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Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa

Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa

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Muscat, Oman
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the traditional forts and oasis towns of inland Oman on this private, full-day trip to Nizwa and beyond. With a private guide and air-conditioned vehicle to yourself, follow the rocky Hajar Mountains to ancient Nizwa, home to 17th-century Nizwa Fort. Explore the courtyards and chambers with your guide; and then shop for souvenirs at Nizwa souk. Lastly, continue through the pottery town of Bahla and visit Jabreen Fort to view its splendid frescoes and carvings as your guide tells tales of Oman’s culture and history through the ages.
  • Privately explore the enchanting forts of Nizwa
  • Drive through the spectacular Hajar mountains
  • Visit one of Oman's most beautiful forts
  • Experience some of the city's markets
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Hotel pick up and drop off
Luxury air-conditioned car or mini-bus transport
Optional gratuities
Food and drink, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Meet your guide at your central Muscat hotel in the morning, and settle into your private air-conditioned car or minibus ready for your day trip to Nizwa.

Then, journey south deep into Oman’s rugged interior, passing the lush oasis towns of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz, and following the line of the jagged Hajar Mountains to the east.

As you travel, hear fascinating stories about Oman’s rich heritage and history, and, if you wish, tell your guide if there are any sights you want to see more of. Your tour is private, so the itinerary can be tailored to your preferences.

After roughly 1.5 hours, arrive in Nizwa, Oman’s former capital and once an influential trading hub, located as it is on a major route between Muscat and Dhofar in the south of the country.

Cruise by the palm groves around the town on route to Nizwa Fort. Admire the sight of this 17th-century desert fort, and go inside to explore its towers, chambers and courtyards as your guide explains how it was built to ward off raiders keen to enjoy the fruits of Nizwa’s strategic location and palm oasis.

Having visited the fort, ease down with a stroll around Nizwa souk, where the vendors peddle everything from rugs and pottery to silver Bedouin jewelry.

If you wish, buy some souvenirs (own expense), and then continue to the old oasis village of Tanuf and pottery town of Bahla, famed for its earthenware jars.

Next, drive to Jabreen, the site of one of Oman’s prettiest forts. Take a guided tour of the 17th-century castle to admire its elaborate wood carvings and the murals that grace its rooms.

Your trip ends with a drive back to Muscat and a drop-off at your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid copy of your passport is required on the day of travel
  • Buses used for excursions are of the highest standard available. All buses are air-conditioned and equipped with a microphone.
  • 4x4 vehicles used for the off-road safaris are air-conditioned with a maximum capacity of 6 passengers plus driver. All drivers are qualified off-road professionals, first-aid trained and carry cell phones. All vehicles are equipped with seat-belts and passengers are required to wear them at all times.
  • Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles. Hats or some protection for the head are advisable when in direct sunlight. Oman has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear should be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages.
  • Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings or military installations are not allowed.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any part of this tour for reasons of government decisions, public holidays, weather conditions, or similar.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Orient Tours

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

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 Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa?
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
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Day Tour to the Enchanting Forts of Nizwa?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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star-5
Review of Private Tour to Nizwa Forts
KCHol17
, Dec 2019
Picked up from my hotel on time @ 8am. Comfortable car. Very friendly and informative local driver/guide. Itinerary was helpfully slightly flexible, so at times we deviated from the main roads, to get a better experience of local village life. Excellent sights and vistas visited. Nice stop at a small local restaurant in Nizwa for lunch and brief coffee stops on outward & return journeys. Back at hotel at approx. 5pm.
star-4
Historical Tour in Muscat
Murad W
, Jun 2019
It was worth even though it was on 2nd day of Eid. Many shops were closed. Souk at Nizwa was also closed. Lots of restaurants were also closed. The Guide was expert. He showed some more sites near by Nizwa.
star-5
excellent tour, Rasheed is very kind...
Almir M
, Apr 2018
excellent tour, Rasheed is very kind, friendly and knowledgeable, really enjoyed it
star-3
Tour guide was friendly and...
Jeffrey F
, Feb 2018
Tour guide was friendly and engaging. He managed the details of the trip well. He was not however very informative about history or culture. Tour would have been better if he had arranged for other persons to join us who could have discussed history and cultural aspects of the sights being seen. At the very least, the guide could have recommended use of audio guidance in the forts.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Jeffrey, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Our company values put customer satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our customers. We have forwarded your feedback to the concerned department for corrective action. Best Regards, Sarah P. Dubke Manager Guest Services ORIENT TOURS LLC
star-5
We had an all day guided tour from...
Bard N
, Aug 2017
We had an all day guided tour from Muscat to the inland and visited Fort of Niza and small villages in the inland. The Fort was interesting, but even more the impression from small villages outside the city. And the guide was perfect, a good combination of small and more important information and also relaxing/quiet between the highlights.
star-5
We were very pleased with Mr. Rashid...
Margaret O
, Feb 2017
We were very pleased with Mr. Rashid and Orient Tours for how they handled this excellent tour of Nizwa and Jabrin Forts and surrounding areas. Mr. Rashid gave detailed descriptions of the places we visited, picked great shops for us at the Souks, and was a gentleman throughout the journey.
star-5
Was better than expected with a very...
John B
, May 2016
Was better than expected with a very good guide who was informative and knew his product
star-5
A safe and pleasant driver taking us...
David H
, Mar 2016
A safe and pleasant driver taking us through stunning country to the Nizwa Fort. Very interesting, as was a stroll through the nearby souks, checking out the local coffee and Omani sweets. Then onto Jabreen Castle, which we considered even better than Nizwa. It was good being able to look around at our leisure, without being ordered around. We were not hassled, and could take our time, or not, as we chose. Lunch was taken at a roadside cafe. OK, but not particularly elegant. Next time we would take a packed lunch. All in all, a tour to be recommended.
star-4
We had a very interesting and...
Alan B
, Oct 2012
We had a very interesting and informative day touring the mountainous region of Oman. Our tour guide and driver for the day, Rasheed was excellent and extremely courteous. A great day.
star-5
This is the third time I've done the...
Lisa D
, Mar 2012
This is the third time I've done the tour and I can;t recommend it highly enough to anyone who wants the real Oman experience.

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