Welcome to Qalhat


The site began a major five-year redevelopment in 2014. Until the site is redeveloped for tourism, you can spot the tomb from the highway.


Top experiences in Qalhat

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Qalhat activities

$1385 Multi-day & Extended Tours

BLISSFUL OMAN

DAY 01: ARRIVAL MUSCAT. Overnight at Muscat Hotel DAY 02: HALF DAY MUSCAT CITY TOURThe tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Later you drive to visit Seeb fish Market.  DAY 03: MUSCAT – NIZWA You proceed to Jabrin castle built in 17th century is one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings makes this castle amazingly different. Thereafter continue to Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman and in the 12th century the capital of the tribe living in the region.  DAY 04:  NIZWA – JABEL SHAMS – NIZWA Morning visit the powerful Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, one of the most impressive forts in Oman and the traditional Souq. Al Hamra and Misfah to see one of the oldest villages of this region.  The traditional mud houses dated back from 400 years are still occupied.Thereafter drive to visit Wadi Gul & Wadi Nakhar the remote villages exactly at the drop point of great canyon. Then proceed to Jabel Shams DAY 05:  NIZWA – WAHIBA  Morning drive to Wahiba sands, via Birkat A Mauz and Ibra. Wahiba sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand. Evening watch spectacular sunset from top of the dunes. BBQ dinner and over night at desert camp. DAY 06: WAHIBA – SUR    Your first destination is Wadi Bani Khalid – an oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip. Then drive to you visit Sur, renowned for its dhow shipyard in former times.  After an early dinner you will visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where at night the Green Turtles DAY 07 SUR –QUIRAT-QALHAT-MUSCAT.Visit the fish jetty and dhow factory . Visit the Sineslah Fort. The ruins of Bibi Miriam's Tomb can be seen at the village of Qalhat on coastal road to Muscat. Stop at Fins beach. Our next stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom.Proceed to Wadi Arbayeen which has refreshing deep pools of water set among the date palms.  DAY 08 DEPARTURE TRANSFER

$110 Day Trips & Excursions

SUR AND COASTAL TRIP

Tour start by going towards Quriyat fish market. Stop at Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with inviting blue-green water. This drive along the coast offers great views of the blue waters of the Sea of Oman.Continue your journey to Sur. By the 6th Century, Sur was an established centre for trade with East Africa. Today the city has retained its reputation as a major Dhow building town. After some time spent exploring Sur we take the route that winds through mountain terrain to the ancient port of Qalhat, stop at Bibi Miriam Tomb, where archeologists are at work (at present closed for archeological searches).Enter Wadi Tiwi with its blue-green pools of water surrounded by palm trees.Your last stop will be to relax at White Beach, named because of its white sandy beach with incredible turquoise sea. The perfect post card picture.

$455 Multi-day & Extended Tours

1000 NIGHTS DESERT TOUR

DAY  01: MUSCAT-QURIYAT-WADI ARBAYEEN-BIBI MAIRIAM At 0800 hrs we depart by 4WD vehicles to Wahiba Sands via the scenic and rugged coastal route. This tour offers breathtaking glimpses of the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman offset by pristine white beaches. We drive past the fishing village of Quriyat . There is a good chance of spotting Flamingos and Eagles at an inland stream. Visit the picturesque Wadi Arbayeen with its deep pools of water set among the date palms. We then proceed to the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. On clear sunny days while driving along the coast one might chance to see sharks in the deep blue waters or fleet footed Gazelles sprint across the landscape.  The Mausoleum of Bibi Miriam at Qalhat stands as testimony of a bygone era. As we continue from here the road winds through mountain terrain offering breathtaking glimpses of the ocean. We continue our drive on to the Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters, which are, also host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Experience a roller coaster like feeling over the dunes.  Dinner and overnight in tents at the 1000 nts camp.  DAY 02: WAHIBA SANDS-BEDOUIN FAMILY-WADI BANI KHALID-MUSCAT Enjoy Breakfast at the 1000 nts camp. Wahiba Sands is also home to the traditional Bedouin tribe who are known for their hospitality and their knowledge of the Sands. We will visit a Bedouin family in their traditional and simple habitat. In stark contrast to this is Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises of small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. The Wadi has clear deep blue water. It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Head Back to Muscat

$676 Day Trips & Excursions

A JOURNEY THROUGH ARABIA

DAY 01: MUSCAT-NIZWA-JEBEL SHAMS0800 hrs We stop at the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz situated at the foothills of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains). Enjoy a walk through its oasis and dense date plantations. Then we depart for Jabrin, the finest of Oman's castles built in the late 17th century became a seat of Omani learning. The castle displays the highest achievement in Omani ceiling painting & beautifully executed woodcarvings. Visit Misfah a pretty mountain village with stone dwellings still in existence. While heading for Jebel Shams stop at the terrace farming village of Wadi Ghul. Our next stop takes us to Wadi Nakher located in the depth of our deepest canyon. In the Jebel Akhdar range Jebel Shams the highest peak offers a spectacular view. Nizwa, capital of the interior, is the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Nizwa Souq is renowned for its intricately hand-carved "Khanjars" (daggers) & ornamental silver jewellery. Return to Nizwa.Overnight stay at Al Diyar hotel in Nizwa.DAY 02: NIZWA-WAHIBA SANDS-WADI BANI KHALID-SURBreakfast. 0800 hrs We depart from Nizwa for Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and White sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 meters, which are host to a variety of flora and fauna. The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. Visit a Bedouin house in this wilderness. In stark contrast to this is Wadi Bani Khalid. It comprises of small pretty villages embedded in the mountains. The Wadi has clear deep blue water. We then head for Sur.Overnight stay at Sur. DAY 03 :DHOW FACTORY- BIBI MIRIAM'S TOMB- WADI ARBAYEEN- QURIYAT-MUSCATAfter breakfast 0800 hrs Visit the fish jetty and dhow factory . Visit the Sineslah Fort. The ruins of Bibi Miriam's Tomb can be seen at the village of Qalhat on coastal road to Muscat. Stop at Fins beach for a swim . Our next stop is the Bimah Sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. On clear sunny days while driving along the coast one might chance to see sharks in the deep blue water or fleet footed Gazelle sprint across the landscape.Proceed to Wadi Arbayeen which has refreshing deep pools of water set among the date palms. Visit the mango plantations at Hail Al Ghaf before returning to Muscat via Quriyat Overnight stay at Muscat hotel of your choice

$655 Multi-day & Extended Tours

CULTURAL TOUR OF OMAN

DAY 01: MUSCAT – NIZWA-BAHLA-JABREENToday you will drive to visit the historic town of Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital You proceed to Jabrin castle built in 17th century is one of the finest of its kind. Its magnificent plasterwork, the carved doors and the painted wooden beams of the ceilings makes this castle amazingly different. Thereafter continue to Bahla, one of the oldest small towns of Oman and in the 12th century the capital of the tribe living in the region. As the monumental fort is closed for renovation only a photo stop is planned. Bahla is also famous for its pottery and you will visit a potter’s workshop (not possible on Fridays and Public Holidays). Later visit. Al Hamra one of the oldest villages & up to 400 years old mud houses are still occupied. Also visit the Al Hamra Falaj system.DAY 02: NIZWA – WAHIBA – RAS AL JINZMorning visit the powerful Fort with its massive Circular Cannon Tower, one of the most impressive forts in Oman and the traditional Souq.  Later drive to Wahiba sands, via Birkat A Mauz and Ibra. Wahiba sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand.  The ever-changing patterns of the dunes are a photographer’s delight. After some exciting sand dune driving which offers excellent thrills and chills for all. Drive to Wadi Bani Khalid – an oasis spot in the middle of the barren and dry mountains. It is one of the most beautiful wadis in Oman and its pools with clear deep blue water give you an opportunity to take a refreshing dip.  Enjoy the ambiance of the Wadi. On arrival at Sur check in at Hotel and after an early dinner (own arrangements) drive to visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where at night the Green Turtles, after a journey of thousands of kilometers will come ashore to lay their eggs. You then return to Hotel at late night for the overnight.DAY 03:  RAS AL JINZ –BIMAH SINKHOLE-WADI ARBAYEEN-MUSCATMorning you visit Sur, renowned for its dhow shipyard in former times. There after you can start your fascinating coastal trip to Muscat. The road leads through scenic countryside and rugged mountains to the small fishing towns. On the coastal road you stop at Bibi Miriam Mausoleum in Qalhat. Later you visit Wadi Tiwi, an oasis well known for its lemon and date plantations and then proceed to Fins beach. Visit the picturesque Wadi Arbayeen with its deep pools of water set among the date palms. We then proceed to the Bimah sinkhole, a spectacular limestone crater with blue green water at the bottom. On clear sunny days while driving along the coast one might chance to see sharks in the deep blue waters or fleet footed Gazelles sprint across the landscape.

$695 Multi-day & Extended Tours

TREASURES OF OMAN

DAY 01: MUSCAT-WADI SHAB- QALHAT-RAS AL HADDTour will start from hotel at 8h30 AM and take you for an incredible journey. Start the tour by going towards Bimah sinkhole, the clear blue-green water and accessible steps will give you the opportunity to go for a swim if you wish. Continue to Wadi Shab which means a “wadi between the cliffs”, enjoy a walk through the wadi, walking shoes are strongly recommended. Going up the wadi you will soon see pools appearing before you and you may also enjoy a refreshing swim in those pools. Enter Wadi Tiwi with its green pools and lush plantations. We head onto Qalhat famous for its history of exports to and imports of spices from India. Looking over at Qalhat is the Bibi Mariam Tomb (closed for archeological searches).Your next stop will be in Sur, another town famous for its trading Dhow Building Yard. The turtles come to lay their eggs at night and this experience is a memorable one.Night at a camp in Ras Al Hadd DAY 2: RAS AL HADD- JALLAN BANI BU ALI, AL HAMOODA MOSQUE-WAHIBA SANDSAfter breakfast, you will start by a drive to the Desert via Asellah, following the scenic rocky coastline, to visit the old Mosque in Jallan Bani Bu Ali, Al Hamooda Mosque …. Continue towards Wahiba sands, with its golden sand dunes. Meet a Bedouin family, do some dune bashing which consists in going up and down the dunes like a roller coaster with your 4x4. Enjoy the tranquility of the desert …. The night in the desert will be a memorable one. Night at a desert camp DAY 03: WAHIBA SANDS-WADI BANI KHALID-IBRA-MUSCATAfter breakfast, you will leave behind you this beautiful desert and continue your journey to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the most picturesque wadis in Oman. Take a plunge in the crystal clear waters of the wadi, perfect spot to take memorable pictures of green pools and waterfalls.Coming to Muscat, stop at Al Mudayrib and Ibra for a closer look at the watchtowers proudly looking over villages from the top of the hills.Return to Muscat.