Muscat’s top guided tours

From city tours to snorkelling, we’ve got you covered

Muscat’s top guided tours
Daymaniyat Islands

Sorting out a full itinerary for a trip can sometimes feel like a proper job, particularly if you’re visiting multiple cities or countries in a short period.

Guided tours can be a perfect solution, offering you all the best sights in the capital without the hassle of navigating public transport or haggling with taxi drivers over the fare.

Read on for our pick of the top guided tours around Muscat.

City tour
There’s no better way to introduce yourself to a new city than with a guided tour. International tour company Gray Line offer a half-day tour around Muscat which will take you to most of the main sights including the Grand Sultan Qaboos Mosque, the Muttrah Souq and the Al Alam Palace. You’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel too.
OMR17 (per person). Sat-Thu 9am-1pm. www.grayline.com.

Daymaniyat Islands
The Daymaniyat Islands are one of the top places to visit from Muscat thanks to their beautiful corals and the turtles that nest here. You can make your trip more affordable with a public trip where you’ll be joined by other travellers. Oman Sea Tour offer up half day or full day excursions depending on how long you have in Muscat.
OMR28 (four hours), OMR38 (eight hours). Daily, timings vary. www.omanseatour.com.

Food tour
Omanis love inviting visitors into their homes, and there’s no better way to understand a culture than trying the food. Back in August 2019, Hamed Al Amri set up the website Zayr as a way of connecting Omanis who are willing to share Shuwa, a traditional dish, with expats and tourists. Prices vary and there are many different families available to host you at different times of the year, so every experience is different.
Around OMR20 (per person). Daily, timings vary. www.zayr.om.

Big Bus Muscat
Big Bus tours are available in basically every city, and Muscat is no different. You can hop on or hop off at all the major sights including Muttrah Fort, Al Alam Palace and Qurum National Park, and you’ll enjoy commentary along the way too.
From OMR30 (adults), OMR17 (children). Daily, 9am-5pm. www.bigbustours.com.

Self-guided tour
If you want the benefits of local insight without being constrained to a set route, a self-guided tour might be your best bet. In chapter four, you’ll find a guide to 24 hours and 48 hours in Muscat, or you can download the app GPSMyCity. There you’ll find a number of different tours including ones focused on the main sights or religious buildings available for a short fee. Head out whenever you fancy, and mix and match for the best experience.

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