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From Muscat: 2-Day Oman Highlights Tour

Product ID: 177414
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Go on a two-day tour through Oman and get acquainted with the incredible history, culture, and nature of the country. Visit the incredible Nizwa Souq market, an imposing fortress, a desert oasis town, and much more.
About this activity
Duration 2 days
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Anywhere in Muscat
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit some of the country's top highlights on an adventurous 2-day journey
  • Get to know the history, culture, and nature of the area
  • Travel through Oman living like a local
Full description
Day 1

Get picked up from Muscat and to Nizwa to visit the famous Nizwa Souq, a traditional market that is among the largest of its kind in Oman. A wide variety of vendors offer their goods in the streets of the souk from 5:00 am to about 10:00 am each morning. Peruse stalls selling fish, meat, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts, and souvenirs clustered in authentic old market halls. Especially interesting is the Friday cattle market when the locals from 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 the ancient town and surrounding mountains. Wander around the impressive fortress and visit its many rooms, passages, and towers. Learn how the fort stands as an architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. Imagine how perilous it was to walk the corridors during the times when numerous traps were laid to deter any intruders that might have penetrated the outer defenses.

Get back on the road to reach Birkat al Mauz, a beautiful oasis perched on the edge of the sharply rising cliffs of Jebel Akhdar Mountain. Walk around the atmospheric streets of the ancient village before wandering through some of its beautiful banana and date plantations. Drive up into the mountain and stop at some of the stunning valley viewpoints. Discover why the mountain was named for the Arabic word for green (akhdar) as you explore the lush fruit and vegetable gardens, which are built on terraces on the side of the mountain. Spend the night at a hotel on the mountain. 

Day 2

In the morning, visit the famous rose gardens of the Sultan. Over the centuries, rose distillers in Jebel Akhdar have waited for spring to arrive bringing the earliest blooms of the "rosa damascene." The man-made terraces in the villages of Al Ain, Al Shiraijah, and Al Aqur are filled with the pink blooms of native roses and the aroma of the rose water from the local distilleries mixes with the mountain air. Learn how roses are harvested and rose water is kept in clay urns for ninety days until the distillation process is complete. 

Then go on an incredible scenic hike (1.5 hours) along the edge of the mountain through a few villages. Be rewarded with spectacular views over the deep valley and the numerous garden plantations in the area. Wander into one of the dry, rocky wadi valleys to visit an old abandoned village before driving back to Muscat.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Admission ticket
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Round-trip private transfer
  • Transport by private vehicle (Maximum capacity 3-6 seats)
  • Extra supplement for Nizwa Fort ticket: 15 USD per person
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
• At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time, and re-boarding time
• Not recommended for participants with serious medical conditions
• On Fridays, Nizwa Fort closes at 11:00 am, so it is not always possible to enter on Friday trips
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Oman day tours

Product ID: 177414