Shore Excursion Details

Mystical Muscat

Muscat, Oman

Mystical Muscat


  • 4
    hrs Estimate Duration

Discover the historic and religious sites of Muscat, Oman's political, economic and commercial hub, during this half-day tour. A scenic drive takes you through the exclusive Omani residential district of Shati Al Qurum. You’ll visit the Grand Mosque, the largest and most exclusive mosque in Oman, before stopping at the colorful Muttrah Souq, where the scent of exotic Arabian perfumes and spices fills the air. Here, a multitude of shops offer Omani daggers, or khanjars, as well as handmade Omani costumes, antiques, silver jewelry and a variety of handicrafts.

Continue to Bait Al Zubair, a private museum housing collections of traditional Omani items that include weaponry, jewelry, clothing, household items, books, photographs, paintings, and maps. Take a drive along Muscat's scenic coastal road, through the charming fishing village of Sidab and on to Muscat's Old Town for a great photo opportunity at the impressive Al Alam Palace, the official residence of Sultan Qaboos. The palace, adorned with Oriental-styled architecture, and strategically positioned between, two Medieval fortresses offers picturesque vistas overlooking Muscat Bay.

Need to Know:

Note: As tour visits a religious site, conservative dress is required for men and women. Guests must wear modest clothing that covers the entire body. Legs must be covered to the ankle and arms covered to the wrist; revealing outfits are not appropriate. Ladies should bring a scarf to cover the head. Slip-on shoes are recommended as shoes must be removed before entering the mosque.

Food, drinks and smoking are strictly prohibited inside the mosque. Interior visits of the Grand Mosque might not always be possible; in this case, your guide will give commentary and it will be viewed from the outside only. Photography is not allowed at Bait Al Zubair museum.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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