THE PERSIAN GULF STATES TOUR:
Tour of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar (Doha)

The Gulf States tour of Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar (Doha) is a quick romp through the Persian Gulf States that covers all the highlights. It is offered as a post-tour to the Arabian Peninsula Tour as well as the Saudi Arabia tour. From the last day on the Arabian Peninsula tour it is a short flight. From Saudi Arabia tour, it is a drive on the King Fahd Causeway.

Enjoy some local color at the bustling fish market, corniche and harbors and the colorful Arabian souks (open air markets). Visit archaeological and historic sites. Tour the first oil well on the Arabian side of the Persian Gulf.

On the tour of Bahrain we explore the old town of Muharraq, Shaikh Ebrahim Center, the Grand Mosque, Bahrain Fort, the village of Al-Jasra. Enjoy visits to Bahrain villages to see pottery and archaeological burial mounds sites. See the First Oil Well. Tour the exciting Bahrain International Circuit. Visit the Tree of Life – an Acacia tree that has survived for more than 400 years in the middle of the Bahrain desert without any water supply.

We drive the King Fahd Causeway, a 25km feat of engineering that links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. It is one of the most expensive bridges in the world.

The Kuwait tour includes a visit to Kuwait’s most famous landmark, the Kuwait Towers. In Kuwait visit excellent museums, the Tareq Rajab Museum, a private collection of the Rajab family and the Modern Art Museum of Kuwait, a hidden treasure.

Doha City Tour including visits to Doha Corniche, Pearl Qatar, Katara Cultural village, Camel Market, Souq Waqif (Old Souq), Falcon Market. In addition, we visit the

This is an epic journey across the intriguing Persian Gulf States.

PERSIAN GULF STATES HIGHLIGHTS

  • The viewing sphere of the Kuwait Towers
  • The village of A’ali with its Royal Tombs and pottery/li>
  • Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House, in the old town of Muharraq, Bahrain
  • Museum of Islamic Art, one of the Gulf region’s most fabulous museums
  • Doha’s Katar Cultural village

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  • 1
    Bahrain
    Day 1: Arrive Bahrain

    Transfer to hotel.

  • 2
    Day 2: Bahrain Full Day Tour

    We start with a visit to the Bahrain Fort (known locally as the Qal'at al-Bahrain and previously as the Portugal Fort (Qal'at al Portugal). Archaeological excavations carried out since 1954 have unearthed antiquaries from an artificial mound of 12 m height containing seven stratified layers, created by various occupants from 2300 BC up to the 18th century, including Kassites, Portuguese and Persians. It was once the capital of the Dilmun civilization and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

    Next, to the camel farm where camels are kept out in the open, so it is possible to get very close to them in the natural surroundings. There are estimated to be more than 400 camels living at the farm.

    From here, we drive the King Fahad Causeway. This 25km feat of engineering links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. It is one of the most expensive bridges in the world.

    Afterwards we visit Al Jasra House in the village of Al-Jasra, on the West Coast of Bahrain. Bait Al-Jasra or Al-Jasra House was constructed by Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa in 1907 and was later taken as a summer residence by Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Ruler of Bahrain from 1942 to 1961. The house was designed according to the traditional Bahraini architecture.

    Next, a visit to the A'ali Burial Mounds, in order to sample some of Bahrain's past. This is the site of what may be the largest prehistoric cemetery in the world, with approximately 170,000 burial mounds dating from between 3000 BC and AD 600.

    We also visit the Royal Tombs in A'ali village. It is suspected that the tombs are the burial grounds of previous kings.

    And then we visit the pottery makers at A'ali village.

    From here, drive to see the First Oil Well. As its name suggests, it is the first oil well on the Arabian side of the Persian Gulf.

    Culminate the day at the Tree of Life - An Acacia tree that has survived for more than 400 years in the middle of the Bahrain desert without any water supply.

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    Day 3: Bahrain Full Day Tour

    The first stop is a visit to the Al Fatih Grand Mosque, Bahrain's largest mosque and a magnificent piece of architecture.

    Next, we tour the Bahrain International Circuit, (BIC) which hosts the annual Bahrain Grand Prix, a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

    Then we'll trace the archaeological development of the region with a visit to the Bahrain National Museum.

    Culminate the day with a visit the Manama Souq with its profusion of colors, sounds, and aromas.

  • 4
    Kuwait
    Day 4: Bahrain-Kuwait

    In Bahrain, we visit to Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House, in the old town of Muharraq.

    Afterwards, we visit Shaikh Ebrahim Center. The centre, which is home to research, a library and a lecture hall hosts a series of rotating lectures, exhibitions and recitals by prominent writers, philosophers and artists from all over the world.

    From here we go to the Kurar House, established to preserve the dying and unique art of Bahraini embroidery. The house provides a venue for elderly Bahraini women to pass on the art of Kurar to younger generations.

    After lunch, visit Beit Al Qur’an (House of Qur’an), a multi-purpose complex dedicated to the Islamic Arts. The complex is popular for its Islamic Museum, acknowledged as one of the most renowned Islamic Museums in the world. It is an excellent introduction to Islam and to Islamic calligraphy.

    Transfer to the airport for flight to Kuwait.

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    Day 5: Kuwait Full Day Tour

    We start with a drive by the Corniche and stop for a photo opportunity of the city skyline on the way to the Kuwait Towers—Landmark of Kuwait. We will ascend to the viewing sphere (120 meters).

    We will drive past the Seif Palace (Office of the Amir) and the National Assembly.

    Then pass by the Al – Hamra Tower, the tallest carved concrete skyscraper in the world).

    Visit Modern Art Museum of Kuwait.

    Visit the Fish Market, and Dhow Harbor.

    Then pass by the Grand Mosque, one of the most stunning in the Persian Gulf.

    We’ll stop by the al Mubarakiya souq (traditional Kuwaiti market) for some browsing and exploration.

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    Day 6: Kuwait-Doha

    We drive to the town of Al Ahmadi, the area of the oil refineries and headquarters of Kuwait Oil Company.

    Continue to Al Qurain Martyrs Museum, the home of gruesome battle, February 24, 1991, between invading Iraqi troops and a group of 31 Kuwait freedom fighters called the Al-Massilah group, during the Iraq occupation of Kuwait.

    Then to the Tareq Rajab Museum a private collection of the Rajab family.

    Next is a visit of the Bait al Othman Museum, opened in 2010. It showcases various aspects of Kuwait’s history, culture and life traditions.

    We will pass by the Liberation Tower on the way to the Kuwait National Museum.

    Then visit the nearby Bayt Al Sadu (House of Weaving), an artistic house and museum adjacent to the Kuwait National Museum.

    Transfer to airport for flight to Doha.

  • 7
    Qatar
    Day 7: Doha Full Day Tour

    Museums are closed on Friday so we visit them today. We start with a visit to Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Qatar Islamic Cultural Center (FANAR).

    Next Next, is a visit to Mathaf-Arab Museum of Modern Art.

    Afterwards, visit the Museum of Islamic Art, one of the Gulf region's newest and most fabulous museums.

    We culminate the day with a guided tour around the wonderfully atmospheric Old Souk, Souq Waqif.

  • 8
    Day 8: Doha Half Day Tour

    This morning visit The Pearl-Qatar (TPQ), an artificial island spanning nearly four million square metres.

    Next visit Katara, a “cultural village,” located on the eastern coast between West Bay and the Pearl. Many Qatari organizations have their offices in Katara including the Qatar Fine Arts Society, Visual Art Centre, Qatar Photographic Society, Childhood Cultural Centre, Theatre Society and Qatar Music Academy.

    We drive through The West Bay, considered one of the most prominent districts of Doha, being the latest district to be built. Some of the tallest skyscrapers are here.

    We will pass by the Aspire Zone, also known as Doha Sports City.

    On the return to the hotel, we will pass by Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, where the rich emirs come from all over Middle East.

    Rest of day is independent.

  • 9
    Day 9: Depart

    Transfer to the airport.

  • Trip Length

    9 days

  • Dates

    November 15-23, 2019

  • Land Cost

    TBA

  • Accommodations

    4 & 5*

  • Group Size

    2-12

  • Included Meals

    Breakfast

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