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. It has a 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.

Experience colorful markets, desert landscapes, rock engravings, ancient monuments. In addition, visit traditional mud-brick cities and imposing fortresses.

Choose to visit Saudi Arabia now! Explore its enigmatic and intriguing culture. You will be richly rewarded.

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


  • 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

Extension to Gulf States Offered

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Mada’in Saleh, Saudi Arabia Tour

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    Saudi Arabia
    Day 1: Arrival in Jeddah

    Arrival transfer to hotel.

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    Day 2: Jeddah

    Full day tour. We start with a four hour walking tour of the Historic Al Balad District, situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. Visit the colorful bustling Bangalah Fish Market. Experience lunch at the fish market’s on-site restaurant. You can enjoy the fresh catch as you prefer.

    Continue exploring the port and cornice

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    Day 3: Fly to Abha

    We visit Muftaha Village (artists’ colony) and traditional markets/art galleries.

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    Day 4: Abha

    Visiting Mount Souda, Khamis Mushayt, and Hamsan Village. We first stop at the top of Mount Souda, located in the Hejaz Mountains; then continue to Khamis Mushayt. Continue to Al Hamsan Traditional Village.

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    Day 5: Fly to Al Ula

    Al Ulla is located in the Wadi Al-Qura, a valley oriented north-south between the lava fields of the Harrat 'Uwayrid, and the sandstone massif of the Jibal Ath-Thumayid.

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    Day 6: Al Ula

    We visit the Lion Tombs of Dadan. Following this visit we continue to Jabal Ikmah (mountain). Our day ends with a stroll through the outdoor Old Town Market featuring local artisans, entrepreneurs, handicraft stores, local specialty foods, cafes and more.

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    Day 7: Al Ula - Hegra (Madain Saleh)

    We depart for a 3 hour exploration of the immense archaeological site of Hegra/Maiden Saleh. Afterwards, we visit the Hijaz Railway #21. Dinner at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel.

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    Day 8: Drive to Hail

    Hail has been the gateway to the desert. From the city you can see the Aarif citadel on a mountain. Visit the Earif Fort and the Qashlah Fort, which can only be viewed from the outside

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    Al Jawf
    Day 9: Hail – Jubbah – Sakaka

    We drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site Jubbah, which features some of the best rock-art in Saudi Arabia.

    Then visit Jubbah Naif Palace Museum. Afterwards, drive to the town of Dumat Al Jandal, which dates to the 10th century B.C.

    Visit the sites and onward to Sakaka, one of the longest-inhabited places on the Arabian Peninsula.

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    Day 10: Buraydah - Hail

    Depart at 800 am to visit Buraydah’s lively camel market located just a short distance outside modern-day Buraydah. Return to the city and enjoy a visit to the Dates Market. Afterwards visit Al Mudaifar Mosque. Also visit the 11th century Al-Shenana Tower.

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    Day 11: Ushaiger - Riyadh

    Drive to Riyadh in route visit Ushaiger and en-route we visit Al Musaugef Museum. We visit the Al Salem Museum then a walking tour through Ushaiqer Heritage Village. Lunch at a local restaurant and continue three hours to Riyadh. Arrive Riyadh dinner at local restaurant and transfer to the hotel

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    Day 12: Riyadh

    A full day tour. Visit The Saudi National Museum, The King Abdul Aziz Historical Center (including Murabba Palace and Al Masmak Fortress), Sky Bridge in Kingdom Center and Dira Souq.

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    Day 13: Riyadh - Al Hafuf

    Early departure by road to Al Ahsa/Al Hafuf, (3 hr drive). Visit the Al Qara caves, consisting of calcareous sandstone, and sedimentary rock of clay and lime. Continue to the Ottoman Turkish Fort (see outside only)17th Century AD and the mosque it houses within its walls built in 1571 A.D. Onward to the traditional Qysaryyah Souq, the most popular market. Then dinner at local restaurant.

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    Day 14: Al Hafuf - Dammam

    This morning drive approx. 1 hr 45 minutes to Dammam, the oil hub of Saudi Arabia. Visit King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture located in Dhahran, en-route. We also visit the museum of Dammam or one of the other private museums. Transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure.

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    Day 15: Depart

    Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

  • Trip Length

    15 days
    Begins in Jeddah and ends in Riyadh. Or continue onto our Gulf States tour.

  • Dates

    February 14-27 & October 31-November 13, 2023

  • Land Cost

    2023: $8850. Price based on group size 6-12 participants.
    Single Supplement: $1320
    Plus flights within the tour (estimate): $335

  • Accommodations

    4- 5* Hotels or best available 3-4* in smaller towns.

  • Group Size

    Maximum 12 guests

  • Included Meals

    All Breakfasts, 13 Lunches

  • Duration

    15 days

  • Reading List

    Saudi Arabia Reading List

  • Trip Preparations

    Saudi Arabia E-Visa Information

  • Extend Your Trip

    Gulf States

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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