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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the main mosque in the Sultanate of Oman. It is in the capital city of Muscat.

Muscat, Oman’s port capital, sits on the Gulf of Oman surrounded by mountains and desert.

With history dating back to antiquity, it mixes high-rises and upscale shopping malls with clifftop landmarks such as the 16th-century Portuguese forts, Al Jalali and Mirani, looming over Muscat Harbor.

Nizwa is an ancient city in the Ad Dakhiliyah region of northern Oman

It sits on a plain characterized by seasonal rivers and palm plantations. It's known for Nizwa Fort, a castle with a huge cylindrical tower built in the 17th century to defend the city's position on a major trade route.

Sur is a port city on Oman’s eastern tip

Its shipyards, which still produce traditional wooden vessels, played a pivotal role in Oman’s maritime past. In the city center, Sunaysilah Fort has 4 defensive towers around a courtyard. Exhibits at the Maritime Museum include ship models. .

The Dhofar Governorate

Dhofar Governorate is the largest of the eleven Governorates in the Sultanate of Oman in terms of area. It lies in Southern Oman,.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

ATTM05: NIZWA-JEBEL SHAMS

DURATION: 8 HOURS

 Visit the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and its Souq renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) & ornamental silver jewelry. Proceed to visit Jabrin, the finest of Oman’s Castles built in the late 17th century, which became a seat of Omani learning. The Castle displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting & beautifully executed woodcarvings. Photo stop at the Bahla Fort. 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. Drive to Wadi Nakher. In the Jebel Akhdar range, Jebel Shams is the highest peak, which offers a spectacular view.

ATTM04: JEBEL AKHDAR TRAIL

DURATION: 8 HOURS

From Muscat we depart for Jebel Akhdar "The Green Mountain" We proceed to Wadi Al Madeen   From here a 36 km stretch of winding road takes one to Jebel Al Akhdar (2000 meters above sea level) the green jewel of the Al Hajjar mountain ranges in Oman, a truly unique spot in the Arabian Peninsula. Enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains. Al Jebel Al Akhdar is famed for its fruit orchards typically laid out terrace style along the slopes of mountains, which are endowed with natural springs and falaj. The villages of Saiq, Wadi Bani Habib (the village of the old houses) & Al Ain dot the landscape.

ATTM03: WADI Al ABREYEEN

DURATION: 8 HOURS

This Tour provides many interesting contracts. We proceed towards the fishing town of Quriyat through the stark mountain terrain. Drive through this fishing village visiting the 400 years old Quriyat Fort before heading for the Fish souk where a variety of fish is traded for local consumption as well as export. Drive along the picturesque waterfront.
There is a good chance of spotting Flamingos and Eagles at an inland stream. From here we proceed towards the coast and visit the spectacular Bimah sinkhole which is a limestone crater with the blue-green water at the bottom. We then start on an adventurous route cutting through the mountains. At the end of the drive, Wadi Al Abreyeen awaits with its deep pools of water set among the date palms.

ATTM02: WAHIBA WILDERNESS

DURATION: 10 HOURS

The Wahiba Sands is also home to the traditional Bedouin tribe who are known for their hospitality and their knowledge of the Sands. We will visit a Bedouin family in their traditional and simple habitat. 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.
(It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes) hence can have a wonderful trekking with swimming in Wadi.

ATTM01: MYSTICAL MUSCAT DURATION: 4 HOURS

DURATION: 4 HOURS

Muscat offers the visitor a unique opportunity to witness a modern commercial Centre existing in harmony with its traditional culture. With its natural harbor, Muscat means “Anchorage” & lies in a natural volcanic bowl. Our tour of the Grand Mosque (except Friday) is a brief introduction that traces Oman’s history and development. Drive along the waterfront Corniche visiting the Fish Market & the colorful Muttrah Souq. We proceed for a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos flanked by Oman's most famous forts stand at the entrance to Muscat bay Mirani & Jalali, The fort offers a wealth of insights into Oman's rich heritage and culture and was restored and converted into a museum in the reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said