1 to 4 Adults.
Duration 8 hours.
Highlights: Culture and Nature.
Pickup 0830hrs from Muscat hotel / Port gate.
We depart from Muscat and proceed north to visit Rustaq Al Hazm Castle is an impressive structure—one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in Oman. It is known as one of the most famous historical landmarks in the country. Built by Imam Sultan bin Seif II (whose tomb is still within the fort walls) in the early 18th century, it was recently renovated and restored — just opened again to the public at the end of 2013.
Approaching the castle, visitors are led to a massive wooden door, intricately carved with script and design. The roof of Al Hazm is uniquely held by columns, as opposed to the traditional wooden supports. On the exterior, there are two fortified towers to see, along with a collection of artillery and cannons. Inside there are the grand living quarters of the Imam, including a kitchen, a courtyard, and a madrassah—a Qur’anic school. The castle is on the tentative list for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Proceeding to Al Awabi we take a turn off to Wadi Bani Auf. This picturesque drive takes you back thousand of years clearly shown in the stunning sedimentary mountains.for those with an adventurous spirit there is a wonderful canyon to explore on foot. The route through the mountains is dramatic while in contrast Bilad Sayt is one of Oman's most quaint villages with an antique old world appeal. Exploring this tranquil village on foot uncovers its patchwork of terrace farming and traditional houses laid out against the rocky slopes. Here a picnic can be enjoyed in perfect surroundings. After this we proceed to snake gorge where you can experience a short walk (weather permitting) along this canyon floor renowned for it's natural beauty. A short distance brings us to wadi sahtan where you will meet the traditional omani beekeepers of the area. Return to Muscat.
Visitors to carry own picnic lunch.
Tour cost includes
Transportation in an air-conditioned luxury 4WD vehicle
Services of our English speaking chauffeur.
All entrance fees.
NB: Carry light walking shoes for your tour.
Light cotton clothing is also recommended.