Salalah Introduction

Called the Garden City, Salalah is nestled among coconut, papaya and banana plantations and orchards unique in the entire Gulf region.

A tropical paradise with broad avenues bathed in lush vegetation and traditional and modern lifestyles exuding serene ambience.

Native Dhofari houses with picture frame caravan windows and doors can be found among the plantations on either side of the road to town.

Take a stroll in the lanes of the traditional Frankincense Souk and browse at the colorful and exotic merchandise.

Omani crafts, incense burners, curios, perfumes, gold and silver are on display.

A roadside stop near the magnificent Al Hosn Palace, private residence of His Majesty the Sultan of Oman will take place before you visit Al Balid Museum. Its well laid out display gives the visitor comprehensive information on the traditional and historical heritage of the region.

Adjacent to the museum, the Al Balid ruins, described by Marco Polo as the beautiful and noble city are down to their bare foundations.

Archaeological diggings have revealed remains of a great rectangular shaped mosque surrounded by balconies from all sides.


Special Notes:
No shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits on the excursion.

No photos allowed in the museum.

For assisted persons with walking difficulties but not wheelchair confined.

Toilets available at the museum and souk.

Comfortable non slippery shoes recommended.

No shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits on the excursion.

US$ accepted in the Souk.

Children below the age of 6 not allowed inside the museum.

On Fridays, the Souk opens from 09:00 until 11:00 hrs and Al Balid Museum from 16:00-20:00.

Authorities do not authorize special permissions for opening the sites after the listed timings.

Frankincense trees can be seen at the museum’s courtyard


Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:

00hr00 -> Excursion departs from Salalah Port

00hr00 -> 00hr40 Drive to Al Hosn Palace
00hr40 -> 00hr50 Roadside photo stop at the palace
00hr50 -> 01hr05 Drive to museum
01hr05 -> 02hr30 Visit the museum
02hr30 -> 02hr45 Drive to the souk
02hr45 -> 03hr15 Visit Frankincense souk
03hr15 -> 04hr00 Drive to the port


Tour Details

Tour Name:
Salalah Introduction

sightseeing tour
Cultural Shore Tours

Tour ID:

Approximately 04hr00

medium excursion

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