ARCHAEOLOGY AND SEA GEYSERS BOTH TO THE EAST AND WEST OF SALALAH
Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included
A fascinating tour of the Dhofar area, amongst archaeological excavations and sea geysers.
What we will see
- Archaeological site of Al-Balid
- The fishermen's village of Taqah
- Khor Rori Bay
- Lunch in a hotel in Salalah
- Mughsail Beach with sea geysers
What we will do
- We will begin our tour with a visit to the archaeological site of Al-Balid, where we will see artefacts which demonstrate the archaeological, historic and cultural heritage of the region.
- We will proceed to the fishermen's village of Taqah. Third largest "city" in Dhofar, which has always been inhabited by farmers and fishermen, Taqah is presently famous, primarily for its tasty sardines.
- From Taqah we will head to the Bay of Khor Rori, where it is believed the destroyed city of Sumhuram once stood, capital of the exotic incense trade of ancient Arabia. In ancient times, Dhofar was an important hub for incense trading. It is no coincidence that the Three Wise Men whom brought this gift to Baby Jesus came from Dhofar. Presently, incense is not used as it once was and these trees are now only found in a few locations (Yemen and Oman). The excavations served to prove the existence of an ancient inhabited centre which held maritime commercial relationships with the Far East as well as far-off Greece. Additionally, it is believed that this is the place where the palace from the legend of the Queen of Saba stood, which is presently in ruins and undergoing restoration.
- We will stop for lunch in a hotel in Salalah.
- On the return to the ship, we will stop in Mughsail: Three kilometres of marvellous white, unspoilt beaches, framed by high cliffs on both sides and numerous picnic areas. These extremely white beaches are known for their sea geysers: with a bit of luck, we will see sensational water jets coming out of the natural openings dug into the rock and which, at times, can reach up to 15 metres.
- Finally, we will visit the souk, an old market where we will have some free time for shopping.
What you need to know
- Dollars are accepted in the souk.
- There are about 32 steps to exit the site of Samhuram.
- You need to be physically fit to take part in this excursion.
- This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
- Dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended.
- On Thursdays, Fridays and national holidays, museums, mosques, archaeological sites and shops may be closed without warning.