Muscat, Oman

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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.

Itinerary

Important Information:

Vehicles:
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.

Dress Code:
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.

Photography:
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.

Conditions:
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any part of this tour for reasons of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or similar.

Reviews

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E
, Jan 2018

The guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is absolutely beautiful, just remember to cover up for this visit.
Al Alam Palace has an unusual design and not at all what I expected a palace to look like.

c
, Dec 2017

Very informative tour, Rashid, our tour guide was very nice, and smiling all the time. He took us first to the Sultan Qaboob mosque, very beautiful contemporary Islamic architecture, then we went to the fish and vegetable market, which I personally would remove from the itinerary for lack of relevance and stay more time at the Muttra souk, this place has a lot to offer in diversity. Also we visited Muscat downtown with the official palace and a museum. In general the tour was very good, it covers a lot.

T
, Dec 2017

Very informative and very capable guide who entertained us as well as conducted us. First class!

s
, Oct 2017

Guide was poor - he only talked to my husband in the front seat and the rest of us couldn't hear anything and we had to ask lots of questions A lot of time wasting that could have been put to better use

S
, Aug 2017

Not a bad tour but you can find it cheaper. We paid a bit more than others going through Viator.

R
, Jul 2017

The tour was nice but there was not much to see and the guide's English was very limited.

t
, Apr 2017

This was undoubtably one of worst tours I've ever been on...the guide was not knowledgeable about city or country, didn't quite understand the questions we asked in English and answered with information not ever asked for, and didn't know how to set time limits for points of interest stops. At the mosque a volunteer answered our questions and gave detailed information about the building of it while our guide Joseph had little to explain. It was VERY obvious that Joseph had not received enough training. The following day we took another tour with a MUCH more experienced guide Rasheed who was fabulous. Perhaps Joseph could shadow Rasheed for a few tours to learn how to conduct one. Shame on the company who allowed an ill-prepared guide to take clients out on a tour.

s
, Apr 2017

driver was late even after i called twice. he did not accompany inside museum or around courtyards. had no idea what we were looking at. when asked questions he did not know answer. i would say more of a driver than tour guide.

H
, Feb 2017

We had a great tour guide who gave us a really good tour of Muscat city provided a lot of info about the daily lives of the locals as well as info around their religion which we found fascinating.

P
, May 2016

A nice drive around this modern city. The Grand Mosque is the MUST visit place in Oman. It is an absolutely beautiful building, no matter what your religion or leanings, you cannot and will not be disappointed with a visit to it. Muttrah Souk is worth a visit, but not the hive of activity we had hoped for and like most souks is now more geared to the tourists rather than the locals. The fish market is being placed in a new modern building, so it too is losing its charm. A nice way to see Muscat.


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