Oman - 8 Days
You have no idea how impressive and exciting Muscat is, and you don't know why you should visit this place?
Then read the following article, which will immediately book your 8 day trip to Muscat.
After your arrival in Muscat, the second day of your trip has already begun. You start the day with breakfast at the hotel and then our Muscat sightseeing tours begin.
First, the bus takes us to the Great Sultan Qaboos Mosque in the west of the city. After visiting the mosque, the city tour takes us to the diplomatic quarter with its numerous embassies. We make a photo stop at the Al Hazm Fortress before we leave for Musanah in the early afternoon.
The third day is at your free disposal. Today you have the opportunity to discover Muscat on your own. Alternatively, a desert tour with off-road vehicles can be arranged. The region is one of the most beautiful in Oman.
During the tour, we will enjoy a picnic, and in the late afternoon, we will be back at the hotel.
On the fourth day, you can arrange the morning according to your needs. Around noon we continue our sightseeing in Muscat.
In the district of Qurum, there is the largest green area of Muscat. It is connected to a nature reserve, which also contains one of the largest mangrove parks in Oman. The Al-Alam Palace, built by an Indian architect, dominates the front of the bay. For its construction in 1970, part of the old town had to be sacrificed, and a visit to the Bai Al Zubair Museum concludes the tour. Optionally a Dhow cruise to the sunset can be arranged later.
On your fifth day, after breakfast, you will sail northwest along the coast to Barka, where we will visit a famous fish market. Afterwards, we drive to the Batinah region in the western Hajjar Mountains. Our destination there is the fortress Nakhl. Towards the east, the vastness of the Batinah plain stretches out. There you will find the dense palm plantation of Wadi Nakhl.
In the 19th century, dates were considered Oman's most important export article. The date is the main foodstuff of the Bedouins; at the same time, they are a symbol of hospitality. We visit such a date palm farm. Although plantations are cultivated in several regions of the country, the best dates are found in the groves near Nizwa and Rustaq.
In the afternoon we reach Nizwa, the next destination of the journey, where we will spend the following nights.
On the sixth day of your journey, you will visit Al Hamra in the morning. The city is called *The Red One* because the often multi-storey houses are made of red clay. They seem to grow from the bare rock. In Al Hamra, we will visit the Bai Al Safah House, which is over 400 years old and a good example of local architecture. We will continue to Tanuf, where we will have an extensive photo stop before we visit another typical village, Birkat Al Mauz.
On your penultimate day, you will visit the cattle market and souq in Nizwa in the morning. Although the bazaar from the past has been transformed into modern times, Arabic flair is still present here. In the alleys, the shops - often tiny - still line up close together.
In the markets you can buy fruits and vegetables, you can admire cloth's and carpets, you can see silver and goldsmiths and shops offering perfumes and incense.
The inhabitants of Bahla - the next destination - are said to have magical powers. It is said that people feel a strange, tingling sensation when walking through the dusty streets. Bahla is the city of the potters. Although there are hardly any family businesses left, it is impressive to visit old pottery.
In the early afternoon, we drive back to the hotel so that you have the rest of the day at your leisure.
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