Old Capital of Bahrain City Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Manama

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This tour will give you the opportunity to learn about the 19th century life style of the Bahrain. Walk through the alleys in Muharraq Island while visiting the traditional houses.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Manama around 09:00 am. The tour will head to Muharraq Island and first visit of the day will be Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House. This 19th century ruling family residence in Muharraq Island is Bahrain's most impressive example of Gulf Islamic architecture featuring four courtyards, beautiful carved wooden doors and perforated gypsum panels. Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, the current King's great-great-grandfather, who ruled the country for 63 years was residing in this house. You will then have a short walk to the next place of interest, the Shaikh Ebrahim Centre. This is a new building with a traditional architecture in the heart of old Muharraq. It was built on a plot of land that was originally part of the house and forum of Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, an intellectual and man of letters, in the early 20th century. The design incorporates a large Islamic arch, mashrabiya (traditional windows) and gypsum panels with Arabic calligraphy. Very nearby is Kurar House that you will visit. The house provides a venue for elderly Bahraini ladies to pass on the art of the Kurar to younger generations. Kurar is a form of embroidery using a golden thread. The next visit is to Abdullah Al Zayed House. This is the house of the founder of the first weekly newspaper in Bahrain and the Gulf. The house is dedicated to the preservation of Bahrain's press heritage and at the same time preserves part of the country's unique architectural traditions. Continue to visit the Mohammed Bin Faris House. This small house, off Shaikh Hamad Avenue and close to the souq, once belonged to thefamous Bahraini oud player and songwriter Mohamed bin Faris. It was recently converted into a museum in honor of the late musician. You will then visit Arad Fort, built in the 15th century in Arad area, Muharraq. Arad Fort was built in the typical style of Islamic forts before the Portuguese invasion of Bahrain in 1622 A.D. This fort is one of the compact defensive forts in Bahrain. The last visit of the day will be the Muharraq Souq. Smaller than Manama Souq, the Muharraq souq offers a wide range of merchandise and famed sweet shops. The oldest section of the souq, Al Qaisariya, offers a charming shopping experience. Souq Al Qaisariya is an integral component of the "Pearling; a testimony of an Island Economy" (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The tour ends with a visit to a Traditional Coffee Shop.

What’s included

  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Shaikh Isa bin Ali House
  • Entry/Admission - Muharraq souq
  • Entry/Admission - Mohammed Bin Faris House of Sout Music
  • Entry/Admission - Arad Fort
  • Entry/Admission - Shaikh Ebrahim Center

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide
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