Date: 15th – 23rd February 2020
Explore Saudi Arabia
Start Point: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
End Point: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Maximum number of people: 10
Day 1 Jeddah
Saturday 15th February 2020
Arrive in Jeddah. Transfer to Hotel for a briefing.
Overnight in Jeddah.
Day 2 Jeddah
Sunday 16th February 2020
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 17th February 2020
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.
**If re-opened in time for this trip, we will visit the archaeological site of Madain Saleh. After Petra, the grandest of all Nabatean archaeological sites and a real highlight of Saudi Arabia.**
Overnight in Al Ula.
Day 4 Al Ula – Taima – Al Jawf
Tuesday 18th February 2020
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 19th February 2020
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, named 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.
Overnight in Al Jawf.
Day 6 Al Jawf – Jubbah – Ha’il
Thursday 20th February 2020
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 21st February 2020
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 22nd February 2020
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 a 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.
Overnight in Riyadh
Day 9 Riyadh – End
Sunday 23rd February 2020
Transfer to airport for departure.
The trip includes:
- All accommodation (3 or 4-star hotels)
- All meals
- Bottled water
- English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Visa support
- Internal flights as listed
The trip does not include:
- Any visa fees
- International Flights
- Other drinks
US$5500 per person
Single supplement is US$900
A deposit of US$400 per person is required to reserve your place on this trip.
We do not directly arrange international flights to Saudi Arabia. We can suggest routes and operators.
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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.
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All meals are included. Bottled water is included. Other drinks are not.
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.
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.
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.
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