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Arabia 360: Art, Skyscrapers & Deserts

Saudi Arabia in 9 Days, 8 Nights in Destination

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A cultural adventure following the ancient incense route of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. From the cosmopolitan capital Riyadh, cities built on age-old oases and dried lakes such as Jubbah, to the floating mosque in Jeddah.

Trip Highlights

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    Al-Ula
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    Ha'il
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    Jeddah
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    Jubbah
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    Madain Saleh
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    Madinah
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    Riyadh

Included

  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. All transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Some meals

Availability

  1. Departures available until December 2024

  2. Available Group tours

  3. Solo travelers available

  4. Add up to 4 nights to your stay

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  • Accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
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Accommodation: 8 Nights

Itinerary

Begin your Arabian adventure discovering the capital city, Riyadh. Take the fast train to Ha’il to explore its forts and museums. Head to an ancient lake, Jubbah, decorated with petroglyphs. Next, discover Al-Ula, an important point on route to Mecca and ancient tombs in Madain Saleh. Visit Medina, an Islamic pilgrimage site of great importance and finally the old city of Jeddah.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Riyadh

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Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport, ready to board a flight* to Riyadh.

Touch down in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. This dynamic metropolis where towering skyscrapers stand against the backdrop of the Arabian desert is a hub of commerce and culture. Meet the local representative at the airport and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight stay in Riyadh.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Grand Plaza Takhasosi Hot... or similar
tripadvisor rating

60 Reviews

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2nd Day: Riyadh

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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, get ready to explore this nation’s interesting past and modern aspirations on a cultural tour of the capital. Begin at the National Museum for an overview of Arabian civilisation through the ages. Continue to the historic Murabba Palace and then stop for lunch in a local Saudi restaurant.

In the afternoon, continue your tour with a stop in Diriyah, a historic town where the first Saudi dynasty emerged. Finally, pass Kingdom Tower, a 99-story skyscraper in Riyadh, the tallest in Saudi Arabia, and Faisaliah Tower. Overnight stay in Riyadh.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Grand Plaza Takhasosi Hot... or similar
tripadvisor rating

60 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Riyadh Full Day City Tour

Moderate

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3rd Day: Riyadh - Ha'il

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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, depart for Riyadh’s railway station and board the new fast train to Ha’il. Lying at the foot of the imposing Shammar mountain range, Ha’il has long been the home of Saudi Arabia’s poets and writers. Early European explorers also passed through this city, known for being an oasis, during the 19th century.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Once settled, you’ll visit the A’Arif Fort, the nearby Heritage Museum and explore the traditional market to discover the local delicacies. Pass by the Ha’il Regional Museum, and if it is open, drop in to admire its collections. Dinner and overnight stay in Ha’il.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Holiday Villa Hail or similar
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10 Reviews

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4th Day: Ha'il - Jubbah - Al-Ula

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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, begin your journey to Jubbah that lies on an ancient lake. Before the wildlife that thrived became extinct, their presence in Jubbah was preserved thanks to carvings, petroglyph panels and rich inscriptions of aurochs, cheetahs and lions. The drawings, still visible today, can be found on several sandstone outcrops now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Some of the most impressive deserts in the world can be found in the region between Ha’il and Al-Ula Pass through the famous desert of Nefud Al Kabir on route to the renowned Al-Ula area. Arrive in the early evening at the beautifully located hotel, your base for the night. Dinner and overnight in Al-Ula.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Sahary Al Ula Resort or similar
tripadvisor rating

57 Reviews

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5th Day: Al-Ula

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, an exciting day awaits! Begin visiting two ancient carving sites in Al-Ula, an ancient oasis inhabited during the last 7000 years that was an important location on the frankincense trade road and one of the oldest Arabian kingdoms.

Next, pass by the ancient city of Dedan. During the 1st century BCE the Nabatean people coming from Petra settled 30 kilometers north of Dedan in Al-Hijr where they built monumental tombs similar to the ones they dug in Petra.

Finally, visit the ancient sites of Ekma, where the people of the oasis wrote texts in ancient scripts that your local guide will decipher for you. End your tour in Jebel Al-Fil where you can relax next to the “Elephant rock”. Dinner & overnight stay in Al-Ula.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Sahary Al Ula Resort or similar
tripadvisor rating

57 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Al Ula City Tour

Moderate

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6th Day: Al Ula - Madain Saleh - Madinah

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Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your day with a visit to Al-Hijr (Madain Saleh) the first UNESCO World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia. Your local guide will lead you through this fascinating site of 94 decorated tombs, ancient inscriptions and stone structures, including some of the most vibrant and well conserved architectural prowess of the Nabateans builders.

In the afternoon, continue to the Old City of Al-Ula, which became an important staging post along the pilgrimage route to Mecca at the beginning of the Islamic era. On route to the city of Medina, pass by the old Hejaz railway. Dinner & overnight stay in Medina.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Delights Inn Medina or similar
tripadvisor rating

3 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to Hegra

Moderate

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7th Day: Madinah - Jeddah

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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, visit the holy city of Medina. In the city center, the vast Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque) is an Islamic pilgrimage site of great importance. Its striking Green Dome rises above the tombs of the Prophet Muhammad and early Islamic leaders.

The Masjid al-Qiblatain (Qiblatain Mosque) is known as the site where the Prophet Muhammad received the command to change the direction of prayer to Mecca. Visit the outskirts of the city, except the holy pilgrimage areas, and conclude the day with a brief walk near Mount Uhud. Visit the Dar Al Madinah Museum that will relate the story of Islam and the prophet’s biography.

Finally, depart towards Jeddah, arrive and check in to your hotel. Once you’re settled, visit the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum that illustrates local and Arabian heritage in a unique way. Dinner & overnight stay in Jeddah.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramada by Wyndham Contine... or similar
tripadvisor rating

162 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit the Holy City of Medina

Moderate

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8th Day: Jeddah

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today it’s time to explore Old Jeddah. Enjoy a walking tour round Al-Balad, the old part of the city. During this walking tour you’ll encounter hidden gems only known by locals: The old market, the hidden galleries of Old Jeddah, local eateries… You’ll pass by Beit Nassif, one of the most prominent buildings in the old city dating back to the 1800's.

Pass by the Floating Mosque (Al Rahmah Mosque), a single domed architectural marvel that sits on the Red Sea. End the tour at the coastal resort, Jeddah Corniche. Adorned with recreation areas, pavilions and large-scale civic sculptures as well as King Fahd's Fountain, the highest fountain in the world. Finally, head to a traditional Saudi restaurant to enjoy our dinner. Overnight stay in Jeddah.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramada by Wyndham Contine... or similar
tripadvisor rating

162 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Visit Old Jeddah

Moderate

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9th Day: Jeddah - UK/Ireland

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Breakfast* at the hotel. Transfer to Jeddah International airport for a flight back to UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip**.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the UK/Ireland the following day.

Included activities

Included

Riyadh Full Day City Tour

Included activity for day 2 in Riyadh

Visit the National Museum, make a photo stop at Murabba Palace, go to the historic town of Diriyah, and lastly pass Kingdom Tower and the Faisaliah.

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Included

Al Ula City Tour

Included activity for day 5 in Al-Ula

Visit the two ancient carving sites in Al-Ula, the ancient city of Dedan and the ancient sites of Ekma and end with a visit to Jebel Al-Fil to relax next to "Elephant rock".

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Included

Visit to Hegra

Included activity for day 6 in Madain Saleh

Visit famous Hegra, the first place in Saudi Arabia was listed as a UNESCO World of Heritage site.Discover fascinting site and the secrets of its tombs, ancient inscriptions, stone structures and much more..

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information
Included

Visit the Holy City of Medina

Included activity for day 7 in Madinah

Visit the outskirts of the city of Medina , take a short walk near Mount Uhud and then discover the Dar Al Madina museum that will relate the story of islam and the prophet biography.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

more information

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The price includes

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Riyadh, Jeddah - UK/Ireland*.
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  • Train from Riyadh to Ha'il**.
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  • 8 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels***.
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  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners.
  • All transfers
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated on the itinerary with an English-speaking guide****
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, visa*, tips, taxes and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

Saudi eVisa: If you have a US passport, we recommend that you check with the Saudi Arabia Embassy to apply for an eVisa: https://visa.visitsaudi.com/

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

**Important: please note that a copy of the passports of all travelers must be sent to customerservice@exoticca.com once your reservation is complete to arrange for the train ticket to Ha'il. To obtain this ticket, we require your complete Passport  information at least 30 days prior to departure. 

***You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in Riyadh (before 3:00 p.m.) in the next step of the booking process.

****The order of the visits is subject to change at the destination. Therefore, we don't recommend booking independent activities until you reach your destination.

  • Entry requirements

    Current passport with a minimum validity of 6 months.

  • Visa

    Visa required. An e-visa can be requested on the official website.

  • Currency

    Saudi Riyal (SR)

  • Language

    Arabic

  • Electricity

    230V. Type G power sockets.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations. Consult your doctor about recommended vaccinations.

  • Time zone

    UTC+03:00

  • Other useful information

    Please consult the public decency law to know how to dress appropriately in public.

  • Tourist Office website

    https://visa.visitsaudi.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline's website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.


Room allocation: We will do our best to accommodate your family in the same room. If availability doesn't permit this, we guarantee your family will be accommodated as close together as possible. Children will always be accomodated in a room with at least 1 adult.

Car seats: Not available in all destinations. Feel free to take your own if you need one.

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