KS1 14 Day Saudi Arabia Tour

14 Day Saudi Arabia Tour
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Glitzy Riyadh; Oasis towns; Beautiful Shammar Mountain region; Desert landscapes; fascinating cultural immersion; Historic forts & Mosques; spectacular Wadi Al-Disah; Nabatean ruins at Madain Saleh; Historic Jeddah

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Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.


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How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s).

Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

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What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing (e-mail preferred) immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated.

We may cancel departures if forced to do so by unforeseen circumstances such as war, civil unrest, disease outbreaks, catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, etc -- things beyond our control that are commonly referred to as “force majeure.” In these instances we will offer 100% credits for all deposits if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. Such credits can be applied to any future scheduled or custom tour (time limits may apply).

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date and your full payment on the postponed tour will remain non-refundable; or, if circumstances do not permit at that time, an alternative will be offered.

Regardless of the timing of cancellation (outside or inside 60 days), we will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline policies pertaining to cancellation/change fees, any trip component/s that may be non-refundable from our suppliers, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage for the above listed circumstances and other perils.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you, either the same tour on a different date or another tour of your choice. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given no later than 60 days prior to trip start date.

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Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! Most tours have a single-share program in which we match you with another single traveller of the same gender. If we are unable to pair you, we will usually absorb the cost of a single room. On some tours a "forced single" will apply; please enquire at time of booking. You will normally be informed of this charge 60 days prior to departure; however, we reserve the right to charge this fee up to your departure and, in rare cases, once you have departed. Upgrading to single room once the tour has begun is subject to availability in each overnight point, and payment must be made immediately to our office or locally to the Tour Leader. If you want to guarantee your own room, a single supplement applies. Payment of single supplement does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a twin size, twin-bedded room.

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I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sat 06 Feb 2021Fri 19 Feb 2021 $5290 USD Please contact us
Sat 20 Feb 2021Fri 05 Mar 2021 $5290 USD Please contact us
Sat 16 Oct 2021Fri 29 Oct 2021 $5290 USD
Sat 23 Oct 2021Fri 05 Nov 2021 $5290 USD Limited Availability
Sat 05 Feb 2022Fri 18 Feb 2022 $5290 USD
Sat 22 Oct 2022Fri 04 Nov 2022 $5290 USD

Optional Single Supplement: $1133 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $566 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.


Tour Overview


We're pleased to be returning to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a refreshed itinerary and a greatly-simplified set of entry requirements. This, for many travellers, is the ultimate "off the beaten track" experience, in a country that has historically been closed to non-Muslim visitors. We have reunited with our old trusted local partners to craft a varied and exciting program that showcases all that this ancient land has to offer the visitor.

Regions visited: Middle East
Countries visited: Saudi Arabia


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What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

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Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival in Riyadh
Welcome to Saudi Arabia!

Riyadh, situated on a large plateau in the center of the Arabian Peninsula, is both the capital of Saudi Arabia and it's largest city. The name Riyadh is derived from plural of the Arabic word rawdha, which means "garden," particularly those formed in the desert after the spring rains. Riyadh has for more than 1500 years been a fertile area set in the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula. The settlement was historically famous for its palm trees, dates and orchards. Once a small walled city, Riyadh has developed into a dynamic metropolis over the years and has become a focal point for both travel and trade. One of richest and splendid cities in this modern era, this is truly the heart of the Arab world.

Overnight in Riyadh.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Riyadh: City Tour
Considering that at the turn of the 20th Century there were no main roads leading into Riyadh, this desert capital has come a long way. Although Riyadh has always been the base of the ruling Al-Sauds, it was only in the 1970's that ministries and embassies relocated from the more cosmopolitan city of Jeddah to the traditional capital of Riyadh. Much of Riyadh has been constructed since the boom years of the 1970's.

In addition to being the center of power, the city is also a commercial hub. Numerous educational, financial, agricultural, cultural, technical, and social organizations have set up base here. The architecture is mostly modern, including contemporary high-rise towers, but the Al-Dira district, the nucleus of the city, has been rebuilt in a style meant to evoke the old pre-20th century mud-brick buildings that once existed.

Our full day of sightseeing will include a walk through the old city and a visit to the Masmak Fortress, the most important historical monument in Riyadh. Located in the center of the city, this fortress and museum symbolizes the unification and foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We will also be sure to visit the National Museum, which houses an impressive collection of cultural artifacts tracing the diverse history of the region, and will provide us with an extraordinary introduction to all aspects of the Kingdom's natural, religious, historical and social heritage.

Nearby is the Murabba Palace (viewable from the outside), and the Old Souq (D'ira Souq) with its antiques, gold and carpets. When passing through the new part of city we will view the Al-Faisaliah Tower and the Kingdom Tower.

Time permitting we will head out to see the Souq al-Jamal -- one of largest camel markets in Middle East.

Overnight in Riyadh.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Riyadh - Hofuf & Al-Hasa Oasis
This morning we travel from Riyadh to Hofuf and the Al-Hasa Oasis.

Hofuf is one of the major cultural centers in Saudi Arabia, and is the major urban center in the huge Al-Hasa Oasis. The area is dotted with date palm farms, and it is these agricultural farms that make al-Hasa the largest oasis in Saudi Arabia. Hofuf was the capital of the Eastern Province until 1953 and various parts of the old town still show evidence of when the Ottoman Empire controlled most of the area. There are several landmarks of its distinguished past, and here one can find an old fort and one of the most interesting souqs in the Kingdom. Today a lot of well-known families live nearby, and the majority of the population is Sunni. The faculties of agriculture, veterinary medicine and animal resources of the King Faisal University are located in the city (the others being in Dammam). The Hofuf campus also has facilities where Saudi women can study medicine, dentistry, and home economics.

In ancient times, Al-Hasa was at the center of the trade routes which traders followed between the east of the Arabian Peninsula and India, Persia and the Far East. Al-Hasa has been inhabited since prehistoric times, due to its abundance of water in an otherwise arid region. Because of the enormity of the oasis and the number of picturesque villages scattered through it, we will enjoy a drive through the greenery during part of our visit.

The balance of our day will be spent exploring the region, and our sightseeing will include a visit to the Qasr Ibrahim Fort, built in the 16th century by the Ottoman Governor of the time. He also built the Al-Qubbah Mosque, still in existence today. Nearby here is the souq, and this covered market is home to the 'women's souq', and is one of the biggest shopping centers of the area. One can find a great variety of items ranging from gold to textiles, with specific and shops for women.

The Al-Hasa Museum provides and interesting and comprehensive look at the regions history. Northeast of Hofuf is Al-Kilabiyah and the Jawatha Mosque, built in 629 AD at the hands of the Bani Abdul Qais tribe (dating from the early in the Islamic period). This mosque is believed to be the first mosque built in the Eastern Province and is where the second Friday congregation prayer in Islam was offered, the first being held at the Prophet's Mosque in Medina.

Overnight in Hofuf.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Hofuf - Dhahran - Fly to Ha'il
This morning we travel north to the modern city of Dhahran, which lies on a strip of land that stretches out into the Persian Gulf. This is a thriving modern economic hub and a major seaport. With the continuing expansion of all parts of the Kingdom, three towns inevitably merged into one, creating a single municipality known as Dhahran Area. Near Dhahran are located the most important centres in the world for the production and refining of petroleum.
With the discovery of oil in March 1938, the fortunes and lifestyle of the people of Arabia changed dramatically.

Upon arrival to Dhahran we will visit the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, which, among other things, exhibits international and local exhibitions that shed the line on the developing and modern art movement and the rich historical roots and in Saudi Arabia.

This evening we take a flight to Ha'il (via Riyadh).

Overnight in Ha'il.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Ha'il Sightseeing - Sakaka
This morning we visit Ha'il, situated in the Shammar Mountain region, west of the Al-Odairie Valley (also known as the Ha'il Valley). Traditionally the Hail Valley derived its wealth from being on the camel caravan route of the Hajj, and the city grew because of its location on this pilgrimage route from Iraq. The opening of the Hejaz Railway between Damascus and Medina, together with new inexpensive steamship routes to Jeddah, undermined the traditional camel caravan economy of Ha'il. Today Hail has been transformed into a modern city.

There are many gardens and landscaped areas within the city, as well as several historic palaces and fortresses (some dating the Ottoman era). Ha'il is also known for its agricultural products (including vegetables, fruit, wheat and barley), and is the centre of Saudi Arabia's agricultural program. We will tour the city of Ha'il, where our sightseeing includes the old fort, situated in a prominent position overlooking the old city, with a commanding view of the surrounding desert terrain and the mountains of Jebel Selma and Aja. We will also view the Al Qashla (Qishla) Palace, an old two-story structure of adobe architecture.

We continue toward Sakaka, through the Nafud Desert, connected to the Empty Quarter by a "sand corridor."

Overnight in Sakaka.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Sakaka Area Touring
Today we tour Sakaka and Al-Jouf (Dumat al-Jandal).

Sakaka and Al-Jouf are adjacent oasis towns in the northern part of the Kingdom on the old caravan route from the Mediterranean to the south of the Arabian Peninsula. This is Saudi Arabia's northern gateway, linking Syria and Iraq with the Arabia peninsula. It is the cradle of the Nabatean and Assyrian cultures.

The Bir Saisra well in Sakaka is believed to be belong to the Nabatean period. Local people said that some areas of Sakaka town as well as the land to the south and East were once irrigated from this well by means of under ground channels. The Qasr Zabal citadel / fortress is located on the northern edge of the town.

Jouf is of particular interest because of the role it has played in pre- and post Islamic history. There is archeological evidence of the presence of the Assyrians and Nabateans in Jouf. Following its conquest by Muslims in the third year of the Hijira, it became a staging post for Muslim armies, setting out to spread the message of Islam, while remaining an important crossroads for traders and their caravans heading to or from Iraq and Syria into the Arabian Peninsula. Today, the cultivation of palms constitutes the main agricultural sector, as well as wheat and a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, including grapes, figs, olives, potatoes and tomatoes.

Our sightseeing in and around Jouf will include a tour of the old city and its museum. Qasr Marid is a walled fortress that overlooks the ancient town. Umar Mosque is located next to the Qasr Marid, and was built at the time of the second caliph, Umar Bin Al Khatab, who passed through the region on his way to Jerusalem. We'll also see the Old City and museum at Dawmat al-Jandal, where we see the Umar Mosque and the Qasr Marid.

Overnight in Sakaka.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Sakaka - Tabuk
Today we travel to Tabuk (possibly finishing off any unaccomplished sightseeing leftover from yesterday before departing).

From snowy mountains to the deep blue sea, the province of Tabuk in Saudi Arabia is home to some of the most varied natural landscapes in the country, offering possibilities for beach holidays, island hopping, Red Sea diving, mountaineering and, of course, sightseeing. The region holds some of the nation’s highly treasured historic and archaeological sites, a rich heritage left behind by ancient civilizations of foregone eras.

Tabuk is situated amid a grove of date palms. In former times it was a station on the Hejaz railway (now defunct). At the edge of the old part of Tabuk stands a Turkish fort, built in 1694. Present-day Tabuk is one of the fastest-growing industrial centres of Saudi Arabia.

Time-permitting we may accomplish some of our Tabuk sightseeing (from Day 9) upon arrival.

Overnight in Tabuk.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Wadi Al-Disah Excursion
Today we have a full-day 4x4 excursion into Wadi Al-Disah, a 15 kilometer long canyon running through Jebel Qaraqir, a sandstone massif lying about 80 kilometers south of the city of Tabuk. This natural wonder was for a long time a well-kept secret among explorers, before the road leading to the nearby city of Disah was built and satellite images were available to the public. Today, there are two roads leading to each entrance of the wadi and this natural wonder has become one of the must-see places in Saudi Arabia.

The first striking feature of this wadi is its dimensions: at the eastern entrance of the canyon the side cliffs are already higher than 100 meters, but at the western entrance the gap between the bottom of the wadi and the tallest cliffs reaches as high as 500 meters! It is there, from the massive rocky peaks standing on both sides of the canyon, that one can admire the most dramatic scenery of this magical place. The second - and most unexpected - amazing feature of the wadi is a water stream that runs through the western part of the canyon towards the city of Disah.

In addition to its breathtaking natural landscapes, the Al-Disah Valley is also steeped in history; we'll see Nabataean tombs carved into the rocks and the many Thamudic and Nabataean inscriptions on the sides of the mountains. Other nearby sites such as the Shuaib Caves (Maghair Shuaib) and the Haddaj Well in Tayma will be able to quench the thirst of history-loving travellers.

Overnight in Tabuk.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Tabuk Touring - To Al-Ula
Today we tour Tabuk before travelling to Al-Ula.

Tabuk's early-20th-century Hejaz Railway station is one of the best-preserved in Saudi Arabia. There are 13 recently refurbished buildings spread over 80,000 sq metres and these include include a workshop, a handicrafts centre, and a building that houses a locomotive, a freight car and several Ottoman relics worth viewing. The Hejaz Railway was a narrow gauge railway that ran from Damascus to Medina, through the Hejaz region of Arabia, with a branch line to Haifa, on the Mediterranean Sea. It was a part of the Ottoman railways network and was built in order to extend the previously existing line between Istanbul and Damascus all the way to the holy city of Mecca (eventually being able to reach only Medina due to the interruption of the construction works caused by the outbreak of World War I). The main purpose of the Hejaz Railway was to establish a connection between Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire and the seat of the Islamic Caliphate, and Hejaz in Arabia, the site of the holiest shrines of Islam and the holy city of Mecca.

Dating to 1559, Tabuk Fort is now a museum, with several rooms housing some interesting historical artifacts from the Ottoman period and lots of signage about the history of Tabuk, its connection to the Prophet Muhammad and several famous travellers. The castle features a ground-floor mosque, an open courtyard and a stairway to the castle’s 2nd-floor mosque, and watchtowers. Outside are cisterns that once captured water from a spring that the Prophet Muhammad reportedly drank from.

We'll see the At Tawba Mosque (from outside), where the Prophet Muhammad prayed when he arrived with 30,000 men in AD 630 for the Battle of Tabuk against the Byzantines. The battle never took place but, while here, the Quran's ninth chapter, Surah At Tawba, was revealed. At Tawba Mosque was originally made of bricks, mud and palm-tree trunks. The Ottomans rebuilt it in 1652.

We continue to Al-Ula, passing several villages en-route. This journey west follows along some amazing rock formations and some great desert sites where we may have opportunities to take photos of camel herds wandering in the vast desert. The Al-Ula Oasis was located on the incense route and was the capital of the ancient Lihyanites. Today, Al-Ula is located in the heart of a beautiful corner of Saudi Arabia, on the west side of a narrow palm-lined wadi.

Time-permitting, we will visit the Al-Ula Museum (or possibly tomorrow). Al-Ula has a rare combination of striking geography, ancient history, ethnography and nature that makes this a fascinating place to visit. This is a rare example of an Islamic city, which dates back to the 11th Century A.D.

Overnight in Al-Ula (tent village).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Al-Ula & Madain Saleh
Madain Saleh, which rises up from the sands in a landscape of real beauty, dates back to the Nabataean civilization and is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia. The Nabataeans were an ancient trading people whose oasis settlements gave the name of Nabatene to the borderland between Syria and Arabia, from the Euphrates to the Red Sea. This "Capital of the Monuments" is home to over 130 tombs, many dated to between the 2nd century BC and the 2nd century AD. Inscriptions engraved on rocks, facades of graves and mountains provide evidence of the existence of civilizations that had prevailed and fallen in this area. The Kingdom of Nabataeans, with its capital Petra in Jordan, expanded to dominate Madain Saleh, their second city. The landscape here of sweeping sand and wonderful rock formations is stunningly beautiful. The tombs are also in an excellent
state of preservation, due largely to the fact that the local stone is much harder than that found at Petra.

Our sightseeing of this extraordinary site will include an early morning visit to some of the most important tombs. We will also be sure to visit Qasr al-Bint and the Hejaz Railway Station #21. Along our drive we will also visit the magnificent Khuraibat tombs; here we see some extremely well-preserved tombs that are cut into the face of a cliff.

In the afternoon we will visit Um Darraja with its Thamudic script and rock carvings, the Diwan with niches for statues of Nabataean gods was a main site of worship. We will also see the famous Qasr al-Farid tomb, a spectacular carved piece of rock standing alone in the desert. We will drive to the cliff-top of Al-Hurrah with its stunning view over the wadi and oasis.

Overnight in Al-Ula.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Al Ula - Fly to Jeddah
Today we fly to Jeddah (likely with a stop en route).

Located on the Red Sea coast, Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca, Islam's holiest city. Founded as a fishing hamlet over 2,500 years ago, today Jeddah is the commercial capital of Saudi Arabia. This city first truly came to light in 647 AD when it was turned into a port for Muslim pilgrims making the required Hajj to Mecca.

Jeddah has been mentioned in many ancient travellers' journals and texts, some describing it as "the city surrounded by walls with beautiful markets and teeming with buildings," whilst others described it as "the small city on the Red Sea coast crowded with pilgrims". It seems as though there have always been inns, caravanserais, and hostels catering to travellers and pilgrims.

Overnight in Jeddah.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Jeddah: Excursion to Ta'if
Today's full-day excursion takes us to Ta'if via the Shafa Mountains.

Nestled 1800 m (6,000 feet) high in the mountains and only a few hours away from the city of Mecca, Taif is a beautiful city to visit in Saudi Arabia. Popularly known as the "city of colours", it was historically the food basket of Arabia and still recounts for much of its fruit production. An important asset in terms of agriculture for the country, it is often called the 'garden of Hijaz'. Unlike any other city of Saudi Arabia, Taif enjoys pleasant weather for much of the year and is the summer capital of the nation.

We visit Shubra Palace, built in 1905 by the orders of Sharif Ali Pasha and today converted into a museum. With its latticework windows, pretty balconies, and interior marble from Carrara, it was constructed in Roman and Arabic form of architecture and reminds of the old Ta'if. King Abdul Aziz used to live here, and the palace was also the residence of King Faisal.

Taif also has many ancient mosques, notably the mosque of the great Sahabi Abdullah Bin Abbas, which is one of the most famous mosques in the city of Taif, established in 592. We will see why the mosque is considered one of the finest, whether in shape, design or style and Islamic inscriptions are there to be seen — inside and outside. It is a magnificent architectural masterpiece that confirms the legacy of construction in ancient history.

We also visit the Sharif Museum, a real gem. Don't expect stuffy exhibits and information to read, but instead this is a collection of everything from Arabic home living crammed into a series of rooms that are decorated like local houses.

We return to Jeddah.

Overnight in Jeddah.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Jeddah: City Tour
Jeddah -- "Where desert and water meet rises the gateway to Islam, a city of life and a crossroad of culture".

This city has grown from humble origins. In AD 647, Caliph Osman Ibn Affan chose Jeddah as the main port for the city of Mecca (Makkah), and it became known as Bilad al Kanasil -- the City of Consulates. In the 16th century, the Ottomans built a stone wall around the town in order to fortify it against attacks from the Portuguese. Jeddah remained a fortified, walled town for centuries of Ottoman influence and was not released from Turkish rule until
1915. The buildings of old Jeddah were tall and graceful, constructed of coral limestone and decorated with intricately beautiful wooden facades, known as ‘rawasheen.’ These were designed not only to break up the sun's glare, but also to take advantage of the cooling sea breezes when the inner windows were opened. One cannot help but feel that, with the enclosure of the town within high, fortified walls, the sea breezes may not have stood much chance of reaching Jeddah's early inhabitants; hence their penchant for building their houses tall and for sleeping on the roofs on hot summer nights.

Our sightseeing tour today will include a walking tour around old Jeddah (Al-Balad). In bygone days, the streets of Old Jeddah were twisting, unpaved and haphazard, flanked by closely-packed buildings. A thick layer of sand covered these streets, packed solid by numerous tramping feet. Mingling with the strolling inhabitants, water carriers and other street vendors, camel caravans once plodded their way through the wider thoroughfares, while goats and
donkeys wandered in the narrow alleys.

We will be sure to visit the bustling Alawi Souq, the heartbeat of Old Jeddah and still an exciting and picturesque part of today's city. Traditionally the open-fronted shops were grouped together according to trade; an old Oriental bazaar tradition, which has continued into modern life. Wares were displayed in the street under palm-leafed canopies, sheltering traders from the relentless sun -- a far cry from the modern-day comforts of air-conditioning in the luxurious shopping malls of today.

In the evening we will drive along the Corniche, a cultural landmark of the city. After the Maghreb (sunset) prayer, the Corniche springs to life, with Saudi families dining al fresco. Picnicking seems to be a favourite local hobby, and is regarded as an ideal opportunity to get together for a family chat and a substantial supper.

This evening we gather for our farewell dinner.

Overnight in Jeddah.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Departure
Departure from Jeddah.

RHLAH S'IDAH / BON VOYAGE!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Holiday Inn Riyadh - Meydan

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Riyadh
Country: Saudi Arabia

Set in downtown Riyadh, this polished, contemporary hotel is 2 km from the Al Faisaliyah Center, a 44-floor skyscraper, and
... km from the National Museum of Saudi Arabia.

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Garden Plaza Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Al Hofuf
Country: Saudi Arabia

This unassuming hotel on a busy road is 2 km from Ibrahim Palace, 3 km from Hofuf railway station and
... km from the Al Ahsa National Museum.
Laid-back rooms, some with sitting areas, feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffee making facilities, and minibars.

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Golden Tulip Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Hail
Country: Saudi Arabia

This relaxed hotel is 4 km from the Qishlah mud palace, 5 km from Castle A'arif and 9 km from
... Airport. Warmly decorated rooms come with flat-screen TVs and minibars. Some include fireplaces, while suites add living areas;
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Holiday Inn Tabuk

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Tabuk
Country: Saudi Arabia

Set at a highway interchange on the outskirts of Tabuk, this relaxed hotel is 6 km from the 16th-century Tabuk
... museum, 9 km from Tabuk Regional Airport and 23 km from the University of Tabuk.
Straightforward rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities, and minifridges.

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Madakhil Tented Village


Location: Al Ula
Country: Saudi Arabia

Surrounded by mountains, Madakhil Camp is located on the natural, unspoiled site of Al-Hajar. The tents are decorated with simple
... motifs, private bath, and comfortable beds topped with plush comforters. There is a common lounge tent adorned with exotic carpets, big cushions and pillows. Some guests read, others sit around an open fire and sip cups of tea while listening to our guides share old tales of Arabia and recite poetry.

The camp does not have an official website.

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Prime Hotel al Hamra

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Jeddah
Country: Saudi Arabia

This upscale hotel with a smoked-glass facade is 11 km from the landmark King Fahd's Fountain, 14 km from the
... Theme Park and 22 km from King Abdulaziz International Airport. Relaxed rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars, as well as tea and coffeemakers.
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Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner daily. All transport (including local flights), accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions

International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees*, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Option single supplement. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance.

* Visas: Tourist e-visas are now available online through https://visa.visitsaudi.com/ for 440 Riyals (approx US$120) per person. The application does not ask for information pertaining to your religion; in the past any evidence of a previous visit to Israel would exclude you from entry to Saudi Arabia, but this has now changed.

Seasonality and Weather

Saudi Arabia is an extremely dry country and rainfall is minimum. In summers, the country witnesses blistering heat and humid temperatures, thus making it uncomfortable to get around. From November onward the weather is welcoming; however, nights are quite chilly but you can easily explore comfortably during daytime.

Fall (September through November):

Fall daily highs range from 25C to 40C (77.4°F & 104.4°F), which seems hot but humidity is low and breezes are common. It rains a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 1 days per month.

Winter (December through February):

Weather is somewhat cool this time of year; the average high during this season is between 20C (69°F) and 26C (80°F). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport provided by private air-conditioned motor coach; in Wadi Al-Disha we'll have a 4x4 excursion on dirt/sand roads.

The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some heat and long travel days. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces. You must be independent with your own luggage at airports (porters are available at hotels).

Our difficulty rating "Level 2" refers to the ambitious nature of the itinerary and the lots of moving around that we do. Some days are long and we may have some early starts. Some mountain roads are also winding; those sensitive to motion may be affected.

Saudi Arabia has recently relaxed its restrictions for foreign women visiting the country. Though your dress and overall appearance must be conservative, with shoulders, arms and legs covered (the same for men), foreign women no longer need to wear the 'abaya' -- the loose robe-like over-garment. They have also lifted restrictions on women arriving alone (ie without a husband or family member), and on unmarried women and men sharing a hotel room.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation

Our accommodation choices are modern, well-appointed 3-4 star properties. Our tented village at Al-Ula is a unique and comfortable desert experience with all the "creature comforts." Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').

A mandatory single supplement may apply to this tour if you have selected our share program and we cannot find you a share partner.

Please refer to the 'Map & Hotels' tab for more information.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.

Group Size

Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

KS1 TRIP DETAILS

DURATION14 days

TOUR STARTRiyadh

TOUR ENDJeddah

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