On this day long journey, see historical landmarks, learn about the region’s heritage, and explore the magnificence of the famous Grand Canyon of Oman.
This full day guided tour of Oman starts with a drive to Nizwa, enjoying the picturesque mountainous landscape along the way. Once in Nizwa, you will get to roam around one of the largest markets of Oman. This open souq is filled with colorful vendors who are selling everything from produce and fish to jewelry and handicrafts. You’ll be tempted to pick up some goodies and perhaps a few souvenirs to take home to friends and family. If you happen to arrive on a Friday, the souq will be especially lively as it holds its Friday cattle market.
This circus style arena is used for locals to bring their cattle, sheep, goats, and chickens to sell. After exploring the souq, you will have a tour of the nearby museum. This museum was once the Nizwa Fortress and now offers visitors the chance to enjoy the lovely views while roaming the historic rooms, passages, and towers. The Nizwa Fortress reflects the economic achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. Its architecture proves how strongly built it was against the attacks of its time.
From Nizwa, travel through the Wadi Ghul and arrive at Jebel Shams, known as the “Mountain of the Sun,” and the the undisputed lord of the mountains. Jebel Shams is the highest peak of the Jebel Al Akhdar mountain range, soaring 3,000 meters above sea level. It features spectacular scenery, ancient rock carvings, and remote villages. This is the Grand Canyon of Oman. There will be time to experience some of the breath-taking scenery before continuing to the beautiful old village of Misfah.
The village of Misfah is perched on the side of a mountain where narrow, ancient stone pathways lead you into the valley below. Lunch will be held in a restaurant, where you can savour local delicacies at the top of the mountain. Afterwards, you will explore the ancient labyrinth of the region of Al Hamra before your return trip to Muscat.
This very special, private excursion is filled with everything you will want to see and do while visiting Nizwa, plus a little more!
Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to 4 guests maximum. Groups with more than 4 guests will need to book multiple vehicles. Please take this information into consideration when booking.
During the Holy Month of Ramadan and the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, there will be no entertainment, no belly dancing, and alcohol will not be served.
(Highlights) What you will do
- Excellent view of highest peak of Oman from Grand Canyon of Jabel Shams (sun mountains)
- Photo stop of Oman historical Nizwa fort
- Visit traditional Nizwa souq and Cattle market
- Explore and meet mountaineers people of Misfat al Abrayeen village
- Walk around tranquillity streets of Al Hamra Mud houses
- Arabic Picnic Lunch Box
Shore Excursion Size:Private
Shore Excursion Type: Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration:8 Hours
Shore Excursion Leaves From: Cruise Ship Pier (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided: A traditional light Picnic arabic lunch and local soft drinks, juices, and water is included.
Recommended Dress: We recommend wearing comfortable, lightweight summer clothing and walking shoes are suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Sunglasses and a hat are also advised. The United Arab Emirates has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear must be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops, malls, and villages. If you plan on visiting a mosque, please wear loose long trousers or long skirts and long sleeves. Shorts, and tight or transparent clothing is not permitted. Women must cover their head with a scarf.
Restrictions: Guests must be able to get in and out of the vehicle. Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings, police, or military installations are not allowed.