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Discover the Arabic peninsula

It is one of the most powerful players in the Middle East, but also, one of the most unknown places. For many years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was an almost impossible country for non-Muslims to travel to. It has changed recently. The country is opening up to tourists and would like to welcome new visitors. Join our tour and discover the famous cities of Riyadh and Jeddah, but also the special places Ha’il, Qassim and The Edge of the World. It will quickly amaze you how beautiful the country is and how friendly the people are.

General info

Start dateSunday 17 October 2021
End dateSunday 24 October 2021
Days8 days / 7 nights
Price€ 2,595
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 45 per night)
Insurance
Visa
Drinks
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Sunday 17 October – Riyadh

  • Arrival in the capital Riyadh.
  • At six o’clock you will meet the group at the hotel.
  • Overnight stay in Riyadh.

Monday 18 October – Riyadh

  • Al Masmak Fort, an old building made of mud and clay. The fort was one of the most important places in the creation of present-day Saudi Arabia.
  • Grand Mosque, this is the largest mosque in Riyadh.
  • Deira Souk, this market is known for its many copper products. You will also find traditional daggers and knives here.
  • Dukhanah Gate.
  • National Museum, the most important museum about the entire history of Saudi Arabia.
  • Al Muraba Palace & Mosque, the ancient palace of King Abdul Aziz.
  • Highlight: Kingdom Tower (the bottle opener), the most famous building in Riyadh.
  • Overnight stay in Riyadh.

Tuesday 19 October – Riyadh – Jabal Tuwaiq

  • We drive into the desert, outside Riyadh.
  • Highlight: Arrival at Jebel Fihrayn, also known as The Edge of the World. A beautiful nature reserve (Jabal Tuwaiq) with large, deep ravines where you have an infinite view on the horizon. In the distance you can see dry rivers and camels.
  • Visit to Al Diriyah, the very first capital of the country and the place where the royal family comes from.
  • Drive to Riyadh.
  • Overnight stay in Riyadh.

Wednesday 20 October – Riyadh -Qassim – Ha’il

  • At 9:00 a.m. we take the train to Qassim, arrival at 12:00 p.m.
  • We are going to explore the conservative town further.
  • Highlight: Mithnab Village, a village made of mud bricks.
  • Heritage Museum.
  • Palm tree nursery.
  • Local souk, known for dates.
  • Visit the sand dunes, where the locals like to show off their driving skills.
  • A 300km drive through the desert to Ha’il.
  • Overnight stay in Ha’il.

Thursday 21 October – Ha’il – Joubbah

  • We explore the old town of Ha’il .
  • Drive to Joubbah, via Sanman Mountain, where we see 1000-year-old rock paintings.
  • Al Qashlah Fort, a palace from the forties, with walls of approx. 8 meters high.
  • Earf Castel.
  • Local souk, a perfect place for beautiful photos.
  • Overnight stay in Ha’il.

Friday 22 October – Ha’il – Jeddah

  • Early flight to Jeddah, the most progressive city of the country.
  • Highlight: Walk through old Jeddah (Al Balad). Here you will find beautiful, colourful houses reminiscent of the old times of Jeddah as a lively harbour town.
  • Coral houses, these are the most colourful houses in the city. Unfortunately they are not all in good condition anymore.
  • Walk along the Corniche, the street along the Red Sea.
  • Floating Mosque.
  • Overnight stay in Jeddah.

Saturday 23 October – Jeddah – Ta’if

  • Drive to Ta’if, near Mecca. Ta’ if is mainly known for the production of roses.
  • Katib & Kaaki House, two exceptionally designed buildings.
  • Bin Abbas Mosque, the Islam teacher Abdullah bin Abbasis buried next to the mosque .
  • Local souk, the perfect place to buy rose oil or rose water.
  • Al Gadee Factory, this is where dandruff water and rose oil are produced.
  • Al Koaa Mosque & Dam, a historically important place.
  • Visit to the Al Shafa Mountains with a rose grower.
  • Overnight stay in Ta’if.

Sunday 24 October – Jeddah

  • Drive to Jeddah.
  • Snorkelling (optional).
  • End of tour.

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