Ringed by majestic mountains and the ocean, Muscat is an ancient port city that justly means ‘safe anchorage’. Check out 16th century Portuguese forts like Al Jalali and Mirani that perch on clifftops, while looking out on the bustling harbor below. Browse through Omani arts and artifacts at the Bait Al Zubair Museum where the country’s cultural heritage comes alive. The marble-built Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, on the other hand, is a modern marvel, topped by a 50-meter dome that dominates the city skyline. Spend lazy afternoons lounging on white sandy beaches or chasing sea turtles in picturesque lagoons just outside the city. Watch the last rays of the sun slant into exquisite gardens of the Royal Opera House and if possible, catch a show in this elegant arts complex. As the dusk spreads across the desert sky, the glittering lights of its shopping malls and restaurants invite you to sample Muscat’s bustling nightlife.
Royal Opera House
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Places: Muscat (2 days) → Sur & Ras Al Jinz (1) → Wahiba Sands (1) → Muscat (1)
Tour Highlights: Royal Opera House, Grand Mosque, Muttrah Souk, Turtle Reserve, Beaches, Endangered Green Turtles, Desert, Camps...