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  1. Oman
  2. Muscat
  3. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

From Muscat: Day Trip to Jebel Shams, Oman's Grand Canyon

Product ID: 222309
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Explore Nizwa by strolling through the souqs and ancient forts. Enjoy photo stops at Al Hamra and Misfat Al Brein en-route to the Jebel Shams and marvel at the highest peaks in the area. End the tour with an outside photo stop at the Sultan Qaboos Mosque.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Your city center hotel in Muscat.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the ancient city of Nizwa and delve into its rich history
  • Witness the sprawling valleys and lofty mountains during the drive
  • Visit Al Hamra and gaze at a 300-year-old human settlement
  • Admire the marvelous architecture of the Sultan Qaboos Mosque with an outside photo stop
Full description
Begin your tour with 8:00 AM pickup from your accommodation in Muscat, then head to Nizwa, the birthplace of Islam and former capital of the Sultanate of Oman.

Once there, enjoy the rich history of Oman dating back to the 17th century in a city packed with forts, historical edifices, and date plantations. Gaze at elaborate khanjars, or hand-carved daggers, and masterfully-crafted silver jewelry in Round Tower Fort, one of the city’s most famous fortifications.

Later, you will be directed to Jebel Shams. On the way there, make stops to capture the best pictures at Al Hamra, a 300-year-old town located close to a flourishing oasis, and Misfat Al Brein, a 13th-century village located at the border of the canyon. Stroll through the mountain roads to arrive at Jebel Shams and stare in awe at the majestic peaks of the range that extend almost 3000 meters (9840 feet) up toward the clouds.

As the trip comes to an end, enjoy a ride back to Muscat passing through the fascinating Muscat embassy quarter. Stop outside the charming Sultan Qaboos Mosque and admire and take photos of the magnificently beautiful Islamic architecture. The tour concludes with drop-off back to your hotel in Muscat.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from Muscat hotels or the Port (depending on option booked)
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Transportation by 4WD vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Mineral water
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Tour duration may vary depending on city traffic
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Worry-free policy: Guaranteed to return on-time
• This is a moderate activity that includes some short walks
• Pickup and drop-off at cruise port Muscat are available if option booked