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Muscat: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

4.7 / 5

38 reviews

Activity provider:GidOman
Private tour

Muscat: Private City Highlights Tour with Transfer

Activity provider:GidOman

From US$ 220 per group up to 1

Soak up the Arabic atmosphere as you explore Muscat on a private guided trip. Admire the architecture of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, see the iconic Royal Opera House, and stop at Muttrah Souk market.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Russian, Arabic
Private group


  • Time to explore the city highlights of Muscat
  • Truly authentic Arabian experience
  • Top city attractions
Full description
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.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private transportation
  • Opera entry ticket ($8.50 per person)
  • Mutrah Fort entry ticket ($5.50 per person)
  • Bait al Zubair Museum entry ticket ($5.50 per person)
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  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sportswear

Know before you go

  • It’s essential to follow the dress code to visit the mosque. Both women and men should wear trousers and clothes with long sleeves. Having a headscarf for women is a must.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 38 reviews

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Our guide contacted us via WhatsApp prior to arrival at the cruise port. Our ship docked in an industrial port, so we were shuttled from the ship. Our driver was waiting for us at the shuttle drop off. Our driver spoke in great English. Drove us to all the places listed for the tour. He was very helpful in negotiating the bargain prices for all our purchases. Muscat was an unexpected gem. Great introduction to the city.

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March 19, 2023

Munir, the guide, was extremely helpful and knowledgable. He’s flexible too. And really kind. I had a memorable city tour around Muscat and planning to come back too. Will definitely contact him again for any future travel plan in Oman. Book this one. You will not regret it I swear!

March 12, 2023

We recently had a five-hour guided tour of Muscat with Khalid, and it was a fantastic experience. Starting early in the day was perfect, as we beat the crowds and had plenty of time to enjoy each location. The highlight of the tour was the Royal Opera House, which was stunning. Khalid's knowledge of Muscat's history and culture was impressive, and he was an excellent guide throughout the tour. Although we only saw the Al Alam Palace from the outside, it was still an impressive sight. I highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to get a first idea of Muscat's attractions and history. Thank you, Khalid, for a memorable experience!

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February 28, 2023

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