13 days tour – Mysterious Saudi Arabia

During this 13-day tour you will get acquainted with the middle and the northern parts of Saudi Arabia. In Riyadh and Jeddah you will mainly see the modern side of the country, while in Qassim and Ha’il you will experience traditional Saudi Arabia. You will also visit the famous Maidan Saleh complex. This looks similar to Petra (Jordan), but without the tourists. 

General info

Days13 days / 12 nights
PriceGet in touch
Best travel timeSpring, autumn, winter
DestinationsRiyadh, Jeddah, Qassim, Maidan Saleh
Transportation on the ground
Local guide
Entrance fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
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Day 1 – Riyadh

  • Arrival in the country’s capital: Riyadh.
  • Meet your guide. He will tell you more about the trip and the country.
  • Overnight stay in Riyadh.

Day 2 – Riyadh

  • Highlight: National Museum, the most important museum of Saudi Arabia.
  • National Museum Park, one of the best and most beautiful parks in Saudi Arabia.
  • Hall of King Abdulaziz, the showroom of all the cars of the former king.
  • Visit to Murraba Palace. This palace was the former home of King Abdulaziz.
  • Highlight: Deira Souk, this market is known for its many copper products. You will also find traditional daggers and knives here.
  • 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.
  • Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque, this is one of the largest mosques in Riyadh and can accommodate 17,000 people.
  • Overnight stay in Riyadh.

Day 3 – Riyadh – Jabal Tuwaiq

  • We drive into the desert, outside Riyadh.
  • Short stop at Elephant Rock and Jabal Abyad (volcanic crater).
  • Highlight: Arrival at Jebel Fihrayn, also known as The Edge of the World. A beautiful nature reserve (Jabal Tuwaiq) with large, deep canyons where you have an infinite view on the horizon. In the distance you can see dry rivers and camels.
  • Drive to Riyadh.
  • Overnight stay in Riyadh.

Day 4 – Riyadh

  • Visit to Al Diriyah, the very first capital of the country and the place where the royal family comes from. Here we will walk through the old alleys and learn more about Saudi history.
  • We visit the Kingdom Tower (Mamlaka Tower / Bottle Opener). Perhaps the most iconic building in Riyadh. Optional, you can go to the Sky Bridge.
  • We visit the Al Rajhi Grand Mosque. This mosque is the largest in Riyadh and can receive up to 20,500 people.
  • King Fahd National Library, the most famous library in the country and an architectural highlight.
  • Overnight stay in Riyadh.

Day 5 – Riyadh – Unaizah – Qassim

  • Drive to Unaizah, the centre of the Al Qassim province.
  • We visit a cultural farm. We get to know the local farmers who still work the land according to traditional methods.
  • Highlight: Visit to the Folkloric Art Center and Musukaf Culture Market. Here you will learn more about the traditional culture, plus you can buy different local products. People also like to tell you more about their (often still) conservative life there.
  • Drive to Qassim.
  • Overnight stay in Qassim.

Day 6 – Qassim – Ha’il

  • We leave Qassim, and drive further into the desert.
  • We stop at the pre-Islamic city of Faid. This place used to be on the old caravan routes.
  • Drive to Ha’il.
  • Drive to the Aja Rosy Mountains(Jabal Aja). Here we’ll take a hike in the mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Ha’il.

Day 7 – Ha’il – Al Ula

  • Drive to Al Ula.
  • Highlight: In the afternoon we will look around Madain Saleh. The most famous landmark in Saudi Arabia. It looks similar to Petra in Jordan, as it was on the same caravan route.
  • We visit the places Jabal Okmeh, Jabal Khraibeh and Dadan.
  • Overnight stay in Al Ula.

Day 8 – Al Ula

  • Highlight: We drive back to Maidan Saleh to look at the many ruins. We visit a.o. Alhijaz Railway, Qasr AlBint, Qasr AlFarid.
  • We visit Dadan, a place where ancient tombs of the Dadanite Kingdom have been found.
  • Overnight stay in Al Ula.

Day 9 – Al Ulu – Jeddah

  • Highlight: Walk through Old Al Alu, a special area with many traditional mud houses.
  • Umm Al-Daraj, from here you have a beautiful view over Al Alu.
  • Flight to Jeddah.

Day 10 – Jeddah – Taif

  • Drive to Taif, this city is right next to Mecca.
  • Visit Shubra Palace, an iconic structure built for the King.
  • Al Rudaf Park, here you can see how the Saudis relax during the warm days.
  • Highlight: Okaz Souk, this market was once known as the largest and best market in the Middle East. Taif is known for the production of roses. You will see a lot of rose water and rose oil.
  • Taif’s Heart Mall, the city’s most famous shopping mall.
  • Drive to the mountains Al Hada and Al Shafa. These two mountains connect Taif with the hinterland. If you like you can take the cable car further up.
  • Drive to Jeddah.
  • Overnight stay in Jeddah.

Day 11 – Jeddah

  • Highlight: Walk through old Jeddah (Al Balad), where you can find many old Ottoman houses. Most of these houses are built of coral and reinforced with wood as the beams cross the inner walls.
  • Nasif House and Baashen House, the most famous houses from the Ottoman period.
  • The Mecca Gate and North Gate, these are located on the outskirts of the district.
  • Al Tayebat International City Museum, in this beautiful museum you will learn more about the history, architecture, culture and Islamic art of Saudi Arabia.
  • Drive over the Corniche, the street along the Red Sea.
  • Floating Mosque, one of the most famous places of Jeddah.
  • Overnight stay in Jeddah.

Day 12 – Jeddah

  • Day off. You can go diving in the Red Sea, on a desert safari or just relax at the hotel.
  • Overnight stay in Jeddah.

Day 13 – Jeddah

  • Airport drop off.
  • End of tour.