Saudi Arabia Tour: The Forbidden Kingdom

The Saudi Arabia tour is a journey into the forbidden kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As the birthplace of Islam, Saudi Arabia has been shielding itself from the eyes of the west for a long time. Now the Kingdom is moving in huge steps towards modernization and openness.

Saudi Arabia is a country with a with a long and rich history and vibrant cultural pedigree, aside from its glitzy oil-rich modern cities.

Explore Nabatean heritage equal to what Petra offers in terms of Nabatean architectural remains.

See the rock-hewn splendors of UNESCO World Heritage site Mada’in Saleh and Mada’in Shoeb.

Most of the great empires of the ancient world traded with the Arabian Kingdoms that commanded the important spice trade routes in the peninsula.

Colorful markets, desert landscapes, coral reefs, rock engravings, ancient monuments, traditional mud-brick cities and imposing fortresses are abundant.  This is a country that has so much to offer. Those who choose to explore its enigmatic and intriguing culture will be richly rewarded.

Visit, Saudi Arabia, a nation that is seldom exposed to the eyes of the outsiders.

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.

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Mada’in Saleh, Saudi Arabia

  • 1
    Day 1: Arrival in Jeddah

    Arrival transfer to hotel.

  • 2
    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.

  • 3
    Day 3: Jedda-Abha

    Visit the colorful Fish Market and a walking tour along the corniche. Afternoon flight to Abha

  • 4
    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.

  • 5
    Day 5: Abha-Al Ula

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

  • 6
    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.

  • 7
    Day 7 Al Ula-Al Jouf

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

  • 8
    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.

  • 9
    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.

  • 10
    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.

  • 11
    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.

  • 12
    Day 12 Riyadh - Edge of the World

    This morning we depart in 4x4 vehicles driving 96 km northwest of Riyadh the magnificent sight the ‘Edge of the World.’ Return to Riyadh for overnight.

  • 13
    Day 13 Riyadh - Al Hafuf-Dammam

    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.

    Continue to Dammam, the oil hub of Saudi Arabia. Visit The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.

  • 14
    Day 14 Depart

    Transfer to the airport. OR continue with us to Lebanon.

  • Trip Length

    14 days
    Follows Lebanon Tour
    Begin in Jeddah and End in Dammam

  • Dates

    February 10-23, 2019
    November 3-16, 2019

  • Land Cost

    From $6085 (Feb)
    From $7150 (Nov)

  • Accommodations

    4 and 5 star centrally located hotels

  • Group Size

    Maximum 12 guests

  • Included Meals

    12 lunches, 12 dinners

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading

  • Extend Your Trip

    Discover Lebanon
    Gulf States

Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Abha Saudi Arabia

Al Ula Saudi Arabia

Al Jouf Saudi Arabia

Al Qassim Saudi Arabia

Ushaiger Saudi Arabia

Riyadh Saudi Arabia

Dhahran Saudi Arabia

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