Discover Oman’s Grand CanyonNizwa, Oman
Travel through the rugged Hajar Mountains to the township of Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman on a Gray Line tour. Here you’ll have the chance to visit the Nizwa Fort, an incredible example of Oman’s ancient architecture, and the Traditional Souq where you can sample dates, halwa (a gelatinous dessert) and buy spices, jewellery and pottery.
From there you will travel through the deep Wadi Ghul, a vast cleft in the mountains, and arrive at Jebel Shams, “mountain of the sun,” the undisputed lord of the mountains. This is the highest peak of the Jebel Al Akhdar mountain range, and it soars 3,000 meters above sea level and looks out over the Grand Canyon of Oman. Take in the spectacular scenery, ancient rock carvings and remote villages before continuing to the beautiful old village of Misfah, which is perched on the side of a mountain where narrow ancient stone pathways lead you into the valley below.
After enjoying lunch in a local restaurant at the top of the mountain, you will explore this ancient labyrinth in the Al Hamra region before your return trip to Muscat, the capital. To experience the Grand Canyon is to experience the very best of Oman.
It’s easy to get to Oman’s capital, Muscat, via air. It’s just over a one-hour flight from Dubai, and Oman air flies there from many international destinations.
This trip with Gray Line costs US$95 per person.
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