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About Manama

It might be one of the smallest countries in Asia, but Bahrain is packed with things to do. If you're keen to learn about the island nation's past, a visit to the Bahrain National Museum in the capital Manama is essential. Its intriguing exhibits are housed in an equally fascinating postmodern building, which seems to draw the water of the Persian Gulf right up to its windows. For other architectural and cultural wonders, head to the grand Al Fateh Mosque, Beit Al Quran, or any of the country's well preserved forts.

If you love to shop you'll be pleased to hear that Bahrain is home to plenty of gleaming malls, but for a more unique experience stroll around the bustling alleyways of Manama Souq, entered via the historic Bab Al Bahrain building. You'll find everything from clothing and electronics to spices and a separate gold souk. While you're there, duck into a restaurant to sample a local delicacy such as Machboos - a delicious dish of chicken, mutton or fish with fragrant rice.


Shore excursions in Manama

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Arabian Culture, Cuisine and Belly Dance

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 5½ hours

Experience a rich mix of culture, sights and Arabian flavours on a visit to the old capital of Muharraq.

Muharraq is Bahrain’s third largest city and served as the capital until 1932. Today, its old quarter is a delight of winding narrow alleyways and traditional Bahraini houses. Step back in time as you explore the historic area, followed by a visit to the atmospheric Muharraq Souk, where you can experience everyday life, browse local shops and pick up a souvenir or two.

Then it’s a short drive to visit Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House, the home of the nation’s former leader, where you can enjoy a glimpse of royal life in late 19th and early 20th centuries. From here, you’ll walk to a local village bakery to sample tasty traditional kuboos bread and cheese.

Save space, as your next stop is a local hotel where you’ll be served delicious Arabic mezze. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink as you take your seats and listen to the soft sounds of a Bahraini oud player. Then it’s time for a feast of typical mezze dishes, accompanied by a glass of red or white wine, as a belly-dancer showcases the expressive Arabic performance.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves walking over relatively flat ground, including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Bahrain International Circuit

Activity medium

Duration: 4¼ hours

Pay your respects to the world-class track that is the Bahrain International Circuit – a must for all racing enthusiasts.

Known as the home of motorsport in the Middle East, the Bahrain International Circuit is considered one of the best racing tracks in the world. Set in the heart of the Sakhir Desert, the venue was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, the man behind the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

You’ll go behind the scenes to explore this iconic racetrack, a dream made into reality by Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and learn the secrets of the Formula 1™ Bahrain Grand Prix.

Your tour will include a visit to the imposing Sakhir tower, the race control tower, the media centre, welcome centre and a walk through the grandstand. As you take in the surroundings, your guide will give you a fascinating insight into the famous circuit and give you a real feel of the magic that takes place on race day.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to the International Bahrain Circuit is around 1 hour each way. The tour of the circuit will last approximately 2¼ hours over relatively flat ground and requires some lift access. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Bahraini Food Trail and Cooking Class

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 5¾ hours

Embark on a food trail to a local souk and markets and enjoy a cooking class followed by a delicious Bahraini lunch.

Your foodie odyssey will begin at the Manama Souk, located in the heart of the capital. You will be guided through the labyrinthine alleyways selling a dazzling array of ingredients. Soak up the atmosphere as you encounter many stores that sell an array of goods including aromatic spices.

Your next stop is the local fish market, where you can experience the hustle and bustle of this commercial centre that was a major source of employment and income for Bahrain in the pre-oil era. It is still at the heart of Bahraini culture, with locals shopping to pick up their meal ingredients, combining a trip to the fish market with the nearby fruit and vegetable market, just a short walk away. Unusually for the region, Bahrain is home to lush gardens that produce an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables.

After a drive to the charming former capital, Muharraq, it’s time to try your hand at a Bahraini cookery class at a local restaurant. You’ll learn to cook traditional Bahraini cuisine, and a delicious lunch will be served, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample the dishes.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please wear flat, closed-toe shoes as the fish market can be wet underfoot. The fish market is a working market and as such, guests will experience strong smells such as raw fish. This tour involves around 1 hour of walking over relatively flat terrain.

Highlights of Bahrain

Activity medium

Duration: 4¾ hours

Discover the rich culture and history of Bahrain and gain an insight into its culture and heritage.

Your tour begins with a visit to the grand Al Fateh Mosque, the largest place of worship in Bahrain, to explore its mix of Middle Eastern styles and modern architecture – including the world’s largest fibreglass dome. You’ll then be driven to the Bahrain National Museum, an exceptional cultural centre featuring archaeological treasures from the ancient Dilmun people, a reproduction souk, and pearl-diving and community life scenes.

Next, you’ll head to the Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre, where you can pick up a unique souvenir from one of the artisans making pottery, carving wood and weaving traditional baskets.

Your final stop is the old quarter of Muharraq to visit the 19th-century Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House, a beautiful example of Bahrain’s traditional houses and the country’s seat of power from 1869 to 1932.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The Al Fateh Mosque is closed on Fridays, Holy Day , and public holidays, during which time an interior visit will not be possible. Guests are required to dress modestly for the visit to the mosque; shoulders must be covered and women must wear long skirts or trousers, while men must wear long trousers. Shorts are not permitted. Abaya garments are provided for women at the mosque; however it is advisable to take a headscarf. Guests must remove their shoes while inside the mosque. The order of sights may vary, as may the Muharraq traditional house visit. This tour involves around 1 hour of walking over relatively flat ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Highlights of Bahrain

International Circuit and Land Rover Experience

Activity medium

Duration: 3¾ hours

Explore the famous Bahrain International Circuit racetrack, combined with an off-road Land Rover adventure ride!

The Bahrain International Circuit is known as the home of motor racing in the Middle East. It hosts The Land Rover Experience, where you can join a drive to put a top-of-the-range Land Rover all-terrain vehicle to the test.

Hold on tight as your driver shows you what a Land Rover can really do on this 3.5km course, a combination of man-made and natural terrain with 32 obstacles, including sandy slopes, rocks and water landscapes.

Then it’s time to explore the Bahrain International Circuit, said to be one of the best racetracks in the world, on a guided tour. You’ll visit the iconic Sakhir tower, race control tower, media centre and the welcome centre, and enjoy a walk through the grandstand.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, land rover and on foot. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, children or those with injuries or conditions that may be affected by the bumpy ride. The drive to the Bahrain International Circuit is around 1 hour each way. This tour has a strict maximum of 16 and early booking is essential. Groups will be split into two: one group will visit the circuit first while the other undertakes the Land Rover experience, and vice versa. Each all-terrain Land Rover accommodates four passengers. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Participants will be required to sign a waiver.


A selection of cruises to Manama

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