When your ship is docked at Muscat, meet your private guide and board your private, air-conditioned minibus to get acquainted with Oman’s beautiful capital.
As you start your 4-hour tour, hear about Muscat’s ancient maritime history and recent development from your guide.
Drive through the flower-lined diplomatic quarter to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Oman’s principal place of worship, this imperious mosque was gifted to the nation by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to mark the 30th year of his reign in the early 1990s.
Hop out to explore the sandstone building and ogle the opulent interiors, graced with chandeliers and the world’s second largest hand-woven Persian carpet.
Back aboard your minibus, drive to Muttrah, the picturesque district that’s home to many Muscat landmarks. Visit the fish market, and stretch your legs along the Corniche, passing blue-tiled mosque domes and merchants’ houses fronted by wooden balconies.
Delve into Muttrah souk and roam the stalls hawking silver jewelry, perfume, crafts and other goodies. Polish your bartering skills with tips from your guide and perhaps buy some souvenirs (own expense).
Continue to Muscat Old Town to explore this gated quarter. Snap photos of the two Portuguese fortresses — Al-Jalali and Al-Mirani — that guard the harbor — and gaze at the flamboyant Al-Alam Palace, the official palace of Sultan Qaboos.
Lastly, learn more about Oman at the Bait Al Zubair Museum as you inspect the collections of handicrafts, photographs and weaponry that illustrate the country’s history.
Your trip concludes with a drop-off at Muscat port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Muscat port following this tour. In the extremely rare event your ship has sailed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to join your tour, you will receive a refund. View our terms and conditions for full details.