Enjoy the drive through the spectacular Hajar mountains and Visit an impressive 17th century fort. See some of Oman's most historical buildings and make an exciting Tour of Nizwa, Muscat’s old capital.
Discover the Oman of old with its pretty forts and oasis villages on this full-day trip to Nizwa Fort from Muscat. With an informative guide, depart Muscat by air-conditioned coach or minivan, tracing the jagged Hajar Mountains to visit picture-postcard, 17th-century Nizwa Fort. Take a guided tour of the battlements and turrets, and browse for silver jewelry and handicrafts at Nizwa souk. Then, pass through palm-ringed oases towns such as Bahla to visit Jabreen Fort, one of Oman’s most enchanting castles and famous for its murals and wood carvings.
Hop aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned coach or minibus at your central Muscat hotel and journey out of the city to begin your full-day trip.
As you travel, listen as your guide tells you about Oman’s rich heritage and history. Soak up the views of the oasis towns of Fanjah and Birkat Al Mauz, and trace the line of the rocky Hajar Mountains during your drive southward. After roughly 1.5 hours, arrive in Nizwa, Oman’s former capital and once an important trading hub, located as it is on a major route between Muscat and Dhofar in the south of the country. Drive through the palm groves around the town, and reach your first stop — Nizwa Fort. Head inside with your guide and learn how this picturesque outpost was built in the 17th century to ward off raiders as you roam the towers and courtyards.
Enjoy the far-reaching views from the battlements, and afterward, stroll around Nizwa souk, where vendors sell everything from rugs and pottery to silver Bedouin jewelry. Peruse the wares, and if you wish, buy some as souvenirs (own expense). Then, continue to the old oasis village of Tanuf and palm oasis town of Bahla, famous for its fort and earthenware pottery. Next, drive to Jabreen, home to one of Oman’s most beautiful forts. Leave your vehicle and explore this lovely 17th-century fort to admire its impressive wall and ceiling paintings and decorative woodcarvings. Afterward, relax on your ride back to Muscat, where your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off.