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This is a great introduction to Muscat, the itinerary of this tour gives you a good insight to parts of Omani culture and also Muscat. We were the only ones on the tour and our guide Munil was friendly and well informed, he gave us a great insight to Oman and we especially enjoyed the Grand Mosque, a stunningly beautiful building. We got there early and as we were leaving the tourist buses were arriving. The drive to the Old Town was interesting and we enjoyed the walk through the Souk where there is a very good jewellery shop where you can get Oman necklaces made.
We booked this tour online and had difficulty confirming a pickup time as the office number was not answered and we ended up calling Orient Tours in Dubai who gave us a mobile number of Raju. I would recommend the mobile number is on their website and also included in the Viator contacts for this tour.
Our sightseeing tour was provided by Orient tours. Our guide Abdul aziz met us at a prearranged hotel promptly at 8 a.m and we were pleasantly surprised to find we were the only people booked on the trip. Abdul immediately drove us to the Grand Mosque where he was able to give us a detailed tour despite his rather faltering english. The reason for the early start became obvious after taking two hours to see the mosque - as we left we were met by about 24 coachloads of tourists coming in the opposite direction to see the mosque. We avoided seeing the fish market and then went to look around the Souk. Abdul showed us what was good value and after a coffee and bite to eat we were then taken to Muscat museum at Bait al Zubair which gave us an insight into Omani culture and history, the story of the boat 'Jewel of Muscat' and a worthwhile picture exhibition by various local and international artists as part of the Festival. Abdul was courteous and very helpful and it was a pity that we had arranged transport from the hotel back to our daughter's house at 13:30 as he would have taken us to see the royal palaces and any other sight we requested, but we ran out of time and even local Muscat people seem to get lost in the bewildering street and district system. We would thoroughly recommend this tour- very good value for money but opt for an early start to avoid the heat of the day.
I was in Muscat for 4 days and three of them i was working, finally i got the chance to take the tour because i did not have to much time and to much money.
Rashid was our guide and he was quite open to answer all of our questions.
The city tour was amazing but the highlight of it was the Grand Mosque.
A very good tour for the first time vistor to Muscat. We saw most of the main sites and really gained a feel for the layout of the city and confidence to go around later by ourselves. We booked a group tour but there was just us and our really excellent guide Rashid.
An excellent tour and good value for money. The driver/guide, Rashid, was punctual, polite, informative and good company. The tour was comfortable and extremely interesting taking in the Grand Mosque, Muttrah markets and souq and Muscat including the royal palace and museum of Omani life. There was plenty of time to view it all.
Great tour! We had a lovely tour guide, who was a local and knew everything about the city. He made sure we stopped off at all the sights and take pictures. I loved the tour of the mosque. He spoke great English and knew every answer to the questions. Great trip and brilliant value for money. We had such an enjoyable day!
friendly and professional driver. mosque was fantastic,we could also visit the inside.this tour is a must in muscat.
It's very hot, and we traveled during Ramadan which made things a little difficult. But the city tour itself was very good.
The guide I had was very knowledgeable and flexible, we ended up spending more time in the mosque than he had intended. It is a great and economical way to see the city, especially considering taxi costs. I would definitely recommend it.
I had a lovely tour guide who took me around Muscat. The capital is tiny and only takes few hours to view, but the tour covers all the most popular sights.
Very knowledgeable driver guide who also allowed plenty of time to absorb our surroundings. Gave a great insight to what Muscat had to offer a tourist and allowed us to select our way around Muscat on our own during the following days.
Ok, but we would have liked to see the older parts of the city. Some of the facts that were given were a bit odd, for example, the carpet in the mosque was Persian. Yes, it was made with Persian fibre, but in the mosque itself by women. The souk was a waste of time, as it was just a cheap market and of no interest. However our guide was polite and well mannered. L