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.

  • Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole Tour with Audio Guiding

    2. Muscat: Wadi Shab and Bimah Sinkhole Tour with Audio Guiding

    After being picked up from your hotel, the tour will begin from Shatti Al-Qurum (next to the Intercontinental Hotel). From here, your tour will take you through the mountainous and desert landscape. Your driver will show you how to use the audio guide system to benefit the GPS enabled commentary that follows the tour. You will pass the coastal township of Quriyat before reaching Wadi Shab after an approximately 1.5-hour drive, after which your guide will take you for a 45-minute walk to reach the natural pools and cave. You will be permitted some time to swim in the area's clear, sparkling waters, before returning to the base after walking for another 45 minutes. You will spend 3 hours in the Wadi, which will include lunch at the Wadi Shab Resort. Following lunch, you will continue traveling through the village of Finns. You will discover its famous white sand beaches, as you drive the...

    Nice tour with audio guide. We unfortunately brought a lot of valuable documents with us on the hike and think it should be noted that you can't carry them with you to reach the cave destination. Maybe they could have mentioned this to leave our things in the car, or hopefully you read this and dont make our mistake. Otherwise, an enjoyable day out to some interesting landscapes.

  • 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.

  • Hajar Mountains: Private Day Trip from Muscat

    4. 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: Full-Day City Tour with Sunset Cruise

    5. 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...

  • Muscat by Night with Local Dinner from Muscat

    6. Muscat by Night with Local Dinner from Muscat

    Being a rare blend of ancient and modern, Muscat is a beautiful city which lies in a maze of brown pleated Mountains. Lulled by the Arabian Sea, the city has undergone dramatic development in the past two or three decades. However, Muscat takes pride in the fact that it has preserved its lustrous culture and heritage. Your visit starts with a tour of the grand mosque, which is an architectural marvel and perhaps the new landmark of the city. The drive continues through the ministries' area, where you can see a number of modern buildings with touches of ancient, Islamic architecture. Then, visit the fish market and the folkloric Muttrah souk, with its narrow covered alleys where you can smell exotic aromas of mounds of spices, coffee beans, and ancient remedies, all enticing perfumes that fill the air. Next, engage in a visit to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which has a fine exhibit of Oma...

  • Muscat: 10-Hour City and Wadi Shab Tour

    7. Muscat: 10-Hour City and Wadi Shab Tour

    After being collected from your accommodation in Muscat, your full-day tour will begin. In just one day you will be able to see the most interesting places in Oman, accompanied by your guide the entire time. You will visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Wadi Shab, and the most beautiful Lake Bimmah Sinkhole, which you will be able to swim in. Wadi Shab is a very popular popular outdoor attraction in Oman for both locals and expats, with people visiting for the nature and to swim in the freshwater pools. The main attraction of the Wadi is a waterfall in a cave, which you can reach after a roughly 40-minute hike, and 2-3 pools which are perfect for swimming in. As your experience in nature comes to a close, you will be returned back to your Muscat accommodation.

  • From Muscat: Nakhl Half-Day Tour with Audio Guide

    8. From Muscat: Nakhl Half-Day Tour with Audio Guide

    Following a pickup from your hotel in Muscat, head to the starting point of the tour in the Shatti Al-Qurum district of Nakhl, a typical Omani village. Set at the foothills of the mountains near an abundant source of water, the area is home to extensive date palm plantations.  As you approach Nakhl, keep an eye out for the Nakhal Fort that sits on a hill outside the town. The fort’s origin is pre-Islamic with major contributions by the Al Ya’ruba and the Al Bu Sayed dynasties. Currently closed for renovations, take time to explore and admire the fort from outside. Next, stop by the mineral-laden Al Thowarah Hot Spring then arrive at the Seeb souq by the seaside for a unique photo stop. The last stop will be at the Oman Avenues Mall, the largest shopping mall in Oman, before transferring back to your hotel in Muscat.

  • Muscat: Night Tour with Dinner at Bustan Palace

    9. 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...

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

    10. 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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What people are saying about Muscat Governorate

I had a great time and though I need to leave a positive review because I have seen many negative ones. My Driver was on time, I was with 6 others in a small group tour bus, and had a great day. The description matches was was happening - and it was worth the 75 USD ;) Don't expect too much from the lunch but it is also not overstated as being super sumptuous... The GPS tour guide in English was excellent - it's well curated, the voice is from a native speaker and the choice of words was sometimes colourful. Did this tour on Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Great experience, a must do in Oman. Our guide Ali was amazingly helpful, happy and fun to be with. I wouldn’t recommend to people who aren’t particularly mobile as a degree of flexibility and agility is needed for climbing over rocks etc on the way to the wadi. Really enjoyed it and cheaper than what we got quoted from other companies

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.

Awesome trip, The experience is top notch, just bring both a sturdy pair of shoes and some water shoes. Lunch was excellent. Not much else to say.

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