Bahrain Old Capital Private Tour with Hotel Pick-up from Manama

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Arad Fort
Arad Fort
Shaikh Isa House
Shaikh Isa House
Al Fateh Grand Mosque
Al Fateh Grand Mosque

What To Expect

Explore the old capital of Bahrain and get to know more of it's rich history as you visit Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House, Arad Fort, Abdullah Al Zayed House and more!


  • With pick up and drop off from Manama hotels

  • A guided tour around the significant Islamic spots in Bahrain

  • See the historic Shaikh Isa House and Arad Fort


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After being picked up from your hotel, this exhilarating tour will take you to some of the must-see sites of Bahrain.

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.

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.

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.

Kurar House: 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.

Mohammed Bin Faris House: This small house, off Shaikh Hamad Avenue and close to the souq, once belonged to the famous Bahraini oud player and songwriter Mohamed bin Faris. It was recently converted into a museum in honor of the late musician.

Arad Fort: Arad Fort is a 15th century fort in Arad area in Muharraq. Arad Fort was built in the typical style of Islamic forts during the 15th century, before the Portuguese invasion of Bahrain in 1622 A.D. This fort is one of the compact defensive forts in Bahrain.

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.


  • Pick up and drop off at Manama hotels

  • English speaking guide

  • Private transfers with water or juice on board

  • Monument entrance fees


  • Meals and drinks unless specified

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children 3 years old and below are free of charge.

  • The tour itinerary may be altered or cancelled due to any government restriction or force majeure.

  • Tours in German, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish and other languages are available at an additional charge upon request. Please inquire.

  • This tour will take approximately 4-5 hours including pick up and drop off time.

  • Government-operated destinations such as museums are closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 46 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 21 to 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 20 days or less prior to date of activity.

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