Muscat Shore Excursion: Private Nizwa Day Trip

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Port of Muscat
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Leave the Port of Muscat with a private guide and spend a day discovering enchanting Omani fortresses around the historical town of Nizwa. Pass through the Hajar Mountains, and explore Nizwa, seeing the 17th-century Nizwa Fort as well as Nizwa Souk. The afternoon is spent in the nearby town of Jabrin for a visit to Jabrin Castle. You'll explore its beautifully preserved vaults and hidden rooms before returning to port.

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When your cruise ship docks at the Port of Muscat, meet your private guide and travel southwest to Nizwa. Sit back and relax on your journey, admiring the scenery of the towering Hajar Mountains overlooking the lush oases of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz.

After just less than two hours on the road, arrive in Nizwa and hop off your vehicle to explore the historical town. See Nizwa Fort, a 17th-century fort built for Sultan bin Saif al-Yaruba, an early leader from the Yaaruba dynasty. Admire its 131-foot (40-meter) tower that dominates the town center, and gaze out at the palm oasis that stretches out around it.

Visit Nizwa Souk to marvel at the antiques and Bedouin silverware on offer. Enjoy a break to explore the center at leisure and have lunch (own expense), and then meet your guide at the pre-arranged time to continue your tour.

Leave Nizwa and travel west to the nearby town of Jabrin, passing a series of old battlements at Tanuf and Bahla. Jabrins pice de rsistance is Jabrin Castle, one of the best preserved fortresses in Oman. Explore with your guide, admire the elaborately painted ceilings and see if you can find any of the famously hidden rooms of the fortress.

Return to your vehicle and travel back to Muscat, finishing your tour at the start point.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Port of Muscat for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Port pick-up and drop off

Private guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Worry-free shore excursion guarantee


Food and drink


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid copy of your passport is required on the day of travel

Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but light jackets may be needed for the winter months, especially in the evenings

Oman has conservative dress traditions. Swimwear should be confined to the beach and hotel pools. Men and women should ensure shoulders and knees are covered when in public, especially in souks, shops and villages

Normal tourist photography is acceptable, but it is considered offensive to photograph Arab women. It is also courteous to ask permission before photographing men. Photographs of government buildings or military installations are not allowed

Traveler Reviews

  • 31-Aug-2017

    What a fun day! We were met at the port entrance, not the ship, which is what we were told. We had an amazing day, with lots of sightseeing and information. We had a leisurely, yet action packed day, and we got back to the ship with plenty of time. We could have used more time, but the schedule wouldn't allow it.
    Well worth the journey, and to have a private guide, so that we could take as much time in the places we wanted within our schedule or skip the places that weren't so interesting was wonderful.

    I can't recommend this too much! The guide was wonderful, friendly and a great driver.

  • 10-Mar-2017

    Our tour was on 02/03/2017, according to the itinerary the tour duration is around 9 hours and pick up time 8.00am, and our ship will be depart at 18.00pm and we have to abroad at 17.30pm, therefore I thought this tour is perfect for us. But on 02/03/2017, we have been waited at the port gate at 8.00am and there was no one show up, so with the help by a local people we managed to call the emergency number and we have been told that the tour start should at 9.00am instead of 8.00am. When our ship docked at Abu Dhabi port on 04/03/2017 where have free wifi and I have got chance to check my email then I noticed that they actually sent an email on 27/02/2017 the day we broad our ship and told us about change of pick up time. Anyway, our tour guide arrived at 8.30am. The tour guide is not a guide, he is just a driver. There is no introduction / information whatsoever from our guide about the places that we visited. He just took us to the entrance and wait at the exist. Let us wondered around by ourselves and himself went for social with the local people.

  • 08-Mar-2014

    Excellent tour and a "must do" while in Muscat. The drive alone to Nizwa is outstanding; huge mountains and hidden villages. Our guide/driver accommodated our requests to stop at some locations for photos. Guide was very knowledgable and answered all our questions easily. Jabrin Castle (the last stop) is outstanding!!! My only caution: our guide ate lunch with us, and we were tricked into paying for his lunch. If you want to avoid this situation, don't ask the guide to take you to a local restaurant -- go on your own.