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Jebel Shams and Treasures of the Interior Tour from Muscat

1. 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.

From Muscat: Nakhal Fort Day Trip

2. 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: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

3. 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 Audio Guide & Dinner at Opera House

4. 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 House itself.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

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.

Highly recommend our guide was outstanding. Thanks