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Nizwa is well worth the trek from Muscat. Recommended.
Excellent day. Very friendly and informative driver/guide. Highly recommend this tour for families, just remember water and snacks for the little ones.
Rachid was a very friendly and informative guide who made sure we got the best out of the day. We saw Nizwa and Bahla forts and Jabrin Castle as well as a Wadi and two interesting ruined settlements and had time to wander round the main sights at our leisure.
This was a great tour and an excellant value at less that $100 U.S. per person. I got to see many more placese than I would have found on my own with a rented card. The driver/guide named Rasheed was very pleasant and knowledgeable, making the trip quite enjoyable. In one day we managed to see three historic castles or forts and much more. It was great to see all the beutiful rocky mountains and desert landscape. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting Oman.
Everything worked perfectly, our guide was excellent, both as guide and driver, and we saw everything we hoped to see. The only slight downside was the place we were taken for lunch - a bit sub-standard, especially toilet facilities.
Good value - a full day of sight seeing including some nice forts.
For our tour, there was only my mum and me, so it felt very personal indeed. Our guide was great, offered interesting knowledge of surrounding areas and was very friendly. We both enjoyed getting out and seeing different parts of Oman and enjoying the Omani hospitality of receiving Coffee and dates after a tour. Would highly recommend this tour.
Very good tour, excellent car and driver, well paced.
A long hot day was forgotten in the variety of places visited and by the easy way our driver guide imparted his knowledge of the country, history and customs. The experience opened us up to a country that we had never previously given a lot of attention.
The trip got slightly repetitive after a while as each fort looks exactly the same when there is no explanation of the history or significance.
The driving was slightly erratic at times and the driver often used his mobile whilst driving. He was however very accommodating to our requests to stop for bathrooms and food.
Overall it was a good cultural experience that could be improved with guides that knew more about each individual fort.
The actual tour itself was great. the guide Rasheed took great care to give us plenty of time at each stop and unlike other tours I have done in the past he gave just the right amount of information. He was courteous a helpful at all times.
However the administration behind the tour was terrible. We arrived from a Royal Carribean cruise the day before. I tried calling the local tour operator from the ship (by phone)but had great difficulty getting through. I tried all 3 numbers provided. It just rang and rang.Once I spoke to a girl but was cut off. Eventailly I spoke to someone and agreed a pick up at 8am outside the port next day. I then was told by the cruise people that tI neede to take a shuttle bus to get to the port exit,the earlies shuttle bus from the boat to the port exit was 8 oclcok. I tried rining the local operaotr bck but could not get connected. I emailed yourselves to contact them in fear that if (as it seemed very lieklely) we would not arrive at the port entrance until 8.10 could the driver wait. We eventually give up trying to contact the local firm and had to just hope the drivcer would wait. It would have been helpful when talking (during the one call we got through when we agreed the time of pick up) if the person had assured us that they were already aware the first shuttle bus only left at 8am for the port exit. .
We had a worrying night not knowing for sure if we would be able to do the tour.
Better communication of local arrangements would improve the administration.
The tour was easy and comfortable as the car comes to pick you up and drives you around to different locations. However, the sites all have recently been refurbished and look brand new which takes away the character of what the forts originally were. It can be quite a dull experience since it lacks inspiration for imagination. Either way, the drive out from Muscat through the desert and mountains makes it worthwhile.