Nizwa Souq Friday Coach Tour

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Pick up time

Shatti Al Qurum (Costa coffee façade) 0630h – 0645h & Zawawi Mosque Al Khwair (Service road) 0700h – 0715h

0915h :Souq- (Halwa, Coffee, Silversmith) If arrives before 9am, live meat auction can be viewed

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Visit Al Saifi Halwa making factory renowned omani sweets producer in the area and shop around the souq, famous for its handicrafts and agricultural products, has an expansive area with an array of products. It is one of the most important in the country besides Muttrah. The souq outles with vendors selling everything from meat, fish, fruits and vegetables to spices, dates, gold and silverware. Nizwa is renowned for its silver jewelry which is considered to be the best in the country. Its people are masters in Khanjar making (curved dagger), recognized for its distinctive style and patterns. They also make copper ware, coffee pots, swords, leather goods and pottery.

1030h :Nizwa Fort

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It was built in the 1650s by the second Ya’rubi Imam; Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya'rubi, although its underlying structure goes back to the 12th Century. It is Oman's most visited national monument. The fort was the administrative seat of authority for the presiding Imams and Walis in times of peace and conflict. The main bulk of the fort took about 12 years to complete, and was built above an underground stream. The fort is a powerful reminder of the town's significance through turbulent periods in Oman's long history. It was a formidable stronghold against raiding forces that desired Nizwa's abundant natural wealth and its strategic location at the crossroads of vital routes.

The Fort is open from on Friday at 8AM to 11AM.

1230h :Old Misfat House (Lunch)

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The pleasant, comfortable atmosphere of the ancient house, nestled among the date palms, with the centuries-old water canals (aflaj) flowing by, makes up for the lack of a private bath and toilet in every bedroom, but rest assured: the facilities are more than adequate. Meals can be taken on the rooftop terrace, where you have a panoramic view of the palms and oasis. The meals are prepared by an Omani family, your next door neighbors!

1500h :Al Hamra Old Village

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Al Hamra, a 400-year-old town a short drive from Nizwa, offers alternative hospitality. The town is almost entirely deserted; all that remains is a collection of ghostly mud houses that have baked like pottery under the harsh Omani sun. Bait al-Safah, hidden in its depths, is a stellar cultural museum where women produce make-up from sandalwood and bake rukhal bread over an open fire for guests. The majlis, or sitting room, is open and inviting; a radio and dense pillows translate into a convincing approximation of the real thing.

1730h :Back to Muscat

Nizwa Coach Tour is a designated Islamic Heritage Tour (proper dress code required)

Dress Code:

  • Light summer clothing is suitable during warm season as well as hats, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended.
  • Men and Women should wear clothing that is shoulder and knee covered when in public especially on villages and souqs.
  • Swimwear should be confined to the beach or hotel pools only.
  • Sweaters or jackets may be required during cold season especially at night.
  • Comfortable shoes are always advised to wear.
  • Terms and Conditions Apply

    35 OMR
    1 Person inclusive of lunch

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