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Top Day Trips from Muscat

By Viator, May 2018

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With the ocean, mountains, and desert all within hours of the city, Oman’s capital makes an ideal base for exploring the rest of the country. Here are your options for day tours from Muscat.

Quriyat—81 miles (130 kilometers) southeast
The mountain roads south along the coast to Quriyat make an excellent road trip. It’s a route lined with farmlands, picturesque wadis, and quiet fishing villages, and you can stop along the way to admire views of Wadi Shab or take a swim in the Bimah Sinkhole. 

Rustaq—85 miles (136 kilometers) southwest
The mighty Rustaq fort is an impressive example of Omani Islamic architecture that dates to the 18th century. Most tours combine a visit with the nearby Nakhal fort and Al Hazm castle, a circuit known as the Rustaq Loop.

Nizwa—98 miles (158 kilometers) southwest
Exploring the famous souks and forts of Nizwa is one of the most popular Muscat tours. A full-day tour often includes the landmark Nizwa fort, the largest in the Arabian Peninsula; the UNESCO-listed Bahla fort; and the nearby Jabreen fort, world renowned for its exquisite Islamic carvings and inscriptions. 

Wadi Bani Khalid—142 miles (228 kilometers) southeast
The beautiful wadis and vast sea of sand dunes that make up the Wahiba Sands provide a mesmerizing backdrop for a road trip, and Wadi Bani Khalid is one of the most scenic. Camel treks and 4x4 desert safaris are the most popular ways to explore, while night tours offer the rare opportunity to sleep out in a traditional Bedouin encampment and wake up early to catch the desert sunrise. 

Jebel Shams—151 miles (243 kilometers) southwest
Escape Muscat and head into the surrounding Hajar Mountains, where you’ll get to sample traditional Omani culture as you stop off at rock-hewn mountain villages, scenic plateaus, and historic forts. One of the most popular choices is a trek to the 9,934-foot (3,028-meter) summit of Jebel Shams, the Mountain of the Sun, which is the highest point in Oman and offers spectacular views over Wadi Ghul, known as the Grand Canyon of Oman. Alternatively, visit nearby Jebel Akhdar, nicknamed the Green Mountain for the dense forests that blanket its hillsides.  

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Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa, Muscat, null
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Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 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 $118.11
Day Trip to Oman's Grand Canyon: Jebel Shams, Muscat, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Trip to Oman's Grand Canyon: Jebel Shams

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Visit Qaboos Grand Mosque, Nizwa Fort and Souq, Wadi Ghul, Jebel Shams, Al Hamra and Misfah Al Abreen.

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

From USD $218.00
Small Group Day Trip to Nizwa Fort and Jabreen Castle from Muscat, Muscat, Day Trips
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Small Group Day Trip to Nizwa Fort and Jabreen Castle from Muscat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Depart Muscat to visit Qaboos Grand Mosque, Bahla Fort, Jabreen Castle, Nizwa Fort and Souq.

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

From USD $218.00
DAWN WITH DOLPHIN, Muscat, Day Trips
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DAWN WITH DOLPHIN

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Watching Dolphins is a thrilling way to start the day. In this trip enjoying Dolphins watching  and enhance your knowledge of nature’s most fascinating marine ...  Read more

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

From USD $75.00
Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa, Muscat, Day Trips
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Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 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 $88.42
Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid, Muscat, Day Trips
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Private 4x4 Desert and Wadi Safari - Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khalid

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 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 $164.92
Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past, Muscat, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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 $123.45
Private 4x4 Safari - The Mountain of the Sun, Muscat, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private 4x4 Safari - The Mountain of the Sun

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy a great day out driving through the fascinating Hajar Mountains and the oases of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz.

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

From USD $159.50
Muscat Shore Excursion: Private Nizwa Day Trip, Muscat, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Muscat Shore Excursion: Private Nizwa Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Leave the Port of Muscat with a private guide and spend a day discovering enchanting Omani fortresses around the historical town of Nizwa. Pass through the ...  Read more

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

From USD $123.45
Private 4x4 Wadi Safari - An Encounter with Nature, Muscat, Ports of Call Tours
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Private 4x4 Wadi Safari - An Encounter with Nature

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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 $159.50

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