Muscat

Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat with JABREEN fort

Muscat, Oman
Full Day Nizwa Tour from Muscat SIC Multilingual

From $94.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

North Oman boasts a string of mud-brick late-medieval forts, but visiting them independently means renting a 4x4 or negotiating with cabs. This full-day tour from Muscat eliminates the fuss: with trips to Nizwa and Jabreen Forts—two of Oman’s best-preserved. Explore Nizwa Souk and admire its fort exterior before roaming 17th-century Jabreen, replete with Moorish arches and turrets. Return transport, Jabreen admission, and lunch in Bahla is included.
  • See Nizwa and Jabreen Forts, and places such as Bahla, in a day from Muscat
  • Swap cabs and car hire for air-conditioned return travel with audio-guiding
  • View Nizwa Souk and its fort exterior, and explore inside Jabreen Fort
  • Relax with lunch, Jabreen entry, and hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • Transportation from and to Hotel
  • Audio guiding in multiple languages
  • Lunch
  • Headphones for the Audio listening
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Other personal expenses

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

09:00 AM

Pickup details

Tour Start time: 09.00 Hrs Pick up start time : 08:00 to 08:15 hrs. 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

What To Expect

Birkat Al Mouz Ruins

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Nizwa Fort Oman

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Jibreen Castle

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Bahla Fort (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • TOUR DEPARTURE TIME: Tour starts @ 09:00 am
  • DURATION : Approximately 9 hours.
  • CANCELLATION: Cancel Free of charge up-to 24 hours from date of service local time, after that full charge.
  • CHILDREN POLICY: Discount 30% up to 11.99 y
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • LANGUAGES: Audio guiding in SPANISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, ENGLISH.
  • Supplement Pickup: $15 supplement per person for Hotels after Airport.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all our vehicles
  • Before Photographing any local residents, kindly ask their permission
  • Photographing local ladies is not permitted
  • Schedules are likely to change during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Please contact our representative for updates
  • Meals are based on food only basis, any beverages (alcoholic / non alcoholic) will be charged as per consumption and to be paid directly at the spot. When mentioned during visits, lunch will be provided.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Ladies visiting the Mosque are required to cover their head with scarf and do not wear shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits as they are to be fully covered
  • Men visiting the Mosque should wear long trousers
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

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 a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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No time to see the Fort (5 rials), yet there is always too much time for coffee, food-tasting and the set lunch !
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Day of history, art, culture, memories
Eleni_P, Jan 2024
Αmazing cultural trip, many stops many attractions, nice food and company. The highlight was our amazing guide and driver Mister Said, who was extremely helpful, friendly and informative. This guide explored with us the places, answered our questions and we learned so many things about. Oman of the past and the contemporary lifestyle. Thanks
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hello! Eleni, I'm delighted you had an amazing cultural trip! It sounds like Mister Said truly enhanced your experience with his helpfulness, friendliness, and informative insights. Exploring various attractions, enjoying good food, and the company made it a memorable journey. We appreciate your kind words and hope to host you for more enriching adventures in the future. Thank you!
A nice trip to Nizwa
ABDULJABBAR_S, Jan 2024
You get what you pay for. An efficient tour which they have got down pat. They pick you up on time, show you what was promised, a good lunch and then drop you off. Khaleel was a good, polite driver
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Hello! Abdul, thank you for your feedback! We're delighted you had an efficient and seamless experience with us. Punctuality, delivering what's promised, a satisfying lunch, and safe drop-offs are our priorities. We're glad Khaleel's polite and skillful driving added to your positive experience. We appreciate your acknowledgment and hope to welcome you back for more enjoyable tours in the future.
Excellent day trip to ancient capital Nizwa
Michael_T, Jan 2024
Driver was excellent and punctual. The itinerary was great especially the hour in the Nizwa souq. Lunch was adequate. But the audio needs to be updated to reflect the death of Sultan Qaboos.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you, Michael, for your positive feedback on our excellent and punctual driver, the great itinerary, and the Nizwa souq experience. We appreciate your comments on lunch. We apologize for the oversight regarding the audio and will promptly update it to reflect recent events. Your input is valuable, and we look forward to improving your experience in the future.
Good tour to Nizwa area
Gabriel_L, Jan 2024
GrayLine provides good group tour around Muscat! Tour size is typically about 8 people, give or take. The van comes to pick people up at the hotel, and than it takes about 2 hours to get to Nizwa area for the tour. First stop was a photo stop at Birkat Al Mawz, which has beautiful mountains around and watch towers. Next stop is the Nizwa Souq, a market for 1 hr. I didn't spend time to the Souq; instead I visited the Nizwa Fort next door. The driver didn't give too much details on how to get to the fort. I depended on my Google Map and GPS to find it. The circular cannon tower provides great views of the surroundings. Then, we stopped for lunch, a basically local cuisine with grilled chicken, salad, bread, hummus, rice, and a drink...good enough to fill me up! Then we stopped at Bahia Fort for photos, and final stop was Jabreen Castle for 45 min. Overall, it was a good one day trip, and the area is beautiful. As for the tour, I think there are some opportunities for improvement, like giving us more guidance on where things are like at Nizwa Fort that would be helpful.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
It's wonderful to hear you enjoyed the group tour, Gabriel around Muscat with GrayLine! The landscapes and stops sound truly captivating. I appreciate your detailed feedback and apologize for any inconvenience with the guidance at Nizwa Fort. Your insights are incredibly valuable, and we'll work on enhancing our directions and information for better convenience on future tours. We're thrilled you found the local cuisine satisfying and that you had a good overall experience exploring the beautiful area. Thank you for choosing GrayLine, and we hope to welcome you back for another adventure soon!
A nice day in Nizwa
massimo_m, Nov 2023
Satisfying experience, good organization. I appreciated the idea of the audio guide in the Van, on the way to Nizwa: very informative. And lunch was good as well.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Dear Massi, Thank you for sharing your positive experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you found our tour satisfying with good organization. It's great to know that the audio guide in the van to Nizwa added value, providing informative insights. We're also pleased that you enjoyed the lunch. Your feedback is valuable to us, and we look forward to the opportunity of hosting you again for more enriching experiences in the future.
Nizwa and the Jabreen fort
Raluca_M, Feb 2023
It was a worthwhile day trip from Muscat. The road to Nizwa was also great, as we passed through arid mountains and oasis. Another plus was the recorded information available in the bus in multiple languages. Headsets were provided by the company.
Very good tour and tour guide
Faraz_C, Nov 2022
Khalil was a very good guide and the pick up from the hotel was prompt. Khalil was knowledge and friendly. Lunch was excellent.
Memorable for the wrong reasons
Susan, Feb 2020
Firstly. the driver Nasseem was very amicable and drove safely. However, this tour wasn't what it was advertised as. The pick up in the morning was laborious and tiring. It seemed to take a long time to get to Nizwa with smaller maybe unnecessary stops along the way. When we got to Nizwa, the Souqs were closing and some of them closed already and there isn't much else to see. We did not visit Nizwa fort.....the lunch meal included in the price was okay but not typically Omani. We went to Jabeel fort which I thought was beautiful. The Omani landscape is impressive throughout the drive but this was a very disappointing day trip unfortunately and quite expensive to boot!
Nizwa, worth the effort
Anthony_L, Dec 2019
Pick-up 8am to 8.30am Prompt, at 8am Only one other passenger, Enoch from HK. Whilst filling up with petrol, some random Omani guy clambered on board and he and the driver spoke loudly in Arabic. Almost drowning out the English audio. Turns out he's a tourguide in training. We should have been told. Good infrastructure in Oman. Dual carriageway through the mountains. First stop, walked up an incline to view a palm tree grove and abandoned 500yo village. Present day village name translates to "The Cool of the Bananas". Some Zanzibar architectural influences. IZWA SOUQ One hour in Nizwa. "No time to see the Fort (5 rials), yet there is always too much time for coffee, food-tasting and the set lunch ! Lunch was far too much food, which we wasted. I realise that the two drivers needed a break JABREEN CASTLE BAHLA CASTLE Bahla was home to the "Djinns" (Genies). A beautiful day ended in a rainy drive back to Muscat.
Good value
andrew16102019, Sep 2019
Saw main sites and guide even went out of way to show Wadi. Nice authentic lunch and safe driver. Would recommend
Best experience I've ever had
Curious00321866748, Jun 2019
Hi Thank you very much. It was an excellent adventure, from beginning to end. From the moment we were picked up by Illyas, our lovely Omani tour guide, and Dymitris, our lovely Ukrainian tour guide. The entire experience was phenomenal because of the Omani hospitality demonstrated by our guides. Their gentle demenours and accommodating natures put us immediately at ease and we thoroughly enjoyed being in their calming presence throughout the journey. I even went swimming in the Wadi Shab cave, which I never thought that I would do. But thanks to Dymitris' skills and professionalism, I felt confident and reached beyond my comfort zone. Adam
Nizwa Treasure
Voyager27590302557, Jan 2019
Owesome! No regret. It was an exciting journey and looking forward for another trip on Friday. Strongly recommended. Excellent tour guide
Le gemme dell'Oman
Ferdinando_M, Oct 2023
Luoghi davvero suggestivi, ricchi di storia e di fascino. Tour super consigliato e ben organizzato, precisione nelle informazioni, rispetto degli orari e ottime spiegazioni anche con l'audio guida, disponibile anche in italiano.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Caro Ferdinand, sono lieto di sapere che hai trovato i luoghi visitati nel tour veramente affascinanti, ricchi di storia e fascino. La tua raccomandazione e il feedback positivo sulla organizzazione del tour, le informazioni precise, la puntualità e l'ottima spiegazione, inclusa l'audio guida disponibile anche in italiano, sono molto apprezzati. Se mai pianifichi di esplorare altre destinazioni o hai bisogno di ulteriore assistenza, non esitare a contattarci. Augurandoti molte altre meravigliose esperienze di viaggio in futuro!
Un peu déçue
Sarah_E, Sep 2022
J’ai réservé cette excursion car voyageant seule, ça me coûtait moins chère. Notre chauffeur Khaleel était sympathique mais c’était un chauffeur pas un guide(un peu déçu par rapport à ça), vous avez les casques audio pour avoir quelques explications. Heureusement que l’on avait la clim car il faisait très chaud !!
un long parcours en bus pour un tour au souk et la visite d'un fort
Paul_L, Feb 2020
Cette excursion s'est avérée assez décevante, la repartition entre temps de transport et temps de visite étant par trop disproportionnée. Nous avons été pris en charge à l 'hôtel Radisson Blu (à l 'oust de Mascate) à 08h15 et le chauffeur nous a ensuite promenés jusqu'à l'extrême est de Mascate, au Shangri-La, pour prendre deux personnes, puis a fait escale au port de Mutrah pour récupérer 6 personnes à l 'arrive d'un bateau de croisière. L 'arrêt s'est prolongé car le chauffeur attendait les passagers à la descente du bateau alors qu 'ils s'étaient dirigés vers notre minibus. Finalement le chauffeur est revenu vers le bus et nous avons pu repartir, le minibus étant alors plein. Il a fallu ensuite s'arrêter pour permettre aux passagers d'aller aux toilettes, ce qui fait que nous sommes repasses à proximité de notre hotel vers 10h00 (!) en direction de Nizwa. Après un court arrêt à Birkat al Mawz pour prendre des photos du village, puis in arrêt au Golden Tulip pour permettre aux passagers d'aller aux toilettes, nous sommes finalement arrives au souk de Nizwa vers 11h25 pour un arrêt d'une heure. Heureusement le chauffeur nous a indiqué où prendre un excellent expresso Illy, ce qui nous a permis une pause réparatrice. Nous étant enquis dans une boutique de l 'origine des bibelots exposés, il nous a été répondu qu 'il venaient de Chine, ce qui ne nous a pas vraiment motivés pour un achat. Comme le souk ferme à 13hoo et que nous devions attendre jusqu'à 13h25 pour repartir, certains des passagers en ont profité pour se plaindre au chauffeur, constatant qu 'ils avaient passé 5h dans le bus pour n'avoir encore rien vu d'intéressant, hormis le paysage le long de l 'autoroute. Comme de surplus la visite du fort de Nizwa n'est pas incluse et que le fort ferme à 13h00, il n'y avaiy plus qu'à attendre sagement le déjeuner, qui s'est tenu dans un établissement dénommé barbecue et don't on ne peut pas dire qu'il s'agisse de haute gastronomie. Au moins nous avons pu discuter entre passagers d'origine diverses et les experiences échangées sont finalement ce que nous retiendrons de mieux de ce repas. Enfin, nous fîmes route vers Jabreen, oú nous pûmes déambuler à notre guide dans tous les recoins du fort pendant trois quarts d'heure. Le site est intéressant et les passagers ont pu se photographier à coeur joie sur les plateformes crénelées. Les explications figurant dans les différentes pieces sont toutefois assez lapidaires et l'ameublement relativement limité. Les plafonds décorés valent néanmoins le detour. Ensuite nous avons fait un arrêt d'un quart d'heure au fort de Bahla, don't la visite n 'est pas incluse dans le tour. Le fort vu de l 'extérieur autorise cependant de belles photos. Le retour s'est ensuite déroulé sans encombre jusqu'à l 'approche de Mascate où nous avons alors rencontré un embouteillage au rond-point de l 'Horloge puis à l 'approche de l 'hotel Ibis où séjournaient d'autres passagers. Nous fûmes enfin endus à destination au Radisson vers 19h10, soit une longue journée de transport. En ce qui concerne les commentaires de l 'audioguide, ils n'avaient pas été mis à jour et parlaient encore du sultan Qabous comme le sultan regnant, alors qu'il était décédé depuis plus d'un mois. Par ailleurs, les informations données étaient intéressantes, comme par exemple le transport du lait d'Argentine en tankers réfrigérés pour alimenter la péninsule arabique, en raison de l 'absence de troupeaux de vaches en Oman. On aurait pu s'attendre à se voir remettre au depart une bouteille d'eau fraiche par passage mais ce n'est pas inclus dans le tour. Un des passagers a donc pris l initiative d'en acheter pour tout le minibus, ce qui a été très apprécié. voilà donc le résumé de notre journée. Le tour pourrait être amélioré en optimisant le parcours de prise en charge, en incluant la visite du fort de Nizwa, en fournissant une brochure sur les lieux visités, en prévoyant un déjeuner buffet de bon niveau et en fournissant une bouteile d'eau au départ.

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