MYSTICAL MUSCAT

  • Port

    Muscat

  • Level of difficulties

    Easy

  • Type

    Cultural, Shopping

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR56.0

  • Duration in hours

    4.0

  • Shore excursion code

    6011

Description

An excursion to the most characteristic and traditional corners of Muscat, from souks to museums, discovering the real heart of the city.



What we will see
  • The Grand Mosque 
  • The Muttrah souk
  • The Bait Al Zubair museum 
  • Al-Alam Palace 
  • Exterior of the Al-Jalali Fort


What we will do
  • 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. 

What you need to know
  • Appropriate clothing is required in respect of the culture of the visited country.
  •  The order of the itinerary may vary.
  • 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, 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.