You will be met at the port by your private guide to begin your tour. Drive a scenic, palm-lined road to the fishing village of Taqa, an old town with an interesting castle surrounded by watchtowers and Taqa stone houses. Incense and horses were once exported from the city’s harbor, guarded by the Qasbar Fort on the cliff above. Visit the Taqa Castle, a fine example of 19th-century defensive architecture. Stop to enjoy the stunning hilltop view and then drive on to Sumhuram.
On the cliff above Khawr Rawri, the Dhofar region’s largest bay, you will find the ruins of the fortress and the palace of Sumhuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and possibly the home of the Queen of Sheba. The Sumhuram port was an important center for the trade of frankincense, myrrh and slaves from the 1st to the 7th century.
Just outside Mirbat, you can see Bin Ali’s tomb with its white double domes. The tomb is surrounded by a large, unusually shaped cemetery with engraved headstones. Stop at the beautiful natural springs of Ayn Razat.
Drive into the Qara Mountains to see the tomb of the prophet Job, known locally as Nabi Ayoub. Continue to the magnificent sandy beach of Mughsayl, surrounded by dramatic cliffs. Sea water shooting up through the famous blow holes here can reach a height of 30 meters. Continue to Marnif Cave and the nearby lagoon, which is home to flamingos, pelicans and storks. Follow one of the roads leading up the mountains to the Yemeni border and enjoy breathtaking views of the limestone, volcanic mountains and gnarled frankincense trees before returning to Salalah.
Then you will be transferred back to the port to rejoin your cruise.