Social tour options

There are several places you can explore and activities you can experience in and around Muscat whether you are seeking adventure, a cultural experience or a family-friendly excursion.

 

Tours below can be booked during or after registration. The schedules indicated are for the group tours. If you would like to book a private tour, or if you already registered for the Congress and want to add a tour package, please contact ihf2019@mci-group.com.

 

Reminders:

  • Deadline for tour bookings is on 15 October 2019.
  • Minimum number of guests for each tour to operate is 15 people (tour fee will be refunded to the same bank account or credit card if minimum number is not met).
  • Meals are not included.
  • Kids are allowed, however the charge per person is at full rate

 

To explore other destinations, go to https://experienceoman.om.

 

If you have any questions, please contact ihf2019@mci-group.com.

 

MYSTICAL MUSCAT

Dates for group tour: 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th November 2019

Duration: 4 Hours, Morning tour (100 KM)

Rate: USD 50 / person

 

Muscat offers the visitor a unique opportunity to witness a modern commercial centre existing in harmony with its traditional culture. With its natural harbour, Muscat means “Anchorage” & lies in a natural volcanic bowl. The tour of the Grand Mosque (except Friday) & Bait Al Zubair Museum (except Friday) is a brief introduction that traces Oman’s history and development. Drive along the waterfront Corniche visiting the Fish Market & the colourful Muttrah Souq. Proceed for a photo stop to the magnificent Al Alam Palace, official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos flanked by the 16th century Portuguese forts Mirani & Jalali.

 

(Ladies fully covered and to carry a head scarf and men in trousers)

 

 

AMAZING DOLPHINS

Dates for group tour: 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th November 2019

Duration: 3 Hours includes transfers, 0730hrs–1100hrs

Rate: USD 50 / per person

 

Transfer from your hotel to the Marina to embark on a boat as you search the seas for Dolphins and Whales. Watching wild dolphins is a thrilling way to start the day and the lucky may even come across one of the many species of whales that can be found just a few kilometres from Muscat’s rugged coast. Not every trip guarantees a sighting, but you are sure to enjoy a trip out to sea and enhance your knowledge of nature’s most fascinating marine mammals.

 

 

TWILIGHT DHOW CRUISE

Dates for group tour: 7th and 9th November 2019

Duration: 3 hours including transfers (Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays Only)

Rate: USD 70 / person

 

Transfer from your hotel to the Marina to embark on a relaxed dhow (fishermen’s boat) cruise. See Muscat coast through the eyes of ancient seafarers who plied this route for centuries. Have a brief stop at a natural cove. Photograph the spectacular Al Bustan Palace Hotel before you return back to the Marina for the transfer to the hotel.

 

Soft drinks, tea, coffee and dates served on board

Shangri-La / Chedi supplement for Dhow cruise US$ 8 per person

 

 

FASCINATING FORTS

Dates for group tour: 5th and 7th November 2019

Duration: 8 hours (500 KM)

Rate: USD 100 / person

 

Nizwa, capital of the interior, is the birthplace of Islam in the Sultanate of Oman. Nizwa boasts of the famous Round Tower Fort, built in the 17th century, and its Souq renowned for its Friday cattle auction, intricately hand-carved “Khanjars” (daggers) & ornamental silver jewellery. Enroute to Jabrin,  visit the Bahla Fort which has been declared as a World Heritage site. 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. Enroute to Muscat visit 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.  Jabrin Castle and Bahla Fort Timings are Sun – Thu: 0900-1600hrs & Fridays : 0800-1100)

 

 

BATINAH BASH

Dates for group tour: 5th and 9th November 2019

Duration: 8 Hours (425 KM BY 4WD)

Rate: USD 110 / person

 

A full day tour along the Batinah coast. The first stop is the Seeb Fish Souq by the seaside. Drive through the date palms to the sparkling springs and Fort at Nakhl. Visit the beautiful Wakan Village famous for its terrace farming. The next stop is Wadi Abhyad which has large patches of white sedimentation and when translated means white wadi. The drive winds through the mountains with small pools of water dotting the wadi bed.

(It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes)

 

 

WAHIBA WILDERNESS

Dates for group tour: 5th and 9th November 2019

Duration: 9 Hours (550 KM BY 4WD)

Rate: USD 135 / person

 

The Wahiba Sands, a vast mass of undulating red and white sea of sand and dunes rising up to 200 metres are also 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.
(It is advisable to wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes).