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Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past

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Muscat, Oman
icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Admire the forts and oases of rural Oman on this private full-day trip from Muscat. Accompanied by a private guide, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the coastal town of Barka to visit its morning fish market and restored house-turned-museum of Bait Na'am to learn about life here in the 1600s. Then, drive through gorgeous palm groves and ‘wadis’ (dry river beds) to see three of Oman’s beautiful forts, Al Hazm, Rustaq and Nakhl. View each splendidly restored fort, and then visit the natural springs at Thowarah before returning to Muscat.
  • Visit the fish markets and souks of Barka
  • Explore the impressive Rustaq Fort
  • See some of the areas most picturesque scenery
  • Visit the warm natural springs of Thawarah
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Hotel pick up and drop off
Luxury air-conditioned car or mini-bus transport
Optional gratuities
Food and drink, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:00 AM
After pickup from your central Muscat hotel, meet your guide and relax into your private, air-conditioned car or minibus. Let your guide know if you have any preferences for what’s ahead: your tour is private, so the itinerary can be tailored to suit your interests.

Begin with a drive north to the coastal town of Baka. Hop out at the morning fish market, and with your guide, explore the stalls piled with fresh tuna, marlin, crabs and more. Watch the vendors haggle over their wares, and learn about the daily rituals of the fishermen and locals.

Visit Barka souk and then see inside Bait Na'am, a fortified house dating from the 1600s. Admire the square and round towers, and take in the restored interiors, furnished as they would have been centuries ago. See the main quarters, secret passages and other rooms as your guide details the lives of the imams who once stayed here.

Next, drive through the picturesque fields of Oman’s main agricultural region toward Al Hazm, a hilltop fort considered one of the country’s finest.

Delve into the maze-like corridors, living quarters and cells, and ogle the magnificent wooden doors, richly carved with religious verse.

Continue to Rustaq Fort, a large, three-level fort surrounded by palm groves. Take photos of the exterior as your guide explains how the town of Rustaq was Oman’s capital during the 1600s and 1700s.

Next, drive through beautiful wadis to the oasis of Nakhl, and visit Nakhl Fort, a magnificent fort set against a backcloth of jagged mountains.

Finish at Thowarah, where natural springs form a stream under shady palm trees. Ogle the idyllic setting and perhaps paddle in the warm waters before your tour ends back at your Muscat hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Orient Tours - Day Tours
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Al Hazm Castle
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bait Na'am
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Buses used for excursions are of the highest standard available. All buses are air-conditioned and equipped with a microphone.
  • 4x4 vehicles used for the off-road safaris are air-conditioned with a maximum capacity of 6 passengers plus driver. All drivers are qualified off-road professionals, first-aid trained and carry cell phones. All vehicles are equipped with seat-belts and passengers are required to wear them at all times.
  • Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Hats or some protection for the head are advisable when in direct sunlight. 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.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any part of this tour for reasons of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or similar.
  • A current valid copy of your passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Orient Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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 Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Day Tour of Rustaq - Voyage into the Past.

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We spent a very enjoyable day seeing...
Rosemary K
, Mar 2017
We spent a very enjoyable day seeing forts and castles with Rasheed. An excellent guide. I strongly r commend this tour as a good way to see Oman's past
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Oman has transformed into a very...
Peter A
, May 2016
Oman has transformed into a very modern country with terrific infrastructure, unfortunately it has swept away all the old world charm that visitors come to see. One of the best features to us on this trip was the fish market at Barka. It is still in original form and best of all it has a tiny fish auction. Here they have a circular tiled area where the old auctioneer sits with his cane and conducts the auction. The fish are either auctioned separately if they are of a reasonable size, or in bundles strung together with string. The fish to be auctioned are place in the centre near the auctioneers feet and he conducts the auction with voice and tapping of his cane. The buyers seem to be half a dozen local housewives or a couple of guys. The success bid pays and gets the fish and the next fish is placed in the middle and auctioned immediately. A real scene from the past. Bait Na'am and Rustaq Fort are well preserved but a bit sterile, but if you imagine the past you can see how effective they must have been the countryside is nice desert country, although modernism is encroaching. You get to see oasis and where the springs burst out at the base of the mountains. A worthwhile day out.
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Ok Guide good all on time but to pay...
bobburrows747
, Nov 2015
Ok Guide good all on time but to pay over 200 to see several forts and the main one closed so all we actually saw was a small fish market a couple of houses and the hot water springs Rustaq we only saw from the distance
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear bobburr, We are sorry to hear about you not being fully satisfied with our tour, and even more sorry to disappoint a customer. Your feedback makes us better. However, we would like to inform you that we have conducted the excursion as per the tour description that you have booked. Our company values put customer satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our customers. We look forward to serving you again. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
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Excellent trip, charming driver/tour...
Margaret M
, Feb 2015
Excellent trip, charming driver/tour guide, visited many forts. Lunch not the best.
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It was an interesting Tour. If you...
KlausHermann D
, Dec 2014
It was an interesting Tour. If you love to see old castles and fortresses, the mountains and hot springs, then this tour is for you. Rasheed was our driver and tour guide and we had a good time with him. He explained everything very well.
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OMG, this is a must to do, amazing...
Zsolt J
, Oct 2014
OMG, this is a must to do, amazing route, very nice programme, and our guide was just amazing!
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