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

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

    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 cl...

    The Travel Guide Abdul was amazing. But the tour operators were very late and I couldn’t fulfill the enjoyment I truly deserved.

  • From Muscat: 4-Day Oman Highlights Tour

    2. From Muscat: 4-Day Oman Highlights Tour

    Day 1 Get picked up from anywhere in Muscat and drive to visit the beautiful Nakhl Fortress. Lying amongst mountain foothills in a small village with extensive date palm plantations, this magnificent 350-year-old fortress rises out of the mountain rock, towering high above the ancient village, as if still warning would-be attackers of its ominous strength. Tour the inside of the restored fortress and visit all the rooms which have been decorated in their original style. Learn about the network of hidden escape routes and secret passages that riddle the structure. Admire an outstanding view from the top of the fortress over the mountains and green date plantations. From there, drive into the Wadi Bani Awf, a picturesque dry valley. Pass by the impressive Wadi Canyons and several small villages on a scenic 1.5-hour drive before continuing up the road leading into the Jebel Shams Mountai...

  • Muscat: Full-Day City Tour with Sunset Cruise

    3. Muscat: Full-Day City Tour with Sunset Cruise

    Start the tour with pickup from your hotel and transfer to Shatti Al-Qurum (next to the Intercontinental Hotel) where the city tour departs. Venture through the beautiful city and discover a rare blend of ancient and modern architecture surrounded by mountains and the Arabian Sea.  First, drive through the ministries' area, where you can see a number of modern buildings with touches of ancient Islamic architecture. Make your first stop at the Grand Mosque - an architectural marvel and perhaps the new landmark of the city. Then, visit the fish market and the folkloric Muttrah Souk, with its narrow covered alleys. Smell the exotic aromas of spices, coffee beans, and ancient remedies. Next, visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which has a fine exhibit of Omani history and culture, encompassing all of the area's traditional values. Make a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace (the offic...

  • Jebel Shams and Treasures of the Interior Tour from Muscat

    4. Jebel Shams and Treasures of the Interior Tour from Muscat

    Experience the sights and sounds of Oman during this 8-hour tour from Muscat. You’ll begin with a drive to the Dakhalia region via the Samail passes and the abandoned villages of Birkat Al-Mouz. Visit Nizwa, the ancient capital in the interior of the country. Enjoy a walk through its famous souq, where silver and coppersmiths produce exquisite ornaments in front of your eyes. Souvenir hunters will treasure the famous Omani khanjar, coffee pot and copper vessels. Next you’ll head to the historic Nizwa Fort for a visit before continuing on to the Jabrin Castle. Enjoy the panoramic mountain drive to Jebel Shams or Mountain of the Sun, which is the second-highest peak in the region, rising to over 2,000 meters. From Jebel Shams you’ll have stunning views of the area’s rugged landscape.

    A full day tour. A lot of driving, over 450km. (75% was on multi lane freeway.) Got an appreciation of the different landscapes. Nizwa fort was interesting and totally rebuilt. Oman’s Grand Canyon was amazing. The Wadi’s were interesting, and the old town built into the hills. Great restaurant for lunch.(Which you pay for yourself) but great food and not expensive. Guide arrived half an hour late, but when I rang company advised he was held up in traffic so felt reassured he would arrive. I good way to get a feel for the countryside of Oman if you only have a few days to visit. Would recommend.

  • From Muscat: Nakhal Fort Day Trip

    5. From Muscat: Nakhal Fort Day Trip

    Get picked up from your accommodation in Muscat and drive along the magnificent Batinah coastline to Barka before heading south to reach the Oasis of Nakhal. Catch your first sight of the Nakhal Fort, which lies in a group of mountain foothills near an abundant source of water used to irrigate extensive date palm plantations. Visit the Nakhal Fort, built originally by the Sassanids during pre-Islamic times to defend against invading Arab tribes. Tour the present-day fort, which was reconstructed in the 17th century. Then head to Al Thowarah Hot Springs just a few kilometers from Nakhal Fort. Finally, visit another pre-Islamic fort in Rustaq, the former capital of Oman during medieval times. Get dropped off back at your accommodation in Muscat.

  • Muscat: Nizwa Oasis Full Day Tour with Lunch

    6. Muscat: Nizwa Oasis Full Day Tour with Lunch

    The tour begins with pickup from your hotel or port in Muscat and travels to the enchanting ancient city of Nizwa. Upon arrival, explore the sights of the city’s historic fortifications, noted for numerous mosques and old buildings. Learn about the fascinating history of Nizwa from your experienced guide, as you drive towards one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the fort. Explore the fort with your guide, then proceed to the Nizwa souk, embellished with silver jewelry, antiques and traditionally carved daggers. Afterwards, head to Bahla, a UNESCO World Heritage listed town which is home to some of the oldest fortresses in the country. Enjoy a photo-stop here amongst a backdrop of pottery craftsmen and clay forts. Finally, head to the Jabrin Fort, that has stood since 1675, and admire its stunning interior architecture before heading back to Muscat.

    It was a very nice and relaxing day with a good pace. All the major sites were seen and overall a great experience to see the history first hand. Would recommend for people not in a rush and enjoy long drives viewing the scenery outside. Lots to see and cost effective compared to a lot of the other local tour operators.

  • Muscat: Night Tour with Audio Guide & Dinner at Opera House

    7. Muscat: Night Tour with Audio Guide & Dinner at Opera House

    Begin your night tour with pickup at your hotel and make your way to Shatti-Al Qurum. Pass by the Royal Opera, a massive monument ordered by the music-loving Sultan himself, before stopping to take photos at the illuminated Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque. After, head toward Old Muscat and its corniche, and admire the city's attractive harbor area. Next, discover a mix of the old and new at the Muttrah Souq, as well as a myriad of sights, sounds, and fragrances from everyday life. Do a little souvenir shopping then continue to the most prominent landmark in Muscat, the Sultan’s Palace (Al Alam Palace). Take a photo of the gates and colonnaded approach by night, and marvel at the lighting. From the palace, move on to Al Angham restaurant for dinner. Savor your meal as you admire the breathtaking seating area where everything is just as elegant and intricate as the inside of the Royal Opera Hou...

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It was a very nice and relaxing day with a good pace. All the major sites were seen and overall a great experience to see the history first hand. Would recommend for people not in a rush and enjoy long drives viewing the scenery outside. Lots to see and cost effective compared to a lot of the other local tour operators.

We had a great tour guide and a vehicle for the two of us plus another tour guest (SUV driver + 3 guests). Our driver Mohammed was able to tell us a lot, was helpful and responded to individual small requests. He was always safe and the tour was very informative overall.

The Travel Guide Abdul was amazing. But the tour operators were very late and I couldn’t fulfill the enjoyment I truly deserved.

The tourist The tourist guide was perfect and we had a wonderful experience.

what an amazing experience. definitely a must for any travelled