A unique blend of the ancient & the modern, Muscat is a beautiful clean city, which lies in the middle of a maze of brown pleated Mountain. Lulled by the Arabian Sea, the city has undergone dramatic development in the past two or three decades. However, it has never lost its heritage & culture. There are few high-rise blocks, and even the most functional building is required to reflect tradition with a dome or an arabesque window.
Muscat means ‘safe anchorage’, and the sea continues to constitute a major part of the city: it brings people on cruise ships and goods in containers to the historic ports of Old Muscat and Mutrah. More recently, it has also become a source of recreation at Al-Bustan and Bandar Jissah, and along the sandy beach that stretches almost without interruption from Muscat to the border with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), over 200km to the northwest.
Arrival to Muscat
Upon arrival at Muscat Airport you will be personally greeted and transferred to your hotel by a deluxe air conditioned vehicle.
Evening at leisure.
Discover Muscat (B)
Start with a tour of the grand mosque, which is an architectural marvel and is perhaps the new landmark of the city. Continue your drive through the ministries area where you can see a number of modern buildings with touches of Islamic architecture. Then visit the fish market and the Muttrah souk with its narrow covered alleys where the exotic smells of spices, Coffees, ancient remedies and enticing perfumes fill the air. Next stop is the Bait Al Zubair Museum which has a fine exhibit of Omani history and culture. You will have a photo stop at the magnificent Al Alam Palace (the official residence of Sultan Qaboos) flanked by the twin Portuguese forts of Mirani & Jalali.
Evening at leisure.
Dhow Cruise (B)
Morning at leisure. That afternoon you will be picked up and transferred for your Dhow Cruise. The trip offers panoramic view of the coast of Muscat. This short trip would take you all along the beautiful promenade of Muscat and would provide you with ample opportunities to film some of the landmarks of the city going past the port, Al Bustan Palace Hotel and the Al Aalam Palace with its twin Portuguese forts.
Free at leisure.
Muscat Departure (B)
After breakfast you will transferred back to Muscat airport by a deluxe air conditioned vehicle for your flight back to Dublin.
You also have the choice to extend this package for a 7 night stay, just ask one of our experienced travel consultants.
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5* accommodation also available
Currency: Omani Rial (OMR)
Vaccinations: Not compulsory. Please check with your GP.
Visa:Irish passport holders no not require a visa in advance; however you must obtain an entry visa on arrival. If you’re stay is for nine days or less, you’ll only need to pay 5 rial for the visa. If you’re staying for between 10 days and a month, you’ll need to pay 20 rial.
Best time to Travel: The best time to visit Oman is between November and mid-March, when the cooler air brings the mountain scenery sharply into focus and daytime temperatures average 25°C. For the rest of the year, much of Oman is oppressively hot and hazy, particularly between May and August.
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