An early start to catch the fascinating goat market in Nizwa where you will be transported back in time as you witness the traditional sale of livestock brought in from all over the country for the Friday market. You will have time to explore the numerous souqs selling Omani wares such as silver, pots, dates and daggers before spending time in Nizwa’s 17th century fort and castle, the largest in the Arabian Peninsula.
You then head into the mountains and to the old mud-brick village of Misfah, perched on the side of the mountain where narrow streets run alongside the famous ancient water channels, know as falaj. You will also have the opportunity also to stroll around Al Hamra, another ancient mud-brick village with brightly-painted doors set amongst an oasis of palms. Winding upwards into the rocky mountains, your road eventually comes to an end at the spectacular Wadi Ghul, Oman’s kilometre deep “Grand Canyon” where the wadi way below you can just be made out from one of the dizzying canyon-side viewing points. You then drive back to Muscat and check in to your city hotel.