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Ancient Oman – 3 Days

Day 1: Muscat - Salalah – City Tour

Arrive at Salalah Airport and transfer to your hotel.

Salalah, the "garden city" of the south, is a tropical paradise. Visit a Garden Farm, view the old ruined houses, see the beautiful Shanfari Mosque with its exquisite artwork and stained tiles. Visit the site of Prophet Saleh's Sacred Camel Footprint, visit Al Husn Souq where frankincense crystals of Dhofar and typical Dhofari frankincense burners are sold. Walk along the city's promenade (waterfront corniche) where Al Husn Palace, summer residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos stands at one end. Visit the Al Balid Museum in the archaeological site. Overnight in Salalah.
Visit the Biblical "Nabi Ayoub" Prophet Job's Tomb, perched high up in the "Jebels" (mountains). Enjoy spectacular views of the plains, mountain landscape and emerald green pastureland. Proceed to Mughsail Beach to see "Blow-holes"- perforations in the limestone rock through which sea water gushes during high tide. Experience the Hairpin Bend Roads for approximately 15/20 kms, which will take you to a wadi. This is the road to the Yemen border. At the nearby bird sanctuary, see seasonal birds. Overnight.

Day 2: Salalah

Breakfast. Visit the fishing village of Taqa, an old town with an interesting castle surrounded by watchtowers and Taqa stone houses. Proceed to Khor Rori creek, the site of the ruined city of Samhuram and capital of ancient Arabia's frankincense trade. Mirbat, the ancient capital of Dhofar, was an important town as early as the 9th century for its trade in frankincense, horses and slaves. See some of the old houses famous for their woodcarvings. If lucky, see boatloads of fish arriving into the harbor. One of Dhofar's best-known historic sites is Bin Ali's Tomb. The twin domed structure, tomb of Mohamed bin Ali who died in 1135 AD is a fine example of medieval architecture.

Day 3: Salalah – Muscat

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to board your flight to onward destination.

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