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Historical Insights

Excursion Details

Combine the highlights of the East and West Salalah in a single full day trip. Visit the most popular cultural heritage sites and natural attractions of Dhofar. This is a tour of everyone’s taste, adding all the aspects of an informative and joyful experience.

Highlights

  • Taqah Castle
  • Sumhuram Ruins
  • Mirbat
  • Blow Holes at Mughsail Beach
  • Frankincense Trees

The excursion begins with a visit to the old fishing village of ‘Taqa’. Visit the century old ‘Taqa Castle’, the former official residence of the ‘Wali’ (Governor) of the region & obtain a glimpse into the rich history of the region.

Continue onto the ancient ruins of the once famous city of Sumharam (Khor Rohri). The city was the easternmost outpost of the Hadramawt Kingdom on the ancient incense route between the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf and India. Khor Rori was an important port on the coast of Dhofar, and one of the major trading cities with frankincense, believed to have been the hub & harbor for the shipping of Frankincense (UNESCO World Heritage site).

A picturesque drive then leads you to ‘Mirbat’, the ancient capital of Dhofar and the beginning of the ‘Frankincense trail’. Stroll through the streets lined with old Omani houses & visit the ‘twin-domed Bin Ali’s Tomb’ as a photo stop …a classic example of medieval architecture.

Thereafter proceed to ‘Qara’ mountains to explore the western part of Salalah.

Proceed to the beach of Mughsail where the white sand touches the deep blue of the ocean & at high tide, where waves burst through the natural titanic ‘Blow Holes’, at the far end of the ‘Rocky beach’ with a cave-like entrance.

Continue along the ‘Hair-pin-bend’ road towards Western Border of Oman, with its breathtaking cliffs on either side, to see the historical ‘Frankincense trees’ growing in their natural habitat, deep down in the valleys, dotting the dry & craggy countryside.
Take a short walk into the valleys to smell the ‘Holy Incense’ amidst the scenic view of the region.

Return to Salalah.

Season: This tour operates all year round

Trip Specifications: Tours start daily except weekends and national holidays at 9:00 am and finish around 1:00 pm • Maximum group size of 20 • Minimum group size of 2 • Minimum age 6 years old.

Pickup: Pick up at your hotel in Salalah or Taqa. If you are staying beyond these areas please get in touch to set up the meeting point or to organize an extra transfer.

Drop-off: We will drop you off at where we picked you up. If you need extra transfers please contact us for more details.

Included: All Entrance Fees • Picnic Lunch • All Taxes • Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicle • English Speaking Guide • Three Bottles of Water

Not Included: Gratuities • Extra transfers

What to Bring: Sunscreen • Steady shoes
This tour involves walking over rough and inclined ground
What to Wear: Please ensure you dress respectfully.