MYSTICAL MUSCAT AND RELAXING AT A RESORT
The longest tour, Relax, Culture & local gems , MyExploration, Less than 1 hour walking, Family friendly, Certified guide
In a nutshell In search of Muscat’s mystical side, from the Grand Mosque to the historic centre, interesting museums and traditional and characteristic architecture: an experience that ends with plenty of relaxation in a beautiful resort.
Good to know
- Grand Mosque
- Coast road, La Corniche
- Muttrah Souk
- Bait Al Zubair Museum
- Al-Alam Royal Palace
- Leaving the port of Mina Qaboos, we will head towards the Grand Mosque travelling along La Corniche, the city’s captivating coast road. We will eventually reach the souk (old market) in Muttrah, a fascinating blend of ancient and modern surrounded by beautiful merchants’ houses dating back to the 18th century. We will then enjoy some free time for shopping.
- Our next stop will be the Bait Al Zubair museum. Built in 1914 by the Al Zubair family as a private residence and converted into an exhibition centre in 1998, it boasts an interesting collection relating to the heritage of Oman.
- Our tour will then continue on to the historic centre of Muscat, where we will be able to admire the Al-Mirani Fort, finished in 1587, and the Al-Jalali Fort, completely restored and now home to a museum dedicated to the historic and cultural heritage of Oman, visited by heads of state and royalty.
- We will stop to admire the exterior of the Al-Alam Royal Palace, decorated with columns with blue and gold arches, maiolica and carvings fit for a sultan. Also known as the Palace of the Flag, it is the ceremonial residence of Sultan Qaboos, in the heart of old Muscat.
- Our excursion will come to a lovely end with a stop at a resort, where we will be able to take advantage of an individual lounger and parasol for about two hours, finally allowing ourselves to completely relax.
Good to know
- Appropriate clothing is required in respect of the culture of the visited country.
- The number of places available is limited; It is therefore advisable to book in advance.
- For the entrance to the Mosque, it is mandatory to wear a clothing suitable for worship places. In particular, the regulation stipulates that ladies must cover their heads with a scarf and / or shawl, wear long and loose trousers that cover their ankles and long sleeve dresses covering their wrists, avoid wearing shorts, beachwear, sleeveless dresses and adherent and / or transparent clothes and that gentlemen should wear long trousers and short-sleeved and / or long shirts to and avoid sleeveless tops. Finally, to get into the Mosque, you have to take off your shoes. It is essential to abide by this regulation in order to prevent the entrance to the Mosque being denied. Also, children under 12 are not allowed to enter the Mosque.
- The beach is a public beach and therefore there are no umbrellas or sun loungers.
- At the souk dollars are accepted.
- On Friday, the holidays, and by decision of the local authorities, extraordinary closures of the Grand Mosque will be possible, in which case the visit will be external.