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Oman’s capital might have the same scrubbed-clean streets as the major Gulf cities but it replaces their dehumanizing skyscrapers with fascinating historical sites. Prime examples include the 16th century Portuguese-built forts of Al-Jalali and Al-Mirani which make for spectacular views, especially when they’re floodlit at night.

The Grand Mosque, an elegant modern construction in sandstone, draws on classic Arab styles and boasts a vast prayer carpet and a similarly outsized Swarovski crystal chandelier. The pick of the museums is probably Bait al-Baranda (“Verandah House”), which contains exhibits relating to the history, people and natural phenomena of Oman, housed in a renovated hundred-year old building. The seafront, or corniche, is a popular spot in the cool of the evening when the lights of the waterfront buildings are reflected in the placid waters.

Practical Info

Muscat is in the north of the sultanate, on the Gulf of Oman. Some major airlines fly there directly, and most at least offer connections in Dubai or Abu Dhabi in the neighboring United Arab Emirates.

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Private Tour: Muscat by Night

Experience the twinkling sights of Muscat by night on this 5-hour evening tour and enjoy a 3-course dinner on the way! Accompanied by an expert driver who acts ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.25

Sunset Dhow Cruise from Muscat

Sail along Oman’s spectacular coast on a wooden 'dhow,' an Arabian sail boat, on this 2-hour sunset cruise from Muscat! Settle on the cushion-covered deck of ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.00

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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