You’ll tour some of Oman’s highlights on this trip, including an enormous mosque, a bustling souk, and Muscat old town. The first stop is the Grand Mosque. Outside, it’s completely white, but on the inside, it’s filled with intricate murals and big crystal chandeliers. A single Persian carpet covers the 4,000-square-metre floor, making it one of the largest ever made. Next, you’ll have an hour’s haggling time at the Muttrah Souk. This indoor marketplace is the oldest in Muscat and its stalls are packed with colourful jewellery, pottery and spices. After you’ve picked up some souvenirs, you’ll head off to the Bait Al Zubair Museum for an insight into Omani heritage, before a tour of Muscat old town. Two enormous forts and the Al Alam Palace dominate the skyline here. The latter is the official residence of His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos.
Just so you know, men are required to wear long clothing in the mosque. Ladies are expected to keep their heads, ankles and wrists covered while visiting the mosque. Also, transparent or revealing clothing is not permitted either, and entry can be denied by local security. Video cameras are not allowed to be used outside the Al Alam Palace. Photography of locals is not permitted unless you have their consent. Children under the age of 10 years are not allowed to enter the mosque.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.