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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.


  • 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


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.

Sanjeev S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

It was good. Nice driver. Enjoyed and will recommend to others.
Nicer car would have been great.


3 star rating: Worth doing May 2014

We enjoyed our tour of Muscat and our guide was very knowledgeable and good company. We were aware that our tour was starting too late to fit in entry to the Grand Mosque but were able to view and walk round the outside.
There was however a negative side to our experience because our meeting instructions very clearly stated we should meet our guide outside the main port gate. Having got there, with some difficulty, he was nowhere to be seen and it took 30 minutes to discover that he was waiting inside the port. As a consequence we also missed visiting the fish market which closed before we met the guide.

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