This trip ticks off all of Muscat’s best bits, from a sea cruise along the coastline to haggling at a busy marketplace. The day’s first stop is at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, a huge sandstone building topped with a 50-foot dome. It’s one of the largest mosques ever constructed, and inside you’ll see the second-biggest hand-woven carpet in the world. Next, you’ll head to the Bait Adam Museum for a look at historic Omani artefacts. Here, you’ll also get to sip on a steaming cup of traditional Kahwa coffee, served with dates. Later, you’ll drive to the multi-coloured Muttrah Souk, which is packed with stalls selling textiles, ornaments and jewellery. There’ll be time to do a little shopping before taking a break for lunch, and you can drop any purchases off back at the ship. In the afternoon, you’ll set off for Marina Bandar, where an old-fashioned dhow sailing ship will whisk you along the pretty coastline.
Men will need to wear full-length trousers and long-sleeved tops when visiting the mosque, while women will need to cover their head, ankles and wrists. Transparent or revealing clothing is not permitted and entry may be denied by the local security. Children under the age of 10 years old are not allowed to enter the mosque. The dhow cruise is subject to weather and sea conditions.
The 30th of November is a Holy Day, if you're taking part in this excursion on this day, you won't be able to go inside the mosque however, there will be a photo stop outside. You'll also have extended time at the Souq and the museum.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.