Muscat Governorate
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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: • 4...

    The tour was very interesting. Everything was perfect. The guide was very friendly. Also the driver.

  • From Muscat: Red Dunes and Wadi Safari with Lunch

    2. From Muscat: Red Dunes and Wadi Safari with Lunch

    Following pickup from your hotel in Muscat, drive to Fanjah for a photo stop. Be amazed by the scenery as you drive through the Sumail Gap, a natural break between the western and eastern Hajar Mountains. Discover the ruins of Al Mansfah, an old mercantile community near Ibra. Proceed to Wadi Bani Khalid to admire the perfect views of the oasis. See date plantations in the villages that line the road on your way there. Then head to Wahiba, a destination known for its golden sands. Enjoy an exciting dune bashing session. Feel the rush of adrenaline as your vehicle climbs the tallest dunes. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch before heading back to Muscat. You’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

    Great experience, great ride with our guide Mohammed Sharaf, he took good take care of us, it is a must trip especially of you are lucky to have Mohammed as guide

  • Muscat: Full-Day Nizwa Tour with Audio Guiding

    3. Muscat: Full-Day Nizwa Tour with Audio Guiding

    Get picked up from your hotel and head to the Shatti Al-Qurum hotel where the tour begins. Your driver will show you how to use the audio guide system to benefit the GPS enabled commentary (available in five languages) that follows the tour. Travel towards to Nizwa, Oman’s cultural capital and home to some of its most significant structures. Along the way, stop at a charming ancestral village called Birka Al Mawz, which sits at the base of Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountain). In Nizwa, admire the central fort and its giant cannon tower; walk through the traditional souq (market); and, of course, enjoy a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, visit the unique Jabreen Castle, built in the 17th century. It has magnificent plasterwork, carved doors, and painted wooden beams. You'll also see Jebel Shams—one of the most famous mountains in Oman—and one of the oldest towns in the region, Oman Bah...

    It was a great day out and we really enjoyed exploring interesting historic sites outside Muscat. Our driver and guide Malik was very professional and approachable. I would highly recommend this trip.

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

    4. 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.

  • Hajar Mountains: Private Day Trip from Muscat

    5. Hajar Mountains: Private Day Trip from Muscat

    Begin your tour driving through the Hajar Mountains to the township of Nizwa, which is the ancient capital of Oman. Visit Nizwa Fort and the traditional Souk.  Next, travel through the deep Wadi Ghul and arrive at Jebel Shams, Mountain of the Sun, which is the undisputed lord of the mountains. Jebel Shams is the highest peak of the Jebel Al Akhdar mountain range, soaring 3,000 meters above sea level. This is the Grand Canyon of Oman and provides spectacular scenery, ancient rock carvings, and remote villages.  Continue your tour to the beautiful old village of Misfah, perched on the side of a mountain where narrow ancient stone pathways lead you into the valley below. Have lunch at a restaurant where you can savor local delicacies at the top of the mountain. Afterward, explore the ancient labyrinth of the region of Al Hamra before your return trip to Muscat.

    Our guide, Abdullah, has answered with kindness to all our curiosity about Oman . He has been an excellent guide

  • Muscat: City Tour of Grand Mosque, Old Souqs, Museum, & Fort

    6. Muscat: City Tour of Grand Mosque, Old Souqs, Museum, & Fort

    After pickup from your hotel, start your half-day tour of Oman’s charming capital. Drive through the embassy quarter to the stunning Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Admire the architectural beauty of its sandstone domes, minarets, and courtyards, and visit the main prayer hall.   Continue the journey with a visit to Souq Muttrah, a traditional and old-fashioned Arab market place promoting Oman’s cultural heritage. Visit the waterside fish market and stroll along the corniche to see the elegant merchant houses. Then, head to the Main Souq, filled with perfume shops and clothes stalls — the perfect place to find souvenirs. Enjoy a photo-stop in front of the Twin Portuguese Forts, Al Jalali and Al-Mirani. Then visit the beautifully designed Al Alam Palace for a photo stop. This is the official palace of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. Your final stop is at Bait Al Zubair Museum, to learn about Oman...

    Great tour that’s covers all the main sites of Muscat. Our guide Abdullah was always very helpful, polite, and friendly. Also super informative about Muscat and the Muslim religion, I feel we learned a lot. He bought lunch and souvenirs for us, which was such a lovely touch. Overall, great experience!

  • From Muscat: 4-Day Oman Highlights Tour

    7. 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...

  • Full-Day Coastal Delights Tour from Muscat

    8. Full-Day Coastal Delights Tour from Muscat

    Start your full-day trip with a visit to the small fishing village of Quriyat. Afterwards, the tour continues with an off-road trip to Wadi Tiwi and Fins Beach. The drive on a graded track leads to Wadi Shab, one of Oman's most stunning wadis, which flows with fresh water most of the year alongside banana plantations and rocky paths. You’ll cross the river in a motorized boat. At the other side of the river, a walk will take you along flat land and over boulders and then on a path along the side of the mountain. Note that the path has a few narrow and slippery spots. Later in the afternoon you’ll be transferred back to Muscat.

  • Muscat: Full-Day City Tour with Sunset Cruise

    9. 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...

  • From Muscat: Green Mountain & Jebel Al Akhdar Day Tour

    10. From Muscat: Green Mountain & Jebel Al Akhdar Day Tour

    Following a timely pickup from your hotel or preferred location, meet your guide who will take you to Nizwa, the first destination of the tour. Make your way to Nizwa Fort, the iconic landmark characterized by its height and fortification. After this, proceed to the Nizwa Souk to explore the elegant collection of silver jewelry, antiques, leather goods, and utensils. Later, enjoy the drive to Fanjah for an amazing photo-stop. Get some splendid clicks in the backdrop of this mesmerizing countryside. Now it's time to head to the oasis of Birkat al Mouz, situated at the foot of Jebel Akhdar. The Green Mountain is popularly known as the green jewel of the Al Hajar Mountain ranges. Take in the cool breeze of the mountains, 2000 meters above the sea level. Enjoy the sights of numerous villages shattered over the Saiq Plateau, noted for its ancient irrigation channels. Witness the little garde...

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What people are saying about Muscat Governorate

Great tour that’s covers all the main sites of Muscat. Our guide Abdullah was always very helpful, polite, and friendly. Also super informative about Muscat and the Muslim religion, I feel we learned a lot. He bought lunch and souvenirs for us, which was such a lovely touch. Overall, great experience!

It was a great day out and we really enjoyed exploring interesting historic sites outside Muscat. Our driver and guide Malik was very professional and approachable. I would highly recommend this trip.

We had a great day with Sharaf! So happy that we booked the trip. He was very nice, very helpful and very funny. Not only as a guide also as a photographer;). I would highly recommend this trip!

Great experience, great ride with our guide Mohammed Sharaf, he took good take care of us, it is a must trip especially of you are lucky to have Mohammed as guide

Great review of the city, interesting information and new things to see.