Muscat

Private Day Trip to Nizwa & Jabal Shams (The Grand Canyon of Oman)

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DAY TRIP NIZWA AND GRAND CANYON OF OMAN
  • 8 to 9 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Escape the busy streets of Muscat and spend a day in the great outdoors on this excursion to Nizwa and Jabal Shams. With a private guide, head to the former capital of Oman, Nizwa, to explore the fort and castle. Then, head to Jabal Shams, otherwise known as the “Grand Canyon of Oman” for an off-road adventure and unparalleled views of the region.
  • Learn about Omani history and culture from your guide
  • Visit the Nizwa souk and shop for local souvenirs
  • Enjoy a photo stop in the ancient village of Wadi Ghul
  • A private tour means a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Hotels, Port, Airport, Residence Pick up and Drop off
  • Transportation By Air-Conditioned vehicle 4WD
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Private Tour
  • Taxes
  • Nizwa Fort entry fees
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 AM

Pickup details

We pick up travelers from any place in Muscat • Residence • Hotels • Muscat International Airport • Muscat Port (for shore excursion passengers)

What To Expect

Nizwa Souk

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Nizwa Fort Oman

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Jabal Shams

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Reviews

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An interesting day in the sun
Gregory_G, Dec 2023
Our guide was knowledgeable about Nizwa Fort. The little spice and date shop was interesting (I ended up buying some karak), but I could have done without seeing the other touristy gift shop. The Yemeni restaurant we stopped at for lunch was good, although it was weird having the server try to recommend the most western stereotypical food to me (I didn't come all the way here for pizza or burgers). As for Jabal Shams, the canyon view was nice, and there were a few goats roaming around the edge, but I thought there was going to be an actual hike of some kind, but it was just a stop for photos and admiring the view.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
dear Gregor, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for choosing Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your very good review, we are glad that you enjoyed your day trip to Nizwa & Jabal Shams The Grand Canyon, we wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman info@discoveromantours.com +968 99737110
Well worth the investment!
Renata_D, Dec 2023
This was an incredible experience thanks to our excellent guide, Fawzi Mohammed, who showed us additional sights not included in the original program. These stops greatly enriched the experience and the place we stopped at for lunch was the best meal we had in Oman. We are incredibly grateful to have enjoyed this experience during our short time in this wonderful country.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Dear Renata, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for choosing Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your excellent review, we are glad that you enjoyed your day trip to Nizwa & Jabal Shams The Grand Canyon, we wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman info@discoveromantours.com +968 99737110
Ali was amazing....
Aleksandar_D, Dec 2023
Ali was amazing. Puncutal, very helpful and knowledgeable. The sights are really worth seeing and learning more about. We had a great day.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Dear Aleksandar, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for choosing Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your excellent review, we are glad that you enjoyed your day trip to nizwa & Jabal Shams The Grand Canyon, we wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman info@discoveromantours.com +968 99737110
Great day
Katharina_K, Nov 2023
We had a great day. The driver was very nice and told us lots of things about his country. We saw many more things on the road, that were not mentioned in the tour description.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Dear Katharina_k, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for choosing Discover Mazoon tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you very much for posting your excellent review, we wish for you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman info@discoveromantours.com +968 99737110
oman trip highlight
RIKIYA_T, Sep 2023
The landscape in Mt.James was awesome. In Nizwa, we could enjoy the histrical fort and souq. Our guide was very kind. It was worth to go.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Rikiya_T Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your excellent review, we are glad that you enjoyed your day trip. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
A must do tour in Oman. Great guide, great ride.
Khristine_G, Sep 2023
This was an incredible tour with the kind and gentleman Fahad as our driver and tour guide onboard the LandCruiser. He made sure that we had ample time to enjoy each of the places we visited within Nizwa and Jabal Shams and he took good care of us making sure we are all safe and comfortable plus helped us get souvenirs at good prices. Kudos and thanks a lot to Fahad.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Khristin, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your excellent review, we are glad that you enjoyed your day trip. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
Superb Experience
Askok_P, Mar 2023
Our,guide Jamal was knowledgeable friendly and polite. We got some great bargains ar Nizwa souj. Naval shams grand ca tin was just awesome . Nizwa fort is worth a visit. Great value for money for a 10 hour tour
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Ashok_P Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your excellent review, we are glad that you enjoyed your day trip. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
Full day tour
sam, Mar 2023
Had a great time on this tour! Jamal was my tour guide and he was amazing! I was traveling by myself and felt completely safe and comfortable. He was very kind to take pictures for me and answer any questions and concerns I had. Highly recommend it for solo travelers or family based.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Sam, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your excellent review, we are glad that you enjoyed your tour. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
Omani history, culture and hospitality at its finest!
Fiona_W, Feb 2023
Our trip to Nizwa was an unforgettable experience! We had an opportunity to get to know more about the history of Oman and its lovely people and culture. We tried some delicious food and drinks and felt very welcomed by everyone we met on the way. The whole trip was nicely rounded off by breathtaking views from the Jabal Shams. Definitely one of the most impressive sites that we have ever seen. The added bonus to the whole experience was our guide Ali, who couldn’t have been more kind and knowledgeable. We are definitely coming back and would 100% recommend Ali and this whole trip.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Fiona, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your excellent review, we are glad that you enjoyed your tour. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
Perfect day trip
Pamela_M, Jan 2023
One of the most memorable and best tours I did on my two week vacation. It was amazing going to hit the news well forward and being able to see the performers performing at the fork on a Saturday. Highly recommend it. And going to the mountains was breathtakingly beautiful. Our guy was amazing and had great music, clean the car and meet. Our travel seems amazing.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Pamela-M, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, we would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your excellent review, we are glad that you enjoyed your tour. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
Grand trip to a Grand Canyon!
Todd_S, Jan 2023
Nasser was an amazing guide and gave me such good perspective about Oman, its people, culture and history. The sites were interesting and spectacular.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Todd_S Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, and thank you once again for posting your excellent review, we are glad that you enjoyed your tour. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
Fahad our guide has been...
JeanPierre_G, Dec 2022
Fahad our guide has been very helpful and pending on our needs. A great experience lead by a well instructed and extremely kind guide.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear JeanPierre_G, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, we are glad that you enjoyed your tour. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
Awesome
Lahcen_A, Oct 2022
Awesome it’s worth it. The guide was so nice. It’s a bit far from Muscat but apart from them, everyone should go there Awesome food as well.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Lahcen_A Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, we are glad that you enjoyed your tour. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
Fantastic day with Nassar!
Kare_R, Sep 2022
Other than a fantastic tour with awesome sights we had a long conversation with Nassar about Oman and the culture and religion. He is a gem! Taking the time and genuine interest in explaining. We learned a lot and saw fantastic things. What an awesome day! Thank you!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Kare_R Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for using Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman, we are glad that you enjoyed your tour. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Email: info@discoveromantours.com Mobile: +968 99737110
Unforgettable experience
Ali_A, Jul 2022
Interesting tour with excellent local tour guide. Strongly recommend. Abdullah is an Omani local who is knowledgeable about everything in Oman. You won't get bored in this trip
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Ali _A, Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for choosing Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman. and thank you once again for your excellent review, we wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman info@discovermazoontours.com +96892220005
Fantastic day out
Kim_B, Jun 2022
This trip may be expensive but the visits to two major in-land sights were a perfect and needed addition to our Muscat vacation. Salim was our guide and driver and he provided much insight as well as understanding of the Omani history and culture. A long day with quite long driving distances, but maybe the best day of our holiday.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Kim_B. Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for choosing Discover Mazoon Tours service for your holiday in Oman. and thanks once again for your excellent review, we wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Discover Mazoon Tours Oman info@discoveromantours.com +96899737110
Nizwa and the Canyon should not be missed once in Muscat
MILTIADIS_S, Apr 2022
The old city of Nizwa was very colorful, neat and calm, and the castle visit was a unique experience. Driving to the canyon was another hour drive from Nizwa but the view. Was really rewarding!!! Breathtaking!! The hole drive from Muscat and back took us about 9 hours but we enjoyed the whole of it thanks to excellent company of our. Driver-guide Ali who apart from a real professional is a very kind and knowledgeable person with whom we exchanged openly views about our cultures and religions. Next time we visit Muscat we will look for him to be our exclusive guide.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear MILTIADIS_S Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you so much for choosing Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman and thank you once again for posting an excellent review, we were more than happy to serve you, we wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman info@discovermazoontours.com +96892220005
Nice tour
Mike_S, Mar 2022
Good full day tour of Nizwa fort and market and the grand canyon. Good views and histories. Enjoyed it.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear Mike_S Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you so much for choosing Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman and thank you once again for posting an excellent review, we were more than happy to serve you, we wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Guest Relationship Manager info@discovermazoontours.com +96892220005
Our guide was brill
Mel_G, Feb 2022
Fantastic day exploring the souqs and fort of Nizwa followed by the glorious mountain landscapes and hairpin bends of Jebel Shams! Salim was an excellent guide and driver, photographer (!) and full of humour!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear Mel_G Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you so much for choosing Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman and thank you once again for posting an excellent review, we were more than happy to serve you, we wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Discover Mazoon Tours Oman Guest Relationship Manager info@discovermazoontours.com +96892220005
Worth it!
Nisha_M, Feb 2022
Abdullah was amazing and really informative. You could tell he knew a lot about history and took the time to explain everything to us - we did nizwa and jebel shams with him. The next day we sorted a tour to al ayn to see the famous beehive tombs as well as balha fort. Our guide was salim. He didn’t know anything really about balha and the fort itself was stunning but it didn’t have any information written in the rooms etc. Oman are in the process of improving this. However, he said little is known about the fort but we went home and googled it and there’s lots of info- salim just didn’t know a huge amount about it which was sad because we paid 130 for this tour. However, he was v competent taking us to al ayn to see the tombs. I think maybe just work on providing more information and improving knowledge - the rest was great
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Dear Nisha_M Warm Greetings from Discover Mazoon Tours Oman, We would like to thank you very much for choosing Discover Mazoon Tours Oman service for your holiday in Oman. and thank you once again for your very good review, we wish you all the best and we hope to see you again in Oman. Kind Regards Discover Mazoon Tours Oman info@discovermazoontours.com +96892220005

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