8 Hours
Duration

A full day excursion to the East and West sides of Salalah.

TOUR LOCATION Salalah
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Taqa castle
Sumhuram ruins
The old city of Mirbat
Mughsail beach and blow holes
Frankincense trees
TOUR DETAILS Minimum participants: 01
Tour starts: 8:30 daily
Duration: 8 Hours
Availability: All year round
Guided Tour? Yes
Languages: English. (German, French, Italian on request)
Vehicle type: Saloon car/Micro van/Mini bus /Coach
AVAILABILITY All year round
WHAT TO BRING Sunscreen, steady shoes and hat.
WHAT TO WEAR Comfortable clothes. Please ensure you dress respectfully.
INCLUDED
Lunch
Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicle
All entrance fees
English Speaking Guide
Three bottles of water
NOT INCLUDED
Optional gratuities
Extra transfers

The excursion begins with a visit to the old fishing village of ‘Taqa’. Visit the century old ‘Taqa 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’. Stroll through the streets lined with old Omani houses & visit the ‘twin-domed Bin Ali’s Tomb’ as a photo stop …a classic example of medieval architecture.

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.

Continue along the ‘Hair-pin-bend’ road towards Western Border of Oman, with its breathtaking 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.

Take a short walk into the valleys to smell the ‘Holy Incense’ amidst the scenic view of the region.

Return to the hotel.

This tour involves walking over rough and inclined ground.

Entering the tomb of Bin Ali is not allowed for non-Muslims.

We can help select your international and domestic flights.

Extensions / Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged with supplementary charges.

We pick you up for daily excursions from Salalah and Taqa hotels. Pick up from other areas is at additional cost.

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