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Salalah, History Like No Other on the Arabian Sea

Rhapsody will be docked at a commercial pier where foot traffic is not allowed. Free shuttles are provided to the Port Gate where taxis are available.

Salalah, Oman offers an incredible history that no city on the Arabian Sea can boast. Marco Polo stopped here in the 13th century as it was, and still is, one of the leading producers of frankincense in the Middle East.

Not a favorite pastime in Salalah is going to the beach, we visited Mughsail Beach with its pristine and white sand shoreline and watched its famous natural blow holes. Just a very beautiful and peaceful area. The Oman government has built free housing for the poorest people in this area, right across the road from this beach. A free house with an ocean view, unbelievable!

Stopped for lunch at the Crowne Plaza Beach Resort on the Arabian Sea Coast.

Tonight's Entertainment in the Broadway Melodies Theater: Mario D'Andrea, a mixed up Italian from Australia and direct from Las Vegas. Very entertaining, plays electric guitar and he's very good at engaging the audience.

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Muscat, The Best-Kept Secret in the Middle East

Reached 46°C

Free shuttles are provided to the port gate where taxis are available. The city center is an easy 5 minutes walk from the port gate.

As one of the oldest cities in the Middle East, it's hard to believe that this capital city of Oman was recently opened for tourism. But no matter how fast Muscat grows, the city is set on preserving its rich history and intimate feel. From the manicured parks and unspoiled beaches to the stone moat that still surrounds the area. Muscat is a vision in and of itself. The best views in town are from the mountainside forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani. Once used as a prison during Portuguese occupation, the forts have since been converted into a museum.

The Muttrah Souk, Muscat's oldest market, is a labyrinth.


Day 19

Oman: Visa on Arrival - Exempt if you have a Dubai Stamp in your passport

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