If you want to pack as many things to do into your Bahrain trip as possible in a short space of time, a guided tour is a great option.
Your guide will know all the essential places to visit and eat, and they can give you invaluable local knowledge about all the best deals and upcoming events that you won’t want to miss.
There’s plenty of different options, ranging from half day excursions to trips to the desert, and you can always mix and match.
Read on for our top picks.
No trip to the Middle East would be complete without a trip to the desert, and this tour will tick all your boxes.
Far from being a barren wasteland, there are plenty of things to see, including the Tree of Life, the first oil well, and the Bahrain International Circuit.
BHD30 (adults), BHD20 (children aged 5-11). Daily 2pm-6pm. https://visitbahrain.bh/tours/desert-tour/
Thinking with just your stomach is perfectly acceptable while on holiday, so why not try out a gastronomic of Bahrain?
On this tour you’ll try 17 different types of food, including traditional machboos, while finding out the history behind the dish.
Make sure you check first about any dietary restrictions as you may find it difficult to get vegan or gluten-free food.
BHD22 (food included). Every Tue and Sat 5pm-8pm. https://www.thisfoodtour.com/eat-drink
Full day tour
If you only have a day to explore Bahrain, this whistle-stop tour hits all the major sights, including the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, the Bahrain National Museum and the A’Ali burial mounds.
You’ll also get to stop off at a traditional restaurant to get some lunch.
BHD55 (adults), BHD35 (children aged 5-11). Daily 9am-6pm. https://visitbahrain.bh/tours/full-day-tour/
Don’t want to spend your day with strangers asking too many questions and hogging up your tour guide’s time? Pay extra, and get a private tour.
There are plenty available in Bahrain, and you can find them on toursbylocals.com or tourHQ.com, with prices ranging between BHD45 and BHD150.
If you want the benefits of local insight without being constrained to a set route, a self-guided tour might be your best bet.
You can follow our guide to 24 hours in Bahrain, or if you’re spending two days here check out our longer guide.
Alternatively, you can download the app GPSMyCity.
There you’ll find a number of different tours including ones focused on shopping, architecture and religious buildings available for a short fee.
Head out whenever you fancy, and mix and match for the best experience.
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