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Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat

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Muscat, Oman

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

North Oman boasts a string of mud-brick late-medieval forts, but visiting them independently means renting a 4x4 or negotiating with cabs. This full-day tour from Muscat eliminates the fuss: with trips to Nizwa and Jabreen Forts—two of Oman’s best-preserved. Explore Nizwa Souk and admire its fort exterior before roaming 17th-century Jabreen, replete with Moorish arches and turrets. Return transport, Jabreen admission, and lunch in Bahla is included.
  • See Nizwa and Jabreen Forts, and places such as Bahla, in a day from Muscat
  • Swap cabs and car hire for air-conditioned return travel with audio-guiding
  • View Nizwa Souk and its fort exterior, and explore inside Jabreen Fort
  • Relax with lunch, Jabreen entry, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Transportation from and to Hotel
Audio guiding in multiple languages
Lunch
Headphones for the Audio listening
Alcoholic beverages
Other personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup should vary between 30 - 60 minutes before tour start time.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • TOUR DEPARTURE TIME: Tour starts @ 09:00 am
  • DURATION : Approximately 9 hours.
  • CANCELLATION: Cancel Free of charge up-to 24 hours from date of service local time, after that full charge.
  • CHILDREN POLICY: Discount 30% up to 11.99 y
  • LANGUAGES: Audio guiding in SPANISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, ENGLISH.
  • Supplement Pickup: $15 supplement per person for Hotels after Airport.
  • Smoking is prohibited in all our vehicles
  • Before Photographing any local residents, kindly ask their permission
  • Photographing local ladies is not permitted
  • Schedules are likely to change during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Please contact our representative for updates
  • Meals are based on food only basis, any beverages (alcoholic / non alcoholic) will be charged as per consumption and to be paid directly at the spot. When mentioned during visits, lunch will be provided.
  • Ladies visiting the Mosque are required to cover their head with scarf and do not wear shorts, beachwear or sleeveless outfits as they are to be fully covered
  • Men visiting the Mosque should wear long trousers
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line UAE & OMAN

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat ?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat ?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat ?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Nizwa Full Day Tour from Muscat .

Traveler Tips


  • "No time to see the Fort (5 rials), yet there is always too much time for coffee, food-tasting and the set lunch !" See review

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Memorable for the wrong reasons
Susan
, Feb 2020
Firstly. the driver Nasseem was very amicable and drove safely. However, this tour wasn't what it was advertised as. The pick up in the morning was laborious and tiring. It seemed to take a long time to get to Nizwa with smaller maybe unnecessary stops along the way. When we got to Nizwa, the Souqs were closing and some of them closed already and there isn't much else to see. We did not visit Nizwa fort.....the lunch meal included in the price was okay but not typically Omani. We went to Jabeel fort which I thought was beautiful. The Omani landscape is impressive throughout the drive but this was a very disappointing day trip unfortunately and quite expensive to boot!
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Nizwa, worth the effort
colour_kid
, Dec 2019
Pick-up 8am to 8.30am Prompt, at 8am Only one other passenger, Enoch from HK. Whilst filling up with petrol, some random Omani guy clambered on board and he and the driver spoke loudly in Arabic. Almost drowning out the English audio. Turns out he's a tourguide in training. We should have been told. Good infrastructure in Oman. Dual carriageway through the mountains. First stop, walked up an incline to view a palm tree grove and abandoned 500yo village. Present day village name translates to "The Cool of the Bananas". Some Zanzibar architectural influences. IZWA SOUQ One hour in Nizwa. "No time to see the Fort (5 rials), yet there is always too much time for coffee, food-tasting and the set lunch ! Lunch was far too much food, which we wasted. I realise that the two drivers needed a break JABREEN CASTLE BAHLA CASTLE Bahla was home to the "Djinns" (Genies). A beautiful day ended in a rainy drive back to Muscat.
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star-5
Good value
andrew16102019
, Sep 2019
Saw main sites and guide even went out of way to show Wadi. Nice authentic lunch and safe driver. Would recommend
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Best experience I've ever had
Curious00321866748
, Jun 2019
Hi Thank you very much. It was an excellent adventure, from beginning to end. From the moment we were picked up by Illyas, our lovely Omani tour guide, and Dymitris, our lovely Ukrainian tour guide. The entire experience was phenomenal because of the Omani hospitality demonstrated by our guides. Their gentle demenours and accommodating natures put us immediately at ease and we thoroughly enjoyed being in their calming presence throughout the journey. I even went swimming in the Wadi Shab cave, which I never thought that I would do. But thanks to Dymitris' skills and professionalism, I felt confident and reached beyond my comfort zone. Adam
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Nizwa Treasure
Voyager27590302557
, Jan 2019
Owesome! No regret. It was an exciting journey and looking forward for another trip on Friday. Strongly recommended. Excellent tour guide
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un long parcours en bus pour un tour au souk et la visite d'un fort
Paul_L
, Feb 2020
Cette excursion s'est avérée assez décevante, la repartition entre temps de transport et temps de visite étant par trop disproportionnée. Nous avons été pris en charge à l 'hôtel Radisson Blu (à l 'oust de Mascate) à 08h15 et le chauffeur nous a ensuite promenés jusqu'à l'extrême est de Mascate, au Shangri-La, pour prendre deux personnes, puis a fait escale au port de Mutrah pour récupérer 6 personnes à l 'arrive d'un bateau de croisière. L 'arrêt s'est prolongé car le chauffeur attendait les passagers à la descente du bateau alors qu 'ils s'étaient dirigés vers notre minibus. Finalement le chauffeur est revenu vers le bus et nous avons pu repartir, le minibus étant alors plein. Il a fallu ensuite s'arrêter pour permettre aux passagers d'aller aux toilettes, ce qui fait que nous sommes repasses à proximité de notre hotel vers 10h00 (!) en direction de Nizwa. Après un court arrêt à Birkat al Mawz pour prendre des photos du village, puis in arrêt au Golden Tulip pour permettre aux passagers d'aller aux toilettes, nous sommes finalement arrives au souk de Nizwa vers 11h25 pour un arrêt d'une heure. Heureusement le chauffeur nous a indiqué où prendre un excellent expresso Illy, ce qui nous a permis une pause réparatrice. Nous étant enquis dans une boutique de l 'origine des bibelots exposés, il nous a été répondu qu 'il venaient de Chine, ce qui ne nous a pas vraiment motivés pour un achat. Comme le souk ferme à 13hoo et que nous devions attendre jusqu'à 13h25 pour repartir, certains des passagers en ont profité pour se plaindre au chauffeur, constatant qu 'ils avaient passé 5h dans le bus pour n'avoir encore rien vu d'intéressant, hormis le paysage le long de l 'autoroute. Comme de surplus la visite du fort de Nizwa n'est pas incluse et que le fort ferme à 13h00, il n'y avaiy plus qu'à attendre sagement le déjeuner, qui s'est tenu dans un établissement dénommé barbecue et don't on ne peut pas dire qu'il s'agisse de haute gastronomie. Au moins nous avons pu discuter entre passagers d'origine diverses et les experiences échangées sont finalement ce que nous retiendrons de mieux de ce repas. Enfin, nous fîmes route vers Jabreen, oú nous pûmes déambuler à notre guide dans tous les recoins du fort pendant trois quarts d'heure. Le site est intéressant et les passagers ont pu se photographier à coeur joie sur les plateformes crénelées. Les explications figurant dans les différentes pieces sont toutefois assez lapidaires et l'ameublement relativement limité. Les plafonds décorés valent néanmoins le detour. Ensuite nous avons fait un arrêt d'un quart d'heure au fort de Bahla, don't la visite n 'est pas incluse dans le tour. Le fort vu de l 'extérieur autorise cependant de belles photos. Le retour s'est ensuite déroulé sans encombre jusqu'à l 'approche de Mascate où nous avons alors rencontré un embouteillage au rond-point de l 'Horloge puis à l 'approche de l 'hotel Ibis où séjournaient d'autres passagers. Nous fûmes enfin endus à destination au Radisson vers 19h10, soit une longue journée de transport. En ce qui concerne les commentaires de l 'audioguide, ils n'avaient pas été mis à jour et parlaient encore du sultan Qabous comme le sultan regnant, alors qu'il était décédé depuis plus d'un mois. Par ailleurs, les informations données étaient intéressantes, comme par exemple le transport du lait d'Argentine en tankers réfrigérés pour alimenter la péninsule arabique, en raison de l 'absence de troupeaux de vaches en Oman. On aurait pu s'attendre à se voir remettre au depart une bouteille d'eau fraiche par passage mais ce n'est pas inclus dans le tour. Un des passagers a donc pris l initiative d'en acheter pour tout le minibus, ce qui a été très apprécié. voilà donc le résumé de notre journée. Le tour pourrait être amélioré en optimisant le parcours de prise en charge, en incluant la visite du fort de Nizwa, en fournissant une brochure sur les lieux visités, en prévoyant un déjeuner buffet de bon niveau et en fournissant une bouteile d'eau au départ.
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