From markets to majestic palaces, this trip is like a greatest hits of Oman’s capital, Muscat. Things get started at the Muttrah Souk, an old-style market under a modern roof, where you can barter your way to a bargain or two. Sticking with tradition, the next stop is the old town. Here, you’ll get a chance to snap a couple of photos of the gold and blue Al Alam Palace, the ceremonial home of Sultan Qaboos of Oman. The red-brick approach to the palace, flanked by grand columned walkways, makes quite a picture. From here it’s just a short walk to the twin clifftop castles, Fort Mirani and Fort Jalali, which sit on either side of the sheltered bay. Last, but by no means least, is a quick photo stop at the Grand Mosque – one of the largest in the world.
There's no inside visits on this trip, just photo stops. Video cameras and video footage is not permitted outside the Al Alam Palace. There'll be about 90 minutes free time in the souk, and if you'd like, you can walk back to the ship from here after enjoying some more free time.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.