Discover the historic and religious sites of Muscat, Oman's political, economic and commercial hub, during a half-day tour of this historic city.
Depart the pier for a scenic drive through the exclusive Omani residential district of Shati Al Qurum. You will then continue on for a visit to the Grand Mosque, the largest and most exclusive mosque in Oman, before stopping at the colorful Muttrah Souq, where the scent of exotic Arabian perfumes and spices fills the air. Here, a multitude of shops offer Omani daggers, or khanjars, as well as handmade Omani costumes, antiques, traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts made from copper, camel bone, wood and leather.
Next, you will proceed to Bait Al Zubair, a private museum housing collections of traditional Omani items that include weaponry, jewelry, clothing, household items, books, photographs, paintings, and maps. Afterward, you will take a drive along Muscat's scenic coastal road, through the charming fishing village of Sidab and on to Muscat's Old Town for a photo stop at the splendid Al Alam Palace, the official residence of Sultan Qaboos. Built on the site of the old palace in 1970, Al Alam Palace offers picturesque vistas overlooking Muscat Bay. It is adorned with Oriental-styled architecture, and strategically positioned between Jalali and Mirani, two Medieval fortresses built by the Portuguese near the end of the 16th century.
Please note: Due to Muslim tradition, conservative dress is required for men and women. Women must cover their body, shoulders, arms and legs to the wrists and ankles, and a scarf must cover the head and hair. Men must also wear modest clothing befitting the sanctity of the mosque. Shorts, short skirts, beachwear, sleeveless t-shirts or blouses, and revealing outfits are inappropriate, and not permitted inside the mosque. Food, drinks and smoking are strictly prohibited in the mosque. Slip-on shoes are recommended, as guests must remove their shoes before entering the mosque. Photography is prohibited at Bait Al Zubair Museum. Due to the opening hours of the Grand Mosque, interior visits will not always be possible and instead, the mosque will be viewed from the outside only.