The Sultanate of Oman is situated on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, neighboring Saudi Arabia and Yemen. In 1970, the son of Sultan Said bin Taimur overthrew his father's government and renamed the nation the Sultanate of Oman. During the Persian Gulf War, Oman served as a landing base for the allied forces. Salalah is gateway for visitors to explore the site of "Jebel Qarra," fabled to be the tomb of the biblical Job.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Spend a relaxing half-day enjoying the lengthy beach and palm-shaded swimming pools at the spectacular Crowne Plaza Resort on the Arabian Sea.
Depart from the pier and begin a leisurely drive east through Salalah, once a royal stronghold for the country’s sultans. Built around the ancient port of Samhuran along the Frankincense trade route, Salalah has grown to become the second-largest city in Oman.
Before long, you will arrive at the Crowne Plaza Resort, which is beautifully situated on 42 acres of oceanfront property. Consider it your oasis for the next several hours, as you will have complete access to its magnificent beach and three interconnecting swimming pools.
With no schedule to follow, you can do whatever you please at your own pace. You might lie on the beach, basking in the sun or under an umbrella, while reading a recent bestseller. You could walk along the long stretch of powdery sand, occasionally wading out into the ocean for a refreshing swim.
Or if you prefer fresh water to ocean water, head over to the series of swimming pools. There are plenty of lounge chairs, graceful coconut palms providing shade and an outdoor bar for refreshments. The setting is so conducive to relaxation it’s no wonder that the Queen of Sheba built a palace nearby.
After spending approximately three hours at the Crowne Plaza Resort, you will return to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion. There will be sandy and uneven surfaces to negotiate at the beach. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Bring your swimsuit; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable shoes. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the resort.
Discover the highlights of Salalah during this tour of the Garden City, Mughsail Beach, Job's Tomb, Al Husn Souq and more.
Depart the Pier for the drive to Mughsail Beach. Along the way, you may be lucky to see camels roaming along the roadside. Upon arrival, you will find nearly two miles of unspoiled white sand beaches, high cliffs at both ends and many picnic areas. If your arrival coincides with high tide, you may have an opportunity to witness the beach's spectacular "Blow Holes".
You will then proceed for a visit to Job's Tomb where, according to legend, the remains of the Muslim and Old Testament Prophet Job can be found. Job's Tomb is a sacred place of pilgrimage for Muslims, Christians and Jews. This site also offers panoramic views and photo opportunities of the striking Qara Mountains and Jubriah Plain.
Your tour will conclude with a stop at the Al Husn Souq, where time will be made available for you to stroll amongst the vendors. The colorful stalls are heaped with mounds of frankincense, myrh, incense, bottles of fragrant perfume oils and a wide array of fascinating artifacts for sale.
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Guests must dress modestly, and respect the local culture and traditions. Shorts and skirts are permitted, but must reach the knee, and shoulders must be covered. Shoes must be removed before entering the mosques. Ladies must cover their heads with a scarf while visiting Job's tomb.
Explore the diverse beauty and historical sites of Salalah during this half-day visit to the Garden City.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive through Salalah and its surrounding areas. Along the way, you will see the contrast between the lush vegetation of the Garden City and the barren, bleak landscape of the desert. Your exploration begins with a visit to the new Grand 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 the distinguished and noble Islamic heritage.
From here, your drive will continue on to the Al Balid archaeological site, making a refreshment stop en route. Upon arrival, you will visit the frankincense tree and learn how it is extracted. A visit will also be made to the museum located inside the archaeological site to view ancient paintings and writings from the Dhramut Dynasty, displays of old coins of Maria Theresa and ornaments of Bedouin tribes.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to the Al Husn Souq, where some time will be made available to stroll among the vendors. The colorful stalls are heaped with mounds of frankincense, myrrh, incense, bottles of fragrant perfume oils, and a wide array of goods for sale.
Please note: This tour can include up to 2-hours of moderate walking/standing. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Due to Muslim traditions, conservative dress is required. Women must wear modest clothing which covers the body and the head, including hair. Arms and legs must be covered to wrists and ankles. Men must wear modest clothing befitting the sanctity of the mosque. Shorts are not allowed. The Museum at Al Balid is closed on Thursdays and visits will not be included. Photography of any kind is not allowed in the museum. Grand Mosque is open from Saturday to Thursday from 08:00 AM to 11:00 AM. On days when the ship arrives later or on Fridays, there will only be an outside visit of the Grand Mosque.
Experience the scenic beauty, diverse terrain and ancient history of Salalah during this orientation tour of the Garden City, and its surrounding areas.
Depart the pier for the drive to East Salalah to see the contrast between the lush vegetation of the Garden City and the surrounding desert landscape. Your tour begins with a visit to Taqa. Camels may be seen roaming along the roadside on the approach to this old fishing village. Upon arrival in Taqa, you will visit an interesting fort and view typical houses belonging to the local fishermen. The elegant white stones used in the construction of Taqa's homes are heat-resistant, and can be found nearby.
Next, you will continue on to Khor Rouri Creek, site of the city ruins of Samhuram, ancient capital of Arabia's exotic frankincense trade. Excavations at the site have produced evidence of an ancient city with trade links by sea to Far Eastern destinations, and even distant Greece. From here, a photo stop will be made at the tomb of Prophet Mohammed Bin Ali, who died in 1135 AD. Both the twin-domed structure and tomb are fine examples of medieval architecture.
Please note:This tour can include up to 1-hour of moderate walking/standing and involves several steps that must be negotiated to access the Taqa Fort and Samhuram archaeological site. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some portions of the tour. Due to Muslim traditions, conservative dress is required. Shorts, beachwear or sleeveless shirts are not appropriate to wear on excursions. Sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.