Nizwa | Jabel Shaams | Muscat
Morning tour of the Oasis city of Nizwa, the capital of Julanda Dynasty in the 6th and 7th Century AD. Today it remains an important tourist attraction with its historical buildings and imposing fort. Visit the impressive 17th century fort with its enormous round tower built by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’aruba to defend the route to the interior. The fort dominates the entire area, with the town having grown up around it. From here proceed to Nizwa souq which is renowned for its intricately hand-carved “Khanjar” and ornately designed silver jewellery. On Friday, a unique goat and cattle auction is held and the atmosphere here is electric.
Continue to Misfah (approximately 45 minutes from Nizwa) a village in the mountains, where the houses cling to the rocks, and although they look precarious have been here for centuries. After a short walk through the village return to your vehicle and continue the journey to Jabel Shams (30 minutes drive) the highest peak in Oman at over 3,000 meters. Jabel Shams, know in ancient times as Jabel Al Qanah, means “Mountain of the Sun” and the area is home to weavers of heavy woollen rugs in distinctive colours. Lunch will be at the Jabel Shams camp. After spending some more time at Jabel Shams, drive back to Muscat .Overnight in Muscat Hotel.