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Al Alam Palace, Oman

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Muscat Half-Day City Tour with Audio Guiding

1. Muscat Half-Day City Tour with Audio Guiding

Discover the rich blend of ancient and modern architecture of Muscat on a half-day city tour. Learn how the city has undergone dramatic development in the past 3 decades, yet managed to preserve its age-old culture and heritage. Your driver will show you how to use the audio guide system to benefit the GPS enabled commentary that follows the tour. Start with a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, and then continue through the Ministries' area to see a number of modern buildings with a touch of ancient, Islamic architecture. Go to the fish market and explore the narrow alleyways of the Muttrah souk to soak up the scent of exotic spices, coffee beans and ancient remedies. Learn more about the history of Oman at the Bait Al Zubair Museum. Take a souvenir photo at the magnificent Al Alam Palace, flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani and Jalali. Itinerary: • 45 mins in Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque • 15 mins in the fish market • 30 mins in the Bait Al Zubair Museum  • 10 mins for a photo stop in Al Alam Palace • 10 mins for a photo stop in Mirani & Jalali • 30 mins in Muttrah Souq

Muscat: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

2. Muscat: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

A sightseeing tour around Muscat, the capital of Oman, is a great chance to soak up the Arabic atmosphere and explore the city where the ancient architecture and monuments are combined with the modern life. The first sight on the tour is Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque which is truly a masterpiece of the world architecture. It took 6 years to erect it and in 2001 it was successfully opened. This mosque is a traditional light Islamic building made from sandstone and marble. It has got 5 minarets – one main and 4 side minarets which create a special distinctive look. The internal design is rich in mosaics, huge handmade Persian carpets and chandeliers decorated with crystals. Our next stop is the Royal Opera House – the pearl of the Oman musical and stage art. The third sight we can’t avoid seeing is Muttrah Souq – the market located right at the banks of the Gulf of Oman. That’s an ideal place if you want to have a look at the ordinary life of Oman. Just go along the rows, look for the items, bargain and have fun as here you can find everything starting from spices finishing traditional rugs, vases or just souvenirs. Having seen the market, we should also look at the Mutrah fort. The fort leads its history at 1580s when the Portuguese had built it. It served as a military defense from the rivals in the past, but today it’s open for tourists. Next thing in Muscat to see is a well-known Al Alam Palace — the residence of Sultan Qaboos. From both sides the forts surround the palace, so you’ll likely enjoy the magnificent scenery. Located in the center of the city, it always attracts a lot of visitors and, although, people are not allowed to go in, they can easily go around and take cool photos.

Muscat: Night Tour with Dinner at Bustan Palace

3. Muscat: Night Tour with Dinner at Bustan Palace

Start with pickup from your hotel in Muscat. Begin the tour at Shatti Al-Qurum, next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Pass by the Royal Opera House, a massive monument which was constructed on the orders of Sultan Qaboos, who is an avid fan of classical music. Make a photo stop at the illuminated Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque. Afterwards, head towards Old Muscat and the area of Muttrah Corniche. Admire the city's picturesque harbor from this beautiful waterside area. Arrive at Muttrah Souq to discover a mix of the old and new along with a myriad of sights, sounds, and fragrances from everyday life. Do some souvenir shopping before driving to the most prominent landmark in Muscat, the Al Alam Palace. Take a photo of the gates of the palace, flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani. In recent years the palace is largely used for ceremonial purposes.  Next, make your way to the Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Begin an authentic Omani culinary experience with the acrobatic tea-pouring skills of the tea sommelier. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner at the Al Khiran Terrace Restaurant. Offering an array of culinary treasures, Al Bustan Palace is home to some of the best restaurants in the city, only steps from luxurious resort accommodations.

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What people are saying about Al Alam Palace, Oman

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4.1 / 5

based on 268 reviews

Everything went great from the start. As announced, I was contacted via WhatsApp the day before. Since I arrived by plane, a meeting point would have to be found. It was a hotel near the airport. I arrived at 6:15 am, check out took 45 mins so I was at the meeting point at 7:30 am. Pick up 8:00 am. Very competent driver, told a lot while we were picking up the other participants from the hotels and port. The German-speaking audio guide provided additional information from the driver (the driver spoke very good English) and the tour showed all the important stations. The last stop was the historic market, from where I continued on my own. It was very easy to get back to the airport by bus (S1 and A1) (0.8 OMR). Changing money at the airport wasn't a problem either. (To the right of the exit.) Tour is highly recommended even with a 10-hour stopover.

Our Guide Adam was great. He answered all the questions and even didnt care, when our tour took a bit longer. Adam knows a lot, was very funny and supportive. We visited all the important spots in Mascat. It was a very helpful tour in order to better understand mascat, oman and even the whole islamic world. I can really recommend this tour and especially Adam as a tour guide.

Well organized! Aziz knew a lot to tell, took us to beautiful, non-touristy places for pictures, took his time. In a word superb. A point. To get from the boat to pick-up points, you have to take a van, taxi is not allowed there. Because there is no WiFi / internet on board, we were late because we did not know this.

Was a bit skeptical about the audio guide, but it works very well and the driver kept telling us little things about it.

Super excursion perfectly organized from start to finish and with the sympathy of our guide Naseeb