• Location: Muscat, Oman
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Discover the traditional forts and oasis towns of inland Oman on this private, full-day trip to Nizwa and beyond. With a private guide and air-conditioned vehicle to yourself, follow the rocky Hajar Mountains to ancient Nizwa, home to 17th-century Nizwa Fort. Explore the courtyards and chambers with your guide; and then shop for souvenirs at Nizwa souk. Lastly, continue through the pottery town of Bahla and visit Jabreen Fort to view its splendid frescoes and carvings as your guide tells tales of Oman’s culture and history through the ages.


  • Privately explore the enchanting forts of Nizwa
  • Drive through the spectacular Hajar mountains
  • Visit one of Oman's most beautiful forts
  • Experience some of the city's markets

What You Can Expect

Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa

See Nizwa Souk on your shore excursion from Muscat!

Meet your guide at your central Muscat hotel in the morning, and settle into your private air-conditioned car or minibus ready for your day trip to Nizwa.

Then, journey south deep into Oman’s rugged interior, passing the lush oasis towns of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz, and following the line of the jagged Hajar Mountains to the east.

As you travel, hear fascinating stories about Oman’s rich heritage and history, and, if you wish, tell your guide if there are any sights you want to see more of. Your tour is private, so the itinerary can be tailored to your preferences.

After roughly 1.5 hours, arrive in Nizwa, Oman’s former capital and once an influential trading hub, located as it is on a major route between Muscat and Dhofar in the south of the country.

Cruise by the palm groves around the town on route to Nizwa Fort. Admire the sight of this 17th-century desert fort, and go inside to explore its towers, chambers and courtyards as your guide explains how it was built to ward off raiders keen to enjoy the fruits of Nizwa’s strategic location and palm oasis.

Having visited the fort, ease down with a stroll around Nizwa souk, where the vendors peddle everything from rugs and pottery to silver Bedouin jewelry.

If you wish, buy some souvenirs (own expense), and then continue to the old oasis village of Tanuf and pottery town of Bahla, famed for its earthenware jars.

Next, drive to Jabreen, the site of one of Oman’s prettiest forts. Take a guided tour of the 17th-century castle to admire its elaborate wood carvings and the murals that grace its rooms.

Your trip ends with a drive back to Muscat and a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Almir M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

excellent tour, Rasheed is very kind, friendly and knowledgeable, really enjoyed it

Bard N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We had an all day guided tour from Muscat to the inland and visited Fort of Niza and small villages in the inland. The Fort was interesting, but even more the impression from small villages outside the city. And the guide was perfect, a good combination of small and more important information and also relaxing/quiet between the highlights.

Margaret O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We were very pleased with Mr. Rashid and Orient Tours for how they handled this excellent tour of Nizwa and Jabrin Forts and surrounding areas. Mr. Rashid gave detailed descriptions of the places we visited, picked great shops for us at the Souks, and was a gentleman throughout the journey.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Was better than expected with a very good guide who was informative and knew his product

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A safe and pleasant driver taking us through stunning country to the Nizwa Fort. Very interesting, as was a stroll through the nearby souks, checking out the local coffee and Omani sweets. Then onto Jabreen Castle, which we considered even better than Nizwa. It was good being able to look around at our leisure, without being ordered around. We were not hassled, and could take our time, or not, as we chose. Lunch was taken at a roadside cafe. OK, but not particularly elegant. Next time we would take a packed lunch. All in all, a tour to be recommended.

Lisa D Oman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

This is the third time I've done the tour and I can;t recommend it highly enough to anyone who wants the real Oman experience.

Alan B

4 star rating: Recommended November 2012

We had a very interesting and informative day touring the mountainous region of Oman. Our tour guide and driver for the day, Rasheed was excellent and extremely courteous. A great day.

Jeffrey F

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2018

Tour guide was friendly and engaging. He managed the details of the trip well. He was not however very informative about history or culture. Tour would have been better if he had arranged for other persons to join us who could have discussed history and cultural aspects of the sights being seen. At the very least, the guide could have recommended use of audio guidance in the forts.

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