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Approximately 4¾ Hours
Meals not included
Land of Frankincense
"The frankincense trees of Wadi Dawkah and the remains of the caravan oasis of Shisr/Wubar and the affiliated ports of Khor Rori and Al-Baleed vividly illustrate the trade in frankincense that flourished in this region for many centuries, as one of the most important trading activities of the ancient and medieval world."
Discover the contrasts between the lush vegetation of Salalah and the barren landscape of the desert, and learn the fascinating history of this region. Leaving the port, your half-day tour begins with a visit to Al Balid, once a prosperous medieval-era port. Al Balid's importance started in the 10th century and lasted for about 500 years, when it was the most important harbor for the export of frankincense. In the 15th century, trade routes shifted and Al Balid gradually lost its importance.
After seeing the archaeological ruins, you’ll drive to another ancient center of the frankincense trade--Taqa. Today, Taqa is a busy fishing village renowned for its traditional white-stone houses and its historic castle.
Your next stop is at Samhuram, located near the great lagoon of Khor Rouri Creek. This site dates back to 3000 BC and vividly illustrates the heyday of Arabia's frankincense trade with the Far East and Greece.
On the return drive to Salalah, stop at the impressive Al Husn Palace and Shanfari Mosque for photos, and then continue on to the Al Husn souq (market). Stroll among colorful stalls heaped with frankincense, myrrh and perfumed oils, along with local handicrafts, jewelry and other souvenirs before returning to the pier.
Please note: Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Shorts are not allowed. The Al Balid site is closed on Thursday and Friday mornings and on statutory holidays. Minimum age is 6 years.