Bahrain is seeking to attract visitors who are looking for an alternative city break. Some may prefer to see it as extended stopover, or even a new option for a Middle Eastern holiday.
The destination is just a six-hour flight from London. Even though there’s a three-hour time difference, Bahrain makes a perfect option for a “long-haul short break”.
Having had the pleasure of visiting Bahrain, I’ve designed a sample itinerary for visitors. It should work perfectly for those on a short break or extended stopover, enabling them to enjoy over a weekend.
I suggest exploring the coastline by day on one of the many boat trips available, which allows visitors to sail around the archipelago of 33 islands which makes up Bahrain. Alternatively, you could go diving for pearls.
For your first night, I recommend a traditional Bahraini barbecue dinner, taken on Jaranda Island; a strip of land that is only visible for a few hours each day before the tide washes it away.
So, you’ve had your first day in Bahrain. Why not now take in the local culture, by visiting the ancient ramparts of Manama, the capital, as well as Al Fateh mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world. There’s the Gold Souq, the National Museum, and Bahrain Fort, the country’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
By night, I suggest that you explore the alleyways of the historic Bab Al Bahrain district for fabric, clothes, gold and perfumes, as well as traditional spices.
Gulf Air is the national carrier of Bahrain, and they operate twice-daily services from London Heathrow. I highly recommend this airline, especially now that they operate their latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on the route. You’ll also enjoy traditional Bahraini hospitality when onboard.
For those in other areas, or where Gulf Air does not fly to, then there is a range of indirect services operated by airlines.
If you’d like to do some of your own research about Bahrain, then I highly recommend that you take a look at the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority. They have a wealth of information for you to read through and plan your own itinerary.
For anyone that hasn’t visited Bahrain, I thought this video blog, Bahrain – Pearl On The Persian Gulf, was very appropriate, as it was produced very recently. My thanks to Mario for his permission in allowing me to post this.
Where To Book?
Once you have done your research and are ready to book your travels, then please contact Paul, at WOT Travel. I will then create a package to include flights, accommodation, transfers etc, and get back to you with prices.