Full day (08 Hours) sightseeing Muscat city tour will introduce you to a country's history and culture, including visits to such famous places as the Royal Opera House and Perfume Factory Amouage.
The tour starts with the first visit to the Grand mosque of Oman, the major landmark of Oman completed in 2001. It is one of the biggest mosque’s in the world. The mosque features a blend of Islamic, Middle Eastern, and Omani architectural styles, and hosts one of the world’s largest handmade Persian rugs and one of the world’s biggest crystal chandeliers.
(Please note: Grand Mosque is open for tourists from 8 am to 11 am from Saturday to Thursday, while the library is open from 9 am to 2 am and 4 pm to 9 pm Saturday to Wednesday (on Thursday the library is open for the morning session only). Visitors must dress conservatively, especially women who must cover their hair, shoulders, and arms when they visit the mosque, men should wear trousers and not shorts).
Tour will continue to the famous Perfume Factory Amouage producing one of the world’s best-known luxury fragrances. The factory was founded, at the request of Sultan Qaboos by Prince Sayyid Hamad bin Hamoud Al Bu Said in order to preserve perfume making traditions of Oman and to have an authentic invaluable gift that would be given to the world’s leaders when they visited the country. For its exceptional scent, Amouage also became known as one of the most expensive perfumes in the world. Amouage uses Arabian scents and precious local essences, which include oudh, musk, frankincense, and sandalwood, in its perfumes. Mixing these Arabian scents gives richness, depth, and elegance that reflects Arabian heritage and culture.
Later visit Royal Opera House, Oman’s premier venue for musical arts and culture. The building of Opera House reflects unique Omani contemporary architecture with incredible interior and handmade design elements.
(Open for visits daily from 08.30 am to 05.30 pm)
Lunch at a city restaurant.
After lunch, we will continue our tour.
We will visit the Bait Al Zubair museum for a fine display of Omani culture and history. Later a stop for photography near the gate of Al Alam palace, the ceremonial palace of Sultan Qaboos and walk along the Corniche road at Old city where we will see forts Jalali and Mirani and traditional market Mutrah Souq, where you will have free time to buy gifts and souvenirs.
At the end of the tour back to the hotel.