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Muscat: Full-Day Nizwa Tour with Audio Guiding

1. 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 one of the oldest towns in the region, Oman Bahla, before heading back to your hotel.

Full Day Private Nizwa Souq, Misfah Al Arbyeen

2. Full Day Private Nizwa Souq, Misfah Al Arbyeen

Have the opportunity to explore all the diverse aspects of Oman’s rich culture and stunning mountain landscape. You will be able to visit some of the country's most iconic monuments, explore bustling souks and enjoy the breathtaking views. Experience the centre of culture and trade at Nizwa souq & fort and learn more about the heritage and traditions of Omanis through history. Enjoy breathtaking views of the old mud houses and lush palm tree farm at Al Hamra village before going to the top of the mountain village of Misfat Al Abriyeen. Total Duration: 7 - 8 hours -Nizwa Fort (1 hour) -Nizwa Souk 1 hour -Al Hamra village passing by. -Misfat al Abriyyin 1 hour

Full Day Private Nizwa Souq, Jabel Shams

3. Full Day Private Nizwa Souq, Jabel Shams

Have the opportunity to explore all the diverse aspects of Oman’s rich culture and stunning mountain landscape. You will be able to visit some of the country's most iconic monuments, explore bustling souks and enjoy the breathtaking views. Experience the centre of culture and trade at Nizwa souq & fort and learn more about the heritage and traditions of Omanis through history. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon of Arabia when you reach the top of the highest peak in Oman Jabel Shams Total Duration: 8 hours -Nizwa Fort -Nizwa Souk -Jabel shams

Nizwa Market-Nizwa Fort-Misfat Al Abriyeen- Jabal Shams

4. Nizwa Market-Nizwa Fort-Misfat Al Abriyeen- Jabal Shams

The tour starts in the morning; we'll drive towards Nizwa. Nizwa was the capital of Oman during Al Yaruba Dynasty we'll visit the famous Nizwa Souq (Market), a wide variety of vendors offering their goods in the streets of the souk from, here you can find, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts, Omani sweets (halwa), spice, and souvenirs which are sold in authentic old market halls that few places can boast, especially interesting is the Friday cattle market when the locals come to sell their, goats, cattle, sheep, and chickens in a circus style open marketplace. Next to the Souq is the Nizwa fort and castle the fort it's been built in 1649 and the castle been built in 888. The fort is a museum today and offers splendid views of this ancient town and the surrounding mountains, you can walk around in this impressive fort and castle with many passages rooms, the fort is an architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century, it was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks at the time, even along the corridors, many traps were laid to deter any intruders that might have penetrated the defenses. From Nizwa we drive up to Misfah Al Abreyeen, this picturesque village lies on a steep slope at the foot of Jebel Shams and consists of old homes and narrow streets, it has a falaj system for many orchards, date palms, and vegetables, it's worth spending some time walking around the village then continue your trip to visit the ancient town of Al Hamra. From Misfat Al Abriyeen we drive to Jabal Shams Mountain (Grand Canyon) This mountain road drives up to the Jebel Shams 3009 meters this mountain is one of the most adventurous Mountains in Oman, offering existing off-road experience and fantastic views, you reach canyon view which is 2000 meters stop there and enjoy the view.

Nizwa and Jabal Shams- Full Day Private Tour

5. Nizwa and Jabal Shams- Full Day Private Tour

Embark on a captivating full-day journey through the enchanting Hajar Mountains, a landscape steeped in history and natural wonders. This 2-hour drive will begin your exploration in Nizwa, the ancient capital of Oman, where the bustling Souq and the formidable 17th-century Nizwa Fort await. Ascend its tower for panoramic views that provide a glimpse into the city's storied past. Continuing your adventure, discover Al Hamra, one of the last loam villages in Oman, offering a rare glimpse into traditional Omani life. The journey then leads to the majestic Jebel Shams, known as the 'Sun Mountain' and towering nearly 3000 meters above sea level. The ascent to Oman's highest peak is rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas and a visit to the 'Grand Canyon of Arabia' at the mountain's upper reaches. Be prepared to be mesmerized by breathtaking views that cascade down to the canyon floor, creating a landscape that is both majestic and humbling. This meticulously curated day promises a harmonious blend of cultural exploration and natural marvels, leaving you with memories etched in the heart of Oman's diverse beauty.

Hajar Mountains: Private Day Trip from Muscat

6. 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.

Private Day Trip to Nizwa & Jabal Shams (Grand Canyon)

7. Private Day Trip to Nizwa & Jabal Shams (Grand Canyon)

The tour starts in the morning we'll leave Muscat towards Nizwa. Nizwa was the capital of Oman during Al Yaruba Dynasty, we’ll visit the famous Nizwa Souq, a wide variety of vendors offering their goods in the streets of the souk from, here you can find, vegetables, pottery, jewelry, handicrafts Omani sweets (Halwa) dates, spice, and souvenirs which are sold in authentic old market halls that few places can boast. Especially interesting is the Friday cattle market when the locals come to sell their, goats, cattle, sheep, and chickens in a circus style open marketplace. Next to the Souq is the Nizwa fort and castle the fort been built in 1649 and the castle has been built-in 888. The fort is a museum today and offers splendid views of this ancient town and the surrounding mountains, you can walk around in this impressive fort and castle with many passages rooms, the fort is an architectural testimony to the economic and military achievements of the early Yaruba dynasty from the mid-17th century. It was a military stronghold designed to withstand even the strongest of attacks at the time even along the corridors, many traps were laid to deter any intruders that might have penetrated the defenses. Then we drive towards Jabal Shams Mountain (Grand Canyon) This mountain road drives up to the Jebel Shams 3009 meters this mountain is one of the most adventurous Mountains in Oman, offering existing off-road experience and fantastic views, you reach canyon view which is 2000 meters stop there and enjoy the view and photo.

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What people are saying about Jebel Shams

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 103 reviews

My family of four visited Oman in December. The temperature is just right for traveling, and it gets a little hot during the day. Nizwa Souq has a long history, but is well maintained and has a comfortable cafe. There are also clean and well-maintained restrooms, so there is no problem for children to visit. The transportation system at Al Hoota Cave was under maintenance so I had to walk, but it was only about 5 minutes so no problem. The cave guide was also friendly and his English was easy to understand. After that, the local roadside restaurant is delicious even for Japanese people. The last stop on the tour was Jabal Shams, a three-hour drive from Muscat, which is a bit far, but the scenery is amazing and a must-visit. Thank you to Saud, our tour guide and driver, for providing us with safe driving and a kind and friendly tour.

We had a wonderful and enjoyable day. Our guide Anas fulfilled us every wish and told us many things about the Omani culture. The communication before, meanwhile and after was great. Really recommend this company for trips!

Mohammed was a great guide, engaging and engaged. Well educated and well informed. Was enthusiastic about having real discussions about Oman and Omani life. Our driver Aziz was great as well, efficient and safe.

I was enjoying the trip. Khaleel is very nice and he assisted my needs always.

fantastic day! Great guide! Yaqoob was fantastic and attentive.