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About Salalah

A real city of contrasts, Salalah combines the charms of contemporary resort life with older Arabic influences to dramatic effect. From its ancient ruins and abundance of frankincense to its stunning beaches and soaring mountainous landscape, there is a wealth of attractions and traditions to explore.

Many famous and fabled historic figures are reputed to have resided in the city. Visit the resting place of the biblical prophet, Job, or peruse the once palace of the Queen of Sheba. Salalah's antiquity can be enjoyed further by a stroll through the lost city of Samhuran or crumbling remains of Al Blaid, which date as far back as the 12th century.

The natural beauty that surrounds the city is a pleasant surprise. For its desert location it is blessed with a temperate climate, which allows its lush green countryside to flourish. See the springs of Ain Sahnot or Ain Rzat, follow one of its many mountain streams or admire the impressive heights of the Jabal al Qar.

 

Shore excursions in Salalah

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Introduction to Salalah

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Explore the city of Salalah, visit the small museum and enjoy some bartering in the Souks.

Passing Mughsail Beach, you’ll view white sands that stretch for almost 2 miles, creating a beautiful beach marked by high cliffs at both ends. Visit Manreef Caves, a striking cave face overlooking the sea, where, tide dependent, you may be lucky enough to see the spectacular blowholes, for which the beach is well known.

From the comfort of your coach, enjoy the interesting sights of this remarkable city. See the Al Husn Palace, personal residence of the Sultan of Oman where there will be a stop for photos. Drive through coconut, banana and papaya plantations, before visiting the Al Balid Museum, which presents a comprehensive picture of the customs and historical aspects of this region.

On the way to the Frankincense Souk, you will see typical Dhofari houses with caravan windows and doors. In the Frankincense Souk you may stroll amongst the stalls heaped with frankincense, myrrh, incense and bottles of fragrant perfume oils as well as other Omani gifts.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves some walking over rough ground and steps. Children under 6 years old are not permitted in the Al Balid Museum, and photography is prohibited.

Job's Tomb and Sights

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the legendary Job’s Tomb and the Frankincense Museum and view the unspoilt Mughsail Beach.

Your tour begins with a visit to Job's Tomb where legend has it that the remains of the Moslem and Old Testament prophet, Job, were found. This is a sacred place of pilgrimage for Muslims, Christians and Jews. You’ll be able to take photos and admire panoramic views of the striking mountains and the Salalah Plains.

Continue onto the Al Balid Museum, also known as the ‘Land of the Frankincense Museum’ for an insight into the customs and historical aspects of the region.

Passing Mughsail Beach, you’ll view white sands that stretch for almost 2 miles, creating a beautiful beach marked by high cliffs at both ends. Visit Manreef Caves, a striking cave face overlooking the sea, where, tide dependent, you may be lucky enough to see the spectacular blowholes, for which the beach is well known.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach or minibus and on foot. Depending on visitor numbers, traffic restrictions may be in place and this tour may operate by minibus. Ladies must cover their head with a scarf when visiting Job’s Tomb and all passengers must remove their shoes inside. Children under the age of 6 may not participate due to age limits at the Al Balid Museum. Photography is prohibited at the museum. This tour involves walking over rough and inclined ground with some steps.

Leisurely Salalah Views

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Become acquainted with some of the sights of Salalah on this leisurely option, including tea at the Salalah Rotana Resort.

Sit back and relax on board your coach as a leisurely drive introduces you to some of the sights of Salalah.

A photograph stop will be made outside the stunning Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, before continuing to the luxurious Salalah Rotana Resort.

Upon arrival at the resort, you’ll be shown to the Arabesque terrace for your delicious refreshments. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee accompanied by a variety of savoury and sweet treats, whilst marvelling at the pleasant views.

Afterwards, your scenic drive continues, pausing to capture photos at the Ain Razat Springs and the Al Husan Palace, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking on this tour, however passengers can opt to remain on the coach at the photo stops if they prefer. Passengers are not permitted to visit other areas of the Salalah Rotana Resort. Please note the refreshments will be served buffet style. There is limited availability on this tour, therefore booking early is recommended.

Salalah by 4x4

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a different way of sightseeing during a jeep tour, encompassing the sites of Salalah.

By 4x4 vehicles you’ll travel to the east of Salalah to the old town of 'Taqah' before heading on to the ancient ruins of the palace of the legendary Queen of Sheba (Khor Rohri), believed to have been the centre for the shipping of frankincense.

Continue the drive into the spectacular ‘Wadi Darbat' and take a relaxing stroll along the Wadi bed which is home to herds of camels, goats, cattle and donkeys. This is an area of great beauty with lakes and lush green vegetation creating a natural paradise.

Your next stop is at the Ain Hamran, a spectacular location in which age-old trees and shrubs have become nesting places for several species of birds throughout the year. You’ll proceed to the Natural Springs at Ain Razat to enjoy the breathtaking views of the cave face and landscape by the springs, where a variety of bird species and plants can be found.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 and on foot and is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under the age of 8 may not participate. There will be 1 driver/guide for the whole group who will drive the first jeep and provide information to the other passengers during each stop, the drivers of the other jeeps may have limited English. The majority of the tour is conducted via regular roads, with few off road parts.

Salalah Contrasts

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

An ideal introduction to Salalah and the surrounding Dhofar region; this tour offers an array of images and experiences.

Your tour begins with a visit to the Frankincense Souk, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase perfumes, curios and souvenirs.

Continue to the ancient ruins of the Palace of the legendary Queen of Sheba (Khor Rouri), believed to have been the hub and harbour for the shipping of frankincense for export to the rest of the Arabian Peninsula.

Afterwards, enjoy a visit to Taqah Castle. This 19th century castle is nestled in the heart of a coastal Dhofari town, famed for its pottery, silverwork and other artisan industries. It should come as no surprise that Taqah Castle has an artistry of its own and the castle's numerous shuttered windows are particularly distinctive with latticed wooden screens and keyhole-shaped arches.

Round off your tour with a visit of Ain Razat Springs, a natural underground spring amidst the tranquil lush mountains.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and involves walking over rough and inclined ground with some steps.

 

A selection of cruises to Salalah

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