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.

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$615 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Day Package TOUR JASMIN

Day 1On this tour we drive first towards the Desert. Our first stop first on this day is Fanya, where we will drive through the town along the mountains to admire the ancient mud buildings. We continue through to the Old Town Mudhairib. The ruins here offer a wonderful photo opportunity. Our next stop is the city of Ibra. Here we will stroll around the local market and have some lunch. After visiting Ibras ancient village, we drive to our Desert Camp, where we will spend the night. In the afternoon you will take part in an adventurous 4x4 Sand-dune drive, followed by watching the stunning sunset of the desert on one of the big sand dunes. We finish the day with a Dinner at the camp and a nice relaxing time around a romantic campfire. Overnight in Desert Camp.   Day 2We drive to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the biggest and most beautiful Wadis in Oman. Here we will spend some time to swim, sunbath, relax and to have a picnic in the beautiful scenic wadi canyons. From this Wadi we continue to Sur. We will give you a small City Tour (Dhow Factory, castle ect.) before we continue to Ras al Hadd to our Hotel/Camp for the night. In the evening we visit the Turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz. Here we will go on a guided beautiful walking tour on the beach at night under the stars, where we have a high chance of seeing omans great sea turtles stumbling on to the beach to build a nest and lay the eggs. If you are lucky, you can even see baby turtles hatching from some nests. Overnight in Ras al Hadd Hotel/Camp   Day 3Today we drive to Wadi Shab. On the way we make a photo stop in Qalhat at the The Tomb of Bibi Mariam. Qalhat was visited by Marco Polo in the 13th century, but he refers to it as Calatu. Qalhat is also described by the famous Muslim traveler, Ibn Battuta of the 14th century, who was known as “the Marco Polo of the Muslim world. Then we continue to Wadi Shab. This Wadi is an enormous canyon gorge that is lined with palm trees and impressive indications of what the power of the water coming down from the mountains can do in nature. With a 45 minute hike up through the canyon Wadi, we arrive at one of several crystal clear water pools. Tourists can swim on through the warm waters from pool to pool. Eventually we come to the last pool where an opening among the enormous rocks allows us to swim into an incredible crevice cave with a small waterfall. Inside, the sunlight filters in from the outside, turning the water into a beautiful turquoise blue whilst water showers down one side of the cave from the wadi beyond. Our next stop is the Bamah Sinkhole, a big crater near the sea with a small lake at the bottom, which is believed to have been created by a meteor. Then we drive back to Muscat .

$218 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole

You will be picked up from the hotel for a journey down the coast. First of all you will stop at the fishing village of Qurayat and then proceed to Bimah Sinkhole, a geological feature and a scenic wonder. Further on is the white sandy beach of Mokhalla in Fins. From there it is a short drive to Wadi Shab that can be done as a day hike from Tiwi village. Needless to say, prepare to get very wet! The Wadi Shab hike takes about 2 hours before you hit reach the “end-point”. Next and last, Visit the ruins of Bibi Miriam’s Tomb at Qalhat. As the only standing remains of the once thriving port city of Qalhat, Bibi Miriam’s Tomb is probably one of the most photographed ancient relics in Oman. Believed to have been built by Bahauddin Ayez, King of Hormuz in honour of his wife, it stands on the hill just outside the village of Qalhat. The rest of the port city, destroyed by the Portu-guese in the early 16th century, is gradually being reconstructed by an international team of archaeologists; if you visit between October and March you’ll be able to see them at work and ask questions first hand.You will then return to Muscat.

$1485 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5 Nights 6 Days: Essence Of Oman Tour

Day 01: Arrive Muscat in the morning. Meet your guide and proceed on a visit to Grand Mosque. (Ladies have to cover their head with scarf ,full sleeve covering their shoulders).then drive through  to Bait Al Zubair Museum. Proceed to the Al Alam Palace ,Jalali , Mirani fort (photo stops).Then visit Muttrah Souq,an Old Souq in Oman.After that drive to Hotel and check in .Lunch own arrangement. In Evening proceed to the pier to do a sunset cruise along the magnificent coastline of Muscat for two hours.After that return the back to Hotel.Overnight  Hotel Best Western or similar in Muscat. DAY 02 : After breakfast, check out and proceed to Oasis city of Nizwa.Then Visit the Nizwa fort and Nizwa souq which is renowned for its intricately hand-carved "Khanjar" and ornately designed silver Jewellery .On  Friday a unique goat and cattle auction is held.After that visit Jabrin , Bahla Fort and Bahla Castle .Also visit the ruins of tanuf and see the falaj system which is still operation. Overnight Hotel Al Diyar or similar Day 03: Breakfast at the hotel. You will check-out and proceed to the pretty village of Birkat Al Mauz. Enjoy a walk through the lush green date plantations.Continue Drive to Nizwa via visit Sinaw souq.On the drive to the desert camp through the desert terrain,the great desert of Oman known as“Rumlat Al Wahiba”where our expert driver will give you the thrill of driving over the undulating dunes.After enjoying you will continue to the Al Raha camp. Dinner & Overnight at the Al Raha Camp or similarDay 04  Breakfast at camp.After spending sometime in the desert continue drive out of the desert Then proceed to Wadi Bani Khalid,which stand like an oasis in the desert with clear green natural spring water pools. After spending some time here proceed to Sur town. Sur is a port city on Oman’s which still produce traditional wooden vessels, played a pivotal role in Oman’s maritime past.A Short visit of Sur, before proceeding to your hotel.Overnight at Sur Plaza HotelDay 05:Tour along the coast line from Sur to Quriyat .The ruins (Photo stop from the main highway) at Qalhat Bibi Mariam’s historical sources mentioned that she was the governor of Qalhat during the reign of King Hormuz (Kotob Eddine Yamtuhin) Visit the Wadi Shaab, natural pool.Continue to Muscat driving past Quriyat, a very large fishing village between lagoon and the sea.The port of Quriyat is still guarded by a watchtower. Overnight  Hotel Best Western or similar in Muscat.Day 06: Breakfast at  hotel.Full day free for optional excursions. Check out at 12.00. Transfer to the airport in time for departure flight. (Lunch & dinner own arrangement)