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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: • 45 mins in Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque • 15 mins in the fish market • 30 mins in the Bait Al Zubair Museum  • 10 mins for a photo stop in Al Alam Palace • 10 mins for a photo stop in Mirani & Jalali • 30 mins in Muttrah Souq

Muscat: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

2. 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.

Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khaled Private Trip

3. Oman: Wahiba and Wadi Bani Khaled Private Trip

To start your full-day visit to Oman, board a 4WD vehicle and get ready to visit the most fantastic wadi. Head towards Fanjah, where you will have the time to make a photo stop to snap some great pictures fo the wadi and marvelous oasis.  Drive through the Sumail Gap that divides the Western and Eastern Hajars, past the ruins of Al Mansfah old mercantile community near Ibra. Head towards Wadi Bani Khalid. Drive past a village with endless plantations before you reach the magnificent Wadi. The pools are cool and deep, filled with silky water perfect for a long swim.  Move on to Wahiba's undulating golden sands to enjoy the experience of dune bushing with your experienced guide. Let your guide show you his talent in driving across the dunes of wahiba, take memorial photos for you and your family, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before you return to Muscat.

Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid Private Tour

4. Wahiba Sands & Wadi Bani Khalid Private Tour

Cross the desert dunes of Muscat by 4WD vehicle, and experience the adrenaline rush of driving across the rugged terrain in an off-road mode of transport. Make your way to the Wahiba Sands to see the traditional homes of the desert nomads and Bedouin tribes. Keep a look-out for the nomads as they move through the desert with their camels. Visit a Bedouin home in the middle of the desert, and contrast the arid landscape with the clear, blue waters of Wadi Bani Khalid. Enjoy a relaxing siesta in the shade of the palm trees, and catch a glimpse of the pretty villages scattered across the slopes of the wadi. Marvel at how the houses cling precariously to the rugged mountain side. Bring your swimming costume to take a dip in the inviting waters! 

Hajar Mountains: Private Day Trip from Muscat

5. 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.

Jebel Shams and Treasures of the Interior Tour from Muscat

6. 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.

Oman's Grand Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Muscat

7. Oman's Grand Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Muscat

Your full-day excursion begins with a drive in the direction of Jabal Shams, the second-highest peak in the Arabic Gulf, at a height of over 2,000 meters. A 30-minute off-road drive will take you to Wadi Ghul, also known as Oman's Grand Canyon. If you like you can take a short walk or even a mountain bike ride in this dramatic wadi area. Experience a journey through more than a half billion years of geological time. Next, you’ll visit the mountain village of Misfah to admire examples of ancient architecture, as seen in its stone houses. A paved road leads up to the village, and during the drive you’ll have views of traditional houses standing on the mountain, which looks like a turban atop the date palm plantation. People continue to live in these houses, some of which are built on large rocks. The availability of water has ensured the preservation of this thriving village.

Muscat by Night with Local Dinner from Muscat

8. 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.

From Muscat: Jebel Akhdar the Green Mountain Tour

9. From Muscat: Jebel Akhdar the Green Mountain Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel or the Port of Muscat, and then travel approximately 170 kilometers to Jebel Akhdar, one of the most fabulous landmarks of Oman. Known as "Green Mountain" for the moisture at higher altitudes that supports agriculture and allows shrubs to grow, Jebel Akhdar is otherwise a desert of dramatic wilderness and extraordinary beauty. Admire the green terraced gardens surrounding the villages, and drive through the Sumail Gap, the rocky natural passage that divides the Eastern and Western Hajar Mountains. Follow in the footsteps of intrepid tradesmen as you pass the town of Izki and proceed to the Saiq Plateau, only accessible by donkey for hundreds of years. See the variety of fruits growing, such as pomegranates, apricots and lemons in season. Make use of the cool, dry climate to take a walk around Wadi Bani Habib, Shrejaya, Al Ain and Aqur. Return to Muscat and get dropped off at your hotel or the port.

From Muscat: Wadi Sahtan Day Trip

10. From Muscat: Wadi Sahtan Day Trip

Get picked up by your friendly, local guide from anywhere in Muscat and go on a 7-hour day trip to the Wadi Sahtan. Travel by 4WD vehicle so you can navigate the rough terrain of the wadi.  On your way towards Wadi Sahtan, stop at the traditional Seeb fish souq, followed by a visit to the fruit and vegetable market. Then get back on the road north of Rustaq, which connects the interior town of Ibri via Wadi Bani Ghafir, Wadi Mabrah, and Wadi Hidaq.  Enter the Wadi Sahtan traveling via narrow dirt roads. Come across the Sahtan Bowl, known also as Mandoos, or the Chest of Oman due to its isolation. Keep your camera ready to capture the varied natural landscapes you come across in the wadi. Return invigorated to Muscat at the end of the day.

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Beautiful desert and wadi tour, our excellent guide, accompanied us everywhere with great dedication, professionalism and kindness. It made us discover unique places that we would not have been able to explore on our own. In addition, since it was not due, he offered us breakfast and a snack based on typical local products. And he also spent more hours than expected without ever rushing us during the tour. We were lucky to meet him.

Very friendly guide, Fahad, who spoke at length about the culture and history of Oman, and Nizwa in particular. His English was excellent, and with his university degree, the explanations were very varied and interesting. We were given ample time to take beautiful pictures and he helped us by giving tips. Definitely recommended.

A wonderful day in the dreamland of Oman! Our guide Khalil was not only very friendly but also competent and told us a lot about the culture, the country and the people. We felt very well looked after and saw fantastic landscapes. The excursion into the desert was beautiful and swimming in the wadi unforgettable!

Guide was the best. Gave me history background. Made it the BEST day i have had since arriving in OMAN 2wks ago!!! I have already referred coworkers to him. CANNOT top that kind of service

Was a bit skeptical about the audio guide, but it works very well and the driver kept telling us little things about it.