Tour Sindbad – 11 days incl. Salalah
Tour Sindbad – 11 days incl. Salalah
The tour departs Muscat in the morning towards Sur. After a photo stop at the Bamah sinkhole (swimming in the sinkhole lake is possible) and the long white Beach of Fins, we arrive in Wadi Shab. This Wadi is a enormous canyon gorge that is lined with palm trees and impressive indications of what the power of the water coming down from the mountains can do in nature.
With a 45 minute hike up through the canyon Wadi, we arrive at one of several crystal clear water pools. Tourists can swim on through the warm waters from pool to pool. Eventually we come to the last pool where an opening among the enormous rocks allows us to swim into an incredible crevice cave with a small waterfall. Inside, the sunlight filters in from the outside, turning the water into a beautiful turquoise blue whilst water showers down one side of the cave from the wadi beyond. The tour continues to Sur where we will spend the first night.
Overnight in Sur Hotel.
In the morning we will show you the City of Sur with some old fortresses and the famous Arabian Dhow Factory, where you can see traditional wooden Dhows being built.
After Lunch we will drive on south along the coast until Ras Al Hadd. The afternoon you can walk around the Village or relax on a beach. In the evening we take you to the Turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. Here we will go on a guided beautiful walking tour on the beach at night under the stars, where we have a high chance of seeing omans great sea turtles stumbling on to the beach to build a nest and lay the eggs. If you are lucky, you can even see baby turtles hatching from some nests.
Overnight in Ras al Hadd Hotel/Camp.
You spend a the morning relaxing at the beach before driving on to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful Wadis in Oman. Here you can swim, sunbath, relax and have a picnic in the beautiful scenic wadi canyons.
In the late afternoon we continue to our desert camp in the Wahiba Sands desert, where you take part in an adventurous 4×4 Sanddune drive, The we will watch the stunning sunset of the desert on one of the big sand dunes. We finish the day with a Dinner at the camp and a nice relaxing time around a romantic campfire.
Overnight in Desert Camp.
In the morning we drive to city of Ibra. There we will visit the colourful the local Market (Souq) and the old ancient Village of Ibra. After Lunch we drive on towards Nizwa, the old capital city of Oman. We will arrive there in the afternoon, and after the Hotel check-in you have free leisure time for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Nizwa Hotel.
We start the day early to visit the Nizwa Souq. It is among the largest of its kind in Oman. A wide variety of vendors offer their goods in the streets of the souk from 05:00 am to about 10:00 am each morning. Here you can find fish, meat, vegetables, pottery, jewellery, handicrafts and souvenirs which are sold in authentic old market halls that few places can boast. Especially interesting is the Friday cattle market, when the locals from the nearby Villages come to sell their donkeys, goats, cattle, sheep and chickens in a circus style open market place.
Next to the Souq is Nizwa Fortress. The fort is a museum today and offers splendid views of this ancient town and the surrounding mountains. You can walk around in this impressive fortress and visit its many rooms, passages and towers.The fort is an architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks at the time. Even along the corridors, many traps were laid to deter any intruders that might have penetrated the defences.
From Nizwa we drive to Misfath al Abreen. This picture village lies on a steep slope at the foot of Jebel Shams, a few kilometres from the village of Al Hamra and consists of old homes and narrow streets. It has a large Falaj system which supplies water for many orchards, date palms and vegetables. It is worth to spend at least 1 ½ hours walking around the village. There are marked footpaths through the village and surrounding area. The next stop is the Jabrin Castle (The castle was originally designed as a residential palace in 1670 by Sultan bin Saif Al in the Ya’arubi Dynasty. An extensive renovation was carried out in 1984. The interior includes various furniture and traditional utensils to provide visitors with a taste of period castle lifestyle. The building itself is decorated with elaborate wood carvings, ceiling paintings and stucco work. The castle is open to visitors).
Overnight in Nizwa Hotel.
Today we drive up the Jebel Shams Mountain. On the way there we make a stop to the ancient village of AL Hamra to visit a cute little museum, which opened up in one of the old restored houses within the village. Some Omani woman will show you around a traditional 7 bedroom house. They will also demonstrate how they used to make coffee, food and pottery in the old days. After the small tour you will be lead into a Majilis (Omani living room) to have Omani coffee/tea and dates.
From there we start the drive up the Jebel Shams to the Resort where we spend the night. After our check-in, you have leisure time for the rest of the day. You can spend the afternoon walking around the famous Grand Canyon of Oman. There are many different walking paths to choose from (easy short or difficult and long). The Canyon edge offers spectacular views of the wadis and valleys below.
Overnight in Jebel Shams Resort.
In the morning we drive down the mountain on the other side (east) into the Wadi Bani Awf. This mountain road drive is one of the most adventurous in Oman, offering exiciting offroad experience and fantastic views. Once we reach the Valley (Wadi Bani Awf), the road leads us through the Wadi for about 1 ½ hours while passing numerous small villages. From the end of the Wadi it takes a 1 hour drive back to Muscat.
Overnight in Muscat.
You take the flight in the morning to Salalah (1 ½ hours). Rest of the day for leisure. You can relax on the beach, or explore Salalah City.
Overnight in Salalah Hotel.
Salalah East: Taqa, Sumharam, Wadi Dirbat, Ayn Razat.
We drive first to Taqah. The wilayat of Taqah exudes a gripping appeal intertwining historical and scenic attractions dating back to thousands of years. The powerful port city of Sumharam, which controlled the maritime trade of frankincense, the dazzling Darbat waterfalls and ancient mountain villages are but a few of the well-known historical and scenic landmarks in the Governorate of Dhofar.
A visit to the countryside of Taqah offers the opportunity to explore magnificent locales which retain their original self, large mountainous areas untouched by the pressures of habitation and left on their own to nurture environmental enigmas.
Our next stop is then Sumharam. If silence could speak, the antiquated port city of Sumharam, which reigned supreme 2,000 years ago as the guardian of the perfume paradise, will narrate endless accounts of the heydays etched by the fortified hill city adjacent to Khor Rori Creek. Strategy at its best sums up the ancient city’s soul reflected in its ruins. Sumharam is located in Taqah, 30 km from Salalah.
Then we will visit Wadi Dirbat, home to an amazing variety of plants, trees, birds and flowers. See the longest cave in the world, Tage. See the fantastic views of the Dhofari Coastline and the Indian Ocean from Jebel Samhan. There are several shallow caves in the limestone hills along the northern side of the spring and pool.
Ain Razat is the most important source of spring water in Dhofar. It used to be one of the main sources of water for Salalah. Its water as well as several smaller springs flow into a long pool on the northern side of the carpark at the foot of the jebel. Water flows along a falaj (watercourse) throughout the year, although flow is highest during the khareef. This water flows 7 km to Al-Mamurah Palace, the Sultan’s residence when in Salalah. A further 3 km further on the watercourse reaches Razat Farm. After Ain Razat, we drive back to Salalah.
Salalah West: frankincense trees, Mughsayl, Nabi Ayub
We start the day with a visit to Mughsayl, a popular beach west of Salalah. Here you can see the blowholes. When the waves from the sea hit the rock, because of these vents on the ground, air and water is forced up the vent and comes up almost like a fountain, but the volume of water and force of air is surprisingly strong. It is something that is very enjoyable when you are actually waiting near the blowholes for the air and water to spray up. Around the area you have the chance to see the famous frankincense trees (boswellia sacra). This tree has gained worldwide fame. Dhofar has known frankincense since time immemorial, and frankincense is mentioned in ancient history books. It is known to be the best in the world and has brought the region to great wealth thousands of years ago, when frankincense was more valuable then gold.
The last stop is another popular tourist attraction, the Nabi Ayub grave. This tomb is inside a mosque, where supposedly Nabi Ayub (tomb of the prophet Job) is buried. Then we drive back to Salalah.
Leisure Day In the afternoon you will fly back to Muscat.
Prices & Offers
Tour "Sindbad" - (minimum 2 person)
US $ 2513 p. P.
- breakfast/dinner (depending on hotel)
- english speaking driver/car
- entrance fees