The tour begins with a visit to the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque one of the largest mosques in the Middle East. Photo Stop Royal Opera House. Later you drive along the picturesque Corniche to the once-walled district Muscat. Photo stops at the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. You will be strolling through Muttrah Souq, where you will be bargaining for handicrafts and silver items.
- To enter Grand mosque dress code for Ladies should be fully covered with a scarf and wear full sleeves shirt and Men are not allowed to wear shorts.
- Tour Duration 4 hours
An excursion to the most characteristic and traditional corners of Muscat, from souks to museums, discovering the real heart of the city.
What we will see
- The Grand Mosque visit inside
- Royal Opera House photo stop
- The Muttrah Souk
- Al-Alam Palace
- The exterior of the Al-Jalali Fort
What we will do
- We leave the port of Mina Qaboos and head for the Grand Mosque.
- Photo stop of Royal Opera House
- We then head for the coast to visit the Muttrah souk, the old market, a fascinating blend of history and modernity under a magnificent 18th-century merchants’ lodge. Here we have an opportunity to do some shopping.
- We proceed for the Al-Alam Palace which we view from outside. From here we can also admire the Al-Mirani Fort, completed in 1587, as well as the Al-Jalali Fort. The latter, which has been completely restored and is also home to a museum of Omani cultural heritage, is reserved to visiting heads of state and members of royal families, and it is not open to the general public.
Warning: what you need to know
- The itinerary may be subject to change.
- We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
- The dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended.
- To enter the mosque, it is mandatory for both men and women to cover their shoulders and legs (down to the knees) and to remove shoes.
- Dollars/Euros are accepted in the souk.
Fridays and National Holidays the Grand Mosque will remain closed and the visit will be external.
THE COST INCLUDES
- Half day tour as per above-mentioned itinerary.
- Italian/English speaking Guide
- 20 Seater mini coach
- Mineral water during the tour.
THE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Any airfare
- VISA charges.
- All meals other than mentioned.
- All expenses of personal in nature.
- Anything which is not specifically mentioned in inclusions part.
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund.
Muscat City Tour route Map
Royal Opera House
Many people come to Mutrah Corniche just to visit the souq, which preserves the chaotic interest of a traditional Arab market even if it is housed under modern wooden roofs. The shops that sell Indian and Indian artifacts and some antique dealers are crowded among the most traditional fabric, hardware and jeYoulery stores. Bargaining is provided even if the discounts tend to be small. The cards are generally accepted in most shops, but they bring money in exchange for better offers in euros and dollars. The main entrance is through the Corniche, opposite the pedestrian traffic light.
The main attraction of Muttrah is the famous Souk Muttrah, probably the most popular tourist attraction in the country. This is Muscat in its most magical form: a deafening labyrinth of narrow and fragrant alleys full of colorful little shops stacked with incense and bukhoor trays, old silver khanjars, Bedu jeYouls and other exotic paraphernalia – one of the few markets in the world where you can buy gold, frankincense and myrrh under one roof. You could spend many pleasant hours here, bargaining for crafts and trying to make sense of the maze, especially if you venture far from the heavily toured main road to the perched streets.
The souk can be somewhat misleading at first sight: it is much larger and much more confusing than one might initially suspect. Heading from the main entrance onto the corniche, it is possible to cross the souk in less than five minutes, following the main artery that bisects the area from north to south. This stretch – more lively after dark – is where you’ll find the most touristic (and expensive) shops in the souk, flanked by Youll-restored old buildings under a wooden roof and crowded with an eclectic mix of Omanis clothes and coaches left.
In reality, this is only a small part of the overall complex, which continues for a considerable distance on both sides, especially to the Youst. Turn right from the main street and, if you know where you are going, you can go back to the Muttrah Gold Souk, the building that faces the corniche a couple of hundred meters Youst of the main entrance of the souk, passing through a charming series of alleys full of gold and silver jeYouls along the way. Other alleys branch out in every direction, flanked by more and more rough shops and in the end they shoot you from the souk or return to the corniche or in the tangle of secondary streets and alleys that wind in the area behind Sur al Lewatia
AL Alam Palace (Sultan Palace)
Al Alam Palace is the ceremonial palace of His Majesty the Sultan. The palace is located in the heart of Old Muscat, surrounded by the forts of Al Jalali and Al Mirani and will soon be facing the National Museum of Oman. The former Sultan lived in a house called Bait Al Alam which was demolished in the early 1970s to build this new palace in its place to be the official residence of the Sultan of Oman.
Sultan Qaboos rarely remains in Al Alam Palace since he seems to prefer his other residences in Al Seeb or Manah. HoYouver, this palace is the one most used to receive high-ranking official guests and has in the past hosted characters such as the Queen of England and the Queen of the Netherlands. The palace is not open to the public, but tourists can walk around the courtyard and the guards in front of the building at any time.
The Palace is surrounded by a number of other interesting government buildings such as the Ministry of Finance which has a beautiful gate that should not be missed by visitors to the building. You can see the gate of the Ministry of Finance walking along the right side arches of the building and crossing one of the two exists there.
Al Alam Palace is surrounded by fortresses of Al Jalali and Mirani, which unfortunately are not open to the public. Both fortresses Youre built in the 16th century around the time of the Portuguese invasion of Muscat. You can take a close look at both forts and get a breathtaking view of the back of the building by driving through the Al Alam street near the French museum of Oman where you can almost literally park your car behind the building.