The Sultanate of Oman with mesmerizing natural beauty is one of the most relaxing and safest vacation destinations in the world! A breathtaking kaleidoscope of Oman heritage, culture, scenic beauty, beaches, mountains, wadis, deserts, and adventure offers a journey like never before and experience like no other country across the globe. Till a few years ago, Oman was known only for Muscat; however, tourism in Oman is much beyond just Muscat. Although Muscat is indeed a great destination, the picturesque location of Oman is entwined with hundreds of other tourist attractions as well where thousands of families create their lifetime vacation memories every year!
Sultanate of Oman’s history goes back to the very dawn of civilization. The coastal area fronting on the Gulf of Oman is believed to have been the land known to the Sumerians as Magan, from which as early as 3,000 B.C. they were importing copper.
The Arab history of the country begins in the 2nd century B.C., with the migration of tribal groups from the region of modern-day Yemen.The Oman is were among the first of the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula to embrace Islam, doing so during the lifetime of the Prophet in the 7th century A.D. The centuries that followed were a golden age, with Omani sailors and traders ranging from India to Africa.
Portuguese seized and fortified Muscat harbour, establishing a string of coastal strong points to protect their trade route to India. They were not finally expelled until 1650.
The Oman is then proceeded to build their own empire on the Arabian Peninsula and along the coasts of Persia, India and Africa, becoming the dominant maritime power in the area. In 1741 the founder of the present Al-Said dynasty, Imam Ahmad bin Said, took power, moving the capital from the interior to the former Portuguese stronghold of Muscat.
Oman was known as Muscat and Oman. Winning a contest with France for influence, Britain established a treaty relationship with the sultanate in 1798.
Oman was recognized as fully independent in 1951,but the close relationship continued. Oman is now one of successful emerging market in the Middle East.
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0800 hrs We stop at the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains). Enjoy a walk through its oasis and dense date plantations. Then we depart for Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s castles built in the late 17th century became a seat of Omani learning. The castle displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting & beautifully executed woodcarvings. Visit Misfah a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings still in existence. While heading for Jebel Shams stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul. Our next stop takes us to Wadi Nakher located in the depth of our deepest canyon. In the Jebel Akhdar range Jebel Shams the highest peak offers a spectacular view. Nizwa, capital of the interior, is the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Nizwa Souq is renowned for its intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) & ornamental silver jewellery. Return to Nizwa.
Breakfast. 0800 hrs We depart from Nizwa for Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and White sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters, which are host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. In stark contrast to this is Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises of small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. The Wadi has clear deep blue water. We then head for Sur.
After breakfast 0800 hrs 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 for a swim . 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. Visit the mango plantations at Hail Al Ghaf before returning to Muscat via Quriyat