Muscat

Muscat Half Day City Tour with visit to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Muscat, Oman
Half Day Muscat City Tour
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From $52.00

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

  • 4 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

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

What's Included

  • Transportation round trip in an Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Audio guiding in Multiple languages
  • Headphones for the Audio listening
  • Entry Fees to Bait Al Zubair
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

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

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.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Mutrah Fish Market

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Bait Al Zubair

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Al Alam Palace

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Mirani Fort

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Muttrah

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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

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.

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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.
The tour company should not pick up people for group tours who are that far away.
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.
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A little tight but well packed half day city tour
Claire_K, Feb 2024
The driver picked me up at the precise time they would pick up, the van had built in recording as you pass along to explain what you are seeing in various languages, so it was useful. The tour was a little tight in that you only have limited time to look around at specific points, so I felt in some spots, the time was very limited. Overall, I would recommend it.
Great Muscat highlight tour
Matthew_H, Feb 2024
Really enjoyed the tour although it was an audio tour our driver was very informative and helpful. The Grand Mosque was beautiful and the little museum was well laid out and informative.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello Matthew, I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour! It's wonderful to know that despite being an audio tour, our driver provided informative and helpful insights. The beauty of the Grand Mosque and the well-laid-out museum surely added to the experience. If you have any further feedback or if there's anything else we can assist you with, please let us know. We look forward to welcoming you on another memorable journey soon!
Half day Muscat tour
David_O, Feb 2024
The itinerary provides a good introduction to the main tourist sites in Muscat to first time visitors or those with only limited time available
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hello David, thank you! We're glad you found our itinerary helpful for exploring Muscat's highlights. We aim to offer a concise yet immersive experience for all visitors. We appreciate your feedback!
Quick tour of Muscat
Gabriel_L, Jan 2024
This half day tour gives me a quick hit on key points of interest in Muscat. I was contacted by GrayLine on when the pick up would be taken place via whatsapp and on Viator app. The driver was a few min late to my hotel, no big deal. We started at the Grand Mosque for 30 min, although it was advertised as 45 min. 45 min is more reasonable in my opinion. Next is the Muttrah Fish Market, and it also has a veggie/fruits market next door. Then we stopped at the Muttrah Souk, one of the oldest market for 30 min. I spent two min there ND decided to go up to the Muttrah Fort not too far away, which provided some great 360 view of the surroundings, but it's 200+ steps up. Next, we visited the museum, which as a great model showing all the forts on a map. Also, it has some good info on Omani culture and history. Al Alam Palace is next for some photo time. Lastly, stopped at Mirani Fort for photo session. Overall, it was a good tour, and in the van, it also has headphones to give info on different points during the trip as we passes them by. Good solid 4 stars.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for sharing your detailed experience on the half-day tour in Muscat! Your feedback is incredibly helpful in refining our offerings. We'll review the timings at each stop to ensure a more comprehensive visit. Delighted you found the tour informative and the additional insights through the van's headphones valuable. We appreciate your 4-star rating and hope to welcome you back for an even more fulfilling exploration of Muscat's treasures!
The guide himself was so...
DLyle_E, Dec 2023
The guide himself was so professional, well informed, considerate, knowledgeable about the area, & it was obvious that he is very proud of his city!
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Dear DLyle, It's fantastic to hear about the guide's professionalism, extensive knowledge, and genuine pride in his city. A guide who's considerate and well-informed truly enhances the experience. Thank you for sharing such positive feedback about your experience!
Muscat Half Day Tour
Swapnil_S, Nov 2023
Good amount of time kept for key tourist points of Muscat. Audio guide gives a sound overview of Muscat’s heritage and history. Khaleel was our guide and he had good knowledge of local areas.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Dear Swapnil, It's fantastic to hear that you had a well-paced tour of Muscat's key tourist spots and that the audio guide provided a comprehensive insight into the city's heritage and history. Having Khaleel as your guide, who possessed excellent knowledge of the local areas, must have enhanced the experience. It sounds like a wonderful way to explore and understand the richness of Muscat's culture and heritage.
Well worth it
JnetAmy_H, Oct 2023
The main prayer hall at Grand Mosque is spectacular . Souk interesting. Museum also interesting. Good trip
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Dear Guest, It's great to hear that you found the main prayer hall at the Grand Mosque spectacular and that you enjoyed exploring the souk and museum. Your positive feedback about your trip is much appreciated! It sounds like you had a fulfilling and interesting visit. If you have any more details or stories to share about your experience, feel free to let me know.
Just a driver, not a tour
Mai_L, Jul 2023
This is not a tour. Just a driver to take you to the palaces. You are on your own or pay extra for a tour guide at the sites. We were given 30 mins at the Mosque, which wasnt enough time and only made a 5 min stop at the palace and fort for photos. all in all from hotel pickup to hotel dropoff was under 2 hrs. If theres at least two of you, youre prob better off just taking taxis to those places. prob cost you less.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Dear Mai; Thank you for your honest feedback we do really apologize for the inconvenience, and we will address this issue as soon as possible so that we can give all the customers wonderful experience on the tour. Thank you and be safe.
City tour
Karen_Y, Apr 2023
Despite confirming pick up time night before, the driver was an hour late! And there is nowhere to sit or stand in the shade at the Cruise Port Gate. The tour is just a driver with an audio on the bus. The driver only takes you to the sights, he does not describe or go with you to the attractions. All the sights are good - it is an interesting city.
Limited time? Great way to see Muscat!
Harri_E, Mar 2023
Sultan Qaboos mosque was incredibly interesting! And Naseem was a very good driver/guide. Also I liked the souk and the ex-palace stops.
Good experience
Askok_P, Mar 2023
Fantastic experience, tour guide was in time, audio was good, Visited some historical sites of interest.
Not value for money
Danijela_P, Mar 2023
This tour was not a value for money since we listened to recorded guided tour and there was no guide to take us around the sightseeing places. The group had to find their own way round the mosque, museum and Souq.
Low budget tour, disappointing.
Keith_D, Mar 2023
No clothing cover advised or provided, as with other tours, wanted 16 USD, so didn’t get to go in mosque. WiFi on bus promised but not provided. Air con poor. Driver did not have good English, was not very helpful. No bottled water provided. Audio commentary poor. We booked on several tours, this was the only poor one.
Low cost
Raymond_J, Mar 2023
You will visit all the highlights but by yourself. There is no tour guide. Only a driver who drops you off and tells you how long before pickup to next site. I guess you pay for what you get
Great Muscat tour, see everything for great value
Reaz_A, Mar 2023
Great audio tour, really informative. Naseeb driver was really helpful and allowed us time at each destination to soak it in. The van was decent, smooth ride and Aircon worked fine! Great value too, saw everything.
Brilliant experience
Abdul_G, Dec 2022
Great experience and a great driver guide. This is not a full guide supported tour, it’s over the vehicle headset. However cannot Recommend enough. Perfect to see muscat in 4 hours and leave you wanting to see the rest. Super friendly and helpful driver too, added finishing touch to a great experience
Not Worth It. Rent Your Own Vehicle.
Diego_M, Dec 2022
Definitely NOT worth the price, guide was not knowledgeable and added nothing besides being a driver, stops were ok but could have been visited easily outside of the tour. Also we barely spent any time at each stop like jeez hold up dude. They also charge you a lot extra for pants to wear in the mosque for 15 just minutes. Bad tour. 2/5. Go visit on your own, rent a car for a few days. My friend and I rented and went to Wadi Shab and Bimmeh Sinkhole on our own and it was much cheaper that going with a guide.
Good half-day tour but a bit rushed.
Tatiana_V, Dec 2022
A bit chaotic since we also had to pick up people arriving on the cruise ship but the pickup from my hotel was very good. We only had 30 min at the grand mosque which was not enough - you need at least 1-1.5 hrs there. It is still a recommendable tour if you only have a half-day tour.
Perfect half day arrangement
goldilocks_w, Nov 2022
Guide was caring n a young helper cleaned the car window while stopped to pick up passengers n it was nice n considerate for tourists to take pictures from the car ... audio explanations are clear n helpful pick up n drop off nicely arranged n the half day covered most of the highlights
Nice way to see Muscat
Renee_J, Nov 2022
Nice when you are picked up and drop off at the hotel. We had nice stops and time to make pictures for sure
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