Travel to Bahrain: useful information, safety and recommended itineraries

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Certainly not the best known of the states of the Arabian Peninsula, Bahrain is a Middle Eastern country full of surprises and pearls to be discovered: from the capital Manama in constant cultural and architectural evolution, to its villages from north to south that recall an ancient culture that still lives in its populations today.
Archaeological sites of great charm, wonderful beaches and lots of fun for young and old, what more could you want?
Here are all the tips to better organize an extraordinary one travel to Bahrain: useful information, safety and recommended itineraries.



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. Security, visa and necessary documents
  4. 7-day itinerary: The most important urban centers from north to central south between past and present
  5. 8-day itinerary: Bahrain between archeology, sea and fun
  6. Travel to Bahrain: flights, costs, best time and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 1.420.000
  • Capital: Manama
  • Languages: Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu
  • Local currency: Bahraini dinar (BHD) / € 1,00 = 0,42 BHD
  • Weather: desert, summer (April-October) with high temperatures that can reach 50 ° and high humidity, winter (November-March) mild with temperatures no lower than 10 °
  • Time zone: + 2h compared to Italy; + 1h when summer time is in force in Italy
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Bahrain is one constitutional monarchy of the Arabian Peninsula, located in the Middle East. Located between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it consists of more than 30 islands.
    In this archipelago, the largest island is called Baharain, around which there are numerous smaller islands lying on the water connected to it by piers. Bahrain has a length of 50 kilometers and a maximum width of 25 kilometers and is connected to Saudi Arabia by the King Fahd Causeway Bridge.



    Security, visa and necessary documents

    • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least 6 months; Italian and EU citizens who go to Bahrain for tourism must obtain a two-week visa, extendable for another 2, upon arrival at the airport, paying a fee of BHD 5 (approximately € 12,50) or through the website www.evisa.gov.bh
    • vaccinations: no vaccination required
    • Restrictions: do not drink alcohol on the street; for women avoid skirts, pants that are too short, skimpy dresses and bare shoulders, they cannot wear a one-piece or two-piece swimsuit and topless, even in hotels and swimming pools; during Ramadan tourists are not allowed to eat and smoke in public
    • Safety: the political situation of the country is not optimal due to the demonstrations that are often organized between the government and the opposition; it is advisable to always keep a vigilant and attentive attitude; possible terrorist attacks; to stay up to date on the situation, consult the official website of the Farnesina and before traveling, register in the "where we are in the world" section
    • Useful Tips: avoid places that are too crowded or where events are taking place; always behave respectfully towards the local culture and religion; always remain alert; the local greeting consists of a handshake (no affection in public) and the interlocutor must offer his hand first, the man usually does not shake a woman's hand; the sockets are type G so bring adapters

    7-day itinerary: The most important urban centers from north to central south between past and present

    1. First day: arrival in Manama and transfer to the hotel;
    2. Second day: morning visit of Manama with Bahrain National Museum, Beit Sheikh Isa bin Ali (historical palace); second part of the visit to Manama with World Trade Center and Financial Harbor, Al-Fateh Grand Mosque, Bab el-Bahrain Souk, Gold City, one of the largest, most typical and important jewelers in the city;
    3. Third day: arrival and visit of the city with Qal'at al-Bahrain (ancient port and capital of Dilmun) + Bani Jamrah;
    4. Fourth day: visit along the inner road of A'ali, one of the largest cities in Bahrain and visit the archaeological site of tombs and mounds, Royal Tombs, traditional ceramic workshops with production of vases and Ain Al Adhari, a tourist center on the sea with theme park for children;
    5. Fifth day: visit to Ar Rifà, first in the eastern part of the residence of the king of Bahrain Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, then in the western part with a visit to the most typical and typical bazaars + fort of the same name;
    6. Sixth day: return to the north on the island of Muharraq with a quick visit of the city of the same name with Bahrain Pearling Trail, sweet market, Siyadi House;
    7. Seventh day: return to the north and transfer from the airport to Italy.

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 1.500,00 per person
    • The price includes: round trip flight, hotel, breakfast, travel and transfers, guide in Italian, entrance tickets for museums and various attractions
    • The fee does not include: various meals, drinks, tourist visas, various purchases and personal expenses

    8-day itinerary: Bahrain between archeology, sea and fun

    1. First day: arrival in Manama and transfer to the hotel;
    2. Second day: visit to Al Hajar in the morning and Barbar (in the middle of the desert) in the evening, important archaeological sites near the village of Diraz + necropolis from the Sumerian and Hellenistic period and temples dedicated to Enki, the god of wisdom;
    3. Third day: visit to Al Budaiya on the west coast, visiting the village farms and Budaiya beach + Royal Camel Farm;
    4. Fourth day: visit around Zallaq with Wasmiyah beach, a day dedicated to wellness in a seafront spa hotel, and a visit to the Sahkir circuit a few kilometers away;
    5. Fifth day: visit to the Al-Areen Wildlife Park, a nature reserve with endangered aquatic and wild animal species from the Middle East and North Africa + Dilmun Water Park, the largest water park in the kingdom;
    6. Sixth day: Shajarat-al-Hayat, the tree of life in the southeast of the Bahraini desert, 2 km from the Mountain of Smoke (Djebel Dukhan), and Oil Museum (museum of the history of oil);
    7. Seventh day: departure for the north with a visit to Fort Arad and Hidd in the afternoon;
    8. Eighth day: return flight to Italy.

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 2.000,00 per person
    • The price includes: round trip flight, hotel, breakfast, transfers and transfers, guide in Italian, entrance tickets to various attractions
    • The fee does not include: various meals, drinks, tourist visas, various purchases

    Travel to Bahrain: flights, costs, best time and advice

    As there is a precarious security situation that is greatly affected by the events that occur in the cities, such as demonstrations, we recommend starting with an organized trip, to discover this wonderful country in the safest way possible.

    For the costs you will have to face, the average price of an accommodation is roughly equal to that of Italy, it starts from a minimum of € 40,00 per night, while for a dinner in a restaurant it starts from € 10,00 to € 40,00 in a mid-range restaurant. A public transport ticket (one way) costs around € 0,72 and a one-kilometer taxi ride costs € 1,20 on average. Car rental, on the other hand, starts from € 58,00 per day. For a flight + hotel package you will spend around € 800,00 basic.



    • Minimum period for a tour in Bahrain: 6/7 days
    • Recommended cities for base: Manama, Al Muharraq, A'ali, Al Budayyi, Az Zalaq, Awali
    • Getting around: public buses connecting the main cities, car rental, taxi; we recommend that you take part in organized excursions to travel safely
    • Flights: from Italy there are only flights with stopovers (Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines, KLM), while from the rest of Europe and there are also direct flights to the Bahrain international airport not far from the capital Manama: from London, Paris Moscow, Frankfurt and Istanbul (British Air, Gulf Air, Turkish Airlines)
      in January starting from € 396,00 - - in July starting from € 490,00 -
    • Accommodations and accommodations: there are mainly medium-high range hotels
      Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -


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