Muscat (Mina Qaboos), Oman

Oman's capital was once a major trading centre controlled and influenced by the Portuguese. Those intrepid explores and traders are long gone. Today, visitors flock to Oman thanks to its azure air, towering desert mountains, and crystalline waters. Muscat itself is an Arabian fable sprung to life. Old 16th century forts guard the bay and the palace, while the vibrant souqs offer daggers, superb silver jewellery, and traditional crafts and costumes.

Muscat's Al Alam palace is the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

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Points of Interest

  • Grand Mosque
  • Muttrah Souk
  • Bait Al Zubair
  • Nakhl Fort
  • Al Alam Palace
  • Dhow Cruise
  • 4WD Desert Safari
  • Quriyat Fish Market
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  • Grand Mosque

    This huge sandstone mosque is the third largest in the world, and home to marble paneling, a stunning Swarovski crystal chandelier, and the second largest hand-made Persian carpet in the world.

  • Muttrah Souk

    This maze-like marketplace is a bustling snap-shot of life in Oman. Visitors can browse for jewelry, handicrafts, and exotic spices at this souk, which has been described as the best in the Gulf.

  • Bait Al Zubair

    Bait Al Zubair, a privately owned museum, chronicles Oman's history, culture and traditions. The exhibition rooms are home to amazing displays of Islamic weaponry, art and household artifacts.

  • Nakhl Fort

    Nakhl Fort is a famous pre-Islamic fortress that used to be the stronghold of the Bani Kharous tribe during the medieval times. View the ladies sitting room, the ruler's court, prison and courtyards.

  • Al Alam Palace

    The Al Alam Palace, built in 1972, is the official residence of Sultan Qaboos bin Said and is closed to the public. It has a charming facade of gold and blue.

  • Dhow Cruise

    The dhows in Muscat are made by famed Omani shipbuilders and feature open-air seating, majlis (raised decks) and stained glass windows. They are an ideal way to view the stunning coastline.

  • 4WD Desert Safari

    Explore Oman on a 4WD safari that takes you to Fins Beach, Wadi Abreen (a wadi is a valley), the pretty village of Mazara, and Hail al Ghaf, an oasis town surrounded by mango groves.

  • Quriyat Fish Market

    At Quriyat fish market, visitors can watch as the local fishermen unload their nets on the beach, while local traders eagerly survey the day's catch.

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Muscat Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

2 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | MCT-180
  • Al Alam Palace
  • Muttrah Souk

Adventurous travelers will thrill to the ease of seeing the sights of the Arabian gem of Muscat independently with the convenience of an open-top double-decker Hop On Hop Off Bus. You can choose to ride the entire loop for a relaxing, two-hour panoramic tour that offers pretty views of Muscat's jagged mountain range and curvy coastline as well as its top historic and cultural sights. Or, disembark when you wish to explore the highlights at your leisure. With 8 stops located near key landmarks and attractions, you can create your perfect sightseeing tour. The bus follows a carefully designed route showcasing key Muscat landmarks. Air conditioning is available on the lower deck, and a lively recorded commentary enhances the experience and is available in six different languages: English, Arabic, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Return to your waiting ship.

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Muttrah Souk, Bait al Zubair & Bait al Adam

4.5 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | MCT-215
  • Muttrah Souk
  • Bait Al Zubair

On this half-day tour, experience the sights and sounds of Oman, and learn about its rich heritage. The fun starts when you meet your guide at the wharf for a drive to the Muttrah Souk. Stroll through the winding alleys stopping to bargain with the traders for exotic spices, silverware, Omani clothing and handicrafts. En route, drive past the Al Alam Palace, the official residence of Sultan Qaboos al Said, a blend of modern and classic Islamic architecture. After visiting Bait al Zubair museum, which is home to a collection of weaponry, you will tour the Bait Adam Museum. Located in a private residence, this small family museum chronicles Omani life and history, with a collection of family memorabilia that includes firearms, jewelry and art. Finally, meet the family who own the museum, and enjoy Arabian coffee and dates, as you learn more about life in Oman today.

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Grand Mosque & Bait Al Zubair

4.5 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | MCT-200
  • Al Alam Palace
  • Grand Mosque
  • Muttrah Souk
  • Bait Al Zubair

This fascinating half day tour will appeal to passengers who have a passion for history, and it starts with a drive to the Grand Mosque, a majestic white sandstone building. It was built on the instruction of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and can hold up to 20,000 worshippers. Your guided tour then continues with a trip to the city's market, the Muttrah Souk. Wares here range from exotic spices and silver trinkets to traditional Omani clothing and handicrafts. Barter for a bargain or two before heading back to the Bait Al Zubair museum, which chronicles Oman's history. View amazing displays of Islamic weaponry, art and household artifacts before driving to the Al Alam Palace, the official residence of Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The palace sits between two picturesque 16th century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani. Take photographs before enjoying the scenic journey back to the ship.

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Cruise Aboard A Traditional Arab Dhow

3 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | MCT-240
  • Dhow Cruise

This fun two-hour cruise off the coast of Muscat, is a truly enjoyable way to see Oman from a different perspective. Your sea-faring tour starts with a short motor-coach journey from the ship to Bander Al Rowdha Marina, where you will board your wooden dhow. Relax on-board as you view the dramatic mountains, nibble on some dates, drink Arabian coffee and take pictures to show the folks back home. Dhows have been sailing the Muscat waters for centuries where they were used to on trade routes, connecting Oman, India and Iran. She features open-air seating on her raised decks, as well as a charming interior saloon complete with cushions and beautiful stained glass windows. Eventually, the dhow will head back to the marina, where you will board your motorcoach for the picturesque journey back to your ship.

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Grand Mosque & Al Hazm Fort

6.5 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | MCT-115

Your enjoyable day trip starts with a warm greeting from your guide, and a scenic drive to the city's Grand Mosque, a spectacular white sandstone building that is the third largest in the world. After exploring its magnificent interior, you will head to Al Hazm Castle is one of the most magnificent castles in Oman. Located in Al Rustaq in Al Batinah Governorate, about 160 km away from Muscat, the designer of this castle is Imam Sultan bin Saif al Yarubi. Al Hazm Castle is a fortified structure and at the same time it was a palace in which the Imam live in. Enjoy a drive to the tranquil and picturesque Nakhl Springs, where you will have the chance to enjoy the magnificent scenery, which includes the majestic Jebel Mountains, before savoring a delicious buffet lunch at the luxurious Al Nadha Resort & Spa..

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Quriyat Fish Market & Desert Wadi Safari

6 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | MCT-460
  • 4WD Desert Safari
  • Quriyat Fish Market

There's something for everyone on this amazing day trip which starts when you head to the the Quriyat Fish Market, in your fun 4WD, with your guide leading the caravan. At Quriyat fish market, you will be able to watch the local fishermen unload their nets on the beach, as buyers eagerly survey the day's catch, before heading along the coastal road to Fins Beach. Here, you will then enjoy some free time to swim in the clear waters before climbing back into your 4WD for the drive inland. You will use unpaved roads as you drive up the Wadi Arbayeen (a wadi is a valley), before arriving at the pretty village of Mazara, and finally, Hail al Ghaf. This oasis town is surrounded by groves of mango trees, and you will have time to stretch your legs and enjoy this spectacular setting before the scenic drive home.

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Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souk & Bait al Zubair

6.5 hours | Muscat (Mina Qaboos) | MCT-110
  • Al Alam Palace
  • Grand Mosque
  • Muttrah Souk
  • Bait Al Zubair

Explore Oman on this day trip, starting with a drive to the breath-taking Grand Mosque, the third largest in the world. Then head to the  colorful Muttrah Souk market, to haggle for gifts, including antiques, silver jewelry, copper handicrafts, and hand-made Omani costumes. Afterwards, visit the amazing Bait Al Zubair heritage museum that houses collections of Omani weaponry, jewelry, photographs and paintings. Drive to Al Bustan Palace A Ritz Carlton Hotel or similar hotel, which sits between the picturesque mountains and the blue waters of the Gulf, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before viewing Muscat's Al Alam Palace, the official residence of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Take photographs of the gold and blue exterior before viewing the two nearby medieval Fortress of Jalali & Mirani. Built by the Portuguese towards the end of the 16th century, the fortresses both over-look the ocean. Enjoy the scenic drive back to the port.

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