When the Grand Prix launched in Bahrain in 2004, it was the first time the FIA Formula One World Championship had been held in the Middle East. The rest is history – and today the race is a must-see event, drawing crowds of thousands each year. But it’s fair to say there’s a lot more than just fast cars to be experienced here.
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Why Bahrain has the full package for Formula 1 fans
Head to this Middle Eastern island nation for cars, culture, and so much more
On the track
The Bahrain Grand Prix is a night race, so you’ll be taking in the heart-stopping action and electric atmosphere under the skies of the Sakhir desert. The circuit has been intricately designed with 15 corners to make for a dramatic competition, and is encircled by 50,000 grandstand seats offering incredible views of the cars. Race weekend is a celebrated event in Bahrain’s calendar, and you can expect two days of unmissable entertainment, world-class sport and indulgence with your mates.
Off the track
The fun doesn’t stop at the finish line. Bahrain boasts a unique history and culture that you won’t find in other parts of the Middle East, and there’s plenty to see and do away from the circuit in Sakhir. Bahrain was once the centre of the world’s pearl trade and is thought to be where diving for pearls began around 4,000 years ago. Use your trip to dive or snorkel in the sea of the Arabian Gulf and see what’s down there for yourself.
Manama, the modern capital of Bahrain, is where you’ll want to spend most of your time. In the bohemian neighbourhood of Adliya lies Block 338, the country’s hottest dining district, packed with restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and live music. The city is also home to Bahrain’s national museum and theatre, as well as the Bab el-Bahrain Souk. Meanwhile, archaeological interest site Bahrain Fort is just a 10-minute drive out of town.
Unique accessBahrain is nothing like your average travel destination, so it seems only right that you go all out when you visit. ITC Sports Travel specialises in luxury sporting holidays that go above and beyond, and with top contacts in the world of Formula One, it can secure you grandstand tickets and the best views of the action. When you book with ITC Sports, you’ll also have the chance to take part in the famous pit-lane walkabout – where you’ll brush shoulders with some of the sport’s biggest stars – and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to all the Grand Prix activity. From £1,245 per person, you’ll get:
- Three nights at your chosen 5* hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
- Return economy flights from London Heathrow and private airport transfers
- A three-day ticket for the University/Victory grandstand
- Return shared circuit transfers
- Assistance from ITC’s ground representatives throughout your stay