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Day Trips from Muscat

By Viator, September 2014

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With the ocean, mountains and desert all within hours of the city, Oman’s capital makes an ideal base for exploring the rest of the country.  Escape Muscat and head into the surrounding Hajar Mountains, where you’ll get to sample traditional Omani culture as you stop off at rock-hewn mountain villages, scenic plateaus and historic forts.

Exploring famous souks and forts of Nizwa makes a popular day trip from Muscat, less than 2.5 hours away, and a tour could take in the landmark Nizwa fort, the largest in the Arabian Peninsula, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bahla Fort and the nearby Jabreen Fort, world renowned for its exquisite Islamic carvings and inscriptions. Or combine a visit to the famous Nizwa souks with a trek to the 3,000-meter summit of Jebel Shams, the ‘Mountain of the Sun’, where the views expand over the Grand Canyon of Oman. North of Nizwa, highlights include the famous Nakhal oasis, the warm springs of Thowarah and the impressive Rustaq fort, or else opt for a day tour to Al Jabal al Akhdar, the highest point in Oman, nicknamed the ‘Green Mountain’ for the dense forests that blanket its hillsides.  

Camel treks or 4x4 desert tours in the seemingly endless sands of the Wahiba desert make another unique day trip, and many also choose to stay overnight, sleeping out in a traditional Bedouin encampment and waking up early to catch the mesmerizing desert sunrise. Alternatively, drive the scenic mountain roads south along the coast, visiting the breathtaking beaches of Quriyat on a route dotted with traditional farmlands, picturesque wadis and sleepy fishing villages.

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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

Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

The tour starts with a spectacular drive through the Hajar mountains via the oases of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz, to reach Nizwa and the impressive 17th century ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.15

Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

The tour starts with a spectacular drive through the Hajar mountains via the oases of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz, to reach Nizwa and the impressive 17th century ...  Read more

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

From USD $101.58

Private 4x4 Safari - The Mountain of the Sun

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a great day out driving through the fascinating Hajar Mountains and the oases of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz.

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

From USD $151.51

Private 4x4 Safari - The Green Mountain

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

You start your private tour in the morning and drive from Muscat to Fanjah. You will stop at Wadi Fanjah and continue to Birkat Al Mawz. Passing the Fort that ...  Read more

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

From USD $156.67

Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past

Your private tour starts with a visit to the fish market and souk in Barka and a visit of Bait Na'am, a fortified house where the Imams used to overnight ...  Read more

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

From USD $101.58

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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