Grand Tour of Saudi Arabia

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Grand Tour of Saudi Arabia

This comprehensive tour of Saudi Arabia uncovers the kingdom’s natural, scenic and historical wonders. Venture throughastonishing desert landscapes, encounter the remnants of ancient civilisations, and visit many of the county’s UNESCO-listed cultural sites. You’ll also explore Saudi’s major cities and experience warm Arabian hospitality. 

Tour Nights

  • Riyadh: 3 nights
  • Hail: 2 nights
  • Jouf: 2 nights
  • AlUla: 3 nights
  • Jeddah: 3 nights
  • Tour code: AWSAU05
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Tour At a Glance

  • Explore the rock-cut tombs of Hegra and Dadan
  • Tour the key cultural and historical sites of Riyadh and Jeddah
  • Visit UNESCO-listed rock art sites near Hail
  • Experience stargazing amidst rock formations at Gharameel
  • Visit the rose country of Taif

Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 Riyadh
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    Riyadh

    You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for a 3-night stay. 

  • Day 2 Riyadh
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    Riyadh

    Drive to the Ushaiger Heritage Village, stopping for an early lunch en route. Settled by Bedouins some 1,500 years ago, Ushaigerwas a popular stop for pilgrims travelling to Makkah. Explore its mud houses connected by a labyrinth of winding alleys, and hear stories about life in ancient Saudi from members of the small community who still live here.
     
    Continue to Jebel Fihrayn, known locally as the Edge of the World. These 300-metre-high cliffs, part of the larger Tuwaiq escarpment, offer breathtaking views of an unending desert landsca pe. Hikers can choose from a range of walking trails to reach the summit. Enjoy a traditional Saudi dinner at the Najd Village restaurant on your way back to the hotel.
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
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  • Day 3 Riyadh
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    Riyadh

    Begin a day of cultural exploration with a visit to Saudi’s National Museum. Afterwards, walk to the nearby Al Murabba Palace, the former home and court of King Abdulaziz, founder of modern Saudi. Then drive to Al Masmak Fortress, a citadel in Riyadh’s old quarter originally built in 1865. In 1902, King Abdulaziz captured the fortress and took control of Riyadh, before conquering and uniting theprovinces that make up Saudi today.
     
    After lunch, visit the Kingdom Centre, and enjoy panoramic views from the city’s highes t tower.
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 
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  • Day 4 Fly to Hail
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    Fly to Hail

    Fly to Hail and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, start a city tour with a visit to three historic fortified buildings: A’arif Fort, Barzan Castle and Al Qishlah Castle. The oldest of the three, A’arif Fort, was first built in the 17th century and offers great views over the city.
     
    Visit Hail’s traditional souq, or head east for a rummagein Hail Flea Market, one of the last of its kind in Saudi. Have dinner in a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.
    Meals included: Breakfast & dinner 

  • Day 5 Hail
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    Hail

    Explore the sweeping red dunes of Al Nafud Desert. Visit UNESCO-listed rock art sites, including the inscriptions and petroglyphs at Shuwaymis. Adventure-seekers have the option of camping, dune bashing or sand boarding in the dunes just outside the city. Enjoy dinner and Arabic coffee while enjoying the desert sunset.
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 

  • Day 6 Hail - Jouf
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    Hail - Jouf

    After an early breakfast, head north towards Jubbah, Saudi’s most famous rock art site. Some of the carvings here are believed to date back 10,000 years and include representations of humans, cattle and ibexes. After lunch, continue to Al Jouf province and check in to your hotel for a 2-night stay.
    Meals included: Breakfast & lunch 

  • Day 7 Jouf
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    Jouf

    Visit the enigmatic Rajajil columns, a collection of standing monoliths carved from ochre sandstone. Once thought to have an astrological significance, the stones are now known to be burial sites, some dating to the fifth or sixth millennium B.C.Then visit Zaabal Castle, set on a mountain north of Sakaka. The current structure is around 200 years old, but the site includes features that date back to the Nabataean civilisation.
    Meals included: Breakfast & lunch 

  • Day 8 Jouf - AlUlah
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    Jouf - AlUlah

    Journey to AlUla today, visiting Tayma oasis in the province of Tabuk en route. Tayma is one of the oldest settlements in the Kingdom and was once an important trade station between the civilisations of Persia, Egypt and the Levant. The natural wells here have been maintained for millennia. After lunch, continue to AlUla and check in to your hotel for 3 nights.
    Meals included: Breakfast & lunch 

  • Day 9 AlUlah
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    AlUlah

    This morning you’ll visit the ancient rock-hewn city of Hegra, once the second city of the Nabataean kingdom and a thriving international trade hub. Tour the UNESCO-listed site in a vintage Land Rover, accompanied by a local rawi (storyteller and guide), exploring monolithic tomb sites and the Hijaz Railway.
     
    After lunch, visit Dadan, capital city of the ancient Dadanite civilization, to explore its rock-cut tombs, city ruins and inscriptions. Continue to the Jabal Ikmah, famous for its collection of rock inscriptions i n various ancient scripts.
    Meals included: Breakfast 
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  • Day 10 AlUlah
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    AlUlah

    This morning visit AlUla Old Town and learn about the region’s ancient and not-so-distant past. Inhabited since before the 12th century up until the early 1980s, the Old Town offers researchers oral histories and living memory that AlUla’s other heritage sites cannot.
     
    Afternoon visit one of AlUla’s many geological marvels – Jabal Alfil, or Elephant Rock. This towering rock formation was formed overmillions of years by natural erosion and is surrounded by several other impressive outcrops and formations.Later, experience stargazing amidst the astonishing desert landscapes of Gharameel while enjoying a traditional barbecue dinner.
    Meals included: Breakfast & dinner 
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  • Day 11 Fly to Jeddah
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    Fly to Jeddah

    Take a midday flight to Jeddah and check in to your hotel for a 3-night stay. Afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Jeddah.
    Meals included: Breakfast 

  • Day 12 Jeddah visit Taif
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    Jeddah visit Taif

    Drive inland to the city of Taif, located on the eastern slopes of the Sarawat Mountains. Visit Shubra Palace; today a museum, the palace was built in 1905 to house the Saudi royal family when they were visiting Taif. Also visit Al-Sharif Museum and see the rich collection of Islamic artefacts at the library and museum of Abdullah bin Abbas Mosque.
     
    After lunch, drive to the peak of Al Hada mountain for extraordinary views of the surrounding landscape and the winding roads that lead to Makkah. Continue upwards to Al Shafa mountain and enjoy panoramic views from the highest peak, at 3,000 metres above sea level.
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 
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  • Day 13 Jeddah
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    Jeddah

    Learn about the history of Jeddah at Al Tayebat Museum and view striking modern sculpture at the city’s open-air museum. Explore parts of the New Corniche, stopping at Al Rahmah Masjid, known locally as the Floating Mosque. Continue to Al Balad, Jeddah’s UNESCO-listed historical district. Learn about the city’s past inhabitants and visit the North Gate and Makkah Gate – the entrance of the road to Makkah.
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner 

  • Day 14 Onward journey
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    Onward journey

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or extend your stay in Saudi Arabia.
    Meals included: Breakfast 

Extension

Hofuf - ( 03 Nights ) (Day 14 to Day 17)

Visit Hofuf in Saudi’s Eastern Province and be transported to a lush green landscape that makes a stark contrast to the region’s surrounding desert plains. This extension explores Al Ahsa, one of world’s largest natural oases and once an important international trade hub. Discover its wells, natural springs, date palm groves and verdant farmland, all of which are interspersed with some fascinating historical sites.  

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Day 1

Fly to Hofuf

Take an afternoon flight to Hofuf and check into the hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast 
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Day 2

Hofuf

Discover the craggy peaks of Al Qarah Mountain today. Explore the network of caves that form snaking pathways flanked by soaring tawny walls. From the summit, take in views of the world’s largest oasis, and visit the Land of Civilisations Museum to learn about the area’s ancient history.

Stop for a traditional lunch, then continue to Al Ahsa Oasis, a verdant haven in contrast to the barren, untamed plains of the Empty Quarter. For thousands of years, this fertile land attracted caravans crossing the region’s ancient trade routes.
Meals included: Breakfast & lunch 
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Day 3

Hofuf - Riyadh

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, then take a train back to Riyadh and check in to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Meals included: Breakfast 
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Day 4

Onward journey

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or further extend your stay in Saudi Arabia.  Read More

Abha - ( 03 Nights ) (Day 14 to Day 17)

Explore the scenic capital of Saudi’s southwestern Asir province. Set at 2,200 metres above sea level between peaks of the Sarawat Mountains, the city is home to significant historical sites and spectacular hiking routes. You’ll also visit the 4-kilometre-wide Wahbah Crater, one of Saudi’s most impressive natural wonders. 

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Day 1

Fly to Abha

Take an early morning flight to Abha and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
 
Visit the Shada Archeological Palace, which was built in the 1820s as a royal residence but today is a museum. Explore the interior of the mud-walled fortress and view its collection of local crafts and household items. Continue to Jabal Thera, the Green Mountain, a peak that’s lit by neon green lights after dark, emitting an emerald glow across the city. Take a cable car to the summit for panoramic views.
Meals included: Breakfast 
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Day 2

Abha - Jeddah

Explore the remains of Shamsan Castle, historically the main gate to Abha from north Aaqabat Al-Shaar, and the city’s first line of defence for successive periods. After lunch, visit Al Muftaha Village, the city’s bohemian arts centre. Browse the small art galleries and museums centred around a beautiful calligraphy-covered mosque.
 
Take an evening flight back to Jeddah and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights.
Meals included: Breakfast & lunch 
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Day 3

Jeddah

Depart early for the Wahbah Crater, one Saudi Arabia’s most dramatic natural wonders. The lunarlike hollow is believed to have been formed by a volcanic explosion, when groundwater came into contact with hot lava. With a depth of 250 metres and a diameter of four kilometres, it’s an impressive sight. Stop for lunch in a local restaurant and return to Jeddah in the late afternoon.
Meals included: Breakfast & lunch 
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Day 4

Onward journey

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or further extend your stay in Saudi Arabia.  Read More

What's Included?

  • All airport transfers on private basis.
  • Hotel accommodation on sharing basis as per the itinerary.
  • Meals as per the Itinerary.
  • Return transfers to Winter Park/Husaak Centre AlUla.
  • Services of English-speaking guides/storytellers during sightseeing tours on private basis except in AlUlah where it will be on group basis. 
  • Entrance fee to the monuments as per the itinerary.​

What's not Included?

  • International flights and airport taxes.
  • Domestic flights.
  • Visas, health requirements, immigration requirements.
  • Any tips and gratuities.
  • Personal items (beverages, cigarettes, telephone calls, room service, laundry and other extras).
  • Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing. 
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