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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

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. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 6:Al Ula
Visit the museum in Al Ula, then proceed for a full day excursion to archaeological site of Madain Saleh visiting Hijaz Railway Station, 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-Al Hafuf
Travel to Al Ahsa/Al Hafuf, considered the largest oasis in the world. Visit the Al Qara caves.

Day 13 Al Hafuf-Dhahran
We drive to Dhahran, the oil hub of Saudi Arabia, to visit The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. Return by flight to Riyadh

Day 14 Depart
Transfer to the airport. OR continue with us to Bahrain, through the Causeway to cross the gulf to the Island of Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia Tours

The Forbidden Kingdom

Trip Details

TRIP LENGTH
14 days

Follows Lebanon Tour
Begin and End in Riyadh
2018 DATES
November 4-17

LAND COST
From $8495
includes air from NYC
ACCOMMODATIONS
4 and 5 star centrally located hotels
GROUP SIZE
Maximum 12 guests
INCLUDED MEALS
All meals

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