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05 Excursions to do in Oman – Country of Ancient Heritage

Oman boasts a rich history of ancient heritage that dates back 3000 years. Home of Queen Sheba and legendary Sinbad the Sailor, Oman is also deemed the resting place of Job the Prophet.

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The Mesmerizing Tour of Muscat

The Mesmerizing Tour of Muscat

There are many companies offering tours of Oman and its cities. Each meticulously covering heritage destinations where you can learn of the country's proud inheritance; these tours will conveniently pick you up from anyone of the top hotels in Oman Muscat and whisk you off on a journey of mystery and awe. The tour of Muscat teaches you about the city; Muscat means Anchorage a name so given due to the city's location within a naturally formed volcanic bowl. Tour the natural harbour of Muscat then head over to the Grand Mosque and Bait Al Zubair Museum for a fine dose of culture, history and tradition. You can then walk along the corniche, explore the fish market, admire the seafront and indulge in shopping at the fabulous Mattrah Souq. Next you get a chance to photograph the magnificence of Al Alam Palace, official residence of the Sultan. Your tour will also include excursions to the 16th century Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani.

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Excursions to the Forts of Oman

Excursions to the Forts of Oman

The famous Round Tower Fort of Oman is located in the city of Nizwa - considered the birthplace of Islam in the country. The 17th century building is a treat to explore as is the ancient souq well known for selling hand carved daggers – Khanjars and beautiful ornate silver jewellery. Jabrin Castle was built in the 17th century and is renowned as the best fort in the country. Within are displays of Oman's most intricate ceiling paintings and wood carvings. The Oman Fort tour will also stop at the picturesque village of Birkat Al Mauz snuggled up at the base of Jebel Akhdar. Staying at a Muscat city centre hotel such as Ruwi Hotel offers convenient access to many of these attractions.

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The Al Hoota Caves

The Al Hoota Caves

The Al Hoota Caves are the most popular attraction in the Nizwa region. The caves are home to exquisite stalagmite and stalactite formations as well as an underground lake. You can only tour the caves via an electric train which run along the side of the tunnel. The area is specially lit up to create a magical ambiance while guided tours offer you a comprehensive insight to the natural formations found within the caves.

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Take on a Twilight Dhow Cruise

Take on a Twilight Dhow Cruise

Enjoy a tour aboard a traditional fishing vessel – dhow. Take on a tour of the Muscat coastline and trace the route taken on by ancient seafarers hundreds of years before. The wooden dhows are quite an experience while the tour will stop at a natural cove for you to relish.

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Enjoy the Dolphins

Enjoy the Dolphins

Take on a dolphin and whale watching tour right off the coasts of Muscat. Start your tour early and head out to the spots frequented by these fascinating mammals. The dolphins are a treat to observe as they put up quite a show while the magnificent whales promise to stun and awe all onlookers.