• Location: Muscat, Oman
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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While in port in Muscat, take in the signature sights of Oman’s delightful capital on this 4-hour private shore excursion. Traveling in your own private, air-conditioned minibus with a private guide, visit top Muscat attractions including the splendid Sultan Qaboos Mosque; the bustling fish market and colorful Muttrah souk, where the stall hawk spices, silver and traditional handicrafts. Stroll along Muttrah Corniche past old-time merchants’ houses; see the Portuguese forts at old Muscat harbor; and visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum to chart’s Oman’s rich heritage and history.

Highlights

  • 4-hour Muscat sightseeing shore excursion, led by a private guide
  • Visit the Grand Mosque and admire its lavish interior features
  • Discover Muttrah Fish Market and Muttrah Souk on a stroll along the corniche
  • Explore Muscat Old Town and see Portuguese fortresses like Al-Jalali Fort and Al-Mirani Fort
  • Learn about Omani history on a visit to Bait Al Zubair Museum
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Muscat Shore Excursion: Private City Highlights Tour

Explore traditional souks in Muscat

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.

Customer Reviews

ed brager United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Driver/tour guide spoke excellent English. Timely pickup in excellent vehicle. Guide was very detailed and knowledgable. Highly recommend for anyone visiting Muscat. Thought well worth the price

Dr Michael J G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great private tour by Hashim. Very knowledgable - would have no hesitation at all in recommending him for a Muscat tour. Knows all the best places to see!

Dr Michael J G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great private tour by Hashim. Very knowledgable - would have no hesitation at all in recommending him for a Muscat tour. Knows all the best places to see!

RBlatman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The tour in Muscat was more then we expected. It covered more then what the itinerary listed. Very inclusive tour.

ALBERT D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We chose this tour as a shore excursion , when we finally got cleared by customs to get off our ship our tour guide was waiting for us with a sign that had my name on it with a smile on his face, our guide was a local and had a very good English vocabulary with a solid knowledge of Mucsat and its history, he loves his city and it shows we had a great time he brought us to the highlight of the city always asking if we were satisfied ....i recommend this tour especially if you are on a cruise it was really easy to find our guide at the main exit of the port and we were returned to the same location a nice no hassle excursion!

Alice V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Our guide Nasser was exceptional - knowledgeable, friendly, and very accommodating. The itinerary was perfect. He even treated us to falafel and soft drinks.

EvelynL

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Good guide arrived on time and was very helpful all times, we saw many things in a very short time.

Bonnie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide, Nasser, did a wonderful job of explaining the history of Oman both political and historical. He was proud of his country and eager to show us the highlights of Muscat. We really enjoyed exploring this area with him.

Thomas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our guide/driver was wonderful, very friendly and shared a lot about his own life with us. The tour was a good over view of the city, the fish market and the mosque were especially memorable.

Rowena L

4 star rating: Recommended March 2017

It was a great tour! Our tour guide was waiting promptly in the port when we disembarked. He was aware of our time limitations so he brought us to the mosque right away because it closes at 11am for visitors. He did not want us to miss this opportunity to enter the mosque. The rest of the highlights tour was done leisurely. We ended our tour in the souk as everything closes at 2pm. It gave us a sneak peek of merchandise we wanted to come back for as the pier was walking distance to the souk.

Our tour guide was a very quiet and respectful man. However, he did not even introduce his name to us. He did not even talk or gave us a brief history of the city. We had to ask him what building we were passing and significance of it. We felt that he was more of a driver than a tour guide. In this aspect, our group felt that there could be room for improvement in this area. A little public relations and rapport with the visitors in his country would have created a more fun and enjoyable experience for us.

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