• Location: Muscat, Oman
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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When your ship arrives in Muscat, explore some of Oman’s most beautiful forts and old-world towns on this full-day private shore excursion. With personalized commentary from your guide, follow the rocky Hajar Mountains to the old town of Nizwa to visit picturesque Nizwa Fort. Browse Nizwa souk, and after free time for lunch, travel through time-warp villages to 17th-century Jabrin Fort, perched on a hilltop overlooking palms and mountains. Learn about its history as you view its famous murals, wooden doors and hidden rooms and return to Muscat port.


  • Full-day Nizwa shore excursion from Muscat with a private guide
  • Travel southwest through the impressive Hajar Mountains
  • Admire 17th-century Nizwa Fort and learn about Sultan bin Saif al-Yaruba
  • Walk around Nizwa Souk and browse Bedouin silverware and antiques
  • Pass an enchanting fortresses at Bahla and visit Jabrin Castle
  • Enjoy personalized attention from a private guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Muscat Shore Excursion: Private Nizwa Day Trip

See Nizwa Souk on your shore excursion from Muscat!

While your ship is docked at Muscat, meet your private guide at the port and settle into your comfortable, air-conditioned minibus for your day trip.

Then, admire the views as you travel south through rural Oman, following the line of the craggy Hajar Mountains past sleepy villages and agricultural plots.

Pass the palm oases of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz, and after roughly two hours, arrive in Nizwa. Hear how the town was once Oman’s capital and enjoyed historical importance for its location on the main route between Muscat and Dhofar to the south.

Head for Nizwa Fort, the splendidly restored, 17th-century fort that looms over the town. Go inside to explore the towers and courtyards, and take in the far-reaching views of palm groves from the battlements as your guide explains how the fort was built for Sultan bin Saif al-Yaruba of the Ya’aruba dynasty.

Having explored here, delve into Nizwa souk, where the vendors sell a dizzying array of rugs, pottery, silver and antique jewelry.
Browse for souvenirs (own expense) and, after free time to stroll around and have lunch (own expense), reconvene with your guide.

Continue via the oasis village of Tanuf and pottery town of Bahla to Jabrin, home to one of Oman’s most beautiful forts.

Take a tour with your guide to see the famous ceiling paintings, and with luck, stumble across the fort’s secret rooms.

Absorb the stunning mountain views from the turrets and then finish your tour at Muscat cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Muscat port on this activity. In the very rare event your ship has left, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed on arrival in Muscat and you are unable to join your tour, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

What a fun day! We were met at the port entrance, not the ship, which is what we were told. We had an amazing day, with lots of sightseeing and information. We had a leisurely, yet action packed day, and we got back to the ship with plenty of time. We could have used more time, but the schedule wouldn't allow it.
Well worth the journey, and to have a private guide, so that we could take as much time in the places we wanted within our schedule or skip the places that weren't so interesting was wonderful.

I can't recommend this too much! The guide was wonderful, friendly and a great driver.

cutenekko Japan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Excellent tour and a "must do" while in Muscat. The drive alone to Nizwa is outstanding; huge mountains and hidden villages. Our guide/driver accommodated our requests to stop at some locations for photos. Guide was very knowledgable and answered all our questions easily. Jabrin Castle (the last stop) is outstanding!!! My only caution: our guide ate lunch with us, and we were tricked into paying for his lunch. If you want to avoid this situation, don't ask the guide to take you to a local restaurant -- go on your own.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this March 2017

Our tour was on 02/03/2017, according to the itinerary the tour duration is around 9 hours and pick up time 8.00am, and our ship will be depart at 18.00pm and we have to abroad at 17.30pm, therefore I thought this tour is perfect for us. But on 02/03/2017, we have been waited at the port gate at 8.00am and there was no one show up, so with the help by a local people we managed to call the emergency number and we have been told that the tour start should at 9.00am instead of 8.00am. When our ship docked at Abu Dhabi port on 04/03/2017 where have free wifi and I have got chance to check my email then I noticed that they actually sent an email on 27/02/2017 the day we broad our ship and told us about change of pick up time. Anyway, our tour guide arrived at 8.30am. The tour guide is not a guide, he is just a driver. There is no introduction / information whatsoever from our guide about the places that we visited. He just took us to the entrance and wait at the exist. Let us wondered around by ourselves and himself went for social with the local people.

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