Art & History
9 months ago
Forts and castles are Oman's most striking cultural landmarks and together with its towers and city walls, they have historically been used as defensive bastions or look-out points. It is estimated that there are over 500 forts, castles and towers in Oman. Our incredible tour will include a few of them, which are more remarkable and striking in their architecture & style. The ancient capital of Oman, Nizwa was a seat of learning and the birthplace of Islam in Oman. The 17th century round fort and the souq famous for silver jewelry are the major attractions of Nizwa, not to mention the popular and interesting cattle auction, which takes place on every Friday. Built on a solid base of rock, the huge tower was designed to withstand the vibrations of 24 cannons. We move on to Bahla famous for its handmade pottery. Bahla is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, however the fort here is now under renovation and is not open to public. Built as a defensive stronghold, the Jabreen is perhaps the finest of Omani castles. The castle has dungeons, passages, rooms and ceilings decorated with fine carvings & paintings.
Visit the fertile Batinah coast and be amazed by its beautiful beaches, forts and small fishing villages. There are also places famous for camel racing and bull fighting, if this is something that interests you. You'll have a short stop at the Seeb Fish market before continuing to the Nakhl Fort and the hot water springs, followed by the majestic fort of Rustaq, which is one of the oldest forts in Oman and is surrounded by watch towers. You'll then return to Muscat in the late afternoon after a day of exploration and adventure.
Discover the stunning beauty of Budapest on a morning tour which will take you to all the important sites and landmarks of this magnificent city as you get a brief overview of the last 1000 years of Hungarian history. Starting at the Chain Bridge, you will pass by the beautiful Parliament building and will take the Margaret Bridge to drive over to the Buda side. The first stop of you tour will be at the Castle District, where you will go on a short walk to see the main attractions in the area. Then you will walk to Matthias Church situated in front of the Fishermen’s Bastion, a neo-Gothic/Romanesque terrace built on the Buda bank with 7 towers representing the 7 tribes which settled in the area. Next, you will cross the Elisabeth Bridge to Pest to check out the famous Central Market Hall, followed by the largest Synagogue in Europe and the City Park. You will pass by Europe’s largest thermal spa and the Amusement Park, after which you will stop at Heroes’ Square. Lastly, you will take the Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, passing by the Opera House and the St. Stephen’s Basilica on your way.
Delve into the warm culture, old traditions and rich history of Budapest while your guide shows you everything you need to see in this bustling city, split by the Danube River. After getting picked up from your hotel, you will go on a walking tour in City Park to see the main attractions such as Heroes' Square, the famous Széchenyi Thermal Bath and the stunning Vajdahunyad Castle. Next, you will go to Andrássy Avenue which is one of Budapest’s most famous boulevards, on the way to the beautiful Opera House and the Synagogue of Dohány Street. Then you will head to St. Stephen’s Basilica before checking out the stunning House of Parliament perched on the side of the river. Afterwards, you will go on another walking tour, this time in the Castle District on the Buda side where you will see the main attractions of the area including the Matthias Church and the impressive Fishermen's Bastion. Before ending the tour, you will arrive at Gellért Hill (Citadel), where you will find breathtaking views of the entire city stretched along the banks of the Danube, so make sure you bring a camera along.
Explore all that Buda has to offer on this amazing 2-hour tour which will give you a quick introduction to all the important sites and landmarks of this stunning city. You will start off at the Chain Bridge which connects the Buda side to Pest across the Danube River. Next, you will pass by the exquisite House of Parliament, which is the 3rd largest Parliament building in the world, before crossing the Danube to the Buda side on the Margaret Bridge. Once you get to the Castle District, you will go on a short walk to see the main attractions of the area such as the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion, before going up to the Gellért Hill (Citadel). Situated at the altitude of 235 m (771 ft), this hill overlooks the river with breathtaking views of the entire city and the Budapest skyline, so don’t forget to bring a camera! The tour will end at the city center, next to Váci Utca, which is one of the most famous pedestrian streets in central Budapest, filled with restaurants and shops for all tastes.