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Muscat, Oman
Muscat Half Day City Tour

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Get your bearings in Muscat and check out its highlights on this 4-hour city tour. Explore the best of this charming city, one of Arabia’s prettiest capitals, and soak in its setting wedged between the Al Hajar Mountains and Gulf of Oman. Visit Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, shop at Muttrah Souk, explore the Bait Al Zubair Museum, see the Sultan’s Palace, and more. Hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees included.
  • 4-hour tour of Muscat
  • Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and admire its marble courtyards and prayer halls
  • Stroll through Muttrah Fish Market and the maze-line lanes of Muttrah Souk
  • Chart Oman’s history at the Bait Al Zubair Museum
  • Stop for photos of the Sultan’s Al Alam Palace, and the Mirani and Jalali forts
  • Transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and entrance fees included
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Transportation round trip in an Air-conditioned vehicle
Audio guiding in Multiple languages
Headphones for the Audio listening
Free Wifi on our vehicles
Entry Fees to Bait Al Zubair
Food and drinks
Personal Expenses
Gratuities

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9:00 AM
Pickup: We pickup the guest between 30 - 60 minutes before the tour departure, We pickup from all hotels in Muscat and Port. Drop Off: Hotels in Muscat
Start your tour with hotel pickup in Muscat, and settle inside your air-conditioned vehicle with your guide. Then, explore the pristine streets of the city, beautifully set between the Al Hajar Mountains and Gulf of Oman.

On route, learn how the city has successfully retained its rich Arabian heritage and culture, despite having undergone rapid development over the last few decades.

Head first for Muscat’s undoubted showpiece: the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Opened in 2001, this stunning marble mosque is one of the largest in the Gulf, with room to accommodate 20,000 worshipers.

After touring the glittering courtyards and prayer halls, continue to the Ministries quarter, home to many of Muscat’s foreign embassies and consulates.

Admire the bougainvillea-laced avenues and immaculate white buildings with their Islamic arches and latticework, and then travel to Muttrah, the commercial heart of Muscat lining a spectacular, mountain-backed bay.

Stroll through the seafront fish market where the locals trade their catches, and admire the sweeping Corniche, lined with latticed and balconied buildings. Then, delve into Muttrah Souk, a maze of covered alleys filled with stalls peddling spices, perfumes, coffee, antiques, and homewares. Breathe in the exotic aromas, and perhaps haggle for goods with tips from your guide.

Having explored here, pay a visit to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, a charming museum that charts Oman’s fascinating past from ancient through to modern times. Learn about the country’s rich culture and early roots, and then continue deeper into old Muscat.

Pose for photos outside the blue-and-gold Al Alam Palace, the official residence of Sultan Qaboos, and take pictures of Muscat’s twin Portuguese-built forts, Mirani and Jalali, perched on rocky outcrops above the bay.

Your tour then finishes with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mutrah Fish Market
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
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bait Al Zubair
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
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Al Alam Palace
Photo Stop: 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
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Mirani Fort
Photo stop: 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
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Muttrah
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
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line - Kurban Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Muscat Half Day City Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Muscat Half Day City Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Muscat Half Day City Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Muscat Half Day City Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Muscat Half Day City Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Muscat Half Day City Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Muscat Half Day City Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Muscat Half Day City Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This is an excellent way to get a taste of Muscat when you only have a day in port." See review
  • "The tour company should not pick up people for group tours who are that far away." See review
  • "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." See review

Reviews

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star-4
85 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Very good half day tour
mayaelizabethmann
, May 2022
A very good tour - covers the most important bits you need to see in Muscat and the driver was on time and very kind.
star-5
Great half day option
Megan_L
, Apr 2022
Lovely way to see the city highlights as an introduction. It hits all the high points and its nice to be picked up at the hotel.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Guest Greetings to you from all of us at GrayLine emirates! Thank you so much for sharing such a review with us, Our team is thrilled to hear your wonderful words. Your review is highly appreciated, it will be our pleasure to serve your travel needs in the future and welcoming you again anytime.
star-5
Great overview of Muscat
Kevin_P
, Apr 2022
This was a great little tour, a good way to get an overview of Muscat. It is a bus tour (more minibus in my case) with earphones and the recorded guide that you get on many Grayline type tours. You meet at a central location, the price is very good for Oman and everything went pretty smoothly. You stop at the main sites, like the fish market, bazaar, etc. There is some free time, you meet up an an appointed time. The driver/guide was informative and friendly, but mostly just drove the bus. Kind of a McTour but I would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your valuable comment with us! We are delighted to know that you liked this trip with us. Thank you for choosing Gray Line! Hope to see you again with us!
star-1
My half day city tour of MUscat
SineadHeidi_W
, Apr 2022
First of all, the tour guide arrived 10 minutes late. Also, there were 3 other German tourists on the tour, one who had Covid symptoms and the tour guide never checked for the covid PCR tests. This made me feel very nervous as we had to share the bus with this passenger. Furthermore, the tour guide did not set his boundaries regarding the time of when the passengers should arrive back after visiting each monument as there were 4 other Italian tourists who were 10 minutes late and kept the other passengers waiting after visiting the first monument. This was very inconsiderate for us as we had to follow a schedule and wait in a bus that was very hot due to no air-conditioning. The tour guide was dismissive of my complaints about the Italian passengers delaying us and one of the other German passengers became aggressive while we complained to the tour guide. Personally, I feel to make this trip more enjoyable and comfortable the tour guide needs to be more assertive with the passengers regarding the Covid hygiene measures and punctuality.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear Guest, I apologize for your experience with us and we are very keen in building up the best service. our quality team will look into this and act? Hope to see you again and we will work the best to serve you better..!!!
star-5
Great experience in half a day
Peter_R
, Mar 2022
Very nice and helpful driver - can definitely recommend. Particularly the mosque is stunning and a must-see.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Dear Guest Greetings to you from all of us at GrayLine emirates! Thank you so much for sharing such a review with us, Our team is thrilled to hear your wonderful words. Your review is highly appreciated, it will be our pleasure to serve your travel needs in the future and welcoming you again anytime.
star-5
Great experience
Ins_G
, Mar 2022
The guide was very attentive and knowledgeable of the city’s history. Made an effort to meet all our needs.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for sharing your positive feedback with us! We are glad you enjoyed your sightseeing experience with us on board Gray LineTours. We have forwarded your kind comments to our Customer Service team. At Gray LineTours, we thrive to offer an excellent Customer Service and nothing makes us happier than when our customers are happy! We look forward to welcoming you again soon on board Gray LineTours,
star-5
Fabulous tour and insightful stories from the locals
Kathrin_S
, Feb 2022
Great overall experience and friendly guide. It was perfect to get a good taste of Muscat in just a few hours.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for sharing your positive feedback with us! We are glad you enjoyed your sightseeing experience with us on board Gray LineTours. We have forwarded your kind comments to our Customer Service team. At Gray LineTours, we thrive to offer an excellent Customer Service and nothing makes us happier than when our customers are happy! We look forward to welcoming you again soon on board Gray LineTours,
star-5
Wayne’s Wanderings in Muscat
Wayne_J
, Jan 2022
Great tour. Half day well spent. Sites visited were a great reflection on Omani culture. Top class. Excellent tour for a quick review of Muscat
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for sharing your positive feedback with us! We are glad you enjoyed your sightseeing experience with us on board Gray LineTours. We have forwarded your kind comments to our Customer Service team. At Gray LineTours, we thrive to offer an excellent Customer Service and nothing makes us happier than when our customers are happy! We look forward to welcoming you again soon on board Gray LineTours,
star-5
Great way to see Muscat in half a day
Antony_N
, Jan 2022
Very friendly and helpful tour guide. Great to see so much of Muscat in a short time. Useful audio guide and feel we learnt a lot about the local culture. Museum and Mosque were fab!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for sharing your positive feedback with us! We are glad you enjoyed your sightseeing experience with us on board Gray LineTours. We have forwarded your kind comments to our Customer Service team. At Gray LineTours, we thrive to offer an excellent Customer Service and nothing makes us happier than when our customers are happy! We look forward to welcoming you again soon on board Gray LineTours,
star-4
1/2 Day Tour of Muscat
David_L
, Dec 2021
The Grand Mosque was incredibly beautiful!. The museum was very interesting for history & cultural aficionados as well.
star-4
Omani Heritage in 3 hours
Keno_A
, Nov 2021
Excellent, would recommend. Our guide came on time. Was very courteous and would enjoy speaking to us as we went on the trip. The tour was interactive and the guide would answer most of our questions about the trip.
star-4
Good tour.
Jean_B
, Nov 2021
Khalid was kind and helpful. It was a bit awkward for 5 adults in a Toyota Camry - with one woman. But we all made the best of it. He was conversational and interested in exchanging information. He was willing to answer questions posed to the best of his ability. His English was good. We would have enjoyed a more enhanced conversation of the history of Oman and the Arabian peninsula. He seemed to be informed regarding the current economic situation and lifestyle of the Omanis. It was helpful to have brief tour of the major highlights during our first visit.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Missing tour operator.
Bill
, Feb 2020
We could not locate tour operator. The information from Viator did not include tour operator name or phone number. We finally hired a local gut to give us a tour.
star-5
Great tour!
Kerry_N
, Feb 2020
Ali was prompt, very knowledgeable, and spoke English well. We learned a lot about Muscat and it was the perfect introduction to the city.
star-4
Splendid Muscat
Gary_T
, Feb 2020
This is an excellent way to get a taste of Muscat when you only have a day in port. We did the tour on 30 January 2020 and it met our needs. The mosque and museum we visited with cost included were standouts as far as our expectations were concerned The positives were the guide who was knowledgeable, the driver was very accommodating and the pick up at the port. Unfortunately we were delayed at the start by late passengers and the wi - fi did not work on the bus. We will continue to use Viator
star-5
Muscat 1/2 day tour
cindyhornung
, Feb 2020
The tour was well organized and the guide was very nice. I would have liked to have entrance fees included into the Opera House (which was stunning from the outside) but we did not have enough time to go in nor were the entrance fees part of the tour. Could have skipped the Fish Market (my personal opinion - others may have enjoyed it). Time at the Souk was good and as long as you asked the vendors for what you wanted, as opposed to what they were hoisting on you, you could do well with your purchases. Overall, a good over view of the city of Muscat.
star-3
Nice tour badly organised
NelliA_12
, Jan 2020
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
star-3
A Little Caotic
Barbara_P
, Dec 2019
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.
star-3
city tour half day
Larry M
, Dec 2019
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
star-2
Poor communications, not well organized, not great value for money
Finicky_one
, Dec 2019
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.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Guest Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback about our product that you have recently joined with us. We apologize for not having met your expectation. we rely heavily on the feedback of our customers to ensure the best sightseeing tour, details mentioned in your comments is not our usual level of service, will be investigated and we apologies for any inconvenience. We would like to discuss your experience with you further; please contact us directly on quality@grayline.ae We appreciate and value your time for posting these comments about the visit. We hope to see you again for a better experience. Looking forward to that

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