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

Muscat Shore Excursion: Private City Highlights Tour

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 a private guide, explore the Omani capital, visiting top Muscat attractions such as the Grand Mosque, Muttrah Fish Market and Muttrah Souk. Walk around Muscat Old Town to see Portuguese fortresses and the Sultan’s Palace, and then visit Bait Al Zubair Museum to learn about Omani history.


  • 4-hour Muscat sightseeing shore excursion, led by a private guide
  • Visit the Grand Mosque and admire its lavish interior features
  • Discover Muttrah Fish Market and Muttrah Souk on a stroll along the corniche
  • Explore Muscat Old Town and see Portuguese fortresses like Al-Jalali Fort and Al-Mirani Fort
  • Learn about Omani history on a visit to Bait Al Zubair Museum
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Muscat Shore Excursion: Private City Highlights Tour

Explore traditional souks in Muscat

Meet your private guide at the Port of Muscat, and then hop aboard your air-conditioned minibus to discover the city’s delights. Pass the city’s imposing foreign embassy buildings while traveling to the Grand Mosque – an ornate place of worship that was given to the nation by the ruling Sultan Qaboos on the 30th year of his reign. Head inside to learn about the mosque’s Islamic architecture and marvel at the richly decadent interiors, complete with Persian carpets and gilded walls.

After exploring the mosque return to your minibus and travel to Muttrah, the quarter where most of Muscat’s top attractions are found. Visit Muttrah Fish Market, a colourfully chaotic Arabic market, and then stroll along the corniche, a scenic area lined with attractive mosques and latticed merchant houses.

Head inside Muttrah Souk and discover a dazzling selection of stalls hawking Omani handicrafts and silverware. Get tips for successful haggling, and then browse the market’s wares for keepsakes to take home.

Step back inside your minibus and travel to Muscat Old Town to explore on foot. The handsome gated neighborhood is home to the diwan (ruler’s office) as well as several Portuguese fortresses. Pass two magnificent ones – Al-Jalali Fort and Al-Mirani Fort – and admire the opulence of Sultan’s Palace (Qasr Al Alam) – the palace of Sultan Qaboos.

Finally, visit Bait Al Zubair Museum to learn about Omani heritage and history, seeing an expansive display of traditional handicrafts, photos and other artifacts. Finish your Muscat shore excursion with a drop-off at the port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Muscat for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Good guide arrived on time and was very helpful all times, we saw many things in a very short time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide, Nasser, did a wonderful job of explaining the history of Oman both political and historical. He was proud of his country and eager to show us the highlights of Muscat. We really enjoyed exploring this area with him.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our guide/driver was wonderful, very friendly and shared a lot about his own life with us. The tour was a good over view of the city, the fish market and the mosque were especially memorable.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

It was good. Nice driver. Enjoyed and will recommend to others.
Nicer car would have been great.

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2014

We enjoyed our tour of Muscat and our guide was very knowledgeable and good company. We were aware that our tour was starting too late to fit in entry to the Grand Mosque but were able to view and walk round the outside.
There was however a negative side to our experience because our meeting instructions very clearly stated we should meet our guide outside the main port gate. Having got there, with some difficulty, he was nowhere to be seen and it took 30 minutes to discover that he was waiting inside the port. As a consequence we also missed visiting the fish market which closed before we met the guide.

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