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Mystical Muscat provided by VS Private Tours

Mystical Muscat
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5h
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    5h
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Russian, English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Russian, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Opera House
Exclusions
  • Entry ticket to Royal Opera House Muscat - OMR 4 per person.
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick you up from any hotel in Muscat, Muscat Sea Port or Airport.
  • Muscat, Oman Any hotel in Muscat, Sea Port, airport or private location.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Opera House
Exclusions
  • Entry ticket to Royal Opera House Muscat - OMR 4 per person.
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick you up from any hotel in Muscat, Muscat Sea Port or Airport.
  • Muscat, Oman Any hotel in Muscat, Sea Port, airport or private location.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Muscat
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Royal Opera House
    Stop: 50 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Mutrah Souq
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Mutrah Souq
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Al Alam Palace
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
181 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Jane W
Kitchener, Canada32 contributions
Feb 2020
We (four of us) greatly enjoyed our tour of Muscat. We started our day with a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque where our tour guide explained may aspects of the regilion practised in Muscat. Other spots of interest included The Royal Opera House where we were given a short tour, Mutrah Souq and Al Alam Palace. We had a great guide who was extremely knowledgeable answering all our questions plus adding points of interest.
Written 19 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Amelia
London, UK1 contribution
My husband and I have a lovely tour of Muscat from 8am till 2.30pm. Valentina provided a great whistle stop tour of Muscat, including the souk, fish market, grand mosque and the royal opera house.

I would highly recommend. Her knowledge of the city & country was fantastic.
Written 10 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Brian R
4 contributions
May 2022
This was an outstanding tour and a highlight of our trip to the Middle East. Valentina reached out to us over WhatsApp in advance of our trip to answer any questions. Our tour guide was wonderful. Zaher was very knowledgeable about Oman and was able to answer all of our questions. He even brought some cake that his wife made for us to snack on. We saw the Qaboos Mosque, the Royal Opera House, the Souq, Corniche, Fish Market, and Al-Alam Palace. Zaher even stopped a few times on the route to let me snap a few photos. The vehicle was comfortable, roomy, and well air-conditioned. Everything was right on time. I can't recommend this tour enough.
Written 4 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ezgi E
2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
She is a very kind and friendly person, like a friend I know for a long time. We enjoy together mystical streets and natural beauties of Oman together. She was always on time, well prepared and with a big smile (: Already missed her.
Written 24 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LeslieParis
Paris, France27 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Just got back from a wonderful trip to Oman, a very interesting and safe place to visit. I started my research into our trip using my usual tools, various upscale tour companies in Europe and the States(for itinerary ideas) and Tripadvisor for hotels, guides, etc. – all this is my usual way of self planning a trip. In the end, we decided that it would be wiser and that we would get more out of the trip by hiring a guide/driver to take us around. After quite a bit of research, I fell upon the reviews of VS Private Tours and read what a wonderful guide Valentina was. I contacted her by email and received her itinerary and quote and assurance that SHE WOULD BE OUR GUIDE once we got to Oman. After much thought, I decided to take a chance and go with her. Normally, I wouldn’t send a large sum of money to someone whom I don’t know and just read about on the internet, but the reviews were glowing, so I decided to take the plunge. Since we were not booking too far in advance, our choice hotels were not available. Communication was fluid and for the most part, Valentina replied promptly. All that stopped after I sent the first half of the money (almost $2000) for our 5 night/6 day trip. No answer…I told my husband that I thought that I fell for a scam ! I actually had to contact her by sms several times to see if she got the money. I anguished for about a week and sent emails and text messages and finally she told me that yes, the money arrived and all was set. Getting in touch with her was super difficult and the waiting often long to get an answer. This is unacceptable when you are paying for a service. I never got a final itinerary, I never got a note from her saying ‘looking forward to meeting you at X hôtel at 9am…’ I realized that I was way overpaying for her services (based on estimates for the same tour that I got from the hotel concierge (a 5 start hotel so you know that their prices are already inflated) but I figured, hey, we are going to have a super guide. She also never asked about our level of mobility as some of the sites require a bit of hiking in rather rough conditions. No little note to tell us to bring hiking boots, our own towels for swimming in the wadis or water shoes so that we could enter into the water without killing our feet.. A form note that she sent to all her clients is all that it would have taken. The hotels that we were booked in were very mediocre for the most part (excepting the desert camp) and it is clear that we totally overpaid for our trip.

But the biggest surprise came the day that we were leaving on our trip (still hadn’t gotten a little email saying we will be waiting for you…..) and when we got to the lobby I still wasn’t 100% that we hadn’t fallen for a scam , Valentina was there, but told us, SURPRISE, she wasn’t going to be our guide ! She had an ‘emergency meeting’ at the bank and her collègue was going to take us on the trip ! Wow, I had confirmed with her by email that SHE was going to be our guide and that was the reason I went with her company ! Total deception and not very honest on her part. Never a note saying that she had a VERY IMPORTANT MEETING even though I wrote her many times to tell her that we were leaving home and starting our trip, etc etc. This I found to be totally dishonest and that she didn’t live up to her part of the deal.
I could have paid literally half of what I paid her for the same trip and had a guide that I knew nothing about by going with the quote from the hotel.

As is turned out, Mohammed was a wonderful guide and a pleasure to spend time with. But that is not the point. She misled me and the communication with her was difficult and not professional and it was overpriced.

Next time, I will book my own hotels and hire a guide/driver from the hotel and save myself a lot of money and unneeded anxiety from someone who is not professional.
Written 28 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

pachecos
Rhode Island5 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
We booked two days with Valentina for four of us as a private tour. Valentina was prompt and provided us two great days seeing the sites of Oman. We could not have asked for a better guide. She was knowledgeable, great driver, and very pleasant. Do not hesitate to book her. You won't be disappointed. Thanks again Valentina!!!
Written 1 January 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

meyauwe
Riehen30 contributions
Feb 2016 • Family
We took a tour that was personally guided by the owner, Valentina. She took us to Jebel Al Akhdar, Nizwa, Wahiba Sands Desert and two wadis for swimming. Valentina proved to be not only an excellent driver, covering long distances with her 4-wheel drive without a single look into the map, but also extremely knowledgeable about the country, traditions and history. She seemed to know every little restaurant along the way, what specialties we would get to eat, and even took us to a Bedouin family for lunch. Valentina is extremely well connected, knowing people everywhere. She also pointed us to good hotels and at the end of the tour took us an extra mile to see the second wadi, although our tour was supposed to end earlier. When we come back, we are sure that we will engage Valentina again!
Written 17 February 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

evilmoo2
London, UK21 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
Valentina took us on a one day tour to Nizwa and Jebel Shams and we couldn't have been happier. From initial contact, she was extremely quick to respond and tailor the tour to our needs.

We originally wanted to travel on the Thursday but she told us about the famous goat market in Nizwa on Friday and if we would like to see that too (which included a very early start!) which sounded fantastic. She also agreed to a few last minute changes too, such as visiting the Mosque and Opera House on the return to Muscat.

Throughout the tour she was extremely friendly, talkative, humorous and knowledgable about everything to do with Oman and its history and culture. We got the chance to see a lot of amazing sights we wouldn't have been able to otherwise, and learn a lot in the process.

I cannot recommend VS Tours enough. We look forward to returning to Oman and going on a longer excursion.
Written 24 January 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Evilmoo2, Thanks a lot for your great feedback. It was real pleasure for me as well to travel with you during your honeymoon in Oman. Wish you a long a happy life together! Please let us know if you decide to visit this country again. We will try our best to arrange your next holiday here. Keep in touch!
Written 25 January 2016
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Keith B
Cornwall17 contributions
Jan 2016
We engaged VS Private Tours on a one day visit to Muscat from a visiting cruise ship. There we met our guide Muhammed at the agreed place and time. We elected to do a half day tour and I remain amazed at the diversity and scope of Muhammed's chosen itinery in such a short time; he took us away from Muscat port through the modern part of Muscat pointing out buildings of interest on our drive to the fantastic Opera House. We spent some time there learning about its construction, facilities and short history. The Omanis seemed justifiably proud of this iconic building, its facilities and surrounding grounds. Thereafter we went to the impressive Grand Mosque where Muhammed explained its history and features. This naturally opened the opportunity to learn a little about Islam (my knowledge was scant and perhaps tainted). Muhammed's explanations were both enlightening and fascinating; his gentle delivery was free of dogma and very informative; he explained that the Omani's are generally tolerant of other faiths. Inside the Mosque he explained the fundamentals, tradition and protocols observed during prayer. He introduced us to a lady who further explained Islam in the female context, again interesting. We then visted every day Muscat, the fish market and the souks where the hustle and bustle was in stark contrast to the peace our previous locations ! A further highlight was a visit to old Muscat where we saw the city, its fortress, palace and again a fantastic Omani contrast, the stunning Shangri-la hotel complex further down the coast. Throughout out tour Muhammed was gentle, dignified and provided explanations to our questions in good English. I personally enjoyed Muscat and what I've seen of Oman in general. Thanks to VS Tours and Muhammed of course,I hope to return to Oman incentivised by its originality, my new respect for its culture, faith and people. I thoroughly recommend VS Tours based on my own experience.
Written 18 January 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

N841UVkevina
Christchurch, UK7 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
I booked this excursion for our party of 4 (two couples) based on the many favourable reviews on Trip Advisor. We were visiting Muscat for two days as part of a cruise holiday. The booking process was very straightforward with Valentina able to reassure us about pick up location, return to ship time etc. Payment was very easy via PayPal (in advance). Having booked and paid it was a little difficult to elicit a response to my follow up emails/ texts etc so I was a little apprehensive for a while but Valentina eventually came through and all was fine. (It is a small operation and when Valentina is taking multi day tours into the desert / mountains communications can be delayed).
Our tour guide was Mohammed, the most pleasant young man we could have wished for as our tour guide. As a proud Omani himself, he was able to not only show us many wonderful sights and experiences in and around Muscat but also provide us with a fascinating education about the Muslim faith, how the Omani people live their lives and their ambitions for their country. We were all rather humbled by the gentle way he explained the teachings and rituals of his Muslim faith and we came away with a much better understanding and some admiration of the ways of these peaceful people.
The tour lasted over 6 hours with Mohammed determined to show us as much as possible without at any time feeling rushed or hurried. We were driven around in a comfortable saloon car and supplied with plenty of bottled water free of charge. Value for money was excellent and so much less expensive than a cruise ship excursion. Our day spent with Mohammed was the highlight of holiday that included a 7 day cruise of Oman and the UAE plus 3 days in Dubai. I hope that if we ever return to Muscat, Mohammed will be there to continue our education.
Written 16 January 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Amazing experience! Best tour guide in all of Oman.
If I could give Valentina a 100 star review, I would— that is how amazing my trip with her was. If you are planning
transnick
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Great flexible host abs a memorable Wadi day
I contacted Valentina a few weeks in advance and asked her to set up a custom wadi trip (Wadi Shab + Wadi Tiwi) bas
Angmal1
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Amazing beauty of wadi Shab not to be missed!
We had an amazing day with Valentina going to wadi Shab and then Sur. I highly recommend this tour and Valentina is
susanswin
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Spectacular scenery but difficult hike for 60ish year olds
Valentina was a lovely personable guide who truly tried her best to ensure we had a wonderful time. (She even gave
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17 Day Custom Private Tour Of Oman
Excellent itinerary with good to excellent hotels and great guides. Saw all the country. My wife and I were very p
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Irina P
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An excellent overview of he country
The 4-day tour introduced us to a lot of places of interests and made us fall in love with the desert. The counry t
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Excellent customised private tour
Leaving a review on behalf of my family members who went for a customised private tour with VS Private Tours. Comm
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