Elephant Rock Madain Saleh - Saudi Arabia

Explore Saudi Arabia

Date: 9th – 17th February 2019

Explore Saudi Arabia

Start Point: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
End Point: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Maximum number of people: 10


Day 1 Jeddah
Saturday 9th February 2019
Arrive in Jeddah. Transfer to Hotel for a briefing.
Overnight in Jeddah.

Day 2 Jeddah
Sunday 10th February 2019
A full day visiting Jeddah.
Visit 19th-century ottoman houses constructed of coral and wood, the most beautiful and well known is Nasif House. Following lunch at a local restaurant, we will drive along the corniche of Jeddah. The road acts as an open-air museum displaying an array of modern sculptures. In the afternoon, we will visit the Altaybat City Museum with its large collection of arts from the Arabian peninsula.
Overnight in Jeddah.

Day 3 Jeddah – Al Ula
Monday 11th February 2019
Following breakfast we will take a morning flight to Medinah. We shall have lunch and then drive to Al Ula. We shall visit the famous Elephant Rock.
Overnight in Al Ula.

Day 4 Al Ula – Taima – Al Jawf
Tuesday 12th February 2019
In the morning we will visit the old city of Al Ula Mud Village, Mosa Bin Nusair Fort, al Khuraiba and the outside of the Lion Tombs.
We will then drive to Taima to visit the Haddaj water well, Al Hamra castle and al Radham. We then continue to Al Jawf.
Overnight in Al Jawf.

Day 5 Al Jawf
Wednesday 13th February 2019
A full day in Al Jawf. In the morning we will visit Domat Al Jandal, also known as Marid Castle. The ancient fortress is 2000 feet high and overlooks the old city from the south. In the city itself, we shall visit Omar’s mosque, names after the second Muslim Caliph: Omar Ibn Al Khatab. We will take a short drive to visit a newly discovered camel carving before moving on to Sakaka Fort, the center of many legends. It is widely believed to have been built in 7th century B.C. with mud construction being added to it in 3rd century. We will end the day with a visit to Sysara water well. In late afternoon there is the opportunity to visit the Olive Festival held annually in the city. Al Jawf is the most important city in Saudi Arabia for the productions of olive oil of the highest quality. The festival takes place over 10 days, with over 150,000 visitors in 2018. The festival centres on the sale of olive oil, olives and olive products but also allow farmers to make deals for future production due to the increasing demand for olive oil.
Overnight in Al Jawf.

Day 6 Al Jawf – Jubbah – Ha’il
Thursday 14th February 2019
We will start the day with a visit to Al-Rajajil (“the men”) – a site of standing stones aligned to sunrise and sunset. The mysterious stones stand up to 10 feet high and are believed to be over 5,000 years old, complete with Thamudic inscriptions.
We will continue to Jubbah where we can see the best and oldest examples of Neolithic rock art, deeply carved into the stone cliff faces. We shall then continue to Ha’il.
Overnight in Ha’il.

Day 7 Al Ula
Friday 15th February 2019
We will spend the morning visiting Airif Fort, built over 200 years ago as both a stronghold and observation post. Al Qishlah Fort is the largest traditional mud fortress in Ha’il. It is currently closed for development, so we will only be able to visit the outside.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Transfer to airport for flight to Riyadh.
Overnight in Riyadh.

Day 8 Riyadh
Saturday 16th February 2019
Morning visit to Dirryyah village. The UNESCO world heritage site is where the history of Al Saud Dynasty began. This will be followed by Masmak fort, one of the most important monuments in the city of Riyadh. The fort was captured by the Saud family in 1902, the start of the Saud family rule of the region. Lunch at local restaurant followed by a visit to the National Museum, composed of eight galleries telling the complete story of Arabian history.
Visit Murabba Palace, built in 1937 by King Abdulaziz, in the traditional Najid style using only local building materials.
We will then visit the Deira Souq. Finally, late afternoon we will visit the Janadriyah Festival, held annually in Riyadh since 1985. The cultural heritage and folk festival is the largest of its kind in the Gulf. It is divided into sections according to the different provinces of Saudi Arabia. Each province area has their own buildings which are replicas of the architectural style of the region. There are also several marketplaces, art exhibitions, food stalls, stages for traditional dance performances and commercial pavilions.
Overnight in Riyadh

Day 9 Riyadh – End
Sunday 17th February 2019
Transfer to airport for departure.


The trip includes:

  • All accommodation (3 or 4-star hotels)
  • All meals
  • Bottled water
  • Transport/transfers
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Visa support
  • Internal flights as listed

The trip does not include:

  • Any visa fees
  • Insurance
  • International Flights
  • Other drinks
  • Tips

Cost:

US$5300 per person

A deposit of US$400 per person is required to reserve your place on this trip.

Flights:
We do not directly arrange international flights to Saudi Arabia. We can suggest routes and operators.
You can also contact the Untamed Borders dedicated team at Flight Centre for suggested routes.
Mail: untamedborders@rtwexperts.co.uk   Phone: +44(0) 844 560 9966

Visas:
We do not arrange Saudi Arabia visas directly. We will provide visa support in the form of letters of invitation to assist in your Saudi Arabia visa application.

If you are based in the UK then we recommend Travcour as an agent for your visa requirements. They are UK’s oldest leading travel visa specialist and able to provide full visa support and consultancy for Untamed Border’s destinations. Click here to obtain our specialist visa packages and support from Travcour. They are the people we use when we need visa support for our staff.

Food:
All meals are included. Bottled water is included. Other drinks are not.

Accommodation:
We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. We consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing.

Transport:
When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel. Your comfort and enjoyment of the journey is the first priority.

Guides:
On this trip, you will be accompanied by a licenced English speaking local guide. This allows for greater security and means that there will always be someone on hand to help or assist you even if the other team leader is busy arranging something.
Sometimes we also hire local guides with specialist knowledge of certain areas.

Contact us for further information at info@untamedborders.com