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How to Spend 1 Day in Muscat

How to Spend 1 Day in Muscat

Muscat stands out from many other Arabian cities for its dramatic mountain backdrop, old-style architecture, and well-preserved cultural heritage. With some smart planning, visitors can soak up its highlights and old-fashioned charms in 24 hours. Here are our tips for the ultimate morning, afternoon, and evening in the Omani capital.

Morning: See the Sights on Land or Sea

Most Muscat tours run in the mornings and provide an overview of the city with a guide for background. Tours typically start with the modern Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque—a mix of glittering domes, minarets, and courtyards. From there, it’s on to Old Muscat to see its two Portuguese-built coastal forts and Bait Al Zubair Museum before time at Muttrah Souk to shop for specialities such as jewelry and perfumes. Private tours offer flexible itineraries, so you can tailor your sightseeing to suit you. Alternatively, if you’re eager to get out on the water, choose a snorkel or dolphin-spotting cruise on the Gulf of Oman.

Afternoon: Delve Deeper

This afternoon, absorb the city’s stunning coast-and-mountain setting from the upper deck a hop-on hop-off bus. Take photos as you listen to the audio commentary, and disembark at your choice of the eight stops. Hop out to visit Old Muscat, shop in Ruwi’s malls, or kick back on the sands of Qurum Beach. Alternatively, view Muscat from the water on a scenic boat trip. Sail by jagged cliffs, the majestic Al Bustan Palace hotel, and Muttrah Corniche.

Evening: City Lights and Sunset Cruises

Muscat comes into its own at dusk as the lights of its souks, streets, and forts glitter against the shadowy Hajar peaks. Make the most of the scene on a private city-lights tour that includes stops for photos, a visit to Muttrah Souk for last-minute shopping, and dinner at a local restaurant. Another option is to take a sunset cruise aboard a traditional Arabian dhow boat. Sink into cushions on deck and sip cold sodas as Muscat’s sights glide by and the sun descends behind the mountains.

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Muscat Half Day City Tour

Muscat Half Day City Tour

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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$32.00
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Private Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital

Private Muscat City Sightseeing Tour - A Fascinating Capital

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Explore top attractions in Oman’s port capital on this private 4-hour Muscat city sightseeing tour. Travel through Muscat’s beautiful embassy quarter by luxury vehicle with your private guide. Visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and gain insight into Islamic architecture and tradition. Learn of Oman’s rich culture and heritage at the Omani Museum, and mingle with the locals at the souk and fish market in the Muttrah quarter. Take a walking tour through the Old Town and discover landmarks including the palace of Sultan Qaboos, Jalali Fort and Mirani Fort.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.55
Price varies by group size
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$110.55
Price varies by group size
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Muscat Guided Night Tour

Muscat Guided Night Tour

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Admire Muscat’s city lights on a private 4-hour evening tour, with a knowledgeable local driver-guide. Sightseeing by foot and air-conditioned vehicle, hear about the Omani capital’s history as you absorb the twinkling buildings, waterfronts and souks set against the dusky mountains. See the illuminated domes of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, witness the beautiful views along Muttrah Corniche, browse Muttrah Souk and view floodlit Al Alam Palace before dinner at a local restaurant. Inform your guide if there’s something you want to see more of — your itinerary is customizable.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the delights of Muscat with ease on this Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour. With your 1- or 2-day ticket, explore the city at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. Enjoy 360-degree views of the sights as you hear the entertaining onboard audio commentary, and hop on and off at any of the stops as you please. See top Muscat attractions such as beautiful Muttrah Corniche and the Royal Opera House; hop off to enjoy Muttrah Souk; admire the picturesque forts of Muscat Old Quarter, and much more.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$73.80
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$73.80
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Super Special Sea Trip

Super Special Sea Trip

Escape the city on a stunning boat cruise of Oman’s rugged coastlines, with complimentary transportation from Muscat. Keep an eye out for dolphins as you glide across crystal-clear waters, stopping to indulge in a picnic lunch on a secluded beach cove. Food, refreshments, towels, and beach umbrellas are all provided, so you’ll only have to bring your bathing suit. Lounge on the shore, or hit the water with provided snorkeling gear.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.00
Price varies by group size
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$140.00
Price varies by group size
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Snorkeling Trip from Muscat

Snorkeling Trip from Muscat

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Muscat is known for its scenic sights, but the most spectacular attractions are underwater. Get a first-hand peek at Oman’s colorful marine life during this all-inclusive snorkeling tour. Hotel transfers are included along with gear and safety equipment, making this a convenient option for families. Get a chance to spot sea turtles, stingrays, and parrot fish as you embark on an action-packed day trip out on the open water.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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Sunset Coastal trip at Muscat

Sunset Coastal trip at Muscat

Enjoy all of the splendor of Oman’s coastlines with none of the hassle of arranging your own transportation. During this stunning boat cruise with private pickup from Muscat, you’ll glide down the capital’s pristine, luxury-filled water. Get a first-hand peek at the Royal Palace, 16th-century Portuguese forts, high-end hotels, and quaint fishing villages. You’ll see the best of Oman in a single outing.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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