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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital

See the best of the City and visit a Souk!

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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Anthony W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our guide Mr Rasheed was excellent and shared some wonderful information about each place. The Mosque is a must see! We shared a larger SUV with another couple so it was like a private tour. We saw a lot in 4 hrs !!

Martin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The 'driver' guide we had, Racheed, was excellent a real pleasure to spend a morning with him. His knowledge was tremendous. It was the best part of our visit to Oman.

Kathryn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guide was experienced, knowledgeable and had great English skills. We loved him.

Chantel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A wonderful tour and a great guide Rasheed. Never felt rushed and had plenty of time to see everything listed. I highly recommend!

Jairo D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

very nice tour guide a gentleman with a lot of experience about muscat he was on time and was a great experience I highly recommended this tour in 4 hours you get a good idea about muscat a how the city is running great experience

Max K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide Rashid was very knowledgeable and polite with perfect English. He was able to answer all our questions and we were so happy to have toured the city with him. We would highly recommend this tour and would recommend having an Omani as your tour guide if you get to choose.

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Comfy 4x4 excellent guide with decent English spoken Prompt pick-up.
Grand Mosque is simply stunning, fish market and souk less so! Well worth the modest cost.

Arturo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent half day Tour in Muscat !

UMAR T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a lovely gentleman come pick us up from our hotel. The group was very small 2 other people besides us. We travelled in a 4x4 jeep a very nice spacious vehicle. Our guide was very friendly and informative. Gave us plenty of time at each venue we visited the whole time speaking to us and passing on very interesting details. at the end of the tour we asked for a special favour to be dropped of some other place besides our hotel and he obliged very kindly. Thanks to you all for giving us a wonderful experience and insight.

SCHMIDT R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a fantástico tour with a great guide. The car was air-conditioned and the driver/guide had a very good level of English, he was opened and willing to explain everything with great knowledge about Muscat, Oman and Islam in general. Worth every penny!

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