Shore Excursion Details

Salalah & The Land of Frankincense

Salalah, Oman

Salalah & The Land of Frankincense


  • 4
    hrs Estimate Duration

Explore the diverse beauty and historical sites of Salalah during this tour that visits the Grand Mosque, Al Balid Archaeological Site and Museum and stops at Al Husn Souq. A scenic drive through Salalah and its surrounding areas exposes the contrast between the lush vegetation of the Garden City and the barren, bleak landscape of the desert.

Stop to visit the Grand Mosque. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued instructions for the building, making it the largest mosque. The invested patronage of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, accompanied by his instructions to the team overseeing the project at the Diwan of the Royal Court, has endorsed the spiritual and architectural role of the Grand Mosque in marked tribute to Islamic heritage.

Drive to the Al Balid archaeological site. As you explore the remains of this fortress city, you’ll see the grand mosque, palace, houses and tombs. See the frankincense tree and learn how its precious resin is extracted. You’ll also visit the museum located inside the archaeological site to view ancient paintings and writings from the Dhramut Dynasty, displays of old coins and ornaments of Bedouin tribes.

Your tour concludes with a visit to the Al Husn Souq. The colorful stalls are heaped with mounds of frankincense, myrrh, incense, bottles of fragrant perfume oils, and a variety of goods for sale. Enjoy some free time to browse or practice your bargaining skills.

Need to Know:

Note: As tour visits a religious site, conservative dress is required for men and women. Guests must wear modest clothing that covers the entire body. Legs must be covered to the ankle and arms covered to the wrist; revealing outfits are not appropriate. Ladies should bring a scarf to cover the head. Slip-on shoes are recommended as shoes must be removed before entering the mosque.

Food, drinks and smoking are strictly prohibited inside the mosque. Interior visits of the Grand Mosque might not always be possible; in this case, your guide will give commentary and it will be viewed from the outside only.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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