Silversea Luxury Cruises To AL MANAMAH

AL MANAMAH

Rising like an oasis in the Persian Gulf, Manamah is no mirage. The capital of Bahrain (with a population of around 150, 000), the city houses almost a quarter of all Bahranis. At times resembling something from 1001 nights and at others like something from the set of a sci-fi futuristic drama Al Manamah is just beginning to get seen on the savvy traveller’s map. Mentioned in Islamic chronicles since 1345 and conquered by the Portuguese in 1521, Manamah is anything except typical. View more

Expect to feast both your eyes and your stomachs here with the quintessence of Muslim hospitality – from delicious bowls laden with love and eons of history to the plethora of genuine, warm invitations to share tea with the locals, hospitality is taken very seriously here.

For culture vultures, the Al Fateh Mosque (one of the world’s largest and by far the largest in Bahrain), this is a sight – and site – to see. First and foremost a place of worship that offers tours on the side, it is important to remember that this is a sacred place and traditions and cultures must be respected. Dress modestly, remove your shoes and women should cover their heads – note that garmets will be provided if necessary. However, as one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East, visitors should expect an enthusiastic welcome, inquisitive guides and a huge library to get lost in.

Moving on, seven nominated UNESCO World Heritage sites prove the extent of Bahrain’s dedication to conservation of the past. Although only two so far have been approved – the Ancient Harbour and the Pearling Trail that is said to date back to 2,000 BC, one really does get a feeling in Manamah that the past is all around.

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MUMBAI To DUBAI
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    Mar 15 2020
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    10 Days
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    Silver Spirit
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MUMBAI To ATHENS (Piraeus)
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    Mar 15 2020
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Excursions in AL MANAMAH

Al Manamah by Private Van & Guide - Full Day

Explore Al Manamah at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Al Manamah by Private Van & Guide - Half Day

Explore Al Manamah at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Bahrain Highlights

For first-time visitors this half-day tour offers an excellent introduction to Bahrain and the main attractions of its capital, Manama. Leaving the port, a 15-minute drive takes you to the first stop.


National Museum

Housed in this purpose-built complex is a rich collection of Bahrain's ancient artefacts and exhibits on the culture and lifestyle of Bahrain's pre-industrial past. Most notable is an actual burial mound that was transported from its site in the desert and reassembled in the museum. Another important display features a tableau which depicts a scene from the Epic of Gilgamesh in which reference to Bahrain is made as the paradise of Dilmun. This visit provides a better understanding of the fascinating history of Bahrain.


Leaving the museum, continue with a drive out of Manama to the island's north coast and the Bahrain Fort.


Bahrain Fort

Historically, this is one of the most important sites in Bahrain. Built in the 14th century, excavations in the area reveal that settlements existed here as far back as around 3000 BC. In the early 1500s, the Portuguese invaded the island and set up a military base at the fort. They erected new stone towers and used the fort as a key point to protect their trade routes between India, Africa and Europe. After a photo stop, head next to the Dilmun Burial Mounds.


Ancient Burial Mounds

A necropolis dating back to the third millennium BC Dilmun lies scattered along large stretches of the Sheikh Kalifa Highway. These rare archaeological burial mounds are of great historical importance, thought to be Dilmunite royal tombs. Few are intact today; many have been looted in the past or destroyed over the years. Pause for photographs before driving next to a camel farm.


Camel Farm

Visiting this camel farm owned by His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Salman Al Khalifa, the uncle of the present ruler, is a unique experience. Here some 175 camels are kept and bred for the purpose of racing. See both younger and older camels, making for great photo opportunities.


Conclude this tour with a drive of approximately 45 minutes back to the port.

Bahrain Highlights

Disembark and depart for half-day tour of Bahrain at 08:45. Our first stop will be at the Bahrain National Museum, Situated on the intersection of the Muharraq Causeway and King Faisal Highway, it houses a wonderful collection of exhibits, from contemporary Bahraini paintings, sculptures and ceramics to scenes depicting life in the Dilmun civilization of 6000 years ago and even a reconstructed burial mound, complete with skeleton! A section on Arabic calligraphy, including a beautiful display of illuminated Qur'ans and other religious documents, is breathtaking, and of course no visit would be complete without a closer look at traditional trades and crafts, which are cleverly displayed in a reconstruction of a typical souq of the 1930s. There are also photographs and models of pearl exhibitions and artefacts to represent the former source of Bahrain's wealth before the advent of oil. Many, many more exhibits add up to a memorable experience, and a deeper understanding of the fascinating history of the Island. The next stop will be the Bahrain Bay for a photo stop at Manama World Trade Center (also called Bahrain WTC or BWTC) is a 240-metre-high (787 ft), 50-floor, twin tower complex located in Manama. The towers were built in 2008 by the multi-national architectural firm Atkins. It is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design. The wind turbines were developed, built and installed by Danish company Norwin A/S. It currently ranks as the second-tallest building in Bahrain, after the twin towers of the Bahrain Financial Harbour. The project has received several awards for sustainability, including:

1. The 2006 LEAF Award for Best Use of Technology within a Large Scheme.

2. The Arab Construction World for Sustainable Design Award.

After the Photostop at WTC our next Visit will be The Bahrain Fort, The Fort is at a distance of nearly 12 kilometres from the city of Manama and is situated at Karbabad. The Portuguese built the Fort in 1522 on the ruins of an earlier small fort built by the people of Bahrain. The Portuguese added the high walls, the huge square towers and a surrounding moat which is still visible to visitors. The Bahrain Fort occupies a strategic military position where the navigation movement could be watched. Excavations have revealed ancient soldier's barracks, horse stables, an ammunition depot, a secret passageway, ceramic utensils and Islamic and Chinese currency coins. Tour will proceed to the Ancient Burial Mounds, Bahrain has probably the largest pre-historic cemetery in the world. There is an estimated 170,000 burrial mounds dating back to between 3000 BC and 600 AD. Each of these mounds covers a stone built chamber which formed the grave. Many of these are intact today, many having been looted way back in the past or destroyed over the years. The best preserved of the mounds can be seen at A'ali village. The mounds continue to both mystify and teach historians and archaeologists. The last places of visit in the tour program will the Camel Farm, this farm is owned by His Highness late Shaikh Mohammed Bin Salman AlKhalifa, who was the uncle of the current ruler. There are more than 500 camels in this farm. You can see the baby and old camels here, if they are not taken out for feeding. Tour will head back and reach the port at 1330 hours.

Cultural Bahrain

Disembark and depart for a Half-day tour of Bahrain at 0845. Our first stop will be at Al Fateh Grand Mosque for a Phot Stop. Set against the backdrop of palm trees and the sea, the Grand Mosque strikes a beautiful picture. With its exquisite Bahraini architecture, crowned by the world's largest fiberglass dome and blessed with a tranquility reserved for the holiest of holy places, The Grand Mosque truly lives up to its name. Though non-Muslim visitors are welcome, it is important to dress modestly, cover your heard (for women) and take your shoes off before entering . Tour continues to Bahrain National Museum, situated on the intersection of the Muharraq Causeway and King Faisal Highway, it houses a wonderful collection of exhibits, from contemporary Bahraini paintings, sculptures and ceramics to scenes depicting life in the Dilmun civilization of 6000 years ago and even a reconstructed burial mound, complete with skeleton! A section on Arabic calligraphy, including a beautiful display of illuminated Qur'ans and other religious documents, is breathtaking, and of course no visit would be complete without a closer look at traditional trades and crafts, which are cleverly displayed in a reconstruction of a typical souq of the 1930s. There are also photographs and models of pearl exhibitions and artifacts to represent the former source of Bahrain's wealth before the advent of oil. Many, many more exhibits add up to a memorable experience, and a deeper understanding of the fascinating history of the Island. The tour will proceed to Muharaq Island to visit Old Houses. Muharraq, the former capital of Bahrain, is known for its cultural contributions through the many restored traditional Bahraini houses that can be found amidst the narrow lanes and byways. Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House was constructed by Shaikh Hassan Bin Abdulla Bin Ahmed Al-Fatih and was used by Shaikh Isa Bin Ali as his residence and center of Government from 1869 - 1932. The house consists of four main sections: the family wing, the Shaikh's wing, the Guest's wing and the attendant's wing. The house is designed in traditional style where the rooms are directly overlooking an open courtyard, with a wind tower, a feature of the traditional architecture in the Arabian Gulf region. The house represents the 19th century construction style in which local building materials were used. Such materials included coral stone, mortar and palm tree trunks. The windows are decorated in ventilated gypsum geometrical designs for which Bahrain was well known. The Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research provides an important insight into several particularly interesting aspects of Bahrain's heritage. From embroidery at Kurar House to a splendid showcase of Bahrain's pearling history at the Bin Matar House, the former home of a renowned pearl merchant, the various houses reflect Sheikh Ebrahim Center's commitment towards preservation of both traditional architect and history. The collection of houses include the Sheikh Ebrahim Lecture Hall, Iqra Children's Library, Heraf al Diyar, Nukhida House (the first house to be restored along the Pearling Path), Kurar House, Abdullah al Zayed House, Bin Matar House, Bu Zaboon House, Mohammed bin Faris House that all showcase different aspects of Bahrain's rich heritage. Hosting regular art exhibitions and film screenings in the old city is Maison Jamsheer, another example of the traditional courtyard houses, which is situated a stone's throw away from Sheikh Ebrahim Center. Tour will head back to the port at 1235 hrs.

Discover The Bahrain International Circuit In A 4x4

Disembark and depart for a Half-day tour of Bahrain at 0845. Our first stop will be at Al Fateh Grand Mosque for a Phot Stop. Set against the backdrop of palm trees and the sea, the Grand Mosque strikes a beautiful picture. With its exquisite Bahraini architecture, crowned by the world's largest fiberglass dome and blessed with a tranquility reserved for the holiest of holy places, The Grand Mosque truly lives up to its name. Though non-Muslim visitors are welcome, it is important to dress modestly, cover your heard (for women) and take your shoes off before entering . Tour continues to Bahrain National Museum, situated on the intersection of the Muharraq Causeway and King Faisal Highway, it houses a wonderful collection of exhibits, from contemporary Bahraini paintings, sculptures and ceramics to scenes depicting life in the Dilmun civilization of 6000 years ago and even a reconstructed burial mound, complete with skeleton! A section on Arabic calligraphy, including a beautiful display of illuminated Qur'ans and other religious documents, is breathtaking, and of course no visit would be complete without a closer look at traditional trades and crafts, which are cleverly displayed in a reconstruction of a typical souq of the 1930s. There are also photographs and models of pearl exhibitions and artifacts to represent the former source of Bahrain's wealth before the advent of oil. Many, many more exhibits add up to a memorable experience, and a deeper understanding of the fascinating history of the Island. The tour will proceed to Muharaq Island to visit Old Houses. Muharraq, the former capital of Bahrain, is known for its cultural contributions through the many restored traditional Bahraini houses that can be found amidst the narrow lanes and byways. Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House was constructed by Shaikh Hassan Bin Abdulla Bin Ahmed Al-Fatih and was used by Shaikh Isa Bin Ali as his residence and center of Government from 1869 - 1932. The house consists of four main sections: the family wing, the Shaikh's wing, the Guest's wing and the attendant's wing. The house is designed in traditional style where the rooms are directly overlooking an open courtyard, with a wind tower, a feature of the traditional architecture in the Arabian Gulf region. The house represents the 19th century construction style in which local building materials were used. Such materials included coral stone, mortar and palm tree trunks. The windows are decorated in ventilated gypsum geometrical designs for which Bahrain was well known. The Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research provides an important insight into several particularly interesting aspects of Bahrain's heritage. From embroidery at Kurar House to a splendid showcase of Bahrain's pearling history at the Bin Matar House, the former home of a renowned pearl merchant, the various houses reflect Sheikh Ebrahim Center's commitment towards preservation of both traditional architect and history. The collection of houses include the Sheikh Ebrahim Lecture Hall, Iqra Children's Library, Heraf al Diyar, Nukhida House (the first house to be restored along the Pearling Path), Kurar House, Abdullah al Zayed House, Bin Matar House, Bu Zaboon House, Mohammed bin Faris House that all showcase different aspects of Bahrain's rich heritage. Hosting regular art exhibitions and film screenings in the old city is Maison Jamsheer, another example of the traditional courtyard houses, which is situated a stone's throw away from Sheikh Ebrahim Center. Tour will head back to the port at 1235 hrs.

Fun & Relaxation At The Beach

Disembark and depart for a Beach tour of Bahrain at 0915. Prepare to spend a few hours at one of Manama's premiere hotels, the fabulous Ritz Carlton, your destination on this nearly all-day tour. You'll be welcomed on arrival, taken to the sun loungers and served a glass of fresh orange juice. Then you can choose what to do: soak up the sun, cool off in the pool, take to the crystal-clear waters of the sea or simply enjoy the lovely stretch of private beach, a tranquil seafront oasis that offers spectacular views of the Gulf beyond. After being served a lunch, you'll also be free to take advantage of the hotel's five-star amenities during your stay, all of which adds up to a stress-busting day of fun in the sun in the most luxurious surroundings. The unhurried tone of the tour then continues on the return coach ride to the port and your ship.Tour will head back to the port at 1615 hrs.

Historical Bahrain

Disembark and depart for a Full-day tour of Bahrain at 0845. Our first stop of the day will be the Ahmed Al Fateh Grand Mosque. Set against the backdrop of palm trees and the sea, the Grand Mosque strikes a beautiful picture. With its exquisite Bahraini architecture, crowned by the world's largest fiberglass dome and blessed with tranquility reserved for the holiest of holy places, The Grand Mosque truly lives up to its name. Though non-Muslim visitors are welcome, it is important to dress modestly, cover your head (for women) and take your shoes off before entering. After the visit to the Grand Mosque the tour will continue to the Bahrain National Museum, situated on the intersection of the Muharraq Causeway and King Faisal Highway, it houses a wonderful collection of exhibits, from contemporary Bahraini paintings, sculptures and ceramics to scenes depicting life in the Dilmun civilization of 6000 years ago and even a reconstructed burial mound, complete with skeleton! A section on Arabic calligraphy, including a beautiful display of illuminated Qur'ans and other religious documents, is breathtaking, and of course no visit would be complete without a closer look at traditional trades and crafts, which are cleverly displayed in a reconstruction of a typical souq of the 1930s. There are also photographs and models of pearl exhibitions and artifacts to represent the former source of Bahrain's wealth before the advent of oil. Many, many more exhibits add up to a memorable experience, and a deeper understanding of the fascinating history of the Island. The last stop before the lunch will be Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House which was constructed by Shaikh Hassan Bin Abdulla Bin Ahmed Al-Fatih and was used by Shaikh Isa Bin Ali as his residence and center of Government from 1869 - 1932. The house consists of four main sections: the family wing, the Shaikh's wing, the Guest's wing and the attendant's wing. The house is designed in traditional style where the rooms are directly overlooking an open courtyard, with a wind tower, a feature of the traditional architecture in the Arabian Gulf region. The house represents the 19th century construction style in which local building materials were used. Such materials included coral stone, mortar and palm tree trunks. The windows are decorated in ventilated gypsum geometrical designs for which Bahrain was well known. After visiting the Old House lets walk to the Raazji Local Arabic Restaurant for lunch (Walk passing the old Muharraq Houses) After the Lunch lets Drive to the Bahrain Bay for a photostop at Manama World Trade Center (also called Bahrain WTC or BWTC) is a 240-metre-high (787 ft), 50-floor, twin tower complex located in Manama. The towers were built in 2008 by the multi-national architectural firm Atkins. It is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design. The wind turbines were developed, built and installed by Danish company Norwin A/S. It currently ranks as the second-tallest building in Bahrain, after the twin towers of the Bahrain Financial Harbour. The project has received several awards for sustainability, including:

1. The 2006 LEAF Award for Best Use of Technology within a Large Scheme.

2. The Arab Construction World for Sustainable Design Award.

The tour will continue to visit Bahrain Fort, The Fort is at a distance of nearly 12 kilometers from the city of Manama and is situated at Karbabad. The Portuguese built the Fort in 1522 on the ruins of an earlier small fort built by the people of Bahrain. The Portuguese added the high walls, the huge square towers and a surrounding moat which is still visible to visitors. The Bahrain Fort occupies a strategic military position where the navigation movement could be watched. Excavations have revealed ancient soldier's barracks, horse stables, an ammunition depot, a secret passageway, ceramic utensils and Islamic and Chinese currency coins.Our Next visit the Ancient Burial Mounds, Bahrain has probably the largest pre-historic cemetery in the world. There is an estimated 170,000 burrial mounds dating back to between 3000 BC and 600 AD. Each of these mounds covers a stone built chamber which formed the grave. Many of these are intact today, many having been looted way back in the past or destroyed over the years. The best preserved of the mounds can be seen at A'ali village. The mounds continue to both mystify and teach historians and archaeologists. Last place in the itinerary is A visit to Bahrain will be incomplete without shopping in the souq (market). The Souq of Manama - traditional and most modern articles are offered in shops located in the narrow streets of the souq. The traditional Bahraini Halwa (confectionary) fresh spices & nuts, textiles and coffee shops are the attractions here. At a distance of only a few minutes, the glittering gold articles in the Gold Centre will dazzle you, where modern and traditional designs ornamented with famous Bahraini pearls are displayed. The workmanship, quality and range of designs are bound to take your breath away. Bahrain is known as the Pearl of Gulf and renowned for centuries for the finest quality pearls. Bahrain also offers you the chance to purchase good Persian carpets, take your time in picking up a good piece and make sure you haggle on prices. Good handicrafts are on sale at the tourist office located at Bab-Al- Bahrain, which has variuos items on display such as handicrafts and souvounirs of Bahrain origin. After the exciting day the tour will head back and reach the port at 1710 hours.

Introduction to Bahrain

Explore the history, architecture and culture of Bahrain during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion to its most celebrated landmarks.


Al Fateh Grand Mosque and Bahrain National Museum

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the Al Fateh Grand Mosque. Set against a lovely backdrop of palm trees and the sea, the Grand Mosque features exquisite Bahraini architecture and the world's largest fibreglass dome. From here, proceed for a visit to the Bahrain National Museum to see a wonderful collection of exhibits depicting the history of the island. Included are contemporary Bahraini paintings, sculptures and ceramics, along with Arabic calligraphy, Qurans, religious documents, ancient artefacts, and more.


Bahrain Fort

Next, visit the Bahrain Fort, located in the northern part of the main island. The Portuguese built the fort in 1522 on the ruins of an earlier small fort built by the people of Bahrain. The Portuguese added the high walls, huge square towers and a surrounding moat which is still visible today. Excavations here have revealed ancient soldiers' barracks, horse stables, an ammunition depot, a secret passageway, ceramic utensils, and Islamic and Chinese coins.


Camel Farm

Your last stop is at the Camel Farm, owned by His Highness the Shaikh Mohammed Bin Salman AlKhalifa, uncle of the current ruler. These camels are used for racing. There are about 175 camels on this farm. You can see the baby and older camels here, if they are not taken out for feeding. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the brief drive back to the pier.

Shopping in Bahrain

A visit to Bahrain would be incomplete without the experience of a shopping expedition that runs the gamut from traditional markets (souqs) to a modern shopping complex. During your various visits, browse and shop for traditional favourites, antiques, carpets, gold and pearls. Your local guide is available to answer questions and provide practical advice, especially about the custom of bargaining.


Bab Al Bahrain

Your first visit will be to Bab Al Bahrain located in Manama's central business district and known as the Manama Souq. The monumental entry way, Bab Al Bahrain, was built by the British in the 1940s and refurbished in 1986 to incorporate Islamic architectural features. Beyond the monumental arch begins a fascinating scenario of shops lining the main thoroughfare and along a labyrinth of alleys. Take in the mind-boggling atmosphere and perhaps choose a nice memento at one of the souvenir shops.


Spice Market and Gold Souq

From Bab Al Bahrain continue the short distance to the Spice Market. Taking a brief stroll provides a feeling of stepping back in time as you pass colourful displays of spice products and nuts while wonderful aromas permeate the air. Proceed walking to the adjacent Gold Souq, where a dazzling selection of gold jewellery makes for a magical experience. Bahrain is famous for its gold and the Bahrain gold hallmark provides an assurance of quality and origin. Gold is sold by weight and usually starts at 18 carat going to 24 carat. Don't be bashful in exercising your bargaining skills! U.S. dollars and major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.


Conclude your Bahrain shopping experience with the transfer back to the port.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.