• Location: Muscat, Oman
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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Get your bearings in Muscat and check out its highlights on this private 4-hour city tour. Explore the best of this charming city, one of Arabia’s prettiest capitals, and soak in its setting wedged between the Al Hajar Mountains and Gulf of Oman. Visit Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, shop at Muttrah Souk, explore the Bait Al Zubair Museum, see the Sultan’s Palace, and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees included.

Highlights

  • 4-hour private tour of Muscat
  • Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and admire its marble courtyards and prayer halls
  • Stroll through Muttrah Fish Market and the maze-line lanes of Muttrah Souk
  • Chart Oman’s history at the Bait Al Zubair Museum
  • Stop for photos of the Sultan’s Al Alam Palace, and the Mirani and Jalali forts
  • Private transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees included
  • Price per vehicle, based on a maximum of five passengers

What You Can Expect

Private Muscat City Tour

Muscat

Start your private tour with hotel pickup in Muscat, and settle inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide. Then, explore the pristine streets of the city, beautifully set between the Al Hajar Mountains and Gulf of Oman.

On route, learn how the city has successfully retained its rich Arabian heritage and culture, despite having undergone rapid development over the last few decades.

Head first for Muscat’s undoubted showpiece: the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Opened in 2001, this stunning marble mosque is one of the largest in the Gulf, with room to accommodate 20,000 worshipers.

After touring the glittering courtyards and prayer halls, continue to the Ministries quarter, home to many of Muscat’s foreign embassies and consulates.

Admire the bougainvillea-laced avenues and immaculate white buildings with their Islamic arches and latticework, and then travel to Muttrah, the commercial heart of Muscat lining a spectacular, mountain-backed bay.

Stroll through the seafront fish market where the locals trade their catches, and admire the sweeping Corniche, lined with latticed and balconied buildings. Then, delve into Muttrah Souk, a maze of covered alleys filled with stalls peddling spices, perfumes, coffee, antiques, and homewares. Breathe in the exotic aromas, and perhaps haggle for goods with tips from your guide.

Having explored here, pay a visit to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a charming museum that charts Oman’s fascinating past from ancient through to modern times. Learn about the country’s rich culture and early roots, and then continue deeper into old Muscat.

Pose for photos outside the blue-and-gold Al Alam Palace, the official residence of Sultan Qaboos, and take pictures of Muscat’s twin Portuguese-built forts, Mirani and Jalali, perched on rocky outcrops above the bay.

Your tour then finishes with a hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

With some initial difficulty during confirmation as to where exactly to meet the driver we arrived at the port gate the same time as our driver Ali. Car was very clean and comfortable Ali's English was excellent as was his driving. His knowledge of Muscat and Oman generally was very good and he provided some interesting facts about the places we visited. We were never rushed to complete the tour in the allotted time he was quite comfortable to stay at each stop for as long as we wished. For someone like ourselves calling on a cruise it was an ideal way to see what Muscat has to offer we thoroughly enjoyed the tour and can highly recommend it.

aalinyc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

My husband and I met up with our tour guide, Fahad right outside the cruise port, right on time. Fahad was congenial, funny and clearly has a deep affection for his home in Muscat. We went to all the sights, the Grand Mosque which rivals the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi in our humble opinion, the Muscat Museum, the Souk, the Palace and a lovely drive through the old city. Fahad was our personal negotiator in the souk too! We sampled Omani coffee and at the end of our tour Fahad went out of his way to find some coffe for us to take home. We highly recommend this tour and if youre up for a relaxed, knowledgeable and congenial guide, please ask for Fahad, and tell him his friends from California say hello!

LOIS B Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was an excellent tour with an itinerary as promised. The driver was also the guide very professional and knowledgeable and his customer service was exceptional as he also stopped at a Starbucks so I could get a drink and a mug for my collection. This tour required a minimum of 2 passengers and I had to pay double but it was worth it. The only thing I think that needs to be changed is the contact phone number provided. The telephone number was in Dubai and I was in Bahrain. They should have a local telephone number. Even with this said my guide was on time and this situation did not take away from this wonderful tour.

Bard N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We had a very interesting visit in Muscat with a guide that also told us a lot interesting about everyday life in Oman. A beautiful country, umfo unfortunately off-season and very hot, but a guided tour that we strongly recommend.

Olivier G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Excellent tour, timing respecté, excellente explication en anglais de la part du guide Zacharia, nombreux stops photos et bonnes explications

Yogesh J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Excellent tour, with a fantastic driver/guide. He made the tour very enjoyable by telling us about the city, its history, its people and the cultural background. The visit to the Grand Mosque and to the palace were particularly interesting. A view from the top of one of the mountains was thrilling. The sea shore, the museum and the souks were nice. Overall, it gave us a great overview of the city and of Omani culture. It was very enjoyable and is highly recommended for anyone visiting Muscat.

robert e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A very knowledgeable, courteous and friendly guide made this a thoroughly enjoyable tour around a variety of sights in Muscat.

ERNESTO M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We have a wonderful time with our guide and driver Saleh, 4 hrs private tour of Muscat. We visited the beautiful Sultan Quaboos Grand Mosque, enough time taking photos inside and outside. The photo stops are worth taken at the Sultan's Al Alam Palace, the Mirani and Jalali Forts. The museum was closed due to electrical problem that day. An hour short visit at Muttrah Souk to have a quick snack and
shopping. Most of the shops close at 2 pm and reopen after 4 pm on cruise ship days when there are lots of visitors otherwise they are closed from 1-4 pm. Due to the closing of the museum we were able to have a glimpse of the Opera House. Overall, it was a good tour and we highly recommend this to anyone that want to see Muscat in a day..

MC

4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

I was at the hotel lobby before 8:30am, which was the agreed pick up time. I saw an Omani man who appeared to be waiting for someone but looked very relaxed, and I thought that he might be a tourist himself waiting for his driver. I was later sitting on the same bench as that man, waiting. After 10 minutes, the man appeared to be talking to the hotel staff and looking for somebody. Only at that point did I realise that he was probably the driver tour guide of this tour. I would have expected him to be more upfront and talk to me in the first place to find out if I was his client as I obviously looked like a foreigner/tourist in their country, whereas it was more difficult for me to identify the tour guide. The tour guide did not speak a lot of English but was a very nice person. We were taken to places that we were supposed to see without problems. It would have been nice if we could spend a bit more time in the souq, as I had only explored some parts of it.

ruisduarte

4 star rating: Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing!

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