13 Days Saudi Arabia Tour Package (Archaeological Lovers)

Schedule:

Everyday

Tour Highlights:

13 Days Riyadh, Edge of the world, Al Qassim, Hail, Al Ula, Madain Saleh, Jeddah & Taif.

Day 1: Arrival to Riyadh

Your tour leader/driver will be waiting you. They will be holding a sign of SaudiArabiaTours , You do not need to look for them – they will be waiting for you and will find you.
From the moment your tour starts, your tour leader will give you full attention. Once in the car, He will talk to you about all the things on the way as well as other aspects of your tour that will interest you.

You will be transferred by an A/C car to your hotel. Overnight in Riyadh.

(Optional) Riyadh By Night Tour

Day 2: Riyadh Historical Tour

Breakfast.Start your tour visiting the National Museum of Saudi Arabia which has been established in 1419 as a significant part of the king Abdulaziz historical center in Riyadh. Very impressive and important museum about the entire Saudi history, Saudi royal family, the kingdom formation, and everything regarding the political context. you will be led to numerous antiques, manuscripts, and documents that are all chronologically organized. It includes eight main halls: Hall of Man and the Universe, Arab Kingdoms, Pre-Islamic Era, Prophet’s Mission, First Saudi State, Unification of the Kingdom Hall & Hall of Hajj and Two Holy Mosques.
The museum includes interesting examples of Arabian and Islamic art as well as architecture.  The masterpieces include Prehistoric Elephant Skeleton, huge meteor found in the Empty Quarter in Saudi Arabia desert, Rock Grafitti from Hejaz region backdate to pre Islamic era, Copy of Rosetta stone, an example of Madaian Salah Rock-cut tombs.

Then enjoy the National museum park walks through the outdoor gardens one of the best gardens you will visit in Saudi Arabia. King Abdulaziz’s historical park is an open area that you can enjoy with your family. Then proceed to the Hall of King Abdulaziz where there is a showroom of old cars that were used by the king.

Then we will move to the next visit to Murraba palace is among the most important palace built by King Abdulaziz. This Palace was to accommodate his family. It was built on the local traditional Najid style by using local building material only. enjoy amazing photos here inside Murraba palace.

Then you will visit the Dira Souq traditional Saudi market which is famous for its variety of old copper and brass objects including silver daggers, silver Beduin’s Jewelry and dresses. While entering from main access, one always smells sandalwood fragrance. Dira Souq is worth buying antique carpets and other useful Saudi heritage antiques.
Then visit the Al Masmak, Enjoy and step back in time and explore Saudi Arabia’s roots. Fascinating exhibitions on display show maps and photographs of Saudi Arabia, alongside a range of historical artifacts, artworks and audiovisual attractions. A short documentary also re-enacts the capture of the fortress by King Abdul Aziz, whose spearhead you can still see embedded in its wooden gate.

Then visit The Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque is an active place of worship in Riyadh named after Turki bin Abdullah bin Muhammad. Seating 17,000 worshippers and measuring 16,800 m2, it is one of the largest mosques in Saudi Arabia.

(Optional ) Riyadh Food Tour

Overnight in Riyadh.

Day 3: Edge of The World Tour

Breakfast.Drive to Jebel Fihrayn popularly known as “the Edge of the World” is 120 Km from Riyadh. The Edge of the World is the third stop on our tour of the Natural Wonders of Arabia, following earlier stops at Elephant Rock and Jabal Abyad. Standing atop the 1,000-foot high escarpment at Jabal Fihrayn, you find stretching before you an uninterrupted view of the horizon in all directions, leaving you with the impression that you are, indeed, standing at the very edge of the world. The effect on one’s body and mind and soul is exhilarating.

These cliffs rise dramatically from the desert, stretching toward the sky like a great natural wall. When you stand atop them and look toward the horizon, you have a prime view of the sky as it seems to melt into the barren earth.

The Edge of the World (Jebel Fihrayn) is an unexpected and dramatic geological wonder in the rocky desert northwest of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The site earned its nickname because from atop the escarpment, you have an uninterrupted view of the horizon.

It’s part of the much longer Tuwaiq Escarpment, and drops down 1,000 feet into an ancient ocean bed. While standing on the cliffs, you’ll spot dried rivers weaving across the land, and see camels moving far below. These camels and their herders are following a well-trodden path, as an ancient caravan route once passed within its shadow. 

(Optional) Ushaiqer Heritage Village Tour

Overnight in Riyadh.

Day 4 : Riyadh City Tour

Breakfast.Start your tour visiting Diriyah, Historical Diriyah is your gateway to the past. It is the crib of Islah Dawah, the capital; of the first Saudi state and the city that ha witnessed the history of when Saudi Arabia was established. Diriyah, the birthplace of the first Saudi state, historical crossroads of pilgrims and traders, and home to one of the Kingdom’s most ambitious heritage developments. (some sites like the mud houses can be visited only from outside as there are some renovation works now)

Curved along the outskirts of Riyadh, and formed on the oasis that spilled from the banks of Wadi Hanifa, Ad Diriyah’s mud-brick walls once housed a thriving desert city that was a powerhouse of culture and commerce. 

Its Al Turaif district, the area’s citadel-marked primary quarter, was the original seat of power for the Kingdom’s Al Saud family. In 1745, the city was named the country’s capital, laying the foundations for what would later become a unified Saudi Arabia. The ruins of Al Turaif were designated a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2010 and the area has since been the subject of a painstaking restoration plan aimed at bringing its historical legacy back to life. 

The Ad Diriyah’s Al Bujairy district is home to religious scholar Mohammed bin Abdul Wahab, its maze of twisting streets lead to low-lying mud huts that have been transformed into sparkling heritage sites.

Then you will visit Kingdom Tower or Mamlaka Tower the tallest building in the city which is located on the commercial strip in the Oalya district in Riyadh. This is the most famous tower in Riyadh. The shopping mall has lots of facilities and cafes to visit. Sky bridge Al Mamlaka at extra ticket a nice observation bridge where you can get magnificent panoramic view of the city. It has a number of restaurants and shops. 

You will also visit The Al Rajhi Grand Mosque. The largest mosque in Riyadh is both an architectural marvel and considered to be one of the most significant Islamic institutions in the city. The mosque holds two libraries, forensic science courses, an automated utility system, an 18,000-person capacity for the men’s hall and 2,500 for the women’s area.

At the end, you will visit The King Fahd National Library which is the legal deposit and copyright library for Saudi Arabia.  A hidden gym uniquely amazing architectural style for a library. This is Saudi’s National Library and strategically located at the city’s center. Its considered now a tourist destination (closed Sat-Fri). The library was established in 1983 in response to an initiative made by the people of Riyadh when King Fahd ascended the throne. 

(Optional ) Riyadh Desert Safari Tour, should to start at 5:00 am

Overnight in Riyadh.

Day 5 : Drive to Al Qassim – Al QassimTour

Breakfast. Drive to Onaizah city.Unaizah is in the center of Al-Qassim Province and near to the center of Nejd Province. Start your tour visit cultural farm.

You will have chance to watch how the Saudi farmers cultivate their lands , which tools they use they still use the old traditional methods, you can have chance to drink traditional tea with them in their break time.

Then you will visit visit to flkloric art center and you will have chance to visit to Musukaf cultural market.We will do our best to get for you the maximum out of this trip and make you understand how those people You will visit its most traditional markets, traditional coffee shops, local rural restaurant.Our tour guide will do his best to show you the most interesting and different places and introducing you to the wonderful countryside people. living and working and their traditions.

Overnight in Qassem.

Day 6: Drive to Hail – Hail Tour

Breakfast.Drive to Hail city. Its central position and the wells fed by the rain water drained off the nearby mountains  made Hail an important oasis on the ancient caravan trade routes.you will visit Faid ancient city ( pre-islamic ) and volcano crater.

Continue driving to Hail city and transfer to hail hotel.

Drive to Aja rosy mountains.You will have chance to have a picnic time with your family and open time for hiking at Aja rosy mountains.

Overnight in Hail.

Day 7: Drive to Al Ula

Breakfast. Drive to Al Ula by car, Start your tour visiting  Jabal lkmah – Rock Art.

Discover one of the hidden gems of AlUla, Jabal ‘Ikmah, a tranquil and sacred site for the Lihyanite civilization with an ‘open library’ of rock art and inscriptions.The tour will be led by trained guides and storytellers who will host groups and reveal the stories of the site and the inscriptions.

Overnight in Al Ula.

Day 8 : Madain Saleh

Breakfast. Start your tour visiting  Dadan – An Ancient Arabian Kingdom.Discover one of the hidden gems of AlUla, Dadan, where excavations have uncovered tombs and dwellings from the ancient Dadanite Kingdom the sixth century BC.The tour will be led by trained guides and storytellers who will host groups and reveal the archeological sites exposed.

Overnight in Al Ula.

Day 9 : Hegra – Fly to Jeddah

Breakfast. Experience Hegra – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Journey through time in a breathtaking landscape and discover the archeological highlights of Hegra with our highly trained guides and storytellers. Together they will uncover the secrets of a civilisation from over 2000 years ago.

Then transfer to Al Ula airport to take your flight to Jeddah. 

Overnight in Jeddah

Day 10 : Taif Over Day

Breakfast.Start the tour with Shubra Palace.The palace is the most stunning vestige of old Taif, with latticework windows and balconies and interior marble from Carrara. King Abdul Aziz used to stay here and the palace was later the residence of King Faisal.

A unique amalgamation of Arabic and Romanian architecture. It is impressive worth photographing.

It is located on the northern side of Taif city center, and overlooks Shubra Street which is one of the most important pivotal streets in the city of Taif, Ali bin Abdullah bin Aoun Pasha has ordered the establishment of the Shubra Palace in 1905 AD.

(you can be visited only from outside as there are some renovation works now)You will visit this as it offers enough photographic angles and its historical for this region.

Then will take you to Al Rudaf Park.Its a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature!There are music fountains, grasses, small rock mountains, and many play grounds for children. Its a very nice park and place but its for family only.

Then visit old Souq in Taif city. Souq Okaz is a former largest and best known open air market in the Islamic world, nowadays hosts thousands of tourists from around the world. The tradition of poetry recital competitions, arts& crafts exhibitions remain in the Souq today. In addition to that, you may want to explore ancient footprints of the market, flower orchids in Taif .

Then go to the oldest and best shopping mall in Taif, Taif’s Heart Mall.Its an exciting place, where you and your family can shop, play, eat, and have splendid time

Then visit Al Shafa mountain and Al Hada mountain,It’s considered as one of the most beautiful and important mountain roads in the region. It connects Taif city with the other regions on the west and north.  It acquires enchanting and attractive views.

Nice drive up Al Shafa mountain is the highest mountain in the area of the town.Its also know as Jabal Dakkā.

You will walk and climb up Shafa mountain. It’s a difficult walk / climb, the views are fantastic and well worth the effort The higher up in the mountains you feel the gentle cool air. Amazed about so many different plants and trees, herbs and fruit bushes growing everywhere. It’s rich on natural resources as honey, rose gardens, herbs and so much more.

A cable car at extra ticket journey up to the Al-Hada Mountain starts down in Al-Kurr Village and takes visitors all the way up to the mountaintop, where an upscale restaurant and hotel are located.

Then travel in comfort back to your hotel in Jeddah.

Notes: It is necessary that you wear flat, closed and very comfortable shoes whilst taking this tour.

Overnight in jeddah.

Day 11 : Jeddah Historical tour

Breakfast.Start your tour to visit Jeddah’s historical downtown area (Al-Balad) which is the historical area well known as the “Old Town”, where many of the oldest families used to live and work. It boasts of old buildings, a traditional souk and many restaurants, where visitors get to walk amid the old streets and experience the traditional landscape of the old town.

When you are in historical Jeddah we will take you back to the old era of Saudi Arabia,  all your senses will be in action. You will hear and learn amazing stories about Jeddah and ride and walk through secret doors, Enjoy a wonderful walking Al-Balad.

This history tour of Old Town will take you along all the less known must-see local spots: Beit Nassif, Makkah gate for a photo stop,  Historical Jeddah north gate stop for a photo, other historical houses provide a rare opportunity for you to experience the blend of traditional architecture with modernity Old Market hidden gems, Old Jeddah hidden galleries and Local Jeddah food shops only for locals no tourists know about it.

Then you will visit Al Tayebat International City Museum, It’s a maze of different rooms covering Saudi history, architecture, interior decoration, Islamic art from Saudi and other Islamic countries. The museum itself is a great place for photos.

Its four-floor collection has displays ranging from pre-Islamic artifacts, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, old coins and weaponry to stunning furniture, pottery and traditional Saudi dress. Replicas of home interiors from every region are also featured. Exhibits are accompanied by excellent information panels, as well as dioramas of the Kingdom’s provinces.

After that, you will enjoy a ride along The New Jeddah Corniche is the 30 km coastal resort area of the city of Jeddah. Located along the Red Sea, the corniche features the coastal road, recreation areas, pavilions and large-scale civic sculptures for all to enjoy and take pictures.

End the tour by visiting The Floating Mosque, this single domed architectural marvel that sits literally on the sea, symbolizes Jeddah’s bold storm into the modern age. Sitting on an enviable location, the mosque’s courtyard offers unencumbered views of the Red Sea, making it a popular tourist site.

Day 12 : Jeddah Free day

Breakfast. Free Day. Overnight in Jeddah.

(Optional) Jeddah Desert Safari Tour

Enjoy the only place in Jeddah where you can experience the Desert Safari by Quad Bike Around. What is unique about this tour is getting there is half the fun and enjoying the adventure of quad bike.

Visit a Bedouin-style camp in the sands. After Arabian tea and coffee, enjoy a range of activities, including Rocks climbing, Hiking, Quad Bikes and more.
You will also live the desert experience by Walking on the Sand and watching the stars,  in the night while sitting around the fire drinking Arabic Coffee.

Day 13 : Jeddah – Departure

Breakfast. Transfer you to the airport and assist you at the airport through final departure formalities.

Includes :

  • 4 Nights hotel accommodation in Riyadh on bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 Nights hotel accommodation in Al Qassim on bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 Nights hotel accommodation in Hail on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Al Ula on bed and breakfast basis
  • 4 Nights hotel accommodation in Jeddah on bed and breakfast basis
  • Domestic flight from Al Ula to Jeddah
  • All your tours and excursions are with an A/C vehicle.
  • The service of meet and assist at all your destinations
  • English speaking tour leader/driver.
  • All your visits include entrance fees.
  • Our prices include all taxes and services.

Excludes :

  • Visa Entry for Saudi Arabia. (We can provide you with your visa upon arrival at your request).
  • International Flights
  • Personal items.

Important Note :

We accept all methods of secure payment: Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, direct bank transfer.

Kindly note that the hotel rating in Saudi is not the same as in USA or Europe, so Luxury or Ultimate Luxury hotel options are always recommended.

Accommodation Plan (A) 5 stars:

  1. Riyadh:   (Shaza Riyadh // Rosh Rayhaan by Rotana  //  Four Points By Sheraton Riyadh Khaldia)
  2. Jeddah:(Prime Hotel – Jeddah, Al Hamra  // Radisson Blu Hotel, Jeddah Al Salam // Sheraton Jeddah Hotel // Mövenpick Hotel Tahlia Jeddah )
 3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars
Price per person in DBL or TRPL Room5250$5525$7725$
Solo traveler8700$9140$12660$
Christmas & Easter – DBL or TRPL Room 6300$6630$9270$
Christmas & Easter – Solo traveler10440$10965$15190$

Accommodation Plan (B) Luxury:

  1. Riyadh: (Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya   // Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences)
  2. Jeddah: (Jeddah Hilton  //  Elaf Jeddah Hotel – Red Sea Mall )
 All year roundChristmas and Easter
price per person in dbl room9925$11910$
Solo traveler16180$19415$

Accommodation Plan (c) Ultimate Luxury:

  1. Riyadh:  (Al Faisaliah Hotel   // Burj Rafal Hotel Riyadh  //  Marriott Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter  //  Narcissus Hotel and SPA Riyadh )
  2. Jeddah: (Park Hyatt Jeddah – Marina, Club and Spa // Rosewood Jeddah )
 All year roundChristmas and Easter
price per person in dbl room11025$13230$
Solo traveler17940$21525$

Travel Insurance – from AIG
Secure your trip and give yourself greater peace of mind with the Travel Insurance program proposed by AIG for you. For more info visit www.aig.com
One week 50$ per person
More than one week 75 $ per person.

Saudi Sim Card
if you plan to get a Saudi sim card we would advise you to get it at the airport when you arrive. as it will be much easier to buy it from the airport other than anywhere else as they request more documents if you decide to buy it later from anywhere else.

Our Tour Leader/Driver
We don’t only choose qualified and professional Tour leader/ Drivers but also choose those who are friendly, with a sense of humor who are committed to offering a superior level of service so you can enjoy your time with them.

How To dress
Both men and women are asked to dress modestly in public, avoiding tight-fitting clothing. Women should cover shoulders and knees in public.

Your passport
You should keep your passport with you during any tour you will be making in Saudi Arabia. don’t leave it in your hotel room as some times they request to see your passport or visa.