Muscat: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour & Grand Mosque Visit

4.6 / 5

37 reviews

Muscat: Half-Day City Sightseeing Tour & Grand Mosque Visit

From $293.84 per group up to 2

Explore Muscat and discover the heart of this vibrant capital city. From the towering mosques to quaint Portuguese side streets, your guide takes you on a historic and exciting half-day walking tour through the new and Old Town.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 4 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick-up from hotels in Muscat
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Spend a lovely half-day exploring Muscat with an expert guide
  • Walk through the Old Town and learn of its fascinating history
  • Discover the history and culture of Muscat at the Bait Al Zubair Museum
  • Gaze up at the impressive Qaboos Mosque
Full description

COVID-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

The splendor of Muscat is best experienced through an engaging trip past its monumental mosques, vibrant markets and beautiful merchant houses.  Beginning with a drive through the Embassy Quarter, you will head past the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, with its incredible Islamic architecture. Your guide will point out the highlights of this monument before heading to Muttrah, a peaceful and vibrant quarter of Muscat. Here you can stop by the fish market for a look at the daily sales, and stroll along the Corniche, past old merchant houses and lovely side streets. There's plenty of chances to catch a good deal shopping here, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that perfect souvenir! Continuing the walking tour, you head to the Old Town, where you can pass towering Portuguese forts (Jalali, Qasr Al Alam,and Mirani) as well as the Palace of HM Sultan Qaboos. You will also have a chance to visit Bait Al Zubair Museum, which is a wealth of information of the country's structure, tradition and heritage. In the end, you will have a far deeper understanding of this incredible capital city, before parting ways to continue exploring on your own.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Air conditioned vehicle
  • Experienced guide
  • Gratuities
  • Any refreshments
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please wear loose long trousers/long skirts, long sleeves, and a head scarf for ladies. No shorts for men.
  • Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised. Hats or some protection for the head are advisable too. The Sultanate of Oman has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear should be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages.
  • Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings, police or military installations are not allowed.
  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 protective measures, some of the attractions listed in the itinerary remain closed. As such, alternate visits/photo stops will be arranged.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    5.0/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    5/5
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100% recommendable, great half day tour

Rasheed, our guide and driver, picked us up at the hotel at 8:30 am and drove to the large mosque first, so that we could avoid the tourist storms. On the way he and already told something about the country and its people in very understandable English. Afterwards we drove to the harbor with fish and vegetable market and souk as well as to the Al Zubair Museum and finally to the palace, where we could learn a lot of interesting things. A thoroughly successful morning! Around 1 we drove him back to the hotel. We would recommend the tour to everyone!

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March 13, 2019

A worthwhile activity for an overview of Muscat highlights

I really enjoyed this. Having a local guide is excellent as his knowledge was good. The car was comfortable. Unfortunately, it was Eid al Adha and this meant places were closed. No one could help that, but perhaps a not on the booking site would have meant we would have chosen a day later in the week. Overall, it was a very comfortable and informative day.

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September 14, 2016

Amazing city, great tour

This was an excellent tour - covered the basic highlights of what you might want to see. Perfect for a stopover or long airport stay. Muscat is a bigger town than you'd think, so having a driver to show you the highlights is a huge advantage and saves heaps on taxi fares, and the car I travelled in was in immaculate condition. The guide was great. I happened to be the only person on the tour but it was the same price regardless. This was $200 cheaper than what my travel agent could offer, and email confirmation worked well for me. They called my hotel room when the driver arrived to collect me - very handy when you don't have a contact number on the run. A couple of tips: wear shoes that are easy to get on and off for the mosque. Don't skip the Islamic Information Centre at the grand mosque - the people who work there are lovely and give you dates and spiced coffee :) Maybe get dropped at Muttrah Souq after for shopping. Skip the mall near the airport (City Centre mall).

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November 24, 2014

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