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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
Enjoy a fine introduction to Muscat -- Oman's capital and the country's political, economic and commercial hub. An exciting mix of medieval, traditional and modern architecture and culture lends Muscat an ambience all its own.
You'll start with a visit to the Bait Al Baranda Museum to experience Muscat from the 1st century to AD 1744. Such accounts of the early history of Muscat are rare. Old maps are wonderful sources of information on geopolitical and cultural history alike. These maps, along with other sources, tell stories of invasions and colonization of victories and freedom, and how Muscat has evolved through the ages.
Next, visit the colorful Muttrah Souq (market). Here, scents of exotic Arabian perfumes and spices float through the air. Other shops specialize in famous Omani khanjars (daggers), antiques, traditional silver jewelry, handicrafts in copper, camel bone, wood, leather and handmade Omani costumes.
At the Bait Adam Museum, view the unique collections of currency, paintings, photographs, and weapons. You'll have free time to explore the venue and interact with an Omani family whose home has been converted as part of a museum.
Don't miss a snack of Arabian coffee and dates as you hear stories about the local life style and Muscat's ancient past.
Tour does not operate on Fridays or holidays. There are steps to climb at the Bait Al Baranda Museum. If your visit falls during Ramadan (April 12 - May 11, 2021), you cannot eat, drink or smoke in public.