Get to know beautiful Muscat, capital of Oman, on this 4-hour city tour, with an expert guide. Driving between the sights by air-conditioned vehicle, hear interesting commentary on Muscat’s maritime trading past, and admire the elegant, flower-lined embassy quarter and old Muttrah, with its balconied merchants’ houses framing picturesque Corniche. On route, visit the stunning Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, see the Al Alam Palace and Al Jahali and Al-Mirani forts, and explore the main souk and Bait Al Zubair Museum, with its displays on Oman’s fascinating history and heritage.
- Drive through the beautiful city of Muscat
- Visit some religiously important landmarks
- Stroll along the delightful Muttrah
- Experience some market shopping
- Learn a wealth of historical and cultural information
Start your experience with a pickup from your central Muscat hotel. Meet your guide, board your comfortable, air-conditioned coach or minivan, and then sit back and relax as you set off on your 4-hour tour of Oman’s charming capital.
Drive through the handsome, tree-lined embassy quarter and arrive at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the main place of worship in the sultanate. Leave your vehicle to explore this serene sandstone building, a measured ensemble of domes, minarets and courtyards. Learn how the main prayer hall houses the world’s second largest hand-woven carpet, and how it took four years to weave.
Having explored here, drive to the old quarter of Muttrah, a picturesque district of old houses, alleyways and markets clustered around a beautiful, mountain-backed bay.
Delve into the waterside fish market and stroll along the Corniche past quaint merchants’ houses fronted by carved wooden balconies. Dive into the main souk, where the passageways are lined with silver, perfume and clothes stalls.
If you wish, snap up souvenirs (own expense) here before continuing to Muscat Old Town. Leave your vehicle and admire the two Portuguese forts — Al Jalali and Al-Mirani — each gazing back at each other from two facing outcrops of the bay.
Stop to see the flamboyantly designed Al Alam Palace, the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, and finish your tour at the Bait Al Zubair Museum.
Head inside this intriguing museum, and after exploring the displays that chart Omani life and heritage through the centuries, return to your hotel where your tour concludes.
Buses used for excursions are of the highest standard available. All buses are air-conditioned and equipped with a microphone.
4x4 vehicles used for the off-road safaris are air-conditioned with a maximum capacity of 6 passengers plus driver. All drivers are qualified off-road professionals, first-aid trained and carry cell phones. All vehicles are equipped with seat-belts and passengers are required to wear them at all times.
Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Hats or some protection for the head are advisable when in direct sunlight. Oman has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear should be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages.
Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings or military installations are not allowed.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any part of this tour for reasons of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or similar.