You will be met at the port by your private guide to begin your tour of Salalah, known as the “perfume capital of Arabia” and the largest city in the Dhofar region. It was here that the first large free trade zone of Oman was built accelerating the economic growth of the region. In 1940 Sultan Qaboos was born here and we’ll pass his local palace during this tour.
Next, visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (from the outside only).
Continue to the Al Baleed archaeological park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Al Baleed was an important trading port for frankincense and myrrh between the 7th and 14th centuries. The attached Salalah Museum houses many artefacts from that period.
Pass the royal palace on the way to Haffa souk, where the fragrances of the orient come together. Visit the gold souk with a variety of gold and silver handicrafts. A visit to the food souk is interesting; the meat souk is more for the brave.
End the tour with a scenic drive through the garden-like fruit plantations. Stop at a fruit stall for a refreshing coconut milk, sipped with a straw directly from the nut. Or try the small sweet local bananas or papayas and guavas.
Then you will be transferred back to the port to rejoin your cruise.