Salalah Contrasts

Drive to the ruined city of Sumhuram known in antiquity as Khor Rouri where the palace of the legendary Queen of Sheba is believed to have been excavated.

Arabs, Greeks, Persians, Indians and Africans converged here as early as the 1st century to trade in frankincense and myrrh.

Visit the ruins and continue to Mirbat, the ancient capital of the Dhofar region trading in horses and slaves during the 9th century.

View native Omani mud houses and visit the tiny twin domed Bin Ali Tomb and Mosque, a classic example of medieval architecture.

Visit the gardens of Ayn Razat laid out amidst the tranquil lush mountains nourished daily throughout the year by natural underground springs.

Back in Salalah, visit the Frankincense Souk with its colorful merchandise on display and use the opportunity to shop for souvenirs before returning to the ship.


Special Notes:
Comfortable non slippery shoes recommended.

No shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits on the excursion.

Toilets available at Souk and Ain Razat gardens.

On Fridays, the Souk opens from 09h00 to 11h00 only. US$ accepted.

Partially uneven terrain at Sumhurum with wooden walkways and sandy parts.

Shoes must be removed when entering the tomb at Mirbat.

Very few old houses mostly semi collapsed can be seen at Mirbat. Tour not wheelchair accessible.


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 Khor Rouri
00hr40 -> 01hr10 Visit site
01hr10 -> 01hr25 Drive to Mirbat
01hr25 -> 02hr00 Visit Mirbat and Bin Ali tomb
02hr00 -> 02hr20 Drive to Ain Razat gardens
02hr20 -> 02hr50 Visit gardens
02hr50 -> 03hr10 Drive to Frankincense souk
03hr10 -> 03hr40 Visit souk
03hr40 -> 04hr15 Drive to the port

Tour Details

Tour Name:
Salalah Contrasts

sightseeing tour
Cultural Shore Tours

Tour ID:


medium excursion

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