In Muscat’s Grand Mosque, there is a beautiful hand-loomed carpet; it was once the world’s largest rug until Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque, in the United Arab Emirates, pinched the record. This is poignant because Oman doesn’t boast many ‘firsts’ or ‘biggests’ in a region bent on grandstanding.
Upon arrival at the Muscat International airport, and finishing the Visa formalities you will meet our Guide / representative / Driver at the Arrival with a Paging board and then you will proceed to hotel, overnight at hotel. Rest of the time for leisure.
After breakfast, we proceed for our half day Muscat City tour by 0830hrs. We proceed towards Grand Mosque. After Reaching Grand Mosque you will have the unique opportunity to visit the biggest Mosque of Sultanate of Oman from inside. Further proceed towards the Muttrah Fish Market to see locals buying fishes. Further you will drive through the city areas to reach the Corniche with the port on one side and Muttrah Souq on the other side. You will have some free time to wander the small lanes of the Souq and if needed you can also get some refreshments drinks at the Souq Entrance in small coffee shops. Later visit the Bait al Zubair Museum in the old city of Muscat. Also make a small photo stop at the Government palace Al Alam along with Mirani and Jalali forts on either side of the palace. You can go for the Lunch as per your convenience either after the visit of Muttrah Souq or after finishing this tour. We drive towards the town of Quriyat, on the way you will have some awe inspiring views of the mountains around. A little while after Quriyat you reach Bimah Sinkhole. Geologists say this 40 meter wide, 20 meter deep water-hole was created when a limestone cavern collapsed, but the locals say a piece of the moon fell from the sky and made the hole and call the sinkhole as “Bait al Afreet” – “House of the Demon”. From here on the road till Sur has many beautiful views of the Gulf of Oman. Later drive from there to Wadi Tiwi with its old traditional villages, surrounded by lush plantations of dates and banana, and criss-crossed with a network of gurgling aflaj. Once you reach Sur, visit the Dhow Factory to see how the Dhow is made. Also make a stop at Fath al Khair, the biggest existing Dhow made in Oman. After the tour is finished, we return back to Muscat.
After breakfast we start our tour by visiting Fanja, which is a village clad in rich heritage and history and is next to an extensive palm grove that runs alongside Wadi Fanja. The approach is one of the most scenic views that Oman has to offer. We also visit on the way the village of Birkat al Mauz. Here we see the one of the 5 UNESCO World Heritage site of Water Channel (Falaj al Khatmeen) and walk of the Date palm plantations. Later proceed for Misfat Al Abriyeen village. Here you have a chance to walk around the old stone houses and terrace gardens along with the water channel system. We visit the village of Al Hamra with old mud houses (if time permits and as per interest one can also visit the Bait al Safah Museum, Entrance fee excluded). Later visit the Nizwa Souq. In the Souq one has a very pleasant feeling as it feels local and shop keepers are also not aggressive. Along with souvenirs shops there are also other parts in the Souq where local can buy spices, fish, meat and other items for daily needs. Walk from the Souq to the Round tower fort built in 17th century by Imam Sultan bin Saif and visit the same. After the completion of the tour, transfer back to Muscat to your hotel.
Relish one more breakfast and finish check out formalities at the hotel. Now, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back to India. As your flight takes off, you would certainly try to take a glimpse of the landmass that you have just visited with a notion to revisit it.
What is included
- 03 Night Accommodation in Hotel
- Muscat City Tour + Bimah Sinkhole + Fins Beach + Wadi Tiwi + Sur
- Fanja + Birkat al Mauz + Misfat al Abriyeen + Al Hamra
- Return Airport Transfers
- Daily Breakfast except day 01