My teenage daughter and I arranged a full day stopover in Muscat, with plans to get out and see the city. I have always found fabulous itineraries on trip advisor that have laid out the best ways to visit certain destinations in only a day’s time, but for Muscat I really only saw suggestions for booking a tour. I had never been on a tour before, and being rather introverted, I’ve always preferred getting around on my own.
I have to say, though, from the instant I received my first correspondence from Discover Oman Tours (a very quick response to my email inquiry!) to the moment my daughter and I were returned to the airport, I was nothing but impressed.
I was thrilled that Abdullah met us at the airport that morning, as I’d read so many wonderful things about him. Our schedule was a little odd, so he made every effort to accommodate us within the general framework of this tour.
This city of Muscat and all it’s buildings, history and people is just stunning, and there’s no way we would have gained such insight or appreciation without the experience of our guide. Abdullah is so knowledgeable and was so incredibly patient with all of my questions about the history, economy and cultural practices (I’m sure I was so annoying!) but Abdullah provided me with thoughtful responses and was gracious enough to overlook the ignorance that I’m sure was inherent in many of my questions. I am an educator and I travel a lot, but I told Abdullah at the end of our tour that I learned more from him in one day than I had learned about anything in a very long time.
The only thing I would have done differently would have been to get a full night’s rest before the morning of the tour. My daughter and I had spent the better part of two days in the air with stopping to sleep and we did get quite tired/jet lagged by the end of the day. We were so excited to be there that it didn’t make too much of difference, but next time (and there will definitely be a next time!!) we’ll get some sleep first.
The other great thing about this company is that they offer a variety of tours and they all sound amazing. This company is so well run and feels very focused on customer satisfaction. I just can’t say enough great things about it.
Thank you, Abdullah, for your kindness, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to share your wonderful city with us. This was a day I will never forget 🧡