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How to Spend 3 Days in Muscat

How to Spend 3 Days in Muscat

Muscat has plenty to keep intrepid travelers and sightseers happy, with everything from aquamarine seas and traditional Arabian architecture to expeditions into Oman’s mountains and dunes. With three days to play with, here are your options for enjoying the city and heading farther afield.

Day 1: Hit the Sights and Sea

Cover Muscat on a hop-on hop-off bus tour around its coastline, old quarter, and bayfront Muttrah district, or take a city tour that visits the 2001-built Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souk, 16th-century Al-Jalali and Al-Mirani forts, and more. Some city excursions include a cruise on the Gulf of Oman. Alternatively, set sail on a dedicated dolphin-spotting or deep-sea-fishing trip, or go snorkeling to view the gulf’s underwater world. This evening, combine dinner at a local restaurant with a city lights tour. Grab your camera to capture the Omani capital at its most enchanting, with the illuminated houses of Muttrah strung like a necklace under the Hajar Mountains. 

Day 2: Explore Oman’s Interior

Muscat is perfectly positioned for exploring Oman’s interior, either on single- or multi-day excursions. Adventure lovers can journey south to the Wahiba Sands, whose high dunes invite dune-bashing drives. Tours often include stops at other spots such as the wadi river canyon Wadi Bani Khalid. Other options include 4WD and hiking trips to Wadi Bani Awf and Snake Gorge. Trek the narrow canyon beds past waterfalls and pools, swim through caves, and picnic under date palms. Alternatively, choose a 2- or 3-day expedition farther into central Oman. Many trips cover multiple attractions, combining Wahiba Sands with turtle-watching at the Ras Al Jinz turtle sanctuary and time at the idyllic gorge Wadi Shab.

Day 3: Mountains and Forts

If you’ve already visited the Wahiba Sands, set aside today for Oman’s northwestern Hajar Mountains. History buffs will love the 17th-century forts at Rustaq, Nakhl, and the former capital of Nizwa. Many fort tours also cover Jebel Shams, Oman’s tallest mountain, to see what’s called the Grand Canyon—a gargantuan, millennia-old river gorge—before continuing to the pottery town of Bahla and Fanjah oasis. For scenery over history, head for Jebel Akhdar, often known as the Green Mountain. Zigzagging roads lead to this high mountain plateau, from which you can absorb unforgettable views of villages, fruit orchards, and rose farms clinging to the slopes far below. Back in Muscat, top off your trip with a sunset cruise. Admire the Omani capital’s floodlit minarets and forts as you sail the darkening waters on an Arabian dhow—a truly atmospheric finale to your 3-day stay.

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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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$73.80
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$73.80
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2 Days Muscat Watching Turtles and Wadi Shab Package

2 Days Muscat Watching Turtles and Wadi Shab Package

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Wrapping up north Oman’s attractions in one trip is difficult independently, with unmade mountain roads and long distances to plan for. This private 4x4 tour from Muscat rounds up highlights including Wadi Shab, the Wahiba Sands, Ras Al Jinz’s nesting turtles, and a Muscat tour, into a great-value two days, with a guide for insight and navigation. Overnight accommodation and hotel, port, or airport pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 days
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$614.00
Price varies by group size
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$614.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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Full Day Wadi Bani and Snake Gorge Private Tour by 4x4

Full Day Wadi Bani and Snake Gorge Private Tour by 4x4

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Exploring Wadi Bani Awf—one of Oman’s most challenging river gorges—isn’t recommended without a 4x4 and guide to negotiate the high and narrow trails. This 4x4 tour takes you into the canyon with a driver-guide to navigate and show you the scenery. Admire the ancient landscapes, explore caverns and winding Snake Gorge, and swim in pools and waterfalls, all with a picnic lunch and entrance fees arranged and included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$233.00
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$233.00
Price varies by group size
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