Amazing Salalah (3 days / 2 nights)
DAY 01: ARRIVAL TO SALALAH AND TRANSFER TO THE HOTEL - AFTERNOON SALALAH CITY TOUR **SALON CAR / 4WD**
Arrival in Salalah Airport. Meet and greet on arrival. Private transfer to the hotel and check in **VIP standard check in time is 14:00 HRS**.
16:00 pm - Pick up from the hotel.
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. (Open 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 old Haffah souq, famous for the sale of high quality Frankincense & numerous other Dhofari traditional souvenirs. Visit the new Salalah region of the gold/ silver souq, with ample opportunity for shopping, before we return to the hotel.
Estimate arrival time is approx. 19:00 - 19:30
DAY 02: FULL DAY EAST WEST SALALAH TOUR **SALON CAR / 4WD**
Breakfast at the hotel
08:00 am - pick up from the hotel
The excursion begins in the morning with a visit to the old fishing village of Taqah, famous for the manufacture of 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 (Khor Rohri).
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 & harbor 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'. A picnic lunch box / lunch at local restaurant en route. 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 western Salalah, explore the natural spring of Ayn Razat, beautifully laid out amidst the tranquil lush mountains & nourished every day of the year by natural underground spring water. Thereafter we proceed to Qara Mountains to explore the western part of Salalah. On a road steadily winding up a steep incline, herds of Camels & Cattle are a common sight which 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 the legendary story of Prophet Job and his devoutness. Proceed to the beach of Mughsail where 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 breath-taking 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.
Estimate arrival time is approx. 15:00 - 15:30
DAY 03: DEPARTURE TRANSFER **SALON CAR / MINIVAN**
Breakfast at the hotel
TBA - check out from the hotel (standard check out time is before 12:00 noon)
TBA - pick up from the hotel and private departure transfer to SLL APT to fly home.