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Stop At: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Sultan Qaboos St, Muscat 113 Oman
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of those attractions that you have to visit if you are coming to Muscat. It is one of the most beautiful and extravagant modern mosques in the world.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Mutrah Fish Market, Samakh, Muscat 113 Oman
Situated at the heart of Muttrah, on Oman’s largest harbor, the new fish market is a tribute to both the past and the future of Oman. The city of Muttrah is known for its long history of commercial trade, its characteristic port, and its long-standing fishery tradition
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Bait Al Zubair, Al-Saidiya Street, Muscat 113 Oman
Bait al Zubair now houses one of the largest heritage and permanent art collections in the country and serves as a real window on Oman’s rich heritage and culture.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Al Alam Palace, Waterfront Oman
Al Alam Palace is the ceremonial palace of Sultan Qaboos and lays in the heart of Old Muscat. Built in 1972, the palace is a fine example of modern Islamic architecture.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Mirani Fort, Qasr Al Alam Street Old Muscat Oman
Al Mirani Fort & Al Jalali Fort was built by the Portuguese on Sixteenth-century, its presence looms large over the harbor and contributes to the iconic view of Muscat.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Muttrah, Muttrah, Muscat Governorate
Muttrah Souk, one of the oldest souks in the Arab world, is also one of the most famous souks in Oman, which makes it one of its top must visit place.
Duration: 30 minutes
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Infants must sit on laps.
Most travelers can participate
We ve seen a lot of nice spots with a well aircon bus
The pickup was a disaster , too late so that we ve missed with 5 other people the tour and were brought directly to the first point, the mosque, , to catch the bus up , the guide could only few english words, the driver locked himself out of the bus and we had to walk in the heat well thst was too much for a 4 hour tour
The meet location was a little vague and the driver not there when we arrived at big rock. We ended up as group of 12 who thought they were on private tours. Some of them were quite grumpy over the arrangement. We had headset commentaries rather than a guide. The driver shared some information at the mosque if you asked or stayed close enough to hear him. We chose to go back to the ship by shuttle from the market because the tour bus would have dropped us at the terminal entrance and we would have to take the shuttle back to the ship anyways.
The tour locations were excellent. It met and exceeded our expectations the driver was also great attentive to needs of those on the bus
What was not good was the guide not sure he gave us his name and was not wearing a name tag.
His explanations of sites was minimal at best. We would stop he would say ok you have X amount of time meet me back here at the appointed time. This guide was the worst travel guide we have ever had in our years of traveling
We were picked up 15 mins late by a driver who barely spoke English. No big deal because we had read that they run late and spend a lot of time picking up guests all over Muscat. We made multiple stops after our pick up as expected. Other people in the bus had no clue what was going on. Air conditioner in the bus was weak so it was hot. Still no guide on the bus. The guide met us directly at our first stop at the mosque. He was stumbling his way the entire time and wasn't engaging or fun. His English was okay - most people here speak better English. Don't know his name since he never introduced himself. There was another guy with him the entire time with no expression on his face - guessing he was the trainer. Second stop Mutrah souq where we were on our own for 1 hour. If you enjoy pushy vendors yelling at you and asking you to check out their merchandise, you will love it. Way too much time since you can walk and check out the souq in about 15 mins. 3rd stop Al Zubair museum which was 40 mins. This one was adequate since its a small museum. 4th stop Al Alam palace where you stop for 15 mins to take pics from outside. If you have a car and can read Wikipedia, you can save yourself some money. Nothing special about this tour. Would not recommend.
This is an informative tour, covering the major places of interest in Muscat. There is a fair bit of waiting in the vehicle, initially, for reasons that are unclear but once the actual tour begins, it is very interesting.
The tour company covered everything listed, but the tour was several hours longer than it was supposed to be because the company picked up people at a hotel that was 45 minutes away from the main part of the city. The tour company should not pick up people for group tours who are that far away. My friend and I were the first to be picked up and we were in the car for over 2 hours before getting to the first tour stop as a result.
The trip started 30 minutes late because the first couple assumed their pick up was at 9 am. Therefore, the driver got to my hotel at 9:30 ... there was in total 3 stops (Mosque, Museum and Souk) -- saw a few things on the drive by ...
Very good! Highly recommend! Our guide was very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Good overview of the beautiful cit6 of Muscat! Will define be returning!
With some initial difficulty during confirmation as to where exactly to meet the driver we arrived at the port gate the same time as our driver Ali. Car was very clean and comfortable Ali's English was excellent as was his driving. His knowledge of Muscat and Oman generally was very good and he provided some interesting facts about the places we visited. We were never rushed to complete the tour in the allotted time he was quite comfortable to stay at each stop for as long as we wished. For someone like ourselves calling on a cruise it was an ideal way to see what Muscat has to offer we thoroughly enjoyed the tour and can highly recommend it.
We often book Viator tours when on cruises rather than the ship excursions as a we don't like to travel in groups and b we're a lot younger than our fellow cruise passengers so are able to do more active things or sightsee at a faster pace. For this reason we booked this tour as it was advertised as a 'private' city tour. However, our guide turned up 30 minutes late 60-90mins if you count that they ask you to be at the meeting point '30-60mins before' and when he turned up he told us that we would be travelling in a convoy of up to 4 cars with one shared tour guide!!!! We ended up in a pair of cars, but the tour guide travelled in the other car with some elderly Russian nationals. This meant that there were language issues on the tour and also they were EXTREMELY slow, to the point where we had to walk ahead and the tour guide stayed with them. We therefore didn't get hardly any information about each stop - we couldn't stand the frustrating pace in the end, we had to miss sights because we were running so behind. In the end we asked to go back to the ship before the end of the tour. It was a complete waste of a day. We're really upset as Oman was a stop we were looking forwards to. In 13 years of cruises this is honestly the worst tour we've ever been on.
I think the locals know that this 'outfit' are below par too as we were stood with the taxi drivers for 60 minutes waiting for our guide we became friendly with them. They felt really sorry for us that we'd been stood waiting for so long - they tried to help us with contacting the tour agent. Later we saw the same taxi drivers giving a very informative tour to their passengers in the Grand Mosque and they actually offered us to join them. You could tell they felt really bad for us...
My husband and I met up with our tour guide, Fahad right outside the cruise port, right on time. Fahad was congenial, funny and clearly has a deep affection for his home in Muscat. We went to all the sights, the Grand Mosque which rivals the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi in our humble opinion, the Muscat Museum, the Souk, the Palace and a lovely drive through the old city. Fahad was our personal negotiator in the souk too! We sampled Omani coffee and at the end of our tour Fahad went out of his way to find some coffe for us to take home. We highly recommend this tour and if youre up for a relaxed, knowledgeable and congenial guide, please ask for Fahad, and tell him his friends from California say hello!
I was at the hotel lobby before 8:30am, which was the agreed pick up time. I saw an Omani man who appeared to be waiting for someone but looked very relaxed, and I thought that he might be a tourist himself waiting for his driver. I was later sitting on the same bench as that man, waiting. After 10 minutes, the man appeared to be talking to the hotel staff and looking for somebody. Only at that point did I realise that he was probably the driver tour guide of this tour. I would have expected him to be more upfront and talk to me in the first place to find out if I was his client as I obviously looked like a foreigner/tourist in their country, whereas it was more difficult for me to identify the tour guide. The tour guide did not speak a lot of English but was a very nice person. We were taken to places that we were supposed to see without problems. It would have been nice if we could spend a bit more time in the souq, as I had only explored some parts of it.
This tour was amazing!
Better to know where you want to go on this tour, as you are basically provided with an expat driver, who will take you around the sights. We started with a tour of the spectacular Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a must see, the craftsmanship and architecture are beautiful. Such an atmosphere of peace and serenity. Then we drove on down to Mattrah, and then Old Muscat via the old road. Go this way for a great view of Muscat, nestled amidst the hills. We then had a look at the Shangri La resort at Bandar Jissah, then Bait al Zubair, a very well laid out museum, which was the private home of the Zubair family, prior to becoming a museum. It has many personal pieces from the family, displays of Omani costume, coins, stamps and weapons. Theres a gift shop and cafe, which we enjoyed as we were beginning to tire by this point. After that, we went back to our hotel, as it was around two pm. We could probably have had a longer tour if wed wanted. There wasnt much info from the driver, so you really have t know where you want to go.
This was an excellent tour with an itinerary as promised. The driver was also the guide very professional and knowledgeable and his customer service was exceptional as he also stopped at a Starbucks so I could get a drink and a mug for my collection. This tour required a minimum of 2 passengers and I had to pay double but it was worth it. The only thing I think that needs to be changed is the contact phone number provided. The telephone number was in Dubai and I was in Bahrain. They should have a local telephone number. Even with this said my guide was on time and this situation did not take away from this wonderful tour.
We had a very interesting visit in Muscat with a guide that also told us a lot interesting about everyday life in Oman. A beautiful country, umfo unfortunately off-season and very hot, but a guided tour that we strongly recommend.
Excellent tour, timing respecté, excellente explication en anglais de la part du guide Zacharia, nombreux stops photos et bonnes explications
Excellent tour, with a fantastic driver/guide. He made the tour very enjoyable by telling us about the city, its history, its people and the cultural background. The visit to the Grand Mosque and to the palace were particularly interesting. A view from the top of one of the mountains was thrilling. The sea shore, the museum and the souks were nice. Overall, it gave us a great overview of the city and of Omani culture. It was very enjoyable and is highly recommended for anyone visiting Muscat.
A very knowledgeable, courteous and friendly guide made this a thoroughly enjoyable tour around a variety of sights in Muscat.
We have a wonderful time with our guide and driver Saleh, 4 hrs private tour of Muscat. We visited the beautiful Sultan Quaboos Grand Mosque, enough time taking photos inside and outside. The photo stops are worth taken at the Sultan's Al Alam Palace, the Mirani and Jalali Forts. The museum was closed due to electrical problem that day. An hour short visit at Muttrah Souk to have a quick snack and
shopping. Most of the shops close at 2 pm and reopen after 4 pm on cruise ship days when there are lots of visitors otherwise they are closed from 1-4 pm. Due to the closing of the museum we were able to have a glimpse of the Opera House. Overall, it was a good tour and we highly recommend this to anyone that want to see Muscat in a day..