Muscat Food & drinks

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From Muscat: Private Desert Safari and Overnight

1. From Muscat: Private Desert Safari and Overnight

This overnight desert safari will help to expand your understanding of Omani heritage with a stay under the star-lit sky at a campsite in the desert. Take this unique opportunity to step back in time and experience Oman as it was five decades ago.  Begin your journey in Muscat and head towards Wadi Bani Khalid, where you will stop for a refreshing bath in the deep pools, and explore the hidden Mukal cave. Relax under the sun and enjoy a nice breeze from the mountains. Tuck into a tasty lunch, and then continue on to Bidiya village. Visit a Bedouin family in the desert. After spending some time with the family and enjoying Omani coffee and dates, arrive at the desert camp. In the evening drive in the desert to watch the sunset from the dunes and take amazing photographs. After dinner, enjoy a friendly conversation with friends around the campfire, and then head to your tent or your room, depending on the option you choose.

Muscat by Night with Local Dinner from Muscat

2. 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 Omani history and culture, encompassing all of the areas traditional values. You will also have a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace (the official residence of Sultan Qaboos) flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani & Jalali. Continue to Bait-Al-Baranda, a great museum in muscat, before finally stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon , take your time to better explore this mystic city and its captivating civilization. Have a chance to explore other souks, and discover all the treasures and spices that you can find.

Muscat: Horse Riding Experience with Traditional Dinner

3. Muscat: Horse Riding Experience with Traditional Dinner

Suitable for both beginners and more experienced riders, head out on a sunset horseback ride along the beach. Afterward, enjoy some traditional Omani food for dinner. Begin with a short safety introduction and an explanation about the best techniques for managing your horse. Then, you will set off, riding along a scenic route. The ride involves a relaxed walk along the beach for beginners and the possibility of walking in combination with a trotting pace for the riders with more experience. During the whole journey, all riders are accompanied by instructors. After the horse riding, enjoy some traditional Omani cuisine of a BBQ and salads before you return to your accommodation in Muscat.

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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What people are saying about Muscat

We had an excellent outing to Wadi Shab with our guide Ilyas. We enjoyed the hike in the natural beauty in 1.5hr outside of the city in the mountainous region, we had a refreshing swim in freshwater pools, we admired amazing canyons and explored a waterfall. We had very nice local lunch as a group, we all chatter away exchanging our experience. Finally we visited the salt water sinkhole some swam some admired the beauty. It was a great day - door to door service, well organized, very professional we would do it again in a heartbeat!

The crew was super nice, the captain was very nice and showed us a few things. There were soft drinks and small snacks to keep you going. We were about 10 people on the boat and at first we thought: "Oh no, what a mass processing", but it turned out to be really relaxed and so beautiful. We saw so many dolphins swimming right under our boat. The snorkeling stop was also really nice: colorful fish, turtles and corals. A really nice end to our trip. Collection and return transfer worked great.

The trip was amazing definitely book it! Our guide was incredible, so patient and helpful. Also definitely bring water shoes and a water proof bag for your camera - or tell your guide you don’t have them and he will stop at a little store that sells them for a reasonable price. Great for solo travelers too - absolutely recommend.

A really fun but full-on day out. The Wadi is simply breathtaking, and should not be missed. Abdalla, our tour guide, was kind, informative, and always provided ample bottled water. He even swam all the way with us up the Wadi and supported those who were struggling in the water!

This Island tour was so worth it. The water was absolutely incredible and we saw so many Turtles.