After hotel pickup and a transfer to Marina Bandar Al-Rowdha outside the city, board the dhow and take a cushioned seat on deck to begin your 2-hour Muscat sunset cruise. Handcrafted wooden sailing vessels like this one have been used for centuries around the Arabian Peninsula. Just like medieval traders once drifted along Oman’s rugged coastline, you’ll head northward past the Hajar Mountains to secluded bays and picturesque hamlets.
Glide past the Muscat Yacht Club and the fishing boats of Sidab to Cemetery Bay and the old Muscat harbor where cliff paintings depict ships that have docked here through the ages. Glimpse Jalali and Mirani, 16th-century forts that tower above Al Alam Palace — home to the Sultan of Oman.
From Muttrah Harbor, view the whitewashed edifices of Muttrah Corniche, home to the Muttrah Souk whose labyrinthine alleys teem with gold, silver and spices. Sail by the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Hotel of Al Bustan Palace, tucked against the mountain-fringed bay.
Watch enraptured as the setting sun reflects its fiery glow on the water, and refresh with complimentary bottled water and soda before returning to the marina for a transfer back to your hotel.