Muscat Governorate Culinary & nightlife

Our most recommended Muscat Governorate Culinary & nightlife

Muscat: Night Tour with Dinner at Bustan Palace

1. Muscat: Night Tour with Dinner at Bustan Palace

Start with pickup from your hotel in Muscat. Begin the tour at Shatti Al-Qurum, next to the Intercontinental Hotel. Pass by the Royal Opera House, a massive monument which was constructed on the orders of Sultan Qaboos, who is an avid fan of classical music. Make a photo stop at the illuminated Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque. Afterwards, head towards Old Muscat and the area of Muttrah Corniche. Admire the city's picturesque harbor from this beautiful waterside area. Arrive at Muttrah Souq to discover a mix of the old and new along with a myriad of sights, sounds, and fragrances from everyday life. Do some souvenir shopping before driving to the most prominent landmark in Muscat, the Al Alam Palace. Take a photo of the gates of the palace, flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts of Jalali and Mirani. In recent years the palace is largely used for ceremonial purposes.  Next, make your way to the Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Begin an authentic Omani culinary experience with the acrobatic tea-pouring skills of the tea sommelier. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner at the Al Khiran Terrace Restaurant. Offering an array of culinary treasures, Al Bustan Palace is home to some of the best restaurants in the city, only steps from luxurious resort accommodations.

From Muscat: Private Desert Safari and Overnight

2. From Muscat: Private Desert Safari and Overnight

This overnight desert safari will help to expand your understanding of Omani heritage with a stay under the star-lit sky at a campsite in the desert. Take this unique opportunity to step back in time and experience Oman as it was five decades ago.  Begin your journey in Muscat and head towards Wadi Bani Khalid, where you will stop for a refreshing bath in the deep pools, and explore the hidden Mukal cave. Relax under the sun and enjoy a nice breeze from the mountains. Tuck into a tasty lunch, and then continue on to Bidiya village. Visit a Bedouin family in the desert. After spending some time with the family and enjoying Omani coffee and dates, arrive at the desert camp. In the evening drive in the desert to watch the sunset from the dunes and take amazing photographs. After dinner, enjoy a friendly conversation with friends around the campfire, and then head to your tent or your room, depending on the option you choose.

Muscat by Night with Local Dinner from Muscat

3. Muscat by Night with Local Dinner from Muscat

Being a rare blend of ancient and modern, Muscat is a beautiful city which lies in a maze of brown pleated Mountains. Lulled by the Arabian Sea, the city has undergone dramatic development in the past two or three decades. However, Muscat takes pride in the fact that it has preserved its lustrous culture and heritage. Your visit starts with a tour of the grand mosque, which is an architectural marvel and perhaps the new landmark of the city. The drive continues through the ministries' area, where you can see a number of modern buildings with touches of ancient, Islamic architecture. Then, visit the fish market and the folkloric Muttrah souk, with its narrow covered alleys where you can smell exotic aromas of mounds of spices, coffee beans, and ancient remedies, all enticing perfumes that fill the air. Next, engage in a visit to the Bait Al Zubair Museum, which has a fine exhibit of Omani history and culture, encompassing all of the areas traditional values. You will also have a photo-stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace (the official residence of Sultan Qaboos) flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani & Jalali. Continue to Bait-Al-Baranda, a great museum in muscat, before finally stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon , take your time to better explore this mystic city and its captivating civilization. Have a chance to explore other souks, and discover all the treasures and spices that you can find.

Muscat: Horse Riding Experience with Traditional Dinner

4. Muscat: Horse Riding Experience with Traditional Dinner

Suitable for both beginners and more experienced riders, head out on a sunset horseback ride along the beach. Afterward, enjoy some traditional Omani food for dinner. Begin with a short safety introduction and an explanation about the best techniques for managing your horse. Then, you will set off, riding along a scenic route. The ride involves a relaxed walk along the beach for beginners and the possibility of walking in combination with a trotting pace for the riders with more experience. During the whole journey, all riders are accompanied by instructors. After the horse riding, enjoy some traditional Omani cuisine of a BBQ and salads before you return to your accommodation in Muscat.

Muscat: Night Tour with Audio Guide & Dinner at Opera House

5. Muscat: Night Tour with Audio Guide & Dinner at Opera House

Begin your night tour with pickup at your hotel and make your way to Shatti-Al Qurum. Pass by the Royal Opera, a massive monument ordered by the music-loving Sultan himself, before stopping to take photos at the illuminated Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque. After, head toward Old Muscat and its corniche, and admire the city's attractive harbor area. Next, discover a mix of the old and new at the Muttrah Souq, as well as a myriad of sights, sounds, and fragrances from everyday life. Do a little souvenir shopping then continue to the most prominent landmark in Muscat, the Sultan’s Palace (Al Alam Palace). Take a photo of the gates and colonnaded approach by night, and marvel at the lighting. From the palace, move on to Al Angham restaurant for dinner. Savor your meal as you admire the breathtaking seating area where everything is just as elegant and intricate as the inside of the Royal Opera House itself.

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Our guide Ilya gave us 2 unforgettable days. He speaks good English, is very knowledgeable about the area and gave us a lot of good information about Oman as well as important background information. You drive in an air-conditioned, beautiful four-wheel drive jeep, pick-up directly from the hotel. ( Tour approx. 400 km ) He always responded quickly to inquiries of any kind. The tour points: - Visit to the Amouage perfume factory with a guide - Wadi Bani Khalid, a wonderful oasis for bathing - Typical lunch in a small town on the way to the desert - Off-road jeep drive into the Wahiba Sands desert to the Desert Nights Camp - exciting drive with the jeep on the sand dunes (high and windy) a unique experience at sunset - overnight stay in a very modern, tent-like bungalow - excellent evening buffet and breakfast buffet - exciting quad ride through the desert - return trip with a visit to a Bedouin tent The excursion is absolutely worth the money thanks Ilya . Guide Oman