Qurayyat is a small fishing town 83km southeast of Muscat, Oman, adjacent to the towns of Sur, Diman Wa Tayeen and Aamerat. A popular stopping point on the way to Sur, Qurayyat is in itself also a very popular destination for Muscat.
Half Day Muscat City Tour
The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Later you visit Bait Al Zubair Museum. You will have photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Evening you will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you will be bargaining for handicrafts and silver items.
Muscat | Nizwa
Today you will have full day visit of the historic town of Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital.
You proceed to Jabrin castle built in 17th century is one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings makes this castle amazingly different. Thereafter continue to Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman and in the 12th century the capital of the tribe living in the region. As the monumental fort is closed for renovation only a photo stop is planned. Bahla is also famous for its pottery. Overnight at Nizwa Hotel.
Nizwa | Jabel Shams | Nizwa
Morning visit the powerful Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, one
of the most impressive forts in Oman and the traditional Souq. Al Hamra
and Misfah to see one of the oldest villages of this region. The traditional
mud houses dated back from 400 years are still occupied. The falaj system
used in this village one of the oldest of this kind (UNESCO site). Thereafter
drive to visit Wadi Gul & Wadi Nakhar the remote villages exactly at the
drop point of great canyon. Then proceed to Jabel Shams, one of the
highest peak of Jabel Akdhar mountain range and is popularly known as the
Great canyon of Oman. Picnic lunch will be served at suitable place.
Nizwa | Jabreen Castal | Bahla Fort & Oasis | Jabel Shams | Nizwa
Your tour start to visit Nizwa, which was once the capital of Oman, go through the traditional and craft Souk where you can buy some souvenirs before visiting the Fort of Nizwa with its large circular tower and imagine life inside the Fort in the 17th century. The breathtaking view from the tower will show you how big the plantation is….
After the long drive your next stop will be Continue to Jabrin, for a visit of the Fort which was once the home of the Imam and was built to be a Palace at first, before being used for military purposes. The tomb of the Imam is still located in
the Fort. The Jabrin Fort is also believed to be one of the first schools in Oman. Later proceed to Bahla, a charming little town surrounded by an old 12 km long wall; visit the place where they make pottery and also the old fort of Bahla, one of the oldest in Oman (under renovation, visit is from the outside only).
Travel to Jebel Shams but before going up the mountain there is an interesting wadi, Wadi Nakhr, a narrow canyon. It is a stunning beautiful place, and is geologically spectacular, being one of the deepest canyons on the planet. Go deep inside to visit the village where the main activity is weaving ….. Your journey then continues to the top of Jebel Shams,
“Sun Mountain”, Oman’s highest peak, 3009 m. ….. get a spectacular view of the “Grand Canyon”.
Nizwa | Wahiba
Morning drive to Wahiba sands, via Birkat A Mauz and Ibra. Wahiba sands,
a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand. The ever-changing
patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. After some exciting
sand dune driving which offers excellent thrills and chills for all. Evening
watch spectacular sunset from top of the dunes. BBQ dinner and over night
at desert camp.
Sur | Quirat | Qalhat | Muscat
Visit the fish jetty and dhow factory . Visit the Sineslah Fort. The ruins of Bibi
Miriam's Tomb can be seen at the village of Qalhat on coastal road to
Muscat. Stop at Fins beach. Our next stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a
spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. On clear
sunny days while driving along the coast one might chance to see sharks in
the deep blue water or fleet footed Gazelle sprint across the
landscape.Proceed to Wadi Arbayeen which has refreshing deep pools of
water set among the date palms. Before returning to Muscat via Quriyat
Wahiba | Sur
Your first destination is Wadi Bani Khalid – an oasis spot in the middle of the
barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman and
its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a
refreshing dip. Enjoy the ambiance of the Wadi. Then drive to you visit Sur,
renowned for its dhow shipyard in former times. After an early dinner you
will visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where at night the Green Turtles,
after a journey of thousands of kilometers will come ashore to lay their eggs.