Mindboggling Muscat – Jabel Shams
Muscat, the capital city of Oman lies sparkling white, topped with golden minarets in the middle of a maze of brown pleated mountains reaching down to the Arabian Sea. Described as “Arabia’s jewel”, this city is a blend of the old and the new. Muscat is green as green can be, and defies being classified as part of a desert country. The roads are lined with well-manicured green lawns and trees. During winter this is interspersed with a profusion of multicoloured flowers.
Jebel Shams (mountain of sun) is the highest peak in the Arabian Peninsula, rising to an altitude of 3,004 metres above sea level, and has a number of versants (slopes) and summits. Every time a tourist reaches a versant, he’ll find that it leads him to another, until he reaches the mountain peak.
Life on the summit is different from what most people are used to, as the weather is mild in summer and cold in winter. Close to the peak lies a deep chasm called the “An Nakhr Balcony”, one of the most beautiful places tourists visit. It is a deep ravine in the heart of the rocks that can be viewed from the top, which directly overlooks the ravine. At the bottom of the ravine rock formations chiselled into different forms by erosion lie at breathtaking depth.
Tourist guest houses have been built where the visitor can spend time enjoying the serenity of this scenic mountain.Jabal Shams is so called because it is the first place to greet sunlight at dawn and the last to say farewell at dusk.
Transportation and tour fee throughout the trip.
Accommodation of overnight stay with breakfast.
Services of English speaking tour guide throughout the trip.
Lunch for 2 days.
Dinner for 1 Night.
Entrance fee for different destinations as per the program.
Daily bottled mineral water on board.
Any item of personal nature.
Anything else other than itinerary.
Day 1: Muscat city Tour
The city tour begins at 8 am with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the only mosque open to non-Muslims and expatriates in Oman and one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Then we drive to the picturesque Muttrah Corniche and visit Muttrah Souq where you can experience the interest of traditional Arab market housed under modern timber roofing, stroll through the Souq, and buy Omani souvenirs like Frankincense, Omani daggers, beautiful silver handicrafts and scarves. You can also enjoy moments along the corniche admiring the various cruise ships on the water at Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Port. Then we will head to Bait Al Zubair Museum, where you will gain interesting information about the country’s structure, tradition and heritage. At the official residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, you can click some spectacular photographs with your family and friends. We then head to the Al Alam Palace, flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts of Mirani and Jalali, and then travel to the majestic view point of Gulf of Oman for a photo session in the Qantab regionbefore heading back to the Hotel.
Day 2: Jebal Shams – Misfah – Hamra
Pick up 8.30 a.m. and will depart towards the Jebel Shams Mountain. After a short drive through the ancient village of Al Hamra, we drive up the Mountain to the stunning Grand Canyon of Oman and spend the afternoon walking around this famous Grand Canyon that offers spectacular views over the surrounding valleys and Wadis below. Then we drive to Al Hamra, and into the old part of the village, to visit a cute little museum housed in one of the old restored houses within the village. Local 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. Then we move on towards Misfath al Abreen. This picturesque 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. There are marked footpaths through the village and surrounding area where you can explore new things. In the late afternoon we will drive back to Muscat and lunch will be served en route.
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