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3 Days in Muscat: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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From its cutting-edge Islamic architecture to the traditional seafront souks, Oman’s sprawling capital is a lively blend of the old and new, and with beaches and mountains right on its doorstep, there’s plenty to keep visitors busy. Here are some ideas for how to spend 3 days in Muscat.

Day 1: Walk the Corniche
Muscat’s Old Town is one of the city’s most atmospheric districts and the most popular way to take in the sights is with a walk along the picturesque Muttrah Corniche.  Stroll through the colorful harbor, stopping at the famed fish market and dipping into the maze of the Muttrah Souk to pick up some unique Omani souvenirs, then marvel at the opulent Al Alam Palace (Sultan's Palace) overlooked by the towering 16th-century forts of Mirani and Jalali.

Day 2: Get a taste of Omani culture
Muscat is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and the city is teeming with examples of its artistic prowess. Check out the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Gulf, then spend the afternoon unveiling Oman’s colorful history at one of the city’s many museums – the Bait Al Zubair Museum, the Land of Frankincense Museum or the Sultan's Armed Forces Museum are all fascinating choices. Cap off your day with an evening of entertainment at the exquisite Royal Opera House. 

Day 3: Take a day trip
Escape the city for a day trip into the Hajar Mountains, where you can explore the traditional mountain villages and souks, or plan an overnight stay in the desert, with a trip to the Wahiba Sands.  Another popular day trip is touring the historic forts of Nizwa, including the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bahla Fort.

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Muscat Private Arrival Airport Transfer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Travel from Muscat International Airport to your Muscat city hotel. Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 10 - 45 minutes

From USD $28.58

Private Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

The tour begins by driving through the beautiful embassy quarter of Muscat en route to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Visit the mosque, a religious landmark of ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.21

Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Your 4x4 vehicle will take you through the fascinating Hajar Mountains, and the town of Ibra to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman's most beautiful wadis (dry river ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.67

Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

The tour begins by driving through the beautiful embassy quarter of Muscat en route to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Visit the mosque, a religious landmark of ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.13

Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

There is no better way to see Muscat than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Muscat attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: Varies

From USD $58.00

Muscat Shore Excursion: Private City Highlights Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

After docking at the Port of Muscat, head out to discover the city’s highlights on a 4-hour private shore excursion. While enjoying personalized attention from ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.21

Private 4x4 Safari of Wadi Shab - The Coastal Caravan

Head out from Muscat on your own private tour to the coastal town of Quriyat, famous for its beautiful beaches. Then onto a photo-stop at the ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $161.85

Private 4x4 Safari - Mountain Fascination - Eastern Hajar Mountains

Your private 4x4 tour starts on the road from Muscat to the coastal town of Quriyat, then moves off-road to continue on a mountain track through the Eastern ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $142.90

Private Tour: 4x4 Desert Adventure Safari from Muscat

Your private 4x4 vehicle off-road a dirt track meanders through the fascinating Hajar Mountains to Wadi Abyad, famous for its water pools. The tour proceeds to ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.68

Muscat Shore Excursion: Private Nizwa Day Trip

Leave the Port of Muscat with a private guide and spend a day discovering enchanting Omani fortresses around the historical town of Nizwa. Pass through the ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.58

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