Bahrain World Trade Center

19 Hours in Bahrain itinerary

Bahrain is a small country that’s packed with interesting places to stop by. Here’s a one day itinerary in Bahrain, with all the highlights.

my Bahrain itinerary – 1 day

My tour of Bahrain was really efficient! I landed in the early afternoon and had a flight out the next morning. My whole trip was just 19 hours but I made it count!  It’s a really small country, so I had a driver just drive me around to see the sites that I had picked out beforehand.

He was very proud of his country and tried to tell me about the history – I wish I could understand his English because he seemed to have a wealth of knowledge.

Architecture in 1-day Bahrain itinerary

The architecture in Bahrain is fascinating. There’s so many buildings that you’ll want to photograph and get a closer look at, especially at the harbor.

The Grand Al Fateh is gorgeous. My favorite is the Bahrain World Trade Center building. They’ve since also built a cork-screw building as well.  I’ve written more about it Bahrain architecture here, with photos of my top five.

Al Fateh Mosque (Grand Mosque) in Bahrain
Al Fateh Mosque (Grand Mosque), which includes the world’s largest fiberglass dome. Capacity = 7,000+.

Camels in your 1 day Bahrain itinerary

My surprise favorite was the “500 Camels” at the Bahrain Camel Farm.  My driver recommended this and it was a homerun! I’m so glad I took his advice. I outlined the story on how they ended up with so many camels on my full post on it too.

Camels in Bahrain - great addition to any Bahrain itinerary

your Bahrain itinerary needs these Camels

Skip the King’s Parking Lot

If they suggest visiting the “The King’s Parking Lot” you might assume there’s more to it. There’s not. You can safely skip that one.

My driver has lots of recommendations. After the Camel reco, I was willing to take a risk.

Where is Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small island country of approximately 800,000 people. The name in Arabic is مملكة البحرين‎, Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn, literally translates to “Kingdom of the Two Seas”),

It’s a tiny country – while Bahrain is an archipelago of thirty-three islands, the largest (Bahrain Island) is 34 miles long by 11 miles wide. [wikipedia]

Location: it’s just east of Saudi Arabia, connected via the King Fahd Causeway, and north of Qatar(World Cup 2022) across the Gulf of Bahrain. It’s southwest of Iran, and northwest of the UAE (directly west of Dubai).

Bahrain map

We took a drive down the  King Fahd Causeway in Bahrain, headed  towards the Saudi Arabia border.

Currency in Bahrain


View of the Saudi Arabia border

When you’re in Bahrain, you might forget exactly how close we were to Saudi Arabia. They’re neighbors! In fact, much the Bahrain economy is connected to the Saudi economy

Saudi Arabia side of the border
Saudi Arabia side of the border

view from the lookout tower near Saudi Arabia

A rainbow of colors in the sky for the drive on the King Fahd Causeway!

a rainbow of colors in the sky for the drive on the King Fahd Causeway
a rainbow of colors in the sky for the drive on the King Fahd Causeway
signs to head to Saudi Arabia
street sign to Saudi Arabia from Bahrain
sunset from the highway

flight to Bahrain

Conclusion: 19 Hours in Bahrain itinerary

In conclusion, you can definitely get a good experience with a 1-day Bahrain itinerary.

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