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Private Off-road Jebel Akhdar

Price: $239.00
Private Off-road Jebel Akhdar
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Your full day Oman tour begins from the Muscat Port gate, where you will meet your tour guide for your exciting group outing. Your first stop is the old capital of Oman, Nizwa.

This fascinating city will excite you with its grand outdoor souq, where vendors sell a variety of products including cattle, goats, vegetables, jewelry, handicrafts, and much more. Souvenirs are popular here, and you might want to do some shopping to bring a bit of Oman's culture home with you. If you are fortunate to make it to Nizwa on a Friday, you will enjoy a circus style market in which local residents come to sell their cattle, sheep, and chickens.

Your next destination is the Birkat Al Mauz, which is known for its village ruins and plantations. Birkat Al Mauz roughly translates to "banana pool," a suitable name to describe the plantations' abundance of bananas and dates.

You will have a chance to purchase lunch after leaving Birkat Al Mauz. Then it's time to venture up to Jebel Akhdar, where you will see man-made terraces in the villages of Al Ain, Al Shiraijah, and Al Aqur. The terraces are decorated in pink native roses, while the aroma of rose water from the local distilleries mixes with the mountain air. Harvesting season for the roses begins in March and continues through May.

If you are traveling during the harvesting season, you will get to see the large clay urns used to house the rose water during the distillation process. An hour and half long walk will give you the chance to really enjoy the villages thoroughly and take photos galore. The scenic walk along the mountain is definitely a highlight of this Muscat-based tour, as you get to not only view the villages but also the deep valley and garden plantations.

Shore Excursion Size
Private
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
8 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Muscat Port gate. Further details will be provided in you electronic ticket
Food/Beverage Provided
Water and domestic softdrinks. Lunch available for purchase during break.
Recommended Dress
Comfortable lightweight summer clothing and walking shoes are suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Hats and some protection for the head are advisable when in direct sunlight. The Sultanate of Oman has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear must be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops/malls and villages.
Restrictions
Must be able to get in/out of vehicle. Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings, police or military installations are not allowed. Collapsible wheelchair, walker, and motorized scooter access.