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3 Days in Muscat: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, February 2015

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From its cutting-edge Islamic architecture to the traditional seafront souks, Oman’s sprawling capital is a lively blend of the old and new, and with beaches and mountains right on its doorstep, there’s plenty to keep visitors busy. Here are some ideas for how to spend 3 days in Muscat.

Day 1: Walk the Corniche
Muscat’s Old Town is one of the city’s most atmospheric districts and the most popular way to take in the sights is with a walk along the picturesque Muttrah Corniche.  Stroll through the colorful harbor, stopping at the famed fish market and dipping into the maze of the Muttrah Souk to pick up some unique Omani souvenirs, then marvel at the opulent Al Alam Palace (Sultan's Palace) overlooked by the towering 16th-century forts of Mirani and Jalali.

Day 2: Get a taste of Omani culture
Muscat is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and the city is teeming with examples of its artistic prowess. Check out the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the Gulf, then spend the afternoon unveiling Oman’s colorful history at one of the city’s many museums – the Bait Al Zubair Museum, the Land of Frankincense Museum or the Sultan's Armed Forces Museum are all fascinating choices. Cap off your day with an evening of entertainment at the exquisite Royal Opera House. 

Day 3: Take a day trip
Escape the city for a day trip into the Hajar Mountains, where you can explore the traditional mountain villages and souks, or plan an overnight stay in the desert, with a trip to the Wahiba Sands.  Another popular day trip is touring the historic forts of Nizwa, including the UNESCO World Heritage listed Bahla Fort.

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Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital, Muscat, null
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Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 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 Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital, Muscat, Bus & Minivan Tours
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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
Small-Group Muscat Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Cruise, Muscat, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Small-Group Muscat Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Cruise

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Watch for dolphins and discover undersea Oman on this relaxing 3-hour boat trip from Muscat. Board a fiberglass boat and sail into the Gulf of Oman in search ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.29
Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid, Muscat, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Your 4x4 vehicle will take you through the fascinating Hajar Mountains, and the town of Ibra to Wadi Bani Khalid, one of Oman's most beautiful wadis (dry river ...  Read more

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

From USD $156.68
Sunset Dhow Cruise from Muscat, Muscat, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Sunset Dhow Cruise from Muscat

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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
Muscat Shore Excursion: Private City Highlights Tour, Muscat, Night Cruises
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Muscat Shore Excursion: Private City Highlights Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 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
Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Muscat, Ports of Call Tours
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Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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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 $63.00
Private Tour: Muscat Sightseeing Tour Including Dolphin Watching Cruise, Muscat, Hop-on Hop-off ... 
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Private Tour: Muscat Sightseeing Tour Including Dolphin Watching Cruise

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Get to know Muscat old and new and enjoy a dolphin watching cruise on this private, full-day tour. With your own guide, visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $154.29
Private Tour: Muscat by Night, Muscat, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Muscat by Night

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

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 $114.29
Dolphin Cruise from Muscat, Muscat, Night Tours
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Dolphin Cruise from Muscat

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Head out to sea in search of playful dolphins on this 2.5-hour cruise from Muscat! Cruise by comfortable fiberglass boat, and keep a look out for the ...  Read more

Location: Muscat, Oman
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00

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