Arrive Muscat – Half day city tour of Muscat
On arrival at Muscat International airport, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to the hotel. Proceed for half day city tour. (Early Arrival) Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (timings 8 – 11 am only), an architectural monument, and Bait Al Zubair museum, which showcases Omani heritage with a vast collection of antiques, traditional Omani weaponry, Jewellery, costumes, domestic utensils and recreated urban and rural environments. The drive through old Muscat, surrounded by steep mountains and flanked by the twin 16th century Jalali and Mirani forts, extends to Al Alam Palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. A stop at Muttrah, the main port area, leads to explore an ancient and colorful souk. In the evening you could take an optional visit to experience a Musical symphony fiesta at Royal Opera House. Overnight stay in Muscat. (Note: Grand Mosque visitor timings are 8am – 11am only. Friday no visit)
Muscat – Dolphin Watching Tour
Proceed for a Dolphin Watching tour. Dolphins are very active and are often seen bow-riding, surfing, lobtailing and breaching.They can leap several meters out of the water. They Can also sometimes be seen playing ‘games’ with things such as seaweed, coral or other animals. Bottlenoses, like many other whales and dolphins, are social animals and, although they can be found on their own, they tend to live in family groups called schools’. These can contain anything from just two or three dolphins to 500!
Later drive back to Muscat, view stone house on your way back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Muscat. (B)
Muscat – Desert Experience
Proceed for a desert experience.
Drive south towards the 8000 square kilometre expanse of sand to experience the magic of a true desert at Wahiba sands- almost a sea of constantly shifting sands. A drive through the awe inspiring sand dunes is a must. Enjoy some 4×4 dune-bashing, and ride camels.
Later, visit a local Bedouin family in their home to get a close up view of their lifestyle and share coffee & dates with the genuine Bedouins. A short drive away from the desert is Wadi Bani Khalid… A lush valley. Enjoy a refreshing swim in its cool waters before we stop for a picnic lunch. Overnight stay in Muscat. (B, picnic lunch)
This morning we transfer you back to the airport for your flight back home.