Culture & local gems, My Explorations, Passepartour, Less than 1 hour walking, Family friendly, Certified guide
An excursion to the most characteristic and traditional corners of Muscat, from souks to museums, discovering the real heart of the city.
- The Grand Mosque
- The Muttrah souk
- The Bait Al Zubair museum
- Al-Alam Palace (external visit)
- Exterior of the Al-Jalali Fort
- We leave the port of Mina Qaboos and head for the Grand Mosque.
- We then head for the coast to visit the Muttrah souk, the old market, an fascinating blend of history and modernity under a magnificent 18th century merchants' lodge. Here we have the opportunity to do some shopping.
- Our next destination is the Bait al-Zubair museum, originally built as a residence in 1914 and converted into a museum of Omani cultural heritage in 1998.
- We leave the museum and head for the Al-Alam Palace which we will see from outside. From here we can also admire the Al-Mirani Fort, completed in 1587, as well as the Al-Jalali Fort. The latter, which has been completely restored and is also home to a museum of Omani cultural heritage, is reserved to visiting heads of state and members of royal families, and it is not open to the general public.
Good to know
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
- Appropriate clothing is required in respect of the culture of the visited country.
- At the souk dollars are accepted.
- It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.
- 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 trousers that cover their ankles and long sleeve dresses covering their wrists, avoid wearing shorts, beachwear, whitw clothes, dresses sleeveless and adherent and / or transparent clothes and that ladies should wear long trousers and short-sleeved and / or long sleeves to 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.
- 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.
- Slight changes may be made to itineraries and the length of excursions in order to safeguard your health and comply with regulations and the safety protocol.