Grand Mosque & Bait Al Zubair

MCT-200 | Muscat (Mina Qaboos), Oman | See Special Notes

from $89.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Grand Mosque Grand Mosque
  • Muttrah Souk Muttrah Souk
  • Bait Al Zubair Bait Al Zubair

You will see:

  • Al Alam Palace Al Alam Palace

Moderate

Excursion Length:
Approx. 4.5 hours

Max. Group Size: 100

Tour Overview

This fascinating half-day tour will appeal to passengers who have a passion for history and culture as you tour some of the most incredible sights that Oman has to offer. This unique excursion starts with a drive to the Grand Mosque, a majestic white Indian sandstone building that was built on the instruction of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. It is spread over one million square feet, and can hold up to 20,000 worshippers. The main minaret stands at just under 300 feet, and inside is the prayer carpet, which took four years to make and weighs 21 tons. It is the the second single piece of carpet in the world.

Your guided tour then continues with a trip to the city's lively market, the Muttrah Souk. Wares here range from exotic spices and silver trinkets to traditional Omani clothing and handicrafts. You will have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere, and maybe barter for a bargain or two before heading back to the tour bus.

Next, you will head to the boutique Bait Al Zubair heritage museum, which is privately owned and chronicles Oman's fascinating history and culture. As you stroll through the cool corridors and exhibition rooms, you will be able to view amazing displays of Islamic weaponry, art and household artifacts.

Leaving the museum, your coach will head to the harbor, and along the picturesque corniche. Here you will be able to take photographs of the Al Alam Palace, the official residence of Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The palace sits between two stunning 16th century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani, which both proudly overlooking the harbor.

Your return journey to the ship takes you through the busy streets of this unique city, allowing you to further enjoy a relaxing snapshot of life in Oman.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

The Grand Mosque is closed to the visitors on Fridays and every afternoon; afternoon departures of this tour will visit the Mosque from the outside only. Afternoon departures of this tour will not have a dress code as the visit inside the Mosque is not included.
Please dress conservatively when visiting sacred sites. For the Grand Mosque, women must wear modest clothing, which covers the body and the head, including the hair.  Arms and legs must be covered to wrists and ankles. One must also take a scarf to cover your head. Men must wear modest clothing befitting the sanctity of the Mosque. Women must avoid wearing white transparent blouses & men must avoid wearing white transparent shirts. Shorts are not allowed. Food, drinks and smoking are strictly prohibited. Slip on shoes are recommended as guests must remove the shoes before they enter the Mosque.

Bring cash for additional purchases - U.S. dollars are accepted at the souk.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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