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Saudi Arabia: The Forbidden Kingdom

HIGHLIGHTS 

• UNESCO World Heritage site of Madain Saleh
• Mount Souda, Khamis Mushayt, Habala & Hamsan Villages
•Ushaiger Historic Village
•Al Ahsa/Al Hafuf, considered the largest oasis in the world

NOTE: The Madain Saleh is going through detailed restoration at the moment and it is very hard to predict when it is going to be open so if it will be closed at the time of our visit we will offer another Nabataean site known as Madain Shuaib.

Journey into the forbidden kingdom of the Saudi Arabia, a country with a long and rich history. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Madain Saleh is considered second only to the famous Petra in Jordan in terms of Nabatean architectural remains. Colorful markets, desert landscapes, coral reefs, rock engravings, ancient monuments, the country has so much to offer to those who choose to venture in it & explore a nation that is seldom exposed to the eyes of the outsiders.

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Day 1: Arrival in Jeddah
Arrival transfer to hotel.

Day 2:Jeddah
We visit some of the old Ottoman houses including the beautiful and well-known Nasif House. Also visit Altaybat Int’l City for Sciences and Knowledge.

Day 3: Jedda-Abha
Visit the colorful Fish Market and a walking tour along the corniche. Afternoon flight to Abha

Day 4: Abha
Full day excursion with a visit to Mount Souda, Khamis Mushayt, Habala and Hamsan Villages. We shall see the colorful Flower Men of Tihama. This evening, visit a typical Saudi home.

Day 5: Abha-Al Ula
Fly to Al Ula. This afternoon visit the old houses, Hijaz Railway Station and the magnificent iconic Elephant Rock.

Day 6: Al Ula
Visit the museum in Al Ula, then proceed for a full day excursion to archaeological site of Madain Saleh visiting Nabatean Well, Qasr Al Bint, Diwan and Al Farid Palace.

Day 7 Al Ula-Al Jouf
Drive to Al Jouf stopping in Tayma to visit Bir Hadaj, Al Hamra Fort, and the museum.

Day 8 Al Jouf-Hail
We begin our day with a visit to Sakaka Fort, built in 7th c., situated on high ground overlooking Sakaka. Then continue to Al-Rajajil - the site of a group of standing stone pillars that date back to the Chalcolithic period.

Day 9 Hail-Al Qassim
This morning view the Oraif and Qishla Forts then drive to Al Qassim. Vsit Al Musaugef Museum, then Shenana tower from the 11th century, Jedieah Museum and King Fahad Mosque.

Day 10 Shagra-Ushaiger-Riyadh
Drive to Riyadh in route visit Ushaiger village, one of the oldest towns in the region of Najd. It was a major stopping point for pilgrims coming from Kuwait, Iraq and Iran to perform Hajj. Continue to Shagra.

Day 11 Riyadh
Morning at leisure. This afternoon visit Diriyyah, one of the most important sites, from where the history of Al Saud Dynasty began. Also visit Musmak Fort which from the outside is one of the most important monuments in the city of Riyadh. Visit National Museum and Murabba Palace.

Day 12 Riyadh-Dammam
This morning we depart in 4x4 vehicles driving 96 km northwest of Riyadh the magnificent sight the ‘Edge of the world.’ Continue to Dammam, the oil hub of Saudi Arabia. Visit The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.

Day 13 Excursion to Al Hafuf
Drive to Al Ahsa/Al Hafuf, considered the largest oasis in the world. Visit the Al Qara Caves, Jabal Al-Qarah and the Ottoman Turkish Fort. Return to Dammam for overnight.

Day 14 Depart
Transfer to the airport. OR continue with us to Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia Tours

The Forbidden Kingdom

Trip Details

TRIP LENGTH
14 days

Follows Lebanon Tour
Begin in Jeddah and End in Dammam
2019 DATES
February 10-23
November 3-16

LAND COST FEB
From $6085

LAND COST NOV
From $TBA
ACCOMMODATIONS
4 and 5 star centrally located hotels
GROUP SIZE
Maximum 12 guests
INCLUDED MEALS
12 lunches, 12 dinners

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