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How to Spend 2 Days in Muscat

How to Spend 2 Days in Muscat

With two days in Muscat, you can enjoy the city’s landmarks, crystal-clear waters, and cultural attractions and still have time to explore Oman’s Hajar Mountains, forts, and time-warp villages. Here are some suggestions for an unforgettable 48 hours in this delightful Arabian city.

Day 1: Muscat Must-Sees

**Morning:**Get to know Muscat on a city tour, admiring must-sees such as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the Al-Jalali and Al-Mirani coastal forts, and Muttrah Corniche. Alternatively, catch a hop-on hop-off bus to explore more freely, or join a cruise on the Gulf of Oman, looking for wild dolphins or snorkeling in the aquamarine waters. 

**Afternoon:**Some Muscat tours, including many snorkeling and dolphin-spotting tours, include lunch and extend into the afternoon. If you’re free, though, continue your sightseeing on a hop-on hop-off bus—a standard pass is valid for the entire day—or join an afternoon boat trip that spotlights Muscat’s rugged cliffs and steep-sided, hidden bays.

**Evening:**Come dusk, head out on an evening city tour. Muscat looks magical as multicolored lights illuminate its buildings and locals come out to stroll, eat, and shop. Most Muscat-by-night tours include time to shop at Muttrah Souk and finish with dinner at an Omani restaurant.

Day 2: Historical Forts to High Peaks

**Morning:**Oman’s northern interior beckons with mountains, towns, and forts built by its sultans and the Portuguese. Take one of the many full-day tours that showcase the sights and scenery. If history is your thing, head for Nizwa, the former capital, to discover its fort and souk before continuing to Jabreen Fort and the pottery town of Bahla. Alternatively, trace the loop of forts at Al Hazm, Rustaq, and Nakhl.

**Afternoon:**Continue your day trip this afternoon, heading deep inland. If you chose Jebel Shams, ride up this 9,824-foot (3,000-meter) mountain and marvel at Oman’s Grand Canyon below—a deep-sided gorge zigzagging to the far horizon. Several full-day tours highlight this natural wonder and round out the itinerary with stops at Nizwa and nearby villages.

**Evening:**Make your final night in Muscat memorable with a sunset dhow boat trip along the coast east of the capital. Watch the sun disappear below the mountains, enjoy the evening air, and view Muscat’s twinkling lights from the boat deck over fresh dates and soda.

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Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Muscat Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the delights of Muscat with ease on this Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour. With your 1- or 2-day ticket, explore the city at your own pace aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. Enjoy 360-degree views of the sights as you hear the entertaining onboard audio commentary, and hop on and off at any of the stops as you please. See top Muscat attractions such as beautiful Muttrah Corniche and the Royal Opera House; hop off to enjoy Muttrah Souk; admire the picturesque forts of Muscat Old Quarter, and much more.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.30
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$75.30
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Muscat Guided Night Tour

Muscat Guided Night Tour

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Admire Muscat’s city lights on a private 4-hour evening tour, with a knowledgeable local driver-guide. Sightseeing by foot and air-conditioned vehicle, hear about the Omani capital’s history as you absorb the twinkling buildings, waterfronts and souks set against the dusky mountains. See the illuminated domes of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, witness the beautiful views along Muttrah Corniche, browse Muttrah Souk and view floodlit Al Alam Palace before dinner at a local restaurant. Inform your guide if there’s something you want to see more of — your itinerary is customizable.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.00
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$129.00

Full-Day Grand Canyon and Nizwa Tour by 4x4

Full-Day Grand Canyon and Nizwa Tour by 4x4

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Combine visits to Jebel Shams and Nizwa during this full-day tour from Muscat. In a rugged 4x4 vehicle, get spectacular views of Oman's Grand Canyon and dig in to a traditional lunch in the mountain village of Misfah. Entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from Muscat accommodations are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$233.00
Price varies by group size
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$233.00
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Jebel Shams Day Trip: The Grand Canyon of Oman

Jebel Shams Day Trip: The Grand Canyon of Oman

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Exploring Oman’s rugged natural sights takes expert navigation—and a sturdy vehicle. During this hassle-free private tour, you’ll enjoy comfortable pickup from Muscat. Settle back and relax as you make your way to Oman’s own Grand Canyon: Jebel Shams, the country’s highest peak. Stop at other interesting sights along the way, from Persian ruins and Oman’s ancient capital to a talented local textile weaver, with the option to shop.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.00
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$200.00
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Snorkeling Trip from Muscat

Snorkeling Trip from Muscat

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Muscat is known for its scenic sights, but the most spectacular attractions are underwater. Get a first-hand peek at Oman’s colorful marine life during this all-inclusive snorkeling tour. Hotel transfers are included along with gear and safety equipment, making this a convenient option for families. Get a chance to spot sea turtles, stingrays, and parrot fish as you embark on an action-packed day trip out on the open water.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Sunset Coastal trip at Muscat

Sunset Coastal trip at Muscat

Enjoy all of the splendor of Oman’s coastlines with none of the hassle of arranging your own transportation. During this stunning boat cruise with private pickup from Muscat, you’ll glide down the capital’s pristine, luxury-filled water. Get a first-hand peek at the Royal Palace, 16th-century Portuguese forts, high-end hotels, and quaint fishing villages. You’ll see the best of Oman in a single outing.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Omani dhow:Coastal and Sunset Cruise

Omani dhow:Coastal and Sunset Cruise

Prebook your spot for a sunset Arabian ‘dhow’ boat cruise off Muscat’s coast and save vacation time and the risk of missing out at the last minute. Board a comfortable 'dhow' and sail past bays, beaches, the Al Bustan Palace, Muttrah Corniche, and more—all cast in the soft twilight. Absorb the scenery, savor coffee and dates, and enjoy round-trip hotel, port, and airport transfers to make the trip complete.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size