Muscat Impressions

Conveniently located on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa the magic and mystique of the Sultanate of Oman is impossible to resist.

Shahrazad's stories from "1001 Nights" come alive and Sinbad the sailor is believed to have sailed from a coastal town here.

Travel back in time to a place so beautiful and unspoilt that it could only exist in legend or your imagination.

Miles of undisturbed coastline, pristine golden sand beaches, a shimmering blue ocean, rose gardens perched atop misty mountains, ancient ruins and the undulating splendor of the desert together with an excellent road network and the legendary Omani hospitality will satisfy the most discerning visitor.

Since 1970 His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has presided over an unprecedented period of modernization and national renaissance while retaining a strong sense of heritage and culture.

A drive on the beautiful palm lined beachfront promenade will bring you into Muscat, the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman.

World famous for its cleanliness, spacious parks and roadways lined with green lawns and flowers Muscat is dramatically set with mountains on one side and the Arabian Gulf on the other.

Stop to view and photograph the Sultan's Al Alam Palace flanked by the Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani constructed in 1552.

Visit Bait Al Zubair museum, a historic residence transformed to display fine exhibits of Omani history and culture.

The Grand Mosque, true to its name, is the grandest of monuments in the region and one of the best in the world.

Visit and photographs this imposing monument and continue to Muttrah, famous for its Souk.

Khanjar, the curved silver dagger worn by Omani men on ceremonial and cultural occasions, traditional pottery, ethnic silver jewelry, paintings, perfumed oils, bronze coffee pots and perhaps the most known fragrance in the world, frankincense, and the traditional incense burners are just few of the items on display.

Enjoy a walk in the Souk and shop for souvenirs before returning to the ship.


Special Notes:
Comfortable shoes recommended.

No shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits on the excursion.

Compulsory long sleeves and full length trousers and ladies must be fully covered with a headscarf to enter the Grand Mosque. Shoes must be removed. Visiting hours only until 11.00hrs.

Mostly flat paved walkways.

No cameras allowed in the museum.

Toilets available at the museum.

Suitable for elderly and assisted persons.

Shops in the Souk accept US$, €uros, British pounds and all major credit cards.

Thursdays, Fridays and national holidays affect operation of the tour.


Tour Timings:

Tours begin at times suitable for the ship's arrival in port. The breakdown of the excursions is as follows:

00hr00 -> Depart from Muscat Port

00hr00 -> 00hr20 Drive to Al Alam Palace
00hr20 -> 00hr50 Outside visit and photo of palace and forts
00hr50 -> 01hr05 Drive to Bait Al Zubair
01hr05 -> 02hr05 Visit museum
02hr05 -> 02hr20 Drive to the Grand Mosque
02hr20 -> 03hr20 Visit the mosque
03hr20 -> 03hr40 Drive to Muttrah souk
03hr40 -> 04hr40 Visit the souk

04hr40 -> 05hr00 Drive to the port



Tour Details

Tour Name:
Muscat Impressions

Sightseeing Shore Tours
Cultural Shore Tours


Tour ID:

Approximately 5hr00

medium excursionwheelchair accessible

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