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Muscat Shore Excursion: Private City Highlights Tour

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    What to Expect
    When your ship is docked at Muscat, meet your private guide and board your private, air-conditioned minibus to get acquainted with Oman’s beautiful capital.

    As you start your 4-hour tour, hear about Muscat’s ancient maritime history and recent development from your guide.

    Drive through the flower-lined diplomatic quarter to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Oman’s principal place of worship, this imperious mosque was gifted to the nation by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to mark the 30th year of his reign in the early 1990s.

    Hop out to explore the sandstone building and ogle the opulent interiors, graced with chandeliers and the world’s second largest hand-woven Persian carpet.

    Back aboard your minibus, drive to Muttrah, the picturesque district that’s home to many Muscat landmarks. Visit the fish market, and stretch your legs along the Corniche, passing blue-tiled mosque domes and merchants’ houses fronted by wooden balconies.

    Delve into Muttrah souk and roam the stalls hawking silver jewelry, perfume, crafts and other goodies. Polish your bartering skills with tips from your guide and perhaps buy some souvenirs (own expense).

    Continue to Muscat Old Town to explore this gated quarter. Snap photos of the two Portuguese fortresses — Al-Jalali and Al-Mirani — that guard the harbor — and gaze at the flamboyant Al-Alam Palace, the official palace of Sultan Qaboos.

    Lastly, learn more about Oman at the Bait Al Zubair Museum as you inspect the collections of handicrafts, photographs and weaponry that illustrate the country’s history.

    Your trip concludes with a drop-off at Muscat port.

    Worry-free Shore Excursion:

    We will ensure your timely return to Muscat port following this tour. In the extremely rare event your ship has sailed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to join your tour, you will receive a refund. View our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Port of Muscat
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Private guide
    • Port pickup and drop off
    • Transport by minibus
    • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee
    • Optional gratuities
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid copy of your passport is required on the day of travel
    • Dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. Loose long trousers or long skirts, long sleeves and a head scarf for ladies. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but light jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings
    • Oman has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear should be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages
    • Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings or military installations are not allowed
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    We were met at the port gate by rashid and were taken in an air conditioned spacious car on our tour of muscat We went to the mosque, opera house, fish market, the souq, a museum and the royal palace The private tour lasted 4 hours and our guide who was excellent and
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    Key Details
    • Orient Tours - Day Tours
    • Duration: 4h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Languages Offered: English
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