – 340 KM BY 4WD)

A full-day tour along the Batinah coast. Our first stop is the Seeb Fish Souq by the seaside. Drive through the date palms to the sparkling springs and Fort at Nakhl. Visit the beautiful Wakan Village famous for its terrace farming. Our next stop is Wadi Abhyad which has large patches of white sedimentation and when translated means white wadi. The drive winds through the mountains with small pools of water dotting the wadi bed.

(It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes

Inclusions: Mineral water & Entrance fees

MYSTICAL MOUNTAINS
$30

per night

(Duration: 10 Hours – 400 KM BY 4WD)

Our first stop is at the 300-year-old fort, Bait Na’aman. It’s a beautiful country house, which has been restored and furnished. At this fort, it is seen how traditionally the Imam and his family subsisted. The castle has reinstated all the time-honored artefacts such as Khanjars, artillery, jewellery, and the chinaware. Proceed to Al Awabi and take the turnoff to Wadi Bani Auf. This is a very unique drive through the sedimentary mountains. For those inclined, there is a wonderful canyon to explore on foot. The route through the mountains is dramatic. Bilad Sayt is one of Oman’s most quaint villages with an old-world appeal Explore this tranquil village on foot with its patchwork of terrace farming and traditional houses laid out against the rocky slopes. Enjoy a picnic lunch here. After the visit to the village proceed to the Snake Gorge where one can enjoy a short walk (weather permitting). Proceed to Wadi Sahtan where one gets to meet the beekeepers. View the beautifully carved door at the Al Hazm Fort before returning to Muscat.

(It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes

Inclusions: Mineral water, Picnic Lunch & Entrance fees

SUNSET DHOW CRUISE
$30

per night

[Duration : 2 Hours]

Transfer from the hotel to the Marina to embark on a relaxed dhow (fishermen’s boat) cruise. See Muscat coast through the eyes of ancient seafarers who plied this route for centuries. Have a brief stop at a natural cove. Photograph the spectacular Al Bustan Palace Hotel before we return back to the Marina for the transfer to the hotel.

Inclusions: Mineral water, Soft drinks, Omani coffee, and dates served on board.

Return transfers from hotel to Marina Bandar and back to hotel

(This tour is subject to weather condition)

AMAZING DOLPHINS
$30

per night

(Duration:3½ Hours)

Transfer from the Muscat hotel to the pier side to embark on a boat as we search the seas for Dolphins and Whales. Watching wild dolphins is a thrilling way to start the day and the lucky may even come across one of the many species of whales that can be found just a few kilometers from Muscat’s rugged coast. Not every trip guarantees a sighting, but you are sure to enjoy a trip out to sea and enhance your knowledge of nature’s most fascinating marine mammals.

Inclusion: Water & Packed Juices

Return transfers from hotel to Marina Bandar and back to hotel

(This tour is subject to weather condition)

DOLPHIN WATCHING & SNORKELING
$3

per night

Embark on a fiber boat for a 03 hours cruise through the Muscat coast to watch wild dolphins. Watching wild dolphins is a thrilling way to start the day and the lucky may even come across one of the many species of whales that can be found just a few kilometers from Muscat’s rugged coast. Not every trip guarantees a sighting, but you are sure to enjoy a trip out to sea and enhance your knowledge of nature’s most fascinating marine mammals. Snorkeling in Oman is one of the best activities you can undertake. You can enjoy the marine life and the majestic views of families of dolphins.

Inclusion: Water & Packed Juices – Snorkeling gears

Return transfers from hotel to Marina Bandar and back to hotel

(This tour is subject to weather condition)

Half Day Salalah City Tour

We leave the Hotel at 09:00 hrs. & proceed to visit “The Museum of the Frankincense

Land”. Opened in July 2007 at Al Balid Archaeological Park, a UNESCO heritage site located in Salalah, the Frankincense Land Museum is the latest addition to Oman’s heritage and cultural scene. (Opened Sat-Wed 8:00 – 14:00 & 16:00 – 20:00, Thu – Fri 16:00 – 20:00)

It houses two main halls, namely the History Hall, depicting the geography, history of the ancient Frankincense trail, and the historical background of the Sultanate through a number of archaeological findings, and The Marine Hall, featuring displays about the development of Oman’s rich marine history. A complete history of the Maritime trade & ship building industry of Oman could be experienced here, with meticulously carved replicas of the ancient boats & ships of the Omani Maritime trade.

Drive through lush green plantations of vegetables & fruits. Make a brief stop to taste a fresh coconut water drink at fruit stalls (at own cost) lining the streets within the periphery of the old Salalah town (Haffah). Make a Photo stop at the impressive Sultan Qaboos Mosque.

View the Official Palace of His Majesty the Sultan (Al Husn Palace)& stroll through the oldHaffah souk, famous for the sale of high-quality Frankincense & numerous other Dhofaritraditional souvenirs. The smell of frankincense fills the souk. Haffah souk is very attractiveWith its small shops lined up with straight piles of incense boxes, clay incense burners colorfully decorated with traditional patterns and bags of incense crystals. This gives us an

Ample opportunity for shopping, before we return to the hotel.

Afternoon at leisure

Half day tour to Salalah West

Route: Salalah – Job’s Tomb – Mughsail – Salalah

Description

 We start our half-day exploration of Dhofar by driving towards the ‘Qara’ mountains. (Tourstart at 9:00 or 14:30 hrs)On a road steadily winding up a steep incline, herds of Camels & Cattle are a common sightwhich gives a scenic view of a traditional Dhofari rural beauty. Visit the ancient tomb of ‘Prophet Job’ situated in the scenic green mountains of the Salalah Plains. Experience thelegendary story of Prophet Job and his devoutness.

Proceed to the beach of Mughsailwhere the white sand touches the deep blue of the ocean &at high tide, where waves burst through the natural titanic ‘Blow Holes’, at the far end of the ‘Rocky beach’ with a cave-like entrance.

We thereafter continue along the ‘Hair-pin-bend’ road towards Western Border of Oman, with its breathtaking cliffs on either side, to see the historical ‘Frankincense trees’ growing in their natural habitat, deep down in the valleys, dotting the dry & craggy countryside. We take a short walk into the valleys to smell the ‘Holy Incense’ amidst the scenic view of the region.

On our return journey, we make a photo stop at the lagoon at Mughsail where migratory birds – occasionally flamingos – are a common sight.

Return to the hotel.

EAST SALALAH HALF DAY TOUR

Route: Salalah – Taqah – Mirbat – Salalah

Description

The excursion begins with a visit to the old fishing village of ‘Taqah’, famous for the ‘Dried Sardines’ & its traditional & old ‘Dhofari Houses’. Visit the century-old ‘Taqah Castle’, the former official residence of the ‘Wali’ (Governor) of the region & obtain a glimpse into the rich history of the region.

Continue onto the ancient ruins of the once famous city of Sumharam (KhorRohri). The city was the easternmost outpost of the Hadramawt Kingdom on the ancient incense route between the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf, and India. Khor Rori was an important port on the coast of Dhofar, and one of the major trading cities with frankincense believed to have been the hub &harbour for the shipping of Frankincense (UNESCO World Heritage site). A picturesque drive then leads you to ‘Mirbat’, the ancient capital of Dhofar, and the beginning of the ‘Frankincense trail’. Stroll through the streets lined with old Omani mud houses & visit the ‘twin-domed Bin Ali’s Tomb’ as a photo stop …a classic example of medieval architecture.

On our way back to the hotel, explore the beauty of Wadi Darbat.

Return to the hotel by late noon.

Payment Policy

50% payment upon the confirmation.

50% payment 15 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

If cancelled 21 days prior to the arrival, no cancellation charges apply.

If cancelled less than 21 days 100% of the total invoice will be applied as cancellation charge.

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