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3 Days in Oman: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2014

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The Sultanate of Oman is an off-the-beaten track desert destination for lovers of empty sand dunes rolling into the distance, and miles of pristine beaches lining the Gulf. Mountain trails lead to ancient tombs, desert forts, wadi oases and walled castles, while cruise ships glide along the Gulf to Muscat’s busy port.

Day 1: Magical Muscat

Muscat has been a legendary sea port for centuries, and a strict eye for tradition means the city has an attractively uniform appearance of elegant domes and arches, with few nods to high-rise modernity. Hindu temples, Christian churches and a number of graceful mosques dot the city’s skyline, and Muscat’s eclectic collection of museums delve into natural history, Omani heritage, military history, and oil and gas exploration. Tour Muscat with a private guide for insights into Omani daily life and traditions, and take a stroll along the harborfront corniche by the port at Muttrah.

Day 2: Market Mayhem

Shopping in Oman can mean haggling for brass bowls, leather slippers, velvet robes and pottery in the traditional Arab souks. Gold jewelry and precious gems glitter by the port in Muttrah’s souk, plus local handicrafts and heady spices like frankincense and myrrh. You’ll find upmarket shopping malls of marble and glass in Muscat and Qurum, with European department stores and supermarkets alongside traditional Arab merchants specializing in richly colored carpets and textiles.

Day 3: Oman Day Trips

Day trips into the Omani desert travel through the mountains to oases of palm trees and the historic fort of Nizwa. Built in 1668, the huge fort’s tower and battlements protected this former trading center at the foot of the Hajar Mountains. Today, Nizwa’s busy souk is a lively reminder of the city’s former glory, and a particularly good place to source fine silver jewelry and souvenir copper coffee pots. For a fortified building with a difference, take a day trip to the fortress home of the imams at Barka en route to ancient Rustaq Fort, the epitome of a sandcastle stockade.

Tours & Tickets

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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

Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 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 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

Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 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 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

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

Private 4x4 Wadi Safari - An Encounter with Nature

This tour will bring you closer to nature by first of all visiting the Nakhl oasis and a having a photo stop at the impressive fort, you then proceed to the ...  Read more

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

From USD $151.51

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

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