I contacted Ishtar Gate tour to take a 4h stop-over tour in Bahrain on my route form Asia to Europe.
I had 9h overlay and decided to visit Bahrain rather than sit in the lounge at the airport. Immigration services are very well run, the visa-on-arrival took 3 minutes and 5 BHD.
Communication was excellent throughout via WhatsApp.
Ali, my guide, picked me up at the airport arrivals in a very nice SUV.
Throughout the trip Ali was very welcoming and offered, water, sweats, chewing gum, snacks, etc… He’s a highly professional tourist guide - something uncommon in today’s tourism industry.
We visited the Bahrain Fort late in the evening, and Ali was impressive in the description it’s history and it’s hidden secrets. We then proceeded to visit other sites across Bahrain, both archeological and modern.
In the process Ali was very nice to stop at different places to try out local delicatessens - Lemon juice, dates, Tikka Kebab, and more… A lot of these details would be missed as a wandering tourists, and in my opinion it’s what makes a difference on a stop-over tour.
Bahrain is a nice place to stop on a long journey via Bahrain.
The airport is impressive.
Top service throughout - 9/10
The price of the tour is a direct relationship of the service you get. Well worth it.
TBH, no cons whatsoever.