READING PAGES OF ROCK

BASIC INFORMATION

AVAILABILITY

JANUARY TO APRIL AND SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER

STARTING POINT

MUSCAT

ENDING POINT

MUSCAT

DURATION

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

TYPE

PRIVATE TOUR / SMALL GROUPS

CATEGORY

ACTIVE TOURS

INCLUDES

GUIDE / TRANSFERS / HOTELS / MEALS / EXCURSIONS / ENTRANCE TICKETS

EXCLUDES

GRATUITIES / EXTRA TRANSFERS / ENTRY VISA FEE / INSURANCE

LANGUAGE

ENGLISH OR OTHER UPON REQUEST

CUSTOMIZABLE

YES UPON REQUEST 

MINIMUM PARTICIPANTS

2 PEOPLE

MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS

10 PEOPLE

ELIGIBLE AGE

6+

TRANSPORTATION

MUSCAT AIRPORT PICK UP & DROP OFF SERVICES

TOUR VEHICLES

4X4 JEEPS, SALOON, CAR/MICRO, VAN/MINI, BUS/COACH

READING PAGES OF ROCK

Rock art includes some of the greatest artistic masterpieces of humankind. In Oman, rock art sites are scattered across the country and represent the rich spiritual values of a very ancient culture with great significance to both their creators and to their descendants. This journey will take you to visit the sites that are more spectacular for their beauty. It will enable you to read the pages of rock on which the ancient inhabitants of Oman have written their history. The sites that you will be visiting were very important for ritual, social and religious purposes. While visiting them, you should approach the rock art with the same respect and consideration that was felt by the ancient artists and their community. It is because others have respected the sites and rock art that you are now able to visit them yourself and in turn you can allow others to enjoy and study the rock art in the future.

DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN MUSCAT 

 

Welcome to Muscat, the capital of Oman! We will welcome you at the airport and accompany you to the hotel selected for you.

TRANSFER

Muscat airport

ACCOMODATION

Ramee Guestline

MEALS & DRINKS

Dinner / 1 bottle of water.

DAY 2 MUSCAT, CAPITAL OF THE SULTANATE OF OMAN

A full day trip to admire the most interesting parts of the city: the great mosque built by his majesty the Sultan Qaboos; Wadi Aday, point of intersection of a series of different ecosystems that favored the development of the first communities in the 6th millennium BC, where you can easily go hunting for engravings as the walls of the wadi are literally covered with rock art; the National Museum which houses the most important collection of ethnographic objects and archaeological finds in the country; the ancient nucleus of the capital with the royal palace al Alam and the forts built by the Portuguese after the conquest of the city . A tour of the Mutrah Suq is a must, to explore the meanderings and have the opportunity to buy silver, fabrics, oriental fragrances and spices.

 

FULL DAY

City Tour

MAIN DESTINATION

Muscat

ACCOMODATION

Ramee Guestline

MEALS & DRINKS

Breakfast, lunch and dinner / 3 bottles of water.

DAY 3 SHENAH


To reach the village of Shenah we will leave the hotel after an early breakfast. In this area, the rock art is located on bedrock surfaces and on boulders that are often in a secondary position. Most of the figures are engraved in a deeply hammered and chiseled technique. It is also quite easy to observe several repeated superimpositions that suggest the presence of different phases. Animals shown with the body completely filled with pecked incisions on the inside represent the first phase and the animals with the outline drawn with three lines, dated to the 4th millennium B.C.E. always overlap them. These three strokes animals are very likely to be representations of ibexes or wild goats, oryx, Arabian gazelle and thar, as in the logo of Dhofar International Tourism. In the afternoon we will reach the town of Nizwa, the ancient capital where we can admire its imposing fort. We will visit the souk where you can still find some ancient silver jewelry.

FULL DAY

5 h 30 min approximately / 360 km / by car

MAIN DESTINATION

Shenah

ACCOMODATION

Golden Tulip Nizwa

MEALS & DRINKS

Breakfast, lunch and dinner / 3 bottles of water.

DAY 4 HASAT BIN SALT

 

After an early breakfast we will leave the hotel to visit the most famous rock art monument in Oman: Hasat bin Salt. The boulder is a monolith geologically considered an “exotic”: this is the term used to indicate the fragments of metamorphosed limestone in contrast with the other surrounding rocks that are igneous.  Hasat bin Salt has three different panels on its vertical faces, one on each side of the large boulder facing north, west and south where you find groups of human figures created with a sort of statuary technique. Later we will visit the Saiq Plateau, a large portion of the oceanic crust that emerged from the bottom of the Tethys Sea bringing millions of fossilized sea creatures dated to the Mesozoic. On the way back we will stop at the ancient village of Birkat al Mouz to stroll among the ancient falaj and mud brick houses.

 

FULL DAY

3 h 20 min approximately / 200 km / by car

MAIN DESTINATION

Hasat Bin Salt

ACCOMODATION

Golden Tulip Nizwa

MEALS & DRINKS

Breakfast, lunch and dinner / 3 bottles of water.

DAY 5 WADI AL HAREEM


On the way to Wadi Al-Hareem we will go to see the impressive beehives tombs of Al Ayn, dated to the 3rd millennium B.C.E. The tombs are standing on top of the cliff in order to watch and protect the village on the banks of the wadi. After a panoramic drive around the mountain of Jabal Shams we will reach Wadi Al-Hareem (the “Wadi of the Women”). Unlike wadis in other areas where the engravings are found on the rock walls, those of the Wadi Al-Hareem have petroglyphs engraved on several boulders which in the past have been smoothed by the waters. These boulders emerge from the side of the slope that incorporates them into the hard soil conglomerate. One stone block is completely engraved with representations of riders on mules, which are not found elsewhere in Oman

 

FULL DAY

6 h 10 min approximately / 480 km / by car

MAIN DESTINATION

Wadi Al Hareem

ACCOMODATION

Guest house

MEALS & DRINKS

Breakfast, lunch and dinner / 3 bottles of water.

DAY 6 WADI SAHTAN
 

We will spend the full day in Wadi Sahtan which is one of the most significant wadis for the presence of rock art in the northern Hajar mountains. After reaching Al-Khadra, at the beginning of the palm tree cultivation we will leave the car and go into the wadi on foot. These rocky walls are covered by hundreds of rock engravings depicting Arabic inscriptions, horse and camel riders, outlined in a schematic or naturalistic style, sometimes associated with warriors. We will then drive to a site called Gore Anaqsah where we will find two long rocky wall panels, which are fully engraved.  We can see the most ancient human figures discovered in the wadi: Women standing or sitting on thrones, because of their quite large dimensions and vertical position on the wall it is probable that these ladies are representing the princesses ruling the area at that time. 

 

FULL DAY

1 h 10 min approximately / 80 km / by car

MAIN DESTINATION

Wadi Sahtan

ACCOMODATION

Guest house

MEALS & DRINKS

Breakfast, lunch and dinner / 4 bottles of water.

DAY 7 WADI BANI KHAROUS
 

We will leave our guest house early in the morning to reach Wadi Bani Kharous before the sun is high in the sky. Here you will visit four different sites where we will be able to view some very interesting animal figures (lions, horses, leopards and cobras). Additionally, you will also see figures overlapping those of ibexes that were engraved millennia earlier. These figures are dated from the 5th to 4th millennium BC, but they are not the oldest figures of these rocks. In fact, these animals overlap a circular figure placed in the center of the right portion of the depression. It is, in all probability, a green turtle: you can see the anatomical details of the head and some legs.  In the afternoon we will drive back to Muscat 

 

FULL DAY

2 h 50 min approximately / 200 km / by car

MAIN DESTINATION

Wadi Bani Kharous

ACCOMODATION

Ramee Guestline

MEALS & DRINKS

Breakfast, lunch and dinner / 3 bottles of water.

DAY 8 DEPARTURE FROM SALALAH

 

Say goodbye to your memorable stay in Oman. Transfers are arranged to take you to the airport for your departure flight.

TRANSFER

Muscat Airport

ACCOMODATION

No

MEALS & DRINKS

Breakfast / 1 bottle of water

PRICE PER PERSON STARTING FROM 2245 USD

ESSENTIALS

SUNSCREEN • COMFORTABLE SHOES • HAT • SWIMMING SUIT

Please ensure to dress respectfully. The knees and shoulders should be covered all the time.

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