Mysterious Salalah

Mysterious Salalah (4 days / 3 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
Overnight Salalah


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
Overnight Salalah


DAY 03: FULL DAY TOUR TO RUB AL KHALI **SALON CAR / 4WD**

Breakfast at the hotel
08:00 am - pick up from the hotel

Once you are in Dhofar, it is an absolute must to visit Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter), Dhofars most remarkable and popular site with its un-spoilt and magical sand dunes. We leave the Hotel at 07:30 hrs by 4x4 vehicle and drive towards the Qara mountain range with its spectacular view of the Salalah plains dotted with thick shrub & woodland. After having a small break in Thumrait town, which was famous as a Bedouin settlement, we proceed west on unpaved road crossing the huge gravel desert of Al Nejd. After a 175 Km journey from Salalah city we reach our first attraction in the desert, arriving at the Lost City of Ubar (UNESCO World heritage site).

This legendary ancient kingdom, known as Ubar, was said to have existed in one of the most inhospitable places on earth - a vast and forbidding Rub Al Khali desert, appropriately known as the Empty Quarter. According to myth, the desert swallowed up Ubar. Quite literally, it sank without trace - becoming the fabled "Atlantis of the Sands". This once buried city, which was spotted by satellite, gives you a glimpse of the value of work carried out by a team of explorers in 1982, led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. A picnic lunch box / lunch at local restaurant en route. After walking around the site we proceed to the Empty Quarter to experience the "biggest sand desert in the World" by rambling on fascinating sand dunes.

A breathtaking overview of the vast desert awaits you on the top of the dunes. We settle down for a typical Arabian lunch/picnic lunch in the desert thereafter. On our return to Salalah we drive into Wadi Dawka (UNESCO World heritage site) known as the Frankincense Wadi, which is also well-known as the biggest collection of the naturally grown Frankincense trees in the region. Experience the Frankincense and its use in the past as well as in the modern World. Return to Salalah by sunset.

Estimate arrival time is approx. 15:00 - 15:30
Overnight Salalah


DAY 04: 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.