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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

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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.

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Muscat: Full-Day City Tour with Sunset Cruise

3. Muscat: Full-Day City Tour with Sunset Cruise

Start the tour with pickup from your hotel and transfer to Shatti Al-Qurum (next to the Intercontinental Hotel) where the city tour departs. Venture through the beautiful city and discover a rare blend of ancient and modern architecture surrounded by mountains and the Arabian Sea.  First, drive through the ministries' area, where you can see a number of modern buildings with touches of ancient Islamic architecture. Make your first stop at the Grand Mosque - an architectural marvel and perhaps the new landmark of the city. Then, visit the fish market and the folkloric Muttrah Souk, with its narrow covered alleys. Smell the exotic aromas of spices, coffee beans, and ancient remedies. Next, visit the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which has a fine exhibit of Omani history and culture, encompassing all of the area's traditional values. Make a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace (the official residence of Sultan Qaboos) flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani and Jalali. End the tour at the Mutrah Souq then proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. Later, get picked up from the restaurant and transfer to a breathtaking sunset cruise on a traditional dhow boat. During this short trip, enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the coast of Muscat all along the charming promenade. Have ample opportunities to photograph and film some of the city's finest landmarks, going past the port, Al Bustan Palace Hotel, and the Al Aalam Palace with its impressive twin Portuguese forts. After gaining a different perspective on this beautiful city through the waterways, get dropped off back at your hotel.

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Muscat: Night Tour with Dinner at Bustan Palace

4. Muscat: Night Tour with Dinner at Bustan Palace

Start with pickup from your hotel in Muscat. Begin the tour at Shatti Al-Qurum, next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Pass by the Royal Opera House, a massive monument which was constructed on the orders of Sultan Qaboos, who is an avid fan of classical music. Make a photo stop at the illuminated Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque. Afterwards, head towards Old Muscat and the area of Muttrah Corniche. Admire the city's picturesque harbor from this beautiful waterside area. Arrive at Muttrah Souq to discover a mix of the old and new along with a myriad of sights, sounds, and fragrances from everyday life. Do some souvenir shopping before driving to the most prominent landmark in Muscat, the Al Alam Palace. Take a photo of the gates of the palace, flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani. In recent years the palace is largely used for ceremonial purposes.  Next, make your way to the Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Begin an authentic Omani culinary experience with the acrobatic tea-pouring skills of the tea sommelier. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner at the Al Khiran Terrace Restaurant. Offering an array of culinary treasures, Al Bustan Palace is home to some of the best restaurants in the city, only steps from luxurious resort accommodations.

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What people are saying about Muttrah Souk

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 247 reviews

Enjoyed the commentary and the tour stops. Khaled was a good driver and host. Very convenient to be picked up from our hotel It would be good if you ensured the windows were clean inside and out for photos. A map of the area and sights visited would have been helpful to follow.

Very good, concise introduction to the key places of interest within Muscat itself. I would have wished that this is a full-day event so that there would have been more browsing time. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this event to newcomers to Muscat.

Whistle stop tour, but ideal for those like me, short on time. A DIY tour would have taken time to organise and as for value for money, unbeatable. We have experienced Grayline in the US, which was as this, straightforward.

The tour was very interesting. Everything was perfect. The guide was very friendly. Also the driver.

Great review of the city, interesting information and new things to see.